ENTRIES are being sought for this year’s ‘4 for the North’ endurance riding competition.
The Northumberland & Tyneside Group (N&T) of Endurance GB (EGB) are once again administering the unique event, which adds an extra competitive element to graded rides.
The format takes into account both speed and heart rates to calculate points and it is suitable for both up-and-coming and experienced horses alike.
Most of the endurance events across Durham, Northumberland, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and the Borders are included as eligible rides – with the best four results counting to the end-of-season awards.
The aim is to promote good preparation and skilled riding. Riding at a speed suited to the terrain, avoiding elimination by the vet and finishing with a low final heart rate (for the horse, that is) will achieve the best results.
The Cottee class is open to N&T members only and covers rides of between 30km and 52km. This trophy was donated by Doreen Cottee in memory of her husband Ken, who himself enjoyed the sport of endurance riding with his Arab horse Ashraaf.
The Bedmax class is open to any EGB or Scottish Endurance Riding Club member that competes in the 48km and over rides at eligible events.
Katy Carr was the winner of the 2012 Cottee Trophy with her horse Karita Super Star. They received an engraved trophy and embroidered cooler rug. Second was Janet Lennard on Linnelwood Digby and Sarah O’Neill, riding Swinhope Dylan, was third.
The winner of the 2012 Bedmax Trophy was Kathleen McGhee riding Foxghylls Folly, who were given an engraved trophy and an embroidered rug. Jackie Lloyd was second with her horse Zim Nazka, who received an embroidered saddlecloth, and in third place was Constance Newbould with Zarkhruv, who received an embroidered fleece jacket.
For more information about taking part in the competition and to keep up-to-date with ride results throughout the year, visit the N&T group’s website – www.egbnorthumberlandandtyneside.co.uk
Results are also sent out by email to all 4 for the North entrants throughout the season, enabling competitors to compare their progress against others.