There were tears of joy as Ann Leftley’s 13-year-old ex racehorse Beware Chalk Pit took the honours in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse of the Year Championship on day one of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). ‘Pete’, as he is known at home, won more than £9,500 over his seven year racing career, trained by Jonathan Geake. He ran his last race just two years ago.
The impressive 16.2hh bay gelding is produced by Justine Armstrong-Small and has been ridden by Rebecca Court for the last three seasons.
The combination, who travelled from Essex, are no strangers to HOYS, having also qualified and been placed in both 2015 and 2016. “I always felt he was good enough to win,” said a delighted Rebecca, “It’s a dream come true!”
There will be plenty of time to celebrate before their second appearance at this year’s HOYS in the Topham Barnes Large Riding Horse of the Year on Sunday. After HOYS, Jonathan’s daughter will take on the ride and the pair are looking forward to a new life trying a bit of everything from show jumping to cross country. Helen Newbold rode her own Emperors Jade to second place while Grandeur, ridden by Jo Bates, took third.
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