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Posted by Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex on 11/05/2017
Endurance event at Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex
This Sunday over 150 endurance riders from as far afield as Osaka in Japan and Mt Martha in Victoria will saddle up in Imbil and take on the diverse forestry terrain around the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex over 40km, 80km and 120km distances.
The Australian Endurance Riders Association (AERA) event is expected to attract up to 450 visitors to the region thanks to families and support crew members joining the riders, adding about 50 percent to Imbil’s population for the weekend.*
Event host and owner of Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex, Matthew Sample said the event had been oversubscribed with nominations closing ahead of schedule thanks to the large number of registrations.
“We are delighted with the response and are looking forward to welcoming riders for a fantastic weekend. The tracks are in excellent condition and the surrounding landscape is looking lush and beautiful,” said Mr Sample.
“I feel like endurance riding is certainly seeing somewhat of a revival as riders who take on the incredible challenge of long distances on horseback realise what a wonderful bonding experience it is with their horses. Once you’ve felt the exhilaration of completing 80km, 120km or even 160km of diverse terrain with your horse ― who really is like your best friend ― it becomes addictive!”
The list of participants is impressive including the current QLD champion, Kaylea Mayer, the 2016 Pat Slater Cup winner, Kelsey Irvine and Tom Quilty Cup winners Brook Sample and Jessica Langridge...
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