Rachael Claridge started Endurance riding over 25 years ago after being a member of the East Cornwall Hunt Pony Club. Rachael became an Advanced Rider in 1993 after being mentored by former GBR riders Jane James and Jill Thomas. Rachael is based in Badminton, physician South Gloucestershire with her husband Adam Farley. Rachael still has strong links to the family stud Phoenix Field Arabians which is based in Cardinham, Cornwall. The Claridge family have been breeding Arabian horses for Endurance for 22 years specialising in Crabbet and Egyptian bloodlines.Rachael represented Team GBR as a Young Rider in 1997, 98 and 99 at FEI 2* European Championship level with her Arabian gelding Silver Mistrahl. After graduating from the University of the West of England in 2000 with a BA Hons 2:1 degree she worked as a Wrangler at Arabian Stud and Guest Ranch, Bitter Root Ranch, Wyoming, USA where she trained with Linda Tellington-Jones and propriator, Mel Fox.
In 2003 she achieved a remarkable 5th place at her first 160km FEI ride at Cirencester, England. Later that year they came 2nd in the 100km Endurance Ride at Dukeries and then won the FEI 3* 160km at Cirencester in 2004, beating the opposition by three hours.In 2005 Rachael and Silver Mistrahl went to the World Endurance Championships in Dubai and in 2007 Prince Meliodas achieved the 160km at Dukeries after completing a Cornish Minions Moorland Endurance 80km race and coming second in the Golden Horse Shoe 80km race in 2006. 2007 also saw Rachael riding in the Uzes, Young Horse Championships in the South of France for Stephan Chazel.
In 2009 she rode in the South African International Team Championships partnered with Royal Solar Matla who was South Africa’s no. 1 Endurance horse at the time, owned by Ina Bryer. The Barbarian team brought home a Bronze Medal after France pipped the UK ladies to Silver by one point.
In 2010 Rachael and Horse & Rider Magazine Editor Nicky Moffatt won the 40km Golden Horse Shoe celebratory event on Exmoor. This year she also qualified as a UKCC Level 2 accredited coach for Endurance. Rachael’s 100% Crabbet Arabian stallion Silver Zenif was also awarded 2nd place nationally in the BEF endurance futurity awards this year after scoring 8.75 as a 3 year old.
In 2011 Rachael and Maarhabi assisted the South West team secure a gold medal at the Inter-regional Championships held at Barbury Castle after successfully completing the gruelling 80km ER route. The combination had been part of the Silver medalist team for the same event in the previous two years at the same distance.
Maarhabi has shown his FEI potential during 2012 by completing his first FEI 1* in 3rd place over the 80km route. In 2013 Maarhabi achieved 3rd place at the same Barbury Castle venue but this time securing his FEI 2* over 120km. Sadly Maarhabi missed his second FEI 2* qualification at The College Ride in September by 7 minutes due to horrendous weather conditions and problematic course marking. Rachael is now aiming Maarhabi for the FEI 2 & 3* competitions at Haywood Oakes and Cirencester in 2014.
In 2013 Rachael completed her UKCC Level 3 coaching qualification with Endurance GB and Sports Coach UK.