Retrained Racehorses Competition Structure 2019
Wednesday 27 February 2019
British Showjumping, in conjunction with Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), are pleased to confirm this year’s competition structure for retrained racehorses competing within the sport. The structure will be as follows and in order to participate in these competitions, you will need to ensure that you have registered your horse with RoR and have paid your annual £10 Competition Registration. Please visit www.ror.org.uk for more information.
RoR National Recognition Awards
The RoR National Recognition Awards will recognise those retrained racehorses competing within the British Showjumping Spring/Summer Gold and Silver Horse Leagues. A cash award will be given to the owners of the two highest graded horses that have been awarded the highest number of points at the highest level during the 1st April - 30th September each year. The cash awards are broken down as follows: 1st - £1,000.00 plus £1,500.00 training bursary and invites to the presentation and 2nd - £500.00. The winners will be identified by selecting the highest placed eligible horses with points in the Gold League section. If none qualify, it will move to the highest placed eligible horses in the Silver League section. These awards are open to those owners and riders of retrained racehorses that are registered with both British Showjumping and RoR and have raced in GB. From the £1,500.00 training bursary, £1,000.00 will be allocated to training with a British Showjumping coach.
RoR Bronze League Championship
The RoR Bronze League Championship will take place at the British Showjumping National Championships at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire in August. The Championship will carry a total prize fund of £825 and the top three will also be rewarded with a complimentary Full Jumping Membership and a Grade C Horse Registration for one year. This Championship is open to those owners and riders of retrained racehorses that are registered with both British Showjumping and RoR and have raced in GB.
A National RoR Bronze League runs alongside the Spring/Summer Bronze League. This league will run from 1st April – 30th June and it will be used to identify the top thirty horse/rider combinations eligible to receive an invitation to compete in the Championship class. The class will have a first round height of 90cm before rising to 1.00m in the jump off.
RoR Club League Championship & Regional Recognition Awards
The RoR Club League Championship takes place at the British Showjumping National Showjumping Championships and it carries a prize fund of £700 with the top three also receiving a complimentary Club Membership for one year. This series is open to any former racehorse, registered with RoR, including unraced, GB raced and foreign raced horses.
A National RoR Club League runs alongside the Regional Club Leagues, which culminate on the 30th June each year, and the league is used to identify the top 30 horse/rider combinations who then receive an invitation to compete in the Championship class which has a first round height of 85cm, rising to 90cm in the jump off.
Those retrained racehorses competing at Club level are also eligible for the RoR Regional Recognition Awards. A glass award will be given to the highest place horse in each region with Club League points. The winner from each region will be identified by selecting the highest placed eligible horse with club league points in the 1.00m section. If none qualify, it will move to the highest placed eligible horse on the 90cm club league working downwards until a horse is identified.
RoR Training Bursary
Underpinning the Championships and Recognition Awards will be regional RoR Showjumping training which will be administered by each respective Development Officer. This training will be tailored specifically for owners and riders of former racehorses with a view to assisting them ease their horse as effortlessly as possible into their new competitive career.
For further information about British Showjumping and the Retraining of Racehorses Recognition Awards, please contact the British Showjumping Membership Department on 02476 698824.
Retraining of Racehorses:
The Retraining of Racehorses Recognition Awards are generously sponsored by Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) which is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing. Their ultimate goal is to achieve a balance between the number of horses leaving racing and the number of enthusiastic, and suitable, new homes. For further information on the work of Retraining of Racehorses and the other competition series that they support please visit their website at www.ror.org.uk.