Founder Jennifer Twomey is the central force behind R2R, law graduate from the University of Warwick, her family life brought her into breeding and racing and advocating for off-track Thoroughbred welfare across the professional industry for many years. Jennifer worked collaboratively with a steering group including Aga Khan Studs, Godolphin and France Galop to set up France’s leading Thoroughbred retraining organisation, Au-Delà des Pistes.
In 2015 Jennifer was invited to Kentucky to participate in the first international Aftercare Think Tank organised by Godolphin (now IFAR). It was a visit to Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, an American EAT organisation, that moved her to deepen her commitment to the possibilities of ex-racehorses in this sphere.
Coming from a military family who had experienced significant loss, it was in a quiet moment of realisation, after seeing the impact of the horses on people in programs such as this and other excellent programs such as Square Peg in California and HorseBackUK in Scotland, that it became clear to Jennifer she could combine her love of the Thoroughbred with their ability to support humans who may need it, including ex-servicemen and women.
She went on to become a certified Equine Specialist in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Therapy and assisted in research at Shumbashaba in Diepsloot, South Africa where she met and joined forces with Dr. Anna Buckingham. And from her life-affecting experience in Kentucky, the Racing To Relate foundations were laid. From here, Jennifer and her collaborators have built the international project that Racing To Relate is becoming.