Rachael Rogerson Takes Endurance National Championship

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RachaelRogersonGryphonNationalChampion2012CreditDavidSaundersLRUp and coming endurance rider, Rachael Rogerson (25), from Monmouth won the 2012 Endurance National Championship held at Kings Forest, Bury St.Edmunds on the 30th June with her homebred gelding, Gryphon. Rachael stormed to victory around the 160km course with an average speed of 17.7kph.
The Championships carry a valuable prize fund of a new saddle provided by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and a cheque for £150 from Performance Equestrian to the winner, kindly organised by the Kings Forest ride organisers.
Gryphon was bred for endurance, he is a home bred, part-bred Arab by Chatanz, who Rachael has also competed on. Now 16 years old, Gryphon has been competing for the last 10 years. Rachael said, “His competitive career has been rather a roller-coaster, he is more than a little accident prone!” However, there have been numerous successes for the pair over the years including taking the National Championship back in 2009. Rachael and Gryphon were selected as members of the 2006 and 2008 Young Rider teams and Gryphon also won the Dukeries 160km 2 day ride with Rachael’s mother, Mary Stubbs.
Rachael and Gryphon put in a very fast time at Kings Forest to take the Championship. Rachael said, “He didn’t really settle on the first loop but with the addition of a martingale at vetgate 1 he then settled and went beautifully for the rest of the ride and he flew on the last loop. The route was flat with mostly grass and sandy tracks with only a few gates hence the speed”.
Following this success, Rachael has now been invited onto the Elite squad for the European Championships in 2013. She said “The National Championships came just 5 days too late to count as qualification for the 2012 World Endurance Championships and there is a very competitive squad for the selectors to choose from already!” Rachael plans to give Gryphon a break now and then compete in a ride in Europe in the Autumn.
Rachael works full time as a labarotory technician for a biotechnology company in St. Briavels and fits endurance riding in around this. “I train my own horses, so endurance is my main hobby, there isn’t much time for anything else other than the occasional game of squash”. Rachael’s mother Mary and sister, Sarah also compete in endurance and they along with father, Steve, are Rachaels’ crew.
For more ride reports and results as well as information about getting started in the sport, visit www.endurancegb.co.uk.

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