Thursday, February 28, 2013

Clark on short list for endurance riding world’s in France - Full Article

February 28, 2013
Marla Pretty Brock

Eatonton’s Mary Kathryn Clark has another honor – she is among the riders expected to represent the United States in France in July at the 2013 Federation Equestre Internationale’s World Junior and Young Rider Championships in France.

Clark, 18, is ranked second in the FEI for endurance riding. The ranking puts her on a short list of riders who have qualified for the world championships by competing in four international races by this May.

“I am ready to go to France,” Clark said recently. “I’m really excited about the chance to return to the world’s this year. We already have a team together that will help us.”

Clark’s teams have always included her mom, Peggy. This year, if afforded the opportunity, Clark said her father will be traveling with them for the first time.

Clark said the event will be held in Tarbes, France, a mountainous region that she expects will offer a wealth of riding experiences.

“There will be a host of different courses they could have set up,” Clark said. “It is not unusual to see street races at European races. Of course, there will be mountainous terrain.”

Clark said the final list for the American team is expected to be announced in June after time trials. Seven Americans top the list of equestrians in endurance racing, and all will be vying for a seat on the five-person team...

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