Thursday, July 18, 2019

Australia: US and Canadian visitors love Rainbow Beach! - Full Article

July 18 2019
By Connie Caudill

Four endurance young riders along with their two sponsors came to Australia from the US and Canada to take part in an International Endurance Ride Exchange.

It’s sort of like a student exchange but only for one event, a 50 mile endurance ride that was to be held near Eidsvold on the Rockybar property on June 8.

This exchange is an arrangement between the American Endurance Ride Conference and the Queensland Endurance Riders Association.

On the first trip to Australia in 2016, the young riders requested to go and ride horses on the beach. So arrangements were made to ride on Rainbow Beach...

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Australia: Striking gold in the Mary Valley trails - Full Article

18th Jul 2019

LOCAL endurance rider Kaylea Maher on a locally bred Arabian horse Matta Mia Dimari have claimed the Holy grail of endurance horse riding with 160km of true grit on the weekend.

Maher fulfilled her dream of holding up the coveted Tom Quilty Gold Cup when she crossed the line on Saturday ahead of 298 other riders from across Australia and abroad in the iconic endurance race.

Hosted at the Stirling's Crossing Equestrian Complex in the Mary Valley, it took the tough-as-teak duo 10 hours and eight minutes to complete after setting off at midnight on Friday.

The mother of two said while she was hopeful of taking out the win, there were so many factors that influenced the end result.

"Every ride you just take as it comes, as you never know what the end result is going to be,” Ms Maher said.

"You always have to have hope in your horse and believe in your horse, and that's what we did.

"We believed in each other and we worked through all our challenges and he came home really strong. I'm really happy with his achievement...”

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mongol Derby 2014 winner Sam Jones to compete in the Gobi Desert Cup - Full Article

13th July 2019
Race Report made with the assistance of Heather Wallace

Sam Jones, a horse trainer based in Western Australia will be competing in the Gobi Desert Cup from 27 August – 6 September 2019. Sam is a horse trainer working mostly with breakers and remedial cases.

She says, “I would like to be able to do every race / adventure / endurance ride everywhere! But Mongolia holds a very special place in my heart and I cannot wait to return to the steppe. The more I have heard about the Gobi Desert Cup the more impressed I am, I am excited to be part of an event that gives so much back to the local community. My main goal for this race is to enjoy it! I find the isolation and wide open spaces make it easy to live in the moment and nothing beats riding a good horse across the steppe!”

After winning the gruelling Mongol Derby and racing Race the Wild Coast, Sam is turning her sights on the Gobi Desert Cup, which is fast growing a reputation for horse welfare and high level of preparation and organization...

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Endurance GB Young Rider Champion sets sights on British team for 2020 European Championships

- (Published:17 July 2019)

Endurance GB’s new Young Rider Champion, Suffolk-based Madison (Maddie) Pomroy, has spoken of her dream of representing her Team GB at next year’s Young Rider European Championships.

The teenager landed the title after a strong performance riding Roz Plail’s horse Odie in the 120km class at The King’s Forest Ride near Thetford.

Maddie, 17, has been competing in the sport for the past six years after completing her first endurance ride, covering 64km in two days with her pony Milky Way, aged just 11.

“My grandmother Jane Girling got me involved as she has been competing in endurance for a long time. I was slightly thrown in at the deep end doing a two-day ride and I kept saying, ‘I’m really tired’, but my grandma wouldn’t let me give up. It was a real eye-opener and I was hooked.”

The King’s Forest is a happy hunting ground for Maddie as she completed her first 120km ride there the day before her 16th birthday with her grandmother Jane’s horse Zaferan back in 2017.

“We train over similar countryside around the forest tracks near the Suffolk coast so Odie has got used to the going in East Anglia having moved here from Devon last autumn,” she says.

“It was my first International 2* (120km) ride and I wasn’t sure how we would get on. I misjudged things slightly at the start as we went off quite strongly. But helped by my crew of my grandmother, Jane, my father Chris and sister Ella and with assistance from Bella Fricker who pitched in to help at one of the crew points, he was soon back on track. On the first loop, I was leading the UAE riders but let them go past as Odie was getting wound up. On the second loop I caught them up again. I rode the last loop with Martin McNamara, [the race winner from Ireland], but let him go on ahead as I didn’t want a racing finish and wanted to make sure we completed safely to secure the title.”

“Odie is just a fantastic horse and it is such a great opportunity to be able to ride him. I learned a lot from this ride to help us for the future and our plan is to compete next at Euston Park in August and then if things go well, we will try for the British Young Rider team going to the European Championships in Spain next summer.”

Odie’s owner Roz Plail said: “A huge thanks must also go to Tim and Sarah Dennis for taking Odie into training at their racing stables in Cornwall, whilst I was pregnant and then poorly, and getting him in such fabulous race ready condition for when Maddie started loaning him in October. All credit to Maddie too for maintaining his fitness levels over the winter months. I am excited to see how they progress over the rest of the season.”

Katie Bedwin, 21, from Rudgwick in West Sussex was named Reserve National Young Rider Champion with Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz, owned by Welshpool-based Sue Higgins.

Katie is currently in her final year of a paediatric nursing degree from the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. She has represented Great Britain in Young Rider teams previously and is aiming for the Young Rider World Championships in Italy this year. She was also introduced to the sport by her grandmother Rosemary Attfield, a renowned trainer and former team selector and coach...

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

45 Riders Will Contest the 11th Annual Mongol Derby - Full Story

July 15, 2019 | Comments
by: Mongol Derby

There are crazy things to do – and then there’s the Mongol Derby. Featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest and toughest horse race, this is the 11th year that 45 men and women from the four corners of the earth will race 1,000km across Mongolia on semi-wild horses, next month.

They range from a 56-year-old Texan cowboy to a helicopter pilot from Alice Springs, a paleo-botanist from The Netherlands and a management consultant from South Africa, via a host of saddle-hardened (they’ll need to be) girls and boys from the racing world. All think they are fearless and ready for the most extreme adventure of their lives – we’ll see… Some will crash and burn.

August 4-6: Pre-race training
August 7: Start gun of the 2019 Mongol Derby
August 16: Final riders expected to finish

Meet the entrants:

South Africa: Cold temperatures didn’t interfere successful Fauresmith 2019 - Full Article

16th July 2019
Race Report made with the assistance of Manie Ward

Fauresmith, Frees State Province, South Africa. Fauresmith 2019 was run from Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July 2019.

This years’ Fauresmith race, as was for the last 46 years, run in the small little town Fauresmith being the second oldest town in the Orange Free State. After Bloemfontein, Fauresmith was the most important town in the Free State. The first House of Assembly had to choose between the two to determine which would become the capital of the Free State. On 30 August 1851, the vote went to Bloemfontein with a two-vote majority.

Fast forward to July 2019, the temperatures dropped below zero and a rainy cold front swept over the pre-vet check on Monday, which forced the official to halt the proceeding for close to an hour. After completion of this process, 306 horses were given the go ahead to start the race on Tuesday morning at 07:00am...

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

France: Inaugural international races in Fougères - Full Article

12th July 2019
Race Report made with the assistance of Antoine Helleux

Fougères, Brittany, France. Saturday 29 June 2019. It was the first time the association Cheval Endurance Fougeraise organised a CEI1* and CEI2*.

38 riders took off for the CEI2* 120km and another 39 riders for the CEI1* 90km ride. Due to the heat wave in France (35°C at the maximum) and in order to protect the horses, the ground jury and veterinary team decided to change the heart rate and speed rules. The maximum heart rate to enter the vet gate was decreased to 60 in 15 minutes, the minimal speed was lowered to 11 km/h.
The track ran for partly through the forest and on the little hill around Fougères.

First vet check was located in the place of « Rocher Portail » 15 km of Fougères. After the first 35km only six horses were stopped thanks to good management of the riders, and limited speed of only 15 km/h...

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Australia: US and Canadian visitors love Rainbow Beach! - Full Article July 18 2019 By Connie Caudill Four endurance young riders along with their two spons...