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The information below is taken from the British Horseracing Board website, www.bhb.co.uk.

Sole Ownership

You will be the owner of the horse and no one else. As such, any costs and profits will be yours alone. You will also have a close involvement with any of the decisions regarding the horse. You will be able to choose the name of your horse and which colours will be worn in your name.


Co-ownership of a racehorse involves the participation of more than one owner. It is effectively any type of racehorse ownership other than sole ownership. Entering into co-ownership of a racehorse can lead to a number of different variations in how you the owner are involved.

Types Ownership

There are 4 types of co-ownership:

Company Ownership

The horse is owned by the company’s shareholders. The company must appoint a Registered Agent to act on its behalf.

Joint Ownership

Can consist of between 2 and 12 individuals. The horse(s) can run in either a joint ownership’s name or the name of a joint owner.


Avoids a capital outlay for a racehorse and involves ownership of the racehorse for a designated period of time. You can lease a racehorse for a single race or the whole racing career of a horse.

Racing Partnership

Can consist of between 2 and 20 individuals, of which at least 2 must become, or already be, registered owners. There are a number of ways in which partnerships are set up and managed. You must decide upon how much input you would like as a co-owner and then choose the type of co-ownership to suit you. The 3 types of partnership are as follows:

Trainer Managed

This involves a trainer setting up and running a co-ownership. The trainer will usually become a co-owner themselves. This means all the admin of running the co-ownership is carried out by the trainer thus providing ‘hassle free’ racehorse ownership.

Social Group

This involves a group of friends deciding to start up a co-ownership and share the costs accordingly. One co-owner or more will have to set up and run the co-ownership and deal with the administration of the co-ownership.

Professionaly Run Co-ownership

There are a number of professional co-ownership organisers who work on a commercial basis and charge a management fee to set up and run co-ownerships. This means all the admin of running the co-ownership is carried out by the co-ownership organiser thus providing ‘hassle free’ racehorse ownership.

Racing Clubs

Racing Clubs are not an independent form of co-ownership. Therefore by joining or becoming a member of a Racing Club you receive the benefits of that Club but are not entering into racehorse ownership yourself.

Will involve the ‘leasing of an ownership interest’, but does not involve ownership of any racehorses. The Club itself may own any number of horses, which will run under the colours of the Racing Club. Involves registering as a member of a club by paying a joining fee and/or a membership fee for a specific period. Re-registration will normally be necessary after this period.

There may be some ownership benefits including a share of prize money.

So please come and talk to Julie Houldey and discuss the possibilities of owning a wining horse.