Three former successful racehorses, stabled and trained now at Overton Manor Farm (and owned by the White family) in Wroughton have qualified for the Horse of the Year Show at Birmingham’s NEC in October.
Trained by the ladies who will be riding them, the three horses will be competing in the South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Final which will take place at the NEC on Wednesday 4 October.
Jess Smith will be riding fourteen year old ‘Imperial Ruby’, Sarah Llewelyn will be riding eleven year old ‘Deep Challenger’ whilst Thea Geake will be riding nineteen year old ‘Qulinton’.
‘Qulinton’, an eight time winner was trained when racing by David Pipe and Johnny Farrelly. A prolific Show Horse, already with a third place at the Horse of the Year Show in 2019, whilst also qualifying for this year’s Burghley Horse Trials.
‘Deep Challenger’ was trained by Jamie Osbourne winning a couple of races and since retirement from the track has become established as a winner in the ring, in hand and under saddle.
‘Imperial Ruby’ was trained by Mick Channon, a very successful trainer but maybe known even more widely outside the equestrian world as a very successful England international footballer. Imperial Ruby, whilst never achieving great success on the racecourse achieved third place at The Horse of the Year Show last year and is a previous champion at the Royal Windsor Show and at the RoR (Retraining of Racehorses) National championships at Aintree.