An inspirational day dedicated to retraining your former racehorse
Saturday 3rd November 2018 – 9.00am to 5.00pm
Aintree Equestrian Centre. Advance Tickets £15pp (£18 on the day)
- INTERNATIONAL ARENA – Displays – Demos – Clinics
- SECOND INDOOR ARENA – Mini Demos – Up-Close
- ASK THE EXPERTS LOUNGE – Q&A – One-to-One
The Blank Canvas
Informative discussion about the racehorse as an athlete and its transition to a new career, using real racehorses, with top Racehorse Trainer and Showing Judge, Bryan Smart and British team vet, Jenny Hall.
Back to Basics
Valuable tips on applying the correct method for effective long-lining and groundwork. Demo with Kath Pinington.
Flatwork and Progression to Dressage
Dressage experts, Paul Hayler and Charlotte Wilson will discuss common issues faced when going back to basic flatwork with a view to establishing a correct way of going. Demo riders: Ellen/Charlotte Wilson riding Orwellian and Para Rider Julie Frizzell riding Namibian.
Instruction and tips on schooling your former racehorse over poles using a fun element to help towards correct jumping technique. Expert tuition from Olympic Silver Medalist Jeanette Brakewell.
Showing your former Racehorse
Top showing producer, Katie Jerram–Hunnable will work with a novice horse and go through some finer points with an established open horse.
Demonstrating the trust built up through Natural Horsemanship and how to build on your partnership. Display by Guy Robertson.
Western Riding Display
Display by Emma Chapman and her former racehorse, Midnight Robbery, showing how former racehorses can adapt to this new discipline.
Introduction to Endurance
Learn more about taking part in Endurance rides with a former racehorse. Demo with the 2017 RoR Elite Winner Anna Collins.
Your RoR Horse Inside Out
Demo with renowned Equine Anatomist, BHS Senior Coach and Sports Therapist, Gillian Higgins of Horses Inside Out. Introducing the Painted Horse.
Jumping and Eventing
Instruction and tips for former racehorses progressing to eventing. Clinic with Eventing Olympic Silver medalist, Jeanette Brakewell.
Your Ridden RoR Horse Inside Out
See the progression to the Ridden Painted Horse with Equine Anatomist, BHS Senior Coach and Sports Therapist, Gillian Higgins of Horses Inside Out.
RoR Showcase Grand Finale
The finished picture - trained to run, retrained for fun
Featuring a fabulous display of former racehorses that have been retrained and are successful in a wide range of disciplines.
Horses Inside Out
Ongoing throughout the day, the painting of the RoR Horse Inside Out, showing the musculoskeletal system and highlighting the important muscle groups, with renowned Equine Anatomist, BHS Senior Coach and Sports Therapist Gillian Higgins of Horses Inside Out.
Starting your RoR horse from the ground
Q&A and valuable tips about the correct basics for effective schooling on the ground.
Demo and advice from BHS Complete Horsemanship Coach, Kath Pinington.
Your RoR Horse Inside Out
The developing picture continues with Equine Anatomist, BHS Senior Coach and Sports Therapist Gillian Higgins.
Demonstration by Sally Pritchard of a complete physiotherapy treatment system for horses that improves performance, maintains health and promotes the healing of injuries.
Tack & Turnout tips for Showing
Valuable insight on tack and turnout, and how to impress the Show Judge with Katie Jerram-Hunnable.
One-to-one on the ground tips for you and your former racehorse with Guy Robertson.
Up close, check out the authentic tack, and Q&A with Emma Chapman.
Up close, check out the authentic tack, and Q&A with riders, Anna Collins and Alison Fearn.
Feeding the former racehorse
Advice on the correct diet for your former racehorse in respect of changing discipline, physical changes and the environment, with top equine nutritionist Alan Nolan.
Myth-busting about the life of former racehorses
Discussing common issues and possible injuries gained through a racing career with industry experts, racehorse trainer Bryan Smart and vet Jenny Hall.
Flatwork Issues and Solutions
Common issues and positive solutions to help with flatwork and correct progression. Your chance to discuss these topics with BD Training Director Paul Hayler and BD Judge & Trainer, Charlotte Wilson.
RoR – what can we do for you?
Regional Training, Camps, Events etc – all you need to know locally with RoR North West Regional Coordinator, Isla Mansell.
Eventing your RoR Horse
Q&A on eventing with Olympic Silver medalist, Jeanette Brakewell.
One of the country’s leading producers, Katie Jerram-Hunnable will be able to provide advice on all aspects of showing the former racehorse.
Physiotherapy for your RoR Horse
Q&A and advice on common issues, and helping you understand the need and benefits of regular physio for your RoR horse.
With Physiotherapist, Joanne Andrews MCSP SPP ACPAT CATA Msc Veterinary Physiotherapy.
This schedule for the RoR Showcase maybe subject to change.
Meet the Experts
Eventing Olympic Silver medalist
Individual eventing silver medalist at the World Equestrian Games and Olympic team silver medalist, Jeanette Brakewell has competed at elite level for many years.
As well as competing regularly, Jeanette is a British Eventing (BE) Accredited Trainer and enjoys passing on her knowledge, holding various clinics and offering private tuition. She also has first-hand experience of retraining former racehorses and is currently competing with Argent Touch who is about to step up to Novice level. Previously Jeanette competed at the Olympics with Over To You.
In addition, Jeanette sits on the BE Eventing Safety Committee and is a member of the BE Senior Selection Panel.
Poletastic – Jeanette will be running a clinic providing instruction and tips on schooling former racehorses over poles as an introduction to jumping.
Jumping & Eventing – Following on from the morning session using poles, Jeanette will help the same riders and their horses progress to small jumps.
Emma has grown up with horses and from the age of 11 she was first introduced to Natural Horsemanship. She went on to achieve an award in Natural Horsemanship, which combined with ten years studying and practising the methods, stands Emma in a strong position to deliver her skills, specialising in untouched, young and remedial horses.
Over the years Emma has also gained knowledge of Western riding, and as well as offering Clinics in the discipline she regularly competes in Western and English classes on horses that she has trained. One such horse is former racehorse Midnight Robbery who came out of training from Bryan Smart’s yard in September 2017. She is also a Western Equestrian Society Level 2 instructor.
Showcase Display & Demo
Western Riding Display – Emma will provide a display of Western riding on her former racehorse Midnight Robbery. She will also be giving a mini-demo to see her horse and tack close-up and answer any questions.
RoR Elite Award winner for Endurance
Anna Collins won the RoR Elite Endurance Award in 2017 with her former racehorse Karactacus Potts.
Anna spends many hours training with ‘Potty’ to be fit enough to complete the distances at the fitness level required by EGB. Last season the partnership completed 559km in 10 competitive rides across the UK. During their events they ride in amazing countryside often not accessible to the everyday rider including woodlands, beaches, moorland and mountains. Anna and Potty were also members of the North West Team who retained their title as winners of the Inter-Regional Championship trophy in 2017.
This is the second former racehorse Anna has retrained for Endurance. Her 16-year-old mare Diamond Destiny was placed 2nd and 3rd in the National RoR Award. She is now retired from competition enjoying her third life as a happy hack. Retrained racehorses make excellent endurance horses at any level from 16km pleasure rides to 120km multi-day events as they have the attitude and stamina required. Anna is also one of three British riders to be selected as a Wintec Saddles Ambassador.
Anna will give an introduction to Endurance aboard her former racehorse Karactacus Potts.
Former British team vet & BHA Chief Veterinary Officer
Jenny Hall was the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) Chief Veterinary Officer for four years until December 2016, during which she lay solid foundations for the future of equine welfare in racing.
Prior to this, Jenny was team vet to the British Eventing team at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympics before working for LOCOG as Veterinary Services Manager at London 2012. Jenny has also worked in equine veterinary practices in Lambourn for many years as well as acting as a Racecourse Veterinary Surgeon.
Alongside racehorse trainer Bryan Smart, Jenny will introduce two racehorses, one from flat racing and one from jump racing, and provide an informative explanation of the racehorses starting point following retirement from the track. Both will also be myth-busting the life of racehorses in the Experts Lounge, including talking about likely injuries gained as a racehorse and how this may affect the retraining journey.
British Dressage Training Director
Paul Hayler owns and runs a very successful dressage-training yard in Yorkshire. Training many horses up to Grand Prix level and representing Great Britain throughout his career. Paul has literally grown up with horses, following in the footsteps of his parents who owned a riding school on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. A former European Championship pony selector, he began his riding career as an event rider but it was when he took one of his event horses to Sarah Whitmore’s dressage yard that his love affair with the discipline began. With a stellar career that kicked off when he was selected for the Young Rider European Team Championships in Italy, Paul has successfully competed at international level on a vast number of horses at both international small and big tour level.
A member of the International Dressage Trainers Club, Paul has coached numerous riders to success, including daughter Bobby who has successfully competed at three European Championships, Ponies U16s, Juniors U18s and Young Riders U21s. She is now successfully competing at International Small and Big Tour.
Paul is very respected as a person and a as a rider which enabled him to be appointed Director of Training for British Dressage. He is also a List One dressage judge (Grand Prix level) and a young horse specialist judge.
Now based in Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, Paul and Bobby offers a range of training options from coaching the enthusiastic leisure rider, to advancing through the levels, to competing on the international circuit. Paul is currently training para dressage rider Julie Frizzell and her former Godolphin racehorse Namibian.
Equine Anatomist & Sports Therapist
Gillian Higgins is an equine anatomist, biomechanist, BHS Senior Coach, professional Sports and Remedial Therapist, and author with a first class honours degree in Equine Science and Business Management.
Gillian is passionate about horses and anatomy and sharing all she knows for the good of the horse. She specialises in assessing posture and movement, devising exercises for improving performance and educating horse owners. She is well known for her anatomical painting on live horses which she uses for her teaching.
The Painted Horse – RoR’s star guest Gillian Higgins will be painting a former racehorse throughout the day in the Second Indoor Arena to show the musculoskeletal system and to highlight the physical changes in the transition from racehorse to riding horse. Gillian will also be providing a lecture and demo in the International Arena several times to explain the process.
Show Producer & Judge
Katie Jerram Hunnable has been competing successfully in the RoR showing classes for many years. More recently with Her Majesty The Queen’s Barbers Shop, winner of the RoR/Tattersalls Show Series at the Royal Windsor Horse Show for three consecutive years, and he was also crowned the Royal Windsor Supreme Ridden Showing Champion in 2017.
Katie has ridden all her life, showing from the age of 10 at HOYS, as well as being involved in Pony Club, hunting, point-to-pointing and eventing. She also judges around the world, is a columnist for Horse and Hound, and is an Accredited trainer with the BSPS and BHS as well as a PUK accredited trainer.
Showing – Katie will work with both a novice horse starting out on the showing circuit, and will also go through some finer points of showing with an open more experienced horse. In addition, Katie will be providing some tips on tack and turnout and how to impress the Show Judge in the second arena, as well as being available for a Q&A session in the Experts Lounge.
BHS Coach in Complete Horsemanship
Kath Pinington has over 25 years experience, producing and competing horses up to 4* level eventing including completing Badminton Horse Trials. She also has vast knowledge of retraining former racehorses, which was further developed when she was Yard Manager and Trainer at the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre.
Kath has trained with some of Britain’s top trainers including Yogi Briesner, Kenneth Clawson and Jo Graham, developing her own clear structured training system that can be adapted to all levels. An enthusiastic and passionate trainer, she prides herself on her attention to detail, taking time to produce horse and rider partnerships to reach their full potential.
Kath is a BHSAI and a BHS Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship.
Long Lining – Kath will be providing valuable tips about the correct basics for effective long lining, fitting the tack, etc.
Guy’s methods of training have been strongly influenced through his travels around the world.
He believes that in order to learn, horses must have confidence and respect for their handlers. Guy’s methods focus on gaining control over a horse’s movement using ground work techniques to soften supple and control the horse.
Once this control is gained and a foundation established he then builds on this further developing and increasing the level of control he has both on the ground and then under saddle.
Racehorse Trainer & Showing Judge
Bryan Smart has built an enviable reputation as a top class racehorse trainer. Having trained successfully in Lambourn for 12 years Bryan relocated to the historic Hambleton House in North Yorkshire in 2002. To date Bryan has trained many winners including prestigious Group winners Tangerine Trees, Sil Sila, Monsieur Bond, Hellvelyn and Moviesta.
From a mining family, Bryan’s first involvement with horses was with pit ponies, before riding on the show jumping circuit, then becoming a successful jump jockey for Jenny Pitman and the great Fred Winter.
Bryan also enjoys judging and competing in RoR classes, winning the RoR In-Hand Championship in 2017 with Chivola, one of several former racehorses retrained by his wife Vicky Smart, an Equine Sport Therapist and part of the RoR team.
Alongside former British team vet Jenny Hall, Bryan will introduce two racehorses, one from flat racing and one from jump racing, and provide an informative explanation of the racehorses starting point following retirement from the track. Both will also be myth-busting the life of racehorses in the Experts Lounge, including talking about likely injuries gained as a racehorse and how this may affect the retraining journey.
British Dressage Judge & Trainer
Charlotte Wilson has grown-up with horses, and is currently based at the family owned Snainton Riding Centre. She loves working with former racehorses, and finds it very satisfying as they discover their new careers.
Since completing a BA (Hons.) Equine Studies degree she has competed in all disciplines and trained many riders. This includes riding to National level in dressage and winning the RoR Elementary Championship in 2011, and training the RoR Musical Display Team.
Charlotte is a BHS Instructor, a British Dressage List 3 Dressage Judge, a UKCC Level 3 British Dressage Accredited Coach, UKCC Level 3 Generic Coach, and holds an MSc Sport Coaching.
Flatwork and progression to Dressage – Charlotte will participate in the demo with Paul Hayler going through the common issues faced when going back to basic flatwork with a view to establishing a correct way of going.
Alan Nolan & Charmaine O'Neill
Top Equine Specialist
Alan and Charmaine will provide advice on the correct diet for your former racehorse in respect of changing discipline, physical changes and the environment