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The Racehorse Sanctuary appoints new Welfare and Rehoming Officer


Alex Chalmers, Welfare & Rehoming Officer at the Racehorse Sanctuary

The Racehorse Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of a Welfare and Rehoming Officer to succeed its co-Founder Graham Oldfield.  Graham will retire from operational management this year, having devoted 26 years to rehabilitating and caring for thoroughbreds after their career in racing has ended.

Alex Chalmers is a former Farrier Major in the British Army, having served in the Blues and Royals, Household Cavalry. He has run his own farrier and blacksmith business since retiring from Her Majesty’s Forces in 1991 after 17 years of service.

Alex pictured (right) mounting guard on Sefton.

Alex holds high-level qualifications in his field and was a member of the Farriers Registration Council.  Equine welfare is one of his passions and he comes to the Racehorse Sanctuary highly recommended from within the racing industry, the farrier community and the military. Alex was farrier to the Great Britain 3-day event team in 1987 and to the Great Britain equestrian team at the Olympic games in Seoul, South Korea in 1988.

The Racehorse Sanctuary is a registered charity based in West Sussex which rehomes ex-racehorses across the United Kingdom. The charity also provides lifelong sanctuary for horses who for various reasons require long term care or a permanent home at the Sanctuary. 

Alex commented:

“I am very excited and humbled to be given this position of trust. My aim in doing this job is to ensure the wellbeing of all of these noble horses, and to promote the Sanctuary and its work. I hope all my many years of experience and my skills will help the horses live happy, healthy retirements.” 

Alex’s immediate priority will be to make contact with the Sanctuary’s fosterers and keepers and to expand the charity’s network of volunteer field officers supporting its horses. The Racehorse Sanctuary trustees anticipate a short handover period with Graham to ensure a smooth transition. Alex will be on hand at the Racehorse Sanctuary Open Day at their base at Mulsey Farm in West Sussex on 18th September 2021 to meet everyone personally. 

Susan Halson-Brown (Chair of Trustees) commented:

“The Trustees of the Racehorse Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre are delighted to welcome Alex to the team. We are busy planning our long-awaited open day at Mulsey Farm in September and sharing the stories of our amazing horses, their rehabilitation and their rehoming, with our supporters.

We have an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team and a very loyal base of supporters who cannot wait to renew that face-to-face contact with some of the loveable equine characters based at Mulsey Farm.  Who can forget the astounding Mr Vitality (Vi), whose 30th Birthday we celebrate in September and Repton (Tony) who even with impaired vision these days cannot help but find some sort of mischief? The inner strength of these horses has kept them, us and all our supporters going, through uncertain times, to a point where we can now share their joy of living with you again”.
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Notes to Editors 

About the Racehorse Sanctuary 

The Racehorse Sanctuary is based near Pulborough in West Sussex and was founded in 2006 to rehabilitate and rehome ex-racehorses. To date the charity has successfully helped hundreds of horses find their forever home, and it also offers a vital lifeline to those who, for whatever reason, need to stay with the team for longer. In some cases, rehabilitation can take many months, or it is decided a horse should have a home for life with the Sanctuary. This long term care is one of the ways the Sanctuary stands out from other racehorse retraining and rehoming charities, ensuring no horse is left without a future. 

If you would like to support the Racehorse Sanctuary and help them continue their work , why not Sponsor a Horse or become a Friend of the Sanctuary? Making an ongoing commitment to the charity enables them to plan for the future and help more horses, instead of constantly worrying about income. Visit the website for more information:

Alex’s connection to Sefton

Sefton (1963–1993) served for 17 years from 1967 to 1984, coming to prominence when he was critically injured in the Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings in 1982.  He recovered to return to active service and was subsequently awarded "Horse of the Year". Sefton became one of the first horses to be placed in the British Horse Society's equestrian Hall of Fame.