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Spring News

With spring well and truly here, despite the rather damp and cold weather, we are looking forward to getting our horses out for longer on the new spring grass. There has been plenty going on at the Centre, so here is a round up ….


We would like to welcome Emily, Louise and Phil as new Trustees to The Racehorse Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre. They all have a passion for horses and are very much looking forward to joining us. We now have a strong board of Trustees, all of whom are dedicated to continuing the security of all the horses in our care.


Another piece of fantastic news, The National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) has granted us membership. As an organisation, it is a nationally recognised and respected member body working tirelessly to ensure high standards of equine welfare, and we are very proud to have been accepted by them.

It is the NEWC’s mission to protect the welfare of the horse, pony, donkey and mule by ensuring that everyone who has an interest or association with these equines makes its health and welfare the overriding factor in all decision-making.


The Centre would like to welcome and thank a new sponsor who has joined us in the last month, local company Vetlab Supplies based in Pulborough, West Sussex. Vetlabs owners, Michael Fleming & his wife Rita, have had their own racehorses in the past and having visited the Racehorse Sanctuary recently, they were so impressed, Mike even called it an Equine Paradise, they are keen to support in any way they can to help continue our work with ex-racehorses.

And big thank you to Mike and Victoria who very kindly did our worm count tests for all our horses at the Centre. They were all in the range, well done Nigel for excellent stable management.


Our latest ex-racehorse arrived last week from Dean Ivory, a trainer in Hertfordshire. Fighting Temaraire, stable name Tem (a huge relief as we are all struggling to pronounce his name!), is a 10 year old bay gelding. His racing career includes 55 races, with 8 wins, 6 2nds and 4 3rds, before retiring recently. Tem will now have a much-deserved holiday before he begins his retraining with Nigel and his team in becoming a riding horse and hopefully finding his forever home.


Our annual open day at the Race Horse Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre is the 16th of September 2023. This is a day when anyone can come and see the resident horses and chat to the team on the work that we do. There are lots of stalls with plenty of ‘horsey stuff’ on sale and food and drink including burgers and hotdogs. So please put the date in your diary. If you are interested in having a stall on the day please email Catherine Mcilwriath for more information on pitch availability and prices.


National Spirit Hurdle Charity Raceday at Fontwell – Pete The Feat was a star!

Pete the Feat

Our lovely Pete the Feat enjoyed a very exciting day at Fontwell on the 26th of February 2023, the day of our charity lunch and the very prestigious Spirit Hurdle Race.

He paraded in the pre-parade ring for an hour and was very well-behaved for Clare, his handler.

Pete was surrounded by many racegoers who had supported him during his successful career in which he had 47 runs with 11 wins and 12 placings. Some of his followers were happy to share their memories of Pete, one mentioned he was able to purchase a car with his winnings from one of Pete’s successful races, and another was able to recall every single race and where he was placed.

Nigel was very emotional seeing Pete parading and looking every inch ‘the star’ of the ring. And this was a very special day, especially for Peter and Graham who were Pete’s previous owners prior to him coming to us at The Racehorse Sanctuary for his much deserved retirement.

All the horses at the Centre have wintered well and very much looking forward to the sunshine, spring grass and the removal of their rugs.

If you would like to donate, sponsor a horse or get involved with The Racehorse Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre then please do get in touch, either call 07810 453277 or email


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