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From the Horse's Mouth August 2021 Issue 40 of the E-newsletter of The Racehorse Sanctuary.


From the Horse’s Mouth

August 2021

Issue 40 of the E-newsletter of

The Racehorse Sanctuary



This Summer has brought a significant restructure for The Racehorse Sanctuary.  Co-founders Sue and Graham have decided to settle for a quieter life and we have recruited a new front-line team to enable this to happen.

WE cannot thank Graham Oldfield and Sue Collins enough for all their hard work and the sacrifices they have made for the thoroughbreds who have come into the Charity’s care for rehabilitation and re-homing: mainly former racehorses including some of the most challenging cases, but also youngsters, who never made it to the racecourse, and even some former brood mares.  Their ethos, including offering sanctuary, has set an industry standard, which is only just starting to be more widely recognised as racing seeks to secure its social licence.  We all wish them all the very best in deserved retirement – well, semi-retirement, as they will never give up helping horses, having taken sanctuary residents Jasmine Breeze and Repton with them as lifetime keepers.

The Trustees were delighted to recruit another former graduate from the military as the Charity’s new Welfare and Rehoming OfficerAlex Chalmers was a Farrier Major with The Household Cavalry, for whom at one time he rode the famous Sefton.  Alex runs his own farriery practice and his networks will prove invaluable in identifying new potential home for our horses.

Alex will be joined in the front-line team by Nigel Dunger as our Yard Manager at Mulsey Farm.  Nigel holds a licence as an owner trainer and is well known and respected in racing circles.  All of us wish Alex and Nigel the very best in their new roles caring for the Sanctuary horses.



The first formal event for which Alex and Nigel will be responsible will be an Open Day at Mulsey Farm - you are all most welcome to join the team on  Saturday 18 September.

POSTER boy for the Open Day is will be our champion Mr Vitality, celebrating his thirtieth birthday.  Doors open at 11:00 am.  Lots of free parking; look for road side signs just South of Brinsbury College on Stane Street, the A29 from Adversane to Pullborough.  £5 per person entry on the day includes meeting our horses including our new champions Jardines Lookout and Pete the Feat, with the highlight of a parade of our horses; BBQ and refreshments, beer tent and stalls; children free.  Keep this date free and bring your friends and family along for a great day out in the fresh air!



The success of the Covid vaccine at opening up racing allows us to plan for a charity raceday at Royal Windsor on Monday 11 October.  Please put this date in your diary.

Your planning committee is focussed on putting in place the details of an exciting lunch and charity raceday at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Monday 11 October.  Watch out for a newsflash with full details.  In any event the committee has decided to keep ticket prices for 2020 to £100 per person, which is fantastic value for an all-inclusive day’s entertainment at a major sporting event.  This includes parking, champagne reception, three-course silver service lunch and afternoon tea.  Our patron John Francome has kindly agreed to compère our charity auction.



A new champion joins us in the yard and despite the covid crisis rehoming has held up well this Summer, but a tinge of sadness to report.

OUR new champion Jardines Lookout soon settled, when he arrived at the Centre. Jardy as he is known is now 24 years old and in his former racing days he ran in 30 races, winning on 4 occasions and being placed in a further 8.  His wins included the Goodwood Cup in 2002 and 2nd to Persian Punch in the same race by a short head the following year, as well as a magnificent 3rd in the Melbourne Cup in Australia in 2003. Trained by Alan Jarvis, Jardy remained with him in his retirement until 2004 when the family moved to Yorkshire and his daughter Sarah took over the reins.  Facing difficult circumstances Sarah approached the Sanctuary to ensure this former superstar would receive the care her deserved for the rest of his life.

Not quite the same level of champion, but genuine and he did his best with one place in 20 runs: also joining us has been 10-year-old Opus Too, by Lawman out of the lake Coniston mare Jerez, trained latterly by John Ryan.  Opus has been troubled by issues, which make him an ideal candidate for the special assessment offered by  Sanctuary’s Peter O’Sullevan High Dependency Unit.  Yes, whatever their achievements, they all deserve the best care we can provide, to secure their future after racing.


ONE final move for Monica and Joe: these lovely two old timers Monica and Joe, shown here in their younger riding days, have both settled in well at their home for life in Devon with Catherine.  Needless to say, the very first thing they did on completion of their journey was to find the only muddy spot in their paddock and throw themselves on the ground for a good roll ensuring that Catherine had her work cut out grooming that evening.  Both Monica and Joe have a very special bond which we simply couldn’t have broken and rely on each other’s company so much we had accepted that we would never be lucky enough to find that special person who would take both into their family, until Catherine kindly offered.  Let’s hope that they get plenty of sun on their backs this summertime and enjoy the tranquillity of the Devonshire countryside for many more years to come. Thank you, Catherine - do enjoy having them!

SEEN here saying goodbye to his previous owners Tina and her daughter Catherine, is Sir Cozzie before his move to his new forever home in Devon.  18-year-old Cozzie has loved being here with us at the Centre.  During his stay, his real character has come to the fore in our care, but this is not the same as having his own home with his own family, including a Welsh x TB who will replace Tony and become his best buddy.  We shall really miss this handsome chap who made us all laugh and became best buddies with Tony in the stable next door.  What we won’t miss is the continual noise he made with his treat ball trying to outdo Tony next door.  Good luck Cozzie, behave yourself and have fun over in the West Country.


SAY hello to a new permanent resident here at the Racehorse Sanctuary - Pete the Feat!  Catherine reports: “Pete has been gifted to the Sanctuary, with a very generous donation for his keep, by his owners to live out a well-earned retirement after a successful career on the racecourse.  His owners wanted to ensure their beloved horse would have a happy, healthy future with only the very best care and attention, which we were delighted to provide along with a guarantee he would live out his days here.  The image shows him winning the Veteran’s Final at Sandown in impressive style and a fantastic painting of him by Joanna Stribbling that was commissioned as a birthday present shortly after that success. What a beautiful boy who has already settled here so well - welcome to the Racehorse Sanctuary, Pete the Feat!”

FINALLY New Rich has his very own home.  Fred, as he is known, has had to wait patiently and go all the way to Wales but it has been well worth the wait in order to find such a lovely home for him.  Fred is now living not far from the birthplace of Henry V and can you believe it he forgot to take his crown with him!  Previous winner of 8 races and placed in a further 20 this smashing 11-year-old gelding is going to be living the life of riley with Alex keeping her 4-year-old Shire X gelding company at her home.  Let’s hope that there will be many more pictures once he has settled in.

RIP Trooper Kit

SADLY, we have to report that dear old Trooper Kit at the age of 22, who has quietly passed away in his sleep.  Not particularly successful on the track this lovely, big upstanding gentleman by Petoski left racing and went on to be a super hack and lived a privileged life in Devon with Catherine.


Kit will be very much missed by all those who came into contact with him over the years; he was inquisitive and had a great sense of humour but above all he went out of his way to be your friend.  Everyone at the Centre will miss your company hugely Kit, think of us whilst looking down, we will always be thinking of you.



It is an ongoing project to raise the funds to keep up the essential work of the charity.  Our supporters have been fantastically generous helping us overcome the difficulties presented by Covid by donating online through our various appeals on Just Giving, and by buying our One Lottery tickets.

OUR current Summer Appeal on Just Giving can be found HERE.  Our poster girl for this appeal is Blossom, seen here with Sarah.  Sarah originally fostered Blossom, but of course fell in love with her and has now become this lovely mare’s lifetime keeper.  Blossom is one of the horses Sarah uses in her work in Equine Assisted Learning.


If you want the chance to win £25,000, you can purchase our One Lottery tickets HERE.  We have our own draw every week and tickets valid for 4 September will also be included in the draw to win an Uber gift card worth £250.


The Racehorse Sanctuary is registered with The Funding Regulator