Here is an update from Suzie:
“I am Suzie Todd and I’m a 14 year old long distance rider from Buckinghamshire. I’m also an Endurance GB young rider. I have two ponies – a leopard spotted Appaloosa called Dutchdream Spetter (Spot) and a Palomino part bred Arab called Dukes Mountain Masterpiece.
I started endurance riding two and a half years ago through my pony club Whaddon Chase. I was keen to start after crewing my friends at the Pony Club endurance champs and thought how much fun it looked. I started out with the shorter pleasure and graded rides on a lovely loan pony called Echo and have steadily increased my distances over time so that this season I have completed two 80km rides. I have learned so much through endurance riding: how to train and develop a horse’s fitness, how to ride safely outside an arena and across different terrains, all aspects of horse welfare (including diet, the importance of correct fitting and good quality tack, keeping your horse happy and mentally engaged, spotting lameness or discomfort to name a few!).
Spot and I have just completed our second season together. After lots of hard work, I’m proud that this season we’ve gained our FEI 1* qualifications and were selected for the England squad for the Home International competition in Wales. I was very proud to wear my Just Chaps England chaps as part of my kit.
Duke MM and I have only been a partnership since July but we have already competed in the inter-regional champs this year and have big plans for next season: building up to a 120km and attempting to gain our FEI 2* qualifications.
As part of our training, I love to do dressage with the ponies to strengthen their core and improve their way of going. We’ll be doing that over the winter to keep the ponies ticking over for next season. Spot is a dressage demon!
I absolutely love my sport of endurance and so do my fabulous ponies. We get to ride through amazing countryside, we learn so much about horse welfare and how to train and look after our horses properly and I’ve made great friends. Roll on next season!!”
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