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In brief – Kate Atkinson

Meet Kate Atkinson, age 19, in this edition of our ‘in brief’ series.

Where are you from?

Lancashire, United Kingdom

Tell us about some of your achievements;

I took a team bronze medal in the 2012 Young Rider European Championships, first place in Euston Park 120kmYR August 2016 including first place in the best condition award and I was the winner of the young rider national championship two years in a row 2015/2016.

When did you start riding?

I have been riding since the age of 4, and have been around horses all my life. I started competing in endurance when I was 7 years old, and have not missed a season since.

Does riding run in the family?

Yes, for as long as I can remember my mum has competed in endurance and has had great success herself… it was automatically an option for me to take it up as a sport. I gave it a go on my first pony and never looked back.

Why do you enjoy endurance riding?

Horses are something I have been born into, they have always been around, and endurance has always been the main focus. I really love it because it is a true test of stamina and fitness, and every competition is different. Also, you get to spend a lot of time with your horse and build a very strong relationship with them.

Do you ride your own horses or do you ride for other people?

As a family we have our own horses, both me and my mum train and compete them. We work together to bring the horses on and hopefully get them to top level endurance.

What else do you get up to when you aren’t riding?

I am currently a veterinary student, so studying takes up a lot of my time. Other than that I enjoy keeping my own fitness up by running and going to the gym.


Image credits – Andrew Atkinson & Gilly Wheeler


FEI Profile – Kate Atkinson

In brief – Kate Atkinson

Meet Kate Atkinson, age 19, in this edition of our ‘in brief’ series.

Where are you from?

Lancashire, United Kingdom

Tell us about some of your achievements;

I took a team bronze medal in the 2012 Young Rider European Championships, first place in Euston Park 120kmYR August 2016 including first place in the best condition award and I was the winner of the young rider national championship two years in a row 2015/2016.

When did you start riding?

I have been riding since the age of 4, and have been around horses all my life. I started competing in endurance when I was 7 years old, and have not missed a season since.

Does riding run in the family?

Yes, for as long as I can remember my mum has competed in endurance and has had great success herself… it was automatically an option for me to take it up as a sport. I gave it a go on my first pony and never looked back.

Why do you enjoy endurance riding?

Horses are something I have been born into, they have always been around, and endurance has always been the main focus. I really love it because it is a true test of stamina and fitness, and every competition is different. Also, you get to spend a lot of time with your horse and build a very strong relationship with them.

Do you ride your own horses or do you ride for other people?

As a family we have our own horses, both me and my mum train and compete them. We work together to bring the horses on and hopefully get them to top level endurance.

What else do you get up to when you aren’t riding?

I am currently a veterinary student, so studying takes up a lot of my time. Other than that I enjoy keeping my own fitness up by running and going to the gym.


Image credits – Andrew Atkinson & Gilly Wheeler


FEI Profile – Kate Atkinson

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