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Third International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses Emphasizes the Importance of an Aftercare
The third International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR), held in conjunction with the European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation’s (EMHF) General Assembly at Øvrevoll Racetrack in Oslo, Norway, concluded May 16 with presentations on topics including the
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IFAR set for Oslo, Norway, at the European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation General Assembly

The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) will hold its third conference on racehorse aftercare on Thursday, May 16, in conjunction with the European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation’s (EMHF) General Assembly at Øvrevoll Racetrack in Oslo, Norway.<
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Second Careers for Racehorses can Bring Life-Changing Rewards for the Humans who meet them
page 64 of the European edition of the October-December 2018 issue of Trainer Magazine:
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A Passport To A Second Career
  There's no doubt about it, Brookline was bred for greatness. Out of the iconic broodmare Cara Rafaela, a Grade 1 winner herself who produced the likes of superstar sire Bernardini, Brookline ha
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How retired racehorses are saving the lives of former soldiers and prison inmates
  Clayton Hellyer thumbs the two black leather bands on his right wrist that carry the names of the dead.

They are the men he served alongside seven years ago, shoulder to shoulder, on the frontline in Afghanistan as part of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment.
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BHA Plans to Trace Horses From Cradle to Grave (May 23rd, 2018)
The BHA is looking into ways of building a better picture about the post-racing care of racehorses as part of the overall welfare strategy for the sport.   ..Read More

2nd International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses Stressed Importance of Aftercare in Racing
  The second International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR), held during the 37th Asian Racing Conference in Seoul, South Korea, concluded Monday with discussions of global aftercare efforts and the significance of these efforts as part of the racing industry.     With repres
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The Thoroughbreds of Land Rover (May 2nd, 2018)
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IFAR set for Seoul, South Korea, at the Asian Racing Conference
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Racing Victoria's Off The Track Program Gets Set to Jump Off
Racing Victoria (RV) has today announced its commitment to Jump Off, a new reality television series coming to the Seven Network in Spring 2018 that showcases horse racing and show jumping and celebrates the versatility of thoroughbred horses. The program will also be rebroadcast on ..Read More

Britain's leading equine welfare organisations join forces again at Aintree
The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse will once again see Britain’s leading equine welfare organisations and charities come together to highlight the welfare factors which affect Britain’s horses. ..Read More

Horse Tracking Initiative Could Evolve into Aftercare Tool
Earlier this year, Santa Anita Park quietly rolled out a new policy requiring any licensee wishing to remove their horse’s foal papers from the racing office to sign a waiver of responsibility. ..Read More

TDN Q&A: Why Aftercare Is Important With Jim Gagliano
This year, an automatic payment of $35 will accompany every Report of Mares bred paper filed with The Jockey Club, with the monies collected–estimated at $700,000–going to Thoroughbred retirement. The TDN’s Sue Finley caught up with The Jockey Club President and COO Jim Gagliano to talk about why the rehoming of Thoroughbred racehorses is critical to a healthy sport.
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More Support For Retired Racehorses
Britain’s racehorse owners are to increase their automatic financial contribution to the welfare of retired racehorses from March 1st, 2018. This is the first time there has been increase in the levy since 2009. ..Read More

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Track Announcer-Turned-Retired Racehorse Rider
For so many in the worlds of horse racing and/or off-track Thoroughbreds, Jonathan Horowitz's face may not be immediately recognizable, but his voice is.
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France's First Ever Competition Series Reserved For Retrained Racehorses
Breaking new ground, Au-Delà des Pistes is delighted to announce the introduction of a series of show-jumping competitions, reserved for retrained racehorses, starting in March 2018.      ..Read More

2018 ROR Racing to Hunting Challenge Launched
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She Found A Home In Rehoming
Horse people tend to operate on a different level of “busy” than most people, but Amy Paulus takes the term to a whole new level. ..Read More

Kingman Nomination The Top Lot As Tattersalls Charity Auction Raises 200,000 GBP
A charity auction of stallion nominations held at Tattersalls on Sunday night in aid of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) raised just shy of £200,000 for British racing’s official charity for the welfare of retired racehorses.
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The First French Conference on the Retraining and Rehoming of Racehorses Proves Successful
This Sunday the first conference dedicated to the retraining and rehoming of racehorses after their race careers have ended, was held during the last day of the 2017 Salon du Cheval in Pa
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Giving Thanks For Icabad
Anyone even remotely familiar with Herringswell Stables knows that Icabad Crane is and always has been very special to the entire team. ..Read More

Olympian Boyd Martin joins with Japanese organisations to promote the retraining of racehorses
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Kingman and Gleneagles head list of nominations for Tattersalls charity auction in aid of Retraining
A total of 13 lots on offer, including five from Cheveley Park Stud
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TIP Youth Ambassadors Share Their OTTB Enthusiasm
The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Incentive Program Youth Ambassadors are a special group of young off-track Thoroughbred supporters who want to share their passion for ex-racehorses with the equestrian world. ..Read More

The Welfare of the Horses is Always the Priority
Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing's official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. Here, RoR’s Welfare Consultant, Paul Jepson, describes his role in ensuring that racehorses continue to receive the best care once they bow out of their racing career.
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Puerto Rico's Equine Recovery in Transition
Over the past few weeks, as the best horses in the world were competing and selling for millions of dollars on the sport's biggest stages, our friends in Puerto Rico have been making progress in their recovery from Hurricane Maria. ..Read More

Ascot Gold Cup Winner Shows Off His Showjumping Talent
A former Ascot Gold Cup winner is enjoying his new life as a showjumper after his retirement from racing.  
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Breeders' Cup Pledge Making an Impact for New Vocations
When the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program team was thinking of fundraising ideas in 2009, they had two requirements: first, there must be little or no overhead money spent on the idea and second, it had to be unique. ..Read More

Brumous crowned RoR Racing to Hunting Champion at Aintree
The former Oliver Sherwood trained, Brumous, ridden by Melanie Duff, came out on top in the Racing to Hunting Challange final at Aintree on their Countryside Day.     
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South Korea to host next International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses in 2018
The second International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) will be held in conjunction with the 37th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) from May 13-18, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.
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Doyle Adopts Her First North American Winner To Re-School As Lead Pony
Three years after scoring a milestone victory aboard Jaz N Tap, jockey Sophie Doyle is back on track with the 6-year-old-gelding. ..Read More

Retraining of Racehorses Fall Newsletter
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Ex-racehorse Caymans Keeps His One Eagle Eye on The Birds
After their racing career, many thoroughbreds are retrained for equestrian sport, but it seems there may also be a demand for OTTBs in the lesser known field of falconry. ..Read More

2017 RoR Horse of the Year Nominations Revealed
The countdown to the 2017 RoR Awards night is underway and the list of eleven candidates in the running for the prestigious award of RoR Horse of the Year has been unveiled. ..Read More

Top Five Horses All Set For Final Of Racing To Hunting Challenge At Aintree's Countryside Day

First prize of £3,500 divided between winner and their local hunt
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Jockey Megan Fadlovich Sees Upswing in OTTB Market
Jockey Megan Fadlovich attended this year's Thoroughbred Makeover presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America without a mount. The rider, who has earned more than $4.7 million in her career to date, helps retire racehorses when she's not busy at the track. ..Read More

Old Tavern is America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred
Charlie Caldwell entered the Thoroughbred Makeover presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America on a whim.   He was already retraining Thoroughbreds off the track for polo, and his friend and fellow polo player Clare Pinney convinced him to enter.  
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Mid Dancer, Cyrlight, Remember Rose, Rhialco, Oculi...The Champions Return to Auteuil
During the 48 heures de l’obstacle race meeting that takes place at Auteuil racecourse on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November, Au-Delà Des Pistes are due to organise an inaugural Parade of Champions. ..Read More

Retired Racehorse Rule: Police Horse Named Thoroughbred of the Year
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced the 2017 recipients of its two non-competition awards, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award, including a police horse who has worked crowd control at the Super Bowl. ..Read More

Editorial: Race Horses Deserve Comfortable Retirement
There are few more thrilling sights for horse-racing fans than the pack thundering around the final turn and charging down the home stretch in front of the grandstands toward the finish line.  
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Millionaire Mister Marti Gras is Back to Business in Second Career
When Mandy Alexander heard millionaire Mister Marti Gras was looking for a second career late last year, she tried to tell herself she wasn’t interested.  
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Welfare Not Optional Says Barends

NHA CEO Lyndon Barends has broken new ground for the South African racing industry by acknowledging a Duty Of Care to the Thoroughbred and committing to formally embedding before / during / post racing care. 
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Industry Groups Join Forces to Help Puerto Rican Racehorses
Personnel from five equine industry organizations are working together to bring food, water, and veterinary services to horses stranded in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. ..Read More

Woodbine Plans Aftercare Day on October 15th
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that Woodbine Entertainment will host TAA Day on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2017, coinciding with the grade 1 Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine. ..Read More

The Jockey Club's T.I.P. Program Announces Non-Competition Award Winners
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award, for 2017.  ..Read More

T.I.P Championship Winners Announced
The inaugural Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Championship Horse Show was held Sunday, September 10, 2017, in the Rolex Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, coinciding with the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show.
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New Vocations/TIP Championship Show Brings OTTBs to KY
More than 250 off-track Thoroughbreds descended on the Kentucky Horse Park's Rolex Stadium in Lexington Sept. 8-10 as part of the first-ever New Vocations Charity Thoroughbred Show/Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships. ..Read More

ISES 2017 Down Under

For the first time since 2009, some of the greatest minds in the field of equine management and welfare will flock to Australia for the 13th International Equitation Science conference in Wagg
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Racing Professionals and Horse Lovers Gather to Celebrate the Thoroughbred
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Wild West Tames the Judges to Triumph as Supreme Champion
  • The ROA and Goffs UK sponsored National Showing Championships for retrained racehorses concludes.
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5 Ways the U.S. Could Emulate Australia's Retirement Initiatives
By T. D. Thornton (courtesy of the Thoroughbred Daily News)     As the globalization of the sport opens new avenues of knowledge sharing, the world’s largest Thoroughbred breeding nation might be wise to take a page or two from the playbook of th
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Aftercare Advocates Stress Owner Responsibility, Humane Treatment
International advocates for equine aftercare emphasized owner responsibility and humane treatment in addition to sharing insights on retirement programs for horses whose racing or breeding careers have ended during the two day International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR), wh
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First International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses Conference Set for May 2017 in Washington
The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) will hold its first conference in Washington, D.C., on May 17 and 18, 2017, coinciding with the Pan American Conference.     “This aftercare conference provides horse racing representatives from around the world wi
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