Fontwell Park’s owners give racehorse charity major boost

Fontwell Park owners Arena Racing Company (ARC) have announced their support for the charity Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) during 2013.

The backing from the UK’s largest racing group will increase awareness among racing audiences of RoR, highlighting the opportunities for racehorses to retrain for second careers and go on to enjoy a fulfilling life after racing.

Jim Allen, racing director said: “ARC is proud to be involved with RoR charity this year to help showcase the achievements of many former racehorses and we know how vital it is to support racehorses in their retirement.”

ARC’s campaign will involve all the group’s 15 racecourses, featuring RoR banners, advertising in racecards, the screening on course of the RoR’s annual review video which includes footage from RoR’s championship series showing, eventing, polo, dressage and show jumping with contributions from well-known racing and equestrian personalities.

RoR’s supported centres - Greatwood, Heroes, Moorcroft and Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre - will also be given a boost and be permitted to hold bucket collections at a number of race meetings throughout 2013.

Other events, PR and promotions will be planned during the year. RoR will be organising its popular parades of former racehorses.

Di Arbuthnot, the charity’s chief executive, said: “It’s fantastic to have the ongoing support and be working with ARC this year. Our collaboration will help us to reach wider racing audiences, raise awareness of the RoR and importantly, promote life after racing and the tremendous adaptability of the racehorse.”

Fontwell’s next race meeting is next week’s (Thurs Aug 15) Ladies’ Evening.