The RoR awards celebrate the versatility and adaptability of former racehorses with trophies and total prize money of over £17,000 going to the year’s elite champions in dressage, endurance, eventing, polo, showing and showjumping.
Among the evening’s award winners, there were some wonderful stories of former racehorses that have only found their true niche once tried in a different discipline.
One of the most exciting prospects celebrated last night was the RoR Elite Eventing Champion, Gold Nugget. A 7-year-old gelding by Elusive City, now owned by Jane Moss and ridden by Andrew Downes, Gold Nugget has his sights set on graduating to Advanced level. On the racecourse Gold Nugget ran three times unplaced for Richard Hannon Snr in the familiar red and green colours of Julie Wood.
The award for RoR Elite Dressage Champion went for the second year running to Jimmy Hay, who has been retrained by Jenny Bulmer. Jimmy Hay showed next to nothing in four starts on the racecourse but Bulmer says the horse has never been fitter or better as he nears his seventeenth birthday.
RoR Chief Executive, Di Arbuthnot said: “In 2017 RoR held 298 classes in 25 separate series across ten different disciplines. We also staged 141 educational events helping owners and riders to get to get the best out of their former racehorses. And these awards showcase the benefits of these initiatives. Horses who often showed precious little ability on the racecourse, subsequently finding their niche with riders from a range of different backgrounds and experience.
“Seeing the delight on the faces of the award winners and hearing their backstories and their triumphs over adversity is not only very heart-warming, it is also reassuring in terms of the strategy we have undertaken in recent years. The disciplines are becoming more competitive and the quality of winner keeps on improving.”
The 2017 RoR Awards winners:
Article Source: British Eventing News
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