This year’s British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon festival of endurance was accompanied by beautiful weather and was a resounding success. Experienced endurance rider Beth Langley claimed an emphatic victory in the 160km Speedi-Beet Red Dragon on board her seasoned campaigner HS Ametista.
Beth, originally from Wales but now based in the Midlands, near Uttoxeter, represented the Welsh contingent as she did at her only previous attempt at the Red Dragon, in 2011. However, this year the team were “much stronger and more experienced” and Beth produced a fabulous performance to win the overall title.
HS Ametista or ‘Tissy’ is a 17-year-old grey Arab mare who is “a very small” 14hh. Beth has owned her since she was four and together they have competed at endurance for many years. Last year they competed at WEG where they were placed a very respectable 28th out of 166 competitors. Tissy is now retired from international competition and is saved for one competition per year.
Said Beth: “Now I like to keep her feeling fresh and enthusiastic and aim to do well in one big race each year.”
That ambition was certainly accomplished at the mid-Wales based Red Dragon, as the pair produced a confident and polished performance to fend off the other 17 starters. Although the weather was warm and dry, thick fog on the Saturday seriously impaired visibility and riders were left unable to see more than 10 metres ahead of them. Competitors set off at 8am on Saturday morning and rode 80km before departing at 7.30am on Sunday to complete the remaining 80km.
Beth rode at an average of 14.5km per hour throughout the race and led the entire second day but admitted to getting lost on the final loop and dropping back to third for a short while.
Beth explained: “I got a bit lost towards the end, but know Tissy so well and was confident that she had a big energy reserve left so could push on and regain the lead. We ended up going at 21km per hour for the last 10km which is the fastest I think we’ve gone!”
British Horse Feeds awarded Beth and also the Little Dragon (80km) winner and the Dragon’s Tail (80km) winner, Lesley Nott, with a year’s supply of feed vouchers for Speedi-Beet or Fibre-Beet.
Beth was delighted with her prize, especially as she already feeds Speedi-Beet with much success.
Said Beth: “I am sponsored by Bailey’s Horse Feeds who highly recommend Speedi-Beet and it is great for making sure your horse is hydrated. I’m very grateful for the generous prize.”
Beth thoroughly enjoyed the British Horse Feeds Red Dragon as did many of her fellow competitors.
Said Beth “I had a brilliant time and it was a race I really wanted to win so it was fantastic to do so. The terrain was challenging and very hilly but Tissy went so well-I’m chuffed.”
The British Horse Feeds Best Crew Member Recognition Award went to Jess Minett.
Said Event Manager John Hudson: “The British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon Festival of Endurance was, once again, a huge success. The weather was very much on our side, resulting in perfect riding conditions for all the competitors, but especially for all those taking part in the Speedi-Beet Red Dragon and the British Horse Feeds’ Little Dragon.
“It was good to see competitive finishes in both, with the top places being contested right up to the end of each class. We are so grateful to British Horse Feeds for their continued support of the Festival which seems to be going from strength to strength at the moment.”
For more information on Fibre-Beet or Speedi-Beet please contact British Horse Feeds on 01765 680300.