Just Chaps-sponsored Abbi sent an exciting report of a challenging competition in the Welsh mountains, wearing her favourite Endurance chaps:
“Djelanza and I put our names forward for the Welsh Team at the Home International and Celtic Challenge to be held on 5-6 October at Red Dragon in Builth Wells.
The Red Dragon course starts at the showground and heads out across the mountain in a large loop. It was a very large event for Djelanza to attend plus he had to be stabled away from home for 2 nights. Friday, we had the opening ceremony with a parade and of course all of the national anthems. All teams then had vetting that afternoon. Djelanza was a little bit excited but coped well trotting up in the large barn. As Wales is notoriously known for it rained all of Friday night. The fog on Saturday was thick and we couldn’t see two metres in front of us on top of the mountain. It was very eerie. Despite Djelanza’s constant pulling to go faster (the terrain would not allow for this) we made it through day 1 and caught up with fellow Welsh Teammate, Julie Abbott.
Day 2 with no fog fortunately and a calmer Djelanza. Julie and I decided to ride together as the boys had gone so well on the last stretch. Djelanza very much likes being in the lead and Julie’s horse prefers to be behind. Despite having done 40km up and down mountains the day before Djelanza was still full of running. He stormed round day 2 and we cantered together across the top of the mountain which was really thrilling. We finished the course together with Julie and both of us passed at the finish.
It was a brilliant weekend and so nice to have the camaraderie of being part of a team again. Plus a good way to spend a 30th birthday!”
Photos from Red Dragon, Day 1 credit to David Saunders and Day 2 credit to Kerry Dawson.