THE Ravensthorpe Equestrian Club will be hosting a two-day endurance ride over the June long-weekend (June 1-4) for distances of 160 kilometres, 80 kilometres, 40 kilometres, 20 kilometres and 10 kilometres.
Experienced and novice riders and their horses alike will be taking to the Ravensthorpe ranges to conquer the hills and take in the views riding on well-marked, dedicated tracks.
Based at the newly refurbished Ravensthorpe Equestrian Club grounds, participants will ride out on both the Saturday and Sunday on a number of different tracks, most of which will head towards and around the range.
Endurance riding is an equestrian sport embodied by the motto “to complete is to win”.
Although the sport awards prizes and trophies, these are minimal and the biggest prize for winners and all competitors is very well-earned bragging rights.
Strictly governed by horse welfare, the sport requires the same horse and rider to complete marked tracks of distances ranging from 10km through to 160km.
No leg is longer than 40km and the horses and riders will have dedicated ‘hold times’ after each leg prior to continuing their ride.
Out on track, there are checkpoints every 10km or so to ensure that horses and riders are safe and to feed and water horses.
Competitive riders can complete a 40km leg in times as quickly as an hour and a half (depending on terrain) whereas social riders enjoy taking their time and making the most of it and ride to the maximum time, which is usually eight hours.
Competitive riders can complete a 40km leg in times as quickly as an hour and a half (depending on terrain) whereas social riders enjoy taking their time and making the most of it...
The sport is well known for its most prestigious national event, the 100mile (160km) Tom Quilty Gold Cup, which is hosted by a different state each year.
It will be in Western Australia again in 2020.
In 2016 this ride was hosted from the property of K&N Norman and was attended by more than 20 horses and riders who travelled from as far as Gin Gin to compete.
We hope that this year, using the Equestrian Club grounds, we will attract even more riders, especially those from the local community.
A family friendly sport, we welcome all riders of all disciplines – the only requirement is that your horse passes a vet check prior to commencing the ride.
Ravensthorpe Equestrian Club volunteers will be organising and running the ride, as well as manning a canteen on the Saturday and Sunday.
If you would like to volunteer your time to be a part of this event (no horse experience necessary) or come down for a look and enjoy some home-made goods, then please contact Jeanette Denham on 0427 691 326 for more information.
More information about endurance riding can also be found on our club page at waera.asn.au.