With the Longines FEI CEI 4* World Endurance Championships 2012 just 4 days away, Endurance GB have announced that due to a minor soft tissue injury Nikki Malcolm’s horse, Khartoum with a K, has been sadly withdrawn from the World Endurance Championships.
First reserve, Catriona Moon and her horse, Leila, have been called up and will be travelling to Euston Park in Suffolk shortly.
The riders that will represent Great Britain, in alphabetical order, are:
• Alice Beet from Surrey riding Adara Sauveterre
• Tricia Hirst from Mid Wales riding Madjin des Pins
• Annette Masterson from Staffordshire riding El Sabio
• Catriona Moon from Somerset riding Leila
• Lesley-Ann Parker from Cambridgeshire riding Velvet Echo
• Christine Yeoman from Somerset riding LM Crazy Girl
• First Reserve - Beccy Broughton-Booker from Nottinghamshire riding Tawmarsh Muharram
• Second Reserve - Emma Finnie riding Sha Ali
• Third Reserve horse – LM Greyson
Chairman of selectors, Di Latham said, on behalf of the selectors and management team, “We are extremely disappointed for Nikki and especially sad for her that this has occurred so close to the event. We are fortunate, however, to have a back-up of strong reserves. Catriona and Leila have been training hard, are on good form and bring a wealth of experience to the Team. We continue to be confident that we have a strong Team, capable of securing a good result to make Great Britain proud of our athletes. We are all excited about having the Championships on home soil, giving endurance enthusiasts the opportunity to support their Team from the front line”.
The Longines FEI CEI 4* World Endurance Championships takes place on Saturday 25th August, at Euston Park near Newmarket, Suffolk. The 160km race across the undulating Suffolk countryside will see around 150 riders line up with up to 40 countries represented. Among contenders vying for the top spot at the 14th world title event will be defending world champion Maria Alvarez Ponton of Spain and the United Arab Emirates, winners of the team gold medal at the 2010 world championships.
There will be a live twitter feed throughout the day of the Championships @enduranceGB. For further information about the sport of endurance riding visit www.endurancegb.co.uk. For more information about The British Equestrian Team go to www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk.