Saturday, October 20, 2012

Great Britain: Veteran Grey Medlar clocks up 7,500 kms - Full Article

Friday October 19 2012

There can be no greater contrast with the hilly endurance rides here in the South West than last weekend's Royalties Ride in the Fen country of Lincolnshire.

Described by one competitor as "the best going I have ever ridden", the route along flat bridleways and riverbanks, private tracks and quiet lanes is so flat that crews can see their riders coming from several miles away.

This exactly suited the Chisholm family's wonderful old endurance horse, Grey Medlar, now 21-years-old. Ridden by Abbie Chisholm, who lives on Dartmoor, he won the 170 km ER, ridden over three days. First of the competitors out of every vetgate, he averaged a speed of 15.6 kph over the three days.

Medlar has now successfully completed 7,500 kms at competitive endurance rides and has lost none of his enthusiasm for the sport. A wonderful record...

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