February 19 2021
THE FEI Endurance Young Rider World Championships are rapidly approaching. As the first ever to represent The Bahamas at this event, Reine Pagliaro and her mount Beautiful Knightmare (known as Beau) are training, refining, and doing all the research necessary to represent The Bahamas to the best of their ability.
The competition is scheduled for September 6-10 in Ermelo, The Netherlands.
To put it simply, Endurance is a cross-country marathon on horseback. An FEI 2* event, the Young Rider World Championships distance is 75 miles (120 km).
The qualification process has been gruelling: first Pagliaro and Beau had to complete a certain number of qualifying races before moving up to the International, or FEI, level.
After achieving FEI status, the pair then had to finish two 120km races which was accomplished in March 2020. Reine rides with the Stiyu Endurance Team at Muscogee Farms in Eatonton, Georgia. The Stiyu research team has been scouting competition venues with weather and footing similar to that of The Netherlands. Luckily, the weather in middle Georgia where the pair train is almost identical to the weather in Ermelo...