MOORSIDE’S Alex Robinson rode off with a team gold medal for Great Britain team in the European Young Riders TREC Championships in France.
The 17-year-old student from Crompton House, who ride Trefnant Royal Warrior, was joined by Caitlin Crossley, from Malham, Yorkshire, and Jo McCormac, of Banbury, Oxfordshire, as they triumphed at Lamotte-Beuvron, the French national equestrian centre.
Seven teams competed in the event and Great Britain exceeded expectations to finish on the podium while Catlin was fourth and Alex 27th from the 43 individual competitors.
Alex, who competed as an individual in last year’s world championships in Segovia, Spain, began her riding at Saddleworth Pony Club.
She has followed in the footsteps of mother Liane who still competes in TREC events.
Liane said: “Alex began competing in pairs events at the age of eight/nine and learned to read maps.
“Then when she reached 14 she was off on her own – that is the age when she could compete individually.”
TREC is a three phase equestrian event that tests the partnership of the rider and horse. In the first phase the rider needs good orienteering skills to follow a set route accurately at the correct speed.
The second phase tests the control of the horse for a slow canter and fast walk, not easy, and the third phase is an obstacle course where they need to tackle obstacles that may be found when out on a ride such as jumping hedges, ditches, crossing footbridges, going through water, remounting and standing still.
As riders receive no funding and have to pay to compete for Great Britain, Alex is looking for sponsorship.
Mum Liane estimates it cost £1,500 for the trip to France and £3,000 for the Spanish trip last year.
Liane and Alex also competed together recently in the National TREC Championships at Oswestry, Alex over a 30km orienteering course and Liane competed in the 40km.
Any sponsor willing to help Alex can email Liane at: firstname.lastname@example.org