From Track to Training: Playing matchmaker for thoroughbreds

Treo Eile is an organization that has made a significant impact in the rehoming of racehorses after their racing career ends. In the last three years, the number of registered horses with Treo Eile has grown to over 500. This showcases the success of our mission to provide a second chance for these animals to have a happy and healthy life.


One of the ways in which Treo Eile has achieved this is through the running of clinics. These clinics provide essential training and guidance to the horses to help them adapt to their new lives and homes. Last year, Treo Eile ran 10 clinics, which were a huge success. The clinics offer a safe and supportive environment for both horse and owner, with experienced trainers on hand to provide advice and guidance.

They were kindly sponsored by Randox Health Ireland and we are delighted to confirm their support for our clinics in 2024. Over 120 members joined us at the clinics during 2023, displaying an appetite for knowledge and skills for developing their thoroughbreds.

Sponsored Competitions

It’s not just clinics that Treo Eile supports, but we also sponsor numerous shows and competitions around Ireland. In 2023, we supported our registered thoroughbreds across 13 competitive organisations as well as hosting demos and educational talks. By doing so, we help to showcase the talents of these horses and prove that they still have plenty to offer outside of a racing career. It’s a great way to raise awareness of the importance of rehoming racehorses and show the public that these animals have lots to give and have the ability to adapt to various disciplines.


The  competitive avenues the thoroughbred can go are endless but not the only option. Take  Grade 1 winning horse Briar Hill for example, he ran 15 times on the track with 6 wins during his career and he has now established himself as a vital cog in the Grennan Equestrian College in Thomastown Co. Kilkenny. Owner Corrine ‘Coco’ Doran explains how he has adapted to his new role as an education horse within the college and also competes in racing to riding horse competitions.  They were the most deserving winners of the first ever Welfare Award at the Association of Irish Racehorse Owners awards this year. Check out their story here!

The success of Treo Eile is a testament to the dedication and hard work of those involved. By providing essential support and training, as well as sponsoring shows and competitions, we are aiming to change the lives of hundreds of horses. This hard work also comes from the Treo Eile Community, who are taking on thoroughbreds and working with them in order to find a different role for them.  It’s a positive step forward in the world of horse racing, where the welfare of these animals is so important.

Treo Eile has shown that there is a pathway, and we can only hope that the success to date continues to inspire others as the community grows.

If you want to come and see what we are all about, check out our calendar of events for 2024 here.

You can also stay up to date with us on Facebook and Instagram, be sure to use the #treoeile and tag us so we can see what these thoroughbreds are up to!




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