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2016 WINGELLO FOREST ENDURANCE RIDE
21st & 22nd May 2016
What a fabulous weekend we enjoyed again at Wingello - not only sunny and calm - but warm as well! It was wonderful to see a record 329 rider entries across the weekend, and so many happy faces enjoying music and food around the central campfire.
Saturday was a buzz of newcomer activity, with many of the 'old-timers' lending a hand or doling out pearls of wisdom. Sunday dawned to the 80km riders cantering off into a classic highland foggy morning. Meanwhile the ride base was busy all weekend, with horses coming and going, being strapped and presented to vetting, while strappers and volunteers dashed around carrying out a multitude of jobs, the NSW Rural Fire Service carted gallons of water, and those with time visited the trade stalls and food outlets, or just sat back in the central hub and enjoyed the atmosphere.
Line Honours was closely contested, but went to Talea Hasko-Stewart riding Blakes Heaven Bombora (pictured in yellow gear below), in a riding time of 4:03hrs. We thank our sponsors China Horse Club, Jon-de-Le Arabians, Horserail Australia, Bureaucracy Busters Town Planning Consultants, New-Moon Stud, Wingecarribee Shire Council, Forestry Corporation, Your Event Solutions, Hills & Hawkesbury Equestrian news, Wingello Village Store, Knowles Stockfeeds, Living Horses Graphic Design, Hygain Feeds, Hughes Financial and Hughes Studio.
2015 WINGELLO FOREST ENDURANCE RIDE
23rd & 24th May 2015
Despite some questionable weather in the lead up to this year's 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 being around 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.
Major sponsors China Horse Club, Jon-de-Le Arabians and New-Moon Stud, provided great prizes to three places in all four riding divisions, as well as Best Conditioned Horse and teams event ribbons and trophies.
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.
The rock and roll horse float was all lit up at the super campfire on Saturday night, with Dave Newman again providing great entertainment. Catering supplied by the Wingello Village Store, one of our sponsors, and by Snax on Trax Café (also serving up real coffee all weekend).
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.
Line honours went to Andrew Bailey riding Bullio Solute and John Robertson riding Karabil Asis, finishing tied in a time of 4:35hrs. A little slower than previous years due to slippery conditions, particularly with many horses doing their final run before the 50th Anniversary Tom Quilty Gold Cup National Championships held only two weeks later. Andrew and Bullio Solute backed up their win at Wingello with a 4th place Heavyweight at the Tom Quilty – Congratulations on a super result!
2014 WINGELLO FOREST ENDURANCE RIDE
24th & 25th May 2014
There was something for everyone at Wingello in 2014, with introductory rides held on the Saturday, standard distance endurance rides on Sunday, a burning hot campfire with live music on Saturday night, choice of catering menus, espresso coffee all weekend, trade stalls showcasing specialised endurance equipment through to the new Isuzu Ute, separate superb catering for the Cherished Volunteers, and undercover seating with a great view of the vetting area.
2014 was the biggest year yet for Wingello, with 296 entries across the two days of competition, and around 700 people attending at some stage over the weekend.
There were 132 horses entered across the 5km, 10km and 20km introductory rides, with a wonderful array of horses great and small, with spots, feathers and winter fur, even a mule. Riders came from a diversity of sporting backgrounds, dressage riders, eventers, pony club, campdrafters and polocrosse – all gathered for a beautiful day out in the forest.
It was lovely to see so many of the very young ready to give it a go. Our one size fits all numbered bibs nearly reached the ground on some!
Sunday attracted a big field of regular endurance riders, with participants travelling from all over NSW, and some from Victoria to compete. At the pointy end of the 80km field, the ride is extremely competitive. This year the fastest time was 3 hours 41 mins, with 8 horses arriving in the first 12 minutes.
The 40/60km training ride held on Sunday allowed riders to decide at the 40km mark whether they were happy with their 40km completion, and ready to retire from the ride, or whether they were keen to do a further 20km to achieve a 60km completion.
A dedicated team of Cherished Volunteers were hard at work behind the scenes to bring this event to life. Each volunteer chose their task and time shift, across roles such as timekeeping, pencilling for the vets (where you can learn a whole lot about the vetting process and what the various scores mean), sitting on checkpoints in the forest, radio communications, tending the campfire, computer data entry, photography, catering, log book logistics, selling of merchandise etc.
The winners this year were:
1st Junior - Stacey Clarke riding Oso Bandit, 5:01hrs
1st Lightweight - Adeline Gibsons riding Blakes Heaven Venus, 3:49hrs
= 1st Middleweight - Ian Curtis riding Blakes Heaven Summer Reign and Talea Hasko-Stewart riding Blakes Heaven Bombora, 3:49hrs
1st Heavyweight - Heidi Wade riding Yinbilliko Jackson, 3:49hrs
NEWCOMERS TO ENDURANCE WORKSHOP
19th January 2014
Southern Highlands Endurance Ride Inc and Retford Equine Veterinary Clinic were pleased to present a repeat of this free workshop. The team again included Karim Kooros (endurance vet), Carol Layton (endurance rider and equine nutritionalist), Rob Howden (endurance rider and barefoot trimmer) and Ava Pellizari (endurance rider). This year we also welcomed Georgia Curry (junior endurance rider extraordinaire) to the team. Bec and Darren Hogan hosted the event at New-Moon Stud.
We extend a very special and warm welcome to several participants who have already joined our band of Cherished Volunteers!
WINGELLO FOREST ENDURANCE RIDE
25th & 26th May 2013
Southern Highlands Endurance Ride Inc were thrilled to have attracted a record 228 entries in events at the 5th annual Wingello Forest Endurance Ride.
Following from the Newcomers Workshop held at Wingello in January, the event was dedicated to helping newcomers have a start, and included ride distances of 5km, 10km, 20km, 40km, 60km and 80km.
The weather co-operated brilliantly, producing a bright clear sunny Autumn weekend, with no clouds and no wind, complemented by a perfect Saturday evening with a massive full silver moon rising high in the sky at dusk.
Where else would you want to be but camped in the country with your horse, perhaps your dog, and surrounded by family and friends. There was live entertainment around the big central campfire by Bowral local Dave Newman, who rocked out a whole lot of 50s and 60s rock classics, and shared his mike with some of the other songbirds present.
The trails at Wingello are superb, and had been softened and freshened by rain in the week before the ride. There were 78 entrants in the shorter distance introductory rides held on the Saturday, many of whom were starting in their first ever endurance ride. Some youngsters were led around the 5km ride (one of the 80km horses did this as a warm up for the main event on Sunday), and there were a few fit joggers accompanying their beginner rider friends around the 10km ride.
The ‘Wingello Forest Fairies’ in their bright vests wandered the campsite to make themselves available to help newcomers to the sport who were facing their first ever attempt to strap and present for vetting.
The longer distance rides were held on Sunday, with 60 starters in the 40/60km ride, and 90 starters in the 80km ride. Completion rates were high, with 83% of horses in the 80km ride successfully passing the heart rate check and vet inspection at the end of the ride.
The winners were:
Equal 1st Junior – Shantel Nagle riding Windradyne Ballerina & Georgia Curry riding Macquarie Park Shafeeq, riding time 4hrs 31mins
1st Lightweight – Lauren Howson riding Candynae, riding time 4hrs 27mins
1st Middleweight – Anika Basiak riding Flametree Samirah, riding time 4hrs 27mins
1st Heavyweight – Heidi Wade riding Yinbilliko Jackson, riding time 4hrs 59mins
NEWCOMERS to ENDURANCE WORKSHOP
Sunday 20th January 2013
Southern Highlands Endurance Ride Inc and Retford Equine Veterinary Clinic were pleased to present this workshop with very able assistance from Carol Layton (endurance rider and equine nutritionalist), Rob Howden (endurance rider and barefoot trimmer) and Ava Pellizari (endurance rider). Bec and Darren Hogan hosted the event at New-Moon Stud.
We had a great turn-out, and hope to see all these enthusiastic new faces at our next ride in May!
IRIS COUNTRY FAIR
Saturday 17th November 2012
Southern Highlands Endurance Ride Inc was at the Iris Country Fair at Mittagong on 17th November 2012.
We spent a lovely day talking about endurance and meeting loads of people. Here's a pic of Darren all set at the beginning of the day, waiting for the fair to open ...