Prelim winner Made In Time has shown that, given time to adapt, a retired racehorse can be rewarding. Ian Stark EC, Roxburghshire | Morris EC, Ayrshire
“I’d lost my good ex-racer three years ago and saw [National
Hunt trainer] Rebecca Curtis advertising for stable staff,” explained his owner Aileen Fith. “I contacted her asking if she needed any horses to be rehomed. She replied immediately and said she had a very good horse available that was more like a show pony than a racehorse,” continued Aileen, who drove 14 hours to Fishguard in South Wales to view Made In Time.
“He had been owned by JP McManus and run at Cheltenham Festival and then put out to grass. He’s not been easy and has tested every bit of my ability and belief in myself.
“A year ago I couldn’t get 50% in an intro because he was so tense and overbent, but I’ve been getting help from Vicky Brickell and at the Ian Stark centre. I felt I had to keep going; there was something I really liked about him,” added Aileen.
Since then the partnership has flourished. They also compete in showjumping and have taken part in local hunt rides.
Jill King was a double music winner at Morris, posting 76.92% to win at elementary with Drop The Pressure. The partnership have qualified for the British Riding Clubs dressage to music championships next month at Bury Farm, representing Ettrick Forest.
“He’s a tall, genuine horse, but can be a worrier,” said
Jill, a finance manager for a manufacturing company. “But once he gets in the arena he knows his job.”
Jill King takes an elementary music double on Drop The Pressure