5000 kilometre endurance milestone reached at Balmoral
Petplan Equine sponsored Scottish Endurance rider Lorna Hogg had cause for celebration on the weekend of the 25th October 2015 when together with her long term partner, 19 year old De Marco (Marco), she achieved the 5,000K of endurance competitions milestone.
Riding at her last area competition of the season Lorna walked, trotted and cantered her 15.2hh Thoroughbred x Welsh into the Scottish Endurance history books at none other than the Balmoral Estate.
Sunday’s ride started from the manicured ground, through some parkland and out on the sporting estate surrounding the Royal Family’s Scottish residence. The ride was just 15K but the crucial 15K required to reach the 5000 mark.
Following Marco’s post ride vet check, the pair were officially recognised as having reached this impressive milestone, an achievement which will be recognised with the presentation of the 5,000K Award at the end of year Scottish Endurance Riding Club’s AGM. But on the day, the achievement was celebrated with a special Marco 5,000K cake made by Lorna’s mum!
Of the achievement Lorna said: “This was a big day for us – the fact that we achieved this fabulous milestone on the Queen’s estate made it all the more special. The privilege of being able to ride around such a special place and enjoy some of what has to be not just Scotland’s but the world’s most breath-taking scenery cannot be overstated. We were, quite literally, parked on the Queen’s front lawn. The views from the venue and the venue itself were absolutely beautiful, the trees were in full autumn colours and the tops of the hills in the distance were sprinkled with snow. “
In congratulating Lorna Petplan Equine marketing executive, Kate Hopkins said: “Lorna has had her ups and downs this year, having sustained an injury at the Golden Horseshoe Ride. Despite this she has continued to be a fabulous ambassador for both her sport and for Petplan Equine and we are delighted she and Marco have ended the season on such a high note – congratulations to them both!”