Paul Tapner held onto his overnight lead to win the £2,000 first prize in the prestigious Retraining of Racehorses class at the St James’s Place Wealth management Barbury International Horse Trials (3–6 July 2014).
Following the first round, the Swindon-based Australian rider had a jumping fence in hand with Ian Murray’s Inishmor. He used it up, but still finished clear of the British dressage team’s performance manager Richard Waygood on Plum Rowland’s Luther ll.
The Retraining of Racehorses series, run by the charity of the same name to provide a meaningful activity for ex-racehorses, is gaining in popularity in eventing circles – Oliver Townend had entered his World Equestrian Games ride Black Tie ll.
Inishmor’s racing career was somewhat undistinguished, but the 10-year-old grey gelding by Great Palm came to Paul from Grace Muir’s HEROS racehorse rehabilitiation centre and is now competing successfully at intermediate level in eventing.
“He’s very easy in his brain and that makes him competitive and successful,” said Paul.
Photograph courtesy of Trevor Meeks.