£1,000 up for grabs in new RoR showjumping championship

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  • A new national championship class has been introduced for registered retrained racehorses competing at British Showjumping’s (BS) club level.

    The top 30 horse and rider combinations from the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) national club league will compete for a prize fund of £1,000 at the RoR club championships.

    This will take place at the BS National Showjumping Championships at Stoneleigh Park in August.

    The championship class starts at 85cm rising to 90cm in the jump-off.

    The new national club league culminates on 30 June and runs alongside existing 2014/2015 club leagues.

    It is supported by regional RoR training sessions run by BS development officers in each of the eight regions.

    “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,” said a spokesman for BS.

    BS club membership costs £30 and allows riders to qualify for one of four club championship titles at 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 1m heights and monitor their progress on league tables.

    Riders need to register with RoR once they have joined at www.ror.org.uk

    The new championship extends the support RoR has given British Showjumping at both club and national level since 2010.

    “I am delighted to be working more with BS and putting together a series to help promote these former racehorses in showjumping,” said RoR’s chief executive Di Arbuthnot.

    The leading ex-racehorse on each of the regional club leagues will continue to receive branded products for themselves and their rider at the end of each qualifying period.

    The owners of the horse with the highest number of the points is the British Showjumping Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) National Recognition Awards will receive a £2,500 cash award. There are a further five cash awards of £500 each for the 2-6th placings.

    To awards are given to those horses with the most points over a year ending 30 September 2015.

    To encourage more retrained racehorses to compete in the new discipline previous titleholders are not allowed to compete again.

    For more information about club membership and shows visit www.britishshowjumping.co.uk/membership/club-membership

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