The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British racing, which invests all profits back into the sport, has today announced a new partnership with Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing, with the launch of The Jockey Club RoR Novice Thoroughbred Show Series 2014.
The Series is intended to highlight the successful second careers Thoroughbred racehorses can go on to have in other equine disciplines and is open to Thoroughbred mares or geldings, who are at least four-years-old and who
have all previously raced in Britain.
Beginning in March, more than 20 qualifying classes have been confirmed to date. The qualifiers lead up to a Championship at the acclaimed Aintree National Show, staged at The Jockey Club’s world-class International Equestrian Centre at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 26 July. To qualify for the championship competitors will need to be placed within the first three at one of the qualifying classes taking place at locations throughout the country.
For the qualifiers, The Jockey Club’s sponsorship will provide rosettes and £150 of prize vouchers per show awarded in addition to the standard prize money on offer.
For the Championship, The Jockey Club will provide prize monies of £500. The Championship’s overall winner will receive £250 together with a sash and branded Thermatex rug. The Reserve Novice Champion will receive £100 and further prize money will be awarded down to 6th place.
The Jockey Club RoR Novice Champion will then be eligible to compete in Aintree’s Supreme RoR Championship at the Aintree National Show on Sunday 27 July, with a £1,000 prize pot available.
Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive,
The Jockey Club, said:
“Governed by Royal Charter to act for the good of British racing, the welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses once they retire from racing is an important consideration for The Jockey Club and British racing.
“The sports dedicated charity, Retraining of Racehorses, does a fantastic job highlighting the successful careers that many racehorses go on to have. With the number of retired racehorses registered with RoR continuing to grow, we are delighted to be able to demonstrate our commitment to this worthy charity by partnering this new initiative.”
Di Arbuthnot, RoR Chief Executive,
"RoR is delighted to be partnering with The Jockey Club for this new Show series. We are proud to have their support, which acknowledges the increasing popularity of the Thoroughbred in the showing world. We look forward to some new talent emerging through the qualifying rounds and of course, a competitive final at Aintree in the summer."
All the conditions for entry can be found at www.ror.org.uk