Top training helping Hurst to next level
CAISTOR rider Katy Hurst believes training with the Concurs International Combiné (CIC**) European team will be a stepping stone to even greater things.
The 30-year-old, who is based at College Farm, in East Ravendale, has been attending high standard two star training at Boomerang Stables, in Berkshire, since passing her initial assessment last month.
She also had a great win in the open intermediate section at Catton Park recently.
If Hurst is selected for a forthcoming competition in Austria, it would be the first time the ex-Franklin College pupil has competed on foreign soil.
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She said: "It would be great to compete abroad. It's something I haven't done before and the European team are going to Austria next year.
"I have been training at Hungerford and that is at two star level. The horse I have been riding is called Weston IV and he has already competed at that standard.
"It is really difficult to just take things one step at a time. It's more about always looking forward.
"Eventually I would like to compete at four star level. But the European team is something that I have been looking at for the last year, so that has been my aim."
Passing the first European assessment has capped off an impressive start to the season for Hurst, who plans to event a total of seven horses this year.
Hurst rode Weston IV to third place in the intermediate class at Isleham before taking second on the same horse in Lincoln, gaining a place in the British Championships.
Two novice levelled horses from the College yard, Dream On II and Susurrayshaan, also placed at the three-day event.
Weston IV then continued his fine form by finishing fifth at the 2012 Burham Market International Horse Trials – he managed to excel in the cross country after struggling during previous disciplines.
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