Members enjoy British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre visit

23 July 2019

Despite an inclement weather forecast, the sun exceeded all expectations and shone on the small group of ROA members that attended a visit to the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre in Lancaster on Monday 22 July.  Established in 1991 by Carrie Humble the Centre was the first of its kind, and following a successful fundraising campaign it moved to its current site in 2005 after buying the Whinney Hill ex-dairy farm.  Set in over 200 acres there has been an ongoing programme of development since, and now the Centre boasts 40 stables, a dedicated vet treatment facility, a covered indoor school and a horse walker.

ROA members were taken on a tour of the site by Chief Executive Gillian Carlisle, whose passion and dedication to the cause of the ex-racehorse was obvious to all.  As well as meeting virtually every horse on site (bribing them with carrots along the way!) we heard about how the Centre will never turn a horse away over its veterinary history, and about how they never set a time limit on getting a horse ready for another life.  Gillian and her team are also keep to expand the knowledge of people regarding the Thoroughbred ex-racer, so they have work experience and veterinary students from all over the world coming to visit.

The morning finished with members watching some of the horses being worked in the school – all at very different stages of retraining – before everyone departed for a highly enjoyable complimentary trip to Cartmel racecourse.  The ROA extends its thanks to Gillian and everyone at the BTRC, as well as Cartmel racecourse, for their time and generosity.


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