By Rose Astley
Spending up to 13 hours on horseback wouldn’t sound enticing to most, but endurance riding is a passion for young Tahlea Lochtenberg, and she has proven time and time again that she is one of the best in the sport.
The 16-year-old has won three endurance competitions in recent weeks, following in her family’s footsteps.
Tahlea recently competed in the Kholo, Mt Larcom and Biggenden endurance rides and with the help of her horse Matta Mia Kassanov, successfully placed first in all three events.
“The Kholo endurance ride was a new ride and I had never ridden there before. The Kholo endurance club that were hosting the event had warned that the track was going to be hard,” Tahlea said.
“It was very hilly and it was hard work for the horses but we train in the Imbil forestry and our horses are used to big hills so I think we had an advantage at that ride.
“The riders were very competitive and I was so proud of my horse for pushing hard to win...