Endurance GB Team Announced for the FEI European Endurance Championships 2011

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Endurance GB are pleased to announce their team selection for the FEI European Endurance Championships 2011.  The following combinations have been selected to represent Great Britain in the Championships to be held in Florac in September. 

In alphabetical order:  

  • Alice Beet and Adara Sauveterre
  • Tricia Hirst and Madjin des Pins
  • Karen Jones and Macadamia
  • Catriona Moon and Leila
  • Christine Yeoman and Richshakfy
  • David Yeoman and Haszar 

The non-travelling reserves, in alphabetical order, will be ranked in priority after 14th August.

  • Rachael Atkinson and Vanash
  • Sally Hall and Barn Owl
  • Annie Joppe and Dilmun
  • Nicky Sherry and Shimmering Blue Jasmine

The team has been announced following a successful Team Training weekend.  Chairman of Selectors, Di Latham, said on behalf of the selectors and management team, “We are confident that this is a strong Team who will rise to the challenge ahead to bring home a Team medal”

This is the first team selection for Karen Jones and Macadamia but the other five team members are all experienced riders at championship level.

Christine Yeoman has a wealth of experience at international level, having been on the squad for two World Equestrian Games in Aachen and Kentucky, and twice at European Championships.  “We have a really strong team, and most importantly for Florac, the horses are strong.  Having a horse that does hills is all important this year and I think we have a strong chance of a team medal”.

At 24 years old, Alice Beet is the youngest member of the team.  This is her first senior team selection but she already has a wealth of experience having been a member of the Young Rider team at the 2005 Young Rider World Championships in Bahrain and since then competing successfully at international level in the UK, Europe and the UAE.  “I am really pleased.  I know it is going to be mountainous but Adara is a small and compact horse and I know she is ideal for that type of terrain”, she said. 

Karen Jones and Macadamia have been regularly successful at FEI 160k rides in the UK and was non-travelling reserve for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year.  “It is so exciting and I am very pleased to be selected.  We train on the Exmoor hills all the time and he is a hill horse, so we should be suited to Florac”, said Karen.

Chef d’Equipe, Annabelle Scofield, says, “We have a top class team of riders who all have competed successfully in international rides.  Their horses have all proved that they are capable of the challenging terrain they will meet at Florac and the team will have every chance of delivering a very competitive performance.  They have all worked really hard over a number of years as members of the British team squad, to produce well trained and very fit horses.”

The 2011 FEI European Endurance Championships will be held at Florac, France, on 10th September 2011.  All the news and behind the scenes views in the run up to and during the European Championships can be found on both Endurance GB’s and Equestrian Team GBR’s websites visit www.endurancegb.co.uk and www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk for more details.

For more information on the sport of endurance in Britain, visit www.endurancegb.co.uk.

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