Framlingham racehorse-owner commissions trophy for the Grand National

Pat Betts from Framlingham with Le Reve who won best shod horse at the Grand National.

Pat Betts from Framlingham with Le Reve who won best shod horse at the Grand National.

A Suffolk racehorse owner recruited craftsmen from the county to create a piece of sporting history.

The trophy made by Sarah Cole (left) in Framlingham for the best shod horse at the Grand National na

The trophy made by Sarah Cole (left) in Framlingham for the best shod horse at the Grand National named after Le Reve who won the competition this year, his owner Pat Betts (centre) from Framlingham has arranged for the trophy to be made with the wooden base turned by John Carr.

Pat Betts, whose horse, La Reve, was judged “best shod” at this year’s Grand National, commissioned a trophy for the competition’s winners to receive in years to come.

The trophy, which features one of the shoes worn by La Reve at Aintree, will be presented to Will O’Shaughnessy at the Worshipful Company of Farriers Court Dinner in London tonight.

Mr Betts, 83, who lives in Framlingham, said the judge described the shoe Mr O’Shaughnessy’s made for La Reve as “best he had ever seen”.

Sarah Cole, a Framlingham based jeweller and silversmith, incorporated the shoe into the trophy on a base turned from a piece of wych elm by John Carr, also from the town.

The trophy made by Sarah Cole in Framlingham for the best shod horse at the Grand National named aft

The trophy made by Sarah Cole in Framlingham for the best shod horse at the Grand National named after Le Reve who won the competition this year, his owner Pat Betts from Framlingham has arranged for the trophy to be made.


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“I think it’s magnificent,” Mr Betts said. “It’s a wonderful piece of work from both Sarah and John.”

La Reve, which translates as “the dream”, finished 11th in the race, which Mr Betts is hoping to build on at next year’s Grand National.

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