Following a very successful team selection trial at the Kings Forest ride in Suffolk on the 29th June, Endurance GB has today announced a shortlist of horses and riders for the Longines FEI CEI 4* World Endurance Championships 2012.
The shortlisted riders in alphabetical order are:
· Alice Beet from Surrey riding Adara Sauveterre
· Beccy Broughton-Booker from Nottinghamshire riding Tawmarsh Muharram
· Emma Finnie from Abu Dhabi riding Sha Ali
· Tricia Hirst from Mid Wales riding Madjin des Pins
· Rachel Ingvaldson from Somerset riding Nazeeka
· Nikki Malcolm from Somerset riding Khartoum With A K or L R Bold Greyson
· 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 or L R Bold Greyson
· David Yeoman from Somerset riding Haszar
The shortlisted combinations have been asked to attend a final performance trial at Wolverhampton racecourse on the 21st July when the final team of six plus reserves will be selected.
Chairman of selectors, Di Latham said, on behalf of the selectors and management team, “we are happy to confirm that the Championship Trial held at Kings Forest this weekend was a great success, with horses stepping up to the challenge. We are delighted with the progress that has been made this year and we are on target for the ultimate goal”.
“We are fortunate to have so many combinations from which to select for the Endurance World Championships. We are committed to sending our best possible Team to the Championships to ensure that we are able to compete on equal terms with the best in the World and to secure a 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
The final team announcement will be made as soon as possible after the 21st July.