Calling all Thoroughbred and Ex-Racehorse fanatics. I have a real treat for you guys today. Would you just look at this horse?!
A couple of weeks back, I went over to Team Armstrong-Small’s yard, in Upshire, to photograph two beautiful boys. The first of which was Pete. But you may be more familiar with his showname, ‘Beware Chalk Pit’, because he’s kind of a big deal.
Thirteen year-old Pete is an ex National Hunt Racehorse, by Anshan, and ran as a chaser for seven years. He ran a total of twenty-four times, with two wins and ten placings, under his belt.
He was trained by Jonathan Geake and is owned by Ann Leftley. On 12th January 2015, Pete ran his last race. And in February 2015, he arrived in Essex to begin his retraining. Two years later and he’s won pretty much everything there is for him to win!
Since he finished racing, he has been on lease to Rebecca. Together they have had an incredibly successful showing career. Some of their highlights include winning at Burghley Horse Trials, twice. Winning the Hickstead Derby RoR final, the Tattersalls Special series final at the RoR Aintree Championships, the RoR Elite Supreme Final, Champion Ror at Monmouth Show, the RoR classes at Norfolk, Suffolk Herts and South of England Spring… *breath* and most recently, HOYS!
Back in October, Rebecca and Pete took the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse of the Year Championship, at Horse of the Year Show and ended their time together with a bang!
They have also had much success in the Large Riding Horse classes.
Sadly, Pete was travelling back to his original owner and trainer, on the day of our shoot. And what do you not want when you have a time-sensitive shoot with a local equine celebrity? Rain!
So, naturally, the heavens opened and it absolutely poured for the final couple of hours of Rebecca and Pete’s time together.
I know that Rebecca and the whole team at Team JAS are so sad to see Pete leave and will miss him dearly, so despite the hideous weather, I’m so glad we were able to capture his last day at the yard.
Huge thanks to Rebecca, for being such a great sport and not worrying one bit about the rain. And obviously, to Pete, for being the perfect model. What an absolute gentleman and legend this horse is. Not only is he completely drop-dead-gorgeous, he’s the sweetest person, too.
They don’t call him perfect Pete for nothing, you know!