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The West Riding Rodeos Win West Riding Endurance Challenge!

Tess Wheldon and her mother Paula Bocalandro collecting the prizes on behalf of the team

The trophy for The West Riding Challenge which is run within the South Yorkshire Endurance Ride – an annual event organised by HorseHage-sponsored endurance rider, Jeni Gilbert, will stay in the West Riding of Yorkshire for another year after the West Riding Rodeos team took first place.

The competition involves teams of three riders – one may be from the longest distance class (66km), one may be a pleasure rider and the other from the normal graded classes. The winner is the team with the highest points based on heart rate, speed and distance.

The competition which took place just north of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was fiercely contested, with 15 teams taking part, and 90 riders in the whole ride. The West Riding Rodeos – the winning team – consisted of Nikki Wright, Tigs Gordon and Tess Whelden. The runners-up were Hamra and The Half-Pints (from Lancashire) and in third place were The Durham Dynamos.

Said Jeni: “Linking pleasure riders with graded riders enables the challenge to have wider appeal and is aimed at encouraging new riders to the sport of endurance.  There is a strong team spirit and riders help each other, sharing their knowledge and experience.”