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News

New three phase Dressage competition at Floors Castle in May - 18/04/2014

NEW Unaffiliated Show Jumping Series - 16/04/2014

XC Clinics with Francis Whittington proving a big hit! - 16/04/2014

Red Horse RoR Dressage Series Latest Results - 16/04/2014

NEW dates for Charlotte Wilson April, May & June - 09/04/2014

Friday 2nd May RoR demo with horse behaviourist Jason Webb in Kent - 08/04/2014

2014 RoR Riding Club Challenge - 08/04/2014

2013/14 RoR Scotland Winter Unaffiliated Dressage Final Results - 08/04/2014

Important notice about RoR Show series' qualification - 02/04/2014

Is your Farrier qualified? Are you sure your farrier is not practising illegally? - 01/04/2014

RoR Parade Aintree showcases new careers - 01/04/2014

Wales & Severn Winter Dressage Champions announced! - 01/04/2014

South West Winter Dressage Champions announced! - 01/04/2014

Vet Talk at Newmarket with Mark Tunstill - 31/03/2014

RoR Racey Ladies take part in their first Team Quest competition - 31/03/2014

Sunday 11th May Dressage to Music with Amanda Birch - 28/03/2014

RoR Riding Club Challenge Winners - 28/03/2014

3rd May Dressage Masterclass with Peter Dove - 25/03/2014

Get involved in RoR Riding Club Challenge - 25/03/2014

3rd May Wimbledon Pony Club Show at Pachesham EC - 25/03/2014

NEW Eventing initiative - Eventing Challenge for Wales & Severn Region - 24/03/2014

Saturday 3rd May Amanda Birch Dressage to Music Clinic at Pencoed - 24/03/2014

Saturday 19th April RoR Ros Dudley Gridwork Clinic in Pencoed - 24/03/2014

RoR Showing Clinics in Powys and Caerphilly - 24/03/2014

XC Clinics with Francis Whittington in Surrey and Kent - 21/03/2014

Sunday 1st June Pole and Show Jumping Clinc with Caroline Booker - 19/03/2014

NEW Eventing initiative - Eventing Challenge for RoR Central Region - 11/03/2014

Sunday 13th April Katie Jerram Showing Clinic in Warwickshire - 26/02/2014

Cross Country Schooling Clinics with Francis Whittington - 22/02/2014

14th April Showing Clinic with Samantha Osborne at Vale View, Leics - FULLY BOOKED - 20/02/2014

12th & 26th April Dressage and Showjumping lessons with Tanya Bridgeman in Lincolnshire - 20/02/2014

19th April Showing Clinic with Mathew Lawrence - 09/01/2014

New three phase Dressage competition at Floors Castle in May - 18/04/2014

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A brand new RoR dressage competition which will take place at Floors Castle on Sunday 18th May at Floors Castle Horse Trials.  The competition which is open to RoR's age 4 years and over will include three phases, a Dressage Test ridden from memory followed immediately by phase 2, which includes Jumping to judge style & presence and then the final phase to judge show/conformation.  Click here to download the schedule and competition criteria

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NEW Unaffiliated Show Jumping Series - 16/04/2014

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Crockstead Equestrian Centre, Eastbourne Rd, Halland, East Sussex BN8 6PT are running and Unaffiliated Show Jumping Series for RoR South East. Please see schedule here and visit Crockstead's website http://www.crocksteadec.co.uk/.
 
Crockstead EC is also a league signing venue for the South East Area League - it's easy to register simply email your horses name and RoR number to southeastleague@ror.org.uk.

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XC Clinics with Francis Whittington proving a big hit! - 16/04/2014

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Another fantastic day with Francis Whittington at Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, Surrey on Tuesday 15th March.   A total of 14 riders took places at this clinic and all were at different levels in their retraining with RoR horses from 4yrs olds to 15 year olds.  Pippa Boyle, South East Regional Coordinator said; "All horses behaved beautifully and Francis commented how much he enjoys working with ex racehorses and seeing each of the horses and riders progressing during the course of a lesson.  Thank you so much to everyone who attended and made it such a fun day - the sun was thankfully shining." 

With these XC clinics proving a hit wth RoRs and also Francis, we are delighted that he has agreed to find more dates in his busy diary to put on more XC clinics at other venues in the South East - more details coming soon!

To read Pippa's full report and to find out what was covered during this XC Clinic please click here and visit our Facebook page to see the photo album from this event.

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Red Horse RoR Dressage Series Latest Results - 16/04/2014

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Red Horse Dressage held another leg of their RoR Dressage Series on 12th April 2014.   
at Willow Farm RoR Dressage Series.   The number of RoR entries rises with each competition that Red Horse Dressage holds. So come on get involved with your ex racehorse at their next comp on the 27th April, entries close on the 23rd April. Please visit www.redhorsedressage.co.uk

Results for 12th April - Rosette to the highest placed ex racehorse and championship qualification to the two highest placed ex racehorses as follows:-
Class 1 Intro
1st Mr Pleau – Sarah Hewitt with 72.17%
2nd - Rosie Gilbert on Sally Bruce  58.26%
Class 3  Prelim 12
1st Mr Pleau – Sarah Hewitt with 72.40%
2nd Nicodemis –Helen Williams with 68.40%
Class 5 Novice 27
1st Jason Hart – the Power of Phil with 71.71%
2nd Nicodemis – Helen Williams with 68.93%

RoR's who have already qualified for the series championship (to 29th March 2014):-
Intro - Retromania & Sarah Hewitt, Sally Bruce & Rosie Gilbert
Prelim - The Power of Phil & Jason Hart, Just Dashing & Tina Perry, La Concha & Alex Clifford
Novice - Just Dashing & Tina Perry

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NEW dates for Charlotte Wilson April, May & June - 09/04/2014

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Charlotte Wilson will be running more RoR Clinics on 29th April, 19th May and 26th June, which will take place at Snainton Riding Centre, Station Rd, Snainton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 9AP.

Aimed at all levels but especially to help progress horses and riders towards the RoR dressage qualifier to be held at Snainton Riding Centre on 3rd July. Price for a 1 hour individual lesson with Charlotte is only £20 for RoR members payable in advance.

To apply for the clinics please email vicky@bryansmart.plus.com as soon as possible stating the date of the clinic(s) that you wish to attend.  Application forms will be sent out on receipt of the email.

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Friday 2nd May RoR demo with horse behaviourist Jason Webb in Kent - 08/04/2014

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This is a unique opportunity to watch leading horse behaviourist Jason Webb, well known for his common sense approach workng with young and problem TB horses.

Jason will be focusing this demonstration on two guest horses, covering common problem areas such as excitability at events, problems loading and unloading and how the handler can improve control and gain focus; as well as working with a horse that easily drops behind the leg and evades the rider and how to manage this common problem effectively.

The demonstration takes place on Friday 2nd May 2014 from 11am to 1.30pm at Risebridge Farm, Ranters Lane, Goudhurst, Kent TN171HN. The cost is £5 payable on the day. For more information please visit www.australianhorsetraining.co.uk

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2014 RoR Riding Club Challenge - 08/04/2014

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A new and exciting initiative for 2014, RoR Riding Club Challenge awards RoR rosettes to the highest points scoring ex racehorse in a range of competitions. Most of the participating Riding clubs will also offer a RoR trophy for the highest point scoring member in 2014. Participating Riding Clubs, include:-

RoR South East
Bookham Riding Club (Surrey) - All Disciplines
Chipstead Riding Club (Surrey) - All Disciplines
Limpsfield Riding Club (Kent) - Dressage Series
RoR North East/North West
Calderdale Saddle Club (Keighley, Burnley and Halifax area) - Aire View EC, Crow Wood EC, Ladstone House Stables  - Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined training
Ebor Vale Riding Club (Area 4)- dressage, show jumping and combined training
RoR Central/West
Solihull RC (West Midlands)– Dressage Series
Chiltern Riders (Oxon & Berks) - Blewbury EC, Alden Equicentre, Checkendon EC, Cullinghood EC and Fairoaks EC – Dressage and Combined Training
Cropthorne & Evesham Vale Riding Club  (Worcestershire) They will be hosting events at Hoden Lane, Cleve Prior, Worcester on 18th May 2014 - Open show, 8th June 2014 - Arena Eventing and Dressage, 13th July 2014 - Open Show, 13th September 2014 - Open Eventers Challenge.
Cherwell Valley Riding Club (Area 5) - all of their competitions over a range of disciplines in 2014. There will also be a trophy up for grabs for the highest point scoring Cherwell Valley RC Member with an ex racehorse during 2014.
RoR South West
Torbay & District Riding Club – Rowes Farm and Coombe Park - Showing and Show Jumping 
Polsden and Bridgwater Riding Club (Somerset) – Dressage
Brent Knoll Riding Club (Somerset) - Stretcholt EC, Appledore Farm and Kigs Sedgmoor EC – Showing, Dressage and Show Jumping
Wessex Gold Riding Club (Wilsthire) - Rabson Manor - Combined Training and Area 9 Combined Training Qualifier
RoR East Midlands
Hinckley Dressage (Leicester, Nuneaton, Hinckley , Midlands) - Dressage

To enter - to win the RoR Challenge rosette, your horse must be RoR registered and your RoR number must be marked clearly on the respective club's competition entry form. For more information and full competition schedules, please visit the club's own website by clicking on the links above. To register your horse with RoR click here.

Is your Riding Club interested in participating in RoR Riding Club Challenge?


This is the first year running the RoR Riding Club Challenge but Pippa Boyle would love to hear from you wherever you are, if your club is interested in getting involved.  Contact Pippa Boyle by e-mail: pboyle@ror.org.uk

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2013/14 RoR Scotland Winter Unaffiliated Dressage Final Results - 08/04/2014

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Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Prelim and Novice RoR Scotland Winter Unaffiliated Dressage Finals, which was held at SNEC on March 30th 2014. The results of the Finals as follows:-

Prelim Final:

1st COUNTRY SERVANT & ROZ ECCLES 69.13% (featured in photo)
2nd EDUARDO & GEORGINA CHALMERS-GRAY 65.00%
3rd BEL HUGO & KAREN MCCONNELL 64.78%
4th GOLDEN STREAK & JANE LOWE 64.35%
5th DAISY'S GIRL & EMER OWENS 62.83% 5
6th CLEE VIEW ELIZABETH FLETCHER 62.83% 6

Novice final
1st EDUARDO & GEORGINA CHALMERS-GRAY 62.42%
2nd CLEE VIEW & ELIZABETH FLETCHER 60.00%

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Important notice about RoR Show series' qualification - 02/04/2014

The new Jockey Club RoR Novice Thoroughbred Show Series started on Sunday 30th March and there seems to be confusion about qualification.  To clarify, in all of RoR Show series' the first 3 only qualify for the Championships and this does not go down the line.  In the new Jockey Club RoR Novice Thoroughbred Show Series, winners can compete again in another novice class up to the date of the Championship, providing they have not won a open class.

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Is your Farrier qualified? Are you sure your farrier is not practising illegally? - 01/04/2014

In the light of information passed to the BHA at a recent Farriers Registration Council meeting, the RoR asked its Training Consultants for further clarification; at its meeting on 26th March, the Farriers Registration Council brought to the attention of the BHA its concerns with regards to the increase of unqualified persons shoeing horses. Quite simply it is illegal for anyone not appropriately qualified to carry out farriery.

Such persons can do serious harm, indeed inflict irreparable damage to a horse’s foot by incorrect trimming of the hoof and poor fitting of shoes. Whilst you may equate an over-vigorous trim with you cutting your own nails a bit short, the implications for the horse are far greater that a bit of tenderness for a day or so – he can be lamed. Incorrect foot balance causes alteration in the gait which in turn results in a compensatory way of going leading to poor performance and poor behaviour. If left uncorrected, over time this can ultimately contribute or even lead to hind limb suspensory and joint problems and even kissing spine. This is not scare-mongering but fact!

Prior to 1975 farriery was not officially regulated, only self-regulated through the Worshipful Company of Farriers (WCF); however as a result of a Private Members bill put forward in the interests of equine welfare, an Act was introduced in 1975 which came into force fully in 1979 making it illegal for anyone not suitably qualified to shoe a horse. The Farrier Registration Council was established not only to register everyone engaged in the shoeing of horses but also to govern courses for training and qualification - and take disciplinary action where deemed necessary.

The WCF was given the task of ensuring adequate training and setting standards of competence as well as introducing a code of conduct which the FRC could then enforce. The purpose of the Act is to “ Prevent and avoid suffering by and cruelty to horses arising from the shoeing of horses by unskilled persons; to promote the proper shoeing of horses; to promote the training of farriers and shoeing smiths; to provide for the establishment of a Farrier Registration Council to register persons engaged in farriery and the shoeing of horses; to prohibit the shoeing of horses by unqualified persons; and for purposes connected therewith."

Farriery being defined as “any work in connection with the preparation or treatment of the foot of a horse for the immediate reception of a shoe thereon, the fitting by nailing or otherwise of a shoe to the foot or the finishing off of such work to the foot."

Thus it is criminal offence, carrying a fine of up to £1,000 for anyone not suitably qualified to carry out farriery. And indeed it is a criminal offence for anyone other than a Registered Farrier to describe themselves as a farrier. This means that it is also illegal to shoe your own horses.

Is your farrier registered? All Registered Farriers have a registration card and a car window sticker but are also listed on the farriers’ registration website: http://www.farrier-reg.gov.uk under “Find a Farrier” http://www.farrier-reg.gov.uk/find-a-farrier/.

"Barefoot Trimming" i.e. trimming that is not in preparation for the application of a shoe does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Act and is another area that gives the FRC cause for concern. Anyone can call themselves a “Barefoot Trimmer” with absolutely no training whatsoever! So if you wish for a barefoot trim do your homework and get recommendations. We advise owners to read some guidance published on the Lantra website:http://www.lantra.co.uk/Downloads/Standards-qualifications/NOS/NOS-documents/Equine-Barefoot-Care-NOS-(April-2010).aspx. Remember, there is no professional body to complain to if things go wrong. Also please check your insurance policy to check that using an unqualified person does not invalidate your cover.

We take this opportunity to advise you that similarly you should always use a properly qualified Practitioner for providing any treatment to your horse be it chiropractic, physiotherapy, an alternative therapy or dentistry. Check with the appropriate statutory body that your Practitioner carries qualifications and hence insurance.

If you need any help finding a suitable Farrier, EDT, etc. please contact the Helpline.

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RoR Parade Aintree showcases new careers - 01/04/2014

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Thanks to everyone who took part and came along to watch this year's RoR Parade on the opening day of 2014 Aintree Festival meeting on Thursday 3rd April.  It is a great opportunity to showcase the new careers of former racehorses. Taking part this year were ten former Aintree runners including 2008 winner of the Grand National, Comply or Die

RoR was also part of a The Horse Comes First stand at Aintree, along with World Horse Welfare and RSPCA. The stand was there to provide information about the welfare and standards of care for horses in training and follow this up with information about RoR and life after racing.

Taking part in this year's RoR Aintree Parade were :-
Comply or Die winner of the 2008 John Smith's Grand National and runner up in 2009. Since his retirement in 2011, Comply or Die is now enjoying a more relaxed pace of life at Timmy Murphy's farm (Murphy, who rode him to Aintree glory), often going out hunting with Timmy too.

Whatcanyasay (Showing) – Melanie Gray - A 12yo trained in Scotland by Evelyn Slack, he ran 46 times winning 4 races. He has been showing for just one season and has won at the ROR Scottish Championship at the Royal Highland show, was Champion at Hambleton Show in both the RoR Showing and RoR Challenge Classes and also won the RoR Challenge Class at the Aintree Showing Show in 2012. He was also 4th in his first affiliation eventing and chosen for pony club teams going clear at Hartpury XC for Tetrathlon Championships and qualified for the Open Pony Club Dressage Championships!

Schuh Shine (Dressage) - Karen Harrison - 17 year old by Roselier, he ran 23 times over hurdles and fences, winning 9 races and over £68K in prize money. In training with Venetia Williams, he came 2nd in the John Smith’s Novices H’cap Chase at Aintree in 2005. He retired in 2007 in the care of his owners Mr and Mrs Harrison’s Daughter, Tania. In 2010 he made his debut on the British Eventing circuit. This year he has been registered with British Dressage and is now being ridden by Tania’s sister Karen. He has so far accumulated 127 points as well as winning the RoR Elite Dressage Performance Award.

Next to Nothing (Eventing) – Tania Harrison - 17 year old by Bob’s Return.
Ran 11 times over hurdles and fences, winner of 3 races when trained by Nicky Richards. After retiring from racing due to injury he spent some time recovering before starting his retraining. He has since competed British Eventing and has won 4 events as well as being placed 22 times. He qualified for the Grassroots Badminton Horsetrials in 2011 and finished a very respectable 12th. He has also recently taken up some dressage and came 5th at the RoR finals at Vale View in 2013.

Monet's Garden (Showing) – Joey Richards - 14yo Monet's Garden ran 32 times winning 17 races and over £683,000 including the Old Roan chase 3 times and the Melling Chase. Trained by Nicky Richards, when he retired Monet went to Nicky’s daughter Joey to start a new career in the show ring. He has since returned to Aintree but in the show ring and in 2012 finished well in a big class of 30.

Sentry Duty (Hunting) – Emma Carpenter - 12 year old by Kahyasi, he ran 47 times on the flat, over hurdles and fences racing three times at Aintree during his career with trainer Nicky Henderson. He won a total of of 11 races and over £264K in prize money. Emma took Sentry Duty on in September 2013 and has enjoyed being out hunting with the Clifton-Upon-Teme and the North Cotswold Hunt's. He is also used by Emma to lead her daughter’s pony on and Emma has even taught at Pony Club on him. He has started schooling over poles and is preparing to take part in the RoR Challenge classes this year.

Inchloss (Horseball)- David Worthington - this 12 year old by Imperial Ballet had a racing career lasting 4 years, when he ran 31 times on the flat wining 2 races and placed on a few occasions. He has since been playing Horseball with and is an essential part of the GB team. He was the top goal scorer in the World Cup in 2012. Inchloss has turned his hand to a bit of dressage this year and will combine this and playing Horseball for 2013.

Moving Picture (Horseball) – Jude Lucas - 6 year old by Antonius Pius. He ran 4 times as a 2 year old on the turf and all weather when in training with Ben Haslam. Jude has retrained Moving Picture herself since he came of the track in 2013 and they have formed a fantastic partnership. The combination has enjoyed successes as a winning member of the 2nd division horseball team in 2012 and 2013 and Jude is currently training as part of the ladies GB Horseball squad. The combination was part of the successful International Tournament in Chambly, France in July 2013 representing Team GB.

Nacarat (Hunting) – Sherrie-Anne Derrick - 13 year old by Smadoun. He ran 38 times over hurdles and fences winning a total of 9 races and over £486K in prize money. He ran 5 times at the Festival meeting at Aintree, and in 2011 he won the Totesport Bowl Chase. He was also 3rd in the same race in 2010 and in 2009 was again 3rd in the John Smith’s Melling Chase when in training with Tom George.
Upon retirement he returned to his owners to have a well earned rest before starting his retraining. He is now well into his transition and appears to be very happy in his new life. He has been hacking most days and the plan is to start hunting him next season.

Scots Grey (pictured) – Emma Burton (Team Chasing)
Trained by Nicky Henderson, Scots Grey ran a total of 44 times, winning 10 races and over £112,000 in prize money. Emma Says he is now team chasing and that;  "He is a complete darling to be around without a bad bone in his body. He hacked out on Christmas Day with a complete non-rider having his second ever hack down to the village, he has also been hacking with a 13 year old lass here. Having seen how nicely he jumps we hope to do a few jumping classes locally as well as the RoR performance ones, he has hunted in the past so he may go out with our local packs too."

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Wales & Severn Winter Dressage Champions announced! - 01/04/2014

The Wales & Severn Winter Dressage League came to a close on 31st March 2014. Camillan Hankerson with her ex-racehorse Moratti won the Prelim league and is also overall points winner and Kirsty Jenkins and Anyone Can Whistle won the Novice section. Congratulations to our winners and also huge thanks to everyone who supported this new initiative and took part. Click here to download the results for March and the overall final scores.

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South West Winter Dressage Champions announced! - 01/04/2014

The South West Winter Dressage League came to a close on 31st March 2014. Lizzie Livingstone won the Prelim League with 93 points and stood overall champion with 124 points.  Vivien Ayres won both the novice league with 56 points and the elementary league with 26 points, standing overall reserve with 91 points. Congratulations to our winners and also huge thanks to everyone who supported this new initiative and took part. Click here to download the results for March and the overall final scores.

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Vet Talk at Newmarket with Mark Tunstill - 31/03/2014

A great attendance on Thursday 27th March from around RoR East region, when a total of 62 people came along to listen to Newmarket Equine Hospital vet, Mark Tunstill informative talk on “Racehorse to Riding Horse – Are you on the right track”. Mark is Head of the Sports and Leisure Department at the equine veterinary practice and he has extensive knowledge of the thoroughbred horse.

The talk started with how to source your ex-racehorse and then covered a range of injuries common in horses in training, as well as the retrained racehorse. To read the full and informative report from the evening by Colleen Salmon please click here to download.

Many thanks to NEH for very generously giving up their time, facilities and providing the refreshments on the night.

If you would like further advice on care and retraining your ex-racehorse, please don't forget our Ask the Expert horse care and management helpline.

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RoR Racey Ladies take part in their first Team Quest competition - 31/03/2014

On Saturday 29th March a North East Regional ROR team, ROR Racey Ladies took part in their first Team Quest competition and were delighted to finish in third place out of the total of twelve teams taking part in this new British Dressage competition.

RoR Racey Ladies team comprised of Vicky Smart on Chivola (Novice), Adele Mulrennan on Masta Plasta (Novice), Sylvia Robinson on Attacca (Prelim) and Sarah Wade on Magical Song (Novice).  For the competition, the team looked stunning in  racing colours, which helped to highlight the team of former racehorses and showcase the versatility of the retrained racehorse.  Vicky said: "Both myself and Adele managed to find the colours that the horses actually raced in, it was an impressive sight in the dressage arena." 

The four horses in the Racey Ladies team, all sprinters during their racing careers notched some impressive collective totals racing 160 times, winning a total of 14 races and approximately £285,000.00 in prize money between them. 

The main money winner was Masta Plasta, who won The Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot as a 2 year old and the Scottish Sprint Cup under Adele Rothery (now Mulrennan) but each horse had a career as a racehorse: Magical Song ran 30 times and won 2 races and £7,000; Attacca ran 63 times with 5 wins and £20,000 and even Chivola an established show horse ran 11 times winning once and nearly £6000.00.

Vicky said "As you can see I am very proud of my team!! The horses on this team had all enjoyed decent racing careers, so it was great to showcase their new talents in dressage and we were of course, delighted to finish third as a team."

Team Quest was Launched in November 2013 by British Dressage (BD) and is a new competition for riders of all ages and abilities. To find out more visit British Dressage Team Quest Information Page, which includes results to date.

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Sunday 11th May Dressage to Music with Amanda Birch - 28/03/2014

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Join RoR for this Dressage to Music Clinic with Amanda Birch on Sunday 11th May at Preston Farm, Bookham, Surrey. These clinics are suitable for horse with only basic retraining under their belt - so don't be put off because you think you aren' t good enough yet, come along and get involved!

Put together music to school your horse to or work on a freestyle to music test that you can use to take out and compete with. Slots are 45 minutes and cost is £20 with RoR subsidy. To book your now please email pboyle@ror.org.uk. It is a great way to help make schooling more fun and can help you find out just how expressive your horse can be to music it likes!

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RoR Riding Club Challenge Winners - 28/03/2014

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Winners of the RoR Riding Club Rosettes include:-

Chipstead Riding Club
December 8th 2013 - Sophie Wojtulewicz & Alltheclews

Bookham Riding Club
December 8th 2013 - Clair Hood and Miss Bounty

Chiltern Riding Club
2nd February 2014 - Sarah Lambert-Gibb and Pennfield Pirate (pictured)
15th March 2014 - Sharon Boulter and Lilburn - (Dressage)

Limpsfield Riding Club 
March 2014 - Jo Sellers Waymark and Nobody's Business (63.47 and 3rd in Intro A test)

If you would like more information about the RoR Riding Club Challenge or are interested in getting your riding club signed up contact pboyle@ror.org.uk

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3rd May Dressage Masterclass with Peter Dove - 25/03/2014

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Join Peter Dove for his unique Dressage Masterclass, which will take place from 11.00am on Saturday 3rd May at East Soley EC2000, Hungerford, Berkshire. 

Peter Dove teaches affiliated and unaffiliated dressage riders how to ride more beautiful and accurate tests by breaking down the mechanics of the movements, teaching how to flow those movements together, and gives the judges point of view, so they get higher marks, more consistent results and ultimately have a more fulfilling relationship with their horse.

Watch Peter working with three or four RoR horses of varying standards completing a test and then being marked by Peter and instructed on how to improve.  Learn how to ride a circle properly and find out what 'needs to be more supple' and 'hollow into transition' actually means and how to improve on these comments.

Cost to attend if you book by 30th April 2014 is £10 per person (includes refreshments). Quote RORFRIEND to get your friend along with you for free!

To book email hsanderson@ror.org.uk

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Get involved in RoR Riding Club Challenge - 25/03/2014

A new and exciting initiative for 2014, RoR Riding Club Challenge awards RoR rosettes to the highest points scoring ex racehorse in a range of competitions and is open to members and non-members of the riding clubs that participate. Most of the participating Riding clubs will also offer a RoR trophy for the highest point scoring member in 2014. Participating Riding Clubs:-

RoR South East

Bookham Riding Club (Surrey) - All Disciplines
Chipstead Riding Club (Surrey) - All Disciplines
Limpsfield Riding Club (Kent) - Dressage Series
RoR North East/North West
Calderdale Saddle Club (Keighley, Burnley and Halifax area) - Aire View EC, Crow Wood EC, Ladstone House Stables - Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined training
RoR Central/West
Solihull RC (West Midlands)– Dressage Series
Chiltern Riders (Oxon & Berks) - Blewbury EC, Alden Equicentre, Checkendon EC, Cullinghood EC and Fairoaks EC – Dressage and Combined Training
Cropthorne & Evesham Vale Riding Club (Worcester) including 18th May 2014 - Open show, 8th June 2014 - Arena Eventing and Dressage, 13th July 2014 - Open Show, 13th September 2014 - Open Eventers Challenge.
RoR South West

Torbay & District Riding Club – Rowes Farm and Coombe Park - Showing and Show Jumping
Polsden and Bridgwater Riding Club (Somerset) – Dressage
Brent Knoll Riding Club (Somerset) - Stretcholt EC, Appledore Farm and Kigs Sedgmoor EC – Showing, Dressage and Show Jumping
Wessex Gold Riding Club (Wilsthire) - Rabson Manor - Combined Training and Area 9 Combined Training Qualifier

To enter to win the RoR Challenge rosette, your horse must be RoR registered and your RoR number must be marked clearly on the respective club's competition entry form. For more information and full competition schedules, please visit the club's own website by clicking on the links above. To register your horse with RoR click here.

Is your Riding Club interested in participating?
  This is the first year running the RoR Riding Club Challenge but Pippa Boyle would love to hear from you wherever you are, if your club is interested in getting involved. Contact Pippa Boyle by e-mail: pboyle@ror.org.uk

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3rd May Wimbledon Pony Club Show at Pachesham EC - 25/03/2014

Wimbledon Pony Club Show are holding its annual show on 3rd May 2014 at Pachesham EC, Leatherhead, Surrey. There are a range of classes from Dressage, showing, jumping so there should be something for everyone and there is a RoR rosette and trophy to the highest points scoring ex racehorse on the day.  Points can be accumulated at any classes - more information and to download a schedule click here. The ex racehorse class is a TARRA qualifier and you can get your South East Area Points League sheet signed at this event. (Scroll down this page for more information on this League)

RoR South East Area Co-ordinator Pippa Boyle will be in attendance at the show and looks forward to meeting lots of you.

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NEW Eventing initiative - Eventing Challenge for Wales & Severn Region - 24/03/2014

A brand new intiative, the Ensign Wales & Severn Eventing Challenge is aimed at amateur RoR event riders, will run from 1st March to the end of the season on 31st August 2014. Named after Pippa Funnell's ex-racehorse, the Ensign Eventing Challenge will culminate in an invitation to take part in the Final at Swalcliffe Park Autumn ODE on 21st September 2014.

To enter the Challenge you will need to compete at a total of 3 Unaffiliated one day events between 70-90cm and submit a completed Ensign Eventing Challenge Entry Form. To obtain a ENTRY FORM NOW for the challenge then e-mail cpoole@ror.org.uk. This entry form must be completed and signed by the each of the 3 organisors at each of the events you have taken part in and on completion sent to: Clare Poole, The Sloop, Bollow, Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire, GL14 1QX. The final will take place at Swalcliffe Park Autumn ODE run by Horse-Events on the 21st September 2014.

On return of the Entry Form, once verified you will then be invited to the Final at Swalcliffe Park on the 21st September 2014.

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Saturday 3rd May Amanda Birch Dressage to Music Clinic at Pencoed - 24/03/2014

Fun and informative sessions with the hugely popular Amanda Birch Dressage to Music will be held indoors at Pencoed Campus, Bridgend College, Pencoed CF35 5LG starting from 1pm on Saturday 3rd May.  Open to RoR registered horses, the cost is £30 but places are limited so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Amanda works with riders at all levels and will provide you with music to school to or if you want you can put together a DTM test. To book dowload the BOOKING FORM now and return to Clare Poole (address above).

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Saturday 19th April RoR Ros Dudley Gridwork Clinic in Pencoed - 24/03/2014

Join Ros Dudley for gridwork sessions from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 19th April at Pencoed College, Pencoed Campus, Bridgend College, Pencoed CF35 5LG. Open to all RoR registered horses and all abilities at a cost of £25 per horse/rider combination.

The clinic will focus on how to be more reactive off your aids and make a better shape over fences. Riders will be able to improve their balance, be more aware of their position and of their horse's straightness.  Different fences and distances between fences teach your horse to lengthen and shorten his stride. To book download the BOOKING FORM and return to Clare Poole with payment in full.

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RoR Showing Clinics in Powys and Caerphilly - 24/03/2014

• 15th March Clinic at Argoed Farm, Trefeglwlys, Powys
• 23rd April Clinic at Sunnybank EC, Rudry, Caerphilly

To book a place on one of the above please contact Clare Poole on 07825 718284 or cpoole@ror.org.uk

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XC Clinics with Francis Whittington in Surrey and Kent - 21/03/2014

Experience modern instruction with one of Britain’s most up and coming event riders, Francis Whittington, on 4th March and 15th April at Littleton Manor, Reigate in Surrey and on 9th April and 28th May at Lodge Farm, Matfield in Kent. 

Each session will be in a group of 5 riders at a cost of £30 per horse/rider. To book  please email pboyle@ror.org.uk including your horse's name, RoR number and level you would like to school at.

N.B. Unraced and foreign raced horses can take part in these clinics but must be registered with the RoR - please click here to register.

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Sunday 1st June Pole and Show Jumping Clinc with Caroline Booker - 19/03/2014

Back by Popular Demand and following on from the success of her RoR clinic in February, we are delighted to be holding another pole and show jumping clinc with Caroline Booker on Sunday 1st June. This is another fantastic opportunity to use the outstanding facilities at Ivybridge EC and have coaching under the expert eye of a Gold Accredited JA Coach, Caroline Boooker at a subsidised rate of just £15 per horse/session.

An accredited British Show Jumping Coach with years of experience on the National and International circuit, this is your chance to join Caroline for an hour long group coaching session (maximum 4 horses per group/session).  Offered to RoR registered horses only, with a subsidised rate of just £15 per horse/session.

Caroline's sessions at this RoR Clinic will range from basic pole and grid work for the novice and newcomer, to mixed height courses for the more experienced horse and rider. Lessons will start from 9.30am on Sunday 1st June 2014 at Ivybridge Equestrian Centre, Davids Lane, Ivybridge, PL21 0DW.

To book please download the Booking Form or contact cblackham@ror.org.uk if you require any further information.

Ivybridge Equestrian is a BHS Approved, state-of-the-art purpose built equestrian livery yard, set in the beautiful Devon countryside, bordering the southern slopes of Dartmoor and the fabulous south Devon beaches. The centre have ample parking, plus wash down box and stabling will also be available on the day at no extra cost.

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NEW Eventing initiative - Eventing Challenge for RoR Central Region - 11/03/2014

Karen Beaumont has launched a brand new intiative for the Central region, the Ensign Central Eventing Challenge. Aimed at amateur RoR event riders in the central region and named after Pippa Funnell's ex-racehorse, the Ensign Central Eventing Challenge will run from 1st March to the end of the season on 31st August 2014.

To enter the Challenge you will need to compete at a total of 3 Unaffiliated one day events between 70-90cm and submit a completed Ensign Eventing Challenge Entry Form. This must be completed and signed by the each of the 3 organisors at each of the events you have taken part in.  On Completion of this form please send to: Karen Beaumont, Touchwood, Langley Road, Claverdon, Warwickhsire, CV35 8PU. The final will take place at Swalcliffe Park Autumn ODE run by Horse-Events on the 21st September 2014.

On return of the Entry Form, once verified you will then be invited to the Final at Swalcliffe Park on the 21st September 2014.  To obtain a ENTRY FORM NOW for the challenge then E MAIL kbeaumont@ror.org.uk.

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Sunday 13th April Katie Jerram Showing Clinic in Warwickshire - 26/02/2014

Join top show producer and RoR Champion, Katie Jerram for this RoR Showing clinic at Dan Wain Equestrian, Home Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire on Sunday 13th April.  Plus, take advantage of our Early Bird Booking Offer of £30 per horse if booked by the 23rd March (bookings after this date, the price will be £40), to take part in this two hour clinic at Dan Wain Equestrian.

This two hour clinic will be a fantastic opportunity to get horses into a show environment before the season starts.  Katie will put the group through their paces, just like the initial go-round in an actual class. She will go through ringcraft, conformation, turnout and how best to present your horse to the judge. Participants to turnout in what they would wear in the ring and horses to be plaited. Please do not be afraid to attend if you have never been to show before, this will be a great experience to learn from an expert! 

TO BOOK please download the BOOKING FORM and for further information please contact KBeaumont@ror.org.uk

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Cross Country Schooling Clinics with Francis Whittington - 22/02/2014

Are you preparing for your season and want some cross country schooling with an expert? Then why not take advantage of Cross Country Schooling Clinics with Francis Whittington. 

RoR South East has been lucky enough to secure some slots at Francis Whittington's Cross Country Clinics this year. Have some fun. Experience modern instruction with one of Britain’s most up and coming event riders!

Francis has gained a big reputation as being one of the best riders in the world of British Eventing. For more about Francis visit www.whittingtoneventing.co.uk.

These clinics are aimed at riders looking to school at either of the following heights 80-90cms or 90-100cm's. However if you would like to school at a level above this, for instance if you are aiming to step up to BE Novice this season, please register your interest as stated below and we will do our best to accommodate you.

The clinics will take place on the following dates:

4th March and 15th April at Littleton Manor, Reigate, Surrey

9th April and 28th May at Lodge Farm, Matfield, Kent

The sessions will be in a group of 5 riders and with RoR subsidy will cost RoR registered horses £30 each.  To book for these clinics please email pboyle@ror.org stating your horses name, RoR number if you have one and what level you would like to school at.

Please remember that unraced and foreign raced horses can take part in these clinics but must be registered with the RoR -  please click here to register.

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14th April Showing Clinic with Samantha Osborne at Vale View, Leics - FULLY BOOKED - 20/02/2014

Don't miss this showing clinic with Samantha Osborne at Vale View Equestrian Centre, Leics, LE14 3LX at a cost of just £18 per horse. (Limited places).  BOOK NOW - to obtain a booking form please contact cstringer@ror.org.uk

Samantha is based in North Yorkshire, is an amateur show rider, freelance equestrian writer, and is on RoR conformation and ride judging panels.  She fits all this around a full time job as an English teacher! 

Samantha has enjoyed completing 2013 assessments for BSPS, Ponies UK, NCPA, Search4aStar and The Showing Register and in 2013 was crowned Equilibrium Product’s Rising Star.  She has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious BETA International Sponsored Rider Award. 

Samantha has experience riding out on both flat and national hunt yards, after first being introduced to the racing world through my partner: ex national hunt jockey, Fergus King. She has taken ex-racehorses to retrain, compete and rehome – all of which are in long term competition homes, enjoying their new careers.

Her most successful relationship with a racehorse was with Stevey’s Lad, who she retrained in 2012, qualified for Horse of the Year Show for two back to back seasons. Stevey finished 7th at HOYS in 2012, just 5 months in to retraining, after qualifying at Burghley Horse Trials, and then finished 9th in 2013. She has also enjoyed a number of retrained racehorse show ring experiences with Stevey including: 1st Ponies UK Summer National Championships 2012; 1st and Champion The British Elite Championships 2012 and competing at Hickstead Derby ROR Final 2013.

Devastatingly, Stevey lost his life when travelling home from HOYS with his new owner in 2013, and since then she has felt unable to revisit the class as a competitor; instead she completed my ROR judging assessments and now would like to share her experience as a judge/ trainer with other RoR's to work on helping build new showing partnerships.

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12th & 26th April Dressage and Showjumping lessons with Tanya Bridgeman in Lincolnshire - 20/02/2014

Book a lesson with top producer and BD trainer Tanya Bridgeman, on 12th April for dressage lessons or 26th April for showjumping lessons.  Lessons will be held at her own yard in Wickenby, Lincolnshire LN3 5AN and will cost £15 per rider in pairs of matched ability. 

Tanya is a highly regarded producer of top young horses and has a particular focus on age classes, working with confidence boosting for competition riders and also riders of all levels. Tanya is also a coach across the disciplines, BD trainer, BHSII(Reg) and BD Judge and is on the program for the European 2* team selection.  BOOK NOW - to obtain a booking form or more information then please contact cstringer@ror.org.uk.

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19th April Showing Clinic with Mathew Lawrence - 09/01/2014

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Great opportunity to join Mathew Lawrence for an hour long at a subsidised RoR cost of £20 per horse for each group coaching session (maximum 4 horses per group/session) on Saturday 19th April 2014 at Duchy College.  Sessions will start from 10am with the last lesson at 3pm.

Over the years Mathew has been responsible for countless major winners with both show horses and native ponies that include championships at The Horse of the Year Show, RIHS, Olympia and many other major shows across the country. Mathew offers top quality tuition, whether you have a show animal, eventer, race or dressage horse and is a very respected and experienced judge.

Offered to RoR registered horses only, to book a lesson then please download the BOOKING FORM or contact cblackham@ror.org.uk if you require any further information. Spaces are very limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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