New side saddle jump record set at Aintree

By: Horse Deals

New side saddle jump record set at Aintree
New side saddle jump record set at Aintree

A new British side-saddle show jumping record has been set at Aintree’s annual Showing Show.

Susan Oakes and Brandy & Red travelled from County Meade, Ireland, to take up the challenge at the Aintree Equestrian Centre where the combination set a new British side saddle jumping record clearing the 5ft 8 ¼ins fence.

Susan, who hunts side-saddle, has only been show jumping for just eight weeks prior the competition.

Other weekend highlights included the well known Thoroughbred Monet’s Garden taking part in his first showing show since retirement from racing at the age of 13. The popular grey whose career earnings totalled more than £650,000, is no stranger to the Aintree course having won three Old Roan Chases. Trained by Nicky Richards, Monet’s Garden won 17 races from 32 starts, but developed a life-threatening infection in his navicular bone and flexor tendon caused by an abscess, but battled back to enjoy a new life in retirement.

Owner David Wesley-Yates was present to see Monet’s Garden compete for the Retrained Racehorse Championship, which was won by Lynn Russell’s Stealth Project who picked up the £1,000 first prize.

Show organiser Carly Goodall said: "We received some fantastic support from competitors and spectators over the weekend for what was only our second showing show. The backdrop of the iconic Aintree course made for a very special environment in which to compete and we witnessed some very worthy winners."