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Britain names World Equestrian Games endurance team

July 14, 2010

Endurance GB has announced the riders who will make up its team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 in Kentucky in September.

Alice Beet and Laouenn de Kerpont

Janice Cockley-Adams and Khadidja du Pont

Sarah Rogerson (reserve) and FFC First Csea Lord,

"We are confident that we have a strong team, with a vast amount of experience at international and championship level, capable of competing against the best in the World for medals," said Di Latham, Chairman of Selectors.

The selected team comprises: Alice Beet - Laouenn de Kerpont; Beccy Broughton-Booker - Java Sunlight or Tawmarsh Muharrem; Ros Clapp - Nazeeka; Janice Cockley-Adams - Roxane du bout du Monde or Khadidja du Pont; and Christine Yeoman - CJS Gai Forest or L M Midday.

The non-travelling reserves in alphabetical order are: Charlotte Byrd - Arabah Firedance; Karen Jones - Macadamia; Sarah Rogerson - FFC First Csea Lord; and David Yeoman - Haszar.

The final horse selection will be confirmed in due course.

Chef d'Equipe Liz Finney said all five riders have competed successfully in international rides on many occasions. "Their horses have all proved that they are capable of the speeds necessary nowadays to win team medals and we will be competing in Kentucky with a real chance of a top team position. They have all worked really hard over a number of years as members of the British team squad, to produce well trained and very fit horses," she said.

Team member, Christine Yeoman, is already experienced at this level having been on the squad for the last World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Aachen and twice at European Championships. She has high hopes for the team this time.

"I am really proud to be part of what I believe is an exceptionally good team. There is a very strong chance of bringing back a medal this time," she said.

Beccy Broughton-Booker is also delighted to have been selected. "It is always an honour to represent Great Britain in Endurance. It is why I compete. We have got a tough job to do but the team is more than capable of going out there and getting the job done. I imagine the country will be grassy and fairly flat, so the race pace will be fast. We will have to pull together as a team and use our professionalism," she said.

Janice Cockley Adams is on good form, having taken top places at two FEI international rides this year.

"I'm thrilled to have been selected to represent Great Britain. This has been my goal for a long time now and is the result of lots of hard work and sacrifices. I know that the team will all be focused on delivering the best possible performances. We want to do our best for everyone in Endurance GB; so many people have worked to raise funds to help us get to Kentucky and they want to see British Endurance back at the top," she said.

Liz Finney acknowledged the support of Endurance GB, whose members have been raising funds towards the cost of going to Kentucky. "(They) can be assured that the team will make their efforts worthwhile".

A variety of central fundraising initiatives have been launched to help support the trip to Kentucky for all the British teams. These include an online auction with new exclusive lots added each month and the opportunity to buy Team GBR merchandise which ranges from clothing to recently launched silver and leather bracelets; generous donations are made to the teams for all items sold.

"The response from the endurance fraternity to the fundraising cause has been phenomenal - please keep it coming and thank you to everyone who has donated," Di Latham said.

The Games take place in Kentucky, USA from Saturday 25th September to Sunday 10th October with the endurance competition taking place on Sunday 26th September.



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