Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre News
MOVE INTO NEW PREMISES
TRAINER BECOMES TRUSTEE
THE welfare of retired racehorses in Britain took a major step forward
the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre announced today (MONDAY 22
that it would be moving into its own premises next year.
TRC is purchasing a 130-acre farm near the village of Pilling several
miles from its current rented accommodation in Nateby, Lancashire.
Centre's founder Carrie Humble MBE said: "This is the fulfilment
personal dream that will place the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre
firm footing for many years to come."
TRC - the original charity in Europe for the rehabilitation of
racehorses - will now embark on a fund-raising appeal to finance
announcement came on the day that the Centre marked the 20th anniversary
of its oldest resident Hallo Dandy winning the Grand National -
and also the
horse's 30th birthday.
was also revealed that former Lancashire racehorse trainer Jack
MBE - who sent out more than 1,500 winners in a 25-year career -
a trustee of the Centre.
Humble explained that the TRC had been looking for premises to buy
for the last four years.
puts us in the driving seat," she said. "This is the way
in which the
charity will continue its work for many years. It will mean that
apply meaningfully for grants for capital improvements which will
assets for the Centre.
the new farm will cost £1 million to buy and convert we have
already received many promises of support from some of our 3,000
the TRC'. We were also fortunate in receiving two legacies last
will also contribute significantly to the purchase of the farm.
make the dream a reality we still need to raise a substantial sum
and we hope that individuals and organisations associated with or
in the welfare of retired racehorses will help us to achieve our
also delighted that Jack Berry, one of the foremost trainers in
north of England until his retirement five years ago, will be joining
His advice and enthusiasm will be of great value to us in the years
wishing to find out more about helping the TRC or how to contribute
to the appeal to buy the farm, should contact Carrie Humble on 01995
TRC has been helping ex-racehorses in need for the past 11 years
first registered charity dedicated to the welfare of these exceptional
equines. The TRC's experience in this area is proven, and the centre
provides an environment of safety and experienced quality care where
ex-racehorses in need can be assessed and re-educated properly.
horses are given time to relax and adjust before they are asked
their way of working. Horses that have been trained purely to race
find this difficult, and the TRC makes this transition as pleasant
productive as possible.
a horse has reached a sensible, contented conversion it becomes
available for re-homing. Even then, the TRC horses remain their
and are loaned out to people under specific conditions to protect
These loan homes are monitored for the rest of the horse's life.
Carrie Humble and her staff can be contacted at the Thoroughbred
Rehabilitation Centre at Poplar Grove Farm, Humblescough Lane, Nateby,
Lancashire PR3 0LL. Telephone: 01995 605007. Web site:
www.equine-world.co.uk/trc. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THE THOROUGHBRED REHABILITATION CENTRE
Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre is the brainchild of Carrie Humble,
its founder and director. Having worked in America for 17 years,
in theatre, the antique trade and animal welfare, Carrie returned
to the UK
in 1988. Much of 1991 was spent working with a friend and her father
preparing his thoroughbred stock for the sales, and as a direct
going to these bloodstock sales and seeing the reality of what these
face when their racing days are over, Carrie conceived the idea
of the TRC.
1993 Carrie had successfully applied for and been granted charitable
status for the TRC. She had enlisted the support of Sir Peter O'Sullevan
one of the patrons, and Bernard Donigan, former equine superintendent
the RSPCA, who became chair of the board of trustees.
five years at Birkrigg Park Arabian Stud, near Kendal, where the
had only seven boxes and five acres, the demand for the work was
such that a
move to larger premises was vital. In November 1998 the centre moved
present location at the former livery stables at Poplar Grove Farm
near Preston where the Centre leases 24 stables; 60 acres of land
outdoor manege. Since 1998 the TRC has added an indoor school; field
shelters; a round pen and three more stables.
need for organisations like the TRC is as great now as it has ever
Some of the hundreds of horses leaving racing each year filter down
other equestrian fields but many end up in the saleroom where there
control over their destination. This is where well-intentioned but
inexperienced buyers can find themselves with a bargain nightmare
- a highly
strung, finely-tuned, race-trained blood equine, not the average
ideal horse but the equivalent of a formula one racing car. Often
ride their prized possession, the novice owner turns to supposed
come and 'sort out' their problem. In unsympathetic hands, these
become dangerous, are then branded as rogues and all too often the
step in the cycle of neglect is taken.
trainers, trying to balance the welfare of the horse against the
for competitive success is virtually impossible and whilst it is
criticise owners and trainers, it is not always fair. The TRC has
wanted to work from within racing and feels it is important to offer
solutions and alternatives to those owners and trainers who do care
their charges end up. The TRC provides an environment of safety
experienced, quality care where these horses can be re-educated
converted for use in other equine fields. The horses are given time
adjust and relax before they are asked to rethink their way of working.
Horses that have been trained purely to race often find this difficult
the TRC makes this transition as pleasant and productive as possible.
a horse has reached a sensible, contented conversion, it becomes
for re-homing but even when the horse has been re-homed, it remains
property of the TRC and is loaned out under very specific conditions
ensure its lifelong welfare.
the TRC has now received some financial backing from the industry,
the organisation still has to raise the majority of its income from
fundraising efforts and the support of the horse-loving general