– Press release
Sarah Arthur and Ashahn going through the Trecarne
ford, on the way up to the moor.
two Training Rides by the South West group of Endurance
GB are ever the same. After the woods and grassland of Ladock,
at the Camelford Ride on 26th April, the horses and riders
found themselves out on the high part of Bodmin Moor .
route was planned by Ride Organiser, Jan Kane, and marked
by the members of the Cornish branch of the Trail Riders
Fellowship, who use both quads and trail bikes to get around
with the flags and markers that the riders follow.
very grateful to the local landowner and the commoners for
allowing us to run this ride over the moor,” said
Jan. “And particularly, to the local farmer who lets
us use one of his fields as a venue.”
heavy overnight rain had left the tracks very wet and muddy
in places but fortunately the rain held off for the morning
and with no wind to speak of, the ride was very enjoyable.
The thirty-five horses that took part did come back looking
a great deal muddier than they started but all declared
the ride to be “one of the nicest we have done”.
of those taking part was 15-year-old Sarah Arthur from St
Neot, on her 11-year-old grey Arab gelding, Ashahn.
who is a member of the East Cornwall Pony Club, has owned
Ashahn for two years and he is proving very versatile.
is just my pony,” she explained. “We do lots
of pony club and riding club activities, including show
jumping, which he loves.
started endurance last year as novices doing the 32 kms
(20 mile) rides but have now qualified at open level. This
year, I am hoping we will make it up to advanced level so
that we can start doing ERs. For that we have to complete
two rides of at least 65 km (40 miles), one of which must
be 80 kms (50 miles).”
the St Meubred’s Competitive Ride, Sarah and Ashahn
successfully competed in the 66 kms class, achieving a Grade
gets rather nervous at the final vetting,” explained
Sarah, “so his pulse rate goes up which gives us a
loves endurance rides and never seems to tire. In fact,
he tends to pull a lot if he is not allowed to keep going
at his own speed.”
next competitive ride organised by Endurance South West
is the West Moor Ride on Sunday 19th July, at which Sarah
is hoping to compete in the 80 kms (50 mile) class. There
will be something for all levels of horse and rider, with
classes ranging from a non competitive Pleasure Ride up
to a 80 kms ER for those at advanced level.
Non members are always welcome at Endurance South West rides,
both training and competitive rides. For information on
the latest programme and entry forms to download, go to