Ex-racehorse Inishmor has won with £2000 first prize in the prestigious Retraining of Racehorses class at the Barbury International Horse Trials.
Ridden by Swindon-based Australian Paul Tapner, Inishmor held onto his overnight lead to take the title, sponsored by the charity Retraining of Racehorses and the National Trainers Federation.
Inishmor and Tapner ended on their dressage score of 27.3, ahead of British dressage team’s performance manager Richard Waygood on Plum Rowland’s Luther ll with 31.9. In third was Ginny How and Creeslough on 33.2, and New Zealand’s Dan Jocelyn and Valemount were fourth with 34.6.
The class was run at Intermediate-Novice level.
The Retraining of Racehorses series, run by the charity of the same name to provide a meaningful activity for ex-racehorses, is gaining in popularity in eventing circles.
Inishmor’s racing career was somewhat undistinguished, but the 10-year-old grey gelding by Great Palm came to Tapner from Grace Muir’s HEROS racehorse rehabilitiation centre and is now competing successfully at intermediate level in eventing. He is owned by Ian Murray.
“He’s very easy in his brain and that makes him competitive and successful,” Tapner said.
• Barbury’s 1.40m open showjumping class was won by Mark Edwards riding Mammas Tinker. The Farol’s Accumulator with Joker event was won by Rowan Willis and Premier Etoile, who also won Saturday’s ReadySupp 1.40m Grand Prix.