Monday, July 23, 2007

New Zealand: Temuka horse rider wins trio of trophies

photo: TOP RIDER: Temuka man Bryan Priddle took out three trophies at the recent national endurance horse riding awards dinner in Christchurch.

Timaru Herald

By BETHANY MARETT - The Timaru Herald | Tuesday, 24 July 2007

A Temuka horse rider reined in a swag of trophies at the Endurance New Zealand awards dinner in Christchurch recently.

Bryan Priddle scooped the senior section of awards, winning three trophies – distance rider of the year, distance horse of the year and best horse and rider combination.

"Everyone else said it wasn't fair I got the lot," he laughed.

While the trophies may reflect a strong season for the Temuka man, he has also been a consistent performer at national level for a number of years.

Mr Priddle began endurance riding about 14 years ago. With his children already involved with the sport, he became sick of standing on the sideline and decided to give it a go for himself.

While living in Temuka, he rides horses for Glendaar endurance racing, which is based in Herbert.

On his way to winning the distance rider of the year Mr Priddle clocked up 1460 competition kilometres.

However, riding six nights a week the number accumulated is in fact far more.

"You probably do a couple thousand (kilometres) over a year with training," he said.

The highs in the sport also come with lows and Mr Priddle has certainly had his share of both.

In the recent Trans-Tasman Challenge in Nanango, Queensland, Mr Priddle was selected as a member of the four-strong Kiwi team.

However at the 125km mark of the 160km event Mr Priddle was unfortunately eliminated following a veterinary inspection.

"I was brassed off. He was going like a dream too."

The disappointment has again been overridden with the success of scooping the overall season's awards however and Mr Priddle is already back in the saddle training for the upcoming season due to start next month.

This year he is aiming for good results in the national event, which will be hosted by his Mt Nimrod club and held on home ground near Kurow at Easter.

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