Climbing up the dressage ladder: Dominico and Alyce need sponsors
Dominico is a 16.2 hands, twelve year-old gelding. His last owner tried to train him up for eventing. Although he got round, it became clear he did not like the jumping - so eventing was out
Twenty-two year-old Alyce King has owned Dom for just over a year and she is bringing him on in competitive dressage. They compete twice a month in Wiltshire and they recently qualified for the West Wilts Pet Plan Area Dressage Festival on Saturday, September 26.
Much to Alyce'e delight they came in the top fifteen out of a class of forty plus.
Alyce has ridden since she was two and is qualified to stage three of the British Horse Society's horse knowledge, care and management programme and also as a BHS instructor.
Now she wants to move Dominico up from the elementary to medium dressage level (they have already started the training work) and find another horse to produce from a lower level.
To do this she needs sponsorship - and is willing to showcase a sponsor in all the usual ways. She has been selected to join the Leg Up for Talent scheme - a social media programme that puts up-and-coming riders in touch with possible sponsors. But her needs are quite urgent.
The normal costs of dressage are one thing - livery fees, farriery, vets and transport to competitions and all. But Alyce lives in Marlborough, stables Dom quite a few miles outside Marlborough and works near Hungerford - so daily visits eat up the petrol.
Roger Charlton with Al Kazeem after his victory at the Curragh in MayThe great Al Kazeem is retired from racing and leaves Beckhampton to go to stud again
Al Kazeem is leaving Roger Charlton's Beckhampton training yard - retired from racing and going to his owner's stud. This will be the second time he has been retired and gone to stud. The first time he proved sub-fertile and returned successfully to Beckampton and to racing.
But in May Al Kazeem suffered an injury when he won the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh - the second time he had won the race. After a month off he got back to cantering and was sound. But his owner John Deer thought it time to retire him.
He was bred at John Deer's Oakgrove Stud near Chepstow - and is now going back there to stand again in 2016.
Al Kazeem was one of the racing world's top middle distance racehorses.
Before his first retirement, Al Kazeem had a string of wins. From May 2012 to July 2013 he won five top-ranking races in a row.
When he returned from stud the seven-year old won two races - including that victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on 24 May 2015.
Roger Charlton said: "At Beckhampton we will miss him greatly. He strides out of his box with tremendous enthusiasm every day."
"He is so honest and never gives up, so much so, that John and I are worried that he may injure himself further in our attempt to bring him back for the Group One Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot."
"He was a pleasure to train, but one can't underestimate the care that goes into looking after a horse like Al Kazeem."
His earnings to date stand at £1,573,596.
You can watch Al Kazeem take his second Tattersalls Gold Cup here - a very thrilling race.
Photo: copyright WBY Horse Racing Photography - by kind permission of Daniel Heap