Racing Foundation supports Moorcroft

Welcome support from The Racing Foundation has been received by Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Slinfold in West Sussex. The foundation has enough donated funds for a new lecture room be built at Moorcroft so that more courses and lectures can be run during winter months.

Moorcroft has a fine reputation for retraining ex-racehorse enabling them to lead fulfilling lives after leaving racing. It is one of four specialist centres to be hit by withdrawal of funding by Retraining of Racehorses which instead is expanding competition leagues for ex-racehorses.


A retrained racehorse taking part in a Moorcroft display  Photo :  Jeannie Knight

At Moorcroft, manager Mary Henley-Smith ensures a series of lectures and demonstrations are run during summer months at Moorcroft to benefit ordinary horse owners. The new lecture room, built thanks to the grant, has enabled four immediate winter events to go ahead.

These are:

Saturday November 7, Muscle Atrophy, learn how to avoid, detect and deal with it, with Jenny Wilson and Maruska Aylward.
Saturday November 28, Thoracic Spine-Skeleton- problems and options available for conditions such as Kissing Spine/ Facet Joint problems (Rory O’ Shea MRCVS).
Saturday December 12, A farrier and vet, Rory O’Shea and Grant Lichtenburg, work together to help with common foot problems.
Saturday January 16, Mary Henley-Smith and staff will give a practical long-reining/riding demonstration showing what help can be given to equine back, muscles, posture etc. To book any contact Mary at or 07929 666408.

The centre has an outstanding record in retraining ex-racehorses- Zoom Up, born in 1994 is just one great success story, still enjoying a wonderful life at the age of 21 with a caring keeper, Laura, for the last eight years.

Meanwhile fundraising is essential, following the controversial removal of funding . The Racing Foundation, established in 2012, has granted more than £2 million to charities associated with horseracing and the thoroughbred breeding industry in the UK, supporting work in social welfare, education, training and participation, horse welfare, equine research, heritage and culture.

Moorcroft will welcome corporate funding or other donations to help continue its vital work in enabling ex-racehorses to go on to a good life after racing. Its own major fundraising event, a charity raceday at Plumpton on Monday October 19, offers the chance to support this worthy cause and enjoy a great day at the races, with a three course lunch, afternoon tea, raffles and an auction and much more.

For tickets contact Alison or Kate at Plumpton on 01273 890383 or Mary at Moorcroft on 07929 666408.

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