Four young British riders are off to Algeria next month for the eighth World University Equestrian Championship (9-12 October).

The team will compete in dressage and show jumping at the championships that are held every two years, this time at the Garde Republicaine racecourse in Algiers.

Hannah Westropp of British University and College Sport explained that the riders will compete on horses provided by the organisers: “The girls are quite hopeful that we can come home with at least one team medal this year,” she said.

The team includes Cambridge University vet student Natalie McGoldrick, who won combined individual gold at the 2004 championships in Tokyo, and Rosalind Canter, from Sheffield Hallam University, both of whom went to the last championships in 2006 in La Rochelle, France, winning team dressage silver.

Ms Canter, of Hallington, near Louth, has also qualified for the young event horse final, at Burghley International Horse Trials on her four-year-old mare Zedea.

They will be joined by Joanna Davies, who is team captain of the University of Birmingham Equestrian Club with Louise Bradley of Warwick University travelling as the reserve.