AP McCoy new patron for Britain’s official OTTB charity

AP McCoy will be among jockeys showing off their showjumping skills at Olympia.
Retired jockey AP McCoy has been named a patron of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).

Sir Anthony “AP” McCoy has been appointed a patron of British racing’s official equine charity, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).

The recently retired 20-time champion jockey joins fellow Channel 4 Racing presenter, Clare Balding, as one of two patrons for the charity that promotes the versatility and adaptability of racehorses so they can enjoy a new life after racing.

AP McCoy with his National winner Don't Push It.
AP McCoy with his National winner Don’t Push It.

Following a career of unparalleled success, Tony McCoy retired from the saddle in April 2015 after securing his 20th consecutive champion jump jockeys’ title. In January, his appointment as President of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund was announced and his role as a patron of RoR is his first official appointment with an equine charity.

“It is an honour to have been asked to take on the role of patron of RoR,” McCoy said. “As I said on my retirement, I rode in nearly 18,000 races and I owe a debt to all the horses I rode, as without them none of my success would have been possible. So I am delighted to be in a position where I can assist in promoting the increasingly varied options available for racehorses after racing.

“During their racing careers, thanks to the care provided by trainers and their stable staff, racehorses are incredibly well looked after. RoR’s work helps ensure that the level of care and overall welfare provided to horses in-training is maintained after they leave racing,” he said.

In McCoy’s absence, the title of champion jump jockey is likely to be won by Richard Johnson, who himself is an ambassador for RoR, along with former champion flat jockey and dual Derby winning rider, Frankie Dettori.

RoR Chairman Paul Roy said the charity was delighted that “AP” had taken on the role. “He is an inspiration to so many and a wonderful ambassador for horseracing.”

He said there were more than 11,500 horses registered as active in equine disciplines outside of racing on the RoR database, and the charity was undergoing a period of sustained growth.

“With increasing levels of participation in RoR classes and activities, we are investing more and more into education and training programmes to match the demand among owners for taking on former racehorses.

“The popularity of the RoR classes across a range of disciplines has not, however, led to any complacency in terms of the charity’s commitment to looking after vulnerable horses. We continue to work with and fund RoR recognised centres so they can take-in and re-home vulnerable horses and the collaborative pilot scheme introduced with World Horse Welfare in 2015 has been a success and will be extended.”

The announcement of McCoy’s appointment as patron crowns a busy week for RoR. On Monday it was announced that singer Jess Glynne would make a donation to RoR from her fee for performing at four Jockey Club Live race nights this summer, and on Thursday at Aintree, on the first day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival, 10 re-trained horses line-up in a high- profile parade sponsored by the Racing Post.

The charity’s 2015 annual review was also published this week.

 

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