Due to the unprecedented British weather we have had to Cancel the Open Day. We hope to reschedule for Saturday 21st September.Keep you eyes on our website for more updates.

ROA Enjoy a Visit to BTRC

We were delighted to welcome members from the Racehorse Owners Association to the Centre on Monday 22nd July. The ROA promotes and protects the interests of racehorse owners in Great Britain and has a membership of over 8,000. Some of their members came down to find out more about our work.

Gillian talks to some of the members about the re-homing process at BTRC.

The members were taken on a tour of the facilities by BTRC CEO Gillian Carlisle, learning more about the way in which we rehabilitate, retrain and re-home our retired racehorses. They met almost all of the horses and finished watching some of the staff training the horses in the arena.

We had some great feedback…
“Thought the visit to the BTRC was brilliant – what passion and love!”

“The Centre was brilliant and their enthusiasm and love for the horses stood out.”

BTRC did a fantastic job of providing an interesting and informative insight into their brilliant work and their facilities – so glad we went!’

If your group would like to arrange a visit to the BTRC please contact

Apprentice Wanted

To apply for the job below please complete the application form here and email to or post to BTRC, Whinney Hill, Aughton Road, Halton, Lancaster LA2 6PQ

Closing Date: 17th May 2019

BTRC To Deliver BHS Training Day ‘A Holistic Approach to Training’

BTRC is teaming up with The British Horse Society (North West) to deliver this exciting event. The day is open to all equine and enthusiasts and will count as CPD for BHS Accredited Coaches.

The age old saying ‘Horses for courses’ still stands the tests of time, but how carefully do we assess the needs of our horses for the job we are asking them to do? This fascinating training day will cover:

  • Initial assessments
  • Diagnosis – identifying pain or behaviour
  • Suitable training for realistic goals
  • Sustainability – effective maintenance

Receive expert knowledge from our veterinary consultant, Gordon Sidlow (BVMS MRCVS), FEI 5* Vet and BTRC CEO Gillian Carlisle, (BHSII, SM) along with experts in nutrition and farriery.

When: Monday 25th March 2019
Where: The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre

Booking details available here

Racing Foundation Fund New BTRC Horse Lorry

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new BTRC Horse Lorry. After receiving a generous grant from The Racing Foundation, we were able to secure a new horse lorry that would assist with the transportation of our BTRC horses. Whether that be; an emergency trip to the vets, collecting vulnerable horses in need of our help, a day out to the Races to promote our work, or visits to local training shows to assist with our retraining programme. The new horse lorry can carry up to 4 horses and has plenty of storage space for tack etc..

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Holker Hall Pleasure Hack is Back!

For the third year running, The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre are holding the popular Holker Hall Pleasure Hack again. This year it will take place on Saturday 7th April 2018.

This unique hacking opportunity allows you to ride from Cartmel Racecourse and around Holker Hall whilst taking in some of Cumbria’s most idyllic countryside. This fantastic opportunity is to help The BTRC raise funds towards their work with retired racehorses.

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Volunteering Made Easy with the New ‘Do-It for Horse Racing’ Website

A new site designed to help horseracing charities and other organisations in the sport recruit volunteers has been launched with the support of The Racing Foundation. –

This facility is designed to be a one-stop shop to encourage and distribute support for all of horseracing’s volunteer activity, and sits within the Racing Together website.

The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre feature on the website and have different opportunities available to passionate volunteers.

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BTRC Right You Are Shortlisted in Final Three for ROR Horse of the Year 2017

We are absolutely thrilled to be able to share the fantastic news that BTRC Right You Are has made it down to the final three in the running to become ROR Horse of the Year 2017.

The ROR awards acknowledge and celebrate the versatility of former racehorses across a range of disciplines, with prizes awarded to the RoR elite winners in dressage, polo, eventing, endurance and showing. The final award on the night is the prestigious RoR Horse of the Year, sponsored by The Jockey Club, and won in 2016 by Monet’s Garden.

BTRC staff member Charlotte Bowery has had Righty on loan since 2012 and has put so much hard work into producing him. Right You Are was retired from racing in 2010 due to injury and has since overcome significant adversity, undertaking the journey from being a vulnerable horse who’s welfare was at risk to one that competes successfully in British Dressage classes.

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BTRC first to be approved in new BHS Approval Scheme for Retraining Centres

For the first time since the welfare of retired racehorses was thrust into the spotlight in 1991, an approval system is to be introduced for retraining centres in order to promote best practice.

The British Horse Society (BHS), who have been working in collaboration with the Lancaster-based British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre, will now include retraining centres in their BHS Approved Centre Scheme. This initiative is supported by the British Horseracing Authority-backed Retraining of Racehorses.

Whilst racehorse trainers and riding schools must have a licence to operate anyone, skilled or not, can set up a Retraining Centre.

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