HEROS as a charitable organisation is reliant on the generosity of members of the public to continue their work re-training and re-homing former racehorses. One way of helping us is to become a member of The HEROS Supporters Club. It not only assists us to continue our work but also helps support a small band of horses that reside at North Farm Stud and will end their days there.
There will always be some horses that unfortunately will not be re-homed, due to old age, infirmity or personality. Please help us to look after these horses by supporting them in their retirement at North Farm Stud where they will remain for their lifetime. Donating anything from as little as £3 per month, will help us to look after these horses.
As members of the ‘HEROS Supporters Club’ you would receive a members pack and our quarterly newsletters giving you details on what we have been doing and future events, including updates on the ‘Club Horses’. You will also be entitled to a 10% discount to attend any of our events.
As a general rule the Club supports 8 - 10 horses at any time, those with us at the moment are listed below:-
Go Harvey Go was trained by long time HEROS supporter, Richard Phillips. Richard initially found a home for him on retirement which fell through when Go Harvey had to have emergency colic surgery. Richard then brought him to HEROS and re was re-homed for quite some time. Sadly he has developed some back issues and he came back to retire at HEROS. He enjoys life as a companion and if the right home came along for a companion he could be considered as he is a lovely gentle horse. However, it is not very often that people want to take on older horses (Harvey is now 17) or thoroughbreds as companions.
Museum has been with HEROS since 2007 following a racing career that spanned seven years and netted 2 wins and 6 places. He was trained by Peter Winkworth and raced over hurdles until being retired from racing in 2000. He came to HEROS from a private home and has been out on loan on several occasions doing especially well in veteran showing and dressage classes. He returned to HEROS in 2011 at the age of 20 years old and although still fit and healthy, it is unlikely that anyone will want to take him on at that age. He could still make a companion type horse in the right home, but as he is quite a dominant force in the field would not be suitable for someone wanting a quiet type so he has joined the club horses unless that special person comes along. He is now 25 years old and deserves to enjoy his time in the paddock.
Old Rouvel arrived at North Farm Stud in 2003 and is adored by his original racing owners, who continue to support him in his retirement. A great racehorse, he gave them many exciting days at the track, and gets regular visits from them when they are in the area.
Out After Dark is the youngest of our Club Horses at 15 years old. He has been with us quite a while and in that time the right person has not come along. He is not the easiest horse as he does not want to go anywhere on his own and has limitations on what he can do. We has therefore joined the ranks of the Club horses where he spends his time happily with Museum another club horse. He was a top class sprinter, winning the Portland Handicap at Doncaster in 2005 and often racing against favourites like Zidane, Borderlescott, Presto Shinko and HEROS very own Eisteddfod.
Run For Paddy is a previous Scottish Grand National winner and was looked after by his owner in retirement. Unfortunately it became necessary for his owner to go into a home and the family wanted to ensure Paddy’s care for the remainder of his days. He came to HEROS just before Christmas in 2011 and joined Monsignor’s field. They had been stabled next to each other when in training with Mark Pitman and are now together in retirement. It was hoped that Paddy could help Monsignor with his duties but he has a completely different temperament and we do not think it would be in his best interests to be on public display. He is ridden here and enjoys a good hack out.
Saseedo joined HEROS in 2006 having been rescued in a poor state by a girl who often came to see him. Very sadly she has since died and her parents now visithim if they are in the area. see him. He has been out on loan but was found to suffer with very extensive kissing spine, so it was decided to retire him to the paddock where he is companion to North Farm Stud’s resident teaser Putra Sas.
Yeoman Sailor was originally trained by Jenny Pitman and then her son, Mark, however was most successful when trained by Grace to contest point-to-points and hunter chases. Having broken down he is sound now and is a testimony to what Grace can achieve with injured horses. He helps to promote HEROS often acting as a model in HEROS demonstrations for visitors.
Zanay was a terrific racehorse in his time winning the 2000 Lingfield Winter Derby. On his retirement he joined the horse ranks at The British Racing School helping to teach aspiring jockeys. Wear and tear in his joints as a result of his racing meant that he could not continue at this level and he came to HEROS. He has been out on loan but due to further deterioration in his joints it was decided that he would be best retired from an active life and he has come back to HEROS to join the other Club Horses.