Isabelle Tomkins has won the South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) and Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) elite performance award for showjumping with her ex-racehorse Tanktastic.
The 16-year-old from Bognor attended the breeders’ dinner and award ceremony organised by the British Horse Foundation at the Grange City Hotel, London, where the awards were presented.
The SEIB and RoR elite performance award offers a valuable prize fund of £2,500 to the winner, donated by RoR. The awards provide a focus for ex-racehorses competing in eventing, dressage, show jumping, endurance and showing and have encouraged more riders to recognise the talents and versatility of the thoroughbred and their potential for success in another sphere.
Tanktastic, owned by Isabelle’s father Chris Tomkins, was formerly in training with Peter Hedger in West Sussex and owned by Samantha Garry.
He ran over hurdles and on the flat and was placed three times.
Isabelle, a member of the Goodwood Pony Club, was taught to ride by Samantha and the Tomkins family bought him from her.
Chris Tomkins said: “Sam has helped us so much with Tanktastic. Isabelle has lessons with her and they go to shows together.
“We have had him for four years now and they have done all sorts of things, although the main aim is showjumping. They have won £700 to £800 this year in prize money.”
Isabelle and Tanktastic have been competing in British showjumping senior classes in 2013 in British novice, discovery and 1.05 opens, including qualifying for the British novice final. They are aiming at competing in 1.10 classes in 2014.
Chris added: “We set out at the start of this season to do well in these awards and it is just great for the pair that they have won. Isabelle is having a long, hard think about what to spend the prize money on, it is such a valuable prize she really doesn’t want to waste it.”
South Essex Insurance Brokers instigated the performance awards to support the retraining of the thousands of racehorses who come out of training each year.
To find out more, visit www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk or www.retrainingofracehorses.co.uk