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Britain is to host the 2005 Open European Endurance Championships at the Hilton Herbs Alfred’s Tower Ride in Wiltshire. The event beat off strong competition from the organisers of Florac, France, and from Elvas in Portugal.

Alfred’s Tower offers a strong organising committee, led by former Endurance GB chairman John Hudson, and a challenging course, and it also provides a prestigious international setting — the trot-up is held Badminton-style in front of the National Trust’s Stourhead House.

British team managers will be aiming to emulate the success of the European Championships at Southwell in 1993, where our team won gold, plus individual gold and bronze medals.

The competition will be on a far bigger scale to that of a decade ago as the sport has expanded worldwide — 77 riders from 22 countries took part in the European Championships at Punchestown this September.


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