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Racehorse to Riding Horse
1st, Rogers Revenge, owned by Mrs Vicky Smart and ridden by Ms Jan Darwin of Richmond, N Yorkshire

2nd, Goliaths Boy, owned by Mrs Heather Hulme and ridden by Miss Zoe Hulme of Malton, N Yorkshire


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

First place went to Rogers Revenge, ridden by Jan Darwin and owned by Brian and Vicky Smart. Jan runs a yard at Richmond Equestrian Centre and Roger went to her in February. Since then they have qualified for RIHS as LW hunter at Fornby Show, and won at Barton Show to qualify for the ROR Hickstead final. Roger was previously shown and went to HOYS in 2010 with Oliver Hood, but spent last season eventing with Vicky Dennis. “He has to go away to do something because he just does not settle on the yard with all the racehorses around in the summer”, said Vicky, who works as an equine physiotherapist for her husband, racehorse trainer, Bryan Smart. “This year Roger’s Revenge is ticking all the boxes – he has now qualified for HOYS Racehorse to Riding Horse and Hickstead as a LW Hunter and the ROR final. He just has to qualify for HOYS as a LW!” said Vicky. “Now that he is with Jan it is lovely for me to have the contact and I can still have involvement with him as he is not too far away. We are quite fond of him as we bred him. Jan has done a brilliant job. Richmond is good for him because there is always something going on with loudspeakers and shows and he has it going on around him”, explained Vicky.

Second place went to Galioth’s Boy, known as “Colin”, owned by Mrs Heather Hulme and ridden by her daughter, Zoe Hulme, 15. The 6 year old chestnut was rated 98 at one time and was latterly in training with Richard Fahey. He won 2 races on the flat and over £70,000 in prize money. He was injured and came out of racing 2010, went straight to the Hulmes. After spending 18 months in the field for a complete break, he came back into work this year. “We have done two local shows before coming here and he has behaved impeccably every time out”, said Heather. “He really tries, loves his work and gets so upset if he gets it wrong. We will definitely go for more ROR qualifiers for Hickstead this season”, she added.
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. Spillers Brand Development Manager, Isabel Harker, weighed over 20 horses of a variety of types and gave advice on feeding and condition. “People are more and more interested in getting their horses in the right condition, and it was great to see some horses come back that I had seen here 2 years ago”, she said. 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.

Jan Darwin and Rogers Revenge