Sunday, July 08, 2012

Great Britain: Lauren lifts young rider endurance national title - Full Article

July 6 2012

Up-and-coming young endurance rider, Lauren Mills from Dorset, has won the 2012 Young Rider Endurance National Championships.

In a tough competition, 18-year-old Lauren raced around the 80km course with an average speed of 22.18kmph on her grey Arab Oakleaze Farm Czarko to take victory. The championships were held at Kings Forest, near Bury St Edmunds, at the weekend.

Lauren has owned Oakleaze Farm Czarko for nearly two years and the pair have won all five of their 80km starts. Lauren said: "I am so pleased with him and absolutely loved riding round the course. Czarko is so spirited he just won't let any horses past him." Lauren, from Bransgore near Christchurch, first competed in endurance aged 12 on her New Forest pony. She then rode her mother's Arab in a few competitions before Czarko arrived.

The Young Rider National Championships was the first FEI (international) ride the pair have taken part in and they plan to compete in a 2 day 160km ride in August and then are aiming at the ultimate endurance goal next year – a one-day 160km ride. Lauren said: "I am hoping if all goes well to get on to the young rider squad next year and compete for a place on the British Young Rider team..."

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