MORE THAN 100 riders took part in an opportunity to ride around the Chatsworth Estate, thanks to the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre’s Ride for Retraining campaign.
‘Ride for Retraining’ is a nationwide initiative to mark the 25th Anniversary of The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre, Britain’s original and biggest Centre dedicated to the retraining and rehoming of racehorses for new careers after racing.
To celebrate the BTRC’s Silver Jubilee, the Centre is hoping to raise £100,000 to increase the size of the yard from 40 boxes to 80 and so double the number of horses that can be helped every year.
Basking in sunshine, riders enjoyed a leisurely hack along rolling countryside, taking in the stunning scenery of the Chatsworth Estate whilst raising money for the charity.
“It was amazing to be able to hold a ‘Ride for Retraining’ in such a fantastic surroundings as Chatsworth and our thanks go to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire for welcoming us so warmly to their home.
“Everyone taking part seemed to have a wonderful day and helped contribute to our £100,000 target to double the size of our yard to 80 boxes,” said BTRC Chairman John Sexton.
Said BTRC Chief Executive, Gillian Carlisle: “It was a fantastic day – all the riders were in great spirits and I cannot thank the staff of Chatsworth enough for their help on the day and of course the wonderful stewards who volunteered and gave up their precious time to help our Charity. Hopefully riders will continue to support the campaign by registering and completing their own Ride for Retraining.”
To take part in Ride for Retraining simply visit the BTRC website sign up to ride and donate £10. Everyone who registers will then receive a Ride for Retraining hi-viz tabard to wear while out hacking or on a pleasure ride.