We take horse welfare very seriously at Adlestrop Stables – it is at the heart of what we do. We ensure that any horses that are retired from racing or who we think would be better doing another job, are found the best homes possible.
Richard is a Trustee of the wonderful charity Heros – who rehabilitate and rehome ex-racehorses to new careers and are dedicated to ensuring the welfare of ex-racehorses.
Below are some of our ex Adlestrop racehorses who have gone on to have wonderful lives outside of racing.
Bred and raced by Sue Welch in her early career, Catkin Copse always showed promise and was unlucky not to win on her final two starts, when second to two well-handicapped horses.
She was retired due to a minor injury and went to Heros, where for the last few years she has, thanks to her wonderful temperament, been worth her weight in gold in giving confidence to young students. However ultimately she deserved a one on one home for life and we are delighted that Lindy Rees has now taken her on.
Lindy is Andrew Balding’s long-standing secretary who previously worked for Henry Candy during Richard’s time there and Catkin will have a loving home for the rest of her days.
Crystal Swing was always a favourite at Adlestrop Stables. Although he had a flat pedigree, he had the size and shape as a chaser and was purchased having shown promise in a bumper in Ireland. Running well in bumpers in Britain, he won over hurdles for us at Huntingdon with Wayne Hutchinson onboard and over fences with Adam Wedge onboard.
After suffering a tendon injury, it was decided to retire him from racing and he went to Heros to be re-trained and re-homed as a riding horse.
As ever, they have done at wonderful job and he was re-homed to Chris Harris. They enjoy hacking out and some jumping. Chris is very happy with Crystal and says he is the perfect horse for him.
Father Martin did not make the grade as a racehorse but found his forte on the hunting field. Adlestrop resident Nessie Chanter, who is clerk of the course at Stratford races and also master of the Heythrop Hunt, rehomed Father Martin as her hunter. He has excelled on the hunting field and is a much loved member of their family.
Highland Sun, ‘Sunny’ to her friends – didn’t find racing to be her forte and now loves life with Mia Winson and her family. A recent email from Mia said:
“She loves to jump, and is learning that dressage isn’t so bad, and she is still the lovely, gentle horse we bought. We truly love to have her on the yard and I think her manners on the ground are a credit to her handling with you.”
Muthabir was a real favourite at Adlestrop Stables and is a great character. ‘Mo’ won six races for us – a bumper and five hurdle races and was placed five times.
When he first retired from racing Mo went to Heros Charity near Wantage where they rehabilitate and rehome ex-racehorses, as well as have an education programme for young people. He has since been re-homed and lives at a livery yard local to North Farm Stud and is enjoying himself hacking and doing dressage with his new owner.
Penshurst Lad, now called Caspar, was orginally owned by Sue Harvey. Bought as a flat horse, he didn’t make the grade as a racehorse and was re-homed.
His owner Victoria did some low level showjumping with him before deciding to give dressage a go. They have been training with a Grand Prix rider for a while now and Caspar loves his work. They live near the beach and enjoy gallops on Camber Sands where he pretends he is a racehorse again.
Shadow Walker found his forever home with our former assistant trainer, Hannah Gregory.
Hannah used to look after and ride him most days when he was in training and when the decision was made that his racing career was over, she couldn’t wait to take him on.
Shadow is now enjoying being a riding horse not too far away in Warwickshire. He is enjoying hacking, dressage and show jumping and is sure to do well in ROR classes.
He has his own Instagram account where we can follow his progress:
Stop The Show
Stop The Show was a consistent racehorse horse who won four races and was placed seventeen times. A lovely character, Stop The Show also raced in two charity races raising funds for worthy causes.
When it was time for him to retire from racing, Kate Johnson who rode him in a Cheltenham charity race, re-homed him as her riding horse and utterly adores him. Now known as ‘Beloved,’ this is what she has to say to about him:
“I took on Stop the Show when he retired aged 12 in 2013, having fallen madly in love with him when he kindly partnered me in a charity race.
He now lives in grand style at livery in Epsom from where we roam the beautiful Downs around the racecourse.
He took his new life in his elegant stride from day one, and has always been a perfect gentleman (he even stopped and waited for me when I fell off, which was totally my fault). He is an absolute pleasure, every day. I love him, I’m so proud of him, and I feel lucky to share his special life. He’s 19 now, he’s still got it, and I hope he lives forever.
Yann’s was a great character and a yard favourite when he was in training at Adlestrop Stables. He won five races for us,
After he retired from National Hunt racing, he went point-to-pointing where he was also successful winning and being placed before he found his forever home with Sally Bentley in Lincolnshire.
Sally’s daughter Natasha competed him in dressage, showjumping and cross country competitions, while Sally enjoyed hacking him and doing flat work. He is now before he retired from ridden work.
He is a much loved family horse who is enjoying a very happy retirement.
What A Score
What A Score was bought from the Derby Sale as a three-year-old. A very talented horse, he had niggly injuries which meant he only had one race for us in a bumper at Worcester. His owners at the time were very patient with him but eventually it was decided he should be re-homed as a riding horse. He is now named Finbarr and is enjoying his retirement in Wales doing some hacking and jumping and is a much loved family horse.