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BERA BRITISH ENDURANCE RIDING ASSOCIATION NEWS

March 2001

· April Endurance Ride Cancellations mean Hilton Herbs Golden Horseshoe Ride Will Not Go Ahead
· Elite Squad Marks New International Strategy
· British Youngsters Look Forward to their First Ever World Championships
· Equest are new Co-Sponsors of Tattersalls Ride
· Major BERA Fixtures for 2001

· APRIL ENDURANCE RIDE CANCELLATIONS MEAN HILTON HERBS GOLDEN HORSESHOE RIDE WILL NOT GO AHEAD

A JOINT STATEMENT as at 12.3.01 FROM:

The British Endurance Riding Association & The Endurance Horse & Pony Society

Because of the continued and worsening Foot & Mouth crisis, the British Endurance Riding Association (BERA) and the Endurance Horse & Pony Society (EHPS) have had no hesitation in cancelling all their events scheduled to take place during the month of April 2001.

Explains BERA Chairman, John Hudson: “Unfortunately this will mean that riders have no opportunity to qualify for the BERA flagship ride, the Hilton Herbs Golden Horseshoe. So, regrettably, the decision has had to be taken to cancel the ride for 2001.”

The EHPS have taken a further step by stating that the Society will not hold any rides until a MINIMUM of 28 days after the last confirmed outbreak and then only subject to local permissions being granted. BERA will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will make a further statement by the beginning of April.

Both BERA and EHPS continue to recommend that during this crisis, members should not exercise their horses outside the boundaries of their own property, and they should not be transported in lorries or trailers to any location, except in an emergency.

· ELITE SQUAD MARKS NEW INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY

The Elite squad of British Endurance Riders have their minds focused on the principle international endurance event for seniors – The European Endurance Riding Championships in Perugia, Italy on 29 September 2001. The squad of 12 has been drawn up based on the previous two year’s results and the members have attended two assessment weekends (in February and March). Each rider will plan their own campaign but will be asked for their ride programme and to submit their results to the International Committee. A second reserve squad has also been drawn up.

The Elite Squad is as follows

RIDER NAME: HORSE NAME: FROM:

Jane James Steel Tobias/Rowengay Garnet Penzance, Cornwall

Jayme Bone Kruga Rubery, Birmingham

Jim Lane Safaniya Newcastle, Staffs

Liz Booth Youscha Kirkhill, Inverness

Gill Campbell Barwani Lambourn, Berks

Jill Thomas Tarafiya Penzance, Cornwall

Jane Williams Druimghiga Shiera Liskeard, Cornwall

The Reserve International Squad is as follows

Sylvia Bailiss Doracina Phrisbe Hanley Castle, Worcs

Ann Urwin Nhamir By Taynuilt, Argyll

Nikki Jenkins Three Corners Sasha Newton Abbot, Devon

Nikki Sherry Bella Joya Bodmin, Cornwall

Sara Kelleway Daoves Du Pin Newmarket, Suffolk

Jane Dawson Epistle Southampton, Hants

Lisa Franks I’m Pollyanna Weymouth, Dorset

Shelagh Bunn Phylka Southampton, Hants

Sally Hall Caramea Markov Congresbury, Bristol

Liz Platts Zilzal Bradwell-on-Sea

Becky Broughton Murmansk Ravenshead, Notts

Jenny Jackson Burning Best Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Explains John Robertson for the International Committee: “We were very pleased with the way the first assessment weekends went but it was early days and the horses were only just coming back into work. With all rides being cancelled due to the foot and mouth outbreak the training programmes have been completely upset. The International Committee will be meeting on 27 March to review the situation and revise plans for the year accordingly.”

The British team will be looking to go one better than the Team Silver medal (behind Australia) won at The World Endurance Riding Championships last year in Compiegne (France). In the last

10 years, Britain has competed in 8 international championship events bringing home a total of 7 medal honours: 1 World Championship Team Gold, 1 individual World Championship Silver, 2 European Team Golds; 1 individual European Gold and 2 European Team Silvers.

· BRITISH YOUNGSTERS LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR FIRST EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The best of Britain’s young (Under 21) endurance riding talent are set to line up on 8 September in Vittoria (Northern Spain) for the inaugural Young Rider World Endurance Riding Championships.

· THE NEW NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SQUAD is set to compete in Calais at intermediate level later in the year. Listed on the squad are:

RIDER HORSE FROM:

Nikki Freud Blue London SW11

Mrs K Wiscombe Burrowshot Ass Lyme Regis, Dorset

Juliet Jacob Charlie Chalk Kings Lynn, Norfolk

Sue Rich Czarus Bristol, Somerset

Sue Buckley Drysgoed Daydream Bromsgrove, Worcs

Jo Chisholm Grey Medlar Okehampton, Devon

Linda Croft Layla Burnham on Crouch, Essex

Pauline Dickie Legend Moon Cameo Wimborne, Dorset

Bridget Fairman Shakil El Nefous Haslemere, Surrey

John Hudson Tigre Yeovil, Somerset

Rachel Rolph Taras Dream Nantwich, Cheshire

Donna Taylor Radman Halesowen, W Midlands

Christine Yeoman Dahmiah Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Natalie Noke Toker Ibn Teelah Southampton, Hants

Carolyn Shackles Marches Trinity/Benedict Redditch, Worcs

Judy Lane Desert Sand Dancer Cookham, Berks

Sharon Parr Forge Quest Drybrook, Glos

Felicity Stockwell King of Reds Thetford, Norfolk

Ann Lovell Arwasin Dartmouth, Devon

· EQUEST ARE NEW CO-SPONSORS OF TATTERSALLS RIDE

The prestigious 140km FEI Tattersalls ride, scheduled to take place at Newmarket Racecourse on 8 July 2001,

· MAJOR BERA FIXTURES FOR 2001

21 April CANCELLED: Haywood Oaks Ride, nr Blidworth (Notts)

Including a 70 mile FEI race ride

13-15 May CANCELLED: Hilton Herbs Golden Horseshoe Ride, Exford (Somerset)

Including a new FEI two day 100 mile race ride

8 July Tattersall & EQUEST BERA (FEI CEI) Ride, Newmarket (Suffolk)

140 km (87 mile) race ride

21/22 July Festival of British Endurance Riding Cirencester Park (Glos)

Including the Inter-Regional Championships

18 August Alfreds Tower Ride, nr Warminster (Wilts)

Featuring the Riding Club Championships

24/25 August White Rose Ride, Sledmere (Yorks)

Featuring the National Championships (100 mile race ride)

16 September Three Rivers Ride, Salisbury Racecourse

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