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Introduction for new owners

Welcome to the world of racehorse ownership

Introduction for new owners

New to racehorse ownership?

Horse racing captivates the imagination of millions of people across the world and, unlike many other sports, you can be right at the heart of it by becoming a registered racehorse owner.

From purchasing your horse at the sales, through naming and choosing your very own racing silks, arriving at the track to see your horse run, to leading them into the winners enclosure, owning a racehorse is a remarkable journey.

There are over 13,500 registered owners in the UK, all of whom play an influential role in supporting this great sport which we love. You can be become one of them in a matter of days.

Becoming a new owner

This may seem daunting but it’s a simple process, one Weatherbys can guide you through every step of the way.

Whether you want to register yourself a sole owner, or to set-up a Racing Partnership or Joint Ownership, we can help. It is also possible for Companies, Recognised Clubs and Regiments to register as owners.

Who can become a new owner?

Anyone over 16 years of age (applicants aged 16 or 17 require a personal guarantee from a currently registered owner) can apply. 

Every applicant will be subject to identity and credit checks and have to be approved by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

How long will it take?

The majority of applications are completed within two working days.

What are the different ownership types?

  • Sole ownership - This is when you are the only person involved in the ownership of the horse and you have a 100% share in the animal.

  • Joint Ownership (2-12 people) - Each joint owner is required to be a registered owner, and percentages are specified for each horse registered. 

  • Racing Partnership (2-20 people) - At least two partners must be a Registered Owner. The two registered owners ('nominated partners') are ultimately responsible for the setup and administration of the Racing Partnership.

  • Company – A company can register as an Owner, owning horses 100% or within a Joint Ownership or Racing Partnership. 

Applications can be completed online by clicking here;
For further information you can call our Ownership Desk on +44 (0)1933 440077.

We also have a dedicated email account for ownership enquiries, so please feel free to send any questions you may have to

Privileged Access Swipe System

Weatherbys has been working closely with the Racecourse Association (RCA) to improve the owners' experience at racecourses since 1997, when the Privileged Access Swipe System (PASS) was first introduced, it has since been modernised and re-launched in November 2016.

Still an important part of racedays, the PASS system streamlines the entry process for complimentary and official admission to racecourses - for owners and metal badge holders (trainers, jockeys, nominated press and industry officials), it also prevents fraudulent entry to unauthorised personnel.  

The PASS system is in operation at 51 racecourses and uses information taken from the overnight declarations stage to enable connections of any horse(s) declared to run, to gain complimentary admission.


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