Monday, September 04, 2006

AU: Lachlan endurance riders success at the Shahzada 400m marathon

Lachlan endurance riders success at the Shahzada 400m marathon
Monday, 4 September 2006

Always a huge effort is required to complete this ride successfully to the veterinary team's satisfaction on Friday afternoon after riding 80kms per day for 5 successive days over some of the roughest country that one would dare to take a horse through.

The Lachlan club only had 3 entries in the 400kms event this year, with all three successful, with the rest of the field success rate of 60% this was a very good result.

Karen Rhodes made it buckle no. 13 of her 14 starts, a very consistent completer with her horse "Shadow". Karen will have to front up again next year now as the record no. of buckles earned by any rider is 14, and it would be great to see another local on top of the completion lists.

Local horse "Kintamani Fosta" remains at the top of the horse buckle list with 10 out of 11 successes even though he has not competed in this ride since 1998 as he is now 27 years young.

Alan Lindsay made a return after 8 years to the tracks of St.Albans riding his homebred "Kintamani Charisma" over the 400kms to earn his 8th buckle, accompanying his daughter Erika riding "Kinitamani Silver Motif" for her first attempt at the Marathon distance. Both Erika and Motif coped easily with the day to day workload with youth on their side and great support from mum and dad. Interestingly, both the sires of Charisma and Motif completed Shahzada many years ago.

Shahzada was a grey Arab stallion, foaled in 1913 at Mr H.C. Stephens' stud in England. Shahzada's sire Mootrub, was purchased by General John Hills in India soon after he arrived from Arabia. He won races in India and numerous championships and prizes in the U.K. Shahzada's dam Ruth Kesia (descended from the desert bred mare Kesia), was acquired from the Gomassa tribe of the Sabaa Anazeh by Major Robert Upton. The mares from the tribe were noted for their fine free-trotting action.

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