Catching up with our former flagbearers in retirement

How some Shadwell horses are flourishing in their new lives
Deyaarna’s favourite place is the beach, as we can see here!

Fred and Rowena Cook of Equine Management and Training are renowned experts in retraining and rehoming racehorses, and have had a number of former Shadwell colour bearers through their hands.

Here, Fred and Rowena give us an update on some of our former stars.

8yo Shamardal-Mumayeza (Indian Ridge)

“Dressage has been going well for Khai, and he has qualified for the Trailblazers Championships [Novice Level]; however it is eventing that Matt Ansell is focused on with Khai, and he is proving to be a willing and enthusiastic partner. The plan is to continue training for the rest of this year and for him to make his eventing debut next spring.”

6yo Frankel-Pertinence (Fasliyev)

“With great focus and an active mind, Alfie has taken to dressage exceptionally well. He has certainly proven not to have the feisty temperament of his illustrious father. Under the guidance of Paul Hayler, Andrew [Wright] has guided Alfie to win two tests on his very first outing. Still physically immature, training has been progressing slowly to allow him the time to develop. He is back here with us for a holiday at the moment.”

Makhlooq displays his “delightful character”

5yo Dubawi-Zahoo (Nayef)

“We could have homed Looqy many times over due to his size, delightful character and breeding. But a very special home has always been required for this very special little horse who only has one eye, and we have found the perfect one in Bethany [Foster]. Looqy will eventually be introduced to a range of riding club activities, but for now he is enjoying hacking out, which includes exploring Exmoor.”

6yo Iffraaj-French Fern (Royal Applause)

“Mushroom, as he is still affectionately known thanks to the girls at Shadwell, has undergone a real transformation with Leonie [Aldrick], as she has spent a long time slowly building him when it was discovered he had a couple of close vertebrae in his back. The patience and commitment has certainly paid off, as Mushroom looks a completely different horse and now Leonie is reaping the rewards as they have qualified for the BD Associated Championships.”

Khenaizy: “a bit of Jack the lad” on best behaviour here

11yo Muhtathir-Amhooj (Green Desert)

“Despite always being a bit of a Jack the lad, Kenny just loves his jumping. He’s managing to contain himself to do some lovely dressage tests and add some ribbons to his collection. Unfortunately, Vanessa [Lowther] has recently sustained an ankle fracture but she will be back in the saddle very soon.”

5yo Teofilo-Oriental Step (Tamayuz)

“What an absolute superstar of a horse Saffie is proving to be; we couldn’t have made a better match than placing him with Teresa [Lowther] following the loss of her beloved horse of a lifetime, Guss, late last year. Saffie has really stepped up to the mark and they are having so much fun together. Vanessa was planning on competing him but who knows, we may just see Teresa out with him herself in due course.”

Tamaddon: “Quite the dressage diva”

6yo Kitten’s Joy-Tanaami (Elusive Quality)

“Following a period of extensive rehab, ‘Diesel’ is back under saddle and once again having such a fun time with Amy [Ferrari], who has patiently worked him through his issues. First port of call before heading to the dressage arena has been one of Diesel’s favourite places – the beach! And who better to ride with than the Household Cavalry?”

6yo Al Kazeem-Request (Rainbow Quest)

“Tam is still as quirky as ever and keeping Mark [Cramb] on his toes, as he is also proving to be quite the dressage diva. With impressive scores every time he goes out in mixed, as opposed to our ex-racehorse classes, Tam has qualified for both the Summer and Winter British Dressage Regional Championships.”