Rogers Revenge has won Britain’s South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship for 2012.
The series reached its conclusion at the Horse of the Year Show. The SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship was created to support and encourage the re-education of thoroughbreds taken out of racing, re-schooling them and preparing them for a new career in the show ring. The series is supported by the charity Retraining of Racehorses (ROR).
Having won the HOYS title Roger’s Revenge will also collect the valuable ROR/SEIB Elite Performance Award for Showing at the British Breeding Breeders Dinner in London in January 2013. Reserve went to Helen Newbold from Milton Keynes riding Jason Newbold’s Deep Reflection.
The 7 year old Rogers Revenge has returned to showing after a season eventing last year, but is no stranger to the Caldene arena having stood second in this class in 2010. Ridden beautifully by Vicky Smart, he kept a cool head and coped with the electric atmosphere in the arena, giving judge David Bartram a smooth and calm ride.
Bred by the Vicky and Bryan Smart, Rogers Revenge was foaled at a stud near Ripon and the Smarts still own his dam. “The stud rang to say that she looked like foaling and we drove over. He was big, with four white legs and a big white face and we wondered what we had bred,” said Vicky, who works as an equine physiotherapist for her husband, a racehorse trainer.
By City On A Hill, out of Resemblance, he could have been bred for jumping but he raced on the flat. He went into training with Bryan, who trains at the historic Hambleton House in North Yorkshire.
“He was a right trouble maker on the gallops – he would be the one to start jumping around and set all the others off,” said Vicky. He ran twice over 6 and 7 furlongs in 2008 but a career in the show ring beckoned.
Vicky started his retraining in 2008, but had to take him out of the racing atmosphere as he would not settle with everything else going on around the yard.
“Jan Darwin took over the ride this year and has produced him brilliantly, she rides the way I ride and we think the same way. He has been late maturing and is now better than ever,” Vicky said.
“The plan is to take him hunting now but he is for sale. I just love producing them, taking them out of training and re-schooling them, so I have other horses coming through. I also have to fund our daughter’s ponies. He has such a lovely temperament; he is a puppy dog in the stable, really easy. He has his moments when he likes to remind us that he is a thoroughbred ex-racehorse, but he has got easier and easier.”
For the first time this year the Champion Racehorse to Riding Horse went through to the Supreme Horse of the Year judging, and Roger’s Revenge could not have been a better debutante. During the pre-judging in the Caldene arena, he performed his individual freestyle show beautifully and calmly. The nine Champions then went into the International arena for the final results to be announced, and again, Roger’s Revenge demonstrated the very best of ex-racehorses and was completely unfazed by the big occasion. It would have been hard to beat the winning hack, but the racehorse left the arena having earned a huge amount of respect from a knowledgeable audience.
The Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship series helps to recognise the abilities of the many horses that come out of racing each year, providing them with a worthwhile competition opportunity. The classes are judged as for Riding Horses but the best of type, whether hack, riding horse or hunter, is deemed the winner.
SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Horse Championship
1st, ROGERS REVENGE, owned and ridden by Victoria Smart from North Yorks
2nd, DEEP REFLECTION, owned by Jason Newbold and ridden by Helen Newbold from Buckinghamshire
3rd, DOTTY’S BROTHER, owned and ridden by Nick Crook from Lancashire
4th, DOUBLE BRANDY, owned and ridden by Louise Marden from Worcester
5th, GOLIATHS BOY, owned by Heather Hulme and ridden by Zoe Hulme from North Yorkshire
6th, AYURVEDA, owned and ridden by Michelle Badman Herefordshire
7th, STEVEY’S LAD, owned by Samantha Osborne and Philip Kirby and ridden by Samantha Osborne from North Yorkshire
8th, SISTER GEE, owned and ridden by Jill Wormall from Leicestershire
9th, STEALTH PROJECT, owned by Baileys Horse Feeds and ridden by Lynn Russell from Surrey
PERFECT CHOICE, owned by Angela Lance & Hickstead Feeds and ridden by Angela Lance from East Sussex
RIGHT OF VETO, owned by Baileys Horse Feeds and ridden by Jane Buchan from Surrey