Townend gets on board with training

All charities need profile-raising support and HEROS Charity is delighted to welcome the Daily Mail’s racing correspondent Marcus Townend as a HEROS Patron.

Marcus and HEROS were introduced recently as he embarked on an incredible journey – not only learning to ride, but also reaching a suitable standard to ride in a charity race at Windsor Racecourse within just 10 months.

And what a success his challenge was – raising in excess of £14k to both support and highlight the incredible work carried out by HEROS Charity to ensure positive futures for racehorses as they leave the industry. It also brought to his attention the charity’s additional goal of helping to train people as well to improve even further the lives of thoroughbreds as they are cared for both within and outside of the racing industry.

The charity race at Windsor Racecourse on August 27 was co-sponsored with HEROS Charity by the National Trainers Federations (NTF). Marcus commented: "I am delighted to become a patron of HEROS Charity, which carries out such important work within the racing industry. My job gave me the contacts to ride and to secure help and a mount in the charity race but there are loads of stable staff vastly more competent than me – the backbone of the sport – who would love the chance to race just once and struggle to find an opportunity.
 
"I believe there is scope for a series of races for stable staff and am keen to explore avenues to make this happen. At the very least, the opportunities this might offer could act as an incentive as well as a reward for the hard work done by stable staff. It might even be a lure to potential recruits in an industry scratching its head over how to deal with a shortage of stable staff.’’

Grace Muir, HEROS founder and CEO, said: “I am extremely proud of what the charity has achieved, but I know that we can help more ex-racehorses through collaboration. Working with the NTF, supported by the Racing Foundation, we have the opportunity to help people progress through their racing career as well. Events such as our Windsor race day are vital to raise funds for the charity and build awareness of the developing education programmes.”

Shelley Perham, NTF recruitment and training co-ordinator, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Grace and HEROS Charity to build an education programme. We’re confident this is the start of extended collaborative efforts with the HEROS team.”

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