Big-hearted Jilly backs charity

JILLY COOPER is lending her support to the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) inaugural RoR Heart awards.

The novelist and horse lover, below, will be involved in judging the awards and will also present a trophy to the overall winner. Jilly Cooper, who is already a supporter of this charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing, said: “The awards are a great opportunity to hear some real life, heart-warming stories and to reward the obvious passion and commitment that owners have for their ex-racehorses. I am delighted to be involved.”

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The charity reports a very good response from riders who have retrained ex-racehorses either just to hack out or compete in different disciplines, with a particularly high entry being received from owners in North Yorkshire. Horses must be registered with the RoR and to have raced in the UK to qualify.