Chairman Julie clinches top endurance award

JULIE MARTIN, from Hepworth, was presented with the Cock of the North trophy as overall winner when the West Riding Group of Endurance Great Britain held their annual awards and prize-giving.

Julie, who is chairman of the group, has been competing in endurance rides for over 30 years. She won the championships of both long distance riding societies in the 80s and was runner-up in the EGB overall championships of 2008 and 2009 with Solitaires Star.

The 11-year-old Arabian mare is only 14.2hh and was bought by Julie as a two-year-old, initially as a companion to her then endurance horse.

The novice champion award went to Bev Corrigan, from Meltham, with Zoe's Flight. The top young rider was Emily Fergerson, from Leeds, and Amber Sole, from Hessle, was the best junior.

Four newcomers to the sport were given achievement awards: Nicola Bowley, Tadcaster; Margot Fielden, Leeds; Kelly Crowther, Morley and Marcus Headland, Great Heck.

The first of three national rides will be Wharncliffe Chase in June, followed by Last of the Summer Wine in July and South Yorkshire in September.