A RUDGWICK teenager has had such outstanding success in her chosen equestrian discipline of endurance riding, that from 2012 she is likely to ride for Great Britain abroad.
Katie Bedwin (13), who is a pupil at Farlington School, started on the winning trail in September when she won the Pony Club’s Intermediate Championship in Bedfordshire with her five-year-old Arab mare, Elayla.
On the first weekend in October she competed in Wales in the home international team with her grandmother, Rosemary Attfield’s part-bred Arab, Burfield Red Dragon.
There she rode 130km over two days and won a cluster of awards- Top Junior, Top Competitive Horse and the Golden Dragon Award, in the face of tough opposition from adults.
Katie, who is a member of Endurance GB, the national body for the sport, is still at junior level in endurance, but her prowess against adults continued in the middle of October when she took Elayla to Braemore in Wiltshire and won the Southern Novice Championship against strong competiton from adult riders.
This was just the start of an impressive winning trail of championships won before Christmas.
To read about them, and for more equestrian news see Equestrian, West Sussex Gazette, December 21 2012