Monday, June 11, 2007

Australia wins team events at Nanango endurance ride June 12, 2007

H.M. Tuanku Mizan Zaind Abidin and Taljarri Moonlight Pharoah.
Picture: Franz Venhaus, EFA

Australia won both team events at the Nanango Forest Endurance ride at the weekend. The event was host to an international FEI 3* 160km ride, along with the Trans Tasman FEI 3* 160km and FEI 2* 110km.

Matthew Sample won the ride in 9:46:17, riding Brookleigh Ricardo. Best Conditioned went to fourth place-getter, Kristie McGaffen riding Ryton Remy.

The King of Malaysia, H.M. Tuanku Mizan Zaind Abidin, riding a loan horse from Brook Sample, the arab-appaloosa cross Taljarri Moonlight Pharoah, finished in 12th place.

Riding as an individual, New Zealand's Sandie MacLean, on Macedonian Rakkali, placed 7th in the time of 11:51:11.

New Zealand CEI** 107km team members Jordyn Piripi, Selwyn Boler, Alison Higgins and Kimberley Ryan all completed the ride on Saturday.

Fellow New Zealander David Marshall made his return to competitive endurance riding after a two-year absence, finishing in eighth place in the 107km ride. He rode Dakila Renoasette, in the time of 6:02:37. Also placed in this event was Mark Tylee riding Brookleigh Maestro, finishing 12th in a time of 6:10:00.

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