Change of sport suits former racehorse

Isabelle Tomkins on Tanktastic
Isabelle Tomkins on Tanktastic

A former racehorse now competing in the showjumping world and ridden by a Bognor teenager has won a top national award.

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) and British Showjumping have announced the winner of the 2013 British Showjumping Retraining of Racehorses/SEIB national recognition awards is Tanktastic, an 11-year-old bay gelding owned by Christopher Tomkins and ridden by daughter Isabelle.

During his racing career, Tanktastic contested a total of 23 flat and hurdle races.

In 2010 he started his career as a showjumper and following on from a number of positive results, 16-year-old Isabelle decided to focus efforts on winning this year’s RoR national recognition awards.

Amassing notional winnings of £308 between October 2012 and September 2013, the period the RoR league runs, she was delighted to learn of their success.

“I’m thrilled Tanktastic has topped this year’s series. He is a clever little horse who always wants to please and he has given me the confidence to want to go further in showjumping,” Isabelle said.

“He is a quick learner and he made an easy transition into showjumping. He has become a really careful and quick showjumper and I will be aiming him at 1.20m classes next year.”

The British Showjumping RoR/SEIB national recognition awards provide a focus for ex-racehorses that have started showjumping with the national governing body.