Two of jump racing’s favourite recent champions will play starring roles at the 2019 Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Showcase at Hartpury on Saturday.
Cue Card, who won nine times at Grade One level, and 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree will demonstrate how racehorses can successfully switch to other equestrian disciplines after being retired from horseracing.
Cue Card will highlight the progress he has made in his new showing career with top rider and show producer Katie Jerram-Hunnable, while Coneygree will take part in a live teach-in with Katie and her husband Chris.
Hartpury, which has launched horseracing degrees, is enhancing learning and career opportunities for its students by developing strong partnerships with RoR and other leading organisations in the equine industry.
Phillip Cheetham, Equine Director at Hartpury, said: “We have a great relationship with the Retraining of Racehorses charity and we’re really proud to be hosting the 2019 RoR Showcase.
“The event is a fantastic opportunity to promote the versatility and adaptability of racehorses for other equestrian activities following their retirement from racing.
“Cue Card and Coneygree both enjoyed highly successful racing careers and it will be absolutely fascinating to see the work that goes into helping them, along with many other ex-racehorses, to adapt to a new equestrian discipline.
“The Showcase will also provide an opportunity for our students to find out more about another important organisation within the equestrian industry.”
The RoR Showcase, which runs from 10.30am to 5.30pm, opens with an informative discussion with racehorse trainer Bryan Smart and RoR Head of Welfare and former British team vet Jenny Hall MRCVS.
Visitors to the showcase, which is supported by The Racing Foundation, will have the chance to enjoy live clinics and a wide range of up-close demonstrations.
Hartpury – the largest equine educational establishment in the world – hosts a number of equine-related and equestrian events throughout the year.
Each summer, it welcomes thousands of competitors and spectators to its three major equestrian competitions – the Festival of Dressage, Showjumping Spectacular and NAF International Five Star Hartpury Horse Trials.
Next year, it will host the FEI European Championships in Eventing and Dressage for Juniors and Young Riders and the International Society for Equitation Science Conference.
For more information about the RoR Showcase and to book tickets, visit www.ror-events.org.uk.
Picture: Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree