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Lavenham Endurance Relaunched!

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

The popular endurance ride hosted in Semer, Lavenham is being relaunched and rebranded with new Event Directors.

The Lavenham Endurance 2022 edition will treat horses and riders to some of the most iconic tracks on the EGB Calendar alongside a competitive and professional environment that the new event directors, Lauren Hirst and Anna Bridges, are set on bringing to the forefront.

‘We are really excited to be given the opportunity to continue the Lavenham legacy’ commented Lauren. ‘I’ve ridden here on multiple occasions and can honestly say it’s one of my favourite routes to ride, lots of canter opportunities and beautiful views. Running in May will ensure there is plenty of give in the ground, but dry enough to enjoy the tracks at their best.’

With distances ranging from 20km through to an 80km CER, there will be something for all competitors to enjoy. With the introduction of Performance Formula Rankings through all GER classes, a Farrier’s Award, a Best Turned Out Award and of course, a coveted Best Condition Award in the 80km CER and GER there will be plenty to celebrate. And in keeping with the celebration theme, all riders, crews and officials will be invited to Lavenham Endurance’s Sunday evening event, an opportunity to attend the prize giving and reminisce about a brilliant day of endurance with plenty of camaraderie, atmosphere and food!

‘We’ve got some incredible sponsors onboard for Lavenham Endurance 2022 – keep an eye on our website and social media pages to keep up to date with news, competitions and event details’ said Anna. ‘This is a long-term project for us, we really want to nurture top level competition with horse welfare and high officiating standards at the top of our priority list; but equally, we want everyone to feel welcome and encouraged that there really will be something for all, so come and join us, you’ll only regret it if you don’t!’

Meet your Event Directors

Lauren Hirst

Lauren completed her first endurance ride in 2007 and has since been UK Young Rider and Senior National Champion on more than one occasion. As well as this, Lauren has represented Team GB at the Young Rider World Championships in France and has travelled as far as Dubai with her own horse to compete. Lauren still regularly competes on the international scene and has an abundance of GBR Endurance knowledge. In her career, Lauren works as an Equine Shipping Consultant and is responsible for shipping some of the most valuable racehorses, stallions and endurance horses around the world.

Anna Bridges

In her professional life Anna has a range of experience in equestrian event organisation having worked for the International Equestrian Federation for nearly 10 years. Anna worked on events such as the Beijing Paralympics and the London Olympics alongside multiple televised worldwide series events. Since returning to the UK, Anna has worked as a lead contract manager in a FTSE 100 company. In her private life, Anna has competed for Great Britain in the sport of Endurance on multiple occasions and has a wealth of experience across the UK and World Endurance scene.

Lavenham Endurance is an endurance riding event. Endurance riding is an equestrian sport held over controlled distances with set speeds or competitions against the clock. Stringent veterinary checks take place before, during and after the event to ensure that horse welfare remains of paramount importance at all times. Riders and crews must manage their horses carefully to secure a successful completion. In the UK, Endurance GB is the governing body for the sport of Endurance.


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