“Racing Loves Its Old Warriors & Will Look After Them” – Visiting Greatwood Charity

On Tuesday we visited Greatwood Charity! Greatwood are a wonderful charity whose aim is to utilise horses – mainly ex-racehorses – in educating those aged 5-24 through mindfulness, emotional wellbeing and inclusion whilst simultaneously offering the horses a safe home at Greatwood.


Greatwood was the first charity in Europe to use former racehorses to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Each of these horses are assessed to see if they are suitable to be used in the Horse Power programme to help children with special educational needs, giving them a new focus.


Founder and Managing Director of Greatwood, Helen Yeadon MBE, commented “There hasn’t been a year that’s gone by that we haven’t been supported by Newbury. The addition of the stable (at Newbury) for one of our former racehorses to go into on a raceday makes the racegoer understand that there is a life after racing and that racing loves its old warriors and will look after them.”


To learn more and support the incredible work Greatwood Charity carry out, head to www.greatwoodcharity.org.


Click below to watch the video feature of our visit to Greatwood Charity. You may spot a familiar face in Maherlvous, a retired racehorse who visits our racecourse to meet and greet racegoers. Maherlvous will next attend Newbury on Dubai Duty Free International Weekend. He will be bringing with him with him an adorable tiny Shetland friend called Gladys!