Friday, April 09, 2010

New Zealand: Bulfin shows class at trail-riding nationals - Full Article

9 April 2010

A small contingent of Marlborough riders made a successful foray to Culverden for the New Zealand Endurance and Trail Riding Nationals at Easter, winning two competitive trail riding titles.

Heidi Bulfin, riding Stonelea Sparkling Rose, followed on from the South Island Championship success to win the 61-kilometre open ride on Sunday. Riding over two loops with an optimum time of five hours 30 minutes, they accrued 136 faults, taken from three heart rates and time faults.

Runner-up, 13 points back, was fellow Marlborough rider Missy Green, with Xavier Cheerokee, while Lorraine Stratford, on Jay, rounded out a good weekend in third place.

Tessa Wells and Masada Park Maestro were too good for the 32km junior class, winning with 94 faults, accumulated from over-the-line heart rate, final heart rate and time faults. Wells finished just four seconds over the optimum time of 3hrs 15mins.

Marlborough riders Kevin Prangley, riding WD Amir Ibn Kaliph, and Penelope Valk, with BTR Overture, both had successful completions in the three-star, 160km pinnacle endurance ride on Good Friday.

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