Australia’s Showjumpers have booked their spot for the Rio Olympic Games after finishing second at the Regional Qualifier in Hagen. Dual Olympian and Team Captain Edwina Tops-Alexander lead her team out strong with Julia Hargreaves, Scott Keach and Jamie Kermond putting in solid performances to bring home the result the Aussies needed to secure their place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Australia finished in second place behind Japan.
This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. This year there will be several other equestrian attractions happening apart from the obvious main attraction the 4 star three day Event.
Thursday 19th November will feature the start of CCI2* Horseland Dressage section plus the Equestrian Australia Grand Final dressage
Friday 20th November will see the completion of the CCI2* Horseland Dressage section and the Adelaide CCI4* Dressage section. Later in the afternoon will be the Equestrian Australia Grand Final Freestyle Dressage to Music Competition. If that is not enough for you it will then be followed by Polo in the Park.
Saturday 21st November will of course feature the Horseland CCI2* Cross Country and the Adelaide CCI4* Cross Country. Later in the afternoon the action will center on Rymill Park for the Equestrian Australia Grand Final Exhibition Eventing. Then in the evening it will move to the main arena for the Equestrian Australia Grand Final World Cup Showjumping warm up class.
Sunday 22nd November will be another big day featuring the Horseland CCI2* Show Jumping. This will then be followed by the Equestrian Australia Grand FinalWorld Cup Showjumping after lunch. If can find the time on the western side of Victoria Park there will be the Australian International Three Day Event Combined Driving Event will be a Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) classified competition, comprising of two CAI 1* events, a driven dressage and cones competition. The final conclusion of the weekend will be the Adelaide CCI4* Show Jumping in the afternoon.
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The British racing season is in full swing and before we know it, it will be coming to an end for another year. The career span of a racing horse is a short one, lasting around three years, but this is not to say that after retiring from racing, your horse cannot go on to have a long and fulfilling life.
For some, there is a certain stigma around horse racing, whether it is the questionable animal welfare issues, or the betting element. The latter is slowly being phased out by other modern day gambling alternatives taking people away from the betting element of horse racing and instead offering them online casino games.
However, despite the stigma, there are a multitude of options available to ex-racehorses. For example, dressage or eventing are ideal options for those horses who may not be as physically capable of racing as they once were.
In an open letter from Thoroughbred trainer Katie Ramsay, she says: “Some people think when a racehorse has retired from racing, that’s it.
“But just like us humans, retirement isn’t the end. For most, it’s only the beginning.”
Ramsay notes that, owing to a lifetime of physical exertion, racehorses are capable of going on to do great things in the field of polo, showing, show jumping, dressage, leisure riding and eventing. Indeed, having noted the potential of these beautiful animals, Ramsay set up her own business in re-training racehorses.
She says: “Having worked for several racehorse trainers during my 16 years in the industry, I can honestly say that the vast majority work extremely hard to re-home the horses once they retire from racing.
“I have personally re-trained and re-homed many horses.”
So what qualities do ex-racehorses possess that make them so apt for this career? According to Equestrian Life magazine, the opportunities are seemingly endless. Thoroughbred ex-racers have not only physical but also the mental agility to enter into any one of these disciplines, along with a versatility that will equip them for business or pleasure.
Having been bred to gallop, an ex-racehorse can guarantee a good performance in any of the aforementioned events, giving the concerned horse trainer a whirlwind of opportunities to let his or her horse enjoy life and even bring home a little extra money.
It is important that we do not deem ex-racehorses dispensable – just like humans, they have so much more to give when they come to the end of their careers, and whether it’s for sport or for show, these options can bring years of pleasure for both horse and trainer.