2022-08-02T12:10:03+01:00July 30th, 2022|

A fantastic first day of endurance rides at Rushford’s second summer fixture saw great results for British riders in the CEI3* 160km and 140km sections, while action elsewhere produced well-deserved wins across International and National sections. (Full CEI3* report tomorrow).

Magic Glenn Torque went triumphantly into first place in the CEI2* 120km after a steady ride under Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali Almazrouei. The winner said “It was a very nice ride. Our first three loops were quite challenging, but my horse was very good – and he’s very good in the transition and the vet check. I think he will be also a winner in other races – he’s a champion.”

Highest placed British rider in the CEI2* 120km was fourth placed Georgina Vaughan with Vlacq Zilal. “It was a really good ride – the tracks actually rode even better than in June even though we’ve had even more dry weather, but it’s sandy here and I can’t fault the going. We’ve been by ourselves the whole day which is a big ask for a young horse, but I asked him to do it and he just rose to the occasion. He’s fab, I’m really pleased with him. Next year I’ll do another 120km and then we’ll aim for a 140km.”

The CEI1* 100km ride was taken by Khalfan Juma Mohammed Khamis Beljafla and MRM Stable’s 7-year-old grey gelding, SW Igemaldik. Speaking after the ride, Beljafla said, “The ride was very good today, it’s the first ride for this horse and this is my first ride on him – he was great. I like this venue – I rode here last time and it is very good.”

Highest placed British rider Victoria Davies completed in 10th place on Cumbria Showtyme with an average speed of 14.23. “They were beautiful rides – although a bit warm!” said Victoria afterwards. “It’s nice to be back. I’ve had [Cumbria Showtyme] since he was two and now he’s 11. We started with pleasure rides when he was about five and did his first CEI1* last year and this is his second – next year we’ll just see where we go, but he loves it!”

Three National Rides were held across 40km GER, 40km Novice GER and 80km GER courses. The combinations posting the best Performance Formula results were respectively: Ella Pomroy and Cloverleas Mantillah (40km GER), Charlotte Valori and WIL Celtic Mighty Mouse (40km Novice GER) and Tess Wheldon and Tannasg Cosmos (80km GER). Overwhelmingly positive feedback from National riders was testament to the courses and the organisers of the rides. “It was great, really well-marked and the going was fantastic under foot, nice and soft, and a really good ride to let the horse canter along in a nice rhythm,” said top 80km GER rider Tess Wheldon. “Everyone has been so friendly. It has been really-well organised and there has been an abundance of water, even water out on course with buckets, its lovely the best ride I’ve been to in years.”

During the prizegiving, a moment of reflection and celebration was held for Dr Kuhad Kuldip Singh, one of the greatest and kindest in the world of Endurance, who sadly passed away yesterday. Event Director Nick Brooks-Ward said, “We’ve had a fantastic first day of competition here at Rushford, and have been really enthused by such a positive response to our courses and venue. Many thanks must go to Gary Honeywill and his team of course designers for finding the best loops possible. It was wonderful to have so many National athletes with us today, and the fact that they all enjoyed the ride means that my team here have provided the best that Endurance can offer.”

Full results can be found here.