Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Australia: Tackling the mini at 'the ultimate test' in endurance riding

Armidaleexpress.com.au - Full Article

Ellen Dunger - @ellen_159

29 Aug 2017

A year ago I couldn’t have even contemplated taking my horse to a massive event, let alone one of the biggest rides on the endurance calendar. People used to hold their breath when I rode Pepper for the fear of her exploding.

My persistence with the Arabian Stockhorse mare was met with calls to “get rid of her and get yourself a decent horse.”

Born stubborn, I battled on and took her to dressage and pony club events before taking on our first 40 kilometre endurance ride in Windeyer in June this year.

Pepper and I then ventured north to Killarney for our second for another successful completion before I was encouraged by long-time endurance rider and Armidale local Ruth van der Wegen to enter the 120 kilometre mini marathon at Shahzada. Shahzada, ‘the ultimate test’, is held annual in the last week of August at St Albans in the Hawkesbury...

Read more here:
http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/4886417/shahzada-to-finish-is-to-win/#slide=6