An Alnwick rider played her part in England’s victory in the Home International competition in Ireland last month.
It was the first time the nation had won the event since 1999.
Katherine Edridge, who is a Northumberland and Tyneside group member, and The Bolero Kid (Aero), travelled with their support crew to Donard, County Wicklow, for the event.
But disaster struck for Katherine when Aero trotted up lame for the team vet on the second day.
Nothing obvious could be found at the time, but later an abscess erupted in his foot.
Everyone involved, whether riders or crew, are considered part of the squad, so putting her huge disappointment behind her, Katherine helped in the vet gate which was an experience in itself, getting horses cooled down and ready for the vigorous vet checks during and after the ride.
Horses must meet specific heart rate criteria to be ‘fit to continue’
Katherine said: “It was a fabulous experience, team vets, physiotherapists, chefs and other team members all working together for the ultimate goal – to win.”
Katherine has thanked her sponsors: Warcup Law Firm, Geoff Dobson Building and Groundworks, Heckley Seeds, Bedmax, Silvermoor Haylage, GK Henderson Transport, Blackshaws Garage and Graeme Smith.