The Grand National is a world famous steeplechase, held annually in April where people place bets on the bookies, trainers preparing for the coming week and jockeys doing their everyday job. But out there entertaining us and risking there life’s to jump the most gruelling fences and getting abuse by the whips are the horses themselves. Thirty five horses un-necessary died within the twelve years of this century (2000 -2012) That is on average almost three horses to one year in this century and yet the list may run endless from the start of the Grand National in 1836 (except during the second world war) These horses whom ran the gauntlet survive or perished on the course deserve all the respect and credit, and people should donate their winnings from the Grand National or place their betting money to these horse charities.
Horse World – www.horseworld.org.uk
Horse Trust – www.horsetrust.org.uk
And help them as they look after horses that are retired, rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing.
Also let us remember the thirty five horses who gave their life within the eleven years of the grand national week.
2000 -Strong Promise, Rossell Island, Architect, Lake Karible, Toni’s Tip
2001 – The Out Back Way
2002 – The last fling, Manx Magic, Desert Mountain, Anubis Quercus
2003 – Goguenard, Coolnugorna
2004 – (No deaths)
2005 – Lilium de Cotte
2006 – Tervic, Tyneandthyneagain
2007 – Lord Rodney, Into The Shadows, Graphic Approach
2008 – Time To Sell, The High Grass, Mckelvey
2009 – Hear The Echo, Exotic Dancer, Mel In Blue, Moscow Catch, Lilla Sophia
2010 – Pagan Starprincess, Prudent Honour, Plaisir D’Estraval, Schindlers Hunt
2011 – Ornais, Dooneys gate, Inventor
2012 – Synchronised, According To Pete