Racehorse to Riding Horse
1st Right of Veto, owned by Baileys Horse Feeds and ridden by Lynn Russell from Surrey
2nd Ayurveda, owned and ridden by Michelle Badman from Herefordshire
The 2012 South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship saw another hotly contended qualifier at Wellington Riding, Hampshire, on Sunday 15th July, where a large entry competed for the chance to attend The Horse of the Year Show finals, held at the NEC Birmingham in October.
The racehorse class was the most popular of the day and was split into two groups for judging by Sam Fisher and Ian Smeeth.
First place went to Lynn Russell, riding Baileys Horse Feeds, Right of Veto. The six year old was bought from Ascot sales as a three year old and has taken a long time to develop. “As a four year old he was very weak in the back and immature o I just took him to shows as a passenger, to have a loom around” said Lynn, “As a five year old he went out to yet more shows as a passenger on the lorry. This is his first year in the ring and he has done three novice hack classes”, said Lynn. Right of Veto was second at Four Winds, first at Bath and West, second in the ROR class at Heathfield show and Supreme Champion at Heros. “He was exceptional today, the ride judge said he gave a lovely ride and that makes it all worthwhile. HOYS is not the easiest to cope with so I will try and get him to an indoor evening performance before then to get him ready”, said Lynn, who ahs also qualified with Stealth Project in the racehorse class at Bury Farm in June. “I can’t ride two so I may have to get Jane from Baileys Horse Feeds to ride him for me!”.
Second in this hotly contested class was Ayurveda, known as Herbie, owned and ridden by Michelle Badman. Michelle has owned the bay gelding since 2009 but has known him for longer as she worked for Karen Waldren who had him in training in Tunbridge Wells. “I was with her when she bought him at the breeze up sales in Cheltenham. I originally bought him as an intermediate for my eldest son but he gave up riding so I kept him for myself because he is so good”, said Michelle. Herbie now does a bit of everything including hacking out with Michelle’s children on the lead rein. They were successful in this class two years ago but Herbie proved to be quite excitable once he got to HOYS as it was only his first year out of racing. “I tried two weeks ago but missed out on qualifying so decided to come and have another go. He was so good today and I am very pleased”, said Michelle. She now plans to continue having lessons with instructor Gary Morgan and contest some local shows before they head to HOYS.
Lynn Russell, riding Baileys Horse Feeds, Right of Veto