In the week when photographs of Her Majesty the Queen celebrating her Gold Cup win at Royal Ascot have been seen all around the world, one of Her Majesty’s former racehorses, has also won a trophy, this time in a second career in the show ring.
Barbers Shop, who was the last horse to be bred by the Queen Mother, won the Championship of the Tattersalls sponsored show class for horses registered with the Retraining of Racehorses charity, at Hickstead on Sunday June 23rd.
As a racehorse Barbers Shop was trained by Nicky Henderson and had a successful career which included winning more than £143,000 in prize money, a figure which no doubt would have been greater had his career not collided with the likes of Kauto Star and Denman. After retiring from horseracing, Barbers Shop was taken to Windsor to be assessed and initially retrained by Her Majesty’s stud groom Terry Pendry.
Speaking to Horse and Hound, Terry Pendry said: “We did long-reining and lots of hacking round the park, just having fun and letting him enjoy being a horse”. Terry realised that Barbers Shop beauty and gentle nature would probably suit showing. Barbers Shop was relocated to Essex, where he began his second career in with producer Katie Jerram.
Sunday’s event was the Championship final, which followed 50 qualifying events nationwide. Barbers Shop won the section for former National Hunt racehorses and was then crowned champion in the International Arena at Hickstead just before the British Show Jumping Derby. As a result another trophy is now on its way to Windsor Castle, to sit alongside Estimate’s Gold Cup.
Barbers Shop is clearly thriving in his new life after racing. Speaking to Horse and Hound, Katie Jerram, said: “He is so relaxed and happy at home, and that’s the way I want to keep him.”