Buckinghamshire based rider, Hannah Maskell has become the youngest person ever to win Endurance GB’s Supreme Champion Trophy at just 15 years of age.
This trophy is awarded to the horse and rider combination gaining the most points in all types of competitions run by Endurance GB over the 2014 season, which runs from March to October. In addition to this accolade, Hannah also holds the Young Rider National title which she won at Cirencester Park this year.
Hannah’s horse, Joyce’s Choice, also known as Jimmi, is not the typical endurance horse, he is a 16hh Irish Sports Horse, proving that endurance is not solely for the Arabian breed, a typical assumption.
This was the pair’s first competitive season, where riders race against each other over distances of no less than 80km. Hannah won her very first race in Brandon, Norfolk, of 80km. This was just the start of Hannah’s incredibly successful racing season. Hannah went on to race in a further four races, remaining unbeaten.
Hannah started endurance riding seven years ago with the Pony Club. She affiliated with Endurance GB in 2011 as she wanted to increase the distances she could compete in. “Pony Club endurance is an ideal way to get into endurance if you have not done it before. Once I tried endurance there was no looking back as it’s is a great sport where you can really get to know your horse better. I would encourage all young riders to give it a go” said
Hannah hopes to repeat her success in 2015 and wants to attempt the iconic Red Dragon ride held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. Should a proposed sponsorship agreement with Meydan go ahead, Endurance GB riders such as Hannah will be able to access additional support and coaching to develop their riding careers in 2015.