Established as a not-for-profit in 2020, the Treo Eile project aims to increase the retraining of ex-racehorses, once their racetrack careers are concluded.  Our goals are threefold:

CONNECT > racehorse owners with retrainers/new owners

SUPPORT > ex-racehorses with a prize-based thoroughbred event program

PROMOTE > the versatility of the ex-racehorse and their sucessful stories

Our website gives information for the ex-racehorse and potential new owners about what to expect, wehere to find help and how to care for their former racehorses.  Since 2022, we have been running clinics and educational seminars.

In future, available horses may be posted in our listings section which aims to match horses to homes, but for now owners may  contact retrainers through the directory.  Downloadable Resources such as loan/sale contracts are available to assist with the transfer of ownership and will guide each party through the transaction.

Prize money incentives aimed at ‘ex-racehorses’ have been established across various competitions/leagues and finals throughout Ireland in order to encourage thoroughbred participation.  Awareness of our organisation occurs mainly via our social media, on racecourses and our annual Christmas Pro-Celebrity Show Jumping Challenge.

We are funded directly by the racing industry via contributions from stud farms, breeders and stallion owners.  We also fund raise throughout the year.  Other partners include Racing Post and the Irish Field who support us with images and editorial space.  To them all we offer our thanks and look forward to welcoming others on board as we increase our work in this vital area.

For further details, please get in touch to find out how you can be involved in this exciting industry project.

Treo Eile  aims to connect racehorse owners with retrainers or new owners, to support ex-racehorses with a prize based thoroughbred event program and to promote the versatility of the ex-racehorse and their success stories. Any existing or new owners are reminded of the ‘inherent risk’ involved in horse riding, and the risks associated with handling equines on the ground. Equines are ‘fight or flight’ animals, although through domestication their ‘fight or flight’ response has been dampened down, it can never be totally eradicated.
Treo Eile would remind any existing or new ex-racehorse owners to use their experience and competence at all times when mounting, riding, leading, loading or unloading and general handling of their equine. Treo Eile is NOT responsible for the pairing of ex-racehorses to potential new owners. Treo Eile is simply the conduit for helping racehorse owners and potential new owners of ex-racehorses to connect.

Connecting owners and retrainers

racehorse owners
with retrainers

Supporting retrainers

ex-racehorses with events & prizes

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benefits & success stories



Caoimhe Doherty

A Flying Start graduate, Caoimhe then worked with Godolphin, and has since moved to Forenaghts Stud as their manager.  She is entrenched within the bloodstock industry, both as
a professional and on a personal level as a prominent breeder and consignor.
A keen amateur eventer she
also competes regularly around the country.


Sarah Sands

A Racing Post veteran in both the UK and Ireland, Sarah Sands has a commercial background in marketing and works as a business consultant within racing and bloodstock.  She is a hobby Flat breeder and consignor of youngstock.  Through her children she is also involved in Pony Club and Eventing Ireland activities where she owns a retrained racehorse.


Patrick Mullins

Patrick Mullins was bred for success in the racing industry being a son of former top amateur rider and multiple Champion NH trainer Willie, a nephew of successful NH Tony, Tom and Mags, and a grandson of one of the great NH trainers, Paddy. He claimed the title of Champion Amateur Rider for the first time in 2007/8 season. In 2012, he beat the record of 72 winners for an amateur (set by Billy Parkinson in 1915), with 74 of his own.


Diana Cooper

Diana Cooper has worked for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s thoroughbred horseracing interests for over 20 years and currently leads Godolphin’s global charitable programme. The programme’s objective is to create greater awareness, passion and care for the thoroughbred horse and to have a positive long-lasting impact on the thoroughbred industry and the communities local to Godolphin’s facilities worldwide.