The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Welfare Award for 2008, sponsored by The Blue Cross animal charity, has been presented to the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) organization for its contributions to equine welfare through the re-training and re-homing of racehorses.
The award, which was introduced by BEVA in conjunction with The Blue Cross animal welfare charity eight years ago, is a formal recognition of significant contributions made by veterinarians and others to equine welfare.
It was presented at the 47th BEVA Annual Congress in Liverpool last Friday.
Retraining of Racehorses was established in 2000 by the British Horseracing Authority. Its aim is to raise funds from the British racing industry to provide and maintain facilities for the care, retraining and rehoming of former racehorses.
Americans could learn a lot by snooping around the RoR web site.
RoR awards prizes to ex-racehorses competing in almost all horse sports and showing disciplines and also works hard as a support system for new owners who are adopting retired racehorses. The achievements of ex-racehorses are publicized and the organization creates an impression of a community and a mission that is world-class.
Efforts to mount the RoR's excellent video on this blog have sadly not been successful. If you are interested in the welfare of racehorses, please follow this link to watch the video and learn more about this organization and the amazing potential of Thoroughbreds in all equestrian endeavors: