Friday, September 03, 2010

Great Britain: West quartet prepare to show their grit in test - Full Article

September 3 2010

On the one hand, Christine Yeoman is a lucky lady. She lives in a huge house, with lots of land and custom-built equine facilities for her string of eight or so top-class horses. She has a very supportive husband and she is shortly to fly to the USA to represent Britain at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Kentucky.

On the other hand, she has multiple sclerosis (although it is not bothering her at the moment) and her chosen sport is so punishing on her body that it has so far led to three operations.

But the Christine I met certainly wasn't complaining. Bright and smiley, she has the air of someone both comfortable and confident in who she is and what she does. And justifiably so. A stalwart of the British team for several years, Christine is next month heading to her fifth international championship – and has high hopes of success.

This will be her second WEG; the first was four years ago in Aachen, Germany, when she was 17th. This time she's hoping for a team medal. "I think we have a very good chance," she said. "We have a very, very good team and it is achievable."

With that longed-for medal in the bag, her highest personal goal would be achieved. Along the way she has travelled the world, competing in Asia and in Europe, where she has won and come second in 120km races in France...

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