Collett added to Challenge event

Laura Collett

Laura Collett

First published in Sport

LAMBOURN eventer Laura Collett is the latest name to be added to a unique event being held as part of next week’s Barbury Horse trials.

Collett will compete for Zara Phillps’ team for the Champions Challenge competition, which will see a team of eventers take on AP McCoy’s team of jump jockeys in a special race on July 5 in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF).

The two teams will go head to head in the race over a specifically-designed course of fences including a water jump. with Phillips and Collett joined by FEI world number one William Fox-Pitt and multiple Badminton and Burghley winner Sir Mark Todd.

The quartet will compete against McCoy, seven-time champion jockey John Francome, Richard Johnson and Sam Twiston-Davies..

Phillips said: "It’s great to be combining the horse trials with this special event in aid of the IJF. There are so many different equestrian sports and we all respect and admire each other, especially the jump jockeys. It won’t, of course, stop us giving them a good hiding at Barbury.”

McCoy added: "Every jump jockey lives with the reality that he or she is going to have a fall, on average every nine rides. Thankfully, most of the time we get up and walk away. Every now and then, it’s serious, sometimes life-changing.

"The IJF does unbelievable work for hundreds of present and past riders across all disciplines. I’m honoured to be a vice patron of the fund – and to be riding on its behalf at this great event".

"We plan to put on a real show for visitors to Barbury and the other teams should expect to see just a distant rear view of us."

The JCB Champions Challenge features on the Saturday of the horse trials, where leading event riders will be preparing for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in August.

The Barbury International runs from July 3-6. Tickets start from £12 per person per day if booked in advance, or £15 on the gate.

Children under 12 years go in free. See www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk or call 01672 516125 for more information.

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