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Honours aplenty for Janine; Durham rider's day of glory.

DURHAM rider Janine Calzini virtually swept the board at the Scottish and Northern Ex-racehorse Club 2009 Annual Championship Show, held at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre near Edinburgh.

Janine's two ex-racers, Jack Daniels and Chambellini, qualified for the final at the South Durham Showing Group Summer Show in July and she was not expecting to come away with so many honours in one day. After both horses won in-hand and ridden championships they were then eligible for the supreme title which went to her 23-year-old 16hh TB bay gelding Jack Daniels in front to Julia Furness's Reserve, grey gelding Supreme Day, a recent Glendale Show open ridden exracehorse winner.

Janine said: "I've had Jack for 16 years and he is now 23 years old.

"It is fitting that he has finished the season on a high and I have now decided to retire him from the show ring after a double career.

"He also won the Veteran Ridden Reserve Championship behind Supreme Day. "In his racing career he ran 22 times on the flat and over hurdles, placed eight times, won twice including at Sedgefield over hurdles. His racing name was Cock a Doodle Do, owned by John Wade and trained by John Hellens.

"His highest point in his showing career was winning the VHS regional final and qualifying for Olympia in 2005 where he was placed 8th.

"My mother-in-law Heather Calzini, who has been an inspiration in the show ring, bred my second horse Chambellini, a TB seven-year-old chestnut gelding who took reserve in-hand and champion ridden at Oatridge.

"He was bred to race but developed severe stomach ulcers when in training and had to be brought home.

"He also has had a very successful year, winning the in hand and working hunter championships at the Amateur Showing Society Championship in August held at Arena UK in Grantham.

"A second season highlight was to win the home produced riding horse class from 22 entries at the East of England Showground Equifest in August and placed Reserve Champion."

THE 2009 Horse of the Year Show in the new LG Arena at Birmingham's NEC this week commenced with a feast of equestrian entertainment.

In-form Pippa Allen, 16, from Stockton, took the Squibb Demolition National Pony Foxhunter Championship aboard Duncan Inglis' eight-year-old bay mare Wicked II.

Jumping just one of two double clears of the competition, Pippa snatched the title from runner-up Natasha Dean on Sequoia True Legacy, with Georgie Roadnight and Herbies Double Trouble in third with the fastest four faults in the jump-off.

NEIL B JONES (0191) 2529722 bepa@btinternet.com

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Date:Oct 10, 2009
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