Kindly sponsored by Performance Equestrian
This year Pony Club Area 12 held their endurance championships at The College, Keysoe in conjunction with Endurance Great Britain’s competition. Three teams from Whaddon Chase entered with members riding in all the Pony Club classes which range from The Merlin Ride at 9km to the Eagle at 51km. For our extremely novice teams this presented a very real challenge as all the riders were being asked to ride for greater distances and at higher speeds than they had done before.
The day started off very foggy but once it had burned away it was fantastic conditions for long distance riding. Parents crewing for riders along the ride with water were able to sit back and enjoy the sunshine!
Having managed to get everyone though a tough vetting, farrier and tack check, riders set off at their allotted times following the course with a map.
Whaddon Chase member Becca Parsler managed to miss her turning and had to be helped back on course with Hannah Maskell having the dubious title of the only person to fall off. Despite these little mishaps we were delighted to see how well everyone rose to the challenge. Everyone managed to complete their courses at the allotted speed of between 8km and 12km per hour. The placings are worked out on the distance, the average speed the course was ridden over and your horse/pony’s heart rate at the start and at the finish taken into the equation.
Overall Individual Placings:
1st Hannah Maskell WCPC
2nd Gemma Maskell WCPC
3rd Natasha Parsler WCPC
4th Bryony Parsler WCPC
5th Sarah Lambert Fitzwilliam PC
6th Katheryn Naysmith WCPC
1st WCPC Wagtails – Gemma Maskell (15) Bryony Parsler (11) Beth Brown (12)
2nd: WCPC Wildcats – Rebecca Parsler (13) Hannah Maskell (9) Eve Knights (9)
3rd : WCPC Whippersnappers – Natasha Parsler (16) Kathryn Naysmith (9) Louise Gallavan (10)
Best Presented Special Award: Kathryn Naysmith Whaddon Chase PC
Best Merlin 9km : Eve Knights Whaddon Chase PC
Best Kestrel 18km : Sarah Lambert Fitzwilliam PC
Best Osprey 33km : Hannah Maskell Whaddon Chase PC
Best Eagle 51km : Natasha Parsler Whaddon Chase PC