WINNER of the 2012 Grand National, Neptune Collonges is set to make an appearance at the Oswestry Show.
This year’s show will see a new event, entitled ‘Race Horse to Riding Horse’, which has been set up for retired race horses.
Horse Committee Secretary, Sue Clarke confirmed the famous Shropshire-based winner, Neptune Collonges, would be leading this new class into the main ring to be judged.
“Race Horse to Riding Horse” has been set up to promote the retraining of race horses so they can have a long and fulfilling career in other disciplines. The idea for this class came from the charity, Retraining of Race Horses whose aims are to assist in the funding of care, retraining and rehoming of former racehorses.
This year will see six entries in this new class which they hope will grow in popularity and add to the main ring attractions on Show Day.
Neptune Collonges, born in April 2001, is owned by John Hales from Shropshire. Throughout his racing career he won 14 races; the most memorable being the Grand National win on 14 April 2012. The win was the closest finish in the history of the race when he won by a nose beating Sunnyhillboy.
After the race, his owner announced that he would be retired immediately. Since then he has been retrained for dressage and currently competes for John Hales’ daughter, Lisa.
Visitors will be able to see Neptune Collonges from 11am and he will make an appearance in the main ring at 3.40pm leading the parade of retired racehorses. All donations and appearance monies will be given to support Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.