There are lots of success stories that prove that ex-racehorses horses can be competitive and become incredible partners in competition.
Adapted for eventing, jumping, dressage or horse-ball, you can find them in many sports.
Bazooka et Philistin
Aurelien Kahn and Bazooka have competed at the Mondial du Lion d’Angers World Championships, then on the famous A1 of Tartas, Saumur, Pompadour and then on level**. Since then, the horse has been sold in Italy.
With Philistin, Aurelien Kahn success on the A1 of Tartas, on the CCI*** of Saumur and then was shortlisted for the Olympic games of Atlanta. He gave a thrilling performance at the spectacular CIC**** (International Eventing Competition) at Badminton.
Captain Kri PS
Jacques Dulcy with Captain Kri PS, from 1998 to 2002, he had many engagements in A1 and at an international level in CIC and CCI** stars. With Horison d’Epinette (other than thoroughbred), from 2004 to nowadays jumping and eventing in CIC and CCI and ** stars. Finally, since 2007 with Tremaouezan PS, he participates in CIC* and CIC** stars.
Milcane and Benoit Parent, from 1998 to 2007 have participated in a lot of important competitions in eventing as the A1 of Tartas, Vittel, Saumur, Fontainebleau, Pompadour, CIC and CCI** of Compiègne and Sandillon, CIC and CCI*** of Vittel, Pau, Martinvast and Saumur and finally at the CCI**** of Badminton.
Java Tiger's was winner of the British Horse Foundation Awards for "The Leading Thoroughbred sire of Dressage horses 1996" and "The leading British Bred Sire of Dressage Horses 1997". He was also winner of the British Horse Foundation Awards for the Leading Thoroughbred Sire of Dressage Horses 2000 and the Leading British Bred Sire of Dressage Horses 2000. He was also third in the top ten sires of Eventers. Java Tiger was an extremely good looking, sound horse with depth and substance, outstandingly good straight and athletic movement with a lovely sound temperament.
Philco and David Broome were show jumping winners of the King George V Gold Cup in 1977 and gold medal-winners at world championship of Aachen in 1978
War of Attrition
War of Attrition during his race career was winner of the Gold Cup in Cheltenham in 2006. 14 victories for 34 participations. After his reconversion he was Champion Racehorse to Riding Horse at the Royal Dublin Show 2010.
Ensign and Pippa Funnell rode at a CIC*** level (Third place in Pau in 2007).
Moonfleet and Andrew Hoy won Badminton in 2008.
Taj Mahal - Now called Gosh won the Hack of the Year title at the Horse of the Year Show.
Courageous Comet et Poggio
Courageous Comet and Becky Holder, also Poggio and Amy Tryon represented the United States in eventing at the Olympic Games in 2008.
Five Boys and Kitty Boggis took fifth position at Badminton in 2005.
Fort Duchesse also called Chesney and the leading polo player Carlos Garcida won three times the final of the Gold Cup in Cowdray Park at the British Open Championships. Chesney was elected “best polo’horse” in 1988, 1989 and 1991. In 1986 he was a race horse and 2 years later a polo champion which is very rare.
Lizawake won a total of ten races including the 1963 Beechers Chase at Aintree. He ran in the Grand National in 1963, 1964 and 1965. Later in that year Tom Brake suggested to his owner Mrs Mary Marshall, that he would make a good showjumper and thus at the age of 12 years he began his second career. At the age of 17, in 1970, he put up a great performance to jump a height of 7ft 3.5 inches (2.24m) in the John Player High Jump at Nottingham.