Thursday, September 26, 2013

Australia: Wagin to host endurance ride - Full Article

Sept. 18, 2013, 10 p.m.
IN October next year Wagin will host the Tom Quilty Gold Cup 100 Mile Endurance Ride.

The Tom Quilty ride is the premier event on the national calendar and the one event that every endurance rider wants to compete in.

Riders leave with pitched excitement at midnight on Friday night, trying to complete the gruelling course before midnight on Saturday. It is a test for both the horse and rider against the terrain and the elements.

Horses are vetted stringently before the ride and along the way at various checkpoints and then at the end of the ride. If all vet criteria is met the horse and rider are deemed fit to continue and ultimately receives the coveted silver buckle for completion.

In 1966 RM Williams organised the first 100 Mile (160km) endurance ride in Australia. At that time he approached his friend Tom Quilty, of Springvale and Bedford Down stations in the Kimberley, to sponsor the ride...

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