French racing body France Galop has committed €350,000 a year to an industry initiative centred around both the retraining of racehorses, as well as the rehoming of those horses that cannot be retrained.
The initiative, Au-Dela Des Pistes [Beyond the Tracks], was founded in 2016. The France Galop funding is due to be divided between the ADDP and the French League for the Protection of the Horse (LFPC).
Aliette Forien, President Au-Dela Des Pistes, commented: “We are delighted that France Galop recognizes the importance of the retraining of racehorses for the future of the equestrian sector and put forward the appropriate financial resources on behalf of all its members.
“The signing of this partnership is a great sign of recognition of their commitment.”
The new announcement of supporting the ADDP further expands France Galop’s support of the charity, which has previously been limited to certain racedays for the charity’s promotion.
Olivier Delloye, Managing Director of France Galop, added: “More than 10 years after the signature of the partnership with the Ligue Française de Protection du Cheval and then with the Seconde Chance Team, this new agreement is the third step in a real policy in the retraining of thoroughbred ex-racehorses.
“Ensuring the best possible future for our thoroughbreds when they leave our racecourses is a collective responsibility of the stakeholders in the equestrian sector, which takes shape in the financing method we have chosen with the support of representatives of breeders, trainers, owners and jockeys.
“Au-Dela Des Pistes has done a remarkable job since its creation, by building a national network of establishments in which racehorse owners can have confidence to carry out the retraining of their former representatives. Through this partnership, we are very happy to support this association and to build together a programme whose objective is to allow all former thoroughbred racehorses to enjoy a second career or a peaceful retirement.”