Charity Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is again running its popular Horse Personality of the Year award, nominations for which can now be made online until November 29.
The award celebrates former racehorses that have shown exceptional character in transitioning to a new career and have had a positive impact on those around them.
The inaugural RoR Horse Personality of the Year in 2020 attracted over 250 entries and the award went to the now 12-year-old gelding Ned Causer. The former racehorse ran just three times in a short-lived racing career but had a transformational effect on the life of his owner, Sarah Peacock, helping her to overcome bouts of anxiety and depression.
Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said: “We hope that this award will get people talking passionately about what it means to own a former racehorse. We want to recognise those horses with a unique personality and character, and to also showcase the special bond they develop with their riders.
“We know there are many wonderful success stories, as well as great achievements, among the thousands of former racehorses that are lovingly rehomed and retrained each year.”
Nominations can be made online at https://ror-events.org.uk/horse-of-the-year-entry-page/ from owners of former racehorses registered with RoR and will close on Monday, November 29. Those who make the shortlist of three finalists will be notified by Friday, December 10.
Each of the three shortlisted finalists will be invited to the prestigious RoR Awards evening held at The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket on Saturday, January 22 when the overall winner of the RoR Horse Personality of the Year will be revealed. Top Flat jockey Hollie Doyle will be helping to choose the finalists this year.
All three shortlisted horses will also receive a RoR rug, and the winner will be presented with the RoR Horse Personality of the Year trophy.