A GOONHAVERN based endurance rider has been selected to represent her country at the World Equestrian Games this month.
Annie Joppe will ride her faithful pure bred Arab partner, Dilmun, in the 160km (100 mile) as part of the five-strong all female endurance team.
Annie, who runs her own bathroom mobility business from home with her husband, has owned the 15-year-old grey gelding for the last nine years, taking him up through the ranks and last competed for Team GB at the European Championships in Italy in 2009.
Annie, who has the distinction of being the oldest on the team, said: “I am so excited about being selected, but I couldn’t do it all without Dilmun who has been an absolute superstar.
We have been working for so long and training so hard and it has all come together now; we just need to get out there and do our best.Annie Joppe
The pair’s training preparation starts in December with fitness being built up gradually with lots of hill and canter work combined with schooling and lunging to get to their peak fitness level for competitions, taking the first step to being selected when qualifying in the 160km ride in April.