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1st Deep Reflection, owned by Jason Newbold and ridden by Helen Newbold of Wicken, Milton Keynes

2nd Stealth Project, owned by Baileys Horse Feeds and ridden by Lynn Russell of Dunsfold, Surrey

The 2012 South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship saw another hotly contended qualifier at Bury Farm EC, Buckinghamshire on 17th June, where a large entry competed for the chance to attend The Horse of the Year Show finals, held at the NEC Birmingham in October.

A strong class saw 22 entries come before the judges, Jean Wright (conformation) and David Ingle (Ride), and the class was split into two sections before the final judging.

First place went to Deep Reflection, ridden by Helen Newbold. Deep Reflection had 38 runs during his racing career, 32 of which were over hurdles earning around £25,000 in prize money. He came out of training last January and started showing last year. Helen’s husband Jason Newbold was assistant to trainer Ben Case, where Deep Reflection was in training before he went to trainer Martin Keighley. Deep reflection qualified and competed at Horse of the Year Show last year. “He had the winter off as he had been in work ever since he came out of training and was still quite light” said Helen. Deep Refection has also qualified for the Hickstead Retraining of Racehorses Final. “He is a superstar – We wanted something to nanny the young horses and we new his temperament was good, but he has gone above and beyond any of our expectations”. Helen will continue to campaign him through the summer, combining showing with her job running a yard breaking and pre-training racehorses with Jason.

Second place went to Baileys Horse Feeds’ Stealth Project, ridden by Lynn Russell. Stealth Project is a 7 year old ex racehorse by Guardee and was trained by Alex Hales. Lynn bought him at Ascot sales as a 4 year old. “We went for a day out but I ended up buying him. He qualified for Horse of the Year Show here last year on his first time out, and he was 3rd in the final”, said Lynn. Stealth Project has made up over the winter and the pair have qualified for the Retraining of Racehorses final at Hickstead no less than 4 times and came second in the Racehorse class at Windsor. They have also done a few small riding horse classes and were reserve champion at Heathfield Show and second at Surrey County Show along with a 5th place in a large Novice riding horse class at Windsor. “I have just started jumping him as well, with a view to doing the Racehorse Challenge”, said Lynn.

The SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship qualifiers are open to any owner, rider and producer. The Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship, which is supported by the charity, Retraining of Racehorses, was initiated by South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) to help ex racehorses when they come out of training and help to recognise their abilities in the show ring. Horses need to have been in training with a recognised trainer and have raced to be eligible for these classes, which provide an opportunity to qualify for the prestigious HOYS finals.


The Spillers Weighbridge was kept busy all day with enquiries and Spillers also gave prizes to the first and second in this class.


Absorbine grooming products have long been associated with impeccable turnout, particularly in the show ring, and they were pleased to give a bottle of ShowSheen 2-in-1 Shampoo or ShowSheen Stain Remover and Whitener to the first and second place in this class. Their ShowSheen hair polish and detangler is renowned and this brand has recently been expanded to include the shampoo and stain remover.

The South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship finals will be held at the Horse Of The Year Show, 3rd – 7th October 2012, at NEC, Birmingham. The winner of the Championship will go forward to the Supreme Horse of the Year judging on Sunday evening at HOYS for the first time this year.