Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Australia: Big Woodstock weekend for the endurance riders

Wednesday, 20 September 2006

The course is set, the firewood cut and the arrows are being dusted off as the Lachlan Endurance Rider Club prepares to host its annual programme of endurance riding at the Woodstock Showground on the weekend of 23rd and 24th September.

Riders are expected from all around the State, with many horses coming to do a final hit out before the State Championships the following weekend at Wyndyer, near Mudgee. Many of the local identities will also be taking part with Alan & Erika Lindsay, Annette Bailey, Nikki Tucker, Robin Gossip, Di Cameron, Erica Allan, Louise Baker, just to name a few who will be enjoying their home turf.

Scheduled is an 80km ride which will cover two legs, the first being 50km and the 2nd 30kms. The 40km training ride will travel over the majority of the 1st Leg of the 80km ride with a very enjoyable 20km social ride planned for those wanting to have a taste of the sport.

Horses for the 80km and 40km rides will be vetted on Saturday commencing at 1pm with the actual rides commencing on Sunday morning at 5.30am and 6.00am consecutively.

Entries for the social ride are being taken either on Saturday or, to make things a little easier for those wanting to participate in this ride, also on Sunday morning commencing at 8am to 9am with the ride starting at 9.30am.

Once again, the Cowra Cadet Corp will be catering a two course dinner for $10 on Saturday night and will also be manning some of the many gates around the course, which will take in local farming and grazing properties, as well as historic stock routes in the Woodstock district.

Due to the difficulties the town is experiencing at the moment, the Club is subsidising all prizes for the winners, with the exception of Cowra & Holmwood Wreckers who continue to be great supporters of the Club. If business houses in Cowra are interested in supporting this wonderful institution that continues in the District, don't hesitate to contact the Ride Secretary, Helen Brown on 63450107.

Helen is also the contact to nominate for any of the above rides or for any information regarding the weekend.

Cowra Guardian

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