Anne Duchess was the owner of the greatest steeplechaser the world has seen, Arkle. Her love of this wonderful horse and equestrian sport influences much of what her Charity does.

Arkle won 22 of his 26 steeplechases between 1962 and 1966, including the three successive Cheltenham Gold Cups, two Hennessy Gold Cups, one Whitbread Gold Cup, King George VI Chase, Gallagher Gold Cup and the Irish Grand National.

Much of what our Charity does today reflects Anne Duchess’ lifelong interest in riding and horses, her love of her racehorses, including Arkle, Last Suspect and Ten Up, National Hunt racing and other equestrian sport. This can be seen in our support of:

  • Equine research, such as that carried out by the Animal Health Trust
  • Equine welfare organisations such as the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre 
  • Organisations dedicated to helping people connected to and injured during racing and other equine sport e.g. Racing Welfare, Injured Jockeys Fund; 
  • Charities assisting those with a disability or struggling with other difficulties for whom equine therapy or education in a racing context offers a real benefit e.g. Riding for the Disabled, Child Vision and Racing to School (maths programme).

In 2010 the Charity also part-funded the design and production of a life and a quarter size memorial bronze statue of Arkle with Pat Taafe, his jockey, in the saddle by the accomplished sculptress Emma MacDermott. The statue was unveiled in Ashbourne, County Meath, near where Arkle was trained, in 2014.

Limited edition quarter size maquettes of Arkle’s bronze statue have been produced by the sculptress and used to raised funds for other charities. Another has been purchased by our Charity to present to the new National Heritage Museum for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket (due to open in Spring 2016).


Given to Equestrian related charities since 2002