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Arab ex-racehorses and endurance horses will now have more chances to pursue a second career thanks to a new show series.

The new showing classes have been incorporated into the Ridden Arabian Star Series (RASS).

CARE (Career after racing or endurance) classes will be run at county and Arab regional shows from 2015.

“The aim is to encourage owners of ex-racehorses and endurance horses who, for whatever reason no longer can compete in that sphere, to have a go at showing,” said Louise Maryon.

Lousie set up RASS in 2013 with another Arab producer Clare Fitch. The first finals were held at Addington Manor on the bank holiday weekend in August.

Louise, who is based in west Wales, came up with the idea for CARE when a fellow producer was placed in the top five at the finals with her ex-racehorse.

To qualify for the CARE classes horses must have raced, been in full training or have competed in mid- to high- level endurance for at least one season.

 This news story was originally published in Horse & Hound magazine on Thursday 23 October, 2014