2018 RoR Horse of the Year nominations announced
- 17 horses nominated for prestigious award, sponsored by The Jockey Club
The countdown is on and the nominations are in. The annual RoR Awards night is fast approaching and the nominations are in for the evening’s most prestigious award, RoR Horse of the Year, sponsored by The Jockey Club.
The 2018 RoR Awards take place on Wednesday 12th December, hosted by RoR Patron, Clare Balding together with Luke Harvey. The event will once again be staged at the historic Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket, the home of horseracing.
The awards acknowledge and celebrate the versatility of former racehorses across a range of disciplines, with prizes awarded to the elite winners in dressage, polo, eventing, endurance and showing. The final award on the night is the Jockey Club sponsored RoR Horse of the Year.
This year a long-list of seventeen contenders has been assembled, with nominations put forward from all around the country via RoR’s network of Regional Coordinators. RoR Patron Sir Anthony McCoy, ITV Racing and At The Races presenter and Luke Harvey will review the list and identify four horses to go forward to a shortlist with the eventual winner announced on the night.
Last year’s winner of Horse of the Year was Beware Chalk Pit and previous winners include Monet’s Garden. The list of the 2018 nominees reflects a diverse range of back-stories for horses that have gone to find a fulfilling second career through participating in RoR staged events.
Included among the nominations are horses relatively recently retired from racing, such as the evergreen and ever popular Monkerty Tunkerty, as well as Lampos and Ponte Vecchio, who are both into their second decade as RoR horses and who both enjoyed their best ever seasons in 2018. The shortlist of four horses will be announced in the build-up to the Awards night.
Full list of the 2018 RoR Horse of the Year nominations:
Billybo (Showing) Owned and Ridden by Claire Griffiths
15-year-old gelding by Kayf Tara, formerly trained by Tim Vaughan
Buckstruther (Showing) Owned and ridden by Jazmin Hosgood
16-year-old gelding by Anshan, formerly trained by Paul Hosgood and Alistair Bell
Burj Hatta (Eventing) Owned and ridden by Rachel Casbon
10-year-old gelding by Kingmambo, formerly trained by Saeed Bin Suroor
Desert Joe (Showing) Owned by Liz Prowting, ridden by Rebecca Court
12-year-old gelding by Anshan, formerly trained by Alan King and Sarah Bosley
Follow The Facts (Dressage) Owned and ridden by Steph Potter
11-year-old gelding by Tobougg, formerly trained by Nicky Henderson
Fruity O’Rooney (Eventing) Owned and ridden by Beccy Green
15-year-old gelding by Kahyasi, formerly trained by Gary Moore
Jive Master (Showjumping) Owned and ridden by Paige Smart
13-year-old gelding by Marignan, formerly trained by Tim Vaughan
Lampos (Showing) Owned and ridden by Jolene Midgley
18-year-old gelding by Southern Halo, formerly trained by Julie Camacho
Master Wickham (Eventing) Owned and ridden by Claire Lewis
9-year-old gelding by Darsi, formerly trained by Paul Webber
Monkerty Tunkerty (Showing & Showjumping) Owned and ridden by Jess Westwood
15-year-old gelding by Silver Patriarch, formerly trained by Jess Westwood
Murdoch (Eventing and Dressage) Owned and ridden by Megan Lewis
14-year-old gelding by Mutamarkiz, formerly trained by Colin Tizzard
Pedregal (Dressage) Owned and ridden by Tim Masey
12-year-old by Diktat, formerly trained by Jim Goldie
Ponte Vecchio (Eventing) Owned and ridden by Stuart Nie
14-year-old gelding by Trans Island, formerly trained by Jim Boyle
Ravenstone Lad (Showing) Owned and ridden by Louise Goss
16-year-old by Presenting, formerly trained by Fiona Kehoe
Stockade (Eventing) Owned and ridden by Claire Fielding
12-year-old gelding by Alfora, formerly trained by Sally Duckett
Wild West (Showing) Owned and ridden by Lizzie Harris
10-year-old by Galileo, formerly trained by Jonjo O’Neill
Word Of Warning (Showing & Eventing) Owned and ridden by Clare Poole
14-year-old by War Chant, formerly trained by Philip Kirby