Moorcroft’s bright future under new trustees

A BRIGHT future is ahead for Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, based at Huntingrove Stud, Slinfold in West Sussex, which does such outstanding work retraining ex-racehorses to go on to lead active lives beyond the race track.

Moorcroft is headed by chief executive Mary Frances BHSII & BHS.SM.  Mary has an impressive background and her expertise in retraining ex-racehorses is unrivalled.

Her retraining achievements at Moorcroft are outstanding, She is assisted by Lianne Bird who is a skilled yard manager. Both have worked at Moorcroft for many years, achieving consistently good results for this charity.

Mary and head girl Leanne Bird  with Detour Ahead , a chestnut mare currently being retrained  at Moorcroft Photo: Jeannie Knight

Mary now has a new team of trustees at Moorcroft, with Nigel Neville, Pam Tetley and Jeannie Knight helping to take Moorcroft forward, supporting the charity’s retraining work with knowledge and enthusiasm.

Mary said: ” They are already making a difference here and are taking Moorcroft forward to a positive future.”

Mary oversees the retraining of ex-racehorses coming into Moorcroft’s care following a life in racing.  Her expertise is invaluable in achieving good results. Equines are transformed from nervy racehorses into meticulously schooled equines. They take part in special events at the centre which enable Moorcroft supporters to see for themselves the beneficial results of this expert retraining.

Moorcroft’s outstanding work was recently recognised with a much-needed £15,000 donation from Support Adoption for Pets towards the centre’s vet fees. A big thank-you has gone to this organisation.

On hand at the presentation ceremony was Galizzi, a seven-year-old bred by Darley, and originally trained by J Rainier. This horse raced mainly in France, before coming to England, where he raced for Tim Vaughan at Ascot and Epsom.

Galizzi in October 2018 on his arrival at Moorcroft just after finishing racing

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.”

Galizzi in outstanding condition this year having had careful rehab and retraining at Moorcroft in Mary’s skilled hands.

Meanwhile fundraising continues at Moorcroft, where an extension is being built to the indoor school to help the centre to progress.  A big thank-you from Moorcroft has gone to the Peter O’ Sullevan Trust for its support towards this.

Mary schooling Moonhammer

All Moorcroft horses learn to long-rein for posture improvement and strength. They can work on straight lines in a good outline, strengthening and lifting their backs every step of the way so they become comfortable horses for riders to sit on and therefore happy horses.

A past long reining course at Moorcroft where participants tried their hand at long-reining
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Another long reining course takes place at Moorcroft on May 18. To book your place with Mary contact:

Mary said:”There are many advantages to this schooling method and if taught correctly has huge benefits for any horse. Running around on the end of the lunge line on a permanent circle is something I never understood and it certainly will weaken and strain your horse in many ways – apart from exhausting it.

“We work well with an excellent vet and an ACPAT registered physiotherapist who have never failed to unearth and treat the problems that we often find these ex-racehorses have gone through.

“There are problems, which, if not found and solved, will prevent them from going on to comfortable new careers and therefore we are committed to helping them to change their way of going and their basic understanding of how to carry a rider. To this end they must be sound and pain-free.”

For more information about Moorcroft demonstrations or how to donate to this outstanding centre, please or ring 07929 666408.








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