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ROA membership reaches 8,000

The Racehorse Owners Association has heralded a significant moment in its 72-year history by welcoming the 8,000th member to its ranks.

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The organization, which promotes and protects the interests of racehorse owners in Britain, has doubled its membership base in the last 20 years and there are ten times as many members as in the late 1960s.

As well as making racehorse ownership more rewarding, the ROA gives its members a voice within the sport, as one of the British Horseracing Authority’s shareholders, a member of the Horsemen’s Group and soon to become a founder member of the Racing Authority.

Chief Executive Charlie Liverton said: “This is a significant milestone for the ROA, and our sincere thanks to all of our loyal members. We have now reached the moment when we have more members than there are registered owners with horses in training.

“The continuing growth of our membership can be attributed to a range of factors, including the increasing popularity of ownership syndicates.

“It is down to the great loyalty and support of our members, recommendations from trainers and racing secretaries as well as the hard work of the ownership team at Weatherbys who for many years have provided assistance to owners at the point of registration.

“Our partners, who help make membership pay for itself, also play a key role, especially the Racecourse Association, the Jockey Club, Arena Racing Company and Scottish Racing whose free racecourse entry schemes are so very much appreciated by thousands of owners. We would like to thank all of our partners who support these benefits and the racecourses that help owners enjoy their racing all year round.”

Another central influence is the expansion of the package of benefits for ROA members. These include, in addition to the free racecourse admission, privileged car parking, owner-sponsorship, member insurance and discount schemes, Owners Jackpot races and an enhanced diary of events for members. These have all played an important part in rewarding owners and helping to raise the profile of the ROA.

Charlie Liverton added: “As well as this array of benefits, the dedication of our hard-working membership team has been of great assistance over many years. With a new database now being required to replace one that dated from the 1990s when membership was half the size it is now, and other initiatives in the pipeline, we look forward to further enhancing the ownership experience in the years to come.”

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