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

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By ME­LANIE SCOTT

“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

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