Former racehorse reaches unprecedented levels in dressage arena

A former racehorse, who is now based in Leicestershire, is excelling in his new career of dressage. After retiring from Flat racing, Prophet’s Star has adapted so well to his new career that he has quickly risen through the dressage ranks to Grand Prix standard, the most advanced level in British Dressage.

Prophet’s Star (known as ‘Pea’) retired from racing in 2009, and with his new owner, Frances Turner, has qualified for the British Dressage regional finals at every level from Novice to Advanced Medium. At the age of seven, just three years after retiring from racing, Pea began his Prix St George (PSG) level career, qualifying for the Petplan Championships at Advanced Medium level and winning the Retraining of Racehorses Racing to Dressage Elementary Championship.

Currently training at Grand Prix level, Pea has also qualified for the 2014 regional finals at Prix St George and the 2014 Area Festivals, and he recently achieved his highest score in an Intermediate level competition.

During his racing career Prophet’s Star was trained by Harry Dunlop in Lambourn, Berkshire. He raced on three occasions, all in 2008, before being retired. Frances bought him from a private advertiser after he was sold in the Ascot October sales. She only saw him being loose-schooled but was so impressed by the way he moved and the natural ability he showed she decided to buy him.

Pea’s transition from racehorse to dressage competitor has been achieved with training and support from Frances and Retraining of Racehorses (RoR). RoR is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing, helping them to adapt to different lifestyles and often going on to pursuing successful second careers. 

Pea’s owner and rider, Frances Turner said:

“My ultimate goal is to compete with Pea internationally, which would be a great result for ex-racehorses worldwide, and really put Thoroughbreds in the spotlight.

“Pea considers himself the king of the yard and the boss of the field. I feel lucky he trusts me and considers me a worthy partner. He is my horse of a lifetime and he makes me smile every single ride. I would not change him for the world, and he has taught me an incredible amount. With so many years ahead of us, who knows where we will end up.”