Life After Racing

When the decision has been made to retire horses from competitive racing we have a duty of care that extends beyond their racing careers.


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what comes next?

We care deeply about our horses and our staff as well as many owners build incredible bonds with them that far out way what they do on a track.

After their racing careers are over, many of the best horses will be retired to stud to breed the next generation of racehorses. However, thoroughbreds are versatile, highly intelligent creatures that can adapt well to retraining outside racing. Many have long and successful careers in other equestrian disciplines such as Showing, Eventing, Dressage, Polo and Showjumping, whilst many others happily take part in Riding Club activities and hacking.


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The sport also operates its own charity ‘Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)’ to help create a demand for second careers for racehorses after their racing careers are over, and ensuring the welfare of any vulnerable former racehorses. Retraining may be done privately by a competent equine re-trainer, or through specialist centres, which have extensive experience both in retraining former racehorses and placing them in suitable new homes.

At Steph Hollinshead Racing, before we sell a racehorse we vet the buyer to understand where it will go, what their intentions are, their ability to care for the horse and suitability given every horse has its own unique personality.

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Testament to their adaptability is the fact that former racehorses competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics in three-day eventing and were part of the gold medal winning Team GB at the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

Tracking Horses

The BHA (British Horseracing Authority) operates the Horse Welfare Strategy which we are committed to. This demonstrates the industry’s collective lifetime responsibility for thoroughbred horses and a commitment to the best possible safety. It sets out the industry’s vision for racehorses of a ‘life well-lived’ and demonstrates how we are working to trace racehorses from 30 days after their birth through to the end of their lives.

Traceability and tracking of horses is an essential element of the BHA’s welfare strategy, as it helps them ensure that any racehorse is cared for throughout its whole life.

In British horseracing we require the microchipping of horses. This aids traceability, as horses can be identified throughout their lives using the chip, alongside the equine passports which are also required for all horses.

Any thoroughbred foal intended for British racing must be registered within 30 days of its birth. This assists tracking and traceability from a very early age.

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