1st, Astrobrava, owned by Rebecca Lowe and ridden by Katie Jerram of Great Dunmow, Essex
2nd, Camissa, owned by Jane Townshend and ridden by Abigail Thorogood of Goldhanger, Essex
Racehorse to Riding Horse Judges, Ian Smeeth and David Puttock had a tough time judging the 24 entries that came forward in the class. Ian Smeeth said, “It has been a few years since I have judged this class and the standard has really balanced out. You used to see a few really nice horses and several average ones, now they are all of a high standard”.
The eventual winner, Astrobrava, owned by Rebecca Lowe and ridden by Katie Jerram, was according to judge Ian Smeeth, “A great example of a well-mannered, well re-educated and beautifully schooled ex-racehorse”.
Newmarket farrier, Rebecca Lowe bought Astrobrava out of training from Mark Tomkins as a three year old. Rebecca had shod Astrobrava since she was a yearling and took her on as a hack. The pair went on to have some lessons with Katie Jerram and they went from there. Rebecca said, “Astrobrava lives at Katie’s yard and Katie rides her in the ring when she is available. Katie and Astrobrava have also qualified for the Riding Horse class at the Royal International Horse Show. This is Astrobrava’s second season competing in the Racehorse to Riding Horse class and her first season competing in Riding Horse classes”.
Rebecca won the Racehorse class with Astrobrava this year at Royal Windsor and will most likely ride her at both the RIHS and HOYS. She works as a farrier for Newmarket trainers, Michael Bell, Gaye Kelleway and Michael Tomkins. Rebecca has also recently acquired a three year old ex-racehorse, Darcey Indianna from Amy Weaver’s yard who she also plans to show.
Runner up and also qualifying for HOYS was Abigail Thorogood, riding Jane Townshend’s, Camissa. Jane bought 10 year old Camissa four years ago. She was bred and trained by Dean Ivory and had 13 runs on the flat which resulted in three wins. Jane said, “I am so chuffed with Camissa, she has only been lightly shown and can be a bit tricky, but it is all starting to come together now. We took her to Hickstead a couple of weeks ago and she was pulled in 3rd but then she started to get a bit worried in the ring so was put down. Today though she has been brilliant”.
Abigail runs a yard in Essex and has several horses to show, including Camissa and another horse of Jane’s, the large riding horse, Classictop Sweet Enough. Jane added, “Camissa is graded into the head stud book, we are planning to take her out and compete in hack classes before she will retire as a broodmare. We are aiming for her to become a Cuddy Status broodmare, which is the elite broodmare status for show ponies”.