Endurance Horses Beat the Heat with the Equi-Trek Valiant
International endurance rider, Nicki Thorne, upgraded her transport last year when her husband, Andy, surprised her with an Equi-Trek Valiant.
Nicki frequently travels around the world to compete, and with temperatures hitting record levels aircon in the horse area was a must have in the new lorry.
Nicky explains: “The horses need to arrive in the best condition possible to minimise journey recovery time before they compete. Aircon is vital to keep them at a comfortable temperature to prevent sweating and therefore the loss of electrolytes.
“We compete all over the UK, Europe and further afield, so the Equi-Trek Valiant is the perfect lorry for the horses, and ideal for me and Andy to have a good night’s sleep and to relax and prepare meals. The horses travel really well backwards and arrive cool and relaxed, regardless of the temperature outside.”
The Valiant is a 5000kg horsebox designed for the competitive owner who requires a horsebox to carry two horses safely and economically combined with spacious overnight living accommodation.
The unique tri-axle layout provides a more spacious living area than can normally be achieved in this style of vehicle. The Valiant is fully equipped for overnight stays, complete with a comfortable L-shaped seating area which converts to a double bed, a fitted kitchen unit with sink and gas hob, plus a separate bathroom area.
The Valiant is powered by a HDI diesel engine which complies with the latest emission standards, giving effortless performance and outstanding economy. Aircon is a popular optional extra and the Valiant is also available with a Leisure Vehicle Pack which benefits the private owner in the following ways:
- No speed limiter – the vehicle is only restricted to national speed limit and can travel up to 70mph on the motorway. This is only advisable when travelling without horses.
- Can use the third lane of the motorway – this is particularly useful at times of traffic congestion in the middle lane, especially due to slow moving HGV’s. Operators can also safely overtake slow moving traffic in the centre lanes. This can reduce journey times and stress for the horse.
- No tachograph - vehicles that are for private use do not need a tachograph fitted.
- No MOT required for the first three years and thereafter the vehicle can be tested at a normal MOT testing centre and does not have to go to a DVSA testing station for a HGV.
Nicki has represented county and country numerous times at top level endurance competitions, including the European Championships in Holland and the Endurance World Championships. Currently competing four, Nicki is also bringing on a string of youngers which were bred at her stud in Argentina.
Welfare has always been a top priority for the Akala Stud horses, not only do they travel in luxury, but they also receive five-star care and enjoy their retirement back at the stud when they finish competing.