Team GB comes calling for carriage champion Lucy

Lucy Barclay in action
Lucy Barclay in action

Just four months after being involved in a road incident, para-carriage National Indoor Champion Lucy Barclay has been called up to represent Team GB at the Para-Equestrian World Championships later this month.

Lucy, from Stixwould, will appear as an individual and first team reserve at the championships being held on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk by permission of The Queen.

This isn’t her first international call up as she was part of the Bronze medal winning Great Britain team which competed in Breda, Holland in 2012.

Four months ago, in training for this year’s championships, Lucy and her co-rider Rebecca Arnold were involved in a road accident near her home when her horse Logan, who she was training for these championships, was allegedly spooked by a motorcyclist who passed “too loud and too close.”

Lucy and Rebecca were thrown from the carriage and both were taken to hospital, but neither suffered serious injuries.

After the incident Lucy vowed not to let the accident halt her preparations and she has fought back to earn selection for this year’s competition.

Lucy said: “I’m just incredibly lucky that I was able to bring my old horse out of retirement and we managed to qualify for the team.”

Her first appearance for Team GB was in France in 2007 at the Para-Equestrian Dressage World Championships. She has been competing in driving trials for five years after learning to drive a carriage following a bad fall in 2009.

Forced to bring her 2013 National Championship winning horse Golly Gosh, a 15 hands-high Connemara-Thoroughbred crossbred mare, out of retirement, Lucy said: “It’s nice and reassuring that I will be with a horse so experienced.

“She has been storming in training and she is ready to go - I think the year off has done her some good.”

There will be three disciplines Lucy needs to negotiate in her title bid.

The first event is dressage on the opening day, followed by a marathon course on the Saturday and a cone course on the final day of competition.

“The cone course is our equivalent of show jumping and the marathon is our strongest event,” Lucy added.

“I can’t wait to get there and get started. Sandringham is such an amazing venue.”