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Helping the Next Generation of Racehorses at the ARVS Casualty Management Seminar

On Monday 18th October 2021 BTRC attended the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons (ARVS)Casualty Management Seminar with 5 retired racehorses to assist over 100 racecourse vets with their training.
The annual seminar is organised by the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons and aims to deliver training updates and new practices to all racecourse vets in the UK to ensure the welfare of Thoroughbreds on and off track. The 2021 seminar took place at Aintree International Equestrian Centre over two days with over 100 vets in attendance.

The ARVS has been instrumental in improving the standard of veterinary care and welfare of horses on UK racecourses through the provision of quality CPD at the annual Casualty Management Seminar.

It was wonderful to see our retired horses being such an excellent rescource to aid this invaluable and vital training for the benefit of future racehorses.

25 October 2021

BTRC & Finches Launch Special Edition British Made Silk Scarfs

To celebrate our 30th Anniversary we have teamed up with Finches, ultimate luxury British made accessories & silk scarves to create a bespoke design ‘Washbear’.

Earlier this year Gemma, founder of Finches, reached out to see if BTRC would like to become their Charity partner as they have owned retired racehorses for over 20 years and therefore BTRC was the perfect fit as we all share the same passion.

All Finches scarves start out from a photograph taken by Gemma, so earlier this year Gemma made the trip up to BTRC and captured some fantastic shots of our horses. Following the shoot we decided to use an image of BTRC Washbear, our charity mascot. Finches then artistically transformed the image into a luxury silk.

Finches are donating 100% of profits from the Washbear Silk to BTRC to support our work with retired Thoroughbreds, as well as helping to raise awareness of our work.

To browse the Washbear Collection and purchase your very own bespoke British made silks please click here

BTRC Celebrate 30 Years of Thoroughbred Aftercare

The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre, the country’s original and biggest charity dedicated to the welfare of racehorses for a life after racing, will launch its 30th anniversary as part of National Racehorse Week. The launch will take place on Saturday, September 18 during an Open Day to be held at the Centre at Whinney Hill, Halton near Lancaster.

Founded by Carrie Humble as the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre in 1991, the BTRC continues to assist retired Thoroughbreds either by taking horses directly from racing or through its Vulnerable Horse Programme. Purchased by the BTRC in 2004, Whinney Hill is a 200-acre site in the foothills of the Pennines and boasts 45 boxes, which makes it the biggest charitable centre in the country, with planning permission in place for another 40 boxes and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation/retraining arena.

Since day one, the BTRC has never sold a horse. When horses go through the retraining programme, suitable loaners are found, who then take the horse on a lifetime loan. However, if a change of circumstances means they can no longer look after the horse, then it returns to the Centre and so cannot become vulnerable.

BTRC Chief Executive Gillian Carlisle said: “We are excited to be able to celebrate BTRC providing Thoroughbred Aftercare for 30 years. During this time the Charity has continued to offer a safety net for any vulnerable horses found in the UK through the BTRC’s Vulnerable Horse Programme as well as a 24/7 helpline for anyone struggling or needing help with their horse. Furthermore, BTRC actively promotes Aftercare through education, work placement programmes and community engagement events. We wish to not only continue our important work but increase capacity at the Centre through the Masterplan development of additional stables and arena which would allow us to help even more of these amazing horses in the future”.

And BTRC Chairman John Sexton added: “We are delighted to be launching our 30th anniversary as part of National Racehorse Week. Welfare and aftercare are now high on the agenda for the racing industry, but there is still a long way to go before racing fully meets its obligations. Since I became involved with the BTRC a decade ago, I have seen at first hand the important work that goes on here providing the safety net for Thoroughbreds that might otherwise have been potentially embarrassing for the sport. It is work that few people in racing see or realise happens and it is vital that it continues”.

10 September 2021

BTRC Open Day

Saturday 18th September 2021

11.30am – 3.30pm

Places are FOC but we do need you to register your name on the guest list. In order to do that, please email lauren@thetrc.co.uk with your name, number of people in your party and a contact number.

The yard will be open for you to meet our horses, chat to our staff, watch demonstrations on retraining and browse our second hand tack shop.

BTRC Return to Racing at Cartmel Racecourse

The sun was shining on Saturday 17th July for BTRC’s visit to local racecourse Cartmel. This was the first outing for over 18 months and what a wonderful day it was.
Set up on the course side with the BTRC Marquee selling merchandise and providing shelter from the blazing hot sunshine for BTRC Mascot, Washbear, we were ready to greet lots of racegoers. Due to restrictions Cartmel had a limit of 4000 people in attendance on the day but fun was had by all and Washbear still got her fair share of cuddles and carrots! It was a great opportunity to educate racegoers about British racehorse aftercare and the lives of racehorses after their racing days are over.

Despite restrictions, lots of money was raised and plenty of merchandise sold – mainly consisting of umbrellas and caps to provide much needed shade on what was such a hot day. We are so grateful to the team at Cartmel Racecourse for extending the invitation to BTRC and we look forward to going back next year.

Work Rider Vacancy – July 2021

We are looking for a competent rider to assist in the retraining of retired Thoroughbreds to enable a timely transfer between racing and equestrian disciplines. The Work Rider will work alongside an Assistant Trainer, supporting him/her in retraining the horses to ensure they are produced to an appropriate standard that allows them to enter the rehoming programme.

The ideal candidate to join the BTRC team must be a competent rider with previous experience of riding young/difficult horses and/or breaking in. You must be hard working, reliable and be comfortable working as part of a team yet have good initiative and be able to take the lead when required.

Part Time/Full time position (hours to be discussed with preferred candidate)

Due to the rural location of the Centre, all candidates must have access to their own transport. This is not a live-in position, there will be no accommodation available.

Click here to download an application form. Closing Date: 30 July 2021

Stable Staff Vacancy – July 2021

Are you hard working and interested in working with Thoroughbreds? You can join #TeamBTRC with our current vacancy for ‘Stable Staff’. You will be required to carry out all yard duties such as mucking out/turning out/grooming/cleaning the yard/feeding and caring for the horses etc.

  • No riding required but previous experience working with horses/on a yard required
  • Part-time / full time position (hours to be discussed with the preferred candidate)
  • Minimum wage
  • Must be able to drive due to the rural location of the Centre (this is not a live in position)

Please click here to download the application form.
Closing date – 30th July 2021

BTRC Coffee Mornings – Book Now!

Would you like to meet our horses and see our team at work?

We are delighted to announce that we will be opening the Centre to visitors for an informal coffee morning 11am – 1pm on the following dates:


🐴Saturday 3rd July 2021 [FULLY BOOKED]
🐴Saturday 31st July 2021
🐴Friday 6th August 2021

Visitors will be able to enjoy strolling around the stables meeting the horses and watching the team at work retraining our retired Thoroughbreds. Tickets will be £10 for adults and £5 for under 16’s these will include tea/coffee and cake. Booking is essential due to limited spaces, please email enquiries@thetrc.co.uk to book your place. Please note these coffee mornings will replace our annual Open Day this year. However we have exciting plans for September to help celebrate National Racehorse Week.