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[RC] WEC: British Endurance team settles well in Dubai - John Teeter


The riders and horses of the Senior World Endurance Championship
British team are settling in well in Dubai after all but two flew out
via Heathrow earlier this month, Beccy Broughton and Sarah Kellaway
having been out there since late last year with their horses.

The team are staying in the purpose-built Endurance City, at the Bab
Al Shams Hotel, designed and built in just thirteen months and only
recently opened. The City, like Athens, has hundreds of men working
24/7 to finish the complex before the Championships, which take place
on Thursday 27 January.

Rachael Claridge, Sarah Tyson, Katie Smith and Pam James stabled their
horses overnight at the Chiltern Equine Clinic based in Chalfont St
Giles, where the animals were examined by the team vet, Hugh Salmon,
and equine osteopath Gavin Schofield, before going on to enjoy
excellent hospitality at RAF Uxbridge the night before departure. All
the horses travelled well during their seven hour flight, cared for by
professional grooms supplied by Darley Transport.

Since arriving, both horses and riders have been working on fitness
and acclimatisation, power-walking some 10-15km twice a day through
the desert with riders also going swimming and using the hotel
gym. Daily temperatures are between 20-25 degrees (C) with a few spots
of rain and a deceptively dehydrating cool wind, so everyone is
drinking plenty of water. Team officials Jo Chisholm and Hugh Salmon
have also been working on their fitness for the big day.

The team riders have been able to experience vetting procedures under
race ride conditions already as a 120km Nation Day Ride took place on
Thursday (13 January). Sarah Kellaway had a young horse entered,
ridden by Phil Hurst, and Beccy Broughton crewed for Anna Williams,
daughter of FEI Head of Endurance & Reining, Ian.

For more information on how the team are progressing in Dubai, visit
the Endurance GB website: www.endurancegb.co.uk and click on "Jo's



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