2016 News Archive

EGB National Awards 2016

Basford Showman has won the EGB National Veteran award

The award is made to horses 18yo or over achieving the most points in all types of rides.

This year Ally Sole has been competing on Darcy while Amber is working in Australia.

Congratulations to Darcy, Ally and special crew Pete, what a great result.

Endurance GB Awards for 2016 Congratulations to:

Chloe Delaney and Harmonized

2nd in the Novice Championship and placed 20th in the Top 50 Young Riders

What a great start to an endurance career. 


Well done to Emma Daniel for having two horses in the Top 50 Young Riders

Endurance GB National Distance Awards 2016

4000km Basford Showman   (Amber & Ally Sole)

3200km Ghalib Zafir   (Julie & Emma Martin)

800km Abbery Cornish Messenger  (Heidi Clark)

400km Cumbria Black Kareem  (Emily Ferguson)


Five go to Forbidden Corner

An outing by the West Riding Group to Forbidden Corner last week was enjoyed by five of our members. Despite the dire weather forecast the five had a good time exploring this fascinating place.

Congratulations to Heidi Clark and Abbery Cornish Messenger


EGBs first pin-up!

Follow the link to the EGB article


WEST RIDING Group would like to thank all those that have helped us to organise and hold our rides and events in 2016.


Last weekend, we had a helpers supper as a token of our appreciation. More than 20 helpers from across the district (members and non members) enjoyed their fish and chips.



West Riding horses had a great end to the season at Royalties!

Congratulations to:

Emily Ferguson & Cumbria Black Kareem (78km)

Samantha Bowkett & Syrus (50km)

Heidi Clarke & Abbery Cornish Messanger (40km)

Jeni Gilbert & Ballydoolagh Alfie (32km)


Congratulations also to Emma Daniels and Val Swann on their success.

Thank you to Equidgel for their generous support and prizes. Photo by West End Photography.

SECOND in the Inter Regionals


Thank you to all who competed and all who helped, especially

Anne Ferguson - Chef d' Equip

Pete Hawksley - Chief Crew & Photographer

A great result for all

SECOND in the Lindum Team Spirit

This years team was

Ally Sole and Taaqib

Emily Ferguson and Cumbria Black Kareem

Julie Martin and Silva Quartz

Ally Sole and Basford Showman

The Wars of the Roses has been decided 



Well done to all!

The West Riding Challenge however was won by LANCASHIRE

For full details please see the ride website

Three Peaks Challenge 2016


Last weekend Sue Cunningham successfully completed the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge, here is Sues account:


I did the walk to raise money for Age UK, the Lindum charity this year.


So far I've raised a little over £300 (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/suethreepeaks) .


The walk is about 39km, with 1600m of climb – the challenge is to do it in less than 12hrs, so I was really pleased with my time of 8:13. Normally at a weekend the route is really busy - you can often see lines of people climbing the hills, but this weekend the forecast was strong winds and heavy rain (typically British summer!) so it was a lot of quieter, and some of the big group charity walks had cancelled. As it turned out, the weather wasn’t too bad – wet and windy with very low visibility on the peaks, but otherwise OK. I was grateful to be walking in thin shorts – they dry quick! Felt sorry for one person I saw in sodden jeans – not recommended.


The ‘traditional’ order, and the one route I took was to start at Horton in Ribblesdale, then climb Pen y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Pen y Ghent is a short, sharp climb – quite odd at the summit, as visibility was only about 100m or less, so I felt completely alone, with the path just fading away into the fog. It is a long steady descent to the Ribblehead viaduct, and a welcome refreshment stop. The usual butty van hadn’t arrived, but fortunately I was being crewed by Rummy. Whernside is the easiest ascent, long and shallower than the other two, but you do feel the steep descent. They’ve done a lot of work on the paths, so you have firm footing rather than having to wade through bog as you used to. Much appreciated. I did get passed by a few fell runners on the way up, going in the opposite direction. I got off the path, as they were hurtling down and really didn’t look like they could stop.


Second refreshment stop at the Old Hill Inn (and no, I didn’t pop in!), then on to Ingleborough. At first it is a nice fairly gentle ascent, then you get to the stone staircase – it’s not too long, but it’s about a 40% gradient, and legs that have already done 30km really feel it (well mine did anyway). Felt more like a stone ladder than a staircase. Once again the summit was shrouded in fog – I could hear other people, but couldn’t see anyone, and almost lost my bearings looking for the path back down. Another short sharp shower, then I was out of the fog and onto the steady descent and the welcome site of the finish in Horton in Ribblesdale.


Would I recommend it, yes definitely – but maybe on a nicer day so you can at least enjoy the views!

Wars of the Roses 16/17th July

The West Riding Group and the Organisers of the Wars of the Roses would like to thank their generous sponsors for their support of this ride.

Robin Hood Horse and Country Stores  are kindly sponsoring the 64km PF class 

North West Equine Vets are kindly sponsoring the 'Best presentation to vet' award

Equine Therapy Solutions are kindly sponsoring the Best Condition Award


On behalf of the Organisers and West Riding Group - thank you!

Wharncliffe Chase Winners!

Congratulations to all those who competed successfully at Wharncliffe this year on what was a rather warm day!

More than 100 riders enjoyed West Riding hospitality and all the challenges of a West Riding ride.

The 80km GER class was well supported so a PF class was offered with generous prizes from Simple Systems donated by Fairview Equine and Canine Services.


1st Emma Martin  and Ghalib Zafir

2nd Rachel Judson and Ben Shah  - Winner of Best Condition

3rd Georgina Vaughan and Sg Anesstasia

4th Emily McHugh and Hs Prosper


Thank you to all those that helped and made it a great weekend.

Congratulations to Amber Sole on her success in her  recent FEI 1* .
Amber is currently part of the West Riding (Australia ) branch and is having a great time in the sun!


Congratulations also to Katherine Mills who is also part of the West Riding (Bulgaria) Group and had success in Hungary with her first FEI 2*.

Congratulations to Emma Daniel and Rocky

They have come fourth in the 2015 AHS PERFORMANCE HORSE AWARDS

Sponsored by Sheer Versatility


Westpoint Trophy for high points Part Arab to

MELLWAY PRECIOUS ROSE 750 points – owned by Kay Curtis

Reserve: LITTLETONS DEFINATELY MAYBE 520 points –India Duke

3rd SIRNUNN GOLDEN SNOWFLAKE 390 points – owned by Anne Short


4th ALYS ESTRELLA DE ROCK 375 points owned by Emma Daniel


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