Jenny and Geoff Harker’s elegant bay gelding, Mumford gave his rider Bobby McGoldrick a day to remember at the UK National Championships at Arena UK on the 16th August. Mumford won the open section in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class and then went on to take the Championship. The reserve champion SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse title went to Hannah Chisman and her own First Fandango. Sophie Brown and her ex national hunt horse, Amroth Bay won the Amateur SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class. The SEIB classes at the UK National Championships were kindly sponsored by Robert Walker.
Chiropractor Bobby McGoldrick deputised for Mumford’s regular rider, her sister, Collette McGoldrick when winning the open SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class and going on to take the championship. A delighted Bobby said: “This is the first sash I have won since I was riding a 13hh pony. Mumford was just great today.” Bobby’s sister, show producer for Edward Young show team, Collette McGoldrick said; “I said Bobby could ride him for a bit of fun. I will be back on him for the HOYS SEIB qualifiers next year! Having been placed at HOYS in 2019, we will be seriously aiming at 2021” Mumford is owned by Geoff and Jenny Harker who train in North Yorkshire. Geoff said: “Mumford cost £125,000 as a yearling, he was placed a few times but proved to be pretty slow. I am delighted that he has found a new job he is really good at.” Collette added: “Jenny and Geoff’s daughter Emma has ridden a few ponies for us and some friends of mine had said to me how much fun the racehorse classes are, so I asked Jenny if she had a horse that I might be able to loan and Mumford arrived with me late in 2018. It is great to see him doing so well.”
The amateur class winner in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse at the UK National Championships, Sophie Brown first met Amroth Bay when riding out for national hunt trainer, Dan Skelton. Sophie said: “I have had Amroth Bay since he retired from the track in 2011, he has done very well in the racehorse challenge classes and we have evented up to BE100 level. We did two SEIB HOYS qualifiers last year and came 5th in both. This win makes me think we should have another go at qualifying for HOYS next year.” Sophie now rides out for Julia Brooke in Middleham and combines this with running Classic Boots – a company specialising in making made to measure boots for jockeys. Amroth Bay won the Cambridgeshire National when he was in training with Dan Skelton.
Nicolina MacKenzie, Marketing Manager for SEIB said: “We are ever so grateful to Scott Dixon and his team at the UK National Championships for putting this show on. Scott managed to run the show within the Covid-19 restrictions but still make it great fun and a competition worth winning. I am pleased that we were able to support the championships along with Robert Walker to give Racehorse to Riding Horse competitors the chance to compete at a big, national show. We hope to see everyone that competed here out at the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse HOYS qualifiers next year.”