RiderCise®, a provider of online rider fitness programmes designed specifically to improve fitness, performance, recovery, and confidence in riders, has signed up in support of Endurance GB’s expanded Championship series for the second year in succession.
The agreement extends the RiderCise® Championship classes across new distances to include a RiderCise® Open, Novice and Grassroots Championship alongside a RiderCise® Advanced Regional Championship. The distance of each Championship class will vary at each venue with the Advance Championships being CERs of between 80km-100km. In addition to the extension of classes RiderCise® has offered a new cash prize structure which will award the winners of each class up to £50.
The events scheduled include:
- the RiderCise® Southern Championships at Three Rivers (6-7 June)
- the RiderCise® Northern Championships at The Cumbria Challenge (30 August)
- The RiderCise® Advanced Welsh Championships at Wentwood In Summer (3 July)
The Open, Novice and Grassroots classes, which were due to take place at Pembury Country Park near Llanelli (25-26 April) have been postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic and the prize fund will be rolled over to 2021 if the ride cannot be rescheduled for later in the year.
RiderCise® founder Clare Gangadeen explained why she is so keen to work closely with the sport.
“Endurance riders spend more time in the saddle in both training and competing than any other discipline and have more to gain from learning how rider fitness can not only help them to reduce after-riding aches and pains but also help their horses through being truly independent in the saddle and thus improving performance, as a team.
Ultimately, I believe that riders participate in endurance for the love of the sport and their horses and having spent more time at rides last year, I really see that at all levels. Endurance GB members really support each other and build communities and I love that aspect of the sport especially when equestrianism can be ultra-competitive. This inspires me to do all I can to help the endurance community both for the love of the horse and equestrianism.
For this reason, I am delighted to be continuing my sponsorship of the Regional Championships and extending them to include classes at all levels and am pleased to be able to offer prize money as I believe they deserve to be appropriately rewarded.
My vision for RiderCise® is ‘to improve the lives of horses and riders and promote equestrian sporting excellence’ and supporting Endurance GB Championship enables RiderCise® to do that/ Many endurance riders use my programmes and experience the positive influence rider fitness and balance can contribute to the performance and well being of themselves and their horses.
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the ride calendar may change but I am committed to this sponsorship and will roll over prize money at any ride not taking place this year to the 2021 season. I am looking forward to working with Endurance GB Championship and its members again and will be doing all I can to help riders address their fitness during this enforced ‘closed season’.”
Shaun Walsh, who has been recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Endurance GB as Sponsorship Director said:
“We are delighted to welcome Clare Gangadeen and RiderCise® back for their second season in support of our Regional Championship series. These competitions were a great success last year and we are pleased that they have been extended to cover all levels of our membership. The addition of prize money enhances the prestige of each class and we are grateful that as part of the sponsorship RiderCise® will also provide rosettes and funding to cover the costs of veterinary support at each venue. We all understand the importance that the health and fitness of our horses in this sport but sometimes rider fitness and training and the difference it can make, is underestimated.”
Endurance GB Championship‘s Communications Director Kerry Dawson said: “Last season we shared some brilliant content from RiderCise® as part of our #FitnessFridays via Endurance GB’s social media channels and we will be working closely with Clare especially through the enforced break to provide all sorts of inspiration to members around their personal fitness.”
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