The Cheltenham Festival
The Cheltenham Festival is held every March and is a relentless killer of race horses who die, undeniably, in the most horrific of circumstances. Cheltenham is one of the most dangerous racecourses in the world for a horse to step foot upon.
Racing’s welfare regulator, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Racecourse – which is owned by the Jockey Club – must take responsibility for the deaths. Between them, they have failed race horses on a huge scale. As such, they should be replaced by a singular independent welfare body that would take meaningful action to stop horses from losing their lives.
- Read our report: The Cheltenham Festival – facts and figures
- See the list of horses who died at each year’s Cheltenham Festival
- Visit Race Horse Deathwatch, Animal Aid’s online database that records race horse deaths in Great Britain
- Read our response to the industry’s review of deaths at the Cheltenham Festival