Farlington’s Bedwin is youngest rider to complete Endurance GB

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Farlington School’s Katie Bedwin has become the youngest person in the history of Endurance GB horse riding to complete a 100-mile event.

The 17-year-old and her horse Elayla travelled to Nottingham in preparation for the Haywood Oaks Endurance ride.

The pair and the three others in her class, had a mass racing start at 6am on the Saturday morning in the dark, their only light being head torches.

By the third vet gate, there was only Bedwin and one other extremely experienced combination left in the race.

She eventually finished at 8.39pm, again in the dark, to come second, just six minutes after the first horse, having made up 15 minutes on the last loop.

There was still the massive hurdle of passing the last rigorous vet inspection of the day.

In all she had eight vet inspections and hold times equating to 3.5 hours non-riding time. Elayla trotted up sound, with a remarkably low heart rate.

Bedwin is the youngest person in the history of Endurance GB, by two years, to complete this distance.

By successfully competing in this ride, she has qualified for both the young rider and senior elite squad of which there are only 10 combinations presently in the UK.

Sara Whittaker, Farlington director of PE and sport, said: “We are very proud of Katie’s achievements. She is very passionate about her sport and throws herself into everything she does. She is a great all-rounder and a credit to Farlington.”