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Great weekend with Tintin for RoR's! - 22/11/2014

NEW Sunday 7th December Louise Robson Dressage Clinic - 22/11/2014

Sunday 23rd November Flatwork Clinic Amy Bannister, Whitchurch - 22/11/2014

29th November Flatwork and Test Riding Clinic with Claire Senior, West Yorkshire - 22/11/2014

Clare Balding and Willie Carson to host first RoR Awards Ceremony - 18/11/2014

Sunday 1st February 2015 Dressage to Music with Jenny Johnson - 17/11/2014

ROR Unaffiliated Dressage in Scotland Winter 2014 /2015 - 17/11/2014

Saturday 29th November Flatwork/Dressage with John Hills - 14/11/2014

RoR Looks to the Future following Independent Review - 12/11/2014

4th December, RoR Social Evening at The Hambleton Inn - 11/11/2014

NEW Sunday 7th December Louise Robson Dressage Clinic - 05/11/2014

Vale View competitors make great results at RoR Finals - 04/11/2014

RoR Riding Club Challenge Winners - 03/11/2014

Sunday 23rd November Have a Go at Horseball! - 28/10/2014

29th November RoR Jumping Clinic with Colina Pickles - 28/10/2014

RoR East Midlands Winter Dressage Points League runs again! - 21/10/2014

NEW - RoR Central Winter Dressage Series - 21/10/2014

Sunday 30th November RoR Qualifiers at Ian Stark EC Winter Show - 20/10/2014

RoR partner with TARRA for 2015 Show Series - 20/10/2014

Francis Whittington Show Jumping Clinics - next date 20th December - 20/10/2014

ENTER NOW South East Area League running 2014/15 - 17/10/2014

21st March 2015 Showing Masterclass with Lynn Russell - 17/10/2014

Special Constable wins RoR/Bedmax Racing2Eventing Series - 15/10/2014

7th December Dressage to Music with Amanda Birch in Tewkesbury NOW FULL - 10/10/2014

25th January 2015 Rider Analysis Clinic with Russell Guire - 09/10/2014

NEW - 22nd November Individual lessons with Kath Pinington - 09/10/2014

Great weekend with Tintin for RoR's! - 22/11/2014

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What a great weekend RoR horses and riders had and thankfully the sun made a very welcome appearance for Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November.  Tintin worked with a range of horses and riders - click here to read Pippa's full report

All in all a great weekend and the beaming faces on each rider after their lessons makes all the hard work in putting together clinics really worth it. If you are interested in attending a future clinic with Tintin please email pboyle@ror.org.uk and then Pippa will put your name on a list so that you can be advised asap of the next date.

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NEW Sunday 7th December Louise Robson Dressage Clinic - 22/11/2014

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RoR Dressage Clinic with Louise Robson at Highbank Farm, Petersfield Lane, Clanfield, PO8 0QD on Sunday 7th December. This clinic will cater for all levels - don't worry if you are only just starting out in your retraining as it is one of the best times to have tuition to make sure you are putting the correct building blocks in place.  These will be 45 minute individual lessons and will cost £25.  To book your place on this clinic please email pboyle@ror.org.uk asap.

Louise has an impressive ex-racehorse CV having competed her ex racehorse Mr Glum (owned by HRH The Queen) up to Prix St George and had him working and Grand Prix level at home before his retirement. She has competed and been placed with the ex racers at; High profile/Premier league shows, Hickstead Masters Semi Finals at varying levels, Regionals, PetPlan classes, YH classes, Talent Spotting finals and U21 Search for a Star Finals. (first ex racehorse to attend Talent Spotting and U21 Finals). Click here to read more.

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Sunday 23rd November Flatwork Clinic Amy Bannister, Whitchurch - 22/11/2014

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Flatwork training clinic with Amy Bannister at Tushingham Arena, Tushingham House Farm, Wobbs Lane, Tushingham, Whitchurch, SY13 4QR.  Amy is a BHSi SE & SM, and predominantly coaches and rides along with dressage judging, competing and producing a small number of homebreds. The cost is £25 per horse for RoR registered horses. To book now complete the Booking Form and return with payment asap. Places on a first come first served basis.

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29th November Flatwork and Test Riding Clinic with Claire Senior, West Yorkshire - 22/11/2014

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This RoR North East flatwork and test riding clinic with Claire Senior will be held at Manor Grange Stud, Knottingley, West Yorskhire WF11 0AZ.  Claire Senior is a former junior GB rider, and holds a UKCC level 2 certificate. She has ridden up to Grand Prix level dressage, competed to Inter I, and is a BD list 4 Judge.

Manor Grange is easily accessed from both the A1 and the M62 so is in an ideal location. They have 2 silica sand and rubber arenas, both enclosed by fencing. One is 22m x 65m (used as our warm up arena on competition days), and the other is 45m x 60m - big enough to run two 20x60 dressage arenas side by side.

To book in please download and complete this BOOKING FORM and send a cheque for £20 made payable to ‘Retraining of Racehorses’ to Vicky Smart.

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Clare Balding and Willie Carson to host first RoR Awards Ceremony - 18/11/2014

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Our honoured patron, Clare Balding OBE will reunite with her former TV partner racing legend and Champion jockey Willie Carson OBE, to co-present the first ever RoR Award Ceremony at the historic Jockey Club Rooms at the home of racing in Newmarket on Wednesday 26th November 2014.

RoR are also delighted to announce the introduction of a new award at the first ever RoR Awards, the ‘RoR Horse of the Year Champion 2014’ sponsored by The Jockey Club. This award recognises the special achievements of a retrained racehorse adapting to a new career. The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony and will be presented with The Jockey Club perpetual trophy as part of their sponsorship. The Jockey Club will provide the winner with Club Admission and Hospitality for two people on the Opening Day of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival meeting.

The presentation of the Awards to a total of seven RoR Elite Champions and the addition of the new RoR Horse of the Year Champion, provides a focus for the thousands of former racehorses competing successfully in equestrian disciplines of Eventing, Dressage, Showjumping, Endurance and Showing and shows both the adaptability and versatility of former racehorses adapting to life after racing in new careers.

RoR Chief Executive, Di Arbuthnot said:  “We are looking forward to the RoR Awards and would like to say thank you to The Jockey club for supporting this event and also for their sponsorship of our new award for the RoR Horse of the Year.  The RoR Awards ceremony provide an opportunity for the charity and its supporters to celebrate the tremendous achievements of our winners as well as the thousands of former racehorses now enjoying life after racing.”

Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, said:

“Retraining of Racehorses does an excellent job promoting the successful careers that many racehorses go on to have. The welfare of the sport’s equine stars once they retire from racing is very important.  Governed by Royal Charter to act for the good of the sport, I’m delighted The Jockey Club is expanding its support for this worthy charity and I hope the new awards programme encourages more people to retrain and re-home former racehorses.”

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Sunday 1st February 2015 Dressage to Music with Jenny Johnson - 17/11/2014

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Expert Jenny Johnson will be holding a RoR Dressage to Music Training at Crow Wood EC, Burnley, Lancs BB12 0RT on Sunday 1st February 2015. 

Jenny started competing in freestyle classes 24 years ago.  She has competed in riding club freestyles, as well as British Dressage and works with North West British Dressage. Her expertise in DTM is complimented by teaching music, providing her with musical ability to be able to match the horse, rider and music well.  

For a cost of £40 per RoR horse/rider enjoy one to one tuition with Jenny which will include a warm up, instruction on a routine and each rider will then be provided with a complete freestyle package of cd and floorplan.  Places are limited and on a first come first served basis.  To book download this BOOKING FORM and return to Anne Parkinson together with payment to the address shown on the form.

 

 

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ROR Unaffiliated Dressage in Scotland Winter 2014 /2015 - 17/11/2014

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ROR are holding a number of qualifiers in Scotland this winter to encourage more ROR horses and riders to have fun and enjoy riding either a Prelim or Novice Dressage Test,  with the final being held at SNEC on March 29th 2015.

The first three in each test qualify and receive a qualifying rosette. The competition is open to all ex-racehorses, but in order to compete at the final you must register with the ROR (which is free). Click here to register your horse now.

Qualifiers wil take place on the following dates/venues as listed below.  To find out more information, then please go to the respective website and if you are having any problems please give Carol Magee a call on 07811 460380 or send an email to cmagee@ror.org.uk.  If you are interested in holding any qualifiers at your riding club or equestrian centre. then please contact Carol Magee.

Qualifiers:

November 2nd  2014
Ian Stark Equestrian Centre, Selkirk     www.ianstarkequestriancentre.co.uk

December 6th   
Ladyleys Equestrian Centre, Aberdeenshire   www.ladyleysridingclub.com        

December 6th    
Morris Equestrian, Ayrshire   Shona@morrisequestrian.co.uk

December 14th   
Inchcoonans Equestrian Centre, www.inchcoonansequestrian.co.uk

January 3rd 2015      
Netherton Farm, Bridge of Earn  email  wilkiejm@hotmail.co.uk

January 10th       
Morris Equestrian, Ayrshire   Shona@morrisequestrian.co.uk

January 24th       
Ladyleys Equestrian Centre  www.ladyleysridingclub.com

February 15th    
Inchcoonans Equestrian  www.inchcoonansequestrian.co.uk                           

February 14th    
Ladyleys Equestrian Centre   www.ladyleysridingclub.com

March 15th       
Inchcoonans Equestrian Centre www.inchcoonansequestrian.co.uk

March 14th        
Ladyleys Equestrian Centre  www.ladyleysridingclub.com

March 29th          
Final at Scottish National Equestrian Centre      www.snec.co.uk

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Saturday 29th November Flatwork/Dressage with John Hills - 14/11/2014

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Althought posted here on the North East page, this event has been organised by RoR North region's Regional Co-ordinator, Jackie Storey. This RoR flatwork/dressage clinic with John Hills takes place on sat 29 November at Springwell Farm House, Talkin, Brampton, Carlisle CA8 1LB. The cost is £25 for RoR registered horses, please book in advance please e-mail Jackie Storey.  (please do not e-mail Vicky Smart for this clinic)

 

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RoR Looks to the Future following Independent Review - 12/11/2014

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We are pleased to announce that the independent review of the strategy and policy of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) has been completed. One of its recommendations is the creation of a new role of Welfare Consultant, to which the former President of BEVA and Chief Executive of the Horse Trust, Paul Jepson has been appointed.

Other recommendations in the review include RoR establishing an online 'for sale' site and staging its own public auction with a recognised sales company with the charity becoming the 'one stop shop' and 'go to' organisation for assisting owners and trainers in re-homing former racehorses.

It also recommends an expansion of the existing competition series and events programme, and an expansion of RoR's regional activities, including the education programmes that focus on engaging with owners of former racehorses at less experienced and competitive levels.

The review, carried out by Jonny McIrvine, former Chief Executive of the charity that is now World Horse Welfare, recommended that the primary role of the four RoR supported centres should be to care for 'vulnerable and unwanted' horses, in accordance with charity’s objects, and that future levels of funding from RoR should reflect each centre's ability to meet criteria relating to that objective. The review also recommended that RoR improve the geographical spread of approved centres and enlist further suitably equipped locations to be available to care for horses.

Paul Jepson, in the new role of RoR Welfare Consultant, will be the principal liaison point for all RoR supported or approved centres. He will use his experience as both a veterinary surgeon and former consultant to Government on equine welfare to work with other welfare organisations and in monitoring any ‘vulnerable and unwanted’ former racehorses.

Running in parallel to Jonny McIrvine’s review, Deloitte have carried out a separate project with funding support from the Racing Foundation, one of the aims of which is to get an accurate and up to date picture of the career paths of horses leaving training in Britain. 

To date the project has reviewed four years of data (2008-2011) and by the final year over 90% of horses leaving training were accounted for. Throughout, the largest proportion of horses, c.40%, were found second careers outside of racing. While the methodology used and data available differed from the previous piece of work, which looked at horses leaving training in 2006, the figures showed a significant drop in the number of unaccounted for horses (19% down to 8%). Deloitte will be making recommendations on how the data quality and timeliness of its collection can be improved, which will further reduce the proportion of unaccounted for horses.

Paul Roy, Chairman of RoR, said: "I would like to thank Jonny McIrvine for compiling such a comprehensive and constructive report. The review established that RoR, through the creation and development of a series of exclusive competitions, has engineered an increase in the demand for former racehorses. Indeed, the goal of balancing the supply of horses leaving racing with the demand for them in other roles is largely being achieved.

"Among the range of the review's recommendations, there are three key themes. Firstly, an expansion of the policies that have facilitated the increase in demand for former racehorses in other equine activities. There are now over 10,000 horses registered on RoR's database and the charity stages shows and competitions across 12 different equine disciplines. These will continue to be expanded, together with more activities and educational programmes at regional level to engage with the grass roots of horse ownership.

"Where previously there was a perception that the charity's work was predominantly about rehabilitation and re-homing via the centres, the success of the competition series has highlighted the versatility of the Thoroughbred and created a genuine commercial market for former racehorses. That said, the centres still perform a vital role in providing a safety net for 'vulnerable and unwanted' former racehorses.

"Consequently, another theme running through the recommendations is the implementation of steps to bolster existing measures that protect the welfare of former racehorses and we are both fortunate and delighted to have recruited someone as experienced and respected in field of equine welfare as Paul Jepson in the role of RoR Welfare Consultant. His appointment will undoubtedly strengthen RoR, whose small team, led by Chief Executive Di Arbuthnot, does an excellent job.

“The third theme relates to the need for improved communication, both directly to racing and its constituents and to the wider public so that the work of the charity is better understood and appreciated. This in turn will enable the charity to be more effective in meeting its objectives. Currently, there is arguably greater awareness of RoR among the wider equestrian world than there is within racing, this imbalance needs to change.

"In summary, the review’s findings underline how far the charity has come since its inception in 2000. The implementation phase has already commenced and we are confident that the review will help set the strategic direction for the charity over the next five to ten years, enabling RoR to build further on the excellent work it is already doing.” 

For a summary of the reports key findings and recommendations please click here

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4th December, RoR Social Evening at The Hambleton Inn - 11/11/2014

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Join Vicky Smart and RoR North East on Thursday 4th December from 7pm to 9pm for a friendly social evening to meet other RoR's at Hambleton Inn, Sutton Bank, Thirsk, YO7 2HA. Tickets are £10 in advance, which includes hot food and a glass of wine.

Vicky says; "It's a good way for us all to meet up and it will provide an opportunity for us to discuss what clinics and activities you are interested in me organising for 2015 for the region. So it would be great to met you."

To book send please send an e-mail to vsmart@ror.org.uk and then send a cheque to Vicky Smart, Hambleton House, Sutton Bank, Thirsk YO7 2HA for £10 made payable to "Retraining of Racehorses".

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NEW Sunday 7th December Louise Robson Dressage Clinic - 05/11/2014

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RoR Dressage Clinic with Louise Robson at Highbank Farm, Petersfield Lane, Clanfield, PO8 0QD on Sunday 7th December. This clinic will cater for all levels - don't worry if you are only just starting out in your retraining as it is one of the best times to have tuition to make sure you are putting the correct building blocks in place.  These will be 45 minute individual lessons and will cost £25.  To book your place on this clinic please email pboyle@ror.org.uk asap.

Louise has an impressive ex-racehorse CV having competed her ex racehorse Mr Glum (owned by HRH The Queen) up to Prix St George and had him working and Grand Prix level at home before his retirement. She has competed and been placed with the ex racers at; High profile/Premier league shows, Hickstead Masters Semi Finals at varying levels, Regionals, PetPlan classes, YH classes, Talent Spotting finals and U21 Search for a Star Finals. (first ex racehorse to attend Talent Spotting and U21 Finals). Click here to read more.

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Vale View competitors make great results at RoR Finals - 04/11/2014

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Competitors enjoyed a terrific day on Sunday November 2nd taking part in the RoR Racehorse to Dressage Final, which took place at Vale View EC during the BD High Profile Show. 

The RoR intro class was won by Jaqueline Almond, pictured here, on Beautiful Life (67.93%), RoR Prelim was won by Amy Ferris and her former racehorse, Sandmartin (75.73%), the RoR Novice was won by Steph Cason on Harland (72.05%), and the RoR Elementary was won by last year's second placed horse, Galileo Figaro (70.70%) and Nicole Turner.  Congratulations to the Champions and to all those who took part in the third year of this increasingly popular RoR series.

All of the winners picked up a 1st prize of three hundred pounds each with prizes of two hundred pounds to 2nd placed and one hundred pounds to the 3rd placed in each of the three RoR Racehorse to Dressage Finals.

The full results of the 2014 Racehorse to Dressage Finals are:

RoR - Intro

1st   - Jacqueline Almond - Beautiful Life (67.93%)

2nd  - Hayley Burson - Bywell Beau (67.82%)

3rd - Sharon Denson - Cyrstallize (67.06%)

ROR - Prelim

1st - Amy Ferris - Sandmartin (75.73%)

2nd - Katie Lamb - Defies Logic (72.69%)

3rd - Jane Ingham - Fabled Dancer (70.38%)

RoR - Novice

1st - Steph Cason - Harland (72.05%)

2nd - Emily Freezer - Desert Sea (71.78%)

3rd - Amy Ferris - Sandmartin (70.14%)

RoR - Elementary

1st - Nicola Turner - Galileo Figaro (70.70%)

2nd - Melissa Chapman - Awsaal (70.15%)

3rd - Tania Dahdi - Mumtaz Begum (68.04%)

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RoR Riding Club Challenge Winners - 03/11/2014

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The winner of the highest point scoring ex racehorse in Area 4 RoR Riding Club Challenge trophy was Kathy Boothman who competed in the ODE and came 2nd in the 100+ and also went on to come 3rd at the Riding club championships on her former racehorse, Save the Pound who competes for Malton Riding-Club.

Rosettes were also presented to members who have represented Area 4 Riding Clubs competitions this year:-

Johanna Booth - Supreme Piper - Calderdale RC
Claire Jackson - Zauber - Darrowby RC
Marie Spillane - Prince of Love - Ebor Vale RC
Samantha Dexter - Jimmyling - Ebor Vale RC
Lisa Fieldsend - Dalby of York - Ebor Vale RC
Michaela Roberts - One Foot in Front - Malton RC
Sharon Mawson - Nobbler - Nidd Valley RC
Claire Sutcliffe - Snow Kaddy - Northallerton RC
Kerry Harston - Resolute Defender - Northallerton RC
Anna Bulmer - Glenshee - Scarborough RC

 

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Sunday 23rd November Have a Go at Horseball! - 28/10/2014

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Great opportunity to try out Horseball  at the RoR's " Have a go session" with Derby Horseball at Ivanhoe Equestrian, Ashby de la Zouch. Emma Lebutt is very kindly giving us the hire of the venue for free, so it's just £15 per horse for the session. To book now complete this BOOKING FORM and return with payment to the address shown on this form.

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29th November RoR Jumping Clinic with Colina Pickles - 28/10/2014

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Event rider Colina Pickles has been Bill Levetts Head groom for the past five years will be running this RoR jumping clinic at her home yard at The Lodge, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9DF on Saturday 29th November. The cost is £15 for a RoR registered horse (£20 if not registered - see below) and this cost is payable in advance. To book now download the BOOKING FORM.  Please note places are limited.

Please remember that retraining clinics, educational events and unafilliated competitons are now open to all ex racehorses - regardless of where they have raced or if they are unraced. So if you haven't registered with RoR then please do click here now and if you have Registered your unraced or non GB raced horse please email RoR to request a registration number - these are now being issued for non GB raced horses.

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RoR East Midlands Winter Dressage Points League runs again! - 21/10/2014

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The Regional Wnter Dressage Points League for East Midlands will again run for 2014/15.  FREE for any RoR registered horse to enter, you can earn points for your percentage scores at ANY unaffiliated dressage competition at Prelim, Novice or Elementary Level. 

To enter simply submit proof of your scores to Claire Stringer by e-mail to cstringer@ror.org.uk to join the league covering competitions from 1st October 2014 up to the closing date of 31st March 2015.   League Tables are posted monthly and Rosettes and other prizes will be awarded by RoR at the end.

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NEW - RoR Central Winter Dressage Series - 21/10/2014

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This new RoR Central Winter Dressage League allows riders to earn points on any score sheets in Unaffiliated Dressage competitions between October 2014 and March 2015 (inclusive). 

To take part riders must register with the League and then submit any score sheets for verification (either scanned or copied by e-mail). Points will be awarded as follows:-

55 - 56.99 - 1 point
57 - 58.99 - 2 points
59 - 60.99 - 3 points
61 - 62.99 - 4 points
63 - 64.99 - 5 points
65 - 66.99 - 6 points
67 - 68.99 - 7 points
69 - 70.99 - 8 points
71 - 72.99 - 9 points
73 + = 10 points

Register Now! Email RoR Central Regional Co-ordinator Karen Beaumont to  kbeaumont@ror.org.uk.  Please include your name, horse's registered details (including racing name and registered address).  The league table will be updated monthly.
 
Please note: The League will run for Intro, Prelim & Novice with horses not to hold any BD Points for Intro & Prelim and under 45 BD points for Novice. Final date for submitting any eligible score sheet/sheets is 5th April 2015. 

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Sunday 30th November RoR Qualifiers at Ian Stark EC Winter Show - 20/10/2014

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Ian Starke Equestrian Centre will be holding a Winter Show on November 30th 2014 and classes to be included will be a Tattersalls Scottish Series qualifier for the Highland show 2015 and a Retrained Challenge Class, which is a qualifier for Royal Windsor 2015. Further details of the schedule and entries can be found at Ian Starke Equestrian's website - http://ianstarkequestriancentre.co.uk/fixtures/

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RoR partner with TARRA for 2015 Show Series - 20/10/2014

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RoR are delighted to announce a partnership with the Thoroughbred And Retired Racehorse Association (TARRA) for the show series in 2015.  RoR will continue to support the rosettes with the addition of prizes and there will also be an exciting final, which will take place at the RoR show Championship at Aintree in August 2015.

The TARRA classes will continue under the same rules where racing injuries and blemishes are ignored, shows and results will be on the RoR website shortly.  An important change is that the series will be for amateurs only - those employed in racing will be allowed to compete.

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Francis Whittington Show Jumping Clinics - next date 20th December - 20/10/2014

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RoR are delighted to have secured slots at all of Francis' Show Jumping Clinics this year and early into 2015 at Heathfield Stables, Spout Hill, Crowborough, E Sussex, TN6 3QX. Experience modern instruction with one of Britain’s most up and coming event riders!

These lessons will be in groups of 4 and will be indoors. Cost per rider is £20 when quoting your RoR number (if you have an unraced or foreign raced horse that you have registered for RoR but do not have an RoR number please contact the RoR Office for a number before you book).

Next dates available in 2014 is 20th December, and 17th January and 21st February in 2015. Book direct to http://www.whittingtoneventing.co.uk/venue.htm quoting your RoR number.

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ENTER NOW South East Area League running 2014/15 - 17/10/2014

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Earn points towards an RoR South East Area League and qualification for the RoR South East Area Championship Show whilst competing at your normal unaffiliated Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined Training competitions. 

The league will run from 1st January 2015 to 31st August 2015 at participating venues - please click here for a full list of RoR South East Area League signing venues. You can register your horse by emailing your name, address, horse's name and RoR number to southeastleague@ror.org.uk.  You never know you could be the Dressage, show jumping or combined training champion for 2015!

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21st March 2015 Showing Masterclass with Lynn Russell - 17/10/2014

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Lynn Russell 'Showing Masterclass' on Saturday 21st March at Durfold Farm, Plaistow Road, Dunsfold, Surrey GU8 4PQ.  Lynn has been involved with the retraining of racehorses for several years and the event is run in association with RoR.   This clinic was great fun and informative last year and this year, Lynn will be adding in an assessment of each horse that attends for side saddle.  So if you are going to show your horse next year and would possibly like to try side saddle in the future, then this clinic would be great for you.

This clinic is being subsidised by RoR by £30 so you will pay £45per horse/rider. Places are strictly limited and will be on a first come first served basis.  Full details on what is covered  and information on how to book can be found at http://www.topcobs.com/ror_master_classes_2015.htm. Please quote your RoR number when making your booking (if you have an unraced or foreign raced horse that you have registered for RoR but do not have an RoR number for please contact RoR Office for a number before you book in). 

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Special Constable wins RoR/Bedmax Racing2Eventing Series - 15/10/2014

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The 2014 RoR/BEDMAX Racing2Eventing Series Winner is Elaine Tragett and her 16 year-old thoroughbred turned eventer, Special Constable and taking 2nd place in this year's competition is rider Abigail Sparkes on her fomer racehorse The Jolly Miller.

Following the news of her win, the 2014/RoR Bedmax Winner has also been invited to take part in the RoR Parade of Equine Champions on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse this weekend, Saturday 18th October. This special RoR Parade includes seven other Champion horses and aims to showcase to racing audiences the versatility and success of the thoroughbred adapting to their second careers.

Originally purchased and retrained by top event rider Pippa Funnell, during his four year racing career in training with Ben Case, Special Constable ran 10 races over hurdles and fences.  Special Constable, known as Midge, was retrained and competed by Pippa in 2006 & 2007. He was then a stable companion to Pippa’s other great Eventing horse Ensign. Elaine took him on in 2012 following his two-year rest and recovery period due to a neck injury. 

Elaine, who works full-time as a major Account Manager for 365it in Reading and lives in Royal Wootten Bassett, said that;  “ Winning the RoR Series is fantastic and to also be parading at Ascot is a dream come true for me too! Being there at the racetrack, on this prestigious occasion, completes a full circle of his life. He came from racing and returns back to his roots to show others that a race horse can truly turn his hoof to anything with time, love and trust.”

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7th December Dressage to Music with Amanda Birch in Tewkesbury NOW FULL - 10/10/2014

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Fun and informative sessions with the hugely popular Amanda Birch Dressage to Music will be held indoors at at Tewkesbury Riding School, Hillview, Cherry Orchard Lane, Twyning, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 6JH.  Open to RoR registered horses, the cost is £30 but places are limited so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Amanda works with riders at all levels and will provide you with music to school to or if you want you can put together a DTM test. To book dowload the BOOKING FORM now and return to Clare Poole (address above or as shown on the booking form). PLEASE NOTE: As of 19th November 2014 this event is fully booked, please e-mail Clare Poole if you wish to go on a waiting list.

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25th January 2015 Rider Analysis Clinic with Russell Guire - 09/10/2014

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RoR Central Region is thrilled to have booked Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics to do a Rider Analysis Clinic on Sunday 25th January at Willicote Equestrian Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon by kind permission of David & Yvonne Stephenson.

The rider analysis sessions are designed for riders of all levels to help improve the rider's position and horse's way of going.  Each session will be discounted to £55 for RoR horses if booked by 30th November 2014. Thereafter the cost will be £65 if space allows.

Each 45 minute session will provide:-

- Evaluation of your position on your own horse
- Exercises to help improve your position
- Training to improve your position and horse's way of going
- Instant (whilst mounted) Video Feedback so that you can see the difference!


N.B. Should you wish to receive a USB stick with slow motion software and videos from your session then please add £10 for this and mark clearly on the Booking Form.

Places are strictly limited and will only be confirmed once payment has been made - to book please complete and return this BOOKING FORM with your payment.

Russell is a UK CC Coach who has competed in both show jumping and dressage. He has carried out extensive research in rider positioning and saddle fit. He works with the British Equestrian Federations World Class and excel Talent Programme, and travels internationally holding clinics around the world.

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NEW - 22nd November Individual lessons with Kath Pinington - 09/10/2014

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New for RoR North West region are these individual lessons with instructor Kath Pinington on Saturday 22nd November at Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, Lancaster. The one to one lesson will focus on grassroots, emphasizing trouble-shooting issues whether its ground work, strengthening, pole work or jumping.  From join up, lunging, long lining and pole work to improve your horse's symmetry and core stability and help get your RoR ready for the competition season 2015.

Cost per lesson is £25 for RoR registered horses. Please complete and return this BOOKING FORM to Anne Walker (to the address provided on the form). 

Kath Pinington is the Expert Trainer at the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre in Lancashire. The original Charity dedicated to Welfare, Retraining and Rehoming of Thoroughbred Ex racehorses is the centre of Excellence in the North West.  Kath’s first passion is producing horses in 3-day Eventing with a career spanning 3 decades, having been long listed for the Junior British Squad, completed the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials in 2000 and competing many other horses at 3 star level.

Kath takes pride in assessing each horse and rider as individuals and taking time to bring out the very best in you and your ex-racehorses, especially those horses with more challenging issues.

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