Ride Information




PROGRAM

Friday 26th May 2017

12noon

Ride Base opens - Note: no catering on site, limited water will be available from a central water tub, however, you are advised to bring water for your horse for the night with you. Wingello Village Store will stay open for meals with notice and sufficient demand, and can do a bulk delivery to the ride base. Toilets will be available.


Saturday 27th May 2017

7am

on-site catering will open

10am

office opens

10-11.30am

pre-ride vetting for introductory rides (5km, 10km, 20km)

12 noon

Edinburgh Rugs 20km Ride start

12.20pm

Dixon Smith Equestrian 10km Ride start

12.40pm

Mark Langley 5km Ride start

1:30-4.30pm

pre-ride vetting for Sunday's rides (20km, 41-61km elevator, 80km)

2pm

Presentation desk for introductory riders awards and logbooks opens

3pm

Mark Langley demonstration - click here for details

4.30pm

Introductory rides course closes

5.30pm

Dave Newman - live around the campfire

6pm

pre-ride briefing for Sunday's rides

6.30pm

Dave Newman - live around the campfire


Sunday 28th May 2017

6.00am

wake-up announcement, on-site catering will open

6.30am

entries and pre-ride vetting for 20km introductory ride and 41-61km elevator training ride (if pre-arranged with committee)

7am

MAXXIS 80km Endurance Ride start

7.30am

Jojubi Saddlery 20km Ride start (maximum ride time of 3hrs 45mins)  

8am

Youcamp 41-61km Ride start

4pm

ride course closes

5pm

final presentation


Monday 29th May 2017

12noon

ride base closes



COURSE DETAILS


Vetting procedure for all rides is standard AERA with optional early present.

The descriptions provided below are for those who are curious about the track, and like to know what to expect.  There is no need to memorise these descriptions - there will be plenty of arrows, distance markers and signs to show you the way. 

Most of the features mentioned with capital letters in the descriptions will be signposted on track, as a guide to where you are on the course, and to help with counting the climbs so you can pace yourself.



5km Introductory Ride – 1 leg

A pleasant introduction to Wingello, this course follows sandy/gravelly forest trails through pine forest and some native bushland. 


The trails are almost flat and very easy for the first 1.5km.  The course then leads gently downwards along the edge of the forest, with pines on one side and native forest on the other, before a short moderately steep climb up the side of a small hill.

 
Here you will find a checkpoint, with water, hay, snacks and some friendly Cherished Volunteers.

From the hill, the track follows the boundary of the forest between the pines and open farmland.  Within the space of 100m you go down and up The Little Dipper, and from there it’s almost flat back to base along the Home Straight.



10km Introductory Ride – 1 leg

A fun tour of central Wingello, you set out along a fairly level sandy/gravelly forest trail for 2.7km to the first Checkpoint.  Here you will find water, hay, snacks and some friendly Cherished Volunteers.

From the checkpoint, the trail leads into native forest and becomes undulating.  In some places the trail is a little washed out and there are some short rocky sections.

Once past the half way mark, you follow the undulating and winding Serpentine trail along the boundary of the forest, with pines on one side and native forest on the other.

The course then continues gently downwards, before a short moderately steep climb up the side of a small hill.  Here you will find a second Checkpoint, with water, hay, snacks and some more friendly Cherished Volunteers.

From the hill, the track follows the boundary of the forest between the pines and open farmland.  Within the space of 100m you go down and up The Little Dipper, and from there it’s almost flat back to base along the Home Straight.




20km Introductory Ride - 1 leg

Test yourself on a ride through some of the prettiest parts of Wingello State Forest.  The journey starts with a few kilometres of fairly flat sandy/gravelly forest road leading up to and through the Forestry campsite.
 

From the campsite you follow a softer trail though the pines, turning sharply right at The Hairpin to then head downwards through The Green Room. 

 

After some twists and turns then a few hundred metres on a rocky boundary track, you climb up through a gorgeous valley of ferns.  Then it’s a short flat 1km to the first Checkpoint (6km from the start), where you will find water, hay, snacks and some friendly Cherished Volunteers.

 

There is then a few kilometres on a flat sandy forest trail, before some undulating work in and out of ferny gullies, to reach Checkpoint 2 (12.9km from the start).

From the checkpoint, the trail leads into native forest and becomes undulating again.  In some places the trail is a little washed out and there are some short rocky sections.

 

You follow the undulating and winding Serpentine trail along the boundary of the forest, with pines on one side and native forest on the other,  before a short moderately steep climb up the side of a small hill, where you will find Checkpoint 3 (18.5km from the start).

 

From the hill, the track follows the boundary of the forest between the pines and open farmland.  Within the space of 100m you go down and up The Little Dipper, and from there it’s almost flat back to base along the Home Straight.



41-61km elevator Training Ride - 2 legs (2nd leg optional)

1st Leg (41km)

This is an undulating ride which requires moderate fitness.  The course starts with 7km of gently undulating or flat forestry roads and trails through the northern Wingello pines.  The trails are mostly sandy with fine gravels.

Then you leave the pines and start a long descent through native forest into Gully 1 (approx 600m length, 90m drop) where there is a vehicle width bridge across the creek.

You climb out of the gully (approx 1.6km length, 70m rise) for an easy 2km saunter around a pine-clad ridgeline.  The course then takes another dive through native forest into Gully 2 (approx 1.3km length, 135m drop).  You cross a narrow and shallow running creek at the bottom, and then ascend up into the southern Wingello pines (approx 1km length, 150m rise)
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From here the tour gently rolls around the Lyrebird Loop and along sandy/red-basalt boundary trails for approx 10km, before a short rocky descent through the White Gum Woodland into Gully 3 (40m drop).  The trail crosses a vehicle width bridge across Georges creek, and then cruises along the soft creek bank for a few hundred metres
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Continue for a few kilometres along the boundary trail which becomes rocky in places with a couple of short steep climbs, then be rewarded with a beautiful rolling trail carpeted with soft pine needles and grass
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You then have a steep descent into Gully 4 (approx 500m length, 55m drop), with a vehicle width bridge at the bottom, and then 3km of gentle climb on lightly gravelled tracks up to Vinicombes Road (80m rise)
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From here it is 8km back to base on dirt roads, with one last climb (approx 300m length, 30m rise) part-way along.



Optional 2nd Leg (20km)

This is the same as the 20km Introductory Ride described above.



80km Endurance Ride - 2 legs
 

1st Leg (41km)

This is the same as the first (41km) leg of the Training Ride described above.



2nd Leg (39km)

A picturesque roller coaster.  This leg is undulating, without the big gully crossings of Leg 1, but with a whole lot of twisting and turning.

The first 2km are on flat to undulating forestry roads with some gravel, until you turn onto a minor trail through young pine forest towards the Scary Cow. 

After passing the cow, the track starts to wind around through The Maze with a hairpin turn here and there.  The trails are alternately soft or gravelly.  Keep watch for the arrows! 
After three dips each with a climb out approximately 750m in length, 50m rise (The Maze, a ferny gully, Bayliss), you take a short trip along the magnificent Fern Lane, and then have 2km of flat open sandy trail to stretch out on.

You then have another dip and climb through native woodland on soft trails, with the climb out approximately 1km in length (50m rise), before approaching one of the features of the leg, Fern Gully.  You wind down into Fern Gully, and then climb out over approx 800m (50m rise).  From here, you are back on fairly flat to gently undulating forestry trails for approximately 10km.

Then follow The Serpentine along the boundary of the forest, with pines on one side and native forest on the other.  This trail is undulating and has some rocky sections.

There is a short climb up the side of a small hill (50m rise), then the small but steep Little Dipper, and then the last 4.5km are almost flat back to base.



PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Offical Photographer for the Wingello Forest Endurance Ride is Jo Arblaster of Animal Focus Photography. 

www.animalfocus.com.au

Jo photographs animals, horses, dogs, cats and other pets and their people.

 

 

PRIZES

  
MAXXIS 80km Wingello Forest Endurance Ride 

Line Honours:

Living Horses Graphic Design package, valued at $350.




And an Archer Equine hay bag valued at $100!


Division Placings:

A quality wool rug embroidered with ride details and sponsor name will be awarded to 1st place in each of the 4 riding divisions - HWT, MWT, LWT, JNR.

Trophies will be awarded to 3 places in each of the 4 riding divisions.

A trophy will also be awarded to the Best Conditioned Horse in each of the 4 riding divisions.



Successful Completions:

The Wingello Forest Ride belt buckle will be presented to all successful completions.


Teams:

A trophy will be awarded to each member of the winning 4-person team in the 80km ride (this being the team with 4 successful completions and the fastest combined time).

A Kitibits rope halter will be awarded to each member of the winning 4-person team in the 80km ride.



Ribbons will be awarded to each member of all non-winning teams in which all 4 members successfully complete the 80km ride.


41-61km elevator Training Ride

Successful Completions:

The Wingello Forest Ride 40km keyring will be presented to all successful completions, whether the 41km or 61km distance.

Teams:

Ribbons will be awarded to each member of a 4-person team where all 4 members successfully complete the ride (either 41km or 61km distance, or a combination thereof).


5km, 10km & 20km Introductory Rides

Successful Completions:

An embroidered cloth badge will be presented to all successful completions.

Teams:

Ribbons will be awarded to each member of a 4-person team where all 4 members successfully complete their ride (either 5km, 10km or 20km distance, or a combination thereof)




BIOSECURITY

 

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has published a short document titled 'Horse Events: Biosecurity guidelines for organisers and competitors'.

The primary responsibility for biosecurity at events lies with the horse owners and riders, well before the event.  All event participants have a responsibility to maintain good biosecurity, and not put the health of other people's horses at risk.

Horses at events have the potential to spread infectious disease.  Horse events act as mulitpliers for the spread of infectious diseases should an outbreak occur.

Horses that are suspected of suffering from infectious or contagious diseases or have been in contact with other animals suffering from such diseases MUST NOT be brought to horse events.

Participants are expected to consciously monitor their horse's health in the 3-5 days leading up to the event, including checking your horses temperature for 3 days prior to the event (a horse's average normal temperature is between 37 and 38.5 deg C at rest).

All entrants are required to bring a Horse Health Declaration which includes a temperature log for each horse with them to the Wingello Forest Endurance Ride (click here to download the form).  Please use a separate form for each horse.

The NSWERA State Management Committee, in conjunction with the NSW DPI have defined a set of risk reduction procedues for the safety of riders, horses and helpers at endurance rides being held in NSW.  The risk reduction procedure is a summary of practical measures compiled from various sources and NSWERA experiences in developing and applying bio-security measures at previous rides.  These measures are designed to further reduce the already very remote possibility of horses or people being infected by Hendra virus, or any other infectious disease.

These risk reduction measures are recommended as routine preventative practices, however, from time to time, if there is a need, these measures or a variation of these measures shall be made mandatory.

Event Biosecurity - NSWERA Risk Management Plan

Summary of AERA Biosecurity Document, March 2016

TREATMENT VET



Treatment Vet at the Ride Base will be:    Lloyd Varga


Contact details:    Ironmines Veterinary Clinic, Mittagong Ph: 4871 3833


Please be aware that if your horse requires treatment at the Ride Base, relevant fees are payable to the treatment vet, and should be paid before you leave the Ride Base.  Payment by cash or cheque only.


 

RIDE BASE


The ride base will open at noon on Friday 26th May 2017, and close at noon on Monday 29th May 2017.

Dogs welcome, but must be kept on leash at all times.  Dogs not permitted in the Vetting area.  Please do not bring dogs that you know are likely to be noisy and irritating to other campers.  Riders are responsible for dogs associated with their camp, and risk disqualification for loose or nuisance dogs.


Facilities:

The Ride Base is a lovely grassy paddock approximately 5km by dirt road from the village of Wingello.  There are no permanent facilities, no powered sites, and no taps/running water.

Portable toilets will be placed at several locations across the ride base. 

The Tallong Rural Fire Service will be filling water troughs and tanks around the ride base for horses.

Due to expected large numbers, and limited number of water trucks available, it is strongly recommended that you bring at least 20L drinking water per horse with you to the ride base, to avoid unnecessary stress while waiting for water points to be re-filled.  The water will keep coming until every camp has as much water as they require by the end of Saturday, but please be patient, and please be courteous at all times to the RFS volunteers.

There will be the usual Wingello central campfire surrounded by caterers (with real coffee available), trade stalls, and undercover seating.

Unfortunately we cannot supply firewood for individual campfires.  Please bring your own.  No firewood can be collected from the Ride Base (land owner request).  Permits are required to collect wood from the State Forest.  If you are travelling a long distance with multiple horses and cannot fit in the firewood you require, please contact the ride commitee several weeks prior to the event to make special arrangements.


Farrier:

There will be a farrier at the ride base on Saturday 27th May 2017.  Please make contact with him directly if needed:

Wesley Stewart Farrier Services

0412 289 411

wesley@wes-the-farrier.com

www.wes-the-farrier.com


Food and Beverages:

'Snax on Trax Cafe'

On-site catering and coffee
www.snaxontraxcafe.com.au

Check out this VW advertisment which features their business:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qApH2XWxz_Y 

      Menu

Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate

Ice Chocolate/Ice Coffee

Thick Shakes

Affogato

Cold drinks

Homemade muffins and cakes

Vegetarian Hokkien Noodles

Organic lentil and tomato soup served with yoghurt

Grilled chorizo roll: grilled chorizo, rocket, hummus,
balsamic caramelised onions and slow cooked tomatoes

Breakfast gourmet roll: Toasted turkish with free range eggs,
grilled haloumi, English spinach and homemade slow roasted
tomatoes

Vegetarian Burger on a roll with tomato, cheese and local
organic mixed lettuce    
Price

S $4.00  L $4.50

$6.50

$6.50

$5.00

$3.00

$5.00

$12.50 (Sat dinner)

$6.50 (Sat dinner)


$10.50 (Sat dinner)


$9.50 (Sun breafast)


$9.50 (Sun lunch)

 
'Wingello Village Store'

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n-site canteen

 
Trade Stalls:







    

                




          

 
        


  


Demonstration:

 


Mark Langley will be demonstrating how to gain calm focus to manage and address tension as he works a troubled horse at Wingello Southern Highlands Endurance Ride.

Mark has started and trained hundreds of endurance horses.  His methods try to gain the best natural softness from his horses as willing and understanding partners. He now brings his extensive knowledge and passion to this demonstration clearly explaining his fascinating forefront methods which use a horse’s mental softness to gain physical softness.

The philosophical approach that he now teaches throughout Germany, England and Australia encourages people to acknowledge their horse’s mental position and to teach in a way which encourages happier horses.

www.EquineAbility.com.au

www.facebook.com/equineability



Mark is inviting participants at Wingello to provide a horse for his demonstration.  If you have concern about a behavioural or management issue with your horse and would like assistance from Mark in the form of a public demonstration, please contact him directly.


 





LOCAL AREA


Wingello Village Store:
Light meals, hamburgers, their home-made chips are the best anywhere. All the usual general store supplies, plus DVD hire, petrol (not diesel), and the local post office.

Marulan: township approx 20mins drive south with Chemist, Pub, Post Office, Motel, Highway Service Stations, KFC & Hungry Jacks, General Store, Cafes.

Bundanoon: township approx 20mins drive north with Chemist, Pub, Post Office, Motel, Cafes, Newsagent.

Local Accommodation: Closest hotel and motel are at Marulan, approximately 15mins drive from the ride base. Next closest alternative is Bundanoon, approximately 20mins drive from the ride base.  Looking for luxury – Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest, approximately 25mins drive from the ride base.

Knowles Stockfeeds:
official feed supplier for the Wingello Forest Endurance Ride. Will be doing a delivery to the ride base on Friday 26th May 2017 in the early afternoon. Ph: 02 4869 1720


 
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