Owned by Sam Evans
“In March 2020 I contacted Kerry in relation to rehoming another racehorse having just lost my old ex racer who I’d had for 12yrs. Kerry said she had just the chap for me, and that’s where it all started.
“Kris had enjoyed a successful racing career with a number of wins and placings and I was told he was a true gent who would look after me. He came to me having retired from racing a few weeks prior, and he was luckily dropped off pre-lockdown. Kerry dropped him off and when he walked off the lorry I was amazed by how well and happy he looked, he was certainly a stunner who had clearly been well looked after. Kerry stayed whilst I rode him in my field, I was extremely nervous having only really ridden my previous same horse for so long. There was no need to be nervous as he was really well behaved.
“Over the next few months we got to know each other and he settled on our smallholding in Herefordshire. We initially spent our time hacking out and getting to know each other. Within the first 6 months he’d taken part in pole clinics, fun rides and even his first riding club camp. At camp he had a go at cross country, dressage and show jumping and took everything in his stride, and behaved impeccably. By the end of the summer he’d completed in his first showing show, where he represented West Mercia Police at the Blue Lights Horse of the Year Show. He came away with ribbons and we were both pretty chuffed with ourselves.
“We are now focussing on taking part in our first dressage competition and hopefully in the spring our first show jumping competition as he has one heck of a jump on him.
“Kris is a pleasure to own and I am so grateful to Kerry for allowing Kris to enjoy his retirement with us at home.”
Owned by Kerry Lee
Top Gamble was instrumental in Kerry’s career, winning three times at Grade 2 level over fences and finishing a gallant fourth in a Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Top Gamble was always a stable favourite and the trainers ride of choice at home so it was no surprise to see Kerry and Top Gamble team up in a Charity Race at Hereford in 2019. The whole day put together a combined fund-raising effort of nearly £50,000 for a local hospice and also put a start and stop to Kerry’s career in the saddle.
TG is now resident at the Bell House where he fulfils a variety of roles and remains in the care of Kerry and his number one fan Izzy, aged 8.
Owned by Serena Thomas
“Jayo Time came to me after his racing career and has turned his foot to everything from show jumping to dressage. He adapted to his new lifestyle straight away and settled in well from the beginning.
“It wasn’t before long until he was out competing and always coming home with rosettes. Throughout his new career he’s has been nothing but a pleasure to train and still continues to be. I hope to continue his retraining and to progress up the levels.”
Owned by Hope Deacon
“Monarch and I have had loads of fun since he came to live with me. I work full time so my mum and I share him and he really is the perfect gentleman to ride. We have been showing, hunting and eventing and I really enjoy doing so many different disciplines on him.
“I love racing and enjoy going so it is dream to own such a smart horse who was a winner on the track too – he is the envy of everyone when I’m out and about on him. I’m really looking forward to some more eventing this summer and the long hours either side of work are really worth it so see such great results."