SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse
Osbaldeston Equestrian Centre – 12th April 2015
The SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class rounded off a superb day of showing at Osbaldeston Equestrian Centre, with another packed class of over 30 entries judged by Pat Powley (conformation) and Sara Leatherbarrow (ride). After seeing the class in three sections, the judges brought 9 horses back into the arena for the final judging when HM The Queen’s Barber’s Shop went impeccably to take top honours ridden by Katie Jerram. “He is such a star. Since last season I have been riding him side saddle and he came out to win the Ladies Hunter at the South of England Spring Show last week. He is now doing his retrained job in open Side Saddle classes”, said Katie.
Barbers Shop Barbers Shop was bred by HM The Queen and trained by Nicky Henderson. He ran a total of 24 times including finishing in 7th place in the 2009 Cheltenham Gold Cup. He had 8 wins and several placings accumulating prize money of over £140,000 and last ran in 2012. Katie Jerram and Barbers Shop won the Hickstead ROR final in 2013 and they have been finalists in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse HOYS Championship for the last 2 years, finishing 5th in 2013 but a skin rash meant they were unable to take part in the final last year.
They plan to do more side saddle classes and will compete in the ROR at Windsor as well as the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class at Burghley before heading to HOYS in October.
Second place went to Helen Newbold riding Tycoons Reflection, a half brother to her former SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Champion, Deep Reflection. Helen has had Tycoon just over a year. “I could not say now when the breeder emailed to ask if I would like him. We have spent some time allowing him to get stronger but he is an absolute gentleman”, said Helen. The 10 year old bay gelding ran 7 times during his racing career, trained by Henrietta Knight and latterly by Mick Channon, but Helen says “he was too polite”. He has tasted success since turning to the show ring, taking the Champion Hunter title at his first show at Aintree last season. He has qualified for the Royal International Horse Show as a light weight hunter, and also qualified for the Retraining of Racehorses final at Hickstead. “He is so similar to Chunky (Deep Reflection). They stand next to each other in the yard and he is just a bit bigger. And they look very similar – they are both dark bay and don’t have a white hair between them. Chunky is such a hard act to follow but he is just amazing”, said Helen.
1st Barbers Shop, owned by HM The Queen and ridden by Katie Jerram
2nd Tycoons Reflection, owned and ridden by Helen Newbold