In the Retraining of Racehorses Bronze League Final, six combinations found the solution to the 1.00m course in the first round and it was Claire Fielding who secured the only double clear to claim the 2018 ROR Bronze League title riding her own bay gelding, Stockade. “My friend Rachel Geary finds me racehorses and I’ve retrained seven so far. Stockade came from Jeffrey Deacon’s yard and had a good racing and point-to-point career,” explains Claire. “I’ve done a bit of everything with him; he used to do a few dressage regionals and he does showjumping and eventing. The only thing he is missing is ROR dressage and showing, so maybe I’ll try that next! I’d like to get him to 1* eventing as he has all the ability to do so; he is a good mover and a careful jumper.”
Claire trains nine event horses and two ex-racehorses at her yard in Stansted, Essex. “The ROR series is great and having a Championship at the BS National Championship is a brilliant promotion. It’s my first time here and it’s a really lovely Show! People must realise that it takes time to retrain a racehorse; I’ve had Stockade for four years and we are still trying to get to where we want to be. It does pay off though in the long run and they are really lively horses to work with,” Claire concludes.
Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British horseracing’s official Charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. RoR raises funds from within racing to provide and maintain facilities for the care, retraining and re-homing of former racehorses and to promote awareness of the suitability of the retrained racehorse for other equine careers. Working closely with the sport horse organisations and media, RoR promotes the adaptability of racehorses to other equestrian activities, and has a well-established programme of competition sponsorship. In addition, RoR holds educational events across the country to help owners look after and train their former racehorses. For more information, visit www.ror.org.uk.
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