Valentine Jak Qualifies for HOYS

RETRAINED Racehorse Valetine Jak has taken to the world of showing in his first season Jo Ann Sharp ROR QHOYSwith qualification for both HOYS and Hickstead.

Owned by Gill Bolt, Jak is ridden by Jo-Ann Sharp who took over the ride in the autumn and is really enjoying the shows.

Said Jo-Ann: “Jak raced on the flat as a two and three-year-old before Gill bought him from Rod Millman in Cullompton.

“He wasn’t the best racehorse and after being re-backed, Gill has had fun taking him on sponsored rides, doing unaffiliated dressage and general Riding Club activities.

“I had been talking to Gill for quite a while about letting me ride and show him and in September last year I started to be more involved with him and persuaded Gill to let me have a go at competing in some show classes.

“He has turned out to be a superstar and taken to showing really well, we couldn’t have asked for any more.

“Jak is fed on TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer and looks fantastic, his coat shines, he has good condition and topline and we get some great feedback from the judges.”

Jo-Ann’s successes with Jak include qualifying for the Tattersall and ROR Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship at Hickstead, winning at Royal Bath & West, and again taking the red rosette at Badgworth Arena to secure their HOYS ticket for the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship.

Adds Jo-Ann: “We very much had the racehorse to riding horse classes as our aim for the season and are over the moon on how well we have been doing.

“It is just a case of more mileage on the clock now and building his confidence and experience in the run up to HOYS.

“We are all very excited about getting our ticket and are looking forward to the big occasion.”

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