ZOEY BIRD

ROR         Marcia Wakeman         Heroes Charity

Equestrian

Horses are my biggest passion in life and re-training both of my ex-racehorses has given me an awful lot of enjoyment and satisfaction.

'Murat'

In the past two years I have taken 'Mattie' from retired racehorse to top class show horse and unaffiliated Eventer.

Competing in the Retrained Racehorse Tattersalls Show Series; highlights include a 2nd at Herts County 2012 and a 3rd at Royal Windsor 2013 to Barbers Shop. Consistency in the ring has meant we've qualified for the Championships at Hickstead for the past two years.

In 2013 we started competing in the Racehorse Challenge Series; where horse and rider need to complete a course of ten fences. We came 2nd first time out at Keysoe and won at Herts County; thereby qualifying for the Championships at Royal Windsor next year.

Our next goal is to tackle BE90's having been placed in all of the unaffiliated hunter trials and one days events we've taken part in.

Pavorotti's Brother

My new project is 'Ferdy'. Having retired from racing with a serious Sacroiliac injury two years ago; Ferdy needed to go right back to basics! Applying all the training techniques I learnt from my instructor Marcia Wakeman I adopted the same programme I did with Mattie to Ferdy. He is now working in an outline and jumping show jumps and x country fences and isn't far off taking part in his first event.

I would definitely encourage any competent rider to re-home an ex-racehorse because they make the best general riding horses. They're intelligence and versatility means they can turn their hand to any discipline. A great place to start if you're looking is HEROS. Grace Muir and her team do an excellent job in finding the right horse for the right person and most importantly they re-home hundreds of retired racehorses.

Zoey