Two horses owned by Her Majesty The Queen are among eight former racehorses parading at Ascot tomorrow (Saturday 29 July), the day of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO).
Joining The Queen’s Barbers Shop and Quadrille in the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) parade, sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust, are two former Royal Ascot winners in Ransom Note and Pentecost, as well as the globe-trotting Group 1 winner Side Glance. The parade, which is due to take place at 12.50pm, showcases the range of careers available for horses when they are retrained after retiring from racing.
On the racecourse Barbers Shop and Quadrille both carried Her Majesty’s silks with distinction. Formerly trained by Nicky Henderson, Barbers Shop finished third in the 2009 King George VI Chase at Kempton, while Quadrille, trained by Richard Hannon Snr, was only beaten a short-head in the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2010, however, the two horses have arguably enjoyed even more success in their second career.
Under the care of producer and rider Katie Jerram, Barbers Shop has become one of the leading former racehorses competing in showing classes. Among his successes is victory at the Hickstead Derby Final and three times the winner and champion in front of The Queen at Royal Windsor Horse Show, including earning the title Supreme Champion in 2017.
Meanwhile Quadrille has excelled in dressage since he joined Louise Robson’s team of “Thoroughbred Dressage” horses. The winner of several classes, Quadrille has graduated through the ranks and now competes successfully at Prix St George level.
Louise Robson, Quadrille’s rider, said: “We are really looking forward to being part of the RoR Parade at Ascot. Quad is a joyous character, full of energy and intelligence. He certainly keeps me on my toes! He always tries very hard and always wants to please. The stable at home pretty much revolves around Quad. He loves people and loves a fuss being made of him.
“He has won and been placed at Prix St George level and as well as competing at the RoR National Dressage Championships at Aintree in August we will be doing a demo for RoR at Blenheim Palace Horse Trials in September. Looking ahead, come the winter I hope he will be doing open Intermediate classes. Every day I look forward to training and riding Quad and I am very excited about his future.”
Two former winners of the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot also feature in the RoR Parade. It’s fifteen years since Pentecost’s win in the Britannia, now aged 18, he has since been eventing, team chasing and hunting. The 2010 Britannia winner, Ransom Note went on to win a Group 2 and is now building a career in dressage following his retirement from the track in 2016.
Making his second appearance in the Ascot parade on the Saturday of King George Weekend is Side Glance, who earned over £1.7m on the track in win and place prize money. Ridden by Sarah Friend, on a recent outing Side Glance finished runner-up in his first dressage class and in the show ring was Champion in the in-hand class.
“It’s wonderful to have such quality and diversity on show for our RoR parade and at this time of year the horses look fantastic. It will be a great spectacle,” said Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR.
“We would like to thank the Peter O’Sullevan Trust for their sponsorship of the parades in 2017. It’s really important to show both racegoers and the racing industry the range of career options open to former racehorses.”
The parades were introduced in 2008 by Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) to showcase the adaptability of racehorses when re-trained for a second career.