Abi Drury and Hero Worship

28th August 2015

Retrained racehorses return to Aintree to show off their versatility

For the team at Aintree's International Equestrian Centre this weekend is one of the biggest of our summer. We are hosting the inaugural Retraining of Racehorses National Championship Show - a real celebration of the careers that ex-racers go on to have after they leave the track.

We are busy most of the time with showjumping and dressage competitions, but this weekend is a bit special with the first show that is solely for retrained racehorses.  

350 horses will be competing over two days - a really fantastic amount of entries. Considering this is the first running of this show, to get over 40 entries in one class and 30 entries in other classes is very exciting and a fantastic result. It promises to be a great weekend.

From a Jockey Club perspective the action takes place on Saturday when we have over twenty horses from all over the country competing in the final of The Jockey Club ROR Novice Showing Series. This is the second year that The Jockey Club have sponsored this class and it will be highly contested again. Last year’s winning rider Abi Drury described it as an unforgettable moment. 

Actually over the two days there will be 27 classes including finals for the RoR Elite Showing Series, with a first prize of £2,500, and the TBA TARRA Ridden and In-Hand Series. But there is something for everyone!

Like to keep it classy? The Concours d’Elegance will suit you or maybe the Side Saddle class. Love a grey? Best Grey Ridden is for you. There is even Veteran Championship and a class for those horses who have raced at Aintree.

Old favourites Noland who won the Supreme Novices and Snoopy Loopy, winner of the Betfair Chase are both competing in that. In fact there a whole host of well known racers who are now Showing stars and will there on the night, including HM the Queen’s Barbers Shop.

In addition to the 27 classes and the opportunity to see a number of famous retrained racehorses showcasing their talent in new careers, the RoR Musical Ride Team will be performing on the evening of 29th August and a host of former racecourse stars will parade on Saturday night, including Grand National winner Neptune Collonges. 

It is not just about the stars, all the horses competing are stars to their riders and to us. Do come down if you can; it should be a great show.