The Racehorse Sanctuary is a charity very close to my heart. Their tireless work and unrequited dedication sees them helping many of the 4,000 racehorses which leave racing training each year. While they can’t help every one (as much as they’d like to!), the Sanctuary certainly does what it can for the industry. I was thrilled to go and visit their new home in Somerset.

Funding the Sanctuary

As a charity, it is important for them to make the very best use of their resources; their survival depends entirely on the kindness and generosity of donations, the success of fundraising and those leaving legacies in their will.

“We strive to improve and extend the services we can offer to Thoroughbreds at risk. Relocation from Sussex to Somerset will free up vital assets for us to achieve more than ever before,” co-founder Graham Oldfield explains.

The move to Brewham

The new setting is a tranquil thing of beauty – upon entering the property, you’re met with a stunning backdrop, a gorgeous enclosed yard and facilities that will hugely benefit those in their care. A lunge pen, indoor school and flexible turnout will ensure these horses receive the very best treatment for their personal needs. It’s peaceful, calm and totally relaxing, just as a sanctuary should be.

Support the Sanctuary

In supporting The Racehorse Sanctuary, you will be helping the team provide a life after racing through the rehabilitation, retraining and sanctuary programmes. The centre is unique in that it offers a home for life for Thoroughbreds. Graham and the team go out of their way to ensure that the horses they take on will always have the best opportunities, the best care and the best life they possibly can. Even when an exracehorse goes on to a new home, it will always have the option to return to the Sanctuary should the new owners situation change.

There are a number of ways in which you can support the charity, whether you’d like to offer a one off donation or more regular, ongoing support. For more details, please visit

Their future is in your hands. And every little really does help.