mercredi 26 mai 2010

Great Britain: Endurance test awaits in opening event of season

Published Date: 26 May 2010
THE West Riding group of Endurance GB is holding its first event of the season at Wharncliffe Chase, near Sheffield, on June 12 and June 13 There will be something to suit all abilities, from an 80km competitive ride to a 27km pleasure ride, in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

There is practically no road work involved and the rides go along old railway lines and woodland tracks.

This year the event will also be a qualifier for the British Riding Clubs' Endurance Championships which will be held at Southwell racecourse in September.

For more details go to or call Jeni Gilbert on 01484 863506.

If you have ever thought about trying TREC, there is a chance to have a go at Frickley near Doncaster on June 12 and 13.

This competition combines a variety of skills from orienteering on horseback to a cross-country course with a difference.

More information is available on the BHS website at under TREC.

samedi 22 mai 2010

Golden Girls - Nicky Moffat - Full Article

Horse&Rider’s Editor, Nicky Moffatt swaps 20-metre circles for 25-mile ones, as she tackles the celebrity/media ride at this year’s Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor

Rewind to May 2009. I'm in a marquee in the middle of Exmoor, presenting the awards at the Golden Horseshoe Ride. Suddenly, in passing, the PR guy for the ride, Peter Jeffrey says, ‘we could get you a horse to do the ride on next year if you like?'. Without really giving it much thought I replied ‘Oh yes that would be great fun!', and to be honest I went home and didn't really give it much more thought. You know how these things get mentioned and then you never hear another word about it, well that's how it seemed in this case. That was until earlier this year, when I was informed that not only had they (the organisers Barbara Wigley and her daughter Nic) found me a great horse to ride around the course in 2010, but they'd set up a celebrity/media class! ‘Editors from well-known equestrian magazines or websites are going to pair up with top endurance riders and tackle a 25-mile course on Exmoor on the last day of the Golden Horseshoe Ride,' they informed me, and that included me.

So training began...

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jeudi 20 mai 2010

Great Britain: My Golden Horseshoe Ride — and all that Jazz - Full Story Lucy Higginson, H&H Editor 19 May, 2010 'And this is Jazz' said a smiling Karen Jones, one of GB's leading endurance riders, handing me a diminutive chestnut 14-year-old arab. But I know how tough these little horses are, and was soon to be reminded of it. Like many things in horses, Exmoor's Golden Horseshoe Ride — a legendary 100-mile challenge — has reinvented itself in recent times. Most participants come to tackle still challenging but shorter rides, including a 50-mile one-day ride, and a 50-miler split across two days, rather than the main 100-mile whopper. This year, the enterprising Golden Horseshoe team persuaded several equestrian journalists to take part in a 25-mile ride at race pace, and thoughtfully secured brilliant weather for it... Read more here:

vendredi 7 mai 2010

Great Britain: Top prospects for Golden Horseshoe endurance ride - Full Article

May 8, 2010

Despite numbers being hit by the long winter holding up fitness preparation, competition is likely to be stiff at this year's 160km (100 miles) Golden Horseshoe Ride over Exmoor.

Fourteen riders have entered the premier class, eight in the 80km (50 miles) class and an unprecedented 56 in the Exmoor Experience ride of 25 miles on each of two days. The maximum 100 riders have already entered for the 15 mile training/sponsored ride and organisers have opened a waiting list.

"This is much as I expected," said ride organiser Barbara Wigley. "The terrible weather last winter, which went on and on, held up training programmes for a lot of people and I don't suppose we are the only early-season ride to suffer on entries for the longer classes."

The meeting, which runs from May 16 to 18, is again based at Exford, at the heart of Exmoor.

Among the Golden Horseshoe entries is Gillian Talbot and her arabian Malabar Storm, from Chepstow. Gillian's experience of the ride goes back to 1993 and includes Gold and Silver awards.

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dimanche 2 mai 2010

Great Britain: Riders enjoy sunny weather with Endurance South West - Full Article

Friday, April 30, 2010

Members of Endurance South West and pleasure riders have been out in force this month, enjoying the sunny weather and training rides both in Devon and Cornwall.

The Ladock Ride, near Truro, which is always very popular, had more than 80 riders taking part. The 16km (10 miles) route is a delightful mixture of woodland tracks and grassy fields. It winds around Trendeal Hill, before crossing the lane into St Enoder and Ladock Woods.

The going this year was somewhat muddier than usual but, as usual, it was a delightful ride. The last uphill canter across the downs above Trendeal is the highlight of the route, which all the horses and ponies enjoy.

The introduction of the Pony Club Endurance Scheme last year is encouraging more Pony Club members to take part in endurance rides. Out on their ponies at Ladock were 12-year-old Emily Lyndon, of Scarsewater, on Rosie and her friend 10-year-old Tegan Noy of Ladock, on her pony Flax. Both are members of the North Cornwall Pony Club. Thanks must go to the Duchy of Cornwall and farmer, Bob Strongman, for allowing the ride to take place over their land.