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Skipton's Caitlin Crossley rides high
12:38pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
Caitlin Crossley is riding high after representing Great Britain in the European Young Riders Trec Comp- etition in Belgium.
The 16-year-old Skipton Girls High School student was the only rider from Great Britain to qualify and competed against 60 riders from all over Europe.
The competition is open to riders between the ages of 16 and 21 and Caitlin was competing with her eight-year-old Dales pony called Adamfield Flashlight.
Trec is a relatively new equestrian discipline in the UK and competitions are held over two days.
The first day combines endurance with advanced navigation skills, negotiating complex routes of between 30 and 40km using grid references and bearings.
There are multiple check points on the routes, and not only do you have to be very accurate in route finding, riders also have to be able to calculate speeds as they ride to arrive at the check points at the correct time.
The second day is a mixture of jumping and flat work, negotiating the kind of obstacles you might encounter whilst out riding such as gates, river crossings and jumps.
Caitlin came 28th overall and had a fantastic time. She is now working hard towards qualifying for the 2014 European Cup in Italy.
Caitlin admitted that the first day was hard work. She said: “It was challenging as it was all within the forest. However it was a fantastic route and I was pleased with our scores.
“The second day was also very challenging but it was an adventure.”