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news Meet the RoR All-Stars at Ascot - Side Glance and Trip To Paris

13th October 2022
Leanne White and Side Glance
  • Champions Day to host superstars on the track now thriving off it
  • With a special guest appearance from leading event rider, Laura Collett

As part of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot this Saturday the public will get the chance to touch and meet two former Group 1 winners and now retired racehorses. Side Glance and Trip To Paris were both stars on the track who are now enjoying success in different disciplines in their second career.

From the time the gates open of 10.45am, Side Glance and Trip To Paris will be based on the Motivator Lawn at Ascot, in a special “Meet the All-Stars” area, ready to meet the public. The duo will also parade in the main paddock after the third race when their exploits on the track will be celebrated as the public learn more about what they are doing now.

A special guest on-course when the two horses parade will be Olympic gold medallist, Laura Collett. The winner of this year’s Badminton Horse Trials, as well as a member of the gold medal winning team in eventing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Laura will talk about why former racehorses are so versatile and capable of adapting to a range of second career disciplines.

In his racing career Side Glance was a globetrotting equine millionaire, racing on four different continents, while Trip To Paris won an Ascot Gold Cup winner and over £800,000 in prize money. Despite their success on the track, because they were geldings a stud career was not an option for either horse, so they joined the thousands of other former racehorses carving out a second career.

On his retirement in 2015, Side Glance was given to Leanne White, who had travelled with him on his international trips, and Side Glance has since turned his hoof to a variety of activities, including being the conveyance for Leanne on her wedding day. The pair recently did their first one-day-event and have ambitions to qualify for RoR dressage and showing championships in 2023.

Trip To Paris was retired in 2017 and since 2019 he has been owned by Julie White, who was a member of the La Grange Partnership that raced him while he was in training with Ed Dunlop. Under dressage rider Sarah Kempson, Trip To Paris is now competing successfully in British Dressage classes and the ambition is to qualify for the RoR National Dressage Championships in 2023.

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