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Different Types of Co-Ownership

BHA Guidelines & the Value of Joining the ROA

The overriding principle of Owners for Owners is that everyone involved in owning a racehorse with us should genuinely feel like an owner and participate fully in the whole racehorse ownership experience, with  cost transparency, full involvement in decision-making and open access to the horse and trainer, not subordinated to the needs of a syndicate manager.

  • Types of ownership:  BHA Guidelines make the distinction between sole ownership, different types of co-ownership and racing clubs.  We set up co-ownerships and register them in line with the BHA definition of either syndicates or partnerships, depending on number of members.  Our owners do not necessarily have to be registered as owners with the BHA.
  • Becoming a member of the Racehorse Owners’ Association:  for a fee of £210 you can become a member of the ROA and enjoy many exclusive membership benefits:  free owners’ car park label, subscription to the high-quality Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine (worth nearly £60 per year), access to ROA hospitality fixtures at various meetings, exclusive discounts, offers and competitions and, very importantly, automatic free coverage under the ROA Third Party Liability Insurance Scheme against potential damage should your horse cause damage or injury to a third party or their property.
  • Running a horse in your colours:  the vast majority of syndicates and partnerships race their horses in the colours of the individual or company managing the ownership arrangement.  Owners for Owners does not subscribe to that approach at all.  Our horses run in the colours of the individual owners, by annual rotation.  If you do not already have your own racing colours, you can apply for them online - www.britishhorseracing.com/colours.  Not every owner wants to do that but we feel that it is important to provide everyone with the opportunity.
  • Legal and financial obligations:  full details are available in the documentation we issue to all owners, both guiding principles as well as the specifics.

We feel it is very important for our owners to understand and approve of all decisions relevant to the horse and their ownership of it, and we do our best to involve them at every stage.


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