Blog 2014

Exciting news…Pentland Stables, Scotland & Aurora Stud, New Zealand are expecting foals from Silver Zenif in 2015

Beaufort Hunt Boxing Day Meet – Worchester Lodge, Didmarton with Adam, Jane, Leah, Joe & the dogs

Christmas Day with my husband Adam, horses & dogs

Christmas Eve Drinks with my clients Adele & Jim at the Royal Oak, Leighterton

December 2014 – The Crabbet Organisation Winter Journal is out, featuring Silver Zenif. Happy Christmas & Best wishes for 2015 from @TeamClaridge

22nd November – National Endurance GB Annual Award Ceremony & AGM – Prince Meliodas & Maarhabi to achieve their Endurance GB 1600km achievement awards


8th November – South West Endurance GB Annual Award Ceremony & AGM – Prince Meliodas achieved Best Home Bred, Reserve Part-bred Arab & I achieve reserve International Rider

4th November – Silver Zenif shipment for AI services has now arrived in New Zealand

17th October – Shipment confirmed to New Zealand for Silver Zenif’s AI services

16th October – Rachael attended the British Horse Society Coaching CPD day at Warwick with Danielle Olding ‘From the neck up’ Coaching Company

15th October – Silver Zenif returns from quarantine at West Kington Stud

04th October Endurance GB Red Dragon – Little Dragon 80km – Prince Meliodas – 3rd Place @ 14.24kmph – 6 months vouchers for British Horse Feeds Speedi & Fibre Beet!

28th September Burrows Court Farm Dressage with Prince Meliodas – British Dressage Intro A (6th) & PreLim 4 (7th)

22nd September – Rachael attended the British Horse Society CPD Lunging & lateral work day in Warwick with Jo Winfield BHS Fellow

21st September Endurance GB Camelford – 32km Novice with Ali Shamahl & Wendy Chung riding Azaraell. Ali & I achieved a Grade 1 with a pulse of 41bm and average speed of 11.93kmph. Wendy & Zar achieved Grade 3 with the same speed enabling Wendy to upgrade from Novice to Open as an EGB member – well done Wendy!

14th September Endurance GB Clent Hills – 64km with Prince Meliodas – Grade 1, final pulse 42bpm, average speed 13.23kmph – amazing views, steep hills, job done!

4th September Burrows Court Dressage – Silver Zenif at his first BD 2008 Introductory A test


28th August Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Sartilly, Normandy. Commentating for FEI TV live between 6.45am – 8pm – fantastic experience!

25th August Read about Wendy Chung’s Mongol Derby experience (photos by Charles van Wyk & Richard Dunwoody) WendyChung_MongolDerby2014

24th August Endurance GB Brentor Ride. Wendy Chung & Azaraell with Rachael & Ali Shamahl complete the 32km Novice class

17th August Unfortunately due to vehicle issues Silver Zenif could not go to Equifest Show

16th August Silver Zenif goes to the gallop tracks near Badminton

13th August Phoenix Field Arabians Sponsor the In Hand Pure, Part & Anglo Arabian Class at the Beaufort Hunt Supporters Show

12th August Silver Zenif started is pre-entry health checks ahead of joining West Kington Stud for worldwide AI services

10th August Barbury Castle where Prince Meliodas will be escorting clients who are new to Endurance GB events 16km Pleasure ride – withdrawn due to Hurricane Bertha

Track Wendy Chung on her Mongolian Derby Adventure via The Adventurists official website

***STOP PRESS*** Less Bounce have kindly supported Wendy Chung in her Mongolian Derby adventure

27th July 2014 – New Penpont EGB Ride on Bodmin Moor – Wendy Chung & Rachael Claridge – 49km riding Zar & Ali with Jo & Pete Claridge crewing – Farlap Photography

25th July – Phoenix Field Arabians & Beaufort Arabians Sponsor The Crabbet Championships at the National Arab Horse Society Show

*Stop Press* – Rachael invited to commentate at the World Equestrian Games, Normandy 2014

19th & 20th July – Wendy Chung back in the saddle after fracturing her finger

In 2 weeks, I am taking part in a 1,000km horserace called The Mongol Derby. This will take place in Mongolia and I am raising money for charity as part of the experience. The Mongol Derby’s official charity is ‘Cool Earth’ who are on a mission to save our rainforests. (For more information Derbyists are allowed to nominate a second charity and I would like to raise money for The Orchid Project, a charity which works to end female genital cutting. (For more information,http://orchidproject.orgI would be very grateful if you would sponsor me and help raise money for these two charities. In case of interest, I have been writing a blog to document my training and preparation. Thank you Wendy Chung

July 2014 – Indus Bin Ali with new companion Honeybunch and breeder Jo Claridge using a ‘foal hugger’ training aid – Read about Indie’s Rejected story

29th June Wendy Chung and I train on Brean Sands Follow Wendy’s Blog

28th June 2014 Severn Vale Riding Club Endurance Team Training

21st – 22nd June – Boconnoc EGB 33km Novice Ride & Bodmin Moor Training for Wendy Chung & I Follow Wendy’s Blog

Latest Edition to the Phoenix Field Arabian Herd – unfortunately his maiden mare mother rejected him but Indus (Indy) is doing well on 2 hourly bottle feeds

May/June 2014 – Wendy Chung prepares for the Mongolian Derby. 36 year old Wendy is a Polo player from London who is undergoing a crash course in endurance ahead of a 10 day 1000km race!

7th June 2014 – Cirencester Park 121.5km FEI 2* with Maarhabi – leading most of the day but 2 lost shoes due to horrendous mud after a thunder and lightening storm left us in 5th place

6th June 2014 – Cirecester Park 18.5km  Pleasure ride escorting clients Adele & Jim Cole with Maarhabi. Adele’s 80yr old father helps tack up 17h2″ William!

26th May 2014 – Berkshire Downs 80km GER with Maarhabi completed at 17kpmh!

11th – 13th May 2014 – Exmoor Extra 120km 3 day ride at the Golden Horse Shoe Ride with Prince Meliodas won Gold/Gold/Gold – average speed 12.5 each day – go Mel!!!

27th April 2014 – Forest of Dean 34km Novice Ride completed by Silver Zenif in 11.46kmph – Grade 4, final pulse 52 due to a loose dog spooking him

26th April 2014 – Coaching Chiltern Distance Riders at Attington Sports Horse Stud – Trail Trial exercises and Heart Rate Monitors & GPS on the gallops

19th April 2014 – Withdrew from Haywood Oaks FEI 2* due to rider sickness bug – very frustrating but necessary!

16th April 2014 – Silver Zenif out training ahead of his next 32km Novice ride at the Forest of Dean on 27th April

6th April 2014 Tresham Endurance GB Ride near Badminton. Fabulous result for Silver Zenif & I; a grade 1 after a final pulse of 48/40 over the challenging 32km course escorting new young rider Leah Tuck riding my own Prince Meliodas who completed with a grade 2 and a pulse of 48bpm.

This Spring I have attended and held the following events to promote and encourage riders to have a go at Endurance riding in the UK

  • 27th March – Wiltshire Bridleways AGM (Guest Speaker) Marlborough
  • 29th March – Gallop Training @ Badminton
  • 30th March – 1-2-1/small group Badminton Training ride
  • 12th April – 1-2-1/small group Badminton Training ride
  • 13th April – Gallop Training @ Badminton Video footage can be viewed HERE

March 2014 – My trip to California to ride out with Fire Mountain Arabian Endurance Horses. I was blessed to see the rare desert flowers which carpeted the trails following rainfall a few weeks prior to my trip. Ridgecrest near Death Valley is home to Valley Riders Endurance Group who host multi-day rides during January & February.

Whilst in Ridgecrest I also visited the BLM Mustang & Burros Corrals

I also discovered in the foothills of the Sequoia National Park where Alf Alfa Hay is made, Grapes, Oranges, Lemons & Olives are grown

I was invited to watch local riders undertake ‘Trail Training’ with local trainer Kathleen at her arena

2nd March Prince Meliodas (Mel) and I undertook our first 2014 Competitive Endurance Ride with Endurance GB – 64km @ Forest of Dean

1st March marked the end of the Beaufort Hunt Season and start of the Point to Point