Cotswold Endurance Group is run by a volunteer committee. We meet once a month to discuss group activities and to arrange rides for our members. If you have any news, questions or queries click on the members below to email them directly.
Hover over our committee members name box to find out a little more about them!
One of our committee members, Claire Barry, is now on the board of directors for Endurance GB as their Sponsorship Director! Here's a little bit about Claire;
Television Line Producer and endurance competitor, Claire Barry, has filmed at major endurance championships around the world, has stepped into the role of Sponsorship Director following the resignation of Shaun Walsh at the annual meeting for personal reasons.
Claire’s TV career has spanned news and current affairs to sports journalism. After a decade with Anglia TV she went freelance working with many companies such as Sky Sports, BBC, Channel 4, IMG, Novel Entertainment and many others.
She says: “I spent four years on the European Golf Tour for SKY Sports running the live gallery. We were live for six hours a day, four days a week, 33 weeks a year and I’ve still never hit a golf ball in my life!
Eventually, I decided I never wanted to see Heathrow airport on a Wednesday morning at 5am again I left the Golf Tour and moved over to Unreported World for Channel 4, and started sending everyone else off around the world for 5 years. In between these programmes I made various Dispatches and also my own programmes. I then worked with IMG helping them to win the FEI account which I set up and ran for two years we covered all TV events run by the FEI around the world.
“Horses are the big love of my life (along with my son of course) and I take part in endurance whenever I can. I have made programmes for SKY Sports and the internet channel Country Channel TV on Endurance, Eventing, Polocrosse, Jumping and covered racing.
“My goal as Sponsorship Director, as well as obviously helping the sport attract much-needed financial support, will be to look at how we market ourselves more effectively to sponsors and look after them when they are on board. That means looking at innovative ways to tell the story of our sport, explaining all the routes in to involvement to new sponsors and offering them a greater understanding of endurance as a serious sport and some exciting ways to talk to this very committed and important market.
I became involved with endurance after seeing a friend achieve great things and hearing about how wonderful the competitions were. It's a great discipline for really getting to know your horses capabilities. I relish spending hours with my horse and as a bonus a friend and their horse whilst covering ground and venues not usually open to the public. I particularly enjoy being part of a Team and had such a wonderful experience and learnt so much from being part of the England Squad.
Endurance is a truly inclusive sport – nobody is judged on dress, type of horse or social status. My mare has calmed down so much from her perpetual state of agitation since doing Endurance and is now a joy to ride.
It is an opportunity to enjoy the countryside where access is not normally given to horse & rider. My husband is my crew and he loves to see me start and finish a ride with a huge smile on my face. Heaven for me and my lovely mare.
I was bought up in Dorset where I enjoyed exploring the bridleways for miles around my home. As a young adult living in west London, I bought a horse but the hacking was very limited - then thanks to a friend I found Endurance and have never looked back! Whatever level you ride at other riders are friendly and helpful, I have learned such a lot and made some great friendships over 30 years as a competitor and supporter of endurance activities.
After many years of working with and having my own horses I got into endurance when my daughter (Ella Bunting) started competing (thanks to Janet Kenward!). I am yet to compete myself, always busy being crew! But I have recently got my own pony for the first time since Ella was young and I hope to get out and about on the endurance scene with her soon.. watch this space!
Trophies & Safeguarding
My gorgeous mare has done me proud and we have now started on the path of endurance. My ambition is to ride around Great Britain doing B&B with my horse - EGB has helped me to realise this. I really love the people I have met - ultra friendly, supportive, knowledgeable and really good fun. This has been my main motivation for joining the EGB committee.
In the late 1990’s I was looking for something new with my thoroughbred mare, Lady. My body had had enough of hitting the ground detached from Lady. We happened across a local Endurance training ride. An hour in and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Lady dropped her head and opened her shoulder in a way that I could only dream of in a dressage test. I was hooked. Now my Arab mare, Zarzuela, loves the game as much as Lady did and I still do.
I have ridden across Wales from Abergavenny to Aberystwyth ten times on five different horses on my Trans Wales rides. I have also ridden north to south from Abergele to Abergavenny. I organise these rides for various friends and we travel independently with all our kit in saddlebags.
I have also ridden the South Downs Way from Eastbourne to Winchester. I took my previous horse on the high speed Catamaran ferry to France and rode in the Loire valley.
I have enjoyed competitive endurance riding since the EHPS days and still continue to do so.
COMMITTEE MEMBER + EGB SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR
Horses are the big love of my life (along with my son of course) and I take part in endurance whenever I can. I have made programmes for SKY Sports and the internet channel Country Channel TV on Endurance, Eventing, Polocrosse, Jumping and covered racing.
My goal as Sponsorship Director, as well as obviously helping the sport attract much-needed financial support, will be to look at how we market ourselves more effectively to sponsors and look after them when they are on board. That means looking at innovative ways to tell the story of our sport, explaining all the routes in to and involvement to new sponsors and offering them a greater understanding of endurance as a serious sport and some exciting ways to talk to this very committed and important market.