The first of four planned 2016 Euston Park FEI Endurance Rides took place yesterday in Suffolk, United Kingdom and has been hailed as a success by organisers and competitors alike. Presented by award-winning global airline, Emirates Airline, the ride was designed to showcase all that is good about Endurance.
Nine nations were represented on the start-line of the four different classes run; with 21 starters in the CEI 1* 80km, 14 in the CEI 2* 120km (and two additional Young Riders in that class) and ten riders in the CEI 3* 160km. The rides were held in very favourable conditions. Although warm, it was breezy with good cloud cover all day. The first horses started at 0700hrs and the last to cross the finish-line did so at 2050hrs.
The various course loops took in the scenic, mature parkland of the Euston Park Estate, along with neighbouring farms, estates, water and bridleways. Competitors spent almost no time on public roads and riders on the 80km course completed three loops, on the 120km five loops and on the 160km six loops of varying distance.
The winners of the four classes were:
CEI 1* 80km – Mansour Saeed Mohd Al Fares (UAE) riding Tonki Dee Boo Barry* in a total ride time of 03:40:13 (average speed 21.8 kph)
CEI 2* 120km – Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui (UAE) riding Splendacrest Adage* in a total ride time of 05:21:36 (average speed 22.39 kph)
CEI 2* 120km YR Charlotte Chadwick* (GBR) riding Sky’s The Limit in a total ride time of 08:47:08 (average speed 13.66 kph)
CEI 3* 160km - Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi (UAE) riding Sahem* in a total ride time of 07:07:43 (average speed 22.44 kph)
* Also winner of ‘Best Condition Award’ in their class.
Ride results from each class can be found here: http://eustonparkendurance.co.uk/events/
In a notable British success, Staffordshire’s Charlotte Chadwick (16) riding Sky’s The Limit won the CEI 2*YR which has qualified her for the European Championships in Portugal this September.
Winner of the CEI 3* 160km, Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi (UAE), said: “I haven’t ridden here before and it was such a good course. I thought that maybe I had a chance of winning but Sahem went really well and I’m so pleased we won. I’m really excited to have qualified for the World Championships.”
Winner of the CEI 2*YR 120km, Charlotte Chadwick, said: “I’m really pleased, I worked really hard today and I can’t believe we’re going to the Europeans!”
Euston Park Endurance Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said: “We are really pleased that this first ride went so well and we couldn’t have asked for better conditions. The park looked stunning and I’ve had great feedback from the riders and we are looking forward to the next three rides continuing to build on this success.”
Jon Sheppard, Manager National Accounts, Emirates Airline: “I was really impressed with the event today. It’s such a nice setting and I’d like to extend our congratulations to all those involved, the winners of the various classes and everyone that completed the course.”
Of the starting field of 47, 25 horses completed the total distance of their respective course (53%), with the remainder either retiring or failing to meet the stringent vetting criteria required to compete in the next phase of the competition. One horse was taken to Newmarket Equine Hospital for precautionary X-rays and is being kept in for monitoring but is comfortable and organisers are pleased to report that all other horses and riders were safe and well at the end of the day. In an initiative to further promote horse welfare ALL prize money was awarded to the Best-Condition horses in a separate judging, in strict accordance with FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822].
The next three rides are scheduled for June 19, July 16 with the final ride on August 13.