New-Moon Stud is proud to continue it’s ongoing support of the Wingello Forest Endurance Ride, with the seventh annual event held on the 23rd and 24th May 2015.
Photos L to R: aerial view of the ride base Saturday morning by Colin Douch Aerial Photos; heart rate check at the vet area by Dan Baschiera; on Leg 1 of the 80km ride
Despite some questionable weather in the lead up to the event, there was no more perfect place to be on the fourth weekend in May than on a horse in the Wingello State Forest. The weather was idyllic, the trails inviting, and the company, well, you just can’t beat horse people!
270 horse riders from all over NSW, from Victoria and even a rider from Tasmania, made the trip to Wingello this year. They were welcomed and supported by a team of 50 Cherished Volunteers, coming from as far afield as the north and central coasts of NSW, and from the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
The start of the introductory rides on Saturday was quite a spectacle, with 129 yellow vests streaming out the gate. There were dressage horses, Standardbreds, polo ponies, heavy horses and miniatures, all out to try their hoof at endurance.
Sunday dawned frosty and chilly, warming to a gorgeous day in the sunshine. Ninety one riders set out in the 80km ride, followed soon after by 50 riders in the 42/62km elevator training ride.
Congratulations to Andrew Bailey riding Bullio Solute and John Robertson riding Karabil Asis, taking line honours together in a time of 4:35hrs.
Looking forward to next year!
Photos L to R: Andrew Bailey riding Bullio Solute, photo by Jo Arblaster; Al Jeda Arabians and Oso Arabians riders on the second leg, photo by Jo Arblaster.