Blue Chip Feeds is to sponsor a new showing class for former racehorses — the Ex Racers Club 2010 Scottish Showing Series and Championship.

To be eligible to compete, horses need to have either raced under rules or in point-to-point, or been in recognised training and be registered with the Ex Racers Club.

Qualifiers will take place across Scotland from this month and the final will be held at Blair Castle International Horse Trials (26-29 August).

Unlike other showing classes the judges will ignore any blemishes the horse may have incurred during its racing career.

Jenny Townley from the Ex Racers Club said: “So many ex-racehorses out there are good performance horses but are knocked back. With this Championship series, we are encouraging them to come out of the woodwork and show us their true worth.”