South West EGB:

Endurance GB Carn Marth Ride – Rachael Claridge

Photographer: kim.goostrey@googlemail.com

Ride organiser: Alex Prout alexprout@hotmail.com

On Sunday 19th August over eighty riders explored the tin mining countryside of Carn Marth near Redruth in Cornwall. New ride organiser Mrs Alex Prout used the Scorrier Cross Country Course as this year’s venue which offered eight classes ranging from a 32km pleasure ride to a 65km competitive ride. Due to the horrific weather conditions and foot and mouth outbreak in the UK this summer which forced many equestrian events to be cancelled Alex saw an increase in entries from across the country from riders trying to qualify their horses and make the most of the remaining season. Not only did rides from neighbouring Devon travel to the event but also riders from Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight to name but a few. The course did not disappoint those who’d travelled to the region with the route taking riders through the Cornish villages of Creegbrawse, Goon Gumpas, Crofthand, Lanner, Carnkie, Carn Brea before returning to the venue near Mount Ambrose.

In the 65km class Tristan Bishop and Dubai Valentino from St Austell picked up the fastest speed in their class, whilst the farriers prize was awarded to Kirsty Wiscombe and Connie from Lyme Regis. In the 50km class the Dodson and Horrell youngest rider prize was awarded to Abbi Chisholm riding Holly from Lydford and the highest placed native was awarded to Jan Prettejohn’s Bright Spark from Sidmouth in Devon. In the Open 32km class Trudy Hall’s 30 year old Nimbus was awarded the top veteran prize and Best Condition went to ‘Fin’ ridden by R Cummins from Truro.

Thanks must go to Alex and her organising committee for hosting a fabulous event which gave riders a fantastic Cornish experience not to mention history lesson in one day. Thanks must go to the events sponsors Dodson and Horrell and to the volunteers and landowners without whom the event would not have taken place. For further information about endurance please log onto www.endurancegbsouthwest.com


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