Hartpury College, Glos, hosted a successful training weekend for the Under-21 Squad over the weekend of 9-10 June, with 17 of the country’s top young riders taking part.

Chef d’equipe, Sue Broughton had the squad, together with their parents and crews, taking part in team building exercises, and problem solving sessions, as well as riding assessments and fitness tests for the horses.

The day also featured lectures from Dr David Marlin (Animal Health Trust), team vet Keiran O’Brien, Catherine Dunnett, team nutritionist, as well as a talk from Claire Barrie, who makes sports programmes for Sky and Channel 4.

All the team horses were assessed by the vets present, and the riders were given advice and points to think about, as they make preparations for competing at the inaugural Young Rider World Championships, to be held in September in Spain.

The weekend ended with a closing presentation from members of the Carolwood Corporation, who announced that they will be supporting the Young Rider Squad, with both products, and finance, matching the funds that the team can raise, with an equivalent donation.

A delighted Sue Broughton said :”This is just what these riders need to give them incentive to go out and raise more funds. They are working so hard to get their horses fit for competition, in very difficult circumstances, it’s brilliant to see them given a boost in this way .”

If you can help with products or finances for the Under 21 Endurance Team, please contact Sue (tel: 01623 408137)