Fu­ture is look­ing bright for race­horse re­train­ing cen­tre

West Sussex Gazette - - EQUESTRIAN - Jean­nie Knight eques­tri­an­[email protected]­in­ter­net.com

A bright fu­ture is ahead for Moor­croft Race­horse Wel­fare Cen­tre, based at Hunt­in­grove Stud, Slin­fold, which does such out­stand­ing work re­train­ing exrace­horses to go on to lead ac­tive lives be­yond the race track.

Moor­croft is headed by chief ex­ec­u­tive Mary Frances BHSII & BHS.SM. Mary has an im­pres­sive back­ground and her ex­per­tise in re­train­ing exrace­horses is un­ri­valled.

Her re­train­ing achieve­ments at Moor­croft are out­stand­ing, She is as­sisted by Lianne Bird, who is a skilled yard man­ager. Both have worked at Moor­croft for many years, achiev­ing con­sis­tently good re­sults for this char­ity.

Mary now has a new team of trus­tees at Moor­croft, with Nigel Neville, Pam Tet­ley and Jean­nie Knight help­ing to take Moor­croft for­ward, sup­port­ing the ex­cel­lent re­train­ing work at with en­thu­si­asm.

Mary said: “They are al­ready mak­ing a dif­fer­ence here and are tak­ing Moor­croft for­ward to a pos­i­tive fu­ture.”

Mary over­sees the re­train­ing of ex-race­horses com­ing into Moor­croft’s care fol­low­ing a life in rac­ing. Her ex­per­tise is in­valu­able in achiev­ing good re­sults. Equines are trans­formed nervy race­horses into metic­u­lously schooled equines. They take part in spe­cial events at the cen­tre which en­able Moor­croft sup­port­ers to see for them­selves the ben­e­fi­cial re­sults of this ex­pert re­train­ing.

Moor­croft’s out­stand­ing work was re­cently recog­nised with a much-needed £15,000 do­na­tion from Sup­port Adop­tion for Pets to­wards the cen­tre’s vet fees. A big thank-you has gone to this or­gan­i­sa­tion.

On hand at the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony was Gal­izzi, a sev­enyear-old bred by Dar­ley, and orig­i­nally trained by J Rainier. This horse raced mainly in France, be­fore com­ing to Eng­land, where he raced for Tim Vaughan at As­cot and Ep­som.

Mary said : “He has set­tled in well at Moor­croft. He is a lovely horse and his re­train­ing is de­vel­op­ing well. We are ex­tremely grate­ful for this fi­nan­cial boost from Pets at Home, which will help us con­tinue our vi­tal re­train­ing work with ex-race­horses so they can go on to lead ac­tive lives in the fu­ture.”

The money do­nated by Pets At Home branch in Hor­sham was from its Sup­port Adop­tion for Pets, an in­de­pen­dent char­ity es­tab­lished by Pets at Home in 2006. Mean­while fundrais­ing con­tin­ues at Moor­croft, where an ex­ten­sion is be­ing built to the in­door school to help the cen­tre to progress. A big thank-you from Moor­croft has gone to the Peter O’ Sull­e­van Trust for its sup­port to­wards this.

Mary firmly be­lieves in long rein­ing horses as part of their train­ing,All Moor­croft horses learn to long-rein for pos­ture im­prove­ment and strength. They can work on straight lines in a good out­line, strength­en­ing and lift­ing their backs ev­ery step of the way so they be­come com­fort­able horses for rid­ers to sit on and there­fore happy horses.

An­other long rein­ing course takes place at Moor­croft on May 18. To book your place with Mary con­tact: moor­crof­trace­[email protected] com

Mary said:”There are many ad­van­tages to this school­ing method and if taught cor­rectly has huge ben­e­fits for any horse. Run­ning around on the end of the lunge line on a per­ma­nent cir­cle is some­thing I never un­der­stood and it cer­tainly will weaken and strain your horse in many ways – apart from ex­haust­ing it.

“We work well with an ex­cel­lent vet and an ACPAT reg­is­tered phys­io­ther­a­pist who have never failed to un­earth and treat the prob­lems that we of­ten find these ex-race­horses have gone through. There are prob­lems, which, if not found and solved, will pre­vent them from go­ing on to com­fort­able new ca­reers and there­fore we are com­mit­ted to help­ing them to change their way of go­ing and their ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of how to carry a rider. To this end they must be sound and pain-free.” For more in­for­ma­tion about Moor­croft demon­stra­tions or how to do­nate to the cen­tre, please con­tact:moor­crof­trace­[email protected] gmail.com or ring 07929 666408.

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