Riders get set for Golden Horseshoe

By: Horse Deals

Riders get set for Golden Horseshoe
Riders get set for Golden Horseshoe
Katy Mellor, from Asterton, Shropshire, will celebrate her 12th birthday by riding the first 25 miles of Exmoor’s Golden Horseshoe Ride.
Katy and her pony, Angelina Ginny, are competing in the Exmoor Experience class at the ride (16-18 May). The class is designed to provide experience of two-day competitive rides over the tough Exmoor terrain and encourage riders to go on and try the famous 100-mile Golden Horseshoe class.
Katy, who broke her pony in herself when the mare was only four and completely unhandled, will be accompanied by her mother, Sally, who in 2008 and 2009 took silver and gold awards in the same class.
The Golden Horseshoe Ride, based at Exford in the heart of Exmoor, attracts riders from all over the UK and is classed as one of Europe’s toughest venues.
There is also a 15-mile training and sponsored ride, (in aid of the Moorland Mousie Trust charity and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance) and the Golden Horseshoe Run, in aid of leukaemia research, when up to 100 runners take on 14 miles of the course.
Vet’s receptionist Mary Hannah, from Brompton Regis, and her Exmoor pony Kingsby Nutmeg — the first Exmoor to complete a competitive ride here — will be trying to better last year’s bronze award in the Exmoor Experience class.
The pair may well have competition in coming years. Linzi Green, who works for the Moorland Mousie Trust, is trying the training ride with Knightencombe Firecrest, a trust pony she gave a home to.
A full list of entries can be found on the website www.goldenhorseshoe-ride.co.uk