Wiscombe qualifies two for world championships

PUBLISHED: 13:10 29 May 2012

Kirsty Wiscombe on Yawl Hillbilly

Kirsty Wiscombe on Yawl Hillbilly

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KIRSTY Wiscombe of Lyme Regis has qualified a second horse for the world endurance riding championships. Stallion Yawl Hillbilly and Kirsty completed a 160km FEI three star ride on Sunday in tough conditions as it was so hot, finishing seventh out of 27 starters.

Kirsty said: “Finishing on him was a dream come true as in April last year he had a stress fracture to his canon bone and we didn’t know if he would survive, let alone compete again.”

‘Bill’ completed the last 100km on his own, apart from being accompanied by a marshal on a quad bike for the last stretch, as the horses compete at 18-19km per hour.

Kirsty herself has fought back against the odds as last year, after being diagnosed with severe osteoporosis, she had a second hip replaced and many thought she would not be able to ride, let alone ride long distances competitively. She contracted severe flu post op which resulted in her having life-threatening septaecemia, spending a further five weeks in hospital fighting the infection and having a further three operations.

She said: “ I set myself the goal of being able to ride 160km in a day four months later on April 14. This I did, and that day Eskar and I qualified for the World Championships and got on the GB team shortlist.”

Both Yawl Hillbilly and Eskar are up for final selection rides in June (Bill will compete on June 24, Eskar June 30), with the world championships being on August 25 at Euston Hall, Norfolk.

If both horses are picked then Kirsty will decide which to ride at final team training is on July 22


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