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From the Horse's Mouth Issue 37 of the E-newsletter of The Racehorse Sanctuary.


From the Horse’s Mouth

Autumn 2020

Issue 37 of the E-newsletter of

The Racehorse Sanctuary


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Our focus this summer has been the welfare of our horses during the coronavirus crisis.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE....

AS you can imagine the coronavirus crisis has had a profound effect on The Racehorse Sanctuary.  Graham and Sue and their team have been under intense pressure to secure the welfare of the horses for whom we have a duty of care, whilst preparing to cope with whatever emergencies might come our way.

At the same time the charity has been under serious financial pressure, with the loss of events-based fundraising, particularly our charity racedays.  So, we are truly thankful to our supporters and volunteers, who have stuck with us, whilst their own lives have been turned upside down.

We have not qualified for Government support.  However, we would like to thank in particular the Racing Foundation and Retraining of Racehorses for emergency industry support, as well as Support Adoption for Pets for a very welcome and generous grant towards operational costs, include feed and veterinary bills.  Support Adoption for Pets is the animal rescue & pets adoption charity launched in 2006 by Pets at Home, helping thousands of pets get a second chance – now including our horses.

As a result of this help, we have a fantastic story to tell of rehomings this summer, which we are saving for the launch of our Christmas 2020 fundraising appeal – watch this spot.



With the loss of our Autumn Charity Raceday to Covid-19, we look to make good our finances with a TEXT raffle of some fantastic prizes .  

Our Patron John Francome has come up trumps to make the first prize really special.  Simply TEXT FRANCOME to 70970 to buy one ticket in the raffle to be drawn at 6:00 pm on Friday 18 December 2020.

Each ticket costs £5.  Buy as many tickets as you want: they all have an equal chance of winning one of three fantastic prizes.


Dinner for two people hosted by the legendary John Francome MBE and Patron of the Racehorse Sanctuary at The Pheasant Inn, a beautifully restored 400-year-old drovers' inn just outside the pretty town of Hungerford, close to Newbury Racecourse, with racehorse owners and jockeys amongst the regular clientele. 

Overnight Accommodation (Twin or Double room) with Breakfast in one of The Pheasant Inn’s 11 bedrooms decorated by designer Flora Soames with 'rural-chic creams and cinnamons'.

Kindly donated by Jack Greenall, owner and proprietor of The Pheasant Inn


The following morning visit Clive Cox Racing at Beechdown Stables, Lambourn for a Morning on the Gallops and Stable Tour. Clive who took out his trainer’s licence in 2000 has established himself as one of the country’s leading trainers of flat racehorses, nurturing talented Group 1 winning two-year-olds. 

Kindly donated by John Francome and Clive Cox Racing

(This prize to be taken at a mutually convenient date by all parties in 2021- winners to make their own way to The Pheasant Inn and Clive Cox Racing)


A Morning on the Gallops & Stable Tour for two with Andrew Balding Racing, including bacon roll breakfast. Park House Stables, Kingsclere, is undoubtedly one of the best equipped and most beautiful private training establishments in the world. Having sent out Kamecko to win the Quipco 2000 Guineas in 2020, his 2nd Classic winner, Andrew, who hails from a family that is steeped in racing history, has proved to be a skilled campaigner of horses nationally and internationally and is currently standing in 3rd place in the trainer’s championship. 

Kindly donated by Andrew and Anna Lisa Balding

(To be taken at a mutually convenient date by all parties in 2021 - winners to make their own way to Andrew Balding Racing)


Also including

Your very own photo shoot by renowned equine photographer Emma Hughes, who is offering a 2-hour photo shoot of your horses, dogs or families (or any these combinations) at home or a destination of your choice. The prize also includes a print credit of £200 for use towards displaying your prints from a selection of the very best fine art products. Kindly donated by Emma Hughes

Travel outside the home counties (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex) will incur mileage expenses at 40pp mile.

Examples of Emma’s work together with guides to how a photoshoot works, FAQ's and lots of other information can be found here:-


A Morning on the Gallops & Stable Tour with Charlie Longsdon Racing, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. After watching the horses in training on the gallops at Hull Farm that boasts fantastic facilities for training National Hunt and Flat racehorses, join the team for bacon rolls and a stable tour.

Kindly donated by Charlie and Sophie Longsdon

(To be taken at a mutually convenient date in 2021 and winners to make their own way to Charlie Longsdon Racing)


Also including

A Magnum of Champagne lends itself to celebrate any occasion, including winning the Sanctuary Autumn Raffle 2020 third prize.  The perfect way to start your Christmas Day or for any party, dinner table or as the most wonderful gift.

(Courtesy of The Racehorse Sanctuary; the Magnum of Champagne will be sent independently to the home address of the 3rd prize winner and no cash alternative can be given in its place.)

For full terms and conditions for this raffle, please click HERE



Our return to tradition has been highly popular, so do not delay.

A generous benefactor has underwritten the cost of printing a lovely tradition-style Christmas card for us year, so all sales proceeds will go towards the care of our horses this winter.  For full details of the card and how to order, please click HERE.

The horse pictured as if butter would not melt in his mouth is the late Wavertree Boy aka Norbert, who was what can only be described as a bit of a handful.




It takes someone special to highlight the health and vitality of our Sanctuary horses.  

Fourteen-year old Annabel from Bedford Modern School wanted a charity project for this summer, but opportunities during the coronavirus crisis were limited.  Prompted by her Milton Keynes neighbour David, who is a Patron of The Racehorse Sanctuary, Annabel volunteered to make a film of the charity's operations in West Sussex using her drone mounted camera.  Filming this way is one of Annabel's hobbies and she had already videoed a birthday party for David's boxer Phoebe this way, so he knew how skilful she is.

Annabel persuaded her father to fly her to Mulsey Farm one Saturday by helicopter, to let her film the Sanctuary's horses.  You would not have known that Annabel had never had anything to do with horses before. 


She has done a fantastic job to capture the idiosyncratic character of The Stables @ Mulsey Farm incorporating the Passmore Yard and the Peter O'Sullevan High Dependency Unit, whilst highlighting the health and vitality of the Sanctuary's older residents, exemplified by 29-year old Hong Kong Champion Mr Vitality himself. Can you spot his Hong Kong Racing Club tattoo as Mr Vi is led out in the yard?  And yes, that is him cavorting in the paddock with his chums - a credit to the dedicated commitment of Graham Oldfield, Sue Collins and their team to the welfare of the former racehorses in their care.

Annabel then edited the material she had filmed to produce this three-minute video, all her own work on a computer she had built for herself.  Talk about the technical wizardry of youngsters these days: before filming Annabel investigated producing quieter rotor blades for her drone on her 3D printer, so as not to disturb the horses as much, but worried that might sacrifice the stability of flight needed for filming!  The trustees of the charity have written to her headmaster to express their appreciation of her efforts on behalf of the charity.

Watch Annabel's video here



Help us to help them to receive the love and care they deserve.

Everyone needs friends, especially during lockdown.  Break out and become a Friend of The Racehorse Sanctuary for as little as £3 a month.

Meanwhile, thank you to those of you who have supported us by buying One Lottery tickets, with the chance of winning a £25,000 prize.  Congratulations to those of you, who have won the more modest guaranteed weekly Sanctuary prize and especially to those of you, who have donated your winnings to underpin this summer’s rehoming record.  Meanwhile, there is an addition staycation prize coming up in December. 


The Racehorse Sanctuary is now registered with The Funding Regulator