Solihull horsewoman, Lisa Giovine, proved herself to be a golden girl at one of the country’s most grueling equestrian events.
Watched by her parents and brother – holidaying in the UK after flying in from their home on Australia’s Gold Coast – Lisa captured one of the top awards at the Golden Horseshoe ride which attracts some of the UK’s best endurance riders and horses.
Lisa, who is executive assistant to Neil Pountney, managing director of Emprima Ltd, the Blythe Valley Park construction and regeneration consultancy, secured a gold medal after successfully completing the Exmoor Experience class, an annual two-day cross-country endurance event, covering over 50 miles (80 km) of tough terrain on Exmoor in Devon. She rode her15.2hh Anglo-Arab horse, Granby Dominica, at an average speed of 13.5km/hour, finishing each day within the optimum time and passing all veterinary inspections.
She said: “Last year, it was really disappointing because I had to pull out of the event at the end of the first day due to an injury to my horse.
“So this year I was really delighted not only to complete one of the sport’s most competitive rides but also to finish with a gold medal.
“As I rode towards the finishing line, all I could see was my Dad crouching down with his camera trying to get an action shot. I didn’t think he was going to get out of the way so I had to swerve a little to avoid him,” she added.
Lisa is also team manager for the British Riding Club Endurance Team “Solihull Superstars,” who are made up of several members of Solihull Riding Club, based in Bentley Heath, and are currently third in the league table with the final culminating in September.
For more on Endurance Riding, visit www.endurancegb.co.uk.