Two ex-racehorses went on display at Plumpton Racecourse’s recent meeting, demonstrating the superb retraining work done by Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, based in West Sussex.
Inler and Bien Faire walked calmly round the parade ring, before spectators as they were put through their paces before racegoers, totally unaffected by the buzz and noise of a raceday.
Centre manager, Mary Frances, who is an expert in retraining highly strung ex-racehorses so they can go on to lead active lives outside racing, explained their backgrounds to the crowd.
Inler, a nine-year-old brown gelding, had been trained by Godolphin and had won three races during his career. He is still a young horse with a bright future ahead of him in other disciplines. Mary explained: ” He earned £31,000 in prize money when racing but has been successfully retrained at Moorcroft and is very established in his schooling.”
She added: ” He has been out regularly in recent weeks and been placed in dressage competitions and is a great project for someone who wishes to pursue that path and further develop Inler’s talents. He has a great temperament.”
The second horse parading before racegoers was Bien Faire, a six-year-old previously trained by Anthony Honeyball. Bien Faire had been only lightly raced and did not take to racing,
“He is a lovely horse but was not suited by racing. It was felt that after retraining, he could be sold on and enjoy life in a different discipline with new owner. He will reward anyone who takes him on for that,” added Mary.
Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Slinfold , near Horsham, is one of just three accredited retraining centres for ex-racehorses in the UK.
It relies heavily on fundraising in order to continue the outstanding work it does in giving ex-racehorses a life after racing an provides a temporary home for up to 28 horses coming out of racing. Mary ensures they are retrained so they can be rehomed and go on to another purpose in life.
Moorcroft will be celebrating its 17th annual fundraising day at Plumpton Racecourse on Monday October 17. The raceday, which contributes 20 per cent towards the centre’s running costs, features the running of the Josh Gifford Memorial Trophy along with a number of special fundraising activities, including the Shetland Pony Gold Cup, supported by the Andy Stewart Charitable Foundation.
A charity lunch and auction in a special marquee will also take place.
For Moorcroft chairman, Tim Fox, this is the charity’s biggest fundraising day of the year, which is usually supported by more than 350 people. There is a traditional auction of outstanding prizes, along with a raffle for some very special items.
Tim said: “It’s the charity’s biggest fundraising day of the year and I hope everyone will support us.Tickets for the event can be obtained by ringing 01273 890 383.”