Action opens tomorrow, Saturday 30 July, at the Rushford Estate with CEI3* 160km, CEI3* 140km, CEI2* 120km and CEI1* 100km rides taking place. Sunday 31 July will see action in a second CEI3* 160km section, plus a CEIYJ2* 120km ride. National Rides will take place on the Saturday.
The field of competitors includes a strong turnout from previous equine Rushford winners, including June’s CEI2* 120km winner Vik Des Rochers. Having stormed to victory with a textbook ride on that occasion under Hamdan Ahmad Al Marri (UAE), the 13-year-old grey gelding by Eclat De La Pierre will be piloted for this ride by Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri.
Rashed Saeed Hamad Saeed Alketbi (UAE), champion in June’s CEIYJ2* 120km, will be heading into this section too looking for a win aboard Gorosti Pagadi. June’s CEI1* 100km winning horse, CR Crispy, returns under Sajith Kumar Murugaia (SRI), in a competitive section that also includes June CEIYJ1* 100km victor Helenico Ratch, this time partnering Manohar Singh Pahar Singh (IND).
The British contingent are out in force for this July ride. Saffron Bishop and TY Shute Golden Savannah contest Saturday’s CEI3* 160km while Linda Cowperthwaite and Krakatau take on the CEI3* 140km. In the CEI2* 120km, Georgina Vaughan and Vlacq Zilal – who completed the CEI1* 100km June ride here – will be joined by Antonia Milner-Matthews and Clonmore Treasure. The CEI1* 100km ride has four British riders in a field of 17, and on Sunday it will be young riders Alicia Reeves and Sophie Moorhouse’s time to shine in the CEIYJ2* 120km.
In addition, this ride sees three National sections boasting good turnouts, with 18 riders taking on the GER 80km, and another 18 across the 40km GER and GER Novice rides.
A full list of entries can be found here.
Nick Brooks-Ward, Event Director, said; “We are delighted to have returned to the Rushford Estate for the second of our three Endurance rides running this summer, and are looking forward to an excellent weekend of Endurance with the highest standard of horsemanship present. Thanks must go to the Rushford, Shadwell and Euston Estates, and all landowners, stewards and the world-class team of officials who work so hard to deliver this event.”
The popular Rushford Estate rides have taken the reins from the Euston Park venue after many successful years of endurance run by the HPower team. Course Designer Gary Honeywill has created inviting rides with horse welfare are the forefront of the competition. Conditions – like many parts of the UK at the moment – are very dry, however Rushford’s sandy ground makes for a softer footing, with the organisers looking forward to a great weekend of competition.