CLA visits The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre near Lancaster

The CLA recently hosted a visit for a talk and tour at the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre at Whinney Hill near Lancaster.

The visit was a sell-out attended by over 30 members and guests to learn more about the welfare of horses, their retraining after retiring from the racecourse, re-homing and alternative careers in equestrian. The event was hosted by the CLA’s Women’s Network which recognises and celebrates the work and leadership of women in the countryside.

The day included a talk by the Centre’s Chief Executive Officer Gillian Carlisle and her team, followed by a tour of the facility and stables.

CLA Director North, Lucinda Douglas, said: “This event was a unique opportunity to learn more about the sterling work undertaken by the Centre and its commitment to the welfare of retired racehorses.

“Gillian shared key insights of the Centre’s work, and also reflecting on her global experiences within the horse racing industry. We thank the Centre’s team for being brilliant hosts.”

The Centre’s Chief Executive Officer Gillian Carlisle said: “It was wonderful to host the CLA Women’s Network at the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre. Thank you to everyone who joined us on the day and for being so supportive of our work.

BTRC always enjoys having visitors at the Centre and appreciates the CLA providing us with this opportunity to inform others of the importance of Thoroughbred Aftercare.”

More about The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre

Established in 1991, The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre was the UK’s first charity dedicated to ex-racehorse welfare, rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming and protection for life. To celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary in 2016 TRC evolved and became The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

The BTRC is a Centre of Excellence, not only for the retraining of thoroughbreds, but also as an education centre to ensure best practice is maintained in this ever increasingly popular area of the equestrian pleasure industry.

At the BTRC they aim to help as many horses as possible each year to be rehomed, these horses either come straight from the racing industry or pre-trained equestrian homes that for many reasons can no longer cope or care for the horse.

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The event concluded with sumptuous lunch at the Longlands Hotel.

Key contact:

Henk Geertsema
Henk Geertsema Acting Regional Director, CLA North