Successful local Endurance rider, Brett Corcoran (16) from Eccleshall has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2013 FEI World Young Rider Endurance Championships in Tarbes, France on the 27th July.
Brett will tackle the tough 125km course in the foothills of the Pyrenees riding his Arab horse, Bashir Shamir.
The five strong British team for the Championships was chosen after a hotly contested team selection trial held on the 16th June at the Endurance GB Wimpole Way ride in Cambridgeshire.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity and am looking forward to what will be a very different experience for me. This will be the first time I have competed abroad and I’m feeling confident as we have been training since last September for the event. Bashir Shamir can be spooky but when he’s competing he has his mind on the job in hand”.
Brett was selected for the British team for the 2012 European Young Rider Championships but sadly did not get to compete as Bashir Shamir had an infected foot in the week leading up to the competition. Bashir Shamir was the highest placed horse in the 2011 FEI World Endurance rankings and he and Brett have a very consistent competition record including a recent third place at the Kings Forest ride all of which has helped him secure team selection. Brett is ably assisted on ride days by his crew which consists of his father and Gee Corcoran.
Outside of horses, Brett plays rugby and also has regular dressage lessons.
Chef d’Equipe, Helen Boston said,
“The championship course at Tarbes, France, will provide a testing course for the Young Riders. I am confident that they will prepare themselves and their horses so that once again Great Britain can prove that it is a force to be reckoned with on the Young Rider World Endurance stage, and I am very much looking forward to working with them and the rest of the team management”.
Chairman of Selectors, Di Latham said,
“This is a strong Team, who have all worked extremely hard, and we are confident that they will produce their horses at peak fitness to be competitive against the best in the World”.
The 2013 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders and Juniors will be held at Tarbes, France on 26th – 27th July 2013. All the news and behind the scenes views in the run up to and during the World Championships can be found on both Endurance GB’s and Equestrian Team GBR’s websites visit www.endurancegb.co.uk and www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk