Helen Newbold and Deep Reflection took the South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Racehorse to Riding Horse Of The Year title for 2013 in fine style in the international arena at Horse of the Year Show, with Vicky Smart and Chivola standing reserve.
Deep Reflection is no stranger to the HOYS championship having finished reserve champion in 2012 and he put in a near perfect performance this time, giving the ride judge, Jane Hubbard, a lovely ride. Bred by Mrs C J C Bailey, the 13 year old bay gelding by Cloudings (IRE) out of Tudor Thyne (IRE) was trained by Martin Keighley and earned £25,000 in prize money with 6 wins and several places over hurdles and fences during his racing career. Helen’s husband, Jason, was assistant trainer to Ben Case, where Deep Reflection was in training before he went to trainer Martin Keighley, and Jason and Helen were delighted to take him on when he came out of racing. “He is a Diva at home. He was a show horse that went racing for too long. He loves it in the show ring”, said Helen. After a slow start to the season as Helen had a baby in February, the pair won at Herts County and this is the third year running they have qualified for HOYS. Helen and Jason run a pre-training and breaking yard and Deep Reflection has to fit in with their busy lives. “He was easy to retrain, he carries himself naturally and is very low maintenance. I hardly have to work him in at a show”, she said. Deep Reflection will continue to concentrate on racehorse classes and will do more challenge classes next year. “You can’t top that!” said a delighted Helen, who has another ex-racehorse that she is just starting and she hopes to bring out next year.
The SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse of the Year went forward to the Supreme Horse of the Year judging and Helen and Deep Reflection looked every inch a champion combination on Sunday evening. A loose horse caused after it’s saddle slipped during the final judging, could have created alarm, but Deep Reflection displayed his perfect manners and just stood and watched.
Second place went to the lovely hack, Chivola, owned and ridden by Vicky Smart. “He was just great and did everything right”, said Vicky. Chivola, who is by Invincible Spirit (IRE) and out of Boudica (IRE), was trained by Vicky’s husband, Bryan Smart, having been bought as a 2 year old at the breeze up sales for £65,000. He had 11 starts on the flat and all-weather and won one race before being gifted by his owners to Brian and Victoria’s daughter, Beth. Vicky took on his retraining from racehorse to show horse but he still lives on the yard where he was trained at Hambledon House near Thirsk. “At home I have to avoid the racehorses so he doesn’t get wound up, and he is turned out with a Connemara pony which is really good for him”, said Vicky. Chivola is also no stranger to HOYS, having finished 6th in the 2011 SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship with Vicky. He was Champion at the Tattersalls RoR Championship at the RIHS in 2010 and took 3rdplace there in 2011. He also won the ex-racehorse class at the Great Yorkshire show for the second year running in 2011. He had a quiet year last year after he had a virus in March, and Vicky concentrated on Roger’s Revenge [winner of the 2012 SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse HOYS Championship] and her daughter Beth’s ponies. “Beth is now old enough to ride Chivola and she will do intermediates and racehorse classes on him next year”, said Vicky.
The SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship was created by South Essex Insurance Brokers to support and encourage the re-education of thoroughbreds taken out of racing, re-schooling them and preparing them for a new career in the show ring. The series offers 6 qualifiers throughout the country, with winners earning a coveted ticket to the SEIB championship held at Horse of the Year Show. The series is supported by the charity Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) and the winner of the championship will also collect the valuable ROR/SEIB Elite Performance Award for Showing and a valuable cash prize. The classes are open to both amateur and professional producers and are judged as for Riding Horses, with the best of type, whether hack, riding horse or hunter, deemed the winner.
A shadow was cast during Sunday evening as the tragic news of the accident involving Stevey’s Lad reached the SEIB team. Stevey’s Lad had competed for the second year running in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Class at HOYS and was killed in a road accident on the way home. Our sincere condolences go to his owner, Donna Bamonte and rider, Samantha Osborne. He was a truly stunning horse, in the prime of his life and enjoying great success in his new career.
For more information, visit www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk.
1ST, Deep Reflection, owned by Jason Newbold and ridden by Helen Newbold
2nd, Chivola, owned and ridden by Victoria Smart
3rd, Sister Gee, owned and ridden by Jill Wormall
4th, New Team, owned C Blackham and D Langman and ridden by Claire Blackham
5th, Barbers Shop, owned by HM The Queen and ridden by Katie Jerram
6th, Whatcanyasay, owned and ridden by Robyn Gray
7th, King of Barbury, owned by Ms J M Bodycote and ridden by Claire Herrington
8th, Purple Moon, owned by Mrs Sara Cumani and ridden by Chantal Wootten
9th, Steveys Lad, owned by Mrs Donna Bamonte and ridden by Samanta Osborne