Ex-racehorse First Receiver was victorious at Burghley, securing the final win for a show horse owned by The Queen during Her Majesty’s lifetime.

The win was also leading show producer Katie Jerram-Hunnable’s first win at the event. They pair took the top spot in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class in the main arena on the final day of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on 4September.

They also secured the final Horse of the Year Show qualification ticket for in the 2022 SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse series.

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At just five-years-old, First Receiver was one of the youngest horses in the class.

“He has had five wins this year in just seven outings, he is very much a horse for the future, he’s not going to be put under pressure and when deciding about coming here today, Terry Pendry told me if he feels ready then bring him,” Katie said.

The class judges were Michaela Bowling (ride) and David Ingle (conformation).

“Our winner was a joyful, free young horse,” said Michaela. “He went brilliantly and I very much look forward to seeing his journey. It was an honour and a privilege to judge here today.”

David Ingle added: “My first impression of our winner was that he took my eye, there was lovely strength in quality here this afternoon and there is so much time and effort put into these beautiful horses.”

Marketing Manager at SEIB, Nicolina MacKenzie said: “It is magical to be here at Burghley, and the opportunity the ex-racehorses and their riders have to showcase their skills and retraining in the main Burghley arena on showjumping day is second to none. We are so very grateful to hold our qualifier here.”

Insurance brokers, SEIB Insurance Brokers set up Racehorse to Riding Horse over fifteen years ago to celebrate ex-racehorses and give them further chances of success in a second career.

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