Endurancegb.co.uk - Full Article
(Published:31 March 2016)
The first major endurance ride of 2016 took place last weekend at Haywood Oaks in Nottinghamshire. Held over three days, the event welcomed all levels of rider starting from 8km Pleasure Riders at their first event up to 120km FEI Riders hoping to gain much needed International qualifications.
The first major Endurance ride of 2016 took place last weekend at Haywood Oaks in Nottinghamshire. Held over three days, the event welcomed all levels of rider starting from 8km Pleasure Riders at their first event up to 120km FEI Riders hoping to gain much needed International qualifications. The weekend saw a total entry of approximately 150 horses.
The two FEI classes – CEI 2* 120km and CEI 1* 90km – took place on Saturday, together with the main national class of the weekend set over 80km.
There were just four combinations starting the 120km. It’s early in the season to have horses fit enough for this distance but three combinations were successful, covering most of the route as a team and finishing together with an average speed of 14.07 kph. First to cross the line was 16 year old Charlotte Chadwick with her 9 year old gelding, Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar. Charlie was over the moon with her horse, “I cannot put into words how proud and pleased I am with my one in a million horse, Taz. It makes me cry to know that I trained him to be the horse he is today. Everything I have done from early mornings to late night trainings has now paid off...”
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