Thursday, May 28, 2009

Australia: Competitors endure Elmhurst tracks

Dianne Leehane on Shah


ELMHURST - Horse riding enthusiasts from across the state converged on Elmhurst on the second weekend of May for an endurance competition.

The event was held in spectacular conditions at the Elmhurst Reserve, with competitors setting out at midnight on Friday for a 160 kilometre ride through the Mt Cole and Pyrenees Ranges.

Riders of all abilities participated in the event, from beginners to seasoned competitors.

The first ten combinations across the line received embroidered woollen rugs, donated by various sponsors.

The fittest horse combination in all four weight divisions were also awarded prizes.

The 160km ride was won by Jennifer Annetts and Jamie Mollema of New South Wales in the time of 10 hours and 45 minutes.

The weekend of riding ended at midnight on Saturday after the conclusion of an 80km endurance ride and a 40km training ride.

The 80km ride proved the most popular attracting a field of 34 riders.

The event was won by Rose Ross of South Australia in a time of five hours and eight minutes.

Organisers said the response to the endurance competition was extremely positive, with many competitors commenting on the great atmosphere and stunning scenery.

They have thanked the property owners who gave up the use of their land and the many volunteers and sponsors who contributed to the success of the event.

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