Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive
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Retraining of Racehorses
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Cheltenham opens its doors for The Festival on Tuesday 11th March hosting the first of this year’s RoR parades, which were introduced in 2008 to showcase the successes of former racehorses. The Festival sees a star line up of former racehorses, including Gold Cup winners Kauto Star and Denman, as well as Her Majesty The Queen’s Barber’s Shop, who will take centre stage in the parade ring for Retraining of Racehorses’ (RoR) parade before racing.
Not only do the parades provide people with the chance to see their old favourites but they also show the adaptability of former racehorses, including those horses who may not have had such a distinguished racing career but are now excelling in a new equine discipline.
Sophia Brudenell, Communications Manager for the South West region of Jockey Club Racecourses said that, “The ROR parade on the opening day of The Festival is something that has grown in popularity each year and it is great to see such a strong line for this year. Kauto Star and Denman are both so popular but also the likes of Blazing Bailey and Crystal D’Ainey were both Festival regulars in their time, notching up four appearances each, including third in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.”
The full line up for this year's Cheltenham Festival RoR Parade can be found below;
1. DENMAN (Team Chasing) – Charlotte Alexander - 14 year old chesnut gelding by Presenting. Ran 24 times winning 14 races and over £1.1m in win/prize money. He won the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup and went on the following year to win the 2009 Hennessey Gold Cup. Trained by Paul Nicholls.
Denman moved to Charlotte at the beginning of September 2012 having had time off recovering from a small tendon injury. The first few months were spend hardening his legs and getting him used to going on exercise across country, through gates and down tracks. Once the basic fitness had been achieved Denman was introduced to Sponsored rides and then hunting. Denman took to hunting like a duck to water. He jumps everything from walls and rails to hedges and ditches. Harry Meade has been helping Charlotte with Denman’s re schooling and he is so intelligent he takes it all on board so quickly.
2. BLAZING BAILEY (Hunting) – Sarah Welford - 12 year old bay gelding by Mister Baileys. He ran 48 times on the flat, over hurdles and fences notching up over £380K in win/prize money. He won a total of 12 races and placed on numerous occasions. He ran four times at The Festival finishing 3rd in the Triumph Hurdle and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Trained by Alan King.
Following his retirement he has been hunting on a number of occasions when Sarah has time. They have been competing in hunter trials and team chases as well as lots of hacking. Sarah says Bailey is thoroughly enjoying his retirement.
3. CRYSTAL D’AINAY (Team Chase/Hunter Trials) – Charlotte Burke
15 year old bay gelding by Saint Preuil. Ran 38 times over hurdles and fences winning over £225k in win/prize money. He ran four times at The Festival finishing 3rd in the World Hurdle in 2004. Trained by Alan King.
Since retiring in 2011 Charlotte and Crystal D’Ainay have been competing in team chases and hunter trials. This is proving to be something he enjoys as he is always winning rosettes! He also has great fun hacking and has been hunting on several occasions.
4. MONKERHOSTIN (Hunting) – George Beilby - 17 year old bay gelding by Shining Steel. He ran 61 times under rules and won 12 of these including the Coral Gold Cup here in 2004 and the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in 2008. He notched up over £602K in win/prize money during his career which lasted 10 years. Trained by Philip Hobbs.
Monkerhostin came to George and Debbie Beilby in February 2011. Monkey has been a great addition to the yard, a venerable old soldier, oozing confidence and experience, he loves going out with the West Somerset Vale Hunt and acts as lead for children's ponies and youngsters. He's tough, kind hearted and the children adore him. He's a popular member of the hunt and stands beautifully at the meet. Monkey, as he is known played a huge part in helping George with his rehab after returning from army duties in Afghanistan. This created a great bond between him and Monkey that people would find hard to understand. This year he is being ridden by Debbie and has been Trail hunting and taking part in fun rides.
5. BARBER’S SHOP (Showing) – Katie Jerram
12 year old Bay Gelding by Sadlers Hall. Ran 24 times over hurdles and fences. Winning 8 races and placed on numerous occasions notching up over £143K in win/prize money. He ran 4 times at The Festival finishing 2nd in the Jewson H’cap Chase in 2008. Trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by HM The Queen.
Now with Katie Jerram he has had a very successful start to his new career in showing. Katie took him to a local show for his first outing and he won the hunter class with her. He then went on to win the Horse of the year qualifier at Osbaldeston and RoR Champion. He won his class at The Royal Windsor Show and then went on to become Champion at Hickstead this year. He won his class at the Royal Welsh Show too. Katie says he has been a pleasure to produce and due to the team at Nicky Henderson’s doing such a good job riding him it has made life easier for retraining. He will move on to ladies sidesaddle classes and show hunter classes this year.
6. MIKO DE BEAUCHENE (Hunting) – Tracey Phillips
14 year old bay gelding by Nashamaa. He had 43 runs under rules including hurdles and fences. He won four of his races and over £203K in win/prize money. His wins included the Coral Welsh National in 2007 and the Vodka Red Square Gold Cup at Haydock in 2008. He then went on to finish second at The Festival in the Pertemps Final in 2008 for Andrew Wiles, who still owns him today. Trained by Venetia Williams. He has been hunting several times with the North Cotswold Hunt and has completed fun rides in the Cotswolds, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He is now recovering from an unfortunate injury but all is going very well and the plan from here is to start doing some showing, cross country, showjumping and then possibly some eventing.
7. LIGHTENING STRIKE (Hunting) – Sharon Francis
11 year old chesnut gelding by Danehill Dancer. Ran 37 times on the flat and over Obstacles notching up over £109k in win/prize money. He came 9th in the Triumph Hurdle at The Festival in 2007 and made two more appearances at The Festival following this.
Trained by Paul Webber.
Since retiring in 2012 Striker, as he is known had a couple of months off before Sharon started riding him again. He has been learning to hack out alone, which has thrown Sharon a couple of challenges along the way! However, he has now been out on the hunting field and has shown an enjoyment for this life. His aim this year is to be part of the inter hunt relay team for the South Hereford Hunt.
8. KAUTO STAR (Dressage) – Laura Collett
14 year old bay gelding by Village Star. Ran 41 times over hurdles and fences winning over £2m and an amazing 23 races. He won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2007 and again in 2009, the King George a record breaking 5 times and the Betfair Chase 3 times. He ran a total of 6 races at the Cheltenham Festival during his career.
Trained by Paul Nicholls.
Since arriving with Laura Kauto Star has taken to his retirement routine very well. Laura says he is a pleasure to work with and is enjoying the work that has been asked of him at home. Along with his retraining for dressage, he enjoys hacking out, spending time in the field and having the occasional little jump. Kauto Star has done demonstrations at Newbury, Barbury and Burghley. He has also been seen parading at a couple of racecourses since his retirement. He will start competing in dressage competitions this year.
9. DEEP REFLECTION (Showing) – Helen Newbold
14 year old bay gelding by Cloudings. He ran 38 times over hurdles and fences in a career lasting 6 years. He won six races and over £24,000 in win/prize money.
Trained by Martin Keighley.
Following his retirement in 2011 he went to Jason and Helen who quickly realised that he had potential as a show horse. With low expectations they schooled him up and amazingly by March that year he was out winning at local shows. His success grew from here and he went on to qualify for HOYS (Horse of The Year Show) and Hickstead. In 2012 he came back from a break a much stronger horse and again qualified for both at first attempts. Helen says Hickstead was a dream come true when he won a class of 28 horses and continued to go on and become overall champion winning the main RoR prize at the end of the year. In 2013 he won HOYS and has now won both RoR showing championships.
10. ASHKAZAR (Hunting) – Verity Murphy (Rider TBC) - 10 year old bay gelding by Sadler’s Wells. In a career lasting 7 years he ran 36 times in a combination of flat, hurdle and chase races. He won 10 of these and over £198K in win/prize money. He ran 5 times here at the festival and in 2011 was 2nd in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices Hurdle. Trained by David Pipe.
Following the decision to retire Ashkazar last year, Mr Johnson decided to give him to Verity, which Verity says is the best gift she has ever received. He has been out hunting regularly and he took to it like a duck to water but it has taken a while to re school to jump hunting fences rather than chase fences! The plan for this year is to compete in a few hunter trials before taking part in the RoR Hunt Challenge in November. He is enjoying his new life and is a gentleman to do and ride in every way. He can also been seen out hacking leading the children’s pony.
The Festival runs from Tuesday, March 11 to Friday, March 14 - for more information visit http://www.cheltenham.co.uk/fixtures/the-festival/.
Tuesday saw the first RoR South East Cross Country Clinic with Francis Whittington at Littleton Manor EC in Reigate, Surrey. Pippa said everyone had a great day, and reported: "The fact we were able to use it to school at all is testament to the hard work the team at Littleton Manor put in. Thankfully the sun was shining and the mud wasn't too bad."
She said all the horses and riders had a great day, learning in a calm and relaxed way with Francis: "Francis met his ladies, Lucy, Karen, Clair, Bella and Kate and they began working on the flat with pointers being give to help all of the riders have their horses moving smartly away from their aids and creating lightness in front. They then popped over a couple of starter logs and then moved onto the steps."
Francis stressed the need for boring repetition with steps, both up and down. "He said it was essential for horses to be able to walk calmly up and down the steps, our riders were encouraged to use pressure and release with their legs, kick if the horse does any thing but move forwards - if it moves forwards stop kicking and sit quietly and give you horse the chance to do what is asked of it, in this case drop down 2 steps in a calm and sensible manner.
Emphasis was also placed on how young or inexperienced horses should always be taught to walk down steps quietly so they learn to step down and not jump down as this can cause problems when you move on to going down a step with a jump afterwards. The same principle was applied to going up steps, again the horses must be give chance to learn to step up rather than jump up a step so that the rider has time to organise them if there is a jump after the step.
Then the ditch, Francis got the riders to apply the same principle with the ditch as with the steps. A horse needs to learn to walk quietly backwards and forwards over a ditch so that even if you grind to a bit of a halt you can get over the ditch and can steady your horse so that you are organised for the fence that might be on the other side, rather than having to use speed to fire the horse over a ditch. The horses all took to this quite nicely and it was then added in to combinations with fences which all horses and riders completed very well."
The riders were then all allowed to school as they pleased over the fences with Francis picking out things and instructing as required, it was great to watch. Pippa says: "We did have one very muddy bottom and inflated air jacket by the end of their time free schooling!"
"Everyone then moved on to the water and all of the horses were happily dropping down in to the water and then coming out and negotiating fences - finishing with a combination fences of a drop in into water, out over a small fence, drop into water and out over a small fence. It is always great to watch horses enjoying jumping into water and all 5 of them loved it.
All of the horses and riders had a great time and learnt in a very calm and relaxed way. It was great to see the relatively in experienced Trisha's Boy really get to grips with his cross country and Kate has done a great job with him. I even got to see an air jacket inflate, not sure Karen was so delighted by that and Bella worked really hard on rider with her stirrups a couple of holes longer to improve and make her lower leg position move comfortable. The highlights of the afternoon were Lucy Hanby's legendary stickability - I think she may have been an acrobat in a former life, and Francis asking Clair Hood if she swore - to which she replied yes! Well said Francis I want you to learn to physically swear! Physical swearing really worked for Clair and Miss Bounty was bombing around by the end of the session!"
Pippa would like thank Bella, Karen, Clair, Kate and Lucy and their lovely ex racehorses for joining RoR South East and also to Francis Whittington.
DON'T MISS - the next clinics with Francis Whittington at:
Littleton Manor, Reigate in Surrey on 15th April - it is filling up fast so please email email@example.com asap if you are interested.
Lodge Farm, Mattfield in Kent on 2nd April and 28th May - book early to avoid disappointment, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org asap if you are interested.
Well done to everyone who braved the bitter wind and showers for the XC clinic with Tracey Dillon on 2nd March at Willoughby Lodge Farm. Clare Stringer said: "Everyone did superbly! and Tracey commented on how nice all the horses and riders were. It was great to see that all the riders really enjoyed it."
Clare said: "We worked on basic straightness exercises through to jumping up and down the steps, over ditches, through the water and over some fences and they were all tired at the end of it! A great day and I'll be organising another XC day soon, the arena was great to get started on cross country training without having to worry about the awful ground conditions we are experiencing. It was really great to see riders who have been to other clinics and see the huge improvement these horses and riders are making already."
Thank you to everyone involved.
Based in South Leicestershire, Martin is a friendly, approachable BHS Qualified Instructor and has competed up to International level Eventing and Medium level Dressage. Martin enjoys teaching riders of all levels and specialises in starting young horses and coaching riders to progress to affiliated competition. He is offering private 45 minute lessons at £20 per rider at North Kilworth, Leics, LE17 6JFT. BOOK NOW - to obtain a booking form or for more information contact email@example.com
Newmarket Equine Hospital (NEH) was host to a feed talk aimed at ex-racers given by Baileys Equine Nutritionist, Briony Mitchell on Wednesday 26th February. The
evening provided an insight into common dietary questions and considerations for the thoroughbred out of training.
This FREE talk was organised by RoR East Regional Co-ordinators Colleen and Kerry, who said that they were delighted with how many people turned up from all the surrounding counties, and that stayed behind well after time to ask Briony for her advice. Collen said " Many also were fortunate to get the chance to speak to a few of the NEH vets, who had also stayed to listen to the talk."
She said: "The talk was warmly received judging by the comments made to us afterwards. We must thank NEH for their very generous support of this event, not only in providing us with the lecture room, but also for organising and supplying wine and nibbles afterwards."
Many thanks to Briony and to Baileys Horse Feeds for giving out information packs, including a money off feed voucher to everyone who attended and also for the four prizes including lead reins and bags of feed. Colleen says "It was quite comical watching everyone turn their chairs upside down to see if a winning ticket was stuck underneath their chair!"
If anyone didn’t get the chance to speak to Briony last night, and would like to – then do feel free to contact Baileys direct on 01371 850247. Colleen has a few information packs spare - if anyone is interested in one of these contact Colleen
DON'T MISS - the next FREE talk is “Racehorse to Riding Horse – Are you on the Right Track”” with Mark Tunstill MRCVS who is Head of Sports and Leisure. on Thursday 27th March 6.45pm for 7pm start. Again booking must be made in advance - E:firstname.lastname@example.org
Join top show producer and RoR Champion, Katie Jerram for this RoR Showing clinic at Dan Wain Equestrian, Home Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire on Sunday 13th April. Plus, take advantage of our Early Bird Bookng Offer of £30 per horse if booked by the 23rd March (bookings after this date, the price will be £40), to take part in this two hour clinic at Dan Wain Equestrian.
This two hour clinic will be a fantastic opportunity to get horses into a show environment before the season starts. Katie will put the group through their paces, just like the initial go-round in an actual class. She will go through ringcraft, conformation, turnout and how best to present your horse to the judge. Participants to turnout in what they would wear in the ring and horses to be plaited. Please do not be afraid to attend if you have never been to show before, this will be a great experience to learn from an expert!
TO BOOK please download the BOOKING FORM and for further information please contact KBeaumont@ror.org.uk
Red Horse Dressage had their first RoR rosettes up for grabs on the 15th Febuary at Willow Farm, Faversham, Kent. There were a good number of RoR entries but the awful weather the day, and night, before meant that many riders weren't able to make it and had to withdraw.
The winner of the highest placed ex racehorse in the Prelim class was Tina Perry and the lovely Just Dashing (pictured). Tina was delighted with their haul of rosettes for the day, they finished 2nd on a score of 67.27%, won the highest placed RoR rosette - qualifying them for the Red Horse Dressage RoR Championship later this year, and the rosette for the best 15+ competitior for 15yr old Just Dashing performance.
Good luck to all of you who are going to compete at the next Red Horse Dressage date which is the 2nd March (entries close at 4pm on the 28th feb) please visit www.redhorsedressage.co.uk for more information.
On the 23rd February, Central Region held their first dressage clinic with international dressage rider Nicky Patrick at Brook Furlong Farm, Warwickshire by kind permission of Cara Sweeney. We were very fortunate to says RoR Central Regional Co-Ordinator Karen Beaumont, to have had the use of a large indoor school for this clinic sheltering riders from the strong winds outside!
Several of the horses who attended this clinic were veterans (20+) and one of the other horses had recently retried from racing (September 2013)!
Karen said that: "Nicky teaches in a strength based style, working on the strengths NOT Focusing on negatives and she is very good at encouraging riders to relax. Nicky quickly removed any reservations riders may have had about their individual capabilities to attend an RoR Clinic"
Nicky went from spending her early years of riding at the Warwickshire Hunt Pony club and progressed on to win a bronze team medal at the European Young Rider Championships in Denmark in 2004. She was then selected to represent Great Britain in 2005 at Hagen, and has since racked up numerous wins and placing's at Premier Leagues, Regionals and National Championships.
Each session consisted of a 15 minute warm-up and arena familiarisation, then a 30 minute one to one session with Nicky, with a 15 minute cool off an relaxation. The riders all expressed a desire to work on their horses' roundness and Suppleness when schooling generally at home. Nicky worked with each horse and rider separately for their own individual needs. Nicky worked through leg yielding with some of the riders both on a circle and off the 3/4 line. Spiralling in and out of a 20m circle was also found to be useful to the riders as this showed them the importance of their outside hand contact to leg. Nicky also emphasized the need to keep the work interesting and varied to their horses to keep their attention.
All the riders enjoyed their sessions, and the feedback has been very positive says Karen, here's a few of the comments collected from participants:
"Thank you very much for organising the ROR Dressage Clinic with Nicky Patrick today. I very much enjoyed it and have learnt a few things, that I will take away with me and work on at home. I think Jerry (Monty's Lad) will sleep well tonight. It was lovely to meet you both and hope to come along to another clinic soon. Thank you for the cakes, they were delicious."
"Fab day today Karen, great facilities and Nicky was fantastic. Let us know when the next one is :)"
" I just wanted to say a big thank you to Karen for organising todays clinic. I must admit I was nervous before having realised it had been X years since my last lesson. Nicky was really friendly and patient and gave me some exercises and the encouragement to try doing a bit more. I really just wanted to encourage anyone, who was undecided whether or not to attend one of these clinics, to go for it...and if you are lucky Karen may bring cake!"
"Their are lots of events coming up - so keep your eyes peeled and look forward to seeing you all soon." Karen Beaumont, Central Region Co-ordinator
The RoR are delighted to welcome Calderdale Saddle Club as the newest Riding Club to sign up for the Riding Club Challenge. Calderdale SC will be offering Challenge Rosettes throughout 2014. They will also have a league in place for RoR horses and will be awarding a trophy to the highest point scoring ex racehorse of 2014.
Their first competition incorporating the RoR RCC takes place on Sunday 23rd Feb at Aire View Equestrian Centre, Keighley. Dressage from Intro to Elementary open to all, entries close on Tuesday 18th Feb. Please see schedule for further details and entry form. http://www.ridingdiary.co.uk/sched/57402.pdf
Chiltern Riders held their first dressage competition with a Riding Club Challenge Rosette available on the 2nd February 2014. Four RoR registered horses competed for the chance to win the challenge rosette but it was eventually lifted by Sarah Lambert-Gibb and Pennfield Pirate (picture below). Well done to all who took part and thank you for supporting the RoR Riding Club Challenge.
For more information or to find out how to sign up your riding club please email email@example.com
Are you preparing for your season and want some cross country schooling with an expert? Then why not take advantage of Cross Country Schooling Clinics with Francis Whittington.
RoR South East has been lucky enough to secure some slots at Francis Whittington's Cross Country Clinics this year. Have some fun. Experience modern instruction with one of Britain’s most up and coming event riders!
Francis has gained a big reputation as being one of the best riders in the world of British Eventing. For more about Francis visit www.whittingtoneventing.co.uk.
These clinics are aimed at riders looking to school at either of the following heights 80-90cms or 90-100cm's. However if you would like to school at a level above this, for instance if you are aiming to step up to BE Novice this season, please register your interest as stated below and we will do our best to accommodate you.
The clinics will take place on the following dates:
4th March and 15th April at Littleton Manor, Reigate, Surrey
9th April and 28th May at Lodge Farm, Matfield, Kent
The sessions will be in a group of 5 riders and with RoR subsidy will cost RoR registered horses £30 each. To book for these clinics please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your horses name, RoR number if you have one and what level you would like to school at.
Please remember that unraced and foreign raced horses can take part in these clinics but must be registered with the RoR - please click here to register.
Don't miss this showing clinic with Samantha Osborne at Vale View Equestrian Centre, Leics, LE14 3LX at a cost of just £18 per horse. (Limited places). BOOK NOW - to obtain a booking form please contact email@example.com
Samantha is based in North Yorkshire, is an amateur show rider, freelance equestrian writer, and is on RoR conformation and ride judging panels. She fits all this around a full time job as an English teacher!
Samantha has enjoyed completing 2013 assessments for BSPS, Ponies UK, NCPA, Search4aStar and The Showing Register and in 2013 was crowned Equilibrium Product’s Rising Star. She has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious BETA International Sponsored Rider Award.
Samantha has experience riding out on both flat and national hunt yards, after first being introduced to the racing world through my partner: ex national hunt jockey, Fergus King. She has taken ex-racehorses to retrain, compete and rehome – all of which are in long term competition homes, enjoying their new careers.
Her most successful relationship with a racehorse was with Stevey’s Lad, who she retrained in 2012, qualified for Horse of the Year Show for two back to back seasons. Stevey finished 7th at HOYS in 2012, just 5 months in to retaining, after qualifying at Burghley Horse Trials, and then finished 9th in 2013. She has also enjoyed a number of retrained racehorse show ring experiences with Stevey including: 1st Ponies UK Summer National Championships 2012; 1st and Champion The British Elite Championships 2012 and competing at Hickstead Derby ROR Final 2013.
Devastatingly, Stevey lost his life when travelling home from HOYS with his new owner in 2013, and since then she has felt unable to revisit the class as a competitor; instead she completed my ROR judging assessments and now would like to share her experience as a judge/ trainer with other RoR's to work on helping build new showing partnerships.
Book a lesson with top producer and BD trainer Tanya Bridgeman, on 12th April for dressage lessons or 26th April for showjumping lessons. Lessons will be held at her own yard in Wickenby, Lincolnshire LN3 5AN and will cost £15 per rider in pairs of matched ability.
Tanya is a highly regarded producer of top young horses and has a particular focus on age classes, working with confidence boosting for competition riders and also riders of all levels. Tanya is also a coach across the disciplines, BD trainer, BHSII(Reg) and BD Judge and is on the program for the European 2* team selection. BOOK NOW - to obtain a booking form or more information then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vicky would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in forming an ROR team for the Team Quest dressage competitions so she can connect people with one another to start to form teams and arrange training. Vicky says the aim will be to enter the first RoR team at NEC on 29th March.
Team Quest was Launched in November 2013 by British Dressage (BD) and is a new competition for riders of all ages and abilities. We’re looking for riders at Intro, Prelim and Novice to take part in a fun and relaxed dressage competition – even if you’ve never competed before. Teams of three or four riders will ride as individuals across the three test levels (any combination) and the best three scores count towards an overall team total, highest percentage wins the day. There will be three age categories for teams; 16 and under, 25 and under and mixed (riders of any age).
To register you interest and to join up then please contact Vicky Smart as soon as possible by e-mail email@example.com
Get your RoR horses spotted for the TSR/HOYS Master Class Training Pathway!
The Showing Register will be talent spotting from clinics for the TSR Master Class Training Pathway. As an RoR member you could find your path to the TSR/HOYS Showing Master Class!
If you are an Amateur (as per TSR definition) and have not competed at HOYS in 2011, 2012, 2013 (inc 2014) then you are eligible for the pathway.
Who are we Spotting?
TSR is looking for talented riders and their Former Racehorse's who have potential as a combination. We are looking for riders who have a good understanding of the importance of basic flatwork training techniques demonstrating this through the development of their Former Racehorse's training and paces.
How it Works!
• Attend one of the 2 featured RoR/TSR Clinics in the Wales & Severn Region for your chance to be talent spotted
• If you are spotted you will be sent an application form
• All applications will be reviewed and approx 30 riders will be shortlisted for the TSR Training Pathway
• Pathway Riders will be mentored by a showing expert and given lots of help and advice
• The final selection will take place at the TSR Gala Show on 19th & 20th July at Onley EC, Rugby
• Riders will be selected for the TSR/HOYS Showing Master Class
SHOWING CLINICS IN THE WALES & SEVERN REGION
• 15th March Clinic at Argoed Farm, Trefeglwlys, Powys
• 23rd April Clinic at Sunnybank EC, Rudry, Caerphilly
To book a place on one of the above clinics please download and complete the booking form and return along with payment direct to TSR. Should you have any further queries regarding these clinics please contact Clare Poole on 07825 718284 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The RoR South West region will be holding an Amanda Birch Dressage to Music Clinic at Bicton College, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7BY, on Saturday 5th April. Starting at 10am through to 6pm, 45 minute private lessons are offered to RoR registered horses for £20. There is ample parking and easy access.
Amanda is an experienced rider and competitor and began riding dressage to music herself in the early nineties. She first thought about using music to enhance the riding experience when she was working as an instructor at her local Riding for the Disabled. It helped her riders achieve rhythmic and more forward paces from their horse, and the music became a great way of communicating an idea to riders she was unable to verbalise with. Amanda says 'I can not describe how wonderful it felt to trot down the centre line of The International Arena with my music playing loudly over the entire show ground.' She wants every one to feel that sense of exhilaration and the confidence you get from having the perfect test and music for you and your horse.
Even if you do not ride dressage to music or take part in dressage events this is super way to engage with your horse in a schooling session
To book please download the booking form and send directly to Claire with a cheque for £20 payable to RoR. Any questions please contact our RoR Regional Co-ordinator for the RoR South West region Claire, email@example.com or 07909 578283
We are delighted to launch The Jockey Club RoR Novice Thoroughbred Show Series 2014, which begins in March and leads up to a Championship at the Aintree National Show in July.
Beginning in March, more than 20 qualifying classes have been confirmed to date. The qualifiers lead up to a Championship at the acclaimed Aintree National Show, staged at The Jockey Club’s world-class International Equestrian Centre at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 26 July. To qualify for the championship competitors will need to be placed within the first three at one of the qualifying classes taking place at locations throughout the country.
For the qualifiers, The Jockey Club’s sponsorship will provide rosettes and £150 of prize vouchers per show awarded in addition to the standard prize money on offer.
For the Championship, The Jockey Club will provide prize monies of £500. The Championship’s overall winner will receive £250 together with a sash and branded Thermatex rug. The Reserve Novice Champion will receive £100 and further prize money will be awarded down to 6th place.
The Jockey Club RoR Novice Champion will then be eligible to compete in Aintree’s Supreme RoR Championship at the Aintree National Show on Sunday 27 July, with a £1,000 prize pot available.
Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive, The Jockey Club, said:
“The sports dedicated charity, Retraining of Racehorses, does a fantastic job highlighting the successful careers that many racehorses go on to have. With the number of retired racehorses registered with RoR continuing to grow, we are delighted to be able to demonstrate our commitment to this worthy charity by partnering this new initiative.”
Di Arbuthnot, RoR Chief Executive, said:
"RoR is delighted to be partnering with The Jockey Club for this new Show series. We look forward to some new talent emerging through the qualifying rounds and of course, a competitive final at Aintree in the summer."
For more information about this new show series then please click here
Lynn Russell will be holding a 'Showing Masterclass' on Saturday 15th 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 masterclass is open to all RoR regisetered ex-racehorses and will cover a range of showing related topics, from tack and turnout to what is expected in a range of classes. This clinic is being subsidised by RoR at a cost of £50 per horse/rider. Places are strictly limited and will be on a first come first served basis.
For more information and to book a place contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email Lynn directly at email@example.com
RoR Riding Club Challenge is gathering pace, with more riding clubs contacting Pippa Boyle to sign up. The latest club is Limpsfield Riding Club, which covers Surrey and West Kent areas. Limpsfield RC holds Competitions at Hilders Farm, Edenbridge, Kent. The club will have RoR Rosette's to win at its eight dressage competitions during 2014, plus provide a trophy for its club member with the highest point scoring ex-racehorse in 2014. For more information please visit www.limpsfieldridingclub.org.
So far in 2014, three RoR Riding Club Challenge Rosettes have been awarded; Chipstead RC held a dressage competition on 12th February with its RoR Riding Club Challenge Rosette being won by Jackie Stevens and Chartplan (pictured here). Chipstead subsequently hosted an Eventers Challenge at Sands Farm in Horsham, with the RoR rosette being won by Julie Hawkins and The Spieler.
Bookham Riding Club's dressage competition, 25th January, then saw seven RoR's battling it out for the RoR challenge rosette. It was eventually bagged by Sarah Bryett and Dillyopkins.
Pippa says "Thank you to all of you who have taken part in these competitions so farand it is great to see so many of your getting involved in this. In the South East we are delighted to welcome Limpsfield Riding Club to the Challenge. Chiltern Riders have also signed up for those of you in Berks/Oxon area."
Do keep checking here to keep updated on new riding club's joining the Challenge. If your riding club is interested then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) has published a review of 2013, which shows that it has been another year of growth for the charity with a 20% increase in the number of former racehorses registered with RoR.
RoR new Chairman, Paul Roy said: “2013 has been a record year of growth and expansion with regard to the public’s awareness of and engagement with the charity. Flagship horses such as HM The Queen’s Barber’s Shop and Kauto Star have played their part but significant progress has been achieved at grass roots level too. The success of competitions staged by the charity has delivered an increase in the demand for former racehorses. With the assistance of our education and training initiatives Retraining of Racehorses is now ensuring that more and more people provide racehorses with a fulfilling second career.”
To coincide with the publication of the Review of 2013, we are also launching a new video highlighting the adaptability of former racehorses for other equine activities.
Di Arbuthnot, RoR Chief Executive said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who continues to support and work with RoR. From the many individuals and organisations within the racing industry and sport horse world to the thousands of the dedicated owners of ex-racehorses, who do such an amazing job both caring for and retraining their horses."
If you would like to read a copy of the RoR 2013 Annual Review, which gives an overview of the activities and progress of the charity during the year - click here to download a copy.
Great news for those RoR's living in Cumbria as we now have an RoR Unaffiliated Dressage series at Nord Vue Stables, Carisle CA4 9TN. Anne Parkinson says; "We are delighted to be organising this new competition for riders based in and around Cumbria."
The first competition takes place on Saturday 22nd March at Nord Vue Stables, Carlisle, CA4 9TN. More information on the event, entries and venue are available at www.nordvueequestrian.co.uk. Or contact email@example.com with any enquiries.
RoR are delighted to update riders in Scotland and the borders about a variety of events coming up over the next few months. As always, we would recommend you book as far in advance as you can to secure your place. Please complete the relevant Booking Form for each event (as detailed below). Any enquiries please contact Carol Magee by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org m: 07811 460380.
Tuesday 25th March - David Gatherer Clinic at Muirmill Equestrian Centre, Symington, Kilmarnock KA1 5SH. Cost: £20 per horse/rider payable in advance with booking form. This will be a late afternoon/evening clinic to accommodate those working. Click here to download Booking Form.
Saturday March 29th - RoR Showing Clinic with Mary Bowie in Kinross.
Following the success of last year's clinic, Mary is kindly again hosting this RoR Showing Clinic at her own yard, Easter Balado House, Balado, Kinross KY13 0NH.
Mary has spent most of her life working with thoroughbreds, involved in racing and has over the past two decades produced ridden hunters to County Level. At £25 per horse/rider for the full day, the clinic is suited to all levels from grassroots level upwards. Mary will include two sessions of ring craft, with four riders per session, during the morning and the afternoon session will cover preparation and turnout of horse and rider for the show ring. Click here to download the Booking Form
Mary says "I am very happy to help and encourage grassroots competitors, how to take their first steps into showing, covering turnout for horse and rider, production of the horse, how to ride the ring. Tips on turnout, also preparation the day before and the morning of the show, correct dress for horse and rider."
Saturday 12th April - David Gatherer Clinic at Cousland Park Training & Livery Centre, Cousland Farm, Nr Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22 2PD.
Cost: £20 payment with application form. Places limited and strictly limited on a first come first served basis. Download Application Form.
Easter Monday 21st April - RoR Showing Clinic with Kirstan Douglas at Greenlands, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 0RR.
This is a joint venture with North West RoR Regional Co-Ordinator, Anne Parkinson to help those in the border countys of Scotland and England. At £25 per horse/rider for the full day, the clinic is suited to all levels from grassroots level upwards. Kirstan is a highly successful producer of all types of Show Horses and Ponies including Champions etc at R.I.H.S. and H O Y S and winners at many other major shows. Kirstan is a BHS/BSPS Elite accredited Trainer and her yard is to date the only accredited yard in Scotland. She is also an International Judge for all categories and is a * Judge on majority of Judging Panels in GB.
Kirstan will include two sessions of ring craft, with four riders per session, during the morning and the afternoon session will cover preparation and turnout of horse and rider for the show ring. Click here to download Booking Form.
Sunday 6th to Monday 7th May - RoR Residential Training Camp at Parkend Equestrian Centre, Hexham
Following the success of the inaugural RoR residential training camp in 2012 at Parkend, Charlotte Ridley and David Gatherer are once again teaming up for this special two day camp for RoR registered horses. The course provides a chance to learn and improve in a wonderful setting with expert tuition and home from home comforts for both horse and rider. Park End Equestrian Training Centre has fabulous facilities to offer riders of all disciplines, including a brand new indoor arena and large outdoor arena, both of these facilities have lighting and a wide range of jumps.
The total cost for the 2 days is £160, which includes:-
- 4 lessons over the 2 days covering all 3 disciplines
- 1 nights stabling with bedding included for Monday 5th May
- 1 home cooked three course meal on Monday evening
- Accommodation with all amenities (shared accommodation)
- Full use of the Heated Indoor Swimming Pool & Jacuzzi for the duration
Note: For those wishing to arrive the day before (4th May) or stay an extra evening after the 2 days, this can be arranged at an extra cost of £10 for stabling and £10 for evening meal/accommodation.
Return this completed APPLICATION FORM by 14th April 2014 by post with your cheque payable to 'Retraining of Racehorses' to: Carol Magee, RoR Scottish Regional Co-Ordinator, Ardoch Farmhouse, Murthly, Perthshire PH1 4HB.
Any questions please e-mail: email@example.com or 07811 460380. Places are limited (22 maximum), we would strongly recommend booking asap.
Claire Blackham has organised a FREE fun ride on Sunday 9th March taking in a circular route through the village and forest of the Ruby Country trail, a renowned area of outstanding natural beauty in North West Devon known for its unique rare Culm grassland landscape.
The ride will be a good chance to come and meet and talk to other RoR owners and Claire too! The ride will cover 10.2 miles (3.3 miles on the road and 6.9 miles off road) through the forest and field tracks and starts at 11am from the meeting point at Cookworthy Forest Centre, just outside of Okehampton. There is ample parking available at the Centre.
Please note the speed of the ride will be governed by the confidence and speed of the slowest member of the group.
To join in the fun, please downlaod the BOOKING FORM and send to Claire Blackham asap - everyone on the day will also receive a FREE RoR China Mug!
Sarah competes up to Prix St Georges and has two very successful dressage horses out competing at present. Sarah has much admiration for the thoroughbred and a very clear understanding of the traits they often present with, having worked with them for many years and even riding out for many racehorse trainers.
Venue: Heazle Arena, Heazle Riding Centre, Heazle Farm, Clayhidon, Wellington, Somerset. EX15 3TH. Lessons will be for one hour in groups of two horses/riders, starting from 10am on Sunday 16th March. The cost is £25 per horse/rider. Offered to RoR registered horses only, to book then please download the BOOKING FORM or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is ample parking at the venue and spectators are welcome to come along for free.
Sarah Hedderly is a qualified human Sports Injuries Therapist and holds a MSc in McTimoney Animal Manipulation, she has an expert eye for the finer details and for the correct way of going. Sarah is responsible for finding Claire Blackham 'New Team' and went on to qualify him for the RoR Dressage Final in the summer of 2013.
Join Bryan and Vicky Smart from 2-4 pm on Wednesday 12th March at Northallerton Equestrian Centre, Yafforth, North Yorkshire, DL7 0PQ for this RoR Showing Clinic. This will be a group clinic to help you with your ROR show horse for the coming season at a cost of £20 per horse/rider. The session will include:
• Suitability for the show ring
• Way of going and the ‘go round’
• What the judge is looking for
• Individual shows
• In hand trot up
• Turn out for horse and rider
Horse and rider to come as if they are in an ROR show class ie: plaited and jackets etc. To secure your place please book in advance with Vicky Smart vicky@bryansmart.
Join RoR Champion rider and producer, Katie Jerram for her RoR clinic at Collins Farm, Haythorpe Roding, Gt Dunmow Essex CM6 1PF on Thursday 20th March.
Katie's clinic includes full show preparation, plaiting, trimming, mark up, and will also show you how to achieve the best result for the show ring. Katie shares too her wealth of experience and expertise with a talk during this clinic on feeding your RoR horse and advice on preparation for the RoR/TBA Retrained Racehorse Challenge Series.
The clinic will start from 12pm and is priced at £30 per makeover. To book please contact Katie Jerram, E: email@example.com, M: 07860 272155. Katie is also happy to discuss individual lessons.
Also, RoR North West will be holding a show clinic with Katie Jerram on Sunday 9th March Katie Jerram showing clinic at Crow Wood Equestrian Centre, Burnley in Lancashire. At this clinic Katie will put the group through their paces, just like the initial go-round in an actual class. She will go through ringcraft, conformation, turnout and how best to present your horse to the judge. At just £20 per horse to take part in this two hour clinic at Crow Wood EC, this will be a fantastic opportunity to get horses into a show environment before the season starts. Participants to turnout in what they would wear in the ring and horses to be plaited. To book please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Great opportunity to join Mathew Lawrence for an hour long at a subsidised RoR cost of £20 per horse for each group coaching session (maximum 4 horses per group/session) on Saturday 19th April 2014 at Duchy College. Sessions will start from 10am with the last lesson at 3pm.
Over the years Mathew has been responsible for countless major winners with both show horses and native ponies that include championships at The Horse of the Year Show, RIHS, Olympia and many other major shows across the country. Mathew offers top quality tuition, whether you have a show animal, eventer, race or dressage horse and is a very respected and experienced judge.
Offered to RoR registered horses only, to book a lesson then please download the BOOKING FORM or contact email@example.com if you require any further information. Spaces are very limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
There will be a cross country clinic with Tracey Dillon, a BE accredited coach, on 2nd March at Willoughby Lodge Farm, LE12 6TE. This will be on a large all weather arena, incorporating steps, ditches and water. It is ideal for all horses including those who are literally just starting to jump, up to those jumping Novice BE. Practice over ditches and steps without the worry of slippy ground.
Tracey is a former International Event Rider being the winner of 2 CCI** and placed in the top 10 at 8 CCI***. She also represented her country on numerous occassions.
Each session will be made up of small groups for 1hr 30mins at a cost of £25 per rider. Spaces are limited. Email our RoR Co-ordinator for the East Midlands Region Clare Stringer firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Back by popular demand following her clinc in January 2013, Louise Bell will be running a second Challenge/Working Hunter Clinic, this time at Hillview Arena, Malvern in Worcestershire on Saturday 8th March 2014 starting from 10.00am.
Louise will be offering flat work/jumping or both providing hourly sessions at a special RoR rate of £30 per horse/rider. The clinic will be held outdoors on the fantastic all weather surface concentrating on jumping a full workers track and perfecting the individual show and presenting the horse for the conformation phase of a competition.
Places are on a first come first served basis and must be booked in advance. Lessons will be held indoors and spectators are welcome (spectators are free). For further information contact Clare Poole. To book click here to download and complete the BOOKING FORM and send to Clare Poole by e-mail email@example.com.
Venue Information: Hill View Arena, Blackmore Park Road, Malvern, Worcestershire. WR13 6NN.
If you have lost or need to find out your registration number in preparation for the RoR series, then please ensure you contact the RoR Office on firstname.lastname@example.org and not the Horsecare Helpline.
Please also allow at least 10 working days for us to process your registration enquiry, as this is always a busy time of the year with RoR series forthcoming events. We would strongly recommend that you follow up any request by an e-mail to email@example.com.
For more information on registration please click here.