New career Double Festival star heads for the show ring
CUE Card’s new trainer has high hopes for him in his new discipline as he makes his first start at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Katie Jerram made a success of The Queen’s Barbers Shop in the show ring and she is taking the dual Cheltenham Festival hero’s reins.
Cue Card retired in April last year and is he is now ready to be trialled in the ROR (retraining of racehorses) Open In-hand Show Series from tomorrow.
The 13-year-old’s 2010 Champion Bumper and 2013 Ryanair Chase triumphs were among eight Grade One triumphs in a stellar career.
Jerram, who retired Barbers Shop at Windsor last year, believes her new pupil can also excel.
“They live next to each other at home and they’re actually very similar,” she said.
“They take everything in their stride. We have had Cue Card about three weeks, he’s in light work and loving life.
“He loves his stable, it’s his home. He will let anyone in there but he likes his own space.
“He’s a kind horse with a huge heart.” Cue Card left Tizzard’s Sherborne yard on April 11 after ten years, where he occupied the number one stable.
Jerram was put in touch with the trainer through ROR operations execu
tive Margaret O’sullivan, after he judged at the Dublin Horse Show in 2018.
“Colin thought Cue Card would be ideal for the job,” she said.
“We were introduced at Cheltenham where he paraded.
“It’s lovely to have the opportunity to retrain him, it’s a big honour.
“He’s starting to use all the different muscles he wouldn’t have as a racehorse and he’s used to his routine.
“Some days he hacks, on others he will go in the school. He’s a beautiful ride.
“I think he’s going to be fantastic in the show ring and I’m really excited to be working with him.
“He was such a hero on the racecourse and he won’t let the side down.”
Showjumping, dressage, driving and endurance make the Royal Windsor Horse Show a spectacle for elite equestrian competition, in front of crowds of around 55,000 people.
The Queen has attended every year since the show started in 1943 and it is the only time of the year that the private grounds of Windsor Castle are open to the public.