Rachael Claridge 2010


The winter is normally a time when my endurance horses have a bit of R&R and I catch up on all of the jobs I’ve not fitted in throughout the season. This year has flown by and so much has been achieved and there is still plenty more to do before the year is out.

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I started off the season slowly due to heavy snow in Cornwall, which prevented my horses leaving their stables let alone yard for several weeks. February saw the relocation of Prince Meliodas (Mel) & Maarhabi (Charlie) to a yard near Badminton, my work commitments with the civil service prompted a work/life balance rethink and a creation of a base in South Gloucestershire as well as Cornwall. After establishing a new training routine, sourcing a new farrier, vet, equine dentist and physio we were ready to commence the season. Due to Mel picking up a foot abscess over the winter his season was to be one of consolidation and strengthening whilst his injury healed. Instead of endurance I entered him for show classes and our hard work at local shows paid off when he was awarded 4th place at the Royal Bath and West Show in the ridden Part-bred & Anglo Arab class. He then went on to compete at the Barbury Castle 40 km ride in August and achieved a grade one. Maarhabi or Charlie as he is better known came into his own as an 8 year old endurance horse this season.

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After successfully achieving 80km last year at Boconnoc I wanted to see how he would fair at the same ride this year in addition to attempting some more taxing routes such as the Golden Horse Shoe, Mynd Gaer and Camelford amongst others. All of which he completed with ease and in 2011 I intend to up the distance to over 80km and commence his FEI career. I was also loaned my mum’s horse Azareall for the summer because mum had to have an operation on her foot. I managed to qualify Zar up to Open level and he was also used to mount Horse Heroes Fiona Price at the Inter-regional Championships at Barbury Castle where we assisted the SW team achieve a silver medal. My three year old colt Silver Zenif had his first outing from the farm. Zenif won the BEF Futurity Grading for Young Horses at the Grange and then was awarded joint 2nd in the country for up and coming endurance horses at the end of the regional qualifiers. I started his backing process a few weeks ago and he was not fazed in the slightest by a saddle and rider, so I have my fingers firmly crossed he’ll make an excellent riding horse in the future. Talking of young horses, my parent’s brood mare Shahlua, the mother of Zar, was scanned in foal via AI to Charlie’s father R Ali Bey, so a patter of tiny hooves will be expected in May 2011. My parents recently sold Zar and Charlie’s 4 year old half sister Shahlisha to an endurance family in South Devon last month and hopefully she will be on the circuit in the New Year and my parents have R Ali Bey semen and a yearling colt available for sale if anyone wants to own or breed their own future star.

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Coaching has also taken up a fair amount of my time this season. I qualified as a UKCC assessor at the end of 2009 and this year qualified as a level 2 UKCC accredited coach for Endurance GB in July. I enjoyed the opportunity to escort of Horse & Rider Magazine’s Nicky Moffatt around the taxing GHS course in May and Fiona Price at Barbury Castle. I attended the BEF coaching convention at Stoneleigh on 19th October which was very inspiring and also got a glimpse of Vaulting Champion Joanna Eccles gold medal from W.E.G. On 10th November I will be meeting with the EGB coaches to finalise the new syllabus for endurance competence certificates and will then travel to Your Horse Live on Saturday 13th November to be available on the EGB stand between 1-6pm. Mum will also be attending YHL on the Sunday in the same time slot. Saturday 20th November will see the International Squad’s meet at Hartpury College where I hope to take both Mel & Charlie for a MoT by the International Management Team. On the evening of Wednesday 24th November I am holding an endurance evening with the Kings Leaze Riding Club www.klrc.co.uk which Blue Chip has kindly sponsored. Saturday 27th November will host the National AGM for Endurance GB & Prize Giving in Daventry where my boyfriend Adam and I will join my parents.

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December will be another busy month with a Christmas training ride near Malborough and Bodmin to attend in addition to celebrating my 32nd birthday on 14th. Next year looks fabulous already with many new rides to explore and now that I have Adam and our friend Jane as additional crew to my parents I have a strong support team, which is so essential.

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In our spare time Adam and I moved house last week so that we are closer to my yard so I already feel as though our fitness regime has started for the New Year carrying boxes up and down stairs! I’m just glad that my employer provides yoga and Pilates classes at lunchtime to help out too!

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Please continue to visit my website www.rachaelclaridge.com and www.endurancegb.co.uk to keep up to date with what is happening and if you are visiting Your Horse Live please come and find mum and I for a chat.

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