Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Australia: Riders beat a Queensland freezer in state championships

WeeklyTimesNow.com.au - Full Article

ERLE LEVEY, Rural Weekly
July 23, 2018

A CLOUDLESS sky, not a breath of wind and one of the coldest nights of the year.

It was perfect conditions for the Queensland Endurance Riders Association State Championships.

More than 150 riders competed in a series of events over July 13—15 at the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex at Imbil, Mary Valley.

Those participating in the 160km event set off in icy conditions at midnight on Friday night.

It took Matthew Gadsby 11 hours and 48 minutes on horseback to cross the finish line and be named the 2018 QERA State Champion for the second year in a row. Gadsby, from Tweed Heads, and his horse Maximus Ra, averaged about 13.5km an hour and also took out best conditioned heavyweight accolades.

Meanwhile second place went to Rod Field from Kenilworth and Paul Roosen from Cedar Creek...

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