Careers For Ex-Racehorses
back competition to prove re-education is possible
coming out of racing often have new careers - as riding and competition
horses. Leading equine insurer South Essex Insurance Brokers and
QBE International Insurance, one of the UK's leading insurers of
Thoroughbreds, are to jointly back them by running a national competition
to find the year's most successful "re-educated" horses
in all the disciplines.
seem to be a much-maligned group," said Barry Fehler, managing
director of South Essex Insurance Brokers. "Many Thoroughbreds
go on to have successful careers in the accepted disciplines. I
have never seen any evidence which suggests that a horse that has
been in training is impossible to re-educate for any of the accepted
disciplines and now I want to prove it." One of Mr Fehler's
most successful show horses, the Horse of the Year Show Champion,
Princes Street, was bought out of racing.
to Riding Horses" will be open to horses affiliated to the
British Show Jumping Association, British Dressage, British Eventing
and the British Endurance Society as well as those contesting recognised
showing classes or unaffiliated competition run by The British Riding
Clubs, Pony Club, Permanent Show Organisers Association or approved
know and work with a lot of experienced people in the racing world
and not one of them believes that Thoroughbreds are untrainable
when they come out of racing," said David Ashby, spokesman
for QBE Insurance, which underwrites policies for South Essex.
competition, 'Racehorses to Riding Horses' has two objectives -
to prove that it can be done and to encourage those who may not
have contemplated giving these wonderful equine athletes a second
chance at life."
is a view shared by others in the horse and racing world. Clare
Balding, leading BBC TV racing correspondent and daughter of trainer
Ian Balding, said: "Both my parents are currently riding retrained
Thoroughbreds as hacks. They can make the most wonderful riding
horses providing that their temperament and soundness is good."
showjumper William Funnell said: "I can see no reason why any
Thoroughbred or ex-racehorse, properly treated and re-educated,
should not go on to have a career in another discipline." And
racehorse trainer Mark Johnston added: "I was delighted to
hear of the 'Racehorses to Riding Horses' competition. It will not
only encourage the purchase of ex-racehorses for use in other equestrian
disciplines and, in so doing, remove a number of horses from the
dangers of the 'poverty trap', it will encourage the owners of the
many thousands of ex-racehorses already doing other jobs to advertise
their horse's racing background."
wishing to enter horses will need to get an application form entitling
them to a Qualification Card on which competition successes are
recorded. These will be assessed at the end of the 2002 season and
trophies presented to the leading owners at the Supporters of British
Breeding Awards dinner next year.
will need to prove their horses are registered with Wetherbys and
have been in training for either Flat or National Hunt Racing, although
they need not have raced. Horses must compete under the name registered
at Wetherbys and used whilst in training.
forms are available from "Racehorses to Riding Horses,"
South Essex Insurance Brokers Ltd., South Essex House, North Road,
South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 5BE. Please enclose a large, stamped
and self addressed envelope.