Win Awards In Their New Lives!
for a Star' Hack champion in the money again
Essex Insurance Brokers has proved again that for Thoroughbreds,
there is a life after racing!
horses which have been in training and come under starter's orders
and now compete in show jumping, eventing, dressage, showing and
endurance competitions have come out tops in a national competition.
Their owners received their awards at the prestigious Supporters
of British Breeding annual dinner on January 10, when Mrs Di Arbuthnot,
director of the British Horseracing Board charity Rehabilitation
of Racehorses (RoR) will also be giving them special prizes.
horses have earned their top places by accumulating most points
during 2003 with the company's Racehorses to Riding Horses competition
- amongst them the 2003 South Essex Insurance Brokers "Search
for a Star" reserve champion, Milliemeter.. They and their
Star - Mrs Janet Nevard, Sudbury,, Norfolk
Rostreamer - Mrs Linda Burrows, Crowborough, East Sussex
Papatuu - Mrs Rebecca Wright, Newton Abbot, Devon
Sumthinelse - Mrs Georgina Bell, Bedworth, Warwickshire
Willa Thyne - Mrs Virginia Scott Watson, Kelso, Roxburghshire
Milliemeter - Ms Emily Curtis, Horley, Surrey
Essex Insurance Brokers managing director, Barry Fehler, said: "Very
little has given me as much pleasure as seeing public recognition
for their achievement. Thoroughbreds have this ill-deserved reputation
for being difficult and sometimes dangerous when they come out of
fact is, given the right care and attention they are as malleable
as any other horse and many, if not fast enough to race, have latent
skills to take them successfully into other disciplines."
winner came from a different affiliated discipline and one competes
at unaffiliated level. They are.-
Milliemeter, last in training in 2001, started what could be an
illustrious showing career at Ascot Sales. Julie Farrell and her
business partner, Hilary Curtis, went along on "a girls day
out," saw Milliemetre in his box and liked her, then were "totally
stunned" at the low price when he came into the ring. "So
we bought him," said Julie. The horse lived up to her promise
when, ridden by Hilary's 24-years-old daughter, Emily, she qualified
for the South Essex Insurance Brokers Search for a Star final at
the Horse of the Year Show, won the Hack Championship and then stood
Reserve to the Supreme Champion.
had lots of offers for lots of money for her after that," said
Emily, "but I persuaded them to keep her and she has done really
well. I am aiming her for the Open Hacks in 2004." It was Emily's
first experience of re-schooling a Thoroughbred out of racing. "But
she was so easy," she says. "Sensible and well mannered."
Willa Thyne, homebred by owner Mrs Scott Watson, went into training
at four and was placed in three Bumpers. She then ran over hurdles
for a number of seasons but did not train on and went on to Point
to Point and hunting. "Then I decided to take her on into Horse
Trials and she took to it really well," says Mrs Scott Watson.
"She is a quick learner, especially at jumping, and even if
she stopped once at a new fence she always jumps it the second time
and never stops again."
Mrs Georgina Bell bought Sumthinelse from her husband's syndicate
for £500, a far cry from the original purchase price of £10,000.
Daughter Amie, 17, took him on, and started with hacking and then
poles on the ground and grids. "At first he didn't know what
to do and it took three goes to canter," she said. "But
when I showed him a fence he went straight over."
progressed through unaffiliated and was doing double clear rounds
at 2ft 6ins and 2ft 9ins before being registered with the British
Show Jumping Association in 2002, qualifying that year and in 2003
for the British Novice Regional competition. Whilst in training
he won a six furlong handicap at Chester and qualified for the St
Ledger Yearling Stakes in 1999.
Gift Star, bred in America, ran only once in this country. Mrs Janet
Nevard bought him from Ascot Bloodstock Sales, originally to school
and sell on. "But I liked him so much I decided to keep him."
He did some jumping, but showed so much promise at his flatwork
that Mrs Nevard "decided to go the dressage route." He
competed in Novice tests at five, Elementary at six and Medium at
seven and now, with 254 British Dressage points, is set for Advanced
he is not a totally easy ride," Mrs Nevard admits. "He
is a complete hooligan to hack out and if he finds any movements
difficult or too taxing, he certainly lets you know about it!"
Rostreamer, now 21 and known at home as Paddy, was bred in Ireland.
He had a long career in racing, winning three times and placed in
the first six of 20 starts out of a total of 33 - one win and a
second partnered by Richard Dunwoody - before going on to Point
to Point and hunting.
Mrs Linda Burrows bought him he was 13 and her veterinary surgeon
noted that he was "a high mileage horse," but since then
he has competed over 1,500 miles, plus all the miles of training
work. The partnership began in Endurance eight years ago and Rostreamer
became Advanced in 1999. In 2000 he won a Silver award in the Golden
Horseshoe Stag class. Last year he won a trophy for best over 60
miles in two days.
is bold, brave and has great stamina," says Mrs Burrows. "He
will go anywhere he is asked, travel wells, is wonderful in the
heaviest traffic - but can be quirky and stubborn. It is these last
two things which make him a determined character and such a wonderful
Papatuu came to this country from New Zealand and he came out of
training in 1999. Mrs Rebecca Wright bought him privately but in
poor condition. He was rested before doing any work under saddle.
"He was scared stiff of showjumping but his groundwork was
good," she said.
has now been registered with the British Show Jumping Association
and is nearly out of British Novice, although all his original unaffiliated
showjumping and dressage was with Riding Clubs.
is the easiest horse to look after," Mrs Wright says, "and
there is absolutely nothing temperamental about him at all."