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Betfred Supports ‘The BTRC Race Day’ at Aintree Racecourse

anrd_700x1400resizedThe British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC) is delighted to announce the world’s biggest independent bookmaker, Betfred is kindly supporting a BTRC charity race day. Held on Saturday, November 5, at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool, the ‘Betfred BTRC Day’ promises to be a spectacular day out.

Caroline Davis, Betfred Sponsorship Executive said: “We are thrilled to be working with the BTRC. We already have a fantastic relationship with Aintree Racecourse and to combine one of our great race days with such an important cause is very exciting.
“We love horse racing and we are proud to be supporting the BTRC and all the important work they do for the welfare, rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of retired racehorses.”

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The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre Open Day a Huge Success

callageThe British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre Open Day was a huge success with a fantastic turnout, including founder Carrie Humble MBE, as part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations.

The Open Day was held at the centre, Whinney Hill, Lancashire and despite some rather wet weather, rain failed to stop play with visitors in good spirits after meeting all the BTRC horses and learning more about what the charity does.

With so much going on there was something for everyone to enjoy. Visitors were treated to an action packed schedule of events including an amazing Lionheart Entertainments jousting tournament, the Vale of Lune hounds, the Oxenholme Pony Club Pony Games Challenge and Horus Birds of Prey with their beautiful feathered friends.

Charlotte Bowery and her BTRC loaned horse Rocky displayed their talent and skills in an impressive Dressage to Music display.

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British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre named as official charity partner of QIPCO British Champions Day

FB postThe British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre will be the official charity of QIPCO British Champions Day 2016 on Saturday 15th October 2016.

John Sexton, Chairman of The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre, said: “It has been a remarkable 25 years for the Centre and what is really pleasing is the way the racing industry has responded by becoming far more aware of the potential of these beautiful animals in other equestrian disciplines.

“We have had several stars of the track come through our doors over the years, from the 1984 Grand National winner Hallo Dandy, who was our flagship horse in the early years, to more recent arrivals like Mount Athos and Brae Hill. However, the vast majority are horses who were not stars on the track, but have still contributed to the fabulous tapestry of British racing and deserve a chance of a fulfilling future when their racing days are done.

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A Breath-taking Ride Around the Chatsworth Estate

BTRC Ch House (5)MORE THAN 100 riders took part in a unique opportunity to ride around the Chatsworth Estate, thanks to the BTRC Ride for Retraining campaign. Basking in sunshine, riders enjoyed a leisurely hack along rolling countryside, taking in the stunning scenery of the Chatsworth Estate whilst raising money for the charity.

Basking in sunshine, riders enjoyed a leisurely hack along rolling countryside, taking in the stunning scenery of the Chatsworth Estate whilst raising money for the charity.

“It was amazing to be able to hold a ‘Ride for Retraining’ in such a fantastic surroundings as Chatsworth and our thanks go to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire for welcoming us so warmly to their home. Everyone taking part seemed to have a wonderful day and helped contribute to our £100,000 target to double the size of our yard to 80 boxes,” said BTRC Chairman John Sexton.

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Unique Chance to Ride Around the Breath-taking Chatsworth Estate

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A unique one-off chance to ride around the breath-taking Chatsworth Estate has been made possible thanks to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

This fantastic opportunity takes place on Sunday, July 10 when you will be able to enjoy a leisurely hack alongside the magnificent cross country fences, explore the pathways and take in the stunning scenery of the Chatsworth Estate whilst raising money for charity.
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TRC Staff Member Gains Distinction in BHS Stage 3

LauraCongratulations to one of BTRC’s Assistant Trainer’s Laura Brailsford, BSc Equine Science, for achieving a distinction in her recent BHS Stage 3 riding and stable management examinations. A distinction is only awarded to candidates of exceptional quality who succesfully pass all sections of the examination on their first attempt. Education and training is always at the core of BTRC’s daily work and we are extremely proud when one of our team is recognised for their dedication and skill within the equestrian industry.
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Leading Names Support The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre

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THE British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2016 and is delighted to announce they have secured support from three of the industry’s leading names.

Market leaders BEDMAX and Albion Saddlemakers, join long term partner TopSpec who have supported the TRC for nearly 10 years.With these new partners supporting their work, the TRC can provide the very best care, rehabilitation and retraining for the ex-racehorses at the centre.

Well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds. TopSpec is committed to supporting ex-racehorse welfare and rehoming. Said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec: “We have been working with the TRC for nearly 10 years to provide each horse with a tailored feeding plan. Racehorses take some time to adapt to the high forage/low hard feed regime that suits them so well and prepares them for a healthy, relaxed life in a different sphere. We are very pleased to continue supporting the TRC as helping these wonderful thoroughbreds to enjoy an extended life is very rewarding.”

BEDMAX Shavings were the first dust free, tailor made bedding for horses to be produced in the UK and with three production plants and UK wide sales team, they are an industry market leader. Tim Smalley, Managing Director of BEDMAX Shavings said: “Our aim is to produce a bedding that will help performance horses achieve at the highest levels and the racing sector is an integral part of our business. Most racehorses spend long periods of time in their stables and dust is the biggest danger to their health. Eliminating dust and spores in the stable is our top priority. We’re delighted to be working with the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre in order to offer these horses the same health and welfare benefits throughout their retraining.”

Albion Saddlemakers a world class British manufacturer of competition saddles and accessories also join the TRC partnership in 2016. Marketing Manager Annie Belton said: “Albion takes great pleasure in supporting TRC in their retraining of racehorses.  Albion’s extensive knowledge of rehabilitation of horses from every discipline will give these horses the very best opportunity to change their careers in comfortable and well-fitting equipment.”

Added TRC Chief Executive, Gillian Carlisle: “To have the support of three premium brands that will play such an important role in the care and retraining of our horses is fantastic and we are thrilled to have them as part of the team.”

Dame Judi Dench Lands Leading Role

Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench has landed an important new role – as principal Patron of the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

Judi_yellow (1)Dame Judi, who co-owned the 2008 Lincoln Handicap winner Smokey Oakey, takes over as principal Patron from long-time supporter Sir Peter O’Sullevan, who died last year. She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to become principal Patron of the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre in succession to Sir Peter. He will be a very hard act to follow.”

“The Centre does very important work finding homes and futures for retired racehorses and while my work takes me to many different places and countries, so that I can never be sure where I will be at any given time, I hope there will be opportunities for me to attend some of the events as the Centre celebrates its Silver Jubilee”.

John Sexton, the Chairman of the TRC, commented: “It is fantastic to have Dame Judi supporting our work. She is a much-loved and well respected actress with a love of the horse. We wondered how we could possibly follow Sir Peter, who was an amazing supporter of the Centre and the work done here, but I feel sure he would be delighted to have a successor like Dame Judi”.

As well as a new name and a new Patron, the Centre has also appointed 10 ambassadors: Rose Paterson, the Chair of Aintree Racecourse, actor Charlie Lawson, jockeys Frankie Dettori and John Reid, Newmarket trainer Mark Tompkins, British Horse Society director of Equine Policy Lee Hackett, owner the Marquess of Zetland, experienced thoroughbred vet Gordon Sidlow, Louise Owen, wife of owner Michael Owen and Dinah Nicholson, widow of former leading National Hunt trainer David ‘The Duke’ Nicholson.