Racehorse Rehoming Centre


Stan Mellor MBE and Elain Mellor


Stan and his wife Elain have been supporters of Racehorse Rehoming even before it gained full charity status.  We secured homes for 9 of his horses up until he retired from training, and in return he and Elain graciously became patrons. Stan has been our special guest judge at two of our annual shows, judging the ex-racehorse classes and entertaining everyone with his wonderful stories of his racing career. 

Stan is a former National Hunt jockey and trainer who was the first jockey to ride 1,000 winners and Champion Jockey three years in a row from 1960 to 1962.


Victory against Arkle

Stan was one of the few jockeys to experience beating Arkle, often regarded as the greatest steeplechaser of all time. His victory against Arkle came in the 1966 Hennessy Gold Cup on 25-1 outsider Stalbridge Colonist. 


Training and Retirement

When Stan retired as a jockey, he was awarded an MBE in recognition of his achievements.  Successful as a trainer. He won a Stewards Cup, two Whitbread Gold Cups and four races at the Cheltenham Festival, including a 1-2 in the 1983 Triumph Hurdle with Saxon Farm and Tenth Of October. His horses Royal Mail and Lean Ar Aghaidh were both placed in the Grand National. He pioneered the import of New Zealand bred horses (such as Royal Mail) and was known as "an excellent judge of a racehorse"  he sold Pollardstown in 2001 and retired to Ashbury, near Lambourn He had trained over 700 winners.


Clive Cox 


Clive trained one of our permanent residents Wild Sky, asking us if we could offer this cheeky chap a chance of a future when preparing to deliver another horse to us in his care. He did us the honour of becoming patron in 2013.  
From a farming background in Somerset, Clive had a successful career as a NH Jockey and rode nearly 100 winners.
In May 2000 Clive, and his family moved to John Francome’s Beechdown Stables yard on the edge of Lambourn Downs.



Successes on the track soon followed and the number of winners per season have increased every year. Individual attention for every horse is the main ingredient under Clive's expert care: Reckless Abandon's two Group One successes in 2012 provided Clive with his best season to date. Since Beacon Lodge provided him with his first Group winner in 2007 and Gilt Edge Girl his first Group One winner in 2010 a string of pattern race winners have followed and helped Clive achieve success at the very highest level


Pat Murphy


Our most recent of patrons, graciously honouring us in 2014. 

A word from Pat.

“It is a great honour and privilege to become a patron of the Racehorse Rehoming Centre where they do such wonderful work giving ex-racehorses a future.

Supreme Glory, who was trained by me to win the Welsh National, Devon National, second in the Grand National and third in the Scottish National is now happily retired at Combe St Nicholas.


"Tim" (as he was affectionately known in our stables) left us in 2004 for a life hunting in Somerset and Devon, unfortunately a few years later, Tessa and her team found him in a very poor, neglected condition. After many frantic phone calls, they took charge of Tim and over the next few months with lots of TLC restored him to his former condition. Well done Tessa and team! 

As a racehorse trainer, we try our best to rehome horses when they can no longer race, unfortunately we cannot always keep track of their futures and that is why charities such as Racehorse Rehoming are so important for the welfare of ex racehorses.

If I was a racehorse, I would look forward to retiring to Chard St Nicholas, at the foot of the Blackdown Hills with Tessa and her team to look out for me.”

Pat Murphy

Pat has also graced us with being our special guest judge at our annual show, and due to a judge not turning up proceeded to judge all classes that were available. A true gent.

Training since 1993 the last nine years in East Garston. Trained 160 plus winners from mainly a small team of horses. Including a Welsh Grand National, Lanzarote Hurdle and all types of flat winners from sprinters to stayers.


We would like to say thank you to all our wonderful patrons for their continued support.

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