Friday, April 29, 2011

New Zealand: New Endurance Champions are Crowned

28/04/2011 3:45:45 p.m.

Andrea Smith riding Glenmore Tariq completed a thoroughly deserved victory on Good Friday at Endurance’s Nationals, at Kuratau, Lake Taupo, in the CEI 3* 160km ride, finishing in an impressive time of 9.34.55 and uncontested in the final stages.

For Smith and her homebred horse the victory was doubly sweet as they had come so far at the same venue earlier in the season, at the North Island champs, only to be given out lame in the final hurdle, that particular time they crossed the line in second.

This time round however there were no concerns for Smith; riding in perfect conditions they shaved over an hour off their previous time, finishing at an average speed of 16.7kph and looking in fine form the whole way.

Coming home in second place in his hundred mile race, and also securing the Grassroots World FEI Qualifying Series win (over a maximum of seven CEI rides) was Taranaki’s Sean Trafford and Sayfwood Rolling Stone, just under 30 minutes behind Smith, while one of last year’s WEG competitors, Jenny Chandler onboard Lace and Fineness claimed third spot, a respectable time of 10.04.37. Lace and Fineness was also awarded the Best Conditioned award the following day.

Also contested at these Nationals, and for the first time in several years, was the CEI JY 3* 160km ride, for riders under 21 years of age. For the past few years these riders have had to compete against adults, and some still chose to do so, but the FEI now allow them their own class. These young riders had a successful day with a 75% completion rate and first buckles for most. 16 year old Emma Mason from Wellington, riding Taralea Sheer Illusion was the top in this class, coming home also uncontested in a time of 11.25.24, almost one hour ahead of Georgia Smith and Aurora Australis. Third place was Tessa Deuss and Aspen Hills Santa Ana. All three horses a tribute to these young riders who worked so hard to bring them to this level. Best Conditioned Horse was awarded to Taralea Sheer Illusion.

Having a successful weekend also was Gemma Haywood from Wairarapa. Riding Roselea Royal Fire on Easter Sunday, the pair took home the CEI 2* 120km title from some close contesters, their total time of 7.57.05 enough to secure the win. In Second place was Marie Wakeling on Tokopuhe Kid, just over 2 minutes behind Haywood, and third, and later Best Conditioned, was awarded to Jessica Scheffer riding Sheba, their time of 8.03.27.

There was also a young rider 2* 120km class and this was won by Leanne Ireland and Alshar Blue Levi, riding sensibly in a time of 8.46.57, ahead of Emma Armstrong and Blue Thunder Shimar and Stacey Jones, Makahiwi Pretoria.

Winner of the CEN 120km ride was Australian Errol Watt, riding Raewyn Carter’s Maioro Tahi, their time 9.59.07

There were two CEI 1* classes; the 80km on Good Friday and the 100km on Saturday. Gemma Haywood rounded out her weekend by winning the CEI 1* 80km ride, on Roselea Flaunt It, while South Islander Charlotte Wadsworth, and Avaasha NZL, claimed the Young Rider class of this distance.

The CEI 1* 100km ride featured an exciting gallop finish – Wellington rider Sandy McCuan and Mizraim Silver Gym just getting the nod over Natalie Bickerton and Makahiwi Gazelle. Amanda Walton and Lotus Blue Moon finished first in the Young Rider section, their time 6.43.05, and the CEN 100km Junior event was won by Brigitte Smith and Craig Royston Melba.

Also on Sunday were the CEN 60km events, won respectively by Eileen Hart and Montana Rein in the Senior and Charlotte Berrett and Aspen Hills Balalaika.

Full results can be found on

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Call for Canadian Endurance Riders to Compete in China

April 27 2011

Dear Canadian Endurance Riders:

A wonderful opportunity has presented itself! Endurance Canada has just learned that an invitation has been issued for upwards of four (4) Canadian riders to participate in an endurance competition in China.

This exciting news came following a recent path finding mission that was led by the Equine Canada Export Market Development Program (EC Export). Here is an excerpt from a recently published press release that will be issued in the coming days:

Path Finding Mission to China

This past March, six individuals, focused on the high-level goal of branding Canada’s equine industry, participated in a path finding mission to China. Over the course of five and half days, the delegation had discussions with numerous Chinese national federation and committee directors, government officials and horse and equine business owners. The delegation was led by Susan Stewart of SS Visions, a consultant specializing in export market development strategies, who was contracted by Equine Canada. It also included stakeholders from Canada’s Thoroughbred racing, reining and rodeo and barrel racing sectors, and a dedicated communications expert.  Drawing on sector-specific experts ensured knowledge-based discussions on this path finding mission.

Be sure to watch for the full release which will be distributed by Equine Canada. If you are not on their mailing list, it will also be featured at HYPERLINK "" and on the program’s Facebook page at HYPERLINK ""

The Invitation – Will You Accept?

While in China, Susan Stewart, who manages EC Export, was personally invited by the Mayor of Chongqing Municipality to attend the 90 km endurance race that will be held there on June 11–12, 2011.  At that time, an invitation was also extended to include three or four of Canada’s endurance riders. Endurance Canada is working closely with Susan to send a team to China. Susan has confirmed that she will be participating in the event with a focus on managing the communications and publicity for Canadian activities associated with it. In this capacity, she will be able to provide guidance and insight to the Canadian riders in addition to helping organize their participation.   

A conference call has been scheduled between Susan and the Chairs of Endurance Canada International and the Endurance Canada Committee for early next week. During that call we will map out some of the details of the trip and get a sense of the budget associated with it. We already know that the costs to attend will be significantly reduced thanks to the generosity of our hosts in China.

Prior to this conference call we need to know: ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?

For more information, see

Orfeo Des Iviers - Belgian Arabian Horse of the Year: WAHO Trophy

April 4 2011

Every year, the WAHO (World Arabian Horse Organization) honors an arabian horse in every country by awarding the WAHO TROPHY.

Often in Belgium, as the association is mainly managed by breeders from the show ring, it is a show horse which is awarded. But the mentality is slowly changing in Belgium, leading the board of the Belgian Studbook to award the trophy to a sport horse.
So this year the WAHO Trophy went to ORFEO DES IVIERS, a horse who had a very long career in endurance (4 World Championchips, 2 European Championships) and won several international races.

Chaque année l'organisation mondiale du pur sang arabe, la WAHO, met à l'honneur un cheval arabe dans chaque pays en lui décernant le "WAHO TROPHY".

Souvent en Belgique, puisque l'organisation est principalement gérée par des éleveurs actifs dans le monde du show, c'est un cheval reconnu pour sa beauté qui est nominé et reçoit le titre belge. Mais il faut reconnaître que la mentalité commence à changer dans le milieu du pur sang arabe. La versatilité du cheval arabe est reconnue, est louée dans les écrits des organisations telles que la WAHO et l'ECAHO, mais dans la réalité ce sont encore les caractéristiques de beauté de l'arabe dit 'de show' qui dominent.

Story and photos on Orfeo des Iviers here:

Belgium: April 30-May 1 Mont Le Soie Update

April 27
There will be more than 70 horses at the start of the various qualifications rides (from 30 to 80km), including a dutch armada which will get the taste of the hilly Ardennes. We can also expect a couple of dozen horse on the novice 20km ride. So all in all a good week-end for the Belgian endurance. Follow this link for the CEN entries

April 24
The list of starters is now available (follow this link.) There will be eighty couples competing on the various races during the week-end. This is the first time that Mont Le Soie will be welcoming as many as participants. The weather forecast are favorable : there will be sunshine and clouds with normally no showers.

April 15
It announces a very good level of participation, both on Saturday then Sunday. A dozen small Dutch, German five or six, eight French, a British armada will test the waters and the hilly eastern Belgium.

ATRM, the French company for the timing of peak endurance races, will be there to manage the race and give us as usual flash rankings, timed to the second table redéparts, etc..

And last but not least, the commentator appointed Herve Guesdon we will enjoy his dynamism and his insightful comments.

The configuration of the loops has not changed from previous years.

For more information see: and

Great Britain: World Class Start and Potential Squad set off for Belgium

26th April 2011

Andrea Baker, Chef d'Equipe for the World Class Start and Potential Squad has reported that all horses and riders are fit and well and will meet at Dover on Tuesday 26th April to begin their Team trip to Mont Le Soie in Belgium. The ride is to take place on Saturday, 30th April 2011.

The Team comprises:
Andrea Champ - Druimghigha Luxor
Lyndsey Comben - Radwhan
Fiona Griffiths - Dear Kate,
Sue Higgins - Aberllywds Another Rose,
Annie Ings - Alpha

Also travelling with the Team are those members of the Potential Squad
looking to add to their FEI qualifications and support the Team:
Rachel Atkinson - Vanash,
Claire Bruce - Ah Diba,
Lesley-Ann Parker - Velvet Echo,
Sue Rich - Czako and
Young Rider Louise Rich - Cziko.

We wish them all the best for a safe and successful trip.

100km ride set for Bahrain local stables

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

THE Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) will be holding a 100-kilometre endurance ride for Bahrain's local stables on Friday.

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first deputy chairman and Breef president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa announced the event yesterday. It is set to take place at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

Shaikh Khalid made the decision to hold the ride based on the applications from several owners of local stables.

The race will start at 5pm and it will feature four stages. The opening stage will be 30 kilometres in distance, followed by another 30km second stage. The third will be over 25km, while the fourth and final leg will cover just 15km.

The mandatory veterinary examinations for all participating horses will be held on race day from 3pm.

Shaikh Khalid said he is certain the race will be a tightly contested affair, with the large number of riders expected to participate. He wished the participants the very best in the ride, which he assured will be organised to the best abilities of Breef.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Australia: 2011 NSW State Championships at St Albans on 11th and 12th June

The beginning of your quest for THE BIG THREE awarded by the NSW ERA

There will never be a better place to do a 160km ride than St Albans at the NSW State Ride……

There was a fantastic success rate at the Forgotten Valley Classic there two years ago. Experience the fabulous tracks and scenery that all us Shahzada tragics know so well and qualify for the Quilty (if you need to) in South Australia in September, another part of the Big Three. All you have to do is complete Shahzada in August after completing the State Ride in June and you and your horse are off to South Australia for the opportunity to achieve The Big Three.

This photo shows Katrina Bodewes and her horse Booramby Silver Elk who achieved the Big Three in 2010.

Lots of tears at the presentation this year, such a supreme effort and fantastic bond of horse and rider…….

come and give it a go!

Monday, April 25, 2011

India: Horse Sports would get affiliation by POA

Punjab Newsline Network
Sunday, 24 April 2011
By Gagandeep Ahuja

Indigenous horses surpass the other horses

PATIALA : Horse sports will get the recognition by Punjab Olympics association as well IOA. Rajya Sabha M.P and Punjab Olympics association Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who was here at Village Fathepur of the First Endurance Meet of 30 km ride, to gave away the prizes to the winners.

Speaking on the occasion the president of Punjab Olympics association Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said that Horse Sports would get affiliation by POA and case would be forwarded to Indian Olympics association. After getting affiliation this sport would be played at national level as well as and other international games, he added.

Dhindsa, who is Rajya Sabha MP and Secretary General of Shiromani Akali Dal, also said that he will ask Punjab government to introduced Horse Sport in the schools sports curriculum.

Recalling the importance of Horses in Sikh history he said that Horses were promoted by Sixth Guru Guru Hargobuind Sahib Ji and Tenth Guru Gobind Singh Ji. He said that the tenth Guru also introduced horse sports by introducing Hola Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib...

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India: Endurance race rides desi horse power, betters national record

Parvesh sharma, TNN | Apr 25, 2011

PATIALA: To gauge the real horse power of our locally-bred horses, Fatehpur village of Patiala district was the place to be this Sunday. The mounts proved their worth in the first ever 30km endurance race in Punjab and, if the organizers are to be believed, they ran much faster than the ones in national races.

Members of Horse Sports and Breeder Society of Punjab (HSBSP) and the event organizers claimed that the steed which ran the fastest clocked the speed of 18.38km per hour, the next covered 18km per hour and the third 17.50km per hour. The national standard for endurance events is 16km per hour.

Bhola, the horse of Sahib Parminder Singh from Jalandhar district, won the first position and a cash prize of Rs 21,000. The second prize went to Kiranjit Singh's horse – a cash prize of Rs 11,000. "I love my horse as I would my
child. When I came to know about the event, I immediately called up the organizers as I didn't want to miss this opportunity. The government should also organize such events more often," said Sahib Parminder.

Some experts were surprised to see the pulse rate of all three leading horses as normal, that too even after running the first round of 15km. "Normally, the pulse increases after running such a long distance," said an expert. "But, the normal pulse rate points towards the power of Punjabi horses," he added. "We knew that our horses are the best... we have war horses. But the first ever event has now brought it on record that our horses are stronger than all others across the country, as they ran faster than those in the national standard of endurance of 16km per hour," said Kamalvir Singh Dhindsa, a member of HSBSP.

Although the organizers had received many requests, only 27 horses were allowed to participate. Out of these, eight were disqualified after the first round of 15km.

"The endurance levels, globally, are usually of 40, 60, 80 and 120km. But we chose 30 (km) because it was our first event and also because of the heat factor. The success of this maiden event has really encouraged us and we plan to organize another one this October. We just want due respect for our horses," said Dhindsa.

The event started early, around 5.30am, and concluded at 8.30am. However, it was watched by hundreds of enthusiastic villagers, who had started converging at site from 4am.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Manileau CEI** 120 km Spanish Young Rider Championship

23 April 2011

52 horses and riders were entered in the April 23rd Spanish Young Rider Championships in Manileu (Barcelona), Spain.

Winner was Maria Ledesma riding Ushamir ben Priz, in 6:07.41, at 19.58 km/h. Second place went to Oier Etxenike riding Foque de Quijas, in 6:21.57, at 18.85 km/h. Third was Ane Baseta riding Alabama, in 6:22.38, at 18.82 km/h.

31 pairs completed the ride.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Australia: Mudgee endurance riders take major placings at Tooraweenah - Full Article

22 Apr, 2011

Mudgee Endurance riders made all the major placings at the 80 kilometre endurance ride at Tooraweenah on April 10.

The event was well attended with 61 entries in the 80km ride and 45 entries in the 40km trainer.

Bernice King was awarded the encouragement award after she finished the 80 kilometres ride even though she had suffered a dismount earlier in the race.

Mette Sutton won the 80km ride after she finished in five hours, 15 minutes with her horse Vuldar the Magician as well as being awarded open fittest horse.

Gloria Mills was first highweight finishing in five hours and 39 minutes with her horse Glendos Sabodice also taking the fittest horse award for catchweight.

Paddy Smith was the first heavyweight and Justin Pilley was first junior as well as first across the line.

India: First ever 30km race to test Punjab horses

April 22 2011

CHANDIGARH: In what is being seen as a revival of old times when horse riding was a passion in Punjab, horse lovers and breeders in the state have got together to organize, for the first time, a 30 km endurance race of indigenous and thoroughbred horses in Fatehpur village in Patiala district on Sunday.

Punjab bloodline horses are being encouraged and riders from across the country are expected. "Horse keeping comes naturally to the people of Punjab and has been for centuries, a way of life. The sport of horse riding is deemed to be a natural attraction and deserves to be given a new meaning in the modern day context," said Kamalbir Singh Dhindsa, a prominent horse breeder and equestrian promoter. Promoters of the event, who have got together under the banner of Horse Sports and Breeder Society of Punjab and are not supported by any ernment organization, have pooled in about Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh each to organize the endurance race. Col Sarpartap Singh, equestrian judge at international events and a prominent horse breeder in Punjab said, "Endurance rides are races over a trail of distance. We have chosen a varied and challenging terrain."

Sumrinder Singh Sira, a horse breeder and also faculty in department of business management, Punjabi University said, "This endurance meet will help breeders to improve their stock and encourage them. That is why we have not kept any entry fee, boarding and lodging is free for participants." About 60 riders from across the region will exhibit the strength of their horses besides riding skills. The distance of 30 kms will be extended to 40 kms, 60 kms and 80 kms in second endurance meet that Horse Sport and Breeders Society is mulling of organizing in October.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bahrain: Royal victory!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

ROYAL Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Salem Sabt emerged champions in the season-ending 120-km Endurance Horseride Championship for the Crown Prince Cup, reports RAMI HULAYYEL. Shaikh Nasser proved too strong to win the 29-rider senior ride while Salem Sabt finished on top in the junior event, which saw 20 riders in the fray.

The final endurance event of the season, which took place at the Bahrain International Village in Sakhir, ended on an exciting note with Shaikh Nasser winning it by a narrow margin.

Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, completed the challenging 120-km ride on Mystic Traveler.

Shaikh Nasser clocked five hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds with an average speed of 21.040 kmph.

The Royal Endurance team dominated the show, winning the next two places. Noureddin Kaddouri, riding Kalharabi Katar, timed 5:53:14 to clinch second place with an average speed of 21.035kmph.

Third place was also won by the Royal Endurance team through Jaffar Mirza on Danon Jabeen. Mirza, who took the lead in the early stages, could finish third in 5:42:16.

Fahad Ismail (5:49:04) of Al Khalidiya Stables claimed fourth position, followed by Raed Mahmood (5:01:59) in fifth place, Isa Al Doseri (5:14:57) of Al Shawamekh Stables sixth and Al Reem Stable's Mohamed Al Shaikh (5:28:40) seventh.

Bag Singh (5:54:14) of Al Montasir Stable was eighth, ahead of Nakhat Singh (6:01:22), also of Montasir Stable, while Manar Rashid (6:05:58) of Ahmed Al Fateh Stable rounded off the top 10. Manar was the first lady rider to complete the event.


In the junior ride, Al Asayel Stable rider Sabt steered Ge Lady to victory in five hours, 33 minutes and 12 second after a close battle with another Al Asayel Stable rider Mohammed Al Khatry. Fahad Helal (5:44:30) was third on Al Jared.

Ali Baqer (5:49:20) of Hawar Stable was fourth, followed by Ali Al Abdulla (5:33:03), Saud Al Hadhrami (5:33:31), Mohammed Al Khatri (6:06:52), Faisal Al Manea (6:12:09) and Mohamed Al Subai (6:14:43), all of Al Asayel Stable.

An additional 85-km qualifying ride was held on the occasion, with seven riders in the fray. It was won by Abdulla Al Qoad, riding Kintamani Kebir, who clocked three hours, 49 minutes and 36 seconds.

He was followed by Hamad Al Marri (4:52:06) of Royal Endurance Team in second place with Al Shawamek Stable rider Abdulla Al Dosseri (5:29:14) third.

His Majesty the King's Personal Representative Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa honoured the top three riders in each event.

Shaikh Khalid thanked Durrat Al Bahrain, especially its board chairman Abdulhakeem Al Khayyat, for sponsoring this prestigious event.

Photos by Osama Mohammed can be seen here:

Friday, April 15, 2011

India: Majestic Marwari beats enchanting English - Full Article

By Yana Bey Apr 14 2011

A beautiful grey stallion, Pratham, ridden by Thakhat Singh, beat British thoroughbreds in National Endurance event

Amid the momentous happen­ings in the world of adventure sport this February, a land­mark event in the little-known and cl­ose-knit circle of Indian equestrian sp­orts was eclipsed. For the first time, in the National Endurance champ­ion­ship, a Marwari horse beat English th­oroug­hbreds to win the 100-km event.

Endurance events are long-distance riding events that test the physical and mental stamina of both horse and rider. There are 40-km, 60-km, 80-km, 100-km and 120-km events. The last two, being very taxing, see the fewest number of participants.

This year, just four horses took part in the National Endurance 100-km event — held in Jodhpur on February 27. Two were English thoroughbreds but the other two were sons of the soil - beautiful specimens of the Marwari, the horse native to the region. All the four were from Jodhpur with both Marwaris belonging to the All-India Marwari Horse Society.

The winner was a beautiful grey stallion, Pratham...

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bahrain: Fitting finale for endurance event

Thursday, April 14, 2011

THE Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation is organising the season-ending Endurance Horseride Championships of the season tomorrow.

The event is for the trophy of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, and covers a total distance of 120km. It features rides for senior and junior riders.

This ride, to be held at night, will take place at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir with prominent Bahraini riders from various stables from across the kingdom expected to take part.

Among the top riders in the fray is Royal Endurance captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who steered Musical Gully Pizzecato last year to victory, lifting the prestigious Crown Prince Cup following a dominant performance in the 120-km ride.

Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, will be joined by Breef's president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and some of Bahrain's elite riders.

Breef's Endurance Committee chairman Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa said the final ride of the year promises to feature stiff competition among participants.

Shaikh Faisal extended his appreciation to the Crown Prince for patronising the ride and for his continued support to the federation's programmes and activities.

The endurance committee chief expressed gratitude to Durrat Al Bahrain for sponsoring tomorrow's ride, and expressed hope that this co-operation would continue in future competitions.

Shaikh Faisal also praised the efforts of the organising committee to make sure the event is a great success.

Meanwhile, the organising committee has approved technical issues concerning the ride, which will be divided into five stages.

The first stage will be over 30km and is covered with red flags, to be followed by another 30km stage with blue flags.

Green flags will cover the third stage, which is over 25km, to be followed by the fourth which is over 20km, covered in yellow flags. The fifth and last stage will be over 15km with white flags.

It was also confirmed that the senior ride will begin at 4pm while the junior section is set to start at 4.15pm. The prize-distribution ceremony is due to begin at 11.30pm.

The veterinary and ground jury committees have been named. Ghalib Al Alawi will head the ground jury committee, which also has Abdulsamad Al Busta, Ali Ghuloom, Mahdi Al Kelaiti and Fahad Al Rumaihi, all of Bahrain, besides foreign judge Haider Al Zubi of Jordan.

Other veterinarians are Bahrain's Abbas Al Haiki, Farida Abdulrazzaq, Abdularhman Abulshouk and Abu Obaida Sabeel besides Melo Caonabo of the Dominican Republic.

The event is being sponsored by Durrat Al Bahrain, who signed an agreement with the organising committee at a special function yesterday.

It was attended by CEO of Durrat Al Bahrain Jassim Al Jowder besides Breef member Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa as well as other federation officials.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Australia: 2011 Barossa Ranges Tom Quilty Gold Cup

April 11 2011

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Barossa Ranges Tom Quilty Gold Cup, which begins at midnight on Friday September 30th 2011 and continue through Saturday October 1st.

The event will provide a challenging event for participants on a new course.  There will be an away check point and riders will experience changing terrain as the course traverses Mt Crawford State forest, vineyards and pastures.  The second and potentially most challenging leg will be through pine forests, then onto private land owned by the Ross family (by kind permission). 

The ride base will be at Mt Pleasant which hosts annually a large agricultural show in addition to many livestock and horse events.  One of the best scenic routes in our State runs through Mount Pleasant linking Adelaide with the Barossa via the rich pastoral lands, forestry and the wine areas of Springton and Eden Valley close to Mt. Pleasant. 

Land was first purchased for forestry at Mount Crawford in 1909. Plantings commenced in 1914; two species of eucalypts (Narrow-leaved Ironbark and South Australian Blue gum) and two species of pine (Radiata and Maritime pine) which creates a fantastic horse riding environment.  The current reserve area is in the region of 12,000 hectares. 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Quilty. Please note you must prenominate a horse and pay the $100 deposit to book a camp site. Camp requests will NOT be accepted without a pre-nomination. You may change horse details later if necessary. Forms need to be downloaded from the website and sent with a cheque made out to SA Tom Quilty Inc to our Treasurer, Sue Arwen, at 6 Amundsen Dve, Ingle Farm, SA

Camp Sites
All enquiries to our Camp Manager Tony Van Eck on 08 85387280 or 0414406580.
Camp forms must accompany your pre nomination form to the Treasurer. If you have a gooseneck and only 1 horse you may need to book 2 sites to have enough room. Extra cars will have to be parked off the showgrounds. Powered sites are limited. If we run out we will let you know in time to arrange a generator.

There will be a bar and drinking area on the ride base, open from 4pm to late,
Wednesday to Sunday. Local solo musicians will play in the evenings. Various food stalls will operate from Wednesday through to Sunday. Wednesday night will see a Quilty Gourmet BBQ available on the ride base.

Final Dinner
Tickets are $40 and may be pre booked. Only 200 seats available for a sit down
dinner and band with bar facilities. Book early for a great night and a chance to relive the ride in comfort.

Trade Stalls
Spaces are filling fast. We have Remlap, Dixon Equestrian, Retract-a-fence, Ken Platt Belts, d-lua park sheepskins and others Ring Jean Sims on 0429781004 for info. Fodder and Firewood Fodder is available from Coopers of Mt Torrens who will do daily deliveries. You may pre order with your nomination form. Fires are allowed in drums only. Wood will be available for purchase at the base.

We would prefer you left your pets at home but if not, all dogs MUST be on a leash at all times. Loose dogs will be reported to the Council Animal Control Officer
Rubbish/ Horse Manure Chaff bags will be issued to campers as they arrive. Large clearly marked bins will be available for you to empty your bags into on a daily basis. KESAB bins will be around for recycling cans and bottles. Please make the effort to sort your waste and use the correct bins to dispose of it. This is always a problem area for committees to control but with a little thought and care from campers, it could be easy!

Descriptions and altitude diagrams will be on the website soon. Do plenty of hill
training as Legs 2 and 3 will make your horses work. They are not difficult but they
do require you to pace your horse. Step overs are a part of SA Forests. I suggest you set one up and practise at home if you are concerned. We will have one at the ride base for you to do a refresher course!

Pictures are now on the website. There are 2 delivery dates pre ride and a stall will be open at the Ride Base. Please contact Lainie Ray on 0438846741 with queries.

As with any major events volunteers are the unsung heroes. If you would like to come and help we would love to hear from you. Please ring Jean Sims on 0429781004 any time. We will feed and water you during the event and we promise a great time!

We are desperate for buckle sponsors. For only $300 your name will be engraved on a brass plaque attached to the wooden Quilty Buckle stand. This silver buckle is the goal of every Quilty entrant and only presented to successful completions Major Sponsors for places include Nanango Heritage Riders, Tonimbuk, Castlebar, DixonSmith Equestrian, Rapiti Pty, Arabian Horse Society of Australia and Archer Saddleblankets and Rugs. Please check our website if you would like to join this wonderful group of supporters.

Chief Steward is Tom McCormack No.2 Chief Steward is Dorte Colja
Head Vet is Dr James Vowles from Murray Bridge.
Head Hospital Vet is Dr Bill Harbison
Camp Manager is Tony Van Eck
Course Director is Rod Warren

For more information see

or contact Jean Sims at

Australia: Shaikh Majid Challenge near Brisbane

April 13 2011

The Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Challenge will be held 16 & 17 April at Toorbul 30 minutes north of Brisbane on forestry trails. Events will include an FEI 1* 80 km, FEI2* 120 km and FEI3* 160 km Open and Youth Events.

This event will be a Trial for the FEI Australian National Championships, and a Qualifier for the World Championships for Youth & Young Rders and the 2010 World Championships.

For more information, see or contact Ride Secretary Penny Toft at  

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

France: Javier Aliage and Rohf Izmy win CEI* Tartas - Full Story

Javier Aliaga, aboard Rohf Izmy was imposed on April 10 in the CEI* Tartas (France), which ranked 27 of the 37 participants, including also the Spanish Íñigo Arrizabalaga (19th with Tbo Guerrero). The Spaniard and the PRA of eight years, winning in November last year the French also CIS * Hasparren, completed the 89 kms with an average speed of 19.85 km / hr.

The previous day also highlighted in the neighboring country and Ruth Comas Alex Luque, fifth and seventh in the CEI2 * (120 kms.)...


Monday, April 11, 2011

Australia: Real Test of Endurance - Full Story

Gerard Walsh | 11th April 2011

MARYVALE Endurance Ride winner Tanya Trevarthen wasn't fazed by riding with a torch at 4.30am yesterday. She does it every morning.

While she admits it is easier for horse and rider in daylight, she said her nine-year-old purebred Arabian named Sarandeep was fine trotting along in the dark.

She crossed the line at the same time as lightweight winner Jocelyn Barnes on Trinity but a lightweight can't win overall.

Trevarthen hails from Goombungee and has been competing in endurance riding for 25 years.

“I train with a torch in the morning before I go to work,” she said...

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Friday, April 08, 2011

New Zealand: WEG drama leads to new endurance structure

April 9, 2011

Lessons learned from the issues arising over last year's World Equestrian Games have led to a new structure for the sport of endurance in New Zealand.

wo WEG-selected riders objected to the fact that grooms were assigned to them for the games, rather than being allowed to choose their own. The pair, Sue Reid and Jenny Champion, pulled of the team. It left New Zealand with just three endurance riders.

In a message to endurance riders this week, Equestrian Sports NZ CEO Jim Ellis said it had taken time to move the Endurance High Performance issue forward, "but I hope members will understand that the topic has seen lengthy and detailed debate 'behind the scenes'."

Leadership of the HP Programme will now rest with a small group, rather than a single HP Leader as is the case with ESNZ's other disciplines. "It is believed that this will offer a HP environment more suited to the particular nature of Endurance and the skills, expertise and horsepower needed to compete with the best in the world," Ellis said.

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Australia: Lancefield rider swaps long hauls for short sprint

Macedon-ranges-leader - full story

8 Apr 11 @ 06:00am by Barry Kennedy

LANCEFIELD endurance horse rider Kim Noble will attend Melbourne Racing Club at Caulfield on Saturday for a different challenge.

Accustomed to overnight cross-country events over 80km and events such as the the sport’s biggest race, the Tom Quilty Cup, Noble is instead focusing on a one-mile sprint.

She will be one of 12 riders in the $20,000 Shadwell Arabian Mile...

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

2011 Fontainebleu Report - Full Story

The Grand Parquet, an exceptional venue located at the border of the big nationall forest of Fontainebleau. Not too far from Paris, just 50 km or so to the South. So it's easy for the riders coming from the south but also from the north (especially the Belgians) who can avoid crossing Paris and its horrible traffic jam.

A stadium, several (maybe a dozen) sand arenas (I didn't make count them), a direct access to the forest, a restaurant and a bar, permanent stables... So everything was there in place for a good event.

The organizers have designed a nice course with four different loops with enough variety. Several kind of forests were crossed: pines and leave trees. One especially scenic with huge eroded rocks covered with moss, looking a bit like some places of the Lord of the Rings. The last loop was a bit technical with several (small) hills, but no big deal as the leaders covered it at more than 20 km/h.

At the start of the CEI** there were several very talented (or promising) horses ridden by professional riders (the one living from their sport) like Laurent Mosti, Virginie Atger, Sabrina Arnold ou Jean-Philippe Frances...

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

VI Kaliber Andalucia: Stage 4 - Ecija - Cordoba

El Raid Blog - Gabriel Gamiz

April 6 2011

Another morning but we are in the stables preparing the horse numbers
are painted on their haunches, every morning we look at the special
chalk numbers were retouched and ready for a new race day.

Since the municipal of budding equestrian club and the presence of the
mayor and delegate of sports, giving the output, are headed the 35
pairs participating in this 4 th stage of Kaliber VI-Andalucia, to the
point of departure.

On the Km 45 of the greenway and pass the road, given the output from
the snack shop this way, the way that has been built on the old train
linking Marchena and Córdoba. Road used by both cyclists and walkers,
nature lovers and a clear path as smoke and beautiful green landscape
of spring.

This stage will take us to the slope of the Castillo de Almodovar del Rio, after 42Km route, through the countryside of Cordoba.

Castle in the most pronounced elevation of the region and Iberian origins and subsequent Roman camp being renovated several times, being the most important in 1902 by the Earl of Torralba, D. Rafael Desmaisieres.
The arrival, located along the hillside of the castle, green ground
and covered a multitude of spring flowers, witness the great rise of
two horses that compete for the stage victory, since the arrival today
was a goal, ie the first it reaches the goal is to win, of course, if
the 30 'maximum, pass the veterinary inspection accordingly.

In this struggle of arrival, Ruiz won Santi Perez, who not only won
the stage, but put in front of the general classification.

1 .- No 125 Jesús Ruiz to "Durango" in 2h-8'-57''to 19'56Km / h.

2 .- No 47 Santiago Perez to "Sayyed" in 2h-08'-59''to 19'56Km / h.

3 .- No 121 Paulette Maldera with "Louna Rivoira" in 2h-13'-19''to 18'92Km / h.
Full results of the test phase and, with all times of all riders,
recovery time on this link: Raid VI Kaliber STAGE IV.

The general classification is as follows:

1 .- No. 125 Jesus Ruiz in 11h-07'-36''

2 .- Marta Hidalgo No. 126 in 11h-09'-51''to 02 'of the first.

3 .- No. 129 Stefano Chidichimo in 11h-41'-30 33'-54''to''the

Riders and assists coming from his native Galicia, I miss their loved ones, even among friends, the long strip terroir and more loves.
After the stage, proceeded to the award and concluded this, all
attendees were invited by the Hon. Almodovar del Rio City Hall, a
magnificent lunch at the tent in a courtyard of the castle.
Rosa Montero results .

Greetings Gabriel en route.

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Nomination & Selection of Endurance Canada Team Officials

Apr 04, 2011

The Endurance Canada International committee is seeking applications for Team Officials for our Canadian Endurance Teams. These positions are for a four year term, ending on December 31st, 2014, following the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France. The intention of this process is to provide for an ongoing 'team' of Endurance Canada Officials to support the riders selected to represent our country at international events.

The Endurance Canada International committee is seeking applications for Team Officials for our Canadian Endurance Teams. These positions are for a four year term, ending on December 31st, 2014, following the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France. The intention of this process is to provide for an ongoing 'team' of Endurance Canada Officials to support the riders selected to represent our country at international events.

Currently all of the Teams' Officials' positions are vacant; this includes Team Canada, Team Canada East and Team Canada West, requiring the following for each Team:

· Chef d'Equipe

· Assistant Chef d'Equipe

· Team Veterinarian

· Assistant Team Veterinarian

· Technical Advisor/Coach

· Technical Advisor/Coach Youth

The nomination/selection document, with all the necessary information regarding the selection process and the necessary qualification requirements, The nomination/selection document, with all the necessary information regarding the selection process and the qualification requirements, can be found on the Equine Canada website ( under the International Team Competitions page: go to 'Disciplines', click on 'Endurance', click again on 'Endurance' under Disciplines on the left of our webpage, and you will see this link.

The nomination form is due April 15, 2011. Please familiarize yourselves with the deadlines and requirements to avoid disappointment.

We encourage you to apply. Good luck!

Lynda Townsend

Chair of Endurance Canada International

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

France: Fontainebleau

April 2 2011

Photos by Brigitte Huard

FONTAINEBLEAU CEI1* 90 Km and CEI2** 120 Km

CEI 2* 130 km
53 starters, 48 finishers
1. Laurent Mosti - Psikadelik - 20.502 km/h
2. Enora Boulenger - Orlando de la Foret - 20.502 km/h
3. Sabrina Arnold - Patcha La Majorie - 20.436 km/h
4. Jean Philiip Frances - Pachems La Majorie - 20.371 km/h
5. Alex Luque - Nitra - 20.313 km/h

Complete results here.

CEN2* 130 km
19 starters, 10 finishers
1. Caroline Paul - Lamtara De Kerleau - 18.029 km/h
2. Evelyne Bourdelot - Nadge - 17.495
3. Veronique Sirugue - Loukoum Cabirat - 17.2 km/h

Complete results here.

CEI1* 90 km
33 starters, 24 finishers
1. Julie Jacquet - Paous El Maklouf - 19.28 km/h
2. Lucie Marin - Fayuquero - 19.14 km/h
3. Raphael Willot - Quiara D'Emmare - 19.14 km/h

Complete results here.

A fast raid. Everybody loved the race, the place dedicated to horses, the forest, the ground, the great organization. And said to be there again in 2012.

VI Kaliber Andalucia: Stage 3 - Carmona - Ecija

April 5 2011

photos by Kristian Feneux

Marta Hidalgo and Hermes win third stage
and regains the lead

In a hotly contested day between Carmona and Ecija, the third stage of today has decided to 5 km from the finish

Tuesday April 5 has played the third stage of VI Raid Andalucia
Kaliber 2011 between Carmona and Ecija with the victory of Marta
Hidalgo and Hermes. Cadiz The young rider and the horse won the
previous edition, regain first place in the provisional standings.

2011 Mont Le Soie

Mont Le Soie - The classical leg on the international scene...

Mont Le Soie is a hilly and grueling course. That's why several
national teams chose the ride for testing their horses and riders in
preparation of the European Championship to be held in Florac, France.
United Kingdom, Holland, Switzerland send a team in preparation of the
European Championship of Florac.

We are also awaiting several Franch riders, among them Marie and Jack

A big event! As usual, the course will offer varied and selective
trails. All loops of the circuit are different!

The program is impressive: CEI***160km, CEI**120km, CEIYR**120km,
CEI*100km on Saturday 30th April - CEI**120km, CEI*100km on Sunday 1st

La classique belge de l'endurance internationale...

Le Royaume Uni, la Hollande, la Suisse nous envoient une équipe en
préparation du Championnat d'Europe de Florac.

Nous attendons aussi plusieurs cavaliers français, notamment Marie et
Jack Begaud.

Une belle course en perspective, avec le tracé toujours varié et
sélectif et toutes ses boucles différentes dans la partie la plus
vallonnée de la Belgique.

Des courses en pagaille sur les deux jours : CEI***160km, CEI**120km,
CEIYR**120km, CEI*100km le samedi 30 avril - CEI**120km, CEI*100km le
dimanche 1er mai.

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UAE: 134km completed on horse-back as part of Pink Caravan's journey across emirates

Apr 4, 2011 - 06:36 -

WAM SHARJAH: The Pink Caravan will today (Tuesday) complete the last leg of its tour through the Emirates, arriving at the Al Madam area and marking more than 134 kilometers on horse-back before heading to Dubai as part of its 10-day journey across the UAE.

The Pink Caravan visited all parts of the emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaima, Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain, - where more than seven mobile medical clinics were set up - offering early breast cancer detection examinations to more than 500 women during the first four days of its journey. It also visited nine schools to raise awareness among younger generations.

The Pink Caravan campaign - which will run until 11 April - set off from Sharjah, travelling 33 kilometers towards Al Dhaid on its first day before moving from the Al Dhaid Roundabout towards Falaj Al Mualla in Umm Al Quwain on its second day. It then headed towards Al Ghail in Ras Al Khaimah, passing through al Manama in Ajman and marking another 40 kilometers.

On the third day, the Pink Caravan proceeded to Al Masafi (17 kilometers) where it was joined by Sheikha Madiyah bint Hamad Al Sharqi, who then visited the Pink Caravan's mobile clinic at Masafi Hospital where she listened to an explanation of how the medical team provides guidance and creates awareness, how they teach prevention methods, and the mechanism of self-examination for breast cancer. The Pink Caravan is due to complete its 44 kilometer march to Al Madam in Sharjah today.

Sheikha Madiya expressed her happiness at participating in the humanitarian rider journey, which aims to raise awareness of the danger of breast cancer and the importance of early detection in local community. She hailed the initiative, saying that it is wonderful on both a humanitarian and an organizational level, and praised the magnificence of the campaign in linking awareness and healthcare with the caravan's journey on horses.

Said Sheikha Madiya: "I am honored to participate in this first of its kind humanitarian journey. The horse is a symbol of strength, patience, endurance and beauty, and I believe that the involvement of horses in this journey will provide some kind of moral support to all patients." Wafa Khalfan Bu Rungain, Project Executive of the Pink Caravan and Head of the Media and Public Relations Committee, said: "As we are close to completing half the set distance of the campaign's journey, we have already achieved our goal of spreading awareness among women about breast cancer and encouraging them to perform regular examinations.

"We invite everyone - especially the leading personalities in each community as they serve as role models for generations - to take part in the Pink Caravan's journey across the emirates and to support its objectives," she added.

Launched in February 2011, the campaign will continue to run until February 2014 to enable it to achieve all its goals, according to Wafa.

The Pink Caravan will be organizing sports activities at the Al Madam Ladies Club on Tuesday while the campaign's medical team will visit Al Madam Clinic and Al Thamid Clinic from 8am to 8pm.


Monday, April 04, 2011

Great Britain: Save money with Endurance GB's try before you buy scheme - Full Article

Karen Spinner

4 April, 2011

Have you always wanted to give endurance riding a go, but been unsure where to start? If so, a new scheme from Endurance GB (EGB) could be for you.

EGB's new Try Before You Buy incentive is aimed at riders wanting to experience competitive endurance riding for the first time.

It offers free registration for horse and rider, enabling them to compete in two novice rides of up to 40km in distance...

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VI Kaliber Andalucia: Stage 2 - Dos Hermanas - Carmona

Photo by Kristian Fenaux

Jesus Ruiz wins the stage and overall lead

The rider and his horse Cadiz Durango
move up one position and placed on his head

The second and third on the stage today were for the well Cadiz, Sanlucar, Jesus Montano with splendid and the French Veronique Loukoum Gaillard

The Cadiz Jesus Ruiz, riding Durango, has now won the third stage of VI Raid Kaliber Andalusia between Dos Hermanas and Carmona and his victory won first place in the provisional standings.

Monday April 4 has played the third stage of VI Raid Equestrian
Kaliber Andalusia between Dos Hermanas and Carmona, 54 km
route. Participants left at nine in the morning of Two Sisters
Racetrack Road Mairena del Alcor, which was installed veterinary


Photo by Kristian Fenaux

April 4 2011

Jesus Ruiz gana la etapa y lidera la general

El jinete gaditano y su caballo Durango,
ascienden un puesto y se colocan en cabeza

El segundo y tercer puesto de la etapa de hoy han sido para el tambien gaditano, de Sanlucar, Jesus Montano con Esplendida y la francesa Veronique Gaillard con Loukoum

El gaditano Jesus Ruiz, montando a Durango, ha ganado hoy la tercera etapa del VI Raid Kaliber Andalucia entre Dos Hermanas y Carmona y conquisto con su victoria el primer puesto en la clasificacion general provisional.

Hoy lunes 4 de abril se ha disputado la tercera etapa del VI Raid
Ecuestre Kaliber Andalucia entre Dos Hermanas y Carmona, recorrido de
54 kilometros. Los participantes salieron a las nueve de la manana del
Hipodromo de Dos Hermanas camino de Mairena del Alcor, donde estaba
instalado el control veterinario intermedio.

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Great Britain: Team Selection Announcement

28 March 2011

After a very successful day at Kings Forest, I would like to announce, on behalf of the Selectors that the following combinations have been selected from the World Class Start Squad to travel to Mont Le Soie on 30th April 2011 to compete as a Team representing Great Britain. They will all ride in the 120km FEI 2*.

Fiona Griffiths and Dear Kate
Lindsey Comben and Radhwan
Andrea Champ and Driumghiga Luxor
Sue Higgins and Aberllywds Another Rose
Annie Ings and Alpha
Alex Freaks and Maresha

In addition members of the World Class Potential Squad will also travel with the Team and compete under the guidance of the Management Team, whilst supporting those not so experienced combinations, to obtain further FEI qualifications to progress their elevation to the Elite Squad. These combinations are as follows:-

Rachael Atkinson and Vanash
Claire Bruce and Ah Diba
Sue Rich and Czako
Lesley-Ann Parker and Velvet Echo

In addition Young Rider Squad Member Louise Rich will take Cziko to complete in the YR120 2*.

This trip will encompass members of the World Class Start, Potential and Young Rider Squads all travelling and competing together which is a huge step in the right direction to get all the Squads working together.

Di Latham, (Chair of Selectors)

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Great Britain: A great day for Endurance at the Celebration of the horse raceday at Newbury

1st April 2011

Endurance featured prominently at The Celebration of the Horse themed raceday at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday 26th March. The inaugural event was attended by over 9,000 people including around 400 members of BEF recognised disciplines. The day included a 7 race jump racing card and a host of equestrian themed demonstrations and stands. Endurance World Class Potential Squad member Rachael Claridge and her lovely homebred part Arab gelding, Prince Meliodas represented Endurance GB in the parade.

The idea for the raceday was developed by a group of students currently studying for BSc (Hons) in Equine Business Management, Sports Business Management or Equine Science from the Royal Agricultural, Hartpury and Sparsholt Colleges. They provided a day of educational and entertaining equestrian activities in addition to the racing which appealed to all. This included demonstrations and a parade featuring representatives for Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Eventing and Riding for the Disabled (RDA).

Endurance GB's stand was busy throughout the day with numerous enquiries about this fast growing sport. Nikki Routledge (PR Director for EGB) said "We gave out around 200 information packs and hope this day will prove very beneficial in promoting endurance riding to more riders and encourage more members." The EGB stand was manned by the enthusiastic and capable team of Nikki, Di Latham (Chairman of Selectors), Rosemary Attfield, Emily Nott and Jen Rennie.

Endurance GB is the governing body fir the sport in England and Wales. To find out more, call 02476 697929 or visit their website for more details

Saturday, April 02, 2011

VI Kaliber Andalucia - Stage 1: El Rocio to Sevilla

Saturday April 2 2011

This morning we started from the Ermita de la Virgen del Rocio in
Aldea del Rocio (Almonte, Huelva) at 9 pm, Kaliber-Andalucia VI, began
the event more attractive to European Equestrian Resistance.

The mood turned from all participants and accompanying persons to the
imminent start of the test, all wanting to catch the sand through the
Ajoli bridge pillar taken to the palace and drink for the first time
and guiding the path of Raya this year has enough water, but the host
with the same affection that host pilgrims.

The target has been given this early morning and had to acknowledge the participants of the Raid on the promotion, which accompanies the Kaliber.
The partnership of all participants on a premise in this competition, acquaintances greet one in the previous day were not, as in the technical meeting and dinner later, he was so busy that we were losing from such competition.

The output is given to the 9 o'clock to 36 participants of the VI
The Vet-Gate is located in the town of Villamanrique de la Condesa in
Hamlet Purpurea, which first passes the control Jesus Ruiz with his
horse "Durango", who with his private camera, it does pick up all the
images of the race horse. Second Marta Hidalgo comes with "Hermes."
The goal is located in the Club Zaudín in Mairena del Aljarafe, where
three horses come together, but it is the evergreen "Hermes" ridden by
the champion Marta Hidalgo, the winner coming, to recover the first
and be presented at the Vet-Gate . Second, and within seconds had a
"Durango" with its rider Jesus Ruiz of the Cattle Andalusi.
1 .- Marta Hidalgo with "Hermes" in 2h-53'-15''

2 .- Jesus Ruiz in "Durango" in 2h-53'-40''

3 .- Ed Wach with "Marques de Karesi" in 2h-53'-50.''

The complete test results in: STEP 1
Kaliber VI-Andalucia
The award ceremony has taken place during the visit that the
Organization has organized the Alcazar of Seville.

Parallel to this VI Kaliber, Andalucia, has run a Raid Promotion with
the participation of 18 pairs, who have walked the same miles as the
main event.
Of the 18 participants 14 were classified and 4 unclassified.
Full results of the test phase and recovery time:
Raid VI Kaliber.pdf Promotion
The horse as a best condition, "Streaky"
The output gave the 9'20 hours from the gates of the shrine.

Greetings - Gabriel en route.
El Raid Blog

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