Whitsundaytimes.com.au - Full Article
11 October 2012
WHITSUNDAY rider Tony Laurent and his Arabian horse 'Prince' have qualified for the premier endurance riding event in Australia, to be held in Kilkivan, in southern Queensland next June.
Laurent won the notoriously difficult Denison Creek race to qualify for the Tom Quilty Gold Cup championships.
The prestige associated with competing in the Tom Quilty Cup is huge and it is the goal of Australian endurance riders to attempt the ride in their lifetime.
Laurent is thrilled to have qualified for the event.
"We have been trying to complete a 160km ride in qualifying time for years," Laurent said.
"It takes about two years of training to get a horse that fit.
"Then of course you have to have a horse with a huge heart and willing character.
"All those lonely days and nights out there training in the forest develops a wonderful bond between you and your four legged companion..."
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