Lizzie Harris was delighted as she rode Wild West to victory in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship, earning a place at the world famous Horse of the Year Show in October.
“This is the third time Westie has qualified at Burghley,” Harris said after her win. “He absolutely loves it here.
“He is a complete pet and my two-year-old daughter Olivia leads him in from the field every day.
“Wild West is a true all rounder – he competes in side saddle classes, goes hunting and was the Supreme Champion at the Aintree RoR final in 2017.
“He was placed several times as a racehorse and was trained by Jonjo O’Neil.
“He is now in demand and has some celebrity appearances lined up in addition to going to HOYS, Horse of the Year Show.
“Westie took the runner up spot in the Aintree June show this year so he will get to lead the winner of the Topham Chase at Aintree in the spring and we have also been invited to parade side-saddle at Blenheim this year.”
The SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse finals 2018 will take place at Horse of the Year Show on Wednesday, October 3 in the International Arena, and Harris and Wild West fought off some stiff competition.
Twenty-three thoroughbred ex-racehorses were honoured to be able to take part in this prestigious event.
The judges of the class were Jordan Cook (ride) and Ann Hooley (conformation).
Hooley said: “We are looking for a true show horse in this class that has both manners and correct conformation.”