It is always exciting to see a line-up of top-quality ex-racehorses who have swapped the track for the arena at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). This time it was an ex-racer with 10 race victories and just under £600,000 of winnings, which showed that a successful change of career is entirely achievable.
Yvonne Jacque’s 10-year-old grey gelding Grandeur came to showing producer Jo Bates just six months after finishing his racing career as a six-year-old. It was third time lucky for the pair after they claimed the title, having been placed twice before in this class at HOYS.
Yvonne has owned ‘Grandy’ since a two-year-old, and he was race trained by Jeremy Noseda. He is now thriving in his showing career with Jo, having been placed third in the Hack of the Year last year, which he will contest again this year at HOYS.
“What a star!” exclaimed Jo as she left the Andrews Bowen International Arena. “He was totally with me today and relished the big occasion.”
Jo said it is Grandeur’s intelligence which has made him so successful in the show ring. She said they have “travelled a long, hard road together” but he is “a very special horse.”
In second place was Lizzie Harris riding her own Lough Inch.
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