- In Focus
- July 26, 2014
26th July 2014
Retrained racers take centre stage at Aintree
For the team at Aintree's International Equestrian Centre today and tomorrow are our biggest days of the summer.
If you are in the North West and looking for something to do, why not join us for our Alexander's Horseboxes Aintree National Show? There really is something for everyone and with free parking and free entry, it is a great night out.
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. These horses, including Midnight Chase, Jack the Giant and The Hairy Lemon, have won over £800,000 on the racecourse but face an equally stern task tonight when they are judged by Jenny Pitman.
Due to the fantastic number of entries, judging for this class will actually start earlier in the day with the horses and riders presenting themselves for judging in one of the outdoor arenas. After showing their paces, the saddles come off for their conformation to be judged. It is then a chance to relax and ready themselves for the final part of the judging which will take place in the indoor arena at 5.30pm.
The winner not only becomes the The Jockey Club ROR Novice Showing Champion, but is eligible for our Supreme Championship on Sunday night when they will take on all the other winners of classes; from the smallest of in hand ponies to ridden Irish Draught.
We also have a range of side saddle classes over the two days and we are excited to be playing our part in the revival of this elegant style of riding.
Last year our Alexander James Picture of Elegance Champion and Reserve Champion side saddle riders led in the winner of the Crabbie's Topham Chase on Ladies Day of the Grand National Festival and received a fantastic welcome from the Aintree crowd. It would be wonderful to see them do it again next year.
But it is not just an elegant style of riding, it is a very practical one too and on the Saturday night we have our Leaping Ladies side saddle showjumping competition. Just because you have both legs on the same side of the horse, doesn't mean you can't give the astride riders a run for their money over show jumps.
And of course those bravest, stoutest and hairiest of competitors will get to live their own Aintree dream in the Shetland Grand National, while past winner Lord Gyllene is set to parade.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Come and see us for a fantastic two days at Aintree.