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.

The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre Launch Unique Fundraiser

R4R logo-page-001A UNIQUE challenge has been launched to mark the 25th Anniversary of The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

2016 is a very special year for the Centre and to celebrate this occasion a nationwide initiative – Ride for Retraining – is underway to raise a massive £100,000 by riding around the equivalent of the United Kingdom coastline! The scheme will see horse riders from the length and breadth of Britain taking part and joining forces to tally up the total mileage with a target of 7,723 miles – the distance around Britain’s mainland coast. All money raised will go to building a further 40 stables at the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre in Lancashire – doubling the size of the current facility with the aim of helping even more of the thousands of racehorses retired from the sport each year.

Said TRC Chief Executive, Gillian Carlisle: “Our 25th Anniversary fundraising and celebrations are now underway and the Ride for Retraining campaign is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get involved in this great fund-raising appeal. All you have to do is ride as many miles as you can, on your own, with a friend or as part of a planned ride such as a pleasure ride or endurance activity. So that together and along with other events planned during our anniversary year we can reach our goal of raising the £100,000 for the new stable block. For those fundraisers really wanting to go for it there will also be the opportunity to have a stable named after their club or group to thank them for their valuable effort depending on the amount raised.”

To take part in Ride for Retraining simply sign up to ride and donate £10 here.  Everyone who registers will then receive a Ride for Retraining high visibility tabard to wear while out hacking or on a pleasure ride. Once they have completed the ride, they will be asked to log the distance covered on the TRC website and that will be added to the overall total. Everyone’s individual mileage will be added together so riders can follow not only the fundraising effort but also the distance achieved throughout the next eight months before the initiative ends on November 5.

It is hoped that as well as donating £10 to take part, as many riders as possible will use the opportunity to raise more money through getting themselves sponsored by  friends and family, but the TRC’s main aim is to get as many riders as possible.

For more information please call the office on (01524) 812649.


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