Friday, June 07, 2013

Australia: Crowd gathers for national horse ride - Full Article

By Eliza Rogers

Posted Fri Jun 7, 2013

Tom Quilty rider Paul Sidio
Photo: Missouri rider Paul Sidio is competing in the Tom Quilty Cup for the first time with horse Sid, who has completed the event twice. (Eliza Rogers)

More than 250 riders have nominated for this year's Tom Quilty Gold Cup endurance horse ride at Kilkivan, near Gympie in southern Queensland.

The ride, known as the largest horse endurance ride in the Southern Hemisphere, kicks off at midnight tonight and riders have 24 hours to complete a 160-kilometre course.

Kilkivan hasn't hosted the event since 2008, and organisers worked hard this year to bring flood-damaged grounds up to standard.

The small town's population is expected to swell by five times to 2,000 as support teams and spectators flock in.

Riders have come from New Zealand, America, Japan, France and England to compete...

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