Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Australia: Olympian embarks on 1,100km charity horse ride

ABC.net.au - Full Article

By Jessica Nairn
Updated Mon Oct 1, 2012 8:11pm AEST

A 24-year-old Olympic pentathlete has left Braidwood, south-east of Canberra, to ride 1,100 kilometres on horseback for charity.

Edward Fernon, originally from Sydney, arrived back from the London Olympics not long ago but is again saddling up, this time for a different reason.

Mr Fernon is riding from the southern New South Wales town through Canberra before following the bicentennial national trail to Melbourne.

"I'm doing a charity horse ride to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute," he said.

"We're riding into Canberra, over the Snowy Mountains, down through Marysville and we finish in Healesville in time for the Melbourne Cup."

The five-week ride follows the steps of famous racehorse Archer.

Legend has it he was led from Braidwood to Melbourne where he won the first Melbourne Cup...

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-01/olympian-embarks-on-1100km-charity-horse-ride/4289764?section=nsw