The Rothschild Yard

The Rothschild Yard, built by Leopold de Rothschild in 1903, has been returned to its former glory to stable retrained racehorses. Four galleries in the yard explain the work of the Retraining of Racehorses charity and visitors will be able to meet former racehorses.

Meet the racehorses in the Rothschild Yard – get up close to the heroes of the sport, they are very friendly and love a pat! Our friendly staff will be onsite to assist you so please ask.

Find out how thoroughbreds can be very effectively re-trained for a satisfying and successful life beyond horseracing. At 11am and 2:30pm there are Behind the Scenes tours with the RoR team for all visitors to enjoy. Every day the ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour is different, while you will always see a horse working in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena there may be different disciplines on display.

Behind the Scenes tours

Find out how to retrain a racehorse

Daily ‘Behind the Scenes Tours’ with the RoR team, take place at 11 am and 2.30 pm Tuesday – Sunday

Tours start in the stunning Rothschild Yard where you’ll meet our ex-racehorses, get to see them in action in the horse-walker and exercising in the Peter O’Sullevan arena. We also have a working forge – and if you’re lucky, you’ll see one of our farriers practicing their ancient and fascinating craft. These Behind the Scenes Tours usually take 30 minutes and are held outdoors so please ensure you dress appropriately for the weather.

Please meet in the Rothschild Yard at the alloted times, if you wish to watch a demonstration.

RoR Galleries

Learn about the Retraining of Racehorses in four galleries

In the Rothschild Yard through four refurbished stables you will discover what happens to racehorses after their racing careers are over. Learn about the work of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. Find out why horses leave racing and how RoR helps them enjoy a second career.


Find out more about ROR

The Peter O’Sullevan arena

Peter O'Sullevan Arena for the Welfare of the Horse

The Peter O’Sullevan Arena is a 70 x 35m British Showjumping Approved Venue arena in the grounds of NHRM. The surface is Andrews Bowen GB mix, a fully wax coated surface most suitable to jumping and dressage disciplines but can easily be prepared for all arena disciplines. The Peter O’Sullevan Arena can be hired out for lessons, clinics or for general hire throughout the year at a cost of £18 per hour for flat or £30 per hour with jumps. There is also a £10 per extra horse charge for private hire.

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