Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Endurance Rider, Kathy Brunjes (USA) Blogs for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Hi! my name is Kathy Brunjes, and I live in Maine. I have been involved in the endurance discipline on the international level since 2000, and have competed in endurance since I was a teenager. I was part of the USA- East endurance squad at the 2001 PanAms (as a rider) and a competitor (and team member) for the endurance team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (in Jerez, Spain), a rider for the USA-East endurance squad at the 2005 North American Edurance Challenge and rode for the USA at the 2007 World Endurance Championship Pre-ride (The Sultan's Cup) in Malaysia, the 2008 President's Cup in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and then was selected for the 2008 World Endurance Championships (Malaysia), riding as one of the four-member team. Theatric, the horse that I rode in Malaysia in 2007, Abu Dhabi in 2008, and Malaysia in 2008 will be my nominated horse for the 2010 WEG.
Theatric is a 16h. chestnut Arabian gelding, with much international experience. Theatric will be 12 years old at the time of the 2010 WEG. I am in currently in the process of qualifying Theatric's full brother, Tektonic (9 year old 16.1h bay Arabian gelding) as my alternate horse for the WEG. "Nick" will be competing at the prestigious CEI *** (160km) Biltmore Challenge (Asheville, NC) the first weekend of May, as part of this qualification process. Theatric ("Tee"), Nick and I just returned from Florida, competing at the Fun-in-the-Sun endurance events - all part of our meeting qualifications prior to attending our endurance selection trials in June. Tee and I tied for first in the CEI *** (160km) (with fellow competitor and team-mate, Meg Sleeper) at FITS, in course time of 7hr.44min., and Nick and our young rider, Lindsay Bean, competed in the CEI ** (120km) at FITS and competed the course in 5th place, in 9hr.
Training the horses in Maine in the winter can be a challenge, and we make many trips south (FL) during the harsh winter months to train and compete. Interstate 95 is well-known to us! I'm looking forward to competing and qualifying for the WEG this year, and will keep you all updated on our selection process in the coming months.