HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to LREGB member Kathy Carr and her horse Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle (aka Paris) who gained a Silver Award in the prestigious 160km class at the Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor. The pair were also awarded the coverted Best Condition Award as judged by the Veterinary panel at the end of the ride. Well Done. What wonderful Ambassadors for our Group and our Sport!
The table shows Leicestershire and Rutland Group members currently qualified for the EGB National Championships.
The 2016 EGB Reserve Senior Champion announced at the National Awards Dinner held last month was Remynisce ridden by Susan Hawes. Susan is a member of EGB's South East Group whilst Remynisce is owned and bred by Anne Brown of the Gadebrook Stud near Oundle.
Congratulations to all our Leicestershire & Rutland Group riders at the EGB National Awards Dinner held last night:
Senior Grand Prix Trophy
Awarded to the horse/pony & rider combination gaining the most points in Competitive Endurance Rides in the season.
3rd Kathy Carr & Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle
Awarded to the champion horse/pony ridden by senior member(s) gaining the most points in all types of rides.
5th Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle ridden by Kathy Carr
Pickreed Masterpiece Trophy
Awarded to the veteran rider aged 60 or over gaining the most points in all types of rides.
3rd Sharon Davison riding Zorro
Awarded to the horse and male rider combination gaining the most points in all types of rides.
2nd Saintwestwell Silvermask & Ray Davison
Sam Weller Trophy
Awarded to the horse/pony gaining the most points in Graded Rides of 45km or less. Points from longer rides do not count. Novice horses are not eligible.
1st St. Finnans Niamh ridden by Gillian Hasberry
Rosettes Direct Award
An award to the "Unsung Hero", that is someone who has given unfailing service to Endurance GB by way of help at rides or assistance in any other way or ways.
Winner Beth Stokes
400km Distance Award
FF Alpha Orionis ridden by Fiona Videla
3,200km Distance Award
Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle ridden by Kathy Carr
4000km Distance Award
Saintwestwell Silvermask ridden by Ray Davison
Photos from the Charnwood Forest Group Pleasure Ride held on Saturday 17 October 2015 are available at www.indiepics.co.uk.
14 horse and rider partnerships started the two-day 160km CER class and Leicestershire & Rutland member Kathy Carr and her horse Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle (Paris) finished 6th out of the 8 partnerships who finished this challenging ride. Kathy was ably crewed by her husband Peter and Val Cammock. Well done on a good team effort!
Members Larissa Whiley and Gillian Hasberry represented our Group and were part of the victorious Leics/Rutland/Iceni Team. The competition was closely fought and the Team won by just one point.
Congratulations to Kathy Carr and Paris for their win in the FEI 1* ride and for the best condition award at Kings Forest.
CONGRATULATIONS to Leicestershire/Rutland Members who took part in the 50th Aniversary Golden Horseshoe ride on Exmoor 18 & 19 May. A very testing route was made even more difficult by the bad weather conditions.
Kathy Carr and her horse Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle gained a Bronze Award in the 160km Golden Horseshoe Class and Sharon Davison and her horse Zorro gained a Silver Award in the 120km Exmoor Stag Class.
The Pleasure Pairs Trophy has been
introduced this year (the Pleasure Ride Trophy is having a year off).
This is open to associate members and full members of EGB. Horse and
rider must be registered by emailing the EGB office. All national pleasure
rides of up to 36km are eligible and both the horses must complete the
ride successfully at a speed of 8kph to 12kph.
For full details please .
There is also a new Team of Three Trophy for full members of EGB. Open to teams of 3 horse/rider combinations, teams must be registered by the 1st May. One horse to be limited to distances under 45k, the other two horses to be limited to distances under 66k (single day) or 85k (multiday). Best five results to count.
EGB Head Office have advised us that a Parental Consent
Form is "to be completed by the parent/guardian of each young person
(YP) under 18 attending a ride run on behalf of EGB". The form
"should be put in a sealed envelope with the YP's name and kept
by the Ride Sec for the duration of the event".
Parental Consent Form
Congratulations to Sharon and Ray Davison, who collected numerous points awards at the Annual Awards Dinner at The Daventry Court Hotel.
Sharon Davison and Zorro
Gadebrook Trophy for best novice Arab/Part Bred of 2012 (with points accumulated in 2013 and 2014);
Cairo Trophy for Part Bred Arab gaining the most points in all types of rides;
3rd in the Senior Championship;
3rd in the Pickreed Masterpiece for veteran riders.
Ray Davison and Saintwestwell Silvermask
2nd in the Jeffmaur Trophy for horse and male rider in all types of rides;
4th in the Senior Championship.
A great evening for the Leicestershire and Rutland Group.
The new two day format for the ride proved to be very popular with a good turnout both days. The two day classes attracted a strong entry with the two day 82km class proving to be the most popular.
Thank you to the sponsors and especially to all the volunteers who helped make the ride an enjoyable and relaxed weekend for the competitors.
-and next year: Bigger and better, but still with the same welcome for all comers, from the shortest distance pleasure rider to the longest distance competitive rider - see an introductory video from this year's event.
Three Leicestershire./Rutland members travelled down to Exmoor to take part in the Golden Horseshoe Ride Festival.
Pam Heighton and her horse Kodi braved the high winds and rain to take part in the 25k Pleasure Ride on Sunday 11 May.
Sharon Davison with Zorro and Gillian Hasberry with Callista both took part in the Exmoor Experience Class (40k on Monday and 40k on Tuesday). Sharon and Zorro gained a Gold Award and Gillian and Callista gained a Bronze Award.
WELL DONE TO YOU ALL!
I'm writing to introduce myself as your new Young Rider Midlands Representative, covering Iceni, Cromwell, Heart of England, Leics. and Rutland, Derby and Lindum groups.
I am very keen to increase young rider participation in the sport and aim to target the Pony Club as our biggest resource for young people. If you know of anyone in your individual groups who has a connection with the Pony Club or even a young rider that would be keen to give their local Pony Club branches a talk please let me know.
Beth Stokes was the representative last year for the Midlands and has now become chairperson for Young Riders. I would be interested to know if there is anything I can improve on from what she did last year?
At the Young Rider AGM we discussed having a Young Rider page on every group website, I appreciate this may not be possible for some, but I have noted that Heart of England have already got one. If you have any questions or any suggestions please get back to me.
Young Riders are welcome to contact me by email: email@example.com.
Thank you, I hope all had a happy New Year and I hope to see you at rides soon.
Best wishes, Bella
Kathy writes: Paris has had a fantastic year which has ended with her winning the Supreme Champion award. I have really challenged her with longer and tougher rides and she has come up trumps every time. From the appalling weather at Golden Horseshoe to the hottest day of the year at Kings Forest and the hills of Red Dragon and not a lame step all year. I am so proud of her!
Leicestershire & Rutland member Kathy Carr & Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle (aka Paris)
Congratulations to both of them on their well deserved success.
Also seen collecting awards at this year's EGB national Awards Dinner were:
Larissa Whiley 2nd Grand Prix
Sue Marriott 4,000km award
The ‘Leicestershire Legups’ Kathy Carr, Sarah Porter, Sue Marriott, Val Cammock – 3rd Green Dragon Team
Congratulations to Ellie and Daante on their win in the 170km 3 day class at the Royalties.
Ellie & Daante were the only combination who managed to finish the ride and pass final vetting in increasingly wet and slippery riding conditions.
Well done also to the other Leics & Rutland members who braved the deteriorating weather over the weekend and competed & completed at the last ride of the season.
Well done Larissa and Kathy!
Larrissa & Ollie were 4th in the Dragon’s Tail (80km CER +42km GER)
Kathy & Paris were 2nd in the Dragon’s Flame (2x65km GER).
The Young Riders use the annual awards dinner as the perfect chance to catch up and party together!
At the EGB AGM (to be held in Kegworth, Derbyshire on Saturday 23 November 2013) the Young Riders will be holding their own meeting whilst the main meeting takes place. It will start at 12noon in one of the hotel meeting rooms and it will be clear on the day where we are so come along! It is a great opportunity to get to know fellow Young Riders and have your say/share your ideas on many topics!
We also have a Young Rider table for the evening so if you would like to sit with all the other Young Riders just make a note on the form when ordering your tickets. Everyone is very welcoming and there is always a great atmosphere so come and join us!
Beth Stokes - East Midlands Young Rider Representative
Thanks to our sponsor Sharon Davison for the prizes.
82km Performance Formula class
1st Jacqueline Lloyd riding Zim Nazka (39.07)
2nd Becky Bertram riding Avonbrook Green Rose (35.83)
3rd Katherine Bertram riding Marcus Aurelius (33.73)
4th Anne Anderson riding Steele Independent (31.70)
64km Performance Formula class
1st Rachel Tomlin riding Fighting On (34.09)
2nd Amie Grainger riding Ravels Bolero (30.43)
3rd Laura Davies riding EAS Indiana Al Arabi (23.73)
4th Christine Hull riding Harvest Gold (22.80)
5th Helen Foster riding Cosmo (19.00)
We are sad to announce that Leicestershire and Rutland Group member Chris Precey died last week.
As a long standing member of EGB and BHS he was very involved with access/bridleways and was always willing to give advice where needed. He was also very knowledgeable when it came to Health and Safety advice and worked with EGB in this capacity.
He also helped at rides and this year was at the Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor and manned a gate at the Tugby Ride, to name but two.
Another great result for Larissa Whiley and Ollie (Ben Shah) who won the 100k CER at Cirencester on Saturday.
This comes soon after their win in the 100k class at Barbury Castle so it looks like they are having a great end to the season.
Another good result for Kathy Carr & Paris who were 4th in the 2-day 130km CER at Cirencester last weekend, 31 August - 1 September.
Well done both of you!
Results for the 80km Performance Awards
1st Alex Tennant
2nd Ellie Moxon
3rd Caroline Hawes
Results for the 64km Performance Awards
1st Kathy Carr
2nd Kate Curry
3rd Jeanette Bennett
There were two riders from Hong Kong at our Provost Lodge ride this year. Vivian Cheung riding Chazan and Jason Tse riding Siroco Toul Ar C'hoat. After successfully completing the 51km class, Vivian, Jason and their horses travelled to Sartilly in France to represent their country at the World Equestrian Games trials in the 130km class. They did extremely well, finishing together in 24th and 25th place.
Vivian posted a comment on the EGB Forum, including the following - "A special thanks to the Organiser and Helpers of the Red Kite (Provost Lodge). It was one of the most beautiful rides we have had and it helped us and Siroco and Chazan a lot in preparing for Sartilly" How nice to know we played a small part in their success.
A successful completion of the 80km CER at over 16kph put Sarah Porter & Molly into 8th place at Barbury Castle last Sunday, 18 August.
Sarah & Molly were selected to represent England in this class in the home International.
Well done both of you!
Well done Kathy & Paris on their Performance Formula win in the 64 km class at Provost Lodge today (Sunday 11 August).
Also thanks to Chris Platts and her team for such an enjoyable ride.
Congratulations to Sharon Davison & Zorro on winning the 64km performance formula class at the Lindum on Sunday.
Well done Sharon & Zorro!
Having only started out in Endurance this season, getting the chance to ride at the Inter-Regionals for the Eastern Region team was incredibly exciting. This was going to be the biggest event I’d ever competed at, as well as my first 64km ride. In fact, I’d only recently gained my open qualification, but our Chef d’Equipe Larissa very kindly lent me her advanced horse Oliver – that way at least one of us knew what we were doing! While she drove ahead and stayed at the venue overnight, her husband and I brought Ollie up early on Saturday morning. When we got to the venue, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had expected a big and very busy event, but this was quite something. The atmosphere was incredible. There were horses coming and going every minute, usually with crews bustling about them. Many, many other horses were corralled between the camp, the trailers and the hold area. As a historian, I just couldn’t help thinking ‘so this is what a proper cavalry camp looked like…’ – only more modern, obviously.
After vetting, we got ready to go out just after 10am. Val, her horse Boris, Ollie and I were competing in the 64km class together. All but me had done it before. We set out on the first loop at a good pace. We even saw a dog fox in the distance, who noticed us coming, froze and then disappeared back into the forest in a flash. It was already getting quite warm, though, so having lots of water at the crew points was very much appreciated. We got back to the venue in good time and both horses passed the vet.
After a 40-minute hold, we set out again just before 1pm. The second loop was much tougher, as the temperatures were now soaring. You soon started to question why riding at 34 degrees had ever seemed a good idea in the first place, particularly as there was very little shade on route either … We kept going regardless, although perhaps a bit slower than on the first loop. For miles and miles we were the only people around. Luckily we were overtaken by some of the Arabs in the second half of the loop, which perked us all up. The next few miles we covered at a good pace again, and before we knew it, we’d arrived at the final crew point before the finish. From there it was only a short canter home. Ollie nearly had me off on the last 200 yards when he stopped dead and spun towards the trailer park, but I sent him off again and we all crossed the finish line. Back at the venue, everybody pitched in to cool the boys down as soon as we could. Both horses vetted sound and, amazingly, Ollie only had a heart rate of 41, despite the heat! I almost couldn’t believe it.
After the ride, we got the boys settled in. Ollie soon went home, and we then helped the others coming in from their 80km and 100km rides to get ready for their final vetting. To everybody’s delight, all the Eastern Region team on Saturday completed their distances and all horses passed the vet sound. After a very good day and a very tasty dinner we went to our tents – to be woken only hours later by the shout that some of the horses had escaped! Everybody turned out in force to catch the runaways and luckily most were found very quickly, with only minor injuries. Unfortunately, one of our young riders had to retire as her horse was found lame, which was a real shame.
On Sunday, the weather was slightly less hot, although we still used plenty of ice and water to cool the horses down. In the end, all but one of the horses in our team covered their distances sound. Then it was time for the prize giving. To my amazement, Ollie and I won our class, which left me quite dazed. To put the icing on the cake, our team then took the title as well! Considering the heat and the excitement of the night, it was pretty amazing that everybody performed so well. Well done and a huge thank you to everyone involved!
Overall, it was a fantastic event and I learned a lot, from crewing in the heat to self-motivation and going out on a second loop in challenging conditions. Val’s shouted (and necessary) reminder to ‘DRINK! That’s an order!’ while out on course will stay with me forever, I think. The absolute highlight, though, was the camaraderie and the team spirit among horses and people alike. I’ve never seen that many horses get a hug after completing their ride and passing the vet. As someone new to Endurance, that was great to see, especially with some of the horses and riders competing at top level. One horse and its rider even lay down together in the grass for a snooze in the evening sun after their ride – where else would you find that at a competition?! So, yes, if you asked me, would I do it again if I had the chance? Definitely!
This year's Inter-Regional Championships were held at The King's Forest Rides near Bury St Edmunds on 13-14 July. The Eastern Region team comprised members of Iceni, Cromwell and Leicestershire & Rutland groups.
1st Eastern Region
2nd North West
3rd South East
Despite a weekend of unexpected events (including everyone camping being woken at 1.30 am on Saturday night/Sunday morning to catch loose horses) a full team, less 1 horse which was slightly injured in the Saturday night break out, completed their class successfully.
This fantastic result was achieved with good crewing, excellent team work & many buckets of icy water. Well done Eastern region!
Hey everyone- exciting news- check out the Trophy Results page on the main EGB Website. Leics/Rutland Member Kathy Carr and her horse Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle are currently leading the Senior Championship.
GO, GO, GO, Kathy and Paris!!!!!
Class 7: Exmoor Experience
A 2-day Graded Endurance Ride of approximately 80km (40km Monday, 40km Tuesday)
Kathy Carr riding Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle - Gold
Sue Gregg riding Simply Dennis - Silver and Best Non Arab and the Special Crew Award (Windsor Award)
Sharon Davison riding Zorro - Bronze
Liz Benwell riding Phine Skies Crusada - Bronze
I hope haven't missed anyone!
84km Graded Endurance Ride two day Performance Formula
1st Sharon Davison riding Cheekee
2nd Kathy Carr riding Paris
Well done Leicestershire & Rutland Group!
The third winter training session was held at Waresley Park Stud. What a fabulous venue! It has at least one large indoor school, a cross country course, steeplechase and two long circular all weather gallops, one on the flat and the other up and down a hill. It is a stud and training centre and kept immaculate – hardly a muddy hoof print and not a blade of straw or hay to be seen blowing round any of the stable blocks.
The third session started with Lorna warming riders up with some stretches and exercises. The horses were then led in hand into the indoor ménage and watched while they trotted up. Lorna and Maggie then showed the riders some stretches they could do with their horses. They were then trotted up again and there were some marked improvements in the quality of some of the trot ups.
This was followed by an excellent illustrated talk from David on horse nutrition, feeding and care before during and after a ride. Riders then went out on the gallops and rode two at a time to Maggie’s instructions. Again there was a marked improvement in some of the horses as the riders put her suggestions to the test.
To round-off the training Jane organised a training ride near Cambridge for the following weekend, where the riders wore Heart Rate Monitors and had their recovery rates checked.
Val (photos - Lorna Skinner)
In 2013 testing will not be carried out on riders or horses doing EGB Pleasure Rides (National or Group). However any horse entered in a graded or competitive ride may be spot checked but normally longer distance horses will tend to be selected for testing.
The second Winter Training Session proved very popular with 12 horses split into 2 groups. We started the day by practicing the perfect ‘Trot Up’ followed by a ridden session in the indoor school.
As the group riding later was also in the school, being schooled on foot and kept warm by Lorna, the horses were convinced that humans are completely mad!
The ridden sessions and ‘schooling’ of the riders was followed by a very interesting talk by Dan about rider nutrition, and recovery rates and how what you eat and do in a vet gate affects rider performance and post ride recovery (out with the chocolate bars!).
The day concluded with a discussion with Maggie about our individual goals and how we warm up before a ride.
I am sure all of us left the training session feeling
we had learnt a great deal.
How to be inspired (or a report on the first winter training session with Maggie & Lorna).
Recently we all received an invitation to take part in winter training sessions taking place near Cambridge.
Ten EGB members turned up for the first session and we were split into two groups. I was in the group that had a ridden assessment first. We all gathered in the indoor arena with our horses (ranging from the very novice to horses at FEI standard) and did some simple exercises at a walk, which were designed to make us think about what we were doing when out hacking and how we could use day to day obstacles, such as parked cars, to school our horses whilst out on exercise. Maggie gave each of us helpful tools to use to improve our riding and our horses. We finished with a little work at trot – mostly to keep us all warm, and again to make us think about what we were doing.
We then put our horses away and joined Lorna to assess our current fitness. Lorna used some very simple exercises (they must have been simple as even I could do them) to assess each of us. She then showed us a range of exercises designed to help riders improve their fitness and capability.
After lunch we had another session with Lorna, who made specific suggestions for each of us and we tried some more exercises for riders.
The last session of the day was with Maggie who gave us a very motivational talk about setting goals and reaching them, and went through each of our plans for the coming season.
I think everyone went home feeling very positive and
looking forward to the next training session in January.
The EGB national AGM held last month introduced regional Young Rider Representatives. We're pleased to report that Bethany Stokes has been elected as the rep for the East Midlands. Beth says "I am here to answer any questions individual young riders may have about becoming more involved with the young riders as a whole" and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Eastern Region Team achieved their best ever result, coming second.
Leicestershire & Rutland Group members Sarah Porter, Kathy Carr and Val Cammock all completed successfully.
Below are the full Eastern Region Inter Regional Team
Carol Chapman: 4th in 100km ER;
Sarah Porter: 2nd in 80km ER;
Val Cammock: 4th in 80km ER;
Gilly Hasbury: 3rd in 65km CR;
Kathy Carr: Winner in 2 day 34km/32km;
Stefy Martinoli: 3rd in 40km CR;
Emma Mooney: 4th in 40km CR;
Jim Parsler: 4th in the 32km CR.
All classes get the same number of points so a first in the 32km CR has the same score as a first in the 100km ER.
Sadly Lynne, Rebecca and Katie failed their vetting and Bryony did not start.
A great weekend was had by all, despite (or perhaps because of) the heat on both days, with riders and crews having to really work hard to get such good team results. I think all the team went away having benefited from having such a wide pool of knowledge and experience there to help us all.
Thank you to our team managers Linda, Heather &
Larissa for their hard work and organisation prior to & at the event.
After a very successful and useful day at Wolverhampton the selectors have chosen the following team of six plus reserves to compete in the World Championship:
Alice Beet and Adara
Tricia Hirst and Madjin des Pins
Nikki Malcolm and Khartoum with A K
Annette Masterson and El Sabio
Christine Yeoman and LM Crazy Girl
Lesley Ann Parker and Velvet Echo
First Reserve Catriona
Moon and Leila
Second Reserve Beccy Broughton-Booker and Tawmarsh Muharram
Third Reserve Emma Finnie and Sha-Ali
Fourth Reserve L M Greyson
The day was made up of horse assessments and work on the race course followed by a 5km run for all the riders - Rob Jackson (Team vet) was challenged and so also joined the runners for a lap!
The team for this year will be as follows:
100km ER Ray Davidson; Bella Fricker.
80km ER Sarah Porter; Val Cammock.
65km CR Gillian Hasbury; Carol Chapman; Rebecca Cruikshank.
2 day CR Bryony Parsler; Katie Spaughton; Lynne Howlett.
40km CR Stephania Martinoli; Emma Money.
32km CR Sam Roberts; Helen Legood.
Reserves Hannah Maskell; Hilary Brightman; April Gingell; Beth Stokes; Jim Parsler.
Linda, Heather and Larissa.
Well done to Kathy Carr and Paris who won the 65km performance formula class at North Norfolk.
Sarah Porter secured her place in the 80km ER in the interregional team at Barbury Castle by successfully completing her first 80km CR at North Norfolk.
Photos of The Lion's Tail ride 2012 are now available here (West End Photography).
Congratulations to Ray Davison and Peski on winning the 80km ER in a racing finish at the National Championships at King's Forest.
Well done also to Sarah Porter who successfully completed her second 64km ride.
84km PF Class
1st Anne Harrison with Millenium Chorus
2nd Heather Alexander with Senjai
3rd Liz Benwell with Phine Skies Crusada
64km PF Class
1st Marie Baker with PA Sangrail
2nd Sally Anne Farrall with Silvretta Grand Marnier
3rd Kate Curry with Doyenne
I would like to thank everyone who helped and supported me in keeping this ride running.
Thank you to the members who went out of their way to get things done so that I could focus my attention on providing a viable route, and to those who then went out and marked it in the rain using several times altered maps! (and in some cases no map at all, just verbal instructions).
Thank you to the people who offered help and didn’t complain when I said ‘yes, but I don’t know what you will be doing yet’ and then kept the ride running so smoothly I had very little to do on the day.
Thank you to REVCOM, who didn’t know where or how many Checkpoints there would be until after they arrived or which horses were going through which checkpoint until ride day.
Thank you to the riders (and their crews) who didn’t know what route they would be riding, or where they could crew until they got their maps on the morning of the ride (new Saturday maps arrived Saturday, and Sunday maps arrived Sunday) - and then said ‘thank you for letting us ride through all those puddles in the rain and sorry but my number bib got dirty’!
Thank you to the landowners who allowed the use of their tracks so that I could find a viable route.
Without your support, advice, enthusiasm, and good humour the ride would not have happened.
I was complimented for us leaving the venue in such a good state after so much rain.
I think Leicestershire and Rutland Group should be proud of themselves – there is no way this ride would have run without the generous support of our group members. I may have been the organiser, but everyone I asked did the work, without distracting me from the task of finding a viable route and placating worried landowners. I had helpers from outside the group, but the majority of the work was done by group members and if anyone has seen the comments on the EGB forum you will see that it has been recognised (and quite rightly) as a group effort.
I have never before had so many ‘thank you’s. The riders all appreciated your work and determination. Thank you all for supporting me.
Sarah Porter successfully completed her first 64k ride in very hot weather at Ravendale with a grade 2.
Our list of winners of awards for the 2011 Endurance Season is available under our Awards tab. The 2011 awards were presented at our Branch Annual Meeting held in Melton Mowbray on 20 January 2012, see also under the Gallery tab for photos.
Those present received a fascinating insight from team physiotherapist Andrew Thomas into the extent of the planning to ensure the preparedness (as far as possible!) of the Equestrian Team-GB and of the Greenwich site for the forthcoming Olympic Games. Andrew recommended that those attending the equestrian events access Greenwich Park via the Thames Ferry and avoid the tube.
The Inter Regionals held at Barberry Castle 13 & 14 August 2011 brought mixed fortunes for the Eastern Region and our final placing in the competition was Fifth.
Leicestershire and Rutland Group had three members in the team: Carolyn Pacey in the 2-day 40/40, Gillian Wright in the 64K and Ray Davison in the 100k ER.
Carolyn and Gillian successfully completed their rides but Ray's luck ran out when Peski was vetted out with a slight lameness R-fore at 40k (thankfully he is sound again now).
The weather started cold with drizzle first thing Saturday but cleared up by 10 o-clock and was dry and bright for the rest of the weekend. Our team BBQ on Saturday was an enjoyable event and the whole weekend had a happy and friendly atmosphere.
Our Group presented a Trophy for the Highpoint winner of the 64K. It was a very nice Sheffield Pewter Tankard and guess what - it was won by Christopher Wray from Wales Region - the only male winner - lucky coincidence or what!
Congratulations again to Ray Davison and Peski on winning the 80km at Hexamhamshire in a very exciting racing finish.
Dawson has posted a 12-minute video of her ride around the Lion's Tail
Pleasure Ride with Spud on Saturday 25 June 2011 to You Tube.
Congratulations to Ray Davison and Peski who won the 65km Performance Formula at the Lindum Spirit at Market Rasen Racecourse.
We all wish them luck in the ER at the Hexhamshire in Northumberland next weekend.
THANK YOU to all the many helpers who made The Lion’s Tail 2011 possible by giving up your free time so that others could enjoy the ride.
THANK YOU also to all the competitors who made the ride worthwhile running.
We hope to see you all back next year, either competing or helping – or both!
The trip for me took just over an hour and a half. Driving in to Firs Farm was rather strange as initially the yard looked derelict but as I drove down towards the back of the buildings it was obvious that some of the barns and stables were still in use and right at the back adjacent to the small field we used for parking was an enormous and very new looking ménage.
I parked, unloaded a very excited horse – excited by all the lovely grass - and went off to the stables to get a cup of tea. Very civilized!
We then gathered together and were split into groups according to our EGB level. One group went off to see the Farrier, Physio, and vet with their horses. The second group left their horses tied up and went to see David who was talking about fitness, training and ride preparation. Our group tacked up and went into that lovely ménage for a short ridden assessment.
The groups then swapped around until we had all been to see everyone.
After a more than adequate lunch, to which everyone had contributed, we all returned on foot to the ménage and had a short talk and demo about crewing and trotting up for the vet.
We then tacked up and returned to the ménage mounted. We were split into two teams and spent a very enjoyable time playing team games that involved sponges, slosh bottles and bending poles.
The entire day was very enjoyable and very useful. Where else could you get your horse so thoroughly MOTed and have the chance to talk through any problems, from pre-ride training and feeding to loading, travelling, presentation and ride tactics for just £35.00?
THANK YOU to all those involved with organising the training day.
Congratulations to member Larissa Whiley and her horse Equiloan Phoebes Gold who achieved a Gold Award in the Exmoor Experience Class at this year's Golden Horseshoe Ride on 16/17 May.
Congratulations to Abby Goodrich and Alice (Hayleys Empress) on winning the 90km ride at Haywood Oaks, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire this weekend.
The online Ride Entry system on the main EGB website has been changed – more options have been introduced so that the online system fits all situations – well hopefully!
Registered horse, different rider:
A member can enter a horse registered by them but then record another person as the actual rider for that class. This rider may be a member or a non-member. All their details must be entered, but once entered they can be recalled and used again without re-entering them. Normal checking and rules apply to this alternate rider. If the rider is not a current member then Temporary Day Membership rates will be charged.
Registered rider, different horse:
A member can enter a ride but if instead of using their own horse they wish to ride a different horse they can record the details of this new horse. Again all the details must be entered, but they may be recalled and used again without re-entering them. Normal checking and rules apply to this alternate horse.
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For the second year running Ray Davison and Peski aka Sainwestwell Silver Mask have won the Kings Forest 80km ER held this year on 27 March 2011 at Wordwell Hall, Bury St Edmunds.
Val Cammock and her ex racehorse April's Comait have won the 2010 South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) and Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) Elite Endurance Performance Award. Runner up is last year's winner Sue Henry with Monkey Boy. They both collected their awards and a valuable cash prize during a memorable evening at the British Breeders Awards Dinner at the Grange Hotel in London.
ROR and SEIB are working together to encourage and recognise the success of ex-racehorses in other disciplines and the Elite Performance Awards offer a very valuable prize fund of £30,000 donated by ROR.
April's Comait had 23 Flat Racing starts during her racing career. Val then bought her eight years ago from her breeder Pat Appleby to train to participate in Endurance rides, whereupon she discovered that April's Comait was not easy to ride or train.
It took Val twelve months before she was ready to compete owing to the fact the mare was so weak and has a very "self opinionated" temperament with a tendency for "tantrums". Nowadays she is a "fabulous horse to compete" said Val. Her achievement this year has been all the more remarkable as April's Comait has been suffering from arthritis in her knee and has been off work for part of the season. The plan is now to retire her and she will probably be put in foal.
Val is very committed to Endurance Great Britain (EGB), she works part time in the EGB office alongside organising the Lions Tail ride and competing two horses in EGB competitions.
Congratulations to the following Leicestershire & Rutland group members:
Davison and Saintwestwell Silver Mask:
10th Senior Championship
2nd Jeffmaur Trophy
3rd Pickreed Masterpiece Trophy
Marriott and Crystal Eyas:
1st Sam Weller Trophy
(for the second consecutive year)
and Haleys Empress:
2nd Ragham Trophy
6th Young Rider Championship
Bethany Stokes and Maximillion:
5th Merrie Trophy (Junior Championship)
1st Royal Lord Trophy