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Sixth consecutive Horse of the Year show for local rider Donna Bamonte and her ROR Jak

Horse and jockey at the horse of the year show

An article written by local ROR rider Donna Bamonte from Cullompton:

Autumn colours now are apparent wherever I look. Fluffy coats, muddy boots and heavy rugs are now everywhere to be seen.  My retrained racehorses are nowhere to be seen, in return I am welcomed with hairy bears every morning looking for their breakfast.  I was very lucky to have ended my season on a wonderful high with my boy Valentine Jak booking his HOYS (Horse of the Year Show) ticket at Burghley Horse Trials in September.  A lot of unlucky misses and a lot of miles driven meant everything was on the line to try and qualify one last time.  Somehow someone up above was looking down as we once again took our ticket for the fifth year in a row for the SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Of The Year Final.  Suddenly we were back on track prepping and training for our goal. With only three weeks to spare, I threw everything at Jak to get him just right for the big day. Plenty of schooling plenty of food and plenty of YEOMAN HAYLAGE!  The perfect combination to success.  Our journey to Birmingham NEC has arrived and we are armed and ready. Before we knew it the working in had been and gone and I was on my way to the main arena, suited and booted. We had to give it our best shot. With a super ride given to the judge and pleasing conformation marks we ended up a credible 6th which I was thrilled about.  We couldn’t have asked for any more – as per usual Jak was awarded with a nice net of Yeoman Haylage to enjoy after his class while his team enjoyed a well earned glass of fizz.  Since Jak turned all fluffy and muddy, I continued with my training with my novice Retrained Racehorse “The Noble Prankster” aka Dino.  I work closely with the RoR (Retraining of Racehorses Charity) where we run regular events and camps. We recently held a 3 day residential camp at Pontispool Equine Sports Centre where were all enjoyed some top class training with the very best instructors.  Dino was an absolute superstar and I am looking forward to his progress for next season.  One to watch.  I look forward to supporting Yeoman Haylage in 2019 with my horses and in turn appreciate the support John and the team give to my horses and myself. Nutrition is vital in any horse’s diet, however with my job it is very crucial to get the right balance.  Yeoman Haylage is nutritious, easy to eat, enjoyable and smells great. My horses love it and I recommend Yeoman Haylage to anyone.  THANK YOU JOHN!  Donna Bamonte, Jak, Dino and the team

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