Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Slinfold in West Sussex is continuing its vital role in retraining former racehorses so they have a positive future with caring owners- despite a shock withdrawal of a long-established funding system by Retraining of Racehorses charity after the end of this year.
RoR is withdrawing its significant part-funding to four centres spread around the country, including Moorcroft, which are proven in doing outstanding retraining work enabling former racehorses to be rehomed for a life outside racing. RoR says it will no longer fund horses sent to the four centres by registered owners and trainers.
Meanwhile, Moorcroft has a waiting list of racehorses from owners and trainers to be retrained, and is renowned for the high standard of work done and rehoming achieved by centre manager Mary Henley-Smith. Last year it achieved funding to pioneer a small number of successful kissing spine operations which transformed the lives of several ex-racehorses.
Mary also holds demonstration days at Moorcroft, where visitors can see how ex-racehorses are rehabilitated, and also enjoy demonstrations from other experts, such as Parelli instructors. Following extensive retraining there , horses are transformed to be able to lead active lives with new owners.
She said: “The lovely ex racehorse Goodtime Boy arrived at the centre in January 2014. He was very uncomfortable with back pain, neck pain and pelvic pain. He also had stomach ulcers which were healed with lots of Aloe Vera juice syringed orally, three times a day to help heal internally.
Ex racehorse Goodtime Boy on arrival at Moorcroft for retraining Photo:Mark Beaumont
Mary added: Obviously also he has had a lot of veterinary help and treatments from our physiotherapist. His rehabilative work included stretching on long reins which he thoroughly enjoyed and short ridden sessions in the school and out hacking, to build his strength and suppleness. We are delighted he has found a loving and caring home in Surrey where he is thriving.”
Goodtime Boy after retraining, giving a display before a large audience Photo: Mark Beaumont
Moorcroft has always had to supplement theRoR grant to cover the costs of retraining, and one major fundraiser for the centre has always been an annual Plumpton Raceday, which last year raised a record £56,000.
Chairman of trustees, Tim Fox, said: ” This year more than ever, we need to continue to gain financial support from those who believe in and appreciate what we do because of this loss of significant funding from RoR.”
Now a double demonstration day is planned at Moorcroft on Saturday May 9 at 10.30am, when retrained ex-racehorses will be ridden and this will be followed by a Parelli demonstration of ridden work by 3* instructor Terri Martinus. Tickets are £12.50 each and this demonstration will be followed by a major raffle draw with outstanding prizes to be won.
Tickets are now on sale for the raffle, where the prizes include:
*2 tickets to Plumpton racecourse for a day of your choice during 2015 plus lunch for two in the Paddock Restaurant
*Champagne breakfast for four given by top Flat racehorse trainer Olly Stevens and his wife Hetta, following by a morning on their gallops at Robins Farm Racing Stables, Chiddingfold
*1 week holiday in lovely two-bedroom cottage in Newquay, Cornwall, in September 2015
*Fontwell Park racecourse prize for four people worth £120-Premier Enclosure admission at Fontwell Park for four, racecards, meal and hot drink for each from Premier Cafe, £2 Tote bet for each at any Fontwell Park meeting in 2015.
*Two tickets to the Festival of Horsemanship in West Sussex on September 12/13
*2 tickets to Lingfield Park Racecourse on date of choice with champagne afternoon tea
*Photo session for your horse with equine photographer Mark Beaumont-www.markbeaumont.co.uk
*ARC- two membership badges giving free entry to any racehorse for remainder of 2015
*Two tickets to ridden demonstration day at Moorcroft on July 11 with talk/demo from Bridgefield physiotherapy
*Home made cake and much more still too come……
Tickets are £10 for a book of five. Buy yours now by sending a stamped addressed envelope with a cheque for £10 made out to Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, to Moorcroft, Huntingrove Stud, Slinfold, Horsham RH13 0RB West Sussex.
For more information contact Moorcroft on 07929 666408