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15 September 2014

Clive Pollitt

Iíve been endurance riding now for 10 years or so which isnít long compared with some old hands, but never the less long enough to do a bit.  My main interest is in the longer rides, and I have been fortunate in being able to compete in a number of classic American rides such as the Tevis 1 day 100, which I have been lucky enough to complete twice, a couple of 5 day 250 miles, and a 3 day 150 miles across the Nevada desert.

With my own horses, Gwenno took me from being a complete novice to completing my first 100 miler and for that I owe her a lot.  Now I have Omar and Mac.  Omar is an FEI 3* rated horse having qualified to 1 day 100 mile standard.  Last year he was listed for selection in the British Senior team but unfortunately injured a tendon during a selection ride.  Hopefully heíll be back in action later on in the year.  Mac is my young older guy and is 14 coming on 8 year old.  Each ride he becomes stronger and if all goes well I hope to stand for selection for the intermediate team with him this year.

Unfortunately, competing at longer distances, you tend not to have time for the social niceties when at a ride.  Generally you start your ride before most riders arrive at the venue and get back after they have had their social event and gone home.  The only chance you have for a chat when you get vetted out.

My jobs on the Committee are those of Training Mannie and Central Committee Rep. As Training Mannie, I hope to pass on some of the lessons I have learned over the past years to those interested in doing the transition from Pleasure to Competitive rides.  For those presently doing middle distance Competitive rides, to encourage them to go forward and try Endurance Rides (Race rides), which for me is what itís all about.

I have a strong interest in promoting young riders and recently loaned Mac to my 13 year old neighbour to ride at Strathdon.  She was thrilled and Mac had a day out.  We need to encourage younger riders into the sport if itís going to survive - there are far too many old codgers like me!

Both Penny, my partner, (who incidentally is a much better rider than I am), and myself are available at any time to give a helping hand and a bit of advice, so feel free to call.