Lizzie Harris makes it a double in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
Lizzie Harris from Willoughby-on-the-Wolds became the first ever back to back winner of the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifier at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Sunday the 8th September. Twenty thoroughbred ex-racehorses came forward for judging and Lizzie and her former prolific point-to-point winner, Lough Inch took the top spot. The class was judged by Mr. Richard Ramsay (confirmation) and Mrs Jane Hubbard (ride).
Richard Ramsay said: ‘Our winner was a very elegant and athletic thoroughbred and he gave Jane a fabulous ride too. I love judging all the Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse classes, but to go to Burghley and have those quality horses to see in those surroundings is just magic.’
The Landrover Burghley Horse Trials kindly provide the ring space for the final qualifier of the prestigious SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse series which will take place at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in October. The class provides a true spectacle in the Burghley main arena on the final day of the world-famous three-day event. The first and second placed horses earn their tickets to HOYS.
Lough Inch is owned by Lizzie who previously trained him for the point-to-point circuit. Lizzie said: ‘We retired him last May and he has come out and gone absolutely brilliantly in the show ring, particularly today! He has won this for all of us that have had a part in his life. This follows on to him taking both the novice and open championships at Aintree, and he loves his jumping too. I even schooled him myself when he was in training.’ Over the 6 years he was pointing Lough Inch who is by Jimble won 19 times and was champion in the 2016-7 season. Prior to his point to pointing career, Lough Inch was in training with Jonjo O’Neill, he was even partnered on a couple of occasions by Sir AP McCoy.
Lizzie continued ‘I am over the moon to have won at Burghley twice in a row. Westie (Wild West) who won here last year was not happy to have been left at home today!’ Lizzie and Wild West went on to take the runner-up spot in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse 2018 HOYS finals.
Runners-up at Burghley were Sara Thorman and her own dark bay gelding Amalric, by Laveron, out of a Nikos mare. Sara said: ‘He gave the judge a great ride here today. We bought Amalric as a two-year-old, we then sold him as a three-year-old to Aiden Murphy to be trained by Aiden’s wife Annabel. It was then a few years later that Aiden texted me saying would you like him back! So I said yes please!’ Amalric came back to Sara as an 8-year-old, she continued: ‘He is a great ride. But a bad traveller, we had to take him out to all sorts of places and get him on and off the box, but we eventually got there.’ Sara and her husband Paul run the successful sales consignor business, the Trickledown stud. She added ‘We couldn’t go to Aintree as we were at Doncaster, so today was a real treat.’ Amalric went to the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse HOYS finals in 2016 where he was placed 9th and was ridden by Sarah Gwilliam.
A former winner of this class, Jill Wormall, took 3rd place with her own horse, Sovereign Debt. This ten-year-old grey gelding is by Dark Angel, out of a Most Welcome mare. Jill said: ‘He is next year’s horse, we have had three third places and been so close to qualifying this year. We will campaign him through the winter, and we have been asked to parade at HOYS at the big evening performance finale.’ Sovereign Debt won over £800,000 on the flat during his racing days. He was trained by David Nicholls before going to Ruth Carr. Jill won the first ever running of the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Burghley qualifier back in 2012 with Sister Gee.
In fourth place was Hannah Chisman with her own, First Fandango. Hannah said: ‘First Fandango retired from racing two years ago, we have been mainly out competing in dressage and eventing. This is our first time at the Burghley Racehorse to Riding Horse HOYS qualifier we will definitely be back to give it another go though!’ First Fandango enjoyed a very successful racing career and won over £68,000 with wins on the flat, over hurdles and over fences for his trainer Tim Vaughan.
Katie Dashwood took 5th spot with her own 12-year-old brown gelding, Barlow. Formerly trained by Emma Lavelle, Barlow won twice earning a career total of £17,602. Katie said: ‘It was a treat and a privilege to be here today. Barlow last ran in June 2018 and we have had a fantastic season with wins at the Festival of Hunting and the New Forest Show before taking the Aintree championship. Barlow will now have a holiday.’ One of the oldest horses in the class, fourteen-year-old Mumtaz Begum took 6th place with Lucinda Sims. This chestnut mare is owned by Susie Flook and she last ran in 2011 when she was trained by John Long.
The SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse finals 2019 will take place at Horse of the Year Show on Wednesday 2nd October in the International Arena.