Changing Lives...
Creating Futures...


Emotional wellbeing, mindfulness and inclusion are at the heart of all of Greatwood’s Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) educational programmes.

Rehoming Former Racehorses

Education Programmes

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Sanctuary Horses

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Changing Lives... Creating Futures...

Greatwood is the only organisation that uses former racehorses to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with Special Educational Needs (SEN).


Emotional wellbeing, mindfulness and inclusion are at the heart of all of Greatwood's educational programmes. View our Policies, view our event calendar and see what educational experts think of us.

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A former racehorse has much to offer after its period of rehabilitation and Greatwood makes every effort to match the right horse with a carer. Greatwood equine management staff carefully vets all applicants to ensure that ultimately both horse and carer have a long and happy life together.

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Support Greatwood

Donations and support are the life blood of Greatwood. Our work costs Greatwood over £500,000 annually. You can help Greatwood rescue and care for neglected and ill treated former racehorses and educate and inspire children with special educational needs. See how you can help us.

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Greatwood Charity Raceday March 2019

We are delighted to report that the 2019 Greatwood Charity Raceday at Newbury Racecourse made a staggering £95,000.

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A heartfelt Thank You to everybody who supported us. See you next year!

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Become a Friend of Greatwood

A Friend of Greatwood knows they are making a genuine difference to the horses we help and the children that attend our programmes throughout the year.

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We offer 3 different options, which include all or some of the following:
Greatwood newsletter and updates on all progress at Greatwood
Complimentary visit to Greatwood annual Friend's Day
Invitation to join in on our Horse Show for free
Set of 2 Gift Cards
Appear on the Lifelong Friends Wall

Diary Dates

Greatwood Education Diary Dates



Greatwoood Tack Sale
Saturday, 27 July 2019

A selection of saddles, GP, Dressage including nearly new synthetic Wintec and Ideal. Saddles priced from £100.00

Developing Confidence Course


Developing Confidence Course
Monday, 29 July 2019

Secondary aged students completing this course have the opportunity to build on their confidence whilst working with Thoroughbred horses and a variety of small animals.

Get Going Course


Get Going Course
Monday, 19 Aug 2019

5 day course aimed at helping to combat the rise in unemployment amongst young adults.

Greatwood Horse Show 2020


Horse Show 2020
Saturday, 06 June 2020

Come along and support us at our annual Greatwood Horse Show

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Winter Appeal 2019

It costs Greatwood over £14,000
to keep our 38 former racehorses warm in their stables each winter.