£50,000 Ex-Racehorse Class Added To Cornbury House Horse Trials

Our Old Fella and Peggy March at the Cornbury House Horse Trials | Sarah Farnsworth

A new class for ex-racehorses, worth £50,000, will be conducted at the Cornbury House Horse Trials in 2025, Jayne McGivern and Cornbury House Horse Trials announced on Friday.

The new class is the initiative of McGivern of Dash Grange Stud, who owns top event horses, and David Howden, group CEO and founder of Howden and founder and president of the Cornbury House Horse Trials. Her aim is to also raise the profile of the adaptable nature of Thoroughbreds, especially in terms of their suitability for eventing. She is donating £50,000 in prize-money, and the class will be run alongside the other classes at Cornbury House Horse Trials. The class will showcase Thoroughbreds and their abilities, aiming to encourage riders to take on and retrain ex-racehorses and incentivise riders to work towards the 2025 class. It will also provide an additional opportunity for ex-racehorses, building on the existing resource and guidance provided by Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).

Jayne McGivern of Dash Grange Stud said, “I am thrilled to be able to launch a new ex-racehorse class that will run in 2025 and thank David Howden for his support in allowing my idea to come to fruition. Racing and eventing are both my passions and through this class we will be able to showcase the talent that Thoroughbreds have in their second careers.”

The class will begin at CCI2*/Novice level with further details to be announced in due course.

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