HERBS ALFRED'S TOWER ENDURANCE HORSE RIDE
6-8 AUGUST 2004
Interest In European Trial Event
of the Hilton Herbs Alfred's Tower Endurance Ride are reporting
massive interest from home and abroad in what will be an all-important
trial event for next year's European Championship event at the Wiltshire
three-day festival of endurance, run on the Wiltshire /Somerset
border from the National Trust's spectacular property at Stourhead,
is entering its 11th year and has become one of the most prestigious
events in the international calendar of what is the world's fastest
growing horse sport. Sponsored for the second time by headline sponsors
Hilton Herbs, this year's showcase 160km (100-mile) event will take
place on Saturday 7 August over the route planned for next year's
are expecting around 60 entries for the spectacular 100-mile class
run over six phases in a single day. Among them will be some of
the world's best horses from reigning open and European champions,
the UAE and France as the teams line up to test the route in preparation
for the defence of their titles next year. Double world champion
Valerie Kanavy from the USA is among leading riders to have expressed
an interest in taking part. Members of the British senior squad
will be out in force. In 2005 as host nation, Britain will be able
to field 12 riders and will be hoping to emulate the gold medal
winning success of the British team when the European championships
were last held here 13 years ago.
new 160km route is being tested for the first time this year. Co-organiser
and route designer Mike Dando said: "Thanks to the generous
support of not only the National Trust but 95 other landowners,
the route includes just 8km of roads out of the total of 160km."
three of the route will cover Wincanton race course and for the
first time, the National Trust has agreed to riders using the approach
to the historic King Alfred's Tower.
well as a huge international contingent, the chance to ride over
the European Championship course has captured the imagination of
endurance riders from across Britain. More than 40 Riding Club teams
from as far afield as the North West have applied for entries for
the annual British National Riding Club Championship held over 34
km (20 miles) on Sunday 8 August.
John Hudson said: "The chance to ride over part of the European
Championship course has generated huge interest - we have had more
applications than ever before from riding club teams."
400 competitors are expected to take part in 11 classes at the Hilton
Herbs Alfred's Tower endurance event tackling distances from 20-miles
to the ultimate endurance distance of 100 miles in a day.
Self of sponsors Somerset-based Hilton Herbs which makes health
and performance supplements for horses said: "Hilton Herbs
has developed a close relationship with the sport of endurance over
a number of years. We were thrilled to be able to support last year's
event whose success was demonstrated by the ride's selection as
host of the 2005 European Championship. We look forward to welcoming
riders from around the world to what should be a great event."
Speight Property Manager for the National Trust at Stourhead said:
" We are looking forward to hosting the event at Stourhead
again this year, allowing riders, teams and their supporters access
to this wonderful estate. We're also tremendously excited about
the prospect of the European Championship being held here in 2005