GloucesterAdvocate.com.au - Full Story
July 11 2019
For Krambach's Karen Anderson, taking part in the annual 24 hour Tom Quilty Gold Cup horse endurance race is all about the buckle.
In fact, she has left a spot for the 2019 one in her vast collection which already includes two from this epic 160 kilometre event.
"It's like the Melbourne Cup of the endurance world. It attracts the best riders and best horses from around the world," Karen smiled. "It's an iconic Australian event that celebrates the historical bond between human and horse."
And this bond is crucial to this event, with horse and rider taking off at midnight to complete five legs of roughly 40 kilometre stints.
"It's just me, a headlight and my horse," she said. "There will be many hours where I won't see anyone else."
But it's this aspect of the event that she loves - riding a horse in the Australian bush. It's a far trot from the city of Newcastle where she lived most of her life, growing up with parents who had no experience living life on the land...
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