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The Horse Comes First

Leading organisations in British Horseracing have got together to increase awareness of the high standards of equine welfare in the sport.

The initiative aims to improve understanding of the care given to our horses throughout and after their careers in racing.

The campaign is supported by the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association, Racehorse Owners Association, the Professional Jockeys Association, the National Trainers Federation and The Jockey Club.

British Racing has a track record to be proud of: British Racing is among the world’s best regulated animal activities. The sport employs over 6,000 people to provide care and attention for the 14,000 horses in training, providing them with a level of care and a quality of life that is virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal.

British Racing is open and transparent: Within the last 20 years, the equine fatality rate in British Racing has fallen by one-third, from 0.3% to 0.2% of runners.

British Racing has a duty of care to its horses: Since the year 2000, British Racing has invested £32 million since 2000 in veterinary research and education.

For further information about the Horse Comes First Campaign click here. 

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