Burrough Green show rider, Georgie Shepherd and her ex-racehorse, Historical Giant, will be bidding for glory at this weekend’s Retraining of Racehorses Championship staged at Hickstead’s famous Derby meeting.
Twenty-nine-year-old Shepherd, who works as a part-time secretary at the Newmarket Equine Hospital bought Beanie, as he is known at home, out of training in November 2012.
Now a ten year old he is sired by the multiple Group One winning stallion Giant’s Causeway and started his racing career at trainer Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle yard in Ireland and was later in training in Newmarket with Jane Chapple-Hyam and Ed Vaughan.
Shepherd re-schooled Beanie and at last month’s Suffolk Show the pair won the Retraining of Racehorses/Tattersalls riding horse class to qualify for this weekend’s championship where they will face other show winners from all over the country.
“It is so exciting to have qualified and to win would be a dream come true,” said Shepherd, “and to see all the hard work particularly by my sister, Sophie, and my mother without whom I could not have done this, recognised.
“The competition at Hickstead will be very tough but we will go there determined to do the best we can.”