Two winners earnt coveted Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) tickets at the end of the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse show class, which took place in the main ring of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Judges Alan Edmunds (conformation) and David Ingle (ride) selected Anne Leaftley’s Beware Chalk Pit, ridden by Justine Armstrong-Small, for the top spot.
The 11-year-old bay gelding, by Ansham out of Rakiura (IRE), was in training with Jonathan Geake and won twice from 24 runs over fences and hurdles. His last run was at Plumpton in March this year. This is his sixth show and he has never been out of the top two places. He was pulled up from eighth after giving David Ingle, a super spin round the arena.
“He is such a lovely horse. When we entered this class he hadn’t even been to a show and we thought it could be ambitious!” said Justine.
Second place went to Mark Rimell riding William Stroud’s grey, Just Blue, by Silver Patriarch (IRE) out of Miss Millie. Mark has been involved with this horse since he was a two year old and was the first person to sit on him when he backed him. “He ran in bumpers but it was not his thing and we thought he should have a go at this,” explained Mark. “It was our aim to try for HOYS and it is great for his owner, who is not well but gets a huge boost from seeing him.”
Third place and a HOYS qualifying ticket went to Lizzie Harris with her seven year old chestnut, Wildwest, by Galileo (IRE) out of Monumental Gesture. Wildwest was in training with Jonjo O’Neil and he ran in seven races over fences earning several places. He was given to Lizzie, a point-to-point trainer, who has since done showing, team chasing, hunting and side saddle.
Alan Edmunds commented: “The winner was exceptional; a show horse in his own right. He has quality and temperament, especially considering he is just off the track. Overall we had a good example of racehorses.”
Ride judge David Ingle added, “I am so impressed with the way they all coped and our winning horse was a bit special.”
1st Beware Chalk Pit, owned by Anne Leaftley and ridden by Justine Armstrong-Jones.
2nd Just Blue, owned by William Stroud and ridden by Mark Rimell.
3rd Wildwest, owned and ridden by Lizzie Harris
4th Barber’s Shop, owned by HM The Queen and ridden by Katie Jerram
5th Chouxdamour, owned by Willie Reason and ridden by Claire Oliver
6th Bold Punt, owned and ridden by Tasha Seely