Retired Racehorse Shines In Jumper Ring At Hampton Classic Horse Show

Kathryn Currey has long been an avid supporter of Thoroughbreds in the show ring; her family’s Touch Of Class went from the racetrack to double Olympic gold medals with trainer and rider Joe Fargis.

It should come as no surprise that she was aboard a small chestnut Thoroughbred mare name A Lil Evil when she bested a field of almost 70 to win blue in the 1.10-meter amateur jumpers at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. Currey and Evie afinished third in the adult jumper classic hand were Champion in their division.

In 2016, Currey found Evie online at Thistledown Racetrack in Ohio; she went from her home in Franklin, TN, to look at the 4-year-old mare for a resale project. A little off and a lot sassy, Evie was eventually purchased by Currey for $400.

Though the mare didn’t have a lot going for her at the time, she was a direct descendent of 1992 Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee. Currey had ridden a son for Lil E. Tee in her early 20s and the gelding could jump well; she hasn’t seen many descendants of that line since, so she was excited to see what Evie could do.

Currey brought the mare home and spent time on basics and letting the mare gain confidence; she has steadily climbed the heights to the 1.30-meter classes, a first for both horse and rider. No longer a resale project, Currey is aiming to compete Evie in some regional grand prixes at the 1.35- and 1.40-meter heights.

Currey is hopeful that other riders will see Evie and realize how much heart retired racehorses have if they would just take the time the horses need. To take a horse from crossrails to grand prix is an amazing feat; it’s even more impressive when the rider and trainer is an amateur.

Read more at Chronicle of the Horse.

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