Author adds support to racehorse retraining

May 23, 2011

Jilly Cooper is to be part of the judging panel for a series of new awards celebrating rettrained racehorses.

Retraining of Racehorses has introduced four new awards for ex-racehorses.
The inaugural Heart Awards is being run by Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British Horseracing's official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing.

"I am a great supporter of the work of the RoR and the RoR Heart Awards are a great opportunity to hear some real life heart warming stories, and to reward the obvious passion and commitment that owners have with their ex-racehorses. I am delighted to be involved," Cooper said.

The four awards include RoR Heart Throb (best looking), RoR Heart Stopper (overcoming adversity), RoR Healthy Heart (the best all rounder) and RoR Biggest Heart Award (best temperament).

Cooper, a novelist, journalist and horse lover, will play a special part in the judging process by deciding, as well as presenting the trophy to, an overall winner of the RoR Heart Awards.

Entries for the RoR Awards close on June 1 when the RoR judging panel will decide a shortlist of nominees for each award. Horse fans will then have the chance to vote for their favourite horse to win each award.

Judges deciding the shortlist nominees include Fellow of the BHS and British Eventing Selector Nick Turner, along with RoR Trustee and Racecourse Association member David Hunter and RoR Director of Operations, Di Arbuthnot.

Numerous nominations for the RoR Heart Awards have been received so far from riders who have retrained their horse as a loyal companion to hack out to those ex-racehorses competing in all kinds of equine sports from the grassroots up. Horses must be registered with the RoR and have raced in the UK to qualify.

The patron for Retraining of Racehorses is FEI president Princess Haya.