The Ararat Advertiser
MOYSTON - Riders from across the State will be saddling up this weekend for an endurance event in Moyston.
Around 150 people have signed up for the big weekend of riding which will encompass four events.
There will be a 87 kilometre, 45km, 25km training ride and 25km harness ride.
The course will take in undulating bush tracks, sandy and gravel roads in and around Moyston.
It is being run by the Moyston community in conjunction with the Victorian Endurance Riders' Association.
Rides begin at the Moyston Recreation Reserve on Sunday, the start time for the 87km ride is 5am, the 45km at daylight, the 25km at 9.30am and the harness at 10.30am.
The track takes in the Moyston West, Stears, Redmond and Moyston to Pomonal and Halls Gap Roads, it also encompasses the Mount William Picnic Ground.
Motorists are being urged to take care in these areas on Sunday and avoid them where possible.
Police will be escorting horses and riders across the highway, motorists are reminded that horses have the right-of-way.
Not just a one day event endurance rides are generally a weekend affair and the Moyston community is capitalising on this by creating a social community event.
Tomorrow night entertainment and a spit roast will be provided at the recreation reserve in the lead up to the event.
The entire community is invited along to enjoy a roast and listen to some music.
Funds raised from the evening's events will go towards the Moyston Country Fire Authority.
The Moyston community organised the weekend as an opportunity for the district to gather as well as raise funds for the CFA.
Action will begin at the recreation reserve tomorrow morning.
Nominations open for the event 10am, from then on it will be all go.
All horses are required to be assessed and passed by a vet before taking part in the endurance event and this process will begin at 12noon.
Later in the day competitors will have a chance to practise on the track, at 5.30pm there will be a race briefing.
Following this entertainment will begin.
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Moysten was my very first endurance ride. The organisers were so friendly, they were able to provide me with contacts for yarding and riding company. The people I met along the way were understanding, and it was great to see all age groups participating. I had such a fantastic time and I'd love to do it again. Thanks for all of your support. I wish all clubs stood by your morals.
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