“I borrowed my parents 6yr old home bred Arabian gelding Ali Shamahl. We rode 49km on Bodmin Moor and completed the distance with a pulse of 43bpm and a grade 1 (pulse and average time award) – I was thrilled as it’s the second time I’ve competed him this year and it was nice my parents could crew as well! I was escorting Wendy Chung on my parents 12 year old Gelding Zar ahead of her riding in the Mongolian Derby which starts next week. Wendy started training with me in Mid-May; as a polo player from London she was not used to riding outside of the pitch or the stamina and mind set necessary to be an endurance rider whatever the weather and terrain. Over the past few months I have put her through her paces every weekend on our families horses in the Badminton and Bodmin area and at two EGB events. Today was the biggest challenge of all and I’m so proud of her completing this hot, beautiful but challenging moorland ride (with a broken hand). Unfortunately her second EGB qualification was not awarded when an inexperienced vet did not take the pulse correctly at the end of the event and Zar was eliminated which is gutting but no appeal could be made – we will try again once she returns to the UK following her 1000km adventure! Attached are a few photos: Hari (Labrador) prepares for WEG; Mum (Jo) & Dad (Pete) crewing for me today at EGB Penpont 49km; Wendy & I ride over Bodmin Moor.” – Rachael Claridge
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