What is Endurance Riding?

Endurance horse riding is a marathon sport, where you select a distance to suit you and your horse, whether it be a 5km ‘fun run’ or a challenging 160km championship.  There are also several special multi-day marathon events held each year, such as the 400km Shahzada held in St Albans, Sydney.

The Motto of endurance riding in Australia is ‘to complete is to win’.  Meaning that you ride at a distance and pace that challenges you, with the goal of finishing safely with a horse that has been passed by the vet team as ‘fit to continue’.

Qualified riders and horses compete at speed for prizes, and for State and National pointscore awards, but must still be passed by the vet team as ‘fit to continue’ at all vet checks, including at the finish.

If you are over 2 years of age, you can enter a ride!  But there’s also plenty of fun to be had without riding – we cherish our volunteers, strappers and officials, and they are as much a part of the endurance family as the riders.  There are volunteer opportunities for everyone!

photo by Jo Arblaster

Endurance in the Southern Highlands

The feature endurance event in the Southern Highlands is the annual Wingello Forest Endurance Ride, held on the fourth weekend of May each year.  This event includes ride distances of 5km, 10km, 20km, 41/61km and 80km, and has a strong focus on helping newcomers get started in endurance.  It is also one of the largest endurance events held in Australia each year, and attracts a field of highly competitive riders.  Full details are provided on the event page of this website.

Occasional workshops are also held.  Details of these events will be provided on this website when available.

Southern Highlands Endurance Ride Inc is currently working on an exciting project in collaboration with Forestry Corporation to establish a network of permanently marked horse riding trails within the Wingello State Forest.  This project is funded in part by a grant from NSW Office of Sport, and will be completed by mid-December 2017.

Upcoming Events

21st January 2018Bunnigalore Introduction to Endurance Day with 20km ride

26th – 27th May 2018 – 10th Anniversary Wingello Forest Endurance Ride

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