Farmweekly.com.au - Full Article
12 Jan, 2014
WAGIN is set to host the 2014 Tom Quilty Gold Cup 100 mile endurance ride on October 3, 4 and 5.
The Tom Quilty ride is the premier event on the national endurance ride 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 pre-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 receive the coveted silver buckle for completion.
In 1966 RM Williams organised the first 100 mile (160km) endurance ride in Australia...
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