Leading Show horses head to Aintree Racecourse

24th July 2014

This weekend (Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 July), some of the country’s finest equestrian riders, horses and showing producers will descend on Aintree Racecourse’s world-class International Equestrian Centre to compete in the acclaimed Alexanders Horsebox National Show.

Taking place over two days, the full-programme of events will include more than 350 Showing Classes and Championships with a total prize fund on offer of £4,000. Classes range from unaffiliated classes through to qualifiers for the Royal International Horse Show and Equifest.

As well as showcasing a wide-range of showing disciplines, including In Hand, Side Saddle, Working Hunter and Ridden classes, the Show hosts the Championship of The Jockey Club’s Retraining of Racehorses Novice Thoroughbred Show Series.

Launched this year, the new partnership is between The Jockey Club, who owns 15 racecourses including Aintree, and Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. The Championship is the culmination of more than 20 qualifiers run throughout the Series, which is intended to highlight the successful second careers Thoroughbred racehorses can go on to have in other equine disciplines.

Former racehorse trainer, Jenny Pittman, the first female to train the winner of Aintree’s world-famous Grand National, will be judging the Championship. Organisers have been impressed by both the popularity of the Series and the quality of competitors.  

Andrew Tulloch, Aintree Racecourse’s Head of Racing, said:

“We are delighted to see the quality of entries for this year’s Retraining of Racehorses Novice Thoroughbred Show Championship, particularly as it’s the first year The Jockey Club has supported this great initiative. Our sports dedicated charity, Retraining of Racehorses, do a fantastic job highlighting the successful careers that many racehorses go on to have and we are delighted to be hosting the Series Championship as part of our National Show.”

New for 2014, the popular Evening Performance will be staged on both Saturday and Sunday evenings and highlights include a Concours Costume class, The Shetland Pony Grand National, Leaping Ladies Side Saddle
Challenge and an exciting display from international stunt rider Guido Louis.

Top Show Producer, Lynn Russell, has supported the show from the beginning and comments on this year at Aintree:

“I have been travelling with this show far and wide because it is fantastic and has a great atmosphere. I am made very welcome, the stables facilities are the best, the Aintree crew are so helpful and friendly! No mud! Aintree is just a fab place and this is a great show.”

Returning for 2014, the ever-popular Alexander James Picture of Elegance Side Saddle Championship will see the Champion and Reserve Champions invited to return back to Aintree Racecourse to lead in the winner of the Topham Chase during the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National Festival.

Morgan Schive who won our Alexander James Picture of Elegance Championship in 2013,

“I was lucky enough to win the championship and ride Side Saddle leading the winners in at the Crabbie’s Grand National.

“It was an amazing experience; the atmosphere on the day was electric. Being able to parade in such beautiful surroundings, with so many people watching was I feeling I cannot describe. The feeling of elation came over me after we had paraded at what I had achieved.”

A full schedule is now available to download at www.aintreeequestriancentre.co.uk