New Guide to Racehorse Ownership

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The Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) has launched A Guide to Racehorse Ownership.

The Guide is a 60-page online resource, designed to provide a one-stop handbook for existing and potential racehorse owners. The Guide covers a broad range of subjects, designed to demystify racehorse ownership and make it more accessible to a wider audience.

Richard Wayman, ROA chief executive said: “Racehorse ownership can seem incredibly complicated to the newcomer but, until now, accessing impartial advice written in plain language by experts in their field has not been possible. The ROA’s online Guide changes all that and, as well as including information that will be news to the most experienced owner, it will be a particularly helpful resource for those thinking about getting involved with a racehorse for the first time. Many owners have contributed to the advice contained in the document and I am very grateful that ROA members have been prepared to share their own experiences.”

The Guide, which has been edited by bloodstock journalist Emma Berry, comprises ten sections covering all of the keys aspects of racehorse ownership:

  • Section 1 – History of British horseracing
  • Section 2 – The racing industry
  • Section 3 – Different types of racehorse ownership
  • Section 4 – Buying a racehorse
  • Section 5 – Costs of keeping a racehorse in training
  • Section 6 – How to register as an owner and racing administration
  • Section 7 – Once your horse is in training
  • Section 8 – Having a runner: the owner’s raceday experience
  • Section 9 – When a horse’s racing days are over
  • Section 10 – The Racing Year and Glossary

The Guide can be downloaded from the Resources section of the ROA website at

It has been produced by the ROA with the support of the British Horseracing Grant Scheme.


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