Paul Roy, the past chairman of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), is the new chairman of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).
Paul stepped down from his role at the BHA yesterday (1 July) and took up his new position the same day. He had been BHA chairman since the governing body was established in 2007.
He decided to join the RoR as he’s previously been involved with ex-racehorse charities Heros and Moorcroft. As a racehorse owner he has an interest in ex-racehorses and their future careers.
“I have always been passionate about the welfare of horses before, during and after their time on the racecourse,” he said. “RoR is one of my favourite equine charities and part of the fabric that makes British racehorse welfare second to none. It is to the sport’s great credit that its equine commitment is reflected in the various careers former racehorses now enjoy.”
Paul succeeds Ron Huggins in the role.
“Paul’s deep commitment to the sport of racing has been evident throughout his time at BHA and the charity is fortunate to have someone of his experience and dedication,” said Ron.
“I am proud of the progress RoR has made in recent years both in terms of its reach and its reputation. Particularly satisfying is the growth in demand for thoroughbreds after they have finished racing — horse and rider registrations have grown from 3,700 three years ago to over 8,000 today.”
Steve Harman took over as BHA chairman on 1 July. He is the former vice president of Shell and has been a racehorse owner for more than 20 years.