The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is delighted to announce that the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) will be opening up its membership and many of its associated benefits to ARO owners from April 2022. The ROA promotes and protects the interests of racehorse owners in the UK and its members are supported in the ongoing experience of racehorse ownership.

One of the key benefits open to ARO owners is that all ROA members gain third party liability insurance cover against potential damages if their racehorse causes damage or injury. The ROA introduced this scheme as owners are currently vulnerable to claims even when their horse is in someone else’s care. The scheme currently applies to horses in training, horses in pre-training and horses out of training and has now been extended to cover amateur breeders too. Other benefits include complimentary racecourse entry, privileged car parking, Racing TV passes and other discounts, further details of which can be found on the ROA website www.roa.co.uk, or by contacting the ROA’s Head of Ownership Experience, Louise Norman on info@roa.co.uk.

Whilst initially not all ROA Member benefits will be available or applicable to owners of exclusively Arabian racehorses (e.g. 20% BHA fees discount) if they also owned thoroughbred racehorses then they would be included. It should also be noted that owner-trainers, as with permit trainers of thoroughbreds, would not be eligible.

Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive of the ROA, said: “Arabian racing is enjoyed by many around the world including here in the UK so it is fantastic to be able to welcome ARO owners into the ROA family. Racehorse ownership of all kinds is the lifeblood of racing in the UK and needs to be protected and promoted. We hope that all ARO owners take advantage of the benefits of ROA membership, and we look forward to developing the partnership further in the future.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Chief Executive Officer commented: “This is another step forward for Arabian racing. For ARO owners to be included in the ROA’s membership can only be of benefit to them and the sport. The insurance scheme alone is worthy of the membership fee as you would struggle to find a comparable policy for less than an ROA membership of £261.

“For our existing ARO owners who also have thoroughbreds in training then the benefits are even greater, we hope that all our owners who are eligible will take advantage of this offer and join for the forthcoming season.”