The 2017 RoR Awards winners announced

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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:

  • RoR Elite Dressage Champion, in association with British Dressage - Jimmy Hay 16-y.o g by Bluegrass Prince, owned and ridden by Jenny Bulman
  • RoR Elite Polo Champion & winner of the Gerald Balding Cup - Harmony Wold 9-y.o m by Ishiguru, owned and ridden by Jack Richardson
  • RoR Elite Eventing Champion, in association with British Eventing - Gold Nugget 7-y.o g by Elusive City, owned by Jane Moss, ridden by Andrew Downes
  • RoR Elite Endurance Champion, in association with Endurance GB - Karactacus Potts 10-y.o g by Kings Theatre, owned and ridden by Anna Collins
  • RoR Elite Performance Award for Showing - Wild West 9-y.o g by Galileo, owned and ridden by Lizzie Harris
  • RoR Show Series Champion, sponsored by Tattersalls - Imperial Ruby 8-y.o g by Imperial Dancer, owned by Sar Cassidy-Hill, ridden by Southerly Roberts
  • RoR Elite Showjumping Award, in association with British Showjumping - Quel Ange 15-y.o g by Tel Quel, owned and ridden by Jane Gregory
  • RoR Racing to Hunting Challenge and the Meriel Tufnell Trophy - Brumous 17-y.o g by Glacial Storm, Owned and ridden by Melanie Duff
  • RoR Special Recognition Award - Barbers Shop 15-y.o g by Saddlers’ Hall, owned by The Queen and ridden by Katie Jerram-Hunnable
  • RoR Horse of the Year, sponsored by The Jockey Club - Beware Chalk Pit 13-y.o g by Anshan, owned by Ann Leftley, ridden by Rebecca Court

Article Source: British Eventing News



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