Thursday, May 07, 2009

Great Britain: GB's Jill selected for 82-mile Mont le Soie ride in Belgium

Thursday, May 07, 2009

JILL Semmens from Penzance, who is a member of the senior development squad of Endurance GB, has been selected to ride at the Mont le Soie ride in Belgium this month.

She is among five riders picked to take part in the 82 mile FEI 2* event and will partner her nine-year-old 15.1hh Anglo Arab gelding Evermore Exciting. Jill acquired her gelding as a three-year-old and has gradually qualified him up from the basic 20-mile endurance ride to compete at the longer rides under FEI rules.

"Hopefully, we will try to achieve a 100-mile ride this year but my horse is still quite young for that sort of distance," said Jill. "He was not born until the end of August and missed the spring grass as a foal so I always think of him as a year younger than his official age."

To be selected for Belgium, Jill and Evermore Exciting made the trip up to the King's Forest Endurance ride in Norfolk at the end of March where they successfully completed a 50-mile ER.

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