The Royal Windsor Endurance ride, kindly supported by the Kingdom of Bahrain took place today, with seventy riders heading out into the in Windsor Great Park to compete in CEI2* 120Km and CEI1* 80Km classes.
This was the seventh edition of Royal Windsor Endurance and ten nations entered with riders travelling from as far as Australia and Uruguay. In fact, Emma Dimech from Australia was riding in the CEI** to try and qualify for the Young Riders Championship in Pisa, Italy later this year. She did so, by completing safely in a time of 08:05:30 on her grey gelding, Oso Spiralling Wind.
The ride starts happened in a heavy mist, and so Organisers implemented a rolling start for safety. As the morning progressed the sun came out, but conditions remained cool, with a light breeze. The going was surprisingly good following heavy rain on Thursday. The rides avoided Ascot Racecourse this year and so the Course Designer, John Robertson was able to find new routes through the Great Park.
The CEI2* 120Km had a UAE one, two, three, four and the class was won by Ghanim Said Salim Al Owaisi (UAE) on Maison Blanche Vengai in a time of 04:52:29. The CEI1* 80Km was won by Bahrain’s Fahad Helal Mohamed Al Khatri on L M Troyano in a time of 03:23:47. The completion rate in the CEI** was 39% and in the CEI1* 56%.
There was a strong Great British representation, with 24 riders starting the 80Km and one in the 120Km. 14 riders completed the CEI1* and the highest place Brit was Bury St Edmunds’ Lauren Mills riding HS Jamal. She finished eighth in 04:12:11.
Commenting on her day, Lauren said: “It was another fantastic year at Royal Windsor Endurance and it all came together for me today. My horse, HS Jamal took to the course, felt incredible all day and cantered us over the line. I had an amazing crew team supporting me today and they worked tirelessly to ensure my horse had everything he needed to run a safe but competitive race. All in all I am thrilled and had a wonderful day!”
Royal Windsor Endurance Director, Nick Brooks-Ward, said: “Royal Windsor Endurance is always a special event, and today the team adapted well to the changing conditions. We are grateful to all our officials, sponsors and to the Crown Estate for making us so welcome in their beautiful park.”
President of the Ground Jury, Michael Gill (GBR), said: “It was a great event today and we had an excellent team of Officials from around the world. I would like to extend my particular thanks to the excellent Veterinary Commission for the high standard of care they showed.”
Foreign Veterinary Delegate, Constança Moreira Da Fonseca (POR), said: “The Veterinary Commission worked really well today and, together with the officials, riders and crew there was a good, cooperative team effort. The ride was well organised and as Vets we had access to excellent facilities which optimised the service we were able to offer and reflected the high standard of organisation throughout the event. Two horses were referred for further assessment and all others were passed as fit to travel home today.”
Presentations will take place at the Royal Windsor Horse Show tomorrow and all results can be found here: //www.rwhs.co.uk/endurance-results/