35 former racehorses go to good homes- Moorcroft chairman pays tribute to manager

Marsool taking part in  Plumpton College Equi-Fun New Year's Day jumping this year. Picture  Julie Badrick
Marsool taking part in Plumpton College Equi-Fun New Year's Day jumping this year. Picture Julie Badrick

THANKS to outstanding work done by Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Huntingrove Stud, Slinfold, 35 former racehorses went to good homes last year after they had been retrained at the centre for life after racing.

In reporting this success rate, chairman Mr Tim Fox paid tribute to not only to supporters and volunteers, who helped the centre achieve its charitable objectives, but also to manager Mary Henley-Smith, who makes sure it operates to the highest standards at all times.

He added: “ As a result of generous legacies and donations from our supporters, we have, in the last two years, been able to bring our facilities up to a very high standard.”

Mary Henley-Smith said the success of recent years had been the result of genuine team work, which enabled the charity to give every horse in its care the chance for life after racing. She sees good training as a horse’s insurance policy. She firmly believes that if an ex-racehorse has been properly retrained, then it should not still look like a racehorse. Horses emerging from Moorcroft are a testimony to her believe, emerging like proper riding horses with different muscles.

One such outstanding success story is Marsool, who was trained by Donald McCain and won good two races in 2009. But his racing career ended due to a fracture of the sesamoid bone in his right fetlock joint- an injury which would have been the end for many horses.

But he had the good fortune to go to Moorcroft in September 2010 and has had all the necessary time to heal and to rehabilitate.

Mary said: He was a pleasure to retrain here at the centre and really enjoys hacking and schooling. He has built some strength and some top line, even though we have taken him very slowly. His racing injury was given all the treatment and time needed to heal well enough and he has sustained regular work since.”

Another success story is Teaatral, previously trained by Charlie Egerton, who won almost £172,000 for his caring previous owner Bernard Glover. Teaatral is now almost 18 years old but loves to work. He was rehomed a few years ago, but was returned to the centre as the ‘keeper’s’ circumstances changed and she could no longer afford to keep him. In line with centre policy, he is being found another good home following a further retraining policy and is expected to go to an excellent environment in Hampshire soon.”

For full story and more equestrian news, see Equestrian Page, West Sussex Gazette February 29