Victoria Adderley 10th World University Equestrian Championship (WUEC) in Aachen, Germany.

Victoria Adderley in action at the 10th World University Equestrian Championship (WUEC) in Aachen, Germany.

University of Exeter Graduate success

The competition was fierce with 78  riders from 26 countries lining up to take part. Only four riders from each country were allowed to enter with entrants being judged individually and as a team in a number of knock out stages.

Victoria ended the weekend a brilliant 12th in the overall individual competition, a result that boosted Great Britain to a fantastic 7th place, with 200.5 points, in the team rankings. 

Victoria said “The worlds really were an amazing experience from start to finish. The chance to ride for team GB and wear the Union Jack made me and all our support team very proud. Thank you Exeter for all your support throughout the year”.

The World University Equestrian Championship draws from the best university horse men and women from around the world. The competition is set in two scoring categories – dressage and show jumping – a combination requiring elegance and athletic precision. The entrants ride horses provided by the WUEC and are only allowed a five minutes to warm up and familiarise themselves with a horse they may never have ridden before.
This result is an excellent achievement for Victoria who is no stranger to international competition. She has competed for Great Britain in number of events, qualifying for the prestigious Blenheim International 3 day event in 2009.

During her studies Victoria was a member of the University of Exeter Riding Club which is renowned for helping talented riders reach their full potential. In 2008, she won a bronze medal at the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) equestrian competition, before being selected in 2009 for the Great Britain Young Rider Programme. She also received the University’s coveted Athletic Union Sports Woman of the year award for 2009-2010.

Victoria was part of the University of Exeter’s Sports Scholarship Scheme, which provides top, young athletes with specialist support and training. As part of the High Performance Programme she received dedicated sports science and strength and conditioning support from our high performance unit, as well as a significant bursary to help her finance her training and events schedule.

Nick Beasant, Assistant Director of Sport (Performance and Competitions) said “I am absolutely thrilled to see Victoria continuing to perform so well on the international stage. At the University of Exeter we are dedicated to offering first-class performance training and top level facilities to all our talented student-athletes. We are proud to have been able to help Victoria compete at these World University Championships and wish her continued success in the future.”  

Date: 9 September 2012