Is your ex-racehorse the equine version of Rupert Campbell-Black?

His creator Jilly Cooper, famed for writing about racy men, will be judging a different type of heart-throb this summer — horses entered in the Retraining of Racehorses’ (RoR) inaugural Heart Awards.

The four awards include biggest heart-throb (for the best-looking horse), heart-stopper (for the one who’s overcome the most adversity), healthy heart (the best all-rounder) and biggest heart (best temperament).

“These awards are a great opportunity to hear some real life heart-warming stories, and to reward the passion and commitment that owners have,” said Jilly.

The RoR’s Di Arbuthnot added: “The awards are a fun way to recognise the special bond and achievements of some of the thousands of ex-racehorses rehomed and retrained each year.”

Owners interested in entering their ex-racer should visit the RoR website, upload their photos and explain why their horse should win.

A shortlist will be compiled and members of the public will have the chance to vote online for their favourites.

For more information, visit www.ror.org.uk.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (26 May, 2011)