Show horse producer Jo Bates, from Banbury, has partnered a former racehorse to win a place at this year’s Horse of the Year Show.
Ms Bates and Bang on Trend impressed the judges at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre to secure her qualification at Britain’s top showing event, held at the NEC each October.
The elegant, bay gelding is owned by Sophie Tranter. He is 11-years-old and his owner originally bought him to race herself.
“He had previously raced in Ireland and I won a point-to-point on him before my cousin, Sam Parry, took over the ride and started to show him last season,” said Ms Tranter.
“He showed a bit of promise and after meeting Jo we decided to send him to her for a month to see what she could do. The pair stood third in the qualifier at Stretcholt, just missing the qualifying places, and came back for another try.”
“He is such a lovely horse. I’m delighted Sophie asked me to bring him back,” said Ms Bates.
Ms Bates will compete at the SEIB Insurance Brokers’ Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship at the Horse of the Year Show, October 5-9.
The championship was created to support and encourage the re-education of thoroughbreds taken out of racing, re-schooling them and preparing them for a new career in the show ring.