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Our Winter Feed Appeal 2023

Winter feed appealPlease help us to feed our Sanctuary residents this winter

– your donation will make all the difference.

To donate £5, text HORS001 to 70970
To donate £10, text HORS001 to 70191

Please support our Winter Feed Appeal to keep all our ex-racehorses in good health during these cold winter months.

Winter has really hit the Racehorse Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre hard with the extended freezing conditions on top of the usual cold, very wet and windy weather. This has led to the horses needing extra feed, supplements, and in some cases, medication which is essential in keeping them healthy and happy during these long winter months.

The increase in costs comes in the form of extra good quality hay, plenty of fibre rich feed and bedding such as straw and shavings, all of which have dramatically increased in price since the summer due to the ongoing war in Ukraine and the cost of energy crisis.

In parallel to this, the horse’s wellbeing relies on them being able to have a degree of turnout every day so that they can move freely and have the all important grazing time which helps keep their gut and mental health at its best. This daily turnout helps avoid stress and joint stiffness as well as gut issues such as colic and excess acid, which some ex-racehorses suffer from, a legacy from their time in racing. So to keep the paddocks in a fair and safe condition regular maintenance of the fields such as repairing fencing is essential. And with the cost of post and rail also increasing dramatically we really need your help.

Please donate now whatever you can

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 don’t have a crystal ball to see if the weather will continue to be as bad as it has been so far this winter so, if you can, please help us with a donation today. Thank you.


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


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

  • To donate £1, text HORS001 to 70201
  • To donate £3, text HORS001 to 70331
  • 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 Winter Feed Appeal in the payment reference and transfer to:

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

Fundraising, payments, and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme (Charity No: 1149800), operating as DONATE. Texts will be charged at your standard network rate. For Terms & Conditions, see


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.

The Menu

• Chicken and tarragon terrine with pickled Heritage carrot salad, finished with peas and broad beans
• Butternut and Brie arancini, tomato and basil ragout, Parmesan crisp and fine herb salad
• Sliced peppered sirloin, butter fondant potato, winter greens with kale and cabbage and pan jus
• Pan-seared gnocchi, baby vegetables and pesto cream sauce
• Lemon meringue dome served with blackcurrant puree and shortbread crumb
• Mature Cheddar, aged Stilton, creamy Brie served with grapes, celery apple chutney and a selection of stone ground biscuits

Full details 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!


For the love of ex-racehorses