Rider Rebecca Lowe heaped praise on her equine partner Astrobrava following their qualification for the Royal International Horse Show
The eight-year-old mare booked herself and rider Lowe a place in the British Show Horse Association Small Riding Horse Championship final at the Longines-sponsored event at Hickstead next month after winning a qualifier at this year’s Suffolk Show.
As a result of their victory at the Ipswich-based show, it will now see Exning-based farrier Lowe and the former Mark Tompkins-trained mare make two trips down to Hickstead this season with the duo also set to contest the final of the Tattersalls Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Throughbred Ridden Show Horse Class a week on Sunday at this year’s Equestrian.com Derby Meeting.
“This win was much better than her one at Royal Windsor as she was up against horses that were bred for showing as opposed to racing,” said Lowe.
“I thought she would be midfield at best, but then we were pulled in second and after the judge rode her we were moved up to first which I was so chuffed about.”
Prior to making their first appearance at Hickstead, the pair have the small matter of competing in two other qualifying events.
At the weekend the two will contest the South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifier at Summer House in Gloucestershire.
Following on from the trip down to the south-west area of the country, the pair will be in action at the Royal Norfolk show as they bid to book their place in the 2015 Tattersalls RoR Throughbred Show Horse Championship.
“There are only 12 places up for grabs for the Horse of the Year Show and four of them have already gone so it is going be really tough to get into,” said Lowe.
“It will be made all the more harder as we don’t really know what to expect.
“We are up against horses from a different area so on that note I would expect us to do better at the Royal Norfolk show.”