Yorkshire Rider Horse Of The Year Show Reserve Champion in the SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Final

Yorkshire Rider Horse Of The Year Show Reserve Champion in the SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Final

Picture Real Time Images - Chivola, owned and ridden by Victoria Smart

Assistant racehorse trainer and local rider, Vicky Smart from Thirsk took the reserve title in the 2013 South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Racehorse to Riding Horse Of The Year title riding her ex-racehorse, Chivola in fine style at Horse of the Year Shown (HOYS).

The South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Racehorse to Riding Horse Of The Year final is held in the main, international arena at HOYS.

Vicky said, “Chivola was just great and did everything right”. Chivola is by Invincible Spirit (IRE) and out of Boudica (IRE), he was trained by Vicky’s husband, Bryan Smart, having been bought as a 2 year old at the breeze up sales for £65,000. He had 11 starts on the flat and all-weather and won one race before being gifted by his owners to Brian and Victoria’s daughter, Beth. Vicky took on his retraining from racehorse to show horse but he still lives on the yard where he was trained at Hambledon House near Thirsk. “At home I have to avoid the racehorses so he doesn’t get wound up, and he is turned out with a Connemara pony which is really good for him”, said Vicky.

Chivola is no stranger to HOYS, having finished 6th in the 2011 SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship with Vicky. He was Champion at the Tattersalls RoR Championship at the RIHS in 2010 and took 3rdplace there in 2011. He also won the ex-racehorse class at the Great Yorkshire show for the second year running in 2011. He had a quiet year last year after he had a virus in March, and Vicky concentrated on Roger’s Revenge [winner of the 2012 SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse HOYS Championship] and her daughter Beth’s ponies.  “Beth is now old enough to ride Chivola and she will do intermediates and racehorse classes on him next year”, said Vicky.

SEIB celebrate their 50th anniversary this year they are a major player in equestrian insurance.  They have been responsible for introducing many aspects of today’s equestrian and equine cover that are now taken for granted as standard, including high value veterinary cover, reasonable cost horsebox insurance, cover for the older horse and pony, loss of use and a veterinary help line. 

The SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship was created by South Essex Insurance Brokers to support and encourage the re-education of thoroughbreds taken out of racing, re-schooling them and preparing them for a new career in the show ring.  The series offers 6 qualifiers throughout the country, with winners earning a coveted ticket to the SEIB championship held at Horse of the Year Show.   The series is supported by the charity Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) and the winner of the championship will also collect the valuable ROR/SEIB Elite Performance Award for Showing and a valuable cash prize.  The classes are open to both amateur and professional producers and are judged as for Riding Horses, with the best of type, whether hack, riding horse or hunter, deemed the winner.

More information on the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship is available from www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk  and you can keep up with the latest news at www.facebook.com/SEIB.Competitions1.


1ST, Deep Reflection, owned by Jason Newbold and ridden by Helen Newbold
2nd, Chivola, owned and ridden by Victoria Smart
3rd, Sister Gee, owned and ridden by Jill Wormall
4th, New Team, owned C Blackham and D Langman and ridden by Claire Blackham
5th, Barbers Shop, owned by HM The Queen and ridden by Katie Jerram
6th, Whatcanyasay, owned and ridden by Robyn Gray
7th, King of Barbury, owned by Ms J M Bodycote and ridden by Claire Herrington
8th, Purple Moon, owned by Mrs Sara Cumani and ridden by Chantal Wootten
9th, Steveys Lad, owned by Mrs Donna Bamonte and ridden by Samanta Osborne