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news Entries open for the RoR Goffs UK Championships

28th June 2019
  • The countdown is on to the pinnacle of RoR’s Showing calendar
  • Entries open on July 1st after record entries in 2018

Entries for the 2019 RoR Goffs UK National Championships open on Monday 1st July. Now in it’s fifth year, the event at Aintree Equestrian Centre is the pinnacle of the RoR Showing calendar with four days of high class competition staged exclusively for retrained racehorses.

The 2019 RoR Goffs UK National Championships get underway on Thursday 22nd August, starting with two days of dressage championship classes. It concludes on Sunday 25th August with the Gala evening this year on Saturday night, when the RoR Goffs UK Supreme Champion will be crowned.

In 2018 the then 15-year-old gelding What Of It, ridden by Hannah Horton, was adjudged Supreme Champion beating a field that included three previous Supreme Champions.

Last year the RoR Goffs UK National Championships attracted a record number of entries with over 300 horses entered in the 90 classes. Together the 300 horses had previously amassed over 5000 race starts between them.

Among the former stars of the track already qualified for this year’s championships is Cue Card. During his illustrious National Hunt career, Cue Card amassed winnings of almost £1.5 million whilst in training with Colin Tizzard, winning nine Grade 1 races before retiring in April 2019.

Cue Card is now at the yard of Essex based Show Rider and Producer, Katie Jerram and at Royal Windsor in May he made his showing debut. In June, at The South of England Show, he qualified for the finals of the RoR In-Hand Championship.

Other notable former racehorses to have already secured qualification include Saint Are, Annacotty, Sovereign Debt, Namibian and Grandeur. Between them these six former racehorses won in excess of £3.6 million on the track and at Aintree in August they will be competing for further success in dressage, jumping and showing at Britain’s biggest event showcasing the versatility of the thoroughbred.

Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said: “We would like to thank Goffs UK for their continued and generous support as title sponsors.

As auctioneers Goffs are associated with quality and the National Championships bring together the best of the country’s former racehorses in both showing and dressage, while also providing opportunities for horses and riders from a range of levels to compete on a prestigious stage such as Aintree.

Aintree are great supporters of RoR and we are grateful to them for once again providing the platform that celebrates the adaptability of retired racehorses.”

RoR Goffs UK National Championships schedule

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