Former racehorse Galizzi greeted two very special visitors to Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Slinfold, West Sussex when they presented centre manager Mary Frances with a cheque for £15,000 to support this very special West Sussex charity.
Moorcroft is dedicated to retraining ex-racehorses so they can go on to lead active and happy lives when their racing days are over. Under Mary’s expertise, assisted by her staff, this outstanding centre plays a vital role in ensuring the horses are individually rehabilitated for a new life outside racing.
Galizzi, a seven-year-old bred by Darley, and originally trained by J Rainier raced mainly in France, before coming to England, where he raced for Tim Vaughan at Ascot and Epsom.
Mary said : “He has settled in well at Moorcroft. He is a lovely horse and his retraining is developing well. We are extremely grateful for this financial boost from Pets at Home, which will help us continue our vital retraining work with ex-racehorses so they can go on to lead active lives in the future.”
The money donated by Pets At Home branch in Horsham was from its Support Adoption for Pets, an independent charity established by Pets at Home in 2006.
Since then it has helped more than 1,000 re-homing centres and animal welfare organisations across the UK. In addition to its fundraising work, it also runs an adoption centre in more than 440 Pets At Home stores.
Both store manager Anita Charman and fundraising manager Amy Wilson own horses and ride regularly.
Anita said: “It was an honour to be able to present Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre with a cheque for £15,000 on behalf of Support Adoption for Pets. Seeing the amazing work that the charity carries out on a regular basis is a real inspiration and we are delighted this money will go towards helping make the lives of the horses in their care better.”
Amy commented:” It is a real privilege to help an organisation that works so hard to rehabilitate race horses. The team at Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre is doing a superb job and the effort it puts in is an inspiration.
” We wish the team all the best for 2019 and look forward to hearing how this grant helps horses in their care.”