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Retraining of Racehorses – Racing to Horseball Cup

The British Horseball Association, in conjunction with the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) charity, have created the RoR Racing to Horseball Cup to recognise and encourage the retraining of racehorses into Horseball horses.

  • 2nd September 2023 - 2nd September 2023
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The British Horseball Association, in conjunction with the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) charity, have created the RoR Racing to Horseball Cup to recognise and encourage the retraining of racehorses into Horseball horses.

The first ever event of this new competition will take place on Saturday 2nd September at The National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket.

In the UK there are currently over 40 horses who play Horseball and many, many more across Europe (many of which are also actually British ex-racehorses!). For the last 7 years the Great Britain Ladies and Pro-Elite teams have been predominately made up of ex-racers. Horseball is a brilliant sport for ex-racehorses because of their natural speed, agility and experience of ‘running with the crowd’ – they tend to be very willing and a joy to retrain into something we believe is really fun for them!

It’s at the National Horseracing Museum that you can find out all about the Retraining of Racehorses charity in the Rothschild Yard, where there are four refurbished stables dedicated to explaining what happens to racehorses after their racing careers are over. You can learn about the work that RoR – British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing – do and why horses leave racing and how RoR helps them enjoy a second career. To help the public better appreciate the retraining process, we also have up to 6 retired racehorses on site at any given time. You can meet the horses during our daily tours and find out all about the horses themselves and how they are retrained for equestrian disciplines beyond the racetrack.

The competition winners of the ‘RoR Cup’ will be the winning team on the day and will win the Trophy and be invited to take part in a demonstration with the RoR.

A special individual prize will also be awarded to ‘RoR Best Horse’ of the competition; with a personalised plaque and special prizes from both the RoR and BHA.

Keep an eye on our socials and website for more information on this unique tournament. The cost of the event is included in General Admission.

About the Competition:

The competition is open to all RoR horses; including GB & Foreign-raced horses, and those who were in training but unraced. Entrants must be a full competition member of both the British Horseball Association and the Retraining of Racehorses to take part.

You as the competitor: players may take part in the beginning of the year they reach 16yrs (must be 15yrs on 1st January 2023). You do not need to be competing in the British League to partake, but you must be a full member.

Cost of entry to RoR Racing to Horseball Cup:

Entrance is included within the cost of general admission. This gives you access to all areas including the National Horseracing Museum, Palace House and the Rothschild Yard, where you can meet retired racehorses!

To buy your ticket, click the link and choose the date on which you’d like to attend. When you get here, upgrade to an Annual Pass for FREE. This gives you unlimited access for 12 months from the date of your first visit.

Already an existing Annual Pass holder? Head to the shop on arrival to scan your ticket and pick up a day badge.

Why not make a day of it and book a table for lunch at The Tack Room restaurant, or order a picnic from The Bakery to enjoy in our beautiful grounds.

Timings for the day are still to be confirmed, so please check the website before heading to the event.

Facilities

  • Cloakroom facilities
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Restaurant
  • WI-FI

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Blue Badge Parking
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Wheel chair accessible
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