Moorland Endurance Ride
Nicky Sherry with her British Team Horse "Bella Joya"
(Photo courtesy of Eric G Jones 01747 860625)
The 80 km Minions Challenge Endurance Ride on Bodmin Moor attracted
a quality entry of 11 horses, with another 90 competing in the supporting
classes. The first 40 km loop took in varied terrain as the horses made
their way over Sharptor, through Smallacombe Plantation, round the lovely
open stretches of East Moor, back through the Plantation and the run
to home through the standing stones of the Hurlers for vet gate 1.
3 experienced competitors were first out of the vetgate, Jill Thomas
and "Tarafiya", local rider Nicky Sherry with her British
Team Horse "Bella Joya" and Julie Pedder from Shaftesbury
in Dorset with "Lady Christal", Wessex Group Champion in 2000.
This group stayed together until disaster struck Julie just 8 kms from
the second vet gate when "Chrissie" pulled a shoe. With the
farrier busy at the venue replacing lost shoes, Julie decided to ride
steadily back to the vet gate, but was 30 minutes behind the other 2
by the time the shoe was back on.
Jill was first back out on course for the final 10 km loop, and some
40 minutes later came cantering back through the finish to win the class,
"Bella Joya" took 2nd place , with Julie and "Lady Christal"
in third. 4th place went to a delighted Margaret Bell whose "Seurat"
had also lost a lot of time when he lost a shoe on the second loop.
The 5th and final finisher was Veryan Barneby and "Yuklid".