Nikki Malcolm takes Endurance Championship

By: Horse Deals


Nikki Malcolm takes Endurance Championship
Nikki Malcolm takes Endurance Championship

Up and coming endurance rider, Nikki Malcolm, achieved her best result to date to take the National Championship with Khartoum With AK, also finishing 5th in the international FEI CEI 3* competition won by HE Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and Spendacrest Kamouflage.  The Championships were held at Euston Park, near Thetford, courtesy of Janah Management, on 19th June and provided a wonderful opportunity for national riders to compete at this venue that is normally only used for international competition.    

The valuable prize fund of £500 sponsored by Airowear, and a new saddle provided by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, added to the prestige of the title for a delighted Nikki. 

Bred for endurance by the late Cheryl Logan, Khartoum With AK is an anglo, by the arab stallion, Khairho, who himself won multiple 100 mile endurance races, and out of a 17hh TB mare whose breeding can be linked to the famous American racehorse, Seabiscuit. 

Nikki has been riding Khartoum With AK for 3 seasons and he has not been the easiest to train.  "He is not for the faint hearted and is full of attitude but I really enjoy him", she says.  The 13 year old has proved to be consistently successful winning 5 national competitions in a row.  The pair won the 136km 2-day Cirencester Park Summer Solstice, the Ridgeway Barbury Castle 100km, and the Red Dragon 82km in their first season.  Last season saw them finish 11th in the international FEI 120km at Euston Park with further success at the Cerne Giant and Hardys rides as well as repeating their wins at Cirencester and Barbury.  Khartoum With AK has notched up a competitive distance of over 1,828km so far in his career.

"He just breezed through with minimum effort so we are now stepping up to international competitions", says Nikki.  They completed the 160km endurance ride, including 5 vet gates and a final veterinary inspection, at an average speed of over 16 kph to secure the National Championship.  "He still needs to improve but this was our first attempt at this distance and I am very pleased with his performance.  I will listen to the squad managers and train for this level – I think we can do it", says Nikki whose aim is selection for the World Championships due to be held in Britain in 2012. 

Nikki first competed in endurance aged 14 and now, at 27 years old, she has completed a competitive distance of over 6,200 km.  As well as training her own endurance horse she also brings on young horses for international endurance rider, Chris Yeoman, but before she can start work on the endurance horses she rides out 3 lots of racehorses first thing in the morning for local trainers Bob Butler or Jo Crowley.

For more ride reports and results as well as information about getting started in the sport, visit www.endurancegb.co.uk.