Following the success of the 2014 initiative, The Jockey Club has announced it will once again partner with Retraining of Racehorses, British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing, to stage The Jockey Club RoR Novice Thoroughbred Ridden Show Series in 2015.
The Series highlights the successful second careers Thoroughbred racehorses can go on to have in other equine disciplines and The Jockey Club is once again supporting the initiative as part of its mission to act for the good of British racing. Last year’s Series was won by Hero Worship ridden by Kent based Abi Drury (pictured).
Open to Thoroughbred mares or geldings, who are at least four-years-old and who have all previously raced in Britain, more than 20 qualifying classes have been confirmed to date. The qualifiers, which begin in March, lead up to the Novice Championship Final at Aintree Racecourse’s RoR National Championships in August 2015. 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 Championship, The Jockey Club will provide prize monies of £500 and during the qualifiers, rosettes and £150 of prize vouchers per show will be awarded as part of the sponsorship in addition to the standard prize money on offer. The Jockey Club’s RoR Novice Thoroughbred Ridden Show Champion will then be eligible to compete
for the RoR Supreme Championship Elite prize of £2,500.
Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive, The Jockey Club,
“At The Jockey Club, the welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses after they retire from horseracing is a consideration we take seriously in line with our mission to act for the good of the sport.
“As the success of last year’s Series proved, many retired racehorses go on to have fulfilling second careers and I was delighted by the positive response we received on our partnership with British racings dedicated charity, RoR. I’m grateful for everyone who participated in our novice show and I hope we will see further examples that racehorses can have successful careers once they retire from the spotlight during this year’s show.”
Di Arbuthnot, RoR Chief Executive
“RoR is committed to helping thoroughbreds have an active life after racing and grateful to have the continued support of the Jockey Club’s for this popular amateur show series and the Championship Final taking place at their prestigious racecourse at Aintree.”
Abi Drury, 2014 Novice Champion
“Hero Worship loved the atmosphere in the indoor arena at Aintree, it was a great confidence building experience for both of us and that feeling of winning and competing at the Aintree Show ring last year was amazing.”
Further details about the Series can be found here
The Jockey Club RoR Novice Thoroughbred Ridden Show Series 2015