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National Spirit Hurdle Charity Raceday, Sunday 26th February 2023


We have some very exciting news. The new date for our annual race day to be held at Fontwell is Sunday 26th February 2023 – National Spirit Hurdle Day.

The National Spirit Hurdle is the most valuable and prestigious race in Fontwell Park’s calendar and promises a thrilling day of jump racing. Named after the winner of the champion hurdle in the 1940’s, this race continues to attract some of the finest racing talent in the country. Recent winners include Brewin’upastorm and Botox Ha.

We hope you are able to join us in our private hospitality suite and very much look forward to seeing you again after almost three years.

The cost of a ticket is £110 and that will include: – A champagne reception, and a three-course plated lunch, with a vegetarian option, ½ bottle of wine still or sparkling water and free car parking. Fresh filtered coffee and tea will be available during the day. Also in the suite, there will be a cash bar facility, the Tote, and a tipster to help with your racing selections. And as always, there will be a live auction, silent auction, and raffle, each with fabulous prizes and everybody’s favourite, Heads & Tails.

Full details, the menu and a booking form will be available here early in January. There is also a Corporate Race & Hospitality package, please call Catherine McIlwraith on 07810 453277 for more details.

We very much hope you are able to join us for this fantastic day!


The Racehorse Sanctuary Christmas Appeal 2022


Thank you to Emma Hughes for the photography and Spriggs Florist of Petworth for the festive wreath.

We’re dreaming of an all-weather sand school, your donation could make it a reality

To donate £5, text HORS001 to 70970

To donate £10, text HORS001 to 70191

Please support our Christmas Appeal to build an all-weather sand school and a brighter future for our ex-racehorses.

The Racehorse Sanctuary & Rehoming Centre desperately needs an all-weather sand school, so we can rehabilitate more ex-racehorses. Thoroughbreds are so trainable and can be amazing in their new roles after retiring from racing. They just need time and support in adjusting to their new life before going on to a loving home and new career.

Being able to ride safely all year round in an enclosed area will be invaluable for our team in helping every horse in our care achieve their full potential. The sand school will also give prospective keepers more opportunities to spend time with their matched riding companion to ensure they’ll have a long and happy life together.

At Mulsey Farm we are only able to use the fields for riding some of the year, weather permitting, but being on clay makes riding very difficult during the winter months . We also have a horse walker, courtesy of the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust. However, an all-weather sand school, would make an enormous difference to our efforts to re-home ridden horses.

With your help, we can build on this year’s success

This year we’ve successfully rehomed seven horses: two companion horses and five ridden horses, who are enjoying their new lives immensely.

Two of our former racehorses have also found valuable new roles in the world of Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning, which transforms the lives of both humans and horses. With their sensitive and intelligent nature, thoroughbreds are eminently suitable for therapeutic and educational activities, and an all-weather sand school would allow us to develop this inspiring work. With your help, we will.

Please contribute whatever you can to our appeal this Christmas

If you can contribute to The Centre’s all-weather sand school fund, we would be absolutely thrilled. Every donation, whether £5, £10 or any amount of your choice will quickly add up and mean so much to us and the horses.

We have planning permission for the sand school and would love to install it in the spring. All we need now is the money to make it happen. So, if you can, please help us with a donation today. Thank you.


To donate any amount, please visit our Christmas Appeal Just Giving Page.

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You can TEXT donations to The Racehorse Sanctuary’s Christmas Appeal.

To donate £5, text HORS001 to 70970

To donate £10, text HORS001 to 70191

Please follow the message instructions to register for Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer.


You can send a cheque payable to The Racehorse Sanctuary to us at:

The Racehorse Sanctuary
Admin Office: 2 Crouch Farm Cottages,
West Sussex GU28 0LQ


Please state Christmas Appeal in the payment reference and transfer to:

Account name:             The Racehorse Sanctuary
Account number:             03592497
Sort code:                         30-94-41

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For the love of ex-racehorses