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Sunday, September 02, 2007  •  13:11 GMT

Miss P Thompson riding Another Statesman Winners of the SEIB HOYS Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier

Miss P Thompson riding Another Statesman Winners of the SEIB HOYS Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier

STATESMAN IS A WORTHY LEADER

This year for the first time The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials hosted a ‘Racehorse to Riding Horse’ class.

Sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) the class that was a qualifier for The Horse of the Year Show proved popular with over 20 entries, including; 12-year-old Placid Man, a winner of three novice chases who was third in the 2005 Cheltenham Foxhunter and only came out of training in January and the grey Amezola who raced 20 times.

Jack Cochrane judged conformation and David Bartram judged the ride, riding all of the entries. After much deliberation their winner was Another Statesman ridden by Penny Thompson. The nine-year-old by the former popular sire State Diplomacy, was sixth in last year’s final at HOYS and this year has also qualified for HOYS in the Large Riding Horse category.

The second qualifier was Differential – a ten-year-old ridden by Vicky Smart who was formerly trained by her husband Brian. The American-bred gelding, a five-times winner, raced 23 times until 2004 when he broke his neck. After a year off Vicky began riding him again and this is his first full season of ‘Racehorse to Riding Horse’ classes.

“He still lives in the yard and watches them go out every morning,” said Vicky. “He doesn’t mind though as he is too lazy to want to join them – he only had two speeds when he was racing, slow or flat out. But he has a wonderful temperament – my young daughter also rides him.”

The winner received an impressive trophy presented by Nicolina McKenzie of SEIB.