Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Woodville rider Lucy Allomes enjoys success with NZ team in Australasia endurance event - Full Article

By Leanne Warr
25 Jun, 2024

When Lucy Allomes found out that an endurance event in Australia was going to include a New Zealand team, she thought it would be good experience for her.

Her team claimed third place overall in the Australasia Regional Endurance championship, held in Queensland.

She says she had to apply to join the team and found out she had been chosen at the end of April.

Having to fundraise to pay for her trip over to Queensland was a bit of a struggle, as she was also at Lincoln University, where she is studying Agricultural Science.

The Woodville resident, who began participating in endurance riding in 2017, left Christchurch for Australia at the end of May, travelling to Inglewood in Queensland for the competition...

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Oman: Five riders from Royal Cavalry qualify for World Endurance Cup France 2024 - Full Article

23 June 2024
By: Times News Service

Muscat: Five riders from the Royal Cavalry have qualified for the World Endurance Cup France 2024. They will represent the Sultanate of Oman at the upcoming World Cup.

Hussein bin Ali Al Farsi, riding the Royal Cavalry's horse 'Fanshdouh', excelled in the French "Compiegne" race which was organised by the International Equestrian Federation for a distance of 140 km, with the participation of male and female knights from various countries of the world.

Last April, Hussein Al-Farsi, on horseback, 'Fenshdouh', passed the stages of the French “Saumur” race, which was organised by the International Equestrian Federation, for a distance of 160 km.

He also qualified for the World Endurance Cup, which will be held in September in France.

Those who have qualified for the World Endurance Cup in France 2024 are: Mahmoud bin Marhoon Al-Fawri, riding the horse “Dalila”, Hisham bin Saleh Al-Farsi, riding the horse “Balxima”, and the jockey Ahmed bin Salem Al-Hamdani, riding the horse “Kasba” and the knight Saleh bin Salem Al-Balushi, riding the horse “Stik”...

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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Want to learn the skills you need to take on the Mongol Derby?

The Mongol Derby Academy 2024 will take place from 25th July 2024 to 31st July 2024.

The Mongol Derby Academy is designed to give you the skills you need to compete in and complete the Mongol Derby. It’s primarily aimed at riders who are interested in finding out more about the Mongol Derby and testing their skills. Bob Long, winner of the 2019 Mongol Derby, completed the Academy, an experience that could have given him the edge.

The ultimate in training experiences, the Mongol Derby Academy takes place over seven days in the Mongolian Steppe. You will learn about each major aspect of the famous race, partaking in a long distance ride equivalent to a couple of legs of the race itself and culminating in the Mongol Derby Herder Trials, a phenomenal celebration of traditional horsemanship in Mongolia. The camp stands alone as a unique equine experience for anyone who wants to experience Mongolian culture, the incredible semi-wild horses and training legs of the race in a controlled environment.

This is a comprehensive but massively enjoyable training course, designed to give you everything you need to be ready to tackle the Mongol Derby. The course is designed as an introduction to the fundamentals of the Mongol Derby. You will learn how to change horses efficiently at horse stations while going through Mongol Derby vet checks, you’ll know what to expect on the first leg, and gain an understanding of the terrain, the horses, and the culture. You'll go through extensive navigational training using a Garmin GPS, going over everything from how to read and use a topographical map, to understanding how to operate the GPS itself. Once through the Academy, you will be prepared to take on the race itself.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Wales: ‘We raced the last mile’: cob pips Arab to triumph in this year’s Man V Horse race - Full Story

Natalie Clark
17 June 2024

A black cob triumphed in this year’s epic Man V Horse race, Georgina Silk and her father Peter’s Branny completing the 24-mile race in a time of 2hrs 37mins. Every year hundreds of people flock to Llanwrtyd Wells — one of the smallest towns in Britain — where 1,100 runners took on 60 horses this time and battled to be the quickest to complete the Welsh track.

“Branny is a cob, so she isn’t fast but she does keep going at a consistent speed whatever the terrain. Another rider caught me up towards the end on an Arab who was so much faster, but Branny kept cantering downhill and we stayed ahead. We raced the last mile, which was exhilarating,” said Georgina, a mother-of-one who hadn’t ridden for six months prior to lining up on the start line...

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Australia: Tribute for Ron Males 1931-2024

Ronald Philip OAM
Aged 92 years
18/10/1931 – 3/6/2024
Passed away peacefully at home.

Nothing could probably better sum up the legacy left by Ron Males than this quote.

Ron, together with wife Val, founded Ralvon Stud in 1954. A stud whose hoofprints have left an indelible print in the Arabian community worldwide.

It’s hard to know where to begin, and as I write this, on a personal level, the stories, memories and tears come flooding through my mind and down my cheeks – as I’m sure they do for many.

Ron forged so many new pathways for Arabian lovers, breeders and owners – Ralvon mares and stallions became the cornerstone of many breeding programmes, both in Australia and worldwide.

In 1966, Ron, together with wife Val, were instrumental in planning and organising the first Tom Quilty 100 mile Endurance ride, and then, he was also instrumental in the foundation of the Australian Endurance Riders Association in 1967.

Ron, during his endurance career, claimed 21 Qulity buckles – he was the first to gain his 1000 mile buckle (10 completions) without a single vet out – a record in itself.

In 1969, a chestnut colt was born on Ron’s birthday – this colt. Ralvon Pilgrim, (Rikham x Trix Silver), in 1977 went on to become the first International Arabian Champion Stallion when taken to the UK to be shown. Prior to his World Championship win, he had amassed an outstanding show record in Australia. His progeny today span the globe.

A roll call of Ralvon winners, both here and overseas springs to mind – Ralvon Elijah, Ralvon Nazarene, Ralvon Job, Ralvon Siver Jubilee, Ralvon Royal Jubilee – and the list goes on.

Always prepared to take a risk, Ron (and Val) were instrumental in importing new bloodlines to Australia with the US Egyptian stallion, The Puritan and the Polish stallion, Milex.

Ron, again, forged a new pathway for Australian Arabians with his relationship with Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the UAE with the export of the first endurance horses, among them the stallion, Palexis (Milex x Promissa). Others have since followed with Australian endurance horses now being recognised as some of the best in the world.

Aside from his vast contributions to the Australian and worldwide Arabian industry was a man who will also be remembered for many other attributes.

Ron was a friend to many, a mentor to more. Always prepared to listen and never judgemental. His family meant the world to him. His friendship circle was diverse and widespread. He had a dry and wicked sense of humour, and at times could also be a ‘bit of a larrikin’ as those of us privileged to travel to interstate Quilties with him can attest.

He was also a wonderful storyteller.

He was a consummate horseman – the like of which is rarely seen, and a breeder, together with wife Val, of excellence.

He will be very sadly missed, and I’m sure all in the Arabian community send heartfelt condolences to Val, and his children, Kerry, Phillip and Peter, together with their partners, and Ron’s extended family of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

I am proud to have been able to call him a friend of over 40 years standing, and I know that there are so many in our Arabian community who share that honour as well – his passing marks the loss of an Arabian icon.

RIP Ron.

Helen Rutland


Monday, June 10, 2024

Australia: Jackie Byrnes' legacy in athletics, endurance riding to be remembered - Full Article

Erle Levey

Australian sporting circles have lost a cherished supporter, champion coach, and passionate lover of endurance horse riding.

Jackie Byrnes has coached elite Australian athletes including Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Jana Pittman, and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her contributions to the sport.

Yet Jackie was also much loved in the Queensland Endurance Riding Association (QERA) through her years as horse owner, breeder and rider.

Australian Endurance Riding Association secretary and QERA management committee member Kim Moir said she was “the loveliest, bubbliest person.”

As recently as April, Jackie was at Imbil to support the Far-A-Way Easter Endurance Carnival.

For many years she competed on her grey Arabian mare Cooroora Carmen throughout Queensland including Biggenden, Cooyar, Blackbutt, Fernvale, Eidsvold, Murrumba and Widgee...

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Saturday, June 08, 2024

A Golden Trifecta for UAE's Saeed - full story

08 June 2024
Words by Stacey Stearns

There's no stopping this young Endurance talent...

Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi already has three Individual gold medals in Endurance on his resume at just 22 years old. His Endurance involvement spans more than a decade of riding, first in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), his home country, and then internationally as well.

Saeed is focused on the future though, as he continues pursuing Endurance goals.

“Representing my country is a privilege coveted by many riders, making it a special opportunity.”

Saeed’s golden run

His gold medals were in 2017, 2019, and 2021, winning the FEI Endurance World Championships for Junior and Young Riders three times consecutively before ageing out. First, he rode Rabdan for the gold at the 2017 Championships in Italy. Next, in 2019, Saeed rode Theeban in Italy and claimed the Individual gold again. Saeed and Haleh claimed the 2021 individual gold medal in his last year as a young rider at the competition in the Netherlands...

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New Zealand: Sights set on World Equestrian Games - Full Article 10 July 2024 By Alice Scott Nenthorn Valley farmer Susie Latta has unfinished business representing New Zealan...