Ex-racehorses forging successful second careers honoured at awards
By Katy Islip
12 January 2012 10:11
The achievements of former racehorses who have turned their hooves to new disciplines have been celebrated at a black tie event.
The Elite Performance Awards (EPA) were presented as part of British Horse Foundation’s annual Breeders Dinner and awards ceremony, held last Saturday, January 7, in London.
The awards, which offer prize money totalling £17,000, are run by South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) in partnership with charity Retraining Of Racehorses (RoR) to provide a focus for former racehorses competing in eventing, dressage, show jumping, endurance and showing.
Nicolina Mackenzie, marketing manager of SEIB, said: “The Performance Awards also provide a platform to show how a correctly re-schooled ex-racehorse can be successful in a new career and continue to have a bright future, competing successfully in many different disciplines. This year’s competition has proved yet again the versatility and resilience of the thoroughbred.”
The EPA for showing was given in two parts – Katie Jerram with Mr and Mrs Michael Jerram’s horse, Night Prayers, won the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship, held at the Horse of the Year Show, and the winner of the Tattersalls and ROR Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship at Hickstead was Lizzie Richmond with her own and Freda Johnson’s Treat Em Mean.
For the second year running the dressage award went to international dressage judge David Trott with his own and Derek Frankland’s Theme Park.
David said: “I didn’t set out to try and win the SEIB and RoR award this year as I didn’t want to go ‘pot hunting’ having won last year. He has just performed so well this season.”
The show jumping award was presented to Nicola Braidwood and her 20-year-old mare Vite Etoile, who she has owned for 16 years, successfully eventing up to three-star level before taking up show jumping for fun.
Quercus Maximus won the endurance award with owner Lizzie Livingstone, and four-star eventer Dry Old Party, owned by Jess Mead and ridden by Tom McEwen, picked up the eventing award after coming 19th at Burghley in 2011.
Tom said: “I’m planning on spending the prize money from this award on training and entry fees for next season”.
To find out more about the awards visit www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk or www.ror.org.uk
Details of the 2012 competition will be available soon.