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Congratulations to all the 2012 SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Finalists who took part at HOYS. This was a very hotly contested final and the atmosphere in the arena was electric!


The 2012 South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship reached its conclusion at the Horse of the Year Show with Vicky and Bryan Smart’s lovely chestnut, Rogers Revenge, taking the title. Reserve went to Helen Newbold riding Jason Newbold’s Deep Reflection.


Vicky Smart and Rogers Revenge take part in the

The SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship was created 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 is supported by the charity Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) and having won the HOYS title Roger’s Revenge will also collect the valuable ROR/SEIB Elite Performance Award for Showing at the British Breeding Breeders Dinner in London in January 2013.
The 7 year old Rogers Revenge has returned to showing after a season eventing last year, but is no stranger to the Caldene arena having stood second in this class in 2010. Ridden beautifully by Vicky Smart, he kept a cool head and coped with the electric atmosphere in the arena, giving ride judge, David Bartram, a smooth and calm ride.
Bred by the Smarts, he was foaled at a stud near Ripon and the Smarts still own the mare. “The stud rang to say that she looked like foaling and we drove over. He was big, with four white legs and a big white face and we wondered what we had bred”, said Vicky, who works as an equine physiotherapist for her husband, racehorse trainer, Bryan Smart. By City On A Hill, out of Resemblance, he could have been bred for jumping but he raced on the flat. He went into training with Bryan, who trains at the historic Hambleton House in North Yorkshire. “He was a right trouble maker on the gallops – he would be the one to start jumping around and set all the others off”, said Vicky. He ran twice over 6 and 7 furlongs in 2008 but a career in the show ring beckoned. Vicky started his retraining in 2008, but had to take him out of the racing atmosphere as he would not settle with everything else going on around the yard. “Jan Darwin took over the ride this year and has produced him brilliantly, she rides the way I ride and we think the same way. He has been late maturing and is now better than ever”, explained Vicky. “The plan is to take him hunting now but he is for sale. I just love producing them, taking them out of training and re-schooling them, so I have other horses coming through. I also have to fund our daughter’s ponies. He has such a lovely temperament; he is a puppy dog in the stable, really easy. He has his moments when he likes to remind us that he is a thoroughbred ex-racehorse, but he has got easier and easier”. This year the Champion Racehorse to Riding Horse went through to the Supreme Horse of the Year judging, and Roger’s Revenge could not have been a better debutante. During the pre-judging in the Caldene area he performed his individual freestyle show beautifully and calmly. The 9 Champions then went into the International arena for the final results to be announced, and again, Roger’s Revenge demonstrated the very best of ex-racehorses and was completely unfazed by the big occasion. It would have been hard to beat the winning Hack, but the racehorse left the arena having earned a huge amount of respect from a knowledgeable audience.

Reserve Champion Racehorse to Riding Horse went to Deep Reflection, owned by Jason Newbold and ridden by Helen Newbold. The 12 year old bay gelding by Cloudings (IRE) out of Tudor Thyne (IRE) was bred by Mrs C J C Bailey and trained by Martin Keighley. He ran a total of 38 times in bumpers and over hurdles and fences, achieving 6 wins and £25,000 in prize money. Helen’s husband, Jason, was assistant to trainer Ben Case, where Deep Reflection was in training before he went to trainer Martin Keighley. He last ran in January 2011 and by March he had started showing. “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”, said Helen, who combines showing with her job running a yard breaking and pre-training racehorses with Jason. He qualified for this championship last year, finishing 9th in the final and then had the winter off. “He had been in work ever since he came out of training and was still quite light” explained Helen. This season the pair have achieved success, winning the ROR Championship at Hickstead.

The Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship series helps to recognise the abilities of the many horses that come out of racing each year, providing them with a worthwhile competition opportunity. The classes are judged as for Riding Horses but the best of type, whether hack, riding horse or hunter, is deemed the winner.

“It is great to see the huge support of riders with ex-racehorses competing in the Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship. The series of competitions give ex-racehorses the chance to embark on a new career. As many riders know, taking on an ex-racehorse can be a challenge but is both worthwhile and rewarding and I hope that this encourages more people to have a go and take part”, says Nicolina Mackenzie.
South Essex Insurance Brokers, a leading equestrian insurer, instigated the Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship, supported by the charity, Retraining of Racehorses, to show how, with time and patience, an ex-racehorse can be re-trained to become a top class show horse.


1st, ROGERS REVENGE, owned and ridden by Victoria Smart
2nd, DEEP REFLECTION, owned by Jason Newbold and ridden by Helen Newbold
3rd, DOTTY’S BROTHER, owned and ridden by Nick Crook
4th, DOUBLE BRANDY, owned and ridden by Louise Marden
5th, GOLIATHS BOY, owned by Heather Hulme and ridden by Zoe Hulme
6th, AYURVEDA, owned and ridden by Michelle Badman
7th, STEVEY’S LAD, owned by Samantha Osborne and Philip Kirby and ridden by Samantha Osborne
8th, SISTER GEE, owned and ridden by Jill Wormall
9th, STEALTH PROJECT, owned by Baileys Horse Feeds and ridden by Lynn Russell
Other finalists:
PERFECT CHOICE, owned by Angela Lance & Hickstead Feeds and ridden by Angela Lance
RIGHT OF VETO, owned by Baileys Horse Feeds and ridden by Jane Buchan