Aintree International Equestrian Centre to host ROA and Goffs UK National Showing Championships

Britain’s charity for the welfare of retired racehorses, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), is pleased to announce a new partnership involving the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) and leading bloodstock auctioneers, Goffs UK.  

From 2017, RoR’s prestigious annual show at the Aintree Equestrian Centre will be known as the ‘ROA and Goffs UK National Showing Championships’.
Due to take place this year on the weekend of 26th - 27th August, the ROA and Goffs UK National Showing Championships conclude a six-day extravaganza of RoR events at the Aintree Equestrian Centre.

Launched in 2015, RoR’s National Showing Championships bring together the best former racehorses from all over the UK and the event has established itself as a showpiece in the calendar for horses that have carved out a new career in the show ring.

Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive of the ROA, said: “The ROA and Goffs UK National Showing Championships are the highlight of the year for those who have successfully retrained former racehorses to compete at the top level in showing and the ROA is delighted to be involved in the event.

“Owners are the single biggest financial contributor to RoR, with contributions amounting to over £200,000 annually, and supporting RoR’s outstanding work in promoting the retraining and rehoming of racehorses to give them fulfilling second careers is a natural extension to our commitment to horse welfare.

“The welfare of the racehorse begins long before it reaches a racecourse and ends long after its racing career and, as owners, we have a duty to ensure these wonderful animals are cared for at every stage of their lives. The ROA does this on behalf of owners through its support of the industry led ‘The Horse Comes First’ project board, the ROA Gold Standard award and the attendance of equine welfare events, as well as being a partner with Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).”

Tony Williams, Managing Director of Goffs UK, said: “We are delighted at Goffs UK to be co-partner with the ROA of the National Showing Championships at Aintree.  
“We recognise the importance of promoting the adaptability and versatility of the thoroughbred and RoR does great work providing an increasing number of former racehorses with fulfilling second careers.

“Goffs UK has an existing partnership with Aintree racecourse through our sale on the Thursday evening of the Grand National Festival and we are looking forward to a fruitful relationship with all the parties involved for what is a great cause.”

Over 40 classes take place over the two days of the championships with champions crowned in a range of showing events, included among the winners in 2016 was subsequent RoR Horse of the Year, Monet’s Garden. The show culminates on Sunday evening with a Gala Dinner and the awarding of the title ROA and Goffs UK Supreme Champion. The inaugural Supreme Champion was Jack The Giant, ridden by Allister Hood, although last year the combination was foiled in their quest to retain the title by Beware Chalk Pit and Rebecca Court.

Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), said: “It is wonderful news to be partnering with the ROA and Goffs UK for the National Showing Championships. Thanks to the hard work of the teams at Aintree and RoR, the event has established itself in just two years and it warrants the additional promotion that this valuable support from the ROA and Goffs UK will enable.

“We very much look forward to welcoming ROA members and guests of Goffs UK over the course of the weekend and, in particular, to the Gala Dinner on Sunday evening so they can see first hand former racehorses excelling in another career.”

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