Thursday, March 21, 2019

South Africa: Lormar Endurance Middelburg Eastern Cape - Full Article

Race Report made with the assistance of Carmen du Preez

Fairview Farm, Middelburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March 2019. Riders arrived throughout the week on Fairview farm prepping their horses for the ride, enjoying the evenings with a “braai” under the trees with the beautiful backdrop of the picturesque Sneeuberg mountains.

The carefully planned ride is the brainchild of Piet van der Merwe. 114 horses started the race with only 22 being eliminated.

Friday morning at 03:00 the 160km riders rode into the early morning underneath the stars on the first loop. Ashley Dale Vorster on “Waterlea Bosun’’ owned by Peter Chantler rode confidently showing experience and riding the perfect pace and kept going strong throughout the day shaking the opposition on every lap and winning with ease securing Best of the Best in the overall 160km category with a riding time of 09:32.

The Sanniesguns team consisting of sisters Carlette van Eeden on ‘’Sanniesguns Fortheluv of Thunder’’ and Jackie Joubert on ‘’Sanniesguns Shams’’ finished 2nd and 3rd. The only Young rider entry Luame van Wyk on ‘’Blok Hantami’’ rode the perfect race finishing in 09:59.

The 120km riders were measured against each other on both Friday and Saturday with an early start at 04:00...

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