Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Australia: New South Wales State Championships


ON 13-15 JUNE 2014

NSWERA’s premier event, its State Championships, will this year be held as a “Curtain Raiser” ride for the Tom Quilty 50th Anniversary for 2015!  We hope to make this event the most exciting State ride to date, with large numbers expected from interstate as well as anyone who wants to qualify for next year. 
We hope that the success of 2014 will lead into the 2015 Quilty having the prestige it deserves as the culmination of 50 years of endurance in Australia and that feedback from this test event will assist us in covering areas in need of improvement.
As this is your State’s premier event and its being run by NSWERA in preparation for our showcase, we ask that you all embrace and assist where you can!

Ride Base : Del Rio is an excellent Ride Base with a multitude of great amenities and scenically located on the banks of the Hawkesbury River …so we pray for a flood free year!
We ask that you follow maps and not your GPS to get there as it is only accessible via the Webbs Creek Ferry at the bottom of Wisemans Ferry hill and down to the left.  Once off the Ferry turn left again and follow the signs to Del Rio.  If coming from the Hunter, you can come down through St Albans on the Webbs Creek side of the McDonald River and turn right just before the Ferry.  There are many hot showers and toilets available and there is a coin operated laundry available for those staying a little longer.
Base will open on Tuesday after the Long weekend, strictly not beforehand and a list things to do locally will be available on the website soon. Also available will be a list of service stations that are ‘gooseneck’ and large horse truck friendly locally together with a list of dog kennels for those that need something for their best friends as they are unable to visit Del Rio.
Cabins are now available over the weekend by calling Del Rio on (02) 4566 4330 
Sponsorship & volunteers are sought now and anyone who can help please contact
Rebecca Hogan 
Helen Lindsay
and you will be put on a register for regular email/phone contact.
Beautifully embroidered kersey rugs are selling out at $220 and Clubs, Studs, Zones etc. are invited to sponsor these. All first place and Best Conditioned rugs are sponsored by Mackinder Endurance and others so far are Zone One, Shahzada, Rosemont, Lachlan Endurance Riders and Kintamani Arabians. 

Teams will once again be sponsored by D-Lua Park with the winning Team of 4 receiving beautiful etched wine glasses and 4 sets of D-Lua Park Travelling boots many thanks to David Sommerville and Karen Johansen.
This year we will also have beautiful turned timber trophies with a State buckle inset as made by Mackinder Endurance for the Putty ride if anyone saw them they are spectacular.  These will be available to sponsors for $330 1st place; $220 2nd place and $110 third place in each division.

This sponsorship includes constant PA coverage over the weekend, placement of banners and an advertisement in the NSW State booklet.
Our course has been set by our wonderful team of Peter Bice, Ron Males and Gil Stephenson  and will be a combination of old Quilty tracks, Hawkesbury valley and MacDonald Valley (Shahzada) tracks.  It will be testing enough with a view to Quilty history however very achievable and scenic.  The going is mostly sandstone which is not concussive but holds its own challenges.  The course will be available on our website as seen on www.nswera.asn.au 

Entry forms: Are now available and we hope to have your nominations in by 17th May. Camp booking fees are on the rear of the form. These are to be forwarded to Helen Lindsay at PO Box 440 Cowra 2794 with your cheque or emailed to kintamaniarabs@bigpond.com as the banking details are included on the form, please put your name as the reference.
Catering: Del Rio will be supplying all catering for riders and support crews and the TQ15 committee will supply catering for all of our treasured volunteers and officials.  A cabin close to the vetting area will be set aside as a catering and rest area for such volunteers/officials and personnel will deliver to those unable to leave their posts.

Communications will be provided by WICEN via UHF radios and there will be a Leader Board in the communal area for those wanting to track their riders and we hope to have Strapper calls from around 5kms out.
Firewood and Horse Feed will be available to be delivered on site at your cost.
Manure stations will be a set of trailers at various intervals around the camp and bags provided on entry to park.
Rubbish is to be placed in large blue skips provided by Del Rio also at various sites.
Biosecurity: Our NSW State Championships 2014, the TQ15 Curtain Raiser, will welcome all unvaccinated and vaccinated horses. This was discussed at length at our meeting and it was felt that the threat is too minimal to fracture the current free interaction necessary to hold rides in NSW well south of any areas previously affected by the Hendra virus. This position will be reviewed in November 2014 before any decision is made on TQ15 as events unfold. It will still be highly recommended that those in 'Hendra' affected areas, vaccinate to minimise the event of a DPI lockdown.

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