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2014 RoR Ensign Eventing Challenge Final Result - 22/09/2014

2014 RoR Ensign Eventing Challenge Final Result - 22/09/2014

Sunday 19th October Edward Creamer Dressage Clinic in Winchester - 18/09/2014

Adele Mason bring positive improvements for RoR's - 15/09/2014

18th October and 15th November RoR Training Clinics with Adele Mason - 15/09/2014

Inaugural RoR South East Championship Show 2014 a great success! - 15/09/2014

Cahoots triumphs at Scottish Dressage Final - 11/09/2014

Jack the Giant Slayer at Burghley! - 10/09/2014

David Gatherer Clinics - Sunday 5th October in Perthshire & Saturday 18th October in Selkirk - 10/09/2014

Addington Championship Results for RoR's - 08/09/2014

Sunday 23rd November Dressage Training with Louise Smales in Durham - 08/09/2014

Sunday 21st September Dressage fun at Pachesham EC, Surrey - 07/09/2014

Sunday 5th October - Jo Graham Dressage Training at Crow Wood. - 05/09/2014

Sunday 5th October - RoR Rosettes at Heath Farm Hunter Trial, Surrey - 04/09/2014

NEW - RoR Unaffiliated Dressage Series with Oldencraig EC, Surrey - 04/09/2014

Tiny Tittle crowned Champion at RoR Racing to Polo Challenge - 02/09/2014

Sunday 23rd November Dressage Training with Louise Smales in Durham - 01/09/2014

Another successful dressage clinic with Matt Cox - 29/08/2014

Emerald Glen and Nettis win RoR British Showjumping Regional Recognition Awards - 28/08/2014

RoR classes prove popular at Fenland Country Fair with Purple Moon and Prince Restate worthy winners - 26/08/2014

Sunday 5th October RoR Flat and Challenge/Working Hunter Clinic with Alycia Collins, includes Pre HOYS clinic! - 17/08/2014

Saturday 22nd November RoR Combined Training Clinic with South West Ex-Racers Club - 17/08/2014

RoR Parade at Musselburgh on 28th September - 16/07/2014

5th October Tim Downes Dressage Lessons - 22/04/2014

2014 RoR Ensign Eventing Challenge Final Result - 22/09/2014

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Congratulations to all of the competitors from both the Central and Wales and Severn RoR Regions who took part in the inaugural RoR Ensign Eventing Challenge Final at Swacliffe Park on Sunday 21st September.  The result was as follows :-

Champion - Matthew Mills & Downpour - 39.9 ( Central)
2nd - Claire Wallis & Bernarchat 70.6 ( Central )
3rd Lizzie Livingstone & Glitter- 82.5 ( Central)
4th - Victoria Merredy & Mystic King - 114.5 ( Wales & Severn)
5th - Kirsty Holder & Copper Sound 149.7 ( Wales & Severn)


Inspired in name by Pippa Funnell's event horse Ensign, the full Thoroughbred by Mandalus who evented up to 4* level, the Challenge was set up to encourage riders who are not at affiliated level to come out eventing and be rewarded for consistency and gain confidence.

The Dressage phase was contested to a very high standard, with all the horses turned out to an immaculate level. The show jumping phase asked several questions and was a good test of horses and riders abilities preparing for the Cross-Country phase where a demanding course required each combination to communicate effectively and show stamina.

Matthew Mills who also came seventh in his section with his 16 year-old ex-racehorse Downpour, said;  "I couldn't believe that we had managed to get 0.4 time faults cross-country on an ex-racehorse! However, watching the score board later on the majority of combinations gained significant time faults across country, which just proved how well all of our riders had done and just how good ex-racehorses are cross country!"

RoR Wales and Severn Co-ordinator, Clare Poole was delighted to be involved with this initiative with its founder Karen Beaumont; "It was great to riders representing two regions taking part, gaining confidence and showing just how good ex-racehorses are at Eventing. We look forward to seeing you all in 2015 for another RoR Ensign Eventing Challenge!" 

If you would like to register your interest to receive details of the next competition please mail cpoole@ror.org.uk.

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2014 RoR Ensign Eventing Challenge Final Result - 22/09/2014

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Congratulations to all of the competitors from both the Central and Wales and Severn RoR Regions who took part in the inaugural RoR Ensign Eventing Challenge Final at Swacliffe Park on Sunday 21st September.  The result was as follows :-

Champion - Matthew Mills & Downpour - 39.9 ( Central)
2nd - Claire Wallis & Bernarchat 70.6 ( Central )
3rd Lizzie Livingstone & Glitter- 82.5 ( Central)
4th - Victoria Merredy & Mystic King - 114.5 ( Wales & Severn)
5th - Kirsty Holder & Copper Sound 149.7 ( Wales & Severn)


Inspired in name by Pippa Funnell's event horse Ensign, the full Thoroughbred by Mandalus who evented up to 4* level, the Challenge was set up to encourage riders who are not at affiliated level to come out eventing and be rewarded for consistency and gain confidence.

The Dressage phase was contested to a very high standard, with all the horses turned out to an immaculate level. The show jumping phase asked several questions and was a good test of horses and riders abilities preparing for the Cross-Country phase where a demanding course required each combination to communicate effectively and show stamina.

Matthew Mills who also came seventh in his section with his 16 year-old ex-racehorse Downpour, said;  "I couldn't believe that we had managed to get 0.4 time faults cross-country on an ex-racehorse! However, watching the score board later on the majority of combinations gained significant time faults across country, which just proved how well all of our riders had done and just how good ex-racehorses are cross country!"

RoR Central Regional Co-ordinator, Karen Beaumont was delighted, saying; "It was great to riders representing two regions taking part, gaining confidence and showing just how good ex-racehorses are at Eventing. Everyone made me very proud and made organising this competition worthwhile! Well done to all and we look forward to seeing you all in 2015 for another RoR Ensign Eventing Challenge!"

If you would like to register your interest to receive details of the next competition please mail kbeaumont@ror.org.uk.

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Sunday 19th October Edward Creamer Dressage Clinic in Winchester - 18/09/2014

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Join us on Sunday 19th October for this RoR Dressage Clinic with top coach, Edward Creamer at Sparsholt College, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester SO21 2NF.

There are two coaching sessions, each with three horses/riders. Starting from 10.00 am, Edward's first session will be tailored to beginners and an introduction to dressage, with his subsequent second session for three more experienced riders looking for instruction to improve at Prelim/Novice stage.  To apply for a place or to watch complete and return this BOOKING FORM.

Places must be applied for in advance and if you are looking to bring along your horse, please note each session will have space to take three horses/riders. The cost for a lesson is £20 per horse/rider but you can come along to watch both of these sessions for just £10. 

About Edward Creamer - After working for top British riders Zoe Colgate and Andrew Gould, Edward went to Germany with his then 4yo Gribaldi horse (Sven) to work for and study with multi-medal winning international dressage rider Monica Theodorescu (now the very successful German dressage team trainer).

Two years later he and Sven returned to the UK, where Edward set up his own competition yard in Wantage, Oxfordshire. In 2012 Edward achieved his life long goal of training Sven from a 3yo to competing at Grand Prix. He is now campaigning his 7yo San Remo gelding, Casanova at Medium level, achieving scores of 68%+.

Edward sees ex-racehorses on a daily basis and works with their riders on the fundamental basics of retraining the racehorse into a balanced, amenable riding horse and gently introducing them to the world of dressage when they are ready.

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Adele Mason bring positive improvements for RoR's - 15/09/2014

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It was again great to meet up with RoR's at Thornton House Farm at Adele Mason's clinic on Saturday 13th September.  Vicky said;  "We had two groups of four horses and rides which worked very well because it allowed people to work their horses around others and showed up some of the problems that they face when at shows or competitions."

She told us that everyone went away feeling as if they had achieved something positive and that their horses had improved.

"It was also lovely to see HOYS bound Liverpool and Joanna Mason having an outing, along with one or two less experienced horses and she would like to wish them the best of luck at Birmingham next month."

We are looking forward to seeing more new faces at the two further dates Vicky has organised with Adele on Saturday 18th October and then Saturday 15th November (see the North East region's events for information on how to book).

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18th October and 15th November RoR Training Clinics with Adele Mason - 15/09/2014

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Two further dates for training with your ex-racehorse with Adele Mason are Saturday 18th October and Saturday 15th November, at Thornton House Farm, Sutton Lane, Barmby Moor, North Yorkshire YO42 4DD.

Each clinic will comprise of one hour sessions in groups of four riders. The cost is just £15 each, payable in advance. To book please download this Booking Form including the date you wish to attend or if you wish to attend both and return with your payment.
For more details just contact Vicky on T: 07780 673520 or E: vsmart@ror.org.uk

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Inaugural RoR South East Championship Show 2014 a great success! - 15/09/2014

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RoR South East was overwhelmed by the support from ex-racehorse owners in the South East says Pippa Boyle for the first ever RoR South East Area League Championship Show.  A new concept, the South East Area Points League provided riders of ex-racehorses the chance to record scores/placing at specific venues whilst competing at their unafilliated shows. Once registered for the League, which included Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined training, riders could then have a Performance Sheet verified by the venues' secretary.

The League for 2014 finished on the 31st August 2014 and of the 56 horses registerd 18 Perfromance League sheets were returned.  Pippa says; "This enabled us to crown league champions and reserves for Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined Training. We were also able to award County Champion and Reserve to each county within the south east area. Everyone who had completed a league sheet was also eligible to take part in the championship classes at the South East Area Championship show.
 
The culmination of the South East League was the Championship Show and there were championship classes for the riders who had qualified through the league and through the dressage series at Red Horse Dressage during 2014. There were also non-championship classes for the horse and rider combo's who hadn't registered for this years league or who hadn't been able to compete so far this year for various reasons.
 
"It was fantastic to totally take over the venue with ex racehorses - there were so many comments of "look how well they are all behaving and you would think they were a bunch of normal horses (which of course that is what they are - last time I looked they didn't resemble marsions!). Some of the people who livery their horses at the venue didn't even realise it was a show for ex racehorses until they were told. They thought it was a normal show day and were amazed at the different shapes and sizes they came in and how beautifully they behaved."

"For our first attempt at a solely ex racehorse regional championship I was delighted with the entries - 27 horses and riders attended and between them they had entered 50 classes. One rider had travelled two hours to attend and was lucky enough to go home with a championship rosette  It was a wonderful day with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and it was a real highlight for me to see riders not far off tears (of joy I hope!) when they were presented with their rosettes."
 
The 2014/15 league starts today!
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 - or even a county champion. I also really look forward to seeing more of you at next year's South East Championship show.

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Cahoots triumphs at Scottish Dressage Final - 11/09/2014

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Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's Final of the Unaffiliated Summer Dressage Series at SNEC on 7th September. Cahoots owned and ridden by Ann Rogerson took first places in both Prelim and Novice classes.

Carol Magee said: "RoR ran a number of qualifiers for the competition, in conjunction with the Riding Clubs and Equestrian Centres in Scotland which aims to encourage RoR horses and riders to have fun and enjoy either. Thanks to everyone who has taken part and congratulations to the winners at SNEC."  Results as follows:

Prelim 15
1st  - Cahoots - Ann Rogerson
2nd - Max the Obscure - Susan Callan
3rd - Eduardo - Rebecca Chalmers
4th - Sarasola - Joanna Heaton
5th - Full and Bye - Aimee Gardiner
6th - Moonlight Fantas - Suzanne Muir

Novice 37
1st - Cahoots - Ann Rogerson
2nd - Max the Obscure - Susan Callan
3rd -  Eduardo - Rebecca Chalmers
4th - Moonlight Fantasy- Suzanne Muir

Anne Robertson bought her horse from her cousin, and Charlie, as he is known at home, has done well in side saddle classes over the last few years. She says that: "Notable events sideways were team chasing, the hunt ride and coming third in "Dianas of the Chase", the first side saddle steeplechase since 1927. He also had wins at the RHS, Blair, Fife and the Scottish Side Saddle Show. Aside from this we broke him to harness and had him in the cart within a week. I have also vaulted on him. I only have one horse so he has to do everything!"

Anne also said that she didn't realise he was eligible for RoR as he had only point to pointed; "However once I found out, we entered the competition at Floors and then as many of the local shows I could get to. He qualified for dressage, showing and challenge finals within 3 outings! He won a side saddle class at Blair and then we had our very successful trip to SNEC for the dressage final where he won both Prelim and Novice tests."

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Jack the Giant Slayer at Burghley! - 10/09/2014

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Congratulations to Jack The Giant who fought off strong opposition to win the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifier under Allister Hood.  This is the third year this prestigious Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifier has been held in the main arena at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, and once again it attracted a large field.

Jack, a 12-year-old bay gelding formerly trained by Nicky Henderson, had nine wins and £223,000 prize-money to his name during his career.  He came out of racing two years ago to retrain having been leased to the Jackpots syndicate, to retrain with Alistair Hood.  Sharon Fellowes a member of the syndicate said: "To win in the main ring with friends and family there is a day none of us will forget."

In second place – and taking the other HOYS ticket - was another Nicky Henderson-trained horse, Choux d'amour, owned by Willie Reardon and ridden by Claire Oliver.

Midnight Chase, who only retired from National Hunt racing last year having earned £216,000 in prize money, took third place for Lady Clark. He was ridden by Sally Hayward.

Completing a star-studded line-up, The Queen’s horse, Barbers Shop, ridden by Katie Jerram, came fourth. 

Full result:
1st: Jack the Giant - Allister Hood (owners: Jackpots Syndicate)
2nd: Choux D'Amour - Claire Oliver (owner: Willie Reardon)
3rd: Midnight Chase - Sally Hayward (owner: Lady Cark)
4th: Barbers Shop - Katie Jerram (owner: HM The Queen)
5th: Decimate - Baileys Horse Feeds
6th: Just Blue - Annie Rimell

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David Gatherer Clinics - Sunday 5th October in Perthshire & Saturday 18th October in Selkirk - 10/09/2014

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The first of two David Gatherer Clinics is at Bridge of Earn, Perthshire PH2 9NE on Sunday 5th October. You can be a beginner with your ex-racehorse, or more experienced, instruction is designed to cater for all levels. At just £20 for a lesson, the clinic provides a great opportunity to bring along your ex-racehorse for some coaching with David. To book complete this Booking Form and return to: Carol Magee, Ardoch Farmhouse, Murthly, Perthshire PH1 4HB together with payment by cheque.

David Gatherer will then run another clinc at Ian Stark EquestrianIan Stark Equestrian Centre Greenhill Farm Selkirk TD7 4NP on Saturday 18th October.  To book for this clinic download and complete this Booking Form and also return to Carol Magee at the address shown.

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Addington Championship Results for RoR's - 08/09/2014

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On a lovely sunny day, the RoRs were competing in the four championship classes at the Unaffiliated Dressage Summer Championships at Addington Manor E.C on 7th September 2014. Results as follows for the highest placed and Champion RoR as follows:

Prelim.19  - Amanda Mills on Baikaline 4th (68.29%)
Also placed in the top 10 was Bridget Gronow on Packers Hill 7th(66.02%)
Novice 39Bridget Gronow on Packers Hill 4th (68.87%)
Also placed in the top 10 was Gaynor Nye on Theme Park 7th (67.58%)
Elementary 45 - Gaynor Nye on Theme Park (61.983%)
PYO Louise Robson on Quadrille (Ad.Med.94)(66.91%) was also PYO Champion

Thanks to Addington Manor EC and their sponsors Stromsholm. Details of the Winter series will follow shortly.
 

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Sunday 23rd November Dressage Training with Louise Smales in Durham - 08/09/2014

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New for RoR North East and the Borders'  riders is this dressage training clinic with BD listed judge, Louise Smales at Click 'Em Inn Farm, Cornsay, Durham, County Durham, DH7 9RU. 

Louise Smales BHSI, HT, has been involved with horses all her life, as a competitor, mother, trainer, organiser and official.  The cost is £25.00 per RoR registered horse, to book please download this Booking Form and return to RoR North East Regional Co-ordinator, Vicky Smart with full payment (details on booking form).  Places on a first come first served basis. 

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Sunday 21st September Dressage fun at Pachesham EC, Surrey - 07/09/2014

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Join Jim Boyle's Ex Racehorses for some dressage fun at Pachesham EC, Surrey on Sunday 21st September. This is an unaffiliated event and is open to GB raced, unraced and horse who have raced anywhere in the world.

Pippa Boyle RoR South East Co-ordinator, said; "If you ride and ex racehorse, please do come along to join in.  You can either put together your own team or get in contact with us and we will put you together in a team. Our aim to enter and take over the venue with as many ex-racehorse teams on the day as we can!"

Each rider can pick one of the three specific dressage tests - there will be one at the following 3 levels, intro, prelim and novice. To find out more info or ask any questions please follow this link https://www.facebook.com/events/541981562594936/ or email jimboylesexracers@hotmail.co.uk for details on how to enter and also if you would like to join a team.

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Sunday 5th October - Jo Graham Dressage Training at Crow Wood. - 05/09/2014

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Renowned 4* International dressage judge Jo Graham is holding dressage training at Crow Wood Equestrian Centre on Sunday 5th October. Places are on a first come first served basis and must be booked and paid for in advance. The cost is £25 per RoR horse. To book please complete the booking form and return together with payment by cheque. For enquiries contact aparkinson@ror.org.uk.

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Sunday 5th October - RoR Rosettes at Heath Farm Hunter Trial, Surrey - 04/09/2014

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Heath Farm, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1UN (home of BE Munstead Horse Trials) is holding  a hunter trial on Sunday 5th October 2014. They will have RoR rosettes up for grabs to the highest placed ex-racehorse in the 75cm, 90cm and 1m classes. Please put your RoR number on your entry.

Please remember that unaffiliated competitions 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 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.

To find out more about Heath Farm's Hunter Trial please visit www.munsteadhorsetrials.com or to enter please visit http://www.munsteadhorsetrials.com/fixtures/4529901957

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NEW - RoR Unaffiliated Dressage Series with Oldencraig EC, Surrey - 04/09/2014

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Oldencraig Equestrian Centre has kindly offered to run a RoR series within its unaffiliated schedule. Starting from September 2014 and running through competitions up until August 2015 earn points to qualify for its RoR championship final classes, which will take place in mid-October 2015. Points will be awarded from first to tenth pace with ten points for first place, scaling down to one point for tenth place in any qualifying competitions. 

When you have accumulated a total of 10 points, then you will be eligible to enter the championship final classes at the level you have accumulated the points at. For example, if you win a prelim class you score 10 points and will automatically qualify for the prelim RoR championship final class. Similarily, if you finish 4th in two prelim classes then you will have accumulated 12 points to also qualify for the prelim RoR championship final class. This system will apply at all levels and will also include the dressage to music classes.
 
RoR rosettes will not be awarded at the qualifiers. There will however be RoR rosettes for the championship classes at the final championship show in mid-October at Oldencraig EC, Surrey. If you have any questions please email pboyle@ror.org.uk or the unaffiliated dressage organiser at Oldencraig jane.sander@sky.com

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Tiny Tittle crowned Champion at RoR Racing to Polo Challenge - 02/09/2014

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Everyone enjoyed a great day at the RoR Racing to Polo Challenge on 1st September at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.  The competition also had a record turnout of 68 participants.

Overall Champion of the day was Tiny Tittle, owned and ridden by Roddy Matthews, who was presented with The Balding Trophy and an additional £1,000 in prize money.  The partnership also won the five-year-old division, and this mare certainly proved she is much better suited to polo having run just once on the racecourse without success.

Other winners at the RoR Racing to Polo Challenge were Maysville, a three-year-old-filly, owned and ridden by Ben Eeley, who was not long out of training having last raced in June this year; another filly Edna, owned and ridden by Ben Turner, won the four-year-old division; and in the final six-year-olds and upwards division the mare Twisted Wings took the first prize, ridden by Freddie Horne.  For the full results see below.

The competition was for all RoR registered horses that have raced in GB, and offered significant cash prizes in each class down to 6th place.  

In all classes ponies were judged on conformation, turnout, movement and responsiveness/willingness with marks awarded for performance. The judges included Jenny Hall for the vet trot up, Judith Balding was on turnout, conformation was Lord Patrick Beresford and Ian Balding.  The performance judges were a combination of Alan Kent, Rob Cudmore, Henry Brett, Ant Fanshawe and Mark Tomlinson.

Congratulations to all our winners, and well done and thank you to all those who took part or helped run the competition to make the day such a great success.

RoR Racing to Polo Challenge Results 2014

Class one – 3 year olds
1st Maysville – Owned and ridden by Ben Eeley.
2nd Ivan B – Owned by Sarah & Jason Coupe. Ridden by Jason Coupe.
3rd Kindanyce – Owned by Jack Richardson.  Ridden by Dean Marks.
4th Marsden Cuckoo – Owned and ridden by Henry Brett.
5th Roodee Lady – Owned by F King Polo.  Ridden by Oscar Mancini.
6th Outback Lover – Owned and ridden by Sebastian Chialvo.

Class two – 4 year olds
1st Edna – Owned and ridden by Ben Turner.
2nd Vonn – Owned by Jack Richardson.  Ridden by Dean Marks.
3rd Sarahmanda – Owned by JC Boher.  Ridden by Roddy Stanning.
4th Hilda Ogden – Owned by Antonio Javier Quaintana.  Ridden by Henry Brett.
5th Medici Dancer – Owned by Alan Kent.  Ridden by Freddie Horne.
6th Chandelle Celeste – Owned and ridden by Sebastian Chialvo.

Class three – 5 year olds
1st Tiny Tittle – Owned and ridden by Roddy Matthews.
2nd Red All Over – Owned and ridden by Ben Eeley.
3rd Cool Light – Owned and ridden by Roddy Matthews.
4th Fantastic Indian – Owned and ridden by Mat Lodder.
5th Shout For Joy – Owned by Adele Lewis.  Ridden by Matthew Simpson.
6th Lady Jane Grace – Owned by Rebecca Blandford.  Ridden by Sebastian Chialvo.

Class four – 6 year olds +
1st Twisted Wings – Owned by Alan Kent.  Ridden by Freddie Horne.
2nd Madam Superior – Owned by Nicola Foley.  Ridden by Roddy Williams.
3rd Molly Mylenis – Owned by Alan Kent.  Ridden by Freddie Horne.
4th Complicate – Owned and ridden by Roddy Matthews.
5th Mr Cheers – Owned and ridden by Roddy Williams.
6th Talkin Italian – Owned by Stephen Biddlecombe.  Ridden by Ed Winterton.

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Sunday 23rd November Dressage Training with Louise Smales in Durham - 01/09/2014

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New for RoR North East and the Borders'  riders is this dressage training clinic with BD listed judge, Louise Smales at Click 'Em Inn Farm, Cornsay, Durham, County Durham, DH7 9RU.
Louise Smales BHSI, HT, has been involved with horses all her life, as a competitor, mother, trainer, organiser and official.  The cost is £25.00 per RoR registered horse, to book please download this Booking Form and return to RoR North East Regional Co-ordinator, Vicky Smart with full payment (details on booking form).  Places on a first come first served basis. 

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Another successful dressage clinic with Matt Cox - 29/08/2014

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Following on from the success of our first RoR subsidised dressage clinic with Matt Cox earlier this month in Cambridgeshire, Wednesday 27th August saw the second clinic with this trainer taking place in Newmarket, where again, within hours of it being advertised, all the spaces were taken.  It was such a shame though that on the night, one rider had transport issues, but the other seven who had booked in, were there ready and waiting for their lessons at their allotted times.

Thankfully the weather was the opposite to our first clinic the other week, this time we had a clear sky and sunshine for our evening sessions of which everyone was grateful for as it was held in the outdoor arena at Oakland Stud.

Our first two riders were both from Cambridgeshire – Lorraine Kerslake with Fravias and Kitty Palmer with Lady Cavendish.  This was the first time either of the riders had met Matt but both ended the lesson delighted with how much they’d learnt from it.  Lorraine had four days earlier collected a rosette in the In-Hand RoR class at the 3 Day Fenland Country Fair.

Next into the arena were local rider Charlotte Kerton with Nettis, and Essex rider Hayley Goode with Finbars Pi.  Charlotte used the lesson as good practice for the dressage classes she is competing for Suffolk in at the RoR Inter-County Challenge Show later this month.  Hayley has only recently taken over the ride with her horse from her sister.  Both agreed it was a very worthwhile learning session.

Our 7pm lesson saw 15 year old Kirstee Delaney with Prince Millennium having a private lesson due to our other Essex rider failing to show.  Kirstee looked like she was having a brilliant time and was smiling from ear to ear each time she achieved something new with her horse.  They both look a good combination for the future.

Our last lesson saw Martina North with Thebetsonme riding alongside Sarah Shoemark with Lord Francois.  Martina is another of this evenings riders who was hoping to get some tips from Matt for the Inter-County challenge in which her horse is representing Cambridgeshire and is the only rider who has had a lesson from Matt before.  For Sarah it was a chance to change from her usual showjumping/eventing classes and have a go at dressage and at the end of the lesson admitted she “might be hooked” in giving it another go.  Sarah was another rider who had also collected a rosette in the RoR in-hand class at the Fenland Country Fair.

All in all, a brilliant evening especially helped by the weather, but nice to see and hear all the riders say how much they had enjoyed it, and for us having Matt doing the lessons, it’s good because he also has a love of TBs and has competed them himself.  His calm way of teaching, clearly explaining everything he is asking the rider to do, and teaching as a one to one combination which suits that horse and rider, certainly got the results.

Apologies to those who weren’t able to get into either of these subsidised sessions, but hopefully when we can do more, anyone who hasn’t had a chance of having one of these, will be given first priority.

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Emerald Glen and Nettis win RoR British Showjumping Regional Recognition Awards - 28/08/2014

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RoR and British Showjumping are pleased to announce that retrained racehorses, Emerald Glen and Nettis, are winners of the 2014 RoR British Showjumping Regional Recognition Awards.

Emerald Glen, a 15-year-old bay mare, made three starts during her racing career and she is now owned and ridden by Denise Mcloughlin from Malton, North Yorkshire.

Denise first met Emerald Glen, or Glenda as she is better known, when she was in livery and she then went on to buy her just over three years ago. Denise wasn’t originally intending to ride Glenda but after starting lessons with her, the combination then began competing at local shows before progressing to Club competitions. Denise and Glenda have formed a real partnership during the last couple of years and Denise was thrilled when she was told of the award “Glenda is an amazing horse and she really deserves this award. Showjumping is my passion and she really enjoys it too.

“I started competing in Club classes with Glenda as I felt that they would be the ideal introduction into the affiliated side of the sport. We’ve been doing the 0.70cm and 0.80cm classes and these have allowed me to gradually introduce her to competing over professionally built courses at good show centres. I’m now looking to contest the 0.90cm classes later on this year and eventually, I’d like to move onto competing at National Amateur level. Glenda is the horse of a lifetime for me.”

Racegoers saw Nettis make nine starts during his time on the track. The six-year-old chestnut gelding is owned and ridden by Charlotte Kerton from Newmarket, Suffolk and she first rode him when he was in-training as a two-year-old.

Nettis’ last race was in September 2011 and since being out of race training, Charlotte has focused on improving both his flatwork and showjumping with help from UKCC Coach Mia Korenika. Charlotte has also been using the NAF Horse Five Star Performance Awards Programme to support his development. Charlotte was delighted to hear that Nettis has won an award “I’m so pleased for Nettis, he is a fantastic and genuine horse who enjoys his showjumping and the Club competitions have been an excellent introduction into the sport for him.

“I have lessons with Mia on a weekly basis and she was the one who suggested that Nettis and I should try Club competitions – we haven’t looked back since! Nettis is a great all-rounder, but I am going to continue showjumping with him as he has the capability and scope to jump bigger and more technical tracks. We’re aiming to compete in National classes next season and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us both.”

These awards provide a focus for ex-racehorses that are showjumping at Club level. A product sponsorship is awarded to the highest placed horse in each region with Club League points and a winner from each region is identified by selecting the highest placed eligible horse with points in the 1.00m section. If none qualify, it will move to the highest placed eligible horse in the 0.90cm section, working downwards until a horse is identified. Each regional award winner will receive an embroidered jacket and rug.

Congratulations to both Emerald Glen and Nettis (pictured), who in winning these awards are doing a great job of showing how former racehorses can also excel in the show jumping arena.  For more photographs visit our showjumping gallery.

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RoR classes prove popular at Fenland Country Fair with Purple Moon and Prince Restate worthy winners - 26/08/2014

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The RoR classes (along with all the other TB classes) proved very popular for the many spectactors who sat and watched the classes at the Fenland 3 Day Country Fair which took place on the first day of the show, Saturday 23rd August. 

The RoR classes were the best supported of the day and the In-hand class winner went to Chantal Wootten with Purple Moon, whilst the Ridden class went to Kristien Verhayen with Prince Restate (pictured), a 15-year-old gelding by Prince of Birds out of Restate (Soviet Star).  It just goes to prove that whether your RoR horse has won over a million pounds on the racetrack like Purple Moon, or not even a placing in all of Prince Restate’s eight races, come the show ring, it makes no difference.
 
Judge Simon Somers said he hasn’t been to a show where there were so many quality TBs in front of him and said he would happily have offered homes to six of them immediately.
 
Chantal and Purple Moon made a clean sweep of it, winning all her in-hand and ridden classes and ended up both In-Hand and Ridden Champion and ultimately took the Supreme Show Champion.

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Sunday 5th October RoR Flat and Challenge/Working Hunter Clinic with Alycia Collins, includes Pre HOYS clinic! - 17/08/2014

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Join us for this RoR Alycia Collins Clinic on Sunday 5th October at Bicton College Indoor Arena, Bicton College, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7BY.  Plus, with just a week to go before the RoR final at HOYS, Alycia will also be offering a pre-HOYS clinic for those qualified horses!

Starting from 9.30am working with a maximum of 4 riders per group, Alycia will be offering flat work sessions in the morning or Challenge/Working Hunter in the afternoon with hourly sessions offered at a special RoR rate of just £20 per horse/rider. 

Book now - places are on a first come first served basis and must be booked in advance, please complete the Booking Form and contact Claire Blackham for further information.  Please note, there is ample parking at this venue and spectators are welcome to come along for free.

Alycia Collins is a highly successful producer of top class horses both on and off the race track. She has seen numerous high profile wins not only in the world of showing and working hunter but also side saddle and showjumping.   Alycia is a panel judge for many of the societies including the British Show Horse Association and the RoR. Alyica rode her own Debonair V in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Final at the Horse of the Year Show in 2008.

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Saturday 22nd November RoR Combined Training Clinic with South West Ex-Racers Club - 17/08/2014

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Claire Blackham is delighted to be offering this Combined Training Clinic, in conjunction with South West Ex Racers Club, with instruction from experienced trainers, Marc Leon and Matthew Hall at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland, Callington, Cornwall PL17 8PB on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

Starting from 9.00am and working in groups of a maximum of 3 horses/riders, the event is open to both RoR registered and Non-RoR registered horses. Riders can choose to attend a Dressage Clinic, Pole/Show Jumping or both.

The cost of the event is subsidised for RoR registered horses with the cost per horse/rider reduced to £25 for Dressage, £10 for Pole/Show Jumping or £30 for both clinics. Non-RoR horse/rider is £35 for dressage, £15 for Pole/Show Jumping or £45 for both Clinics.

Dressage will be instructed by experienced BHSAI trainer of 35 years Marc Leon. Marc was recently awarded the NAF 5* Optimum Super Star award and in his career has trained with many top equestrians including Nicky Barrett, Carl Hester and Jenny Taylor.

The pole/show Jumping will be taken by Matthew Hall a successful show jumper based in Devon. Matthew runs a competition and schooling yard where he trains and competes horses from youngsters and novices through to national level.

There is ample Parking at Duchy College (please follow the signs and park behind the arenas, do not park in front) and refreshments available on the day.  Stabling is also available, please ensure you bring your horse passport and Vaccination Certificate.

For any further information and for booking please complete the booking form and payment is required in advance to Claire Blackham.  Riders are to indicate on the booking form which clinics and their preference over pole or showjumping. Clinics will run in succession to each other if riders choose to do both clinics.

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RoR Parade at Musselburgh on 28th September - 16/07/2014

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The RoR are delighted to be at Musselburgh Racecourse on 28th September with a parade of former racehorses before the start of the first race.  This is always a great opportunity to showcase some of the incredible work and great achievements of ex-racehorses going on to new lives, and helps us to promote the work of the RoR to a wider audience. 

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5th October Tim Downes Dressage Lessons - 22/04/2014

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RoR Central are so lucky to have secured for RoR horses and riders private 40 minute training lessons with top coach Tim Downes on Sunday 5th October 2014 at Ingestre Stables, Ingestre, Stafford ST18 0RE.

Each of the lessons is offered at the discounted rate of £45 for individual lessons, or as a shared lesson of 40 minutes at the reduced rate of £25 per rider. Spaces are limited and are on a first come first served basis.  To book download the BOOKING FORM.

Tim Downes is a Fellow of the British Horse Society, a List 1 Dressage Judge and British Dressage Master Judge, a 4* international 3 day event judge and a British Eventing Master Coach. He is a Chief Assessor for the BHS, a UKCC Assessor and an FEI Olympic Solidarity trainer. Tim has competed in all of the Equestrian Olympic Disciplines and has produced many horses from untrained to advanced levels of competition. He regularly conducts clinics in Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong, New Zealand and in the UK. Tim has spent  the last 20 years visiting Hong Kong twice per year specifically retraining racehorses and he says: "it is a subject with which he has a great deal of affinity!"

 

 

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