The final qualifier for the 2012 series of the South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championships will be held in the Main Arena at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Sunday 2nd September.
The move recognises the huge popularity of this class with both competitors and spectators alike, and provides an opportunity to see how correctly re-schooled ex-racehorses can go on to be successful in the show ring.
Elizabeth Inman, Director of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, said “We are delighted to welcome the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class in the Main Arena this year. This flagship class proves how well these horses can perform in another sphere and it is so important for horses out of racing to have a future to look forward to”.
Equine Insurance brokers, South Essex Insurance Brokers provide cover for horses, horse boxes, yards and much more. “We are delighted that the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials are supporting this class. The standard of ex-racehorse that we see coming forward is phenomenal, and it is brilliant that these wonderful horses will get the opportunity to be shown to a wider audience. With time and patience, they can go on to careers in many other disciplines”, said Nicolina MacKenzie, Marketing Manager at South Essex Insurance Brokers.
SEIB are very enthusiastic about and committed to all the competitions they sponsor; the company has a strong ethos in putting something back into equestrian sport.
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 offers 6 qualifiers throughout the country, with winners going forward to the prestigious 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.
The 2012 Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifiers are held in conjunction with SEIB’s Search For A Star series and will be held at:
• 26th May, Osbaldeston Equestrian Centre, Blackburn, BB2 7LZ, Tel: 01254 813159
• 17th June, Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9BT, Tel: 01525 222 114
• 1st July, Badgworth Riding Centre, Beech Tree Farm, Badgworth, Somerset, BS26 2QU, Tel: 01934 732543
• 15th July, Wellington Equestrian Centre, Heckfield, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0LJ,
Tel: 0118 932 6308
• 28th July, Vale View Equestrian, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3LX, Tel: 01644 823739
• 2nd September, The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincolnshire, Tel: 01780 484502
More information on the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship is available from www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk
where you can download a schedule and entry form as well as the latest news, details of previous winners and information on the ROR/SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Elite Performance Awards – a points scheme open to all ex-racehorses competing in affiliated dressage, show jumping, eventing, endurance and showing.