Dorset rider to represent Britain in Abu Dhabi competition
Dorset rider to represent GB in international competition
A WEST Dorset teenager will represent the British endurance riding team in one of the world's toughest international competition in Abu Dhabi next month. Endurance GB Young Rider squad member, Dace Sainsbury (19) from Lyme Regis, has been invited to compete in the FEI 3* 160km Presidents Cup Endurance ride across steep sand dunes in the Al Wathba desert on 16th February with her horse Balotta. Dace and Balotta were the highest placed British horse and rider at the 2012 European Young Rider Endurance Championships where they finished in 12th place.
Only 12 riders from across the world are invited to take part each year in the Presidents Cup, joining local riders and members of the Emirate Royal family.
Dace and Balotta will travel to the Abi Dhabi desert the week before the ride for which the pair have been training hard. Dace said: "Training is always important to me, you cannot expect a horse to cover distance at a reasonable speed without sufficient training. The 'right' training is also important, with different work for different terrain and environment."
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Another demand of the President's Cup which will be new to Dace and Balotta is that horses are all required to carry a minimum weight of 75kgs. Dace said, "I have to train in a 10kg weight vest plus a 5kg weight pad that sits underneath the saddle. There are a lot of firsts for us in this ride, however I will do everything in my power to prepare Lottie fully for the race, but as always her welfare is my utmost priority". Dace's boyfriend, James Comber will be crewing for her.
Follow Dace and Lottie on Twitter @endurancegb and www.endurancegb.co.uk.