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Jabeena’s national joy
9:30am Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in Sport
JABEENA Maslin has received a prestigious national award with her ex-racehorse Quel Ange.
Maslin, a horse owner from Beaminster, was presented with the South Essex Insurance Brokers and Retrain-ing of Racehorses’ (RoR) Elite Performances Award for ex-racehorses at the Breeders’ Dinner and Awards Cere-mony at the Grange Hotel in London.
The Elite Performance Awards offer a valuable prize fund of £2,500 to the winner and £500 to the runner-up, donated by RoR.
The awards provide a focus for ex-racehorses competing in the disciplines of eventing, dressage, show jumping, endurance and showing, and have encouraged more riders to recognise the talents and versatility of the thoroughbred and their potential for success in another sphere.
Maslin’s Quel Ange won the SEIB & RoR Elite Performance Award for Show Jumping and is ridden by Kathryn Ellison.
Quel Ange was in training with Somerset trainer Ron Hodges, running on the flat and placing a couple of times. After he retired from the racecourse event rider Sophie Hawke took him on and developed him up to intermediate level. Maslin then purchased him to take show jumping.
She said: “He is an absolute fireball and wins everything, Kathryn rides him brilliantly. He is still a stallion – I have been forbidden by several judges from having him cut as he has such a phenomenal jump.”
Maslin trains the Olympic British Modern Pentathlon team in show jumping and Quel Ange was one of the horses used for the show jumping phase of the Modern Pentathlon at the London Olympics.
He was ridden by competitors from Latvia and Poland and completed his two rounds successfully. Quel Ange is currently competing at 1.25m and Maslin hopes he will start competing at 1.30 and 1.40m this year.
To find out more about the ROR and SEIB Elite Performance Awards visit racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk or ror.org.uk.