British Racing's Horse Welfare Board and Hartpury University collaborate to launch the first-ever thoroughbred census in Britain. This initiative aims to improve the traceability and welfare of former racehorses after they retire from the sport.


In a groundbreaking move, British Racing's Horse Welfare Board, in partnership with Hartpury University, has introduced the first-ever thoroughbred census in Great Britain. This pioneering initiative seeks to enhance the traceability and welfare of former racehorses once they retire from the racing industry.

The census will be conducted by equine research experts at Hartpury University, renowned for their expertise in equine studies. The objective is to gather comprehensive data on the whereabouts and well-being of retired thoroughbreds, ensuring their continued care and protection.

All owners of former racehorses are strongly encouraged to participate in the census, which will be open for completion and submission from 28th June to 31st December 2023. By voluntarily providing information about their retired horses, owners can contribute to creating a robust database that will facilitate better monitoring and support for these magnificent animals.

The thoroughbred census holds immense significance for the racing industry and the welfare of racehorses. Improving traceability will enable stakeholders to track the journey of retired thoroughbreds, ensuring they receive appropriate care and protection throughout their post-racing lives. This initiative aligns with the industry's commitment to responsible horse ownership and the well-being of these incredible athletes.


Former Racehorse Census 2023


Traceability plays a crucial role in safeguarding the welfare of former racehorses. It allows for effective monitoring of their health, retraining, rehoming, and, if necessary, intervention in cases of neglect or mistreatment. The census will provide valuable insights into the population of retired thoroughbreds, enabling the development of targeted welfare programs and resources to support their well-being.

The collaboration between British Racing's Horse Welfare Board and Hartpury University highlights the industry's dedication to promoting responsible horse ownership and ensuring the welfare of racehorses beyond their racing careers. By harnessing the expertise of equine research professionals, this census sets a precedent for other countries to follow, emphasizing the importance of traceability and welfare in the equestrian world.


Join us for an Inspiring Podcast Conversation on Thoroughbred Welfare


In our latest podcast episode, we have the privilege of sitting down with two remarkable thought leaders in the equestrian world: Philippa Gilmore, Head of Welfare Operations from Retraining of Racehorses, and Saranna Jordan, Horseracing Liaison and lecturer at Hartpury University. Together, we delve into the crucial topic of thoroughbred welfare and the significance of the recently launched thoroughbred census in Great Britain.



Philippa Gilmore brings her extensive experience and expertise in equine welfare to the conversation. As the Head of Welfare Operations at Retraining of Racehorses, she has been instrumental in promoting responsible ownership and ensuring the well-being of retired racehorses. Saranna Jordan, with her deep understanding of the horseracing industry and her role as a Horseracing Liaison and lecturer at Hartpury University, provides valuable insights into the collaborative efforts behind the thoroughbred census.

During our engaging discussion, we explore the importance of traceability in safeguarding the welfare of retired racehorses. We delve into the goals and objectives of the thoroughbred census, highlighting how it will contribute to better monitoring, care, and protection. Our guests share their perspectives on the significance of this initiative and its potential impact on the equestrian community and their personal stories as former racehorse owners.

If you are passionate about horse welfare and want to learn more about the thoroughbred census and its implications, this podcast episode is a must-listen.