Friday, August 29, 2008

England: Second-career recognition for re-schooled racehorses

Farmers Guardian
Equestrian | 29 August, 2008

DO you have an ex-racehorse doing well in a second career? There is still time to register for the South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse Performance Awards and get your horse's achievements recognised.

The awards are presented at the star-studded British Breeding Breeders Awards Dinner.

Registration is free, and all you need to do is collect points as you go along and then submit your competition card to SEIB.

Horses competing at all levels are eligible, and there are sections for affiliated eventing, showjumping, dressage, endurance and showing, and an unaffiliated section for those competing in various unaffiliated disciplines.

The Racehorse to Riding Horse Performance Awards were instigated to support the retraining of racehorses, and to provide a platform to show how a correctly re-schooled ex-racehorse can be successful in a new career. Thousands of horses come out of training each year and their futures can be bright - with time and patience, they can go on to compete successfully in many different disciplines.

The competition is open to thoroughbreds that have been in training but now successfully compete at an affiliated or unaffiliated level. In the affiliated section, awards are given for four disciplines: showing, dressage, show jumping, eventing and endurance. These points are collected throughout the 2008 competition season.

Similarly, for those competing at an unaffiliated level such as in local shows, riding club events or hunter trials, an award is presented to the ex-racehorse with the highest number of points in the Combined Discipline section.

Those with the highest number of points in each section will be invited to the awards dinner in London during January next year, to be presented with their prize.

Competition Cards should be submitted to Racehorse To Riding Horse Performance Awards, SEIB, South Essex House, North Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 5BE.

More information

Visit www.racehorse2riding for more on SEIB's Racehorse to Riding Horse Performance Awards.

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