We’ve been burnt, flooded and locked down, but we are back! Come and celebrate with the Wingello community at our 12th annual endurance event.
The Wingello State Forest is still closed to the public as clean-up and restoration work following the January 2020 bushfire continues. We are so very grateful to the NSW Forestry Corporation, who have agreed to cease operations for a day so we can run an event!
We have access to the forest for one day – Saturday 22nd May 2021, and will be running ride distances of 5km, 10km, 20km and 40km. We are not able to run an 80km ride this year … but our bonfire will be bigger and better than ever (no pre-dawn start for anyone), and our favourite muso, Dave Newman, is returning for a groovy night under the stars (weather has been booked in – lol).
Please note that the forest remains closed to the public. Uncontrolled rider access to the forest before and after the event is not permitted. Warm-up riding will be restricted to the Ride Base. Crew and spectators must stay at the Ride Base. Please do respect these conditions of our negotiated event permit.
We cannot design the course at this stage, so distances are subject to minor change depending on forest conditions at the time. Any changes will be advertised on this website and on our social media platforms and emailed to those who have registered. All entries can be transferred if you change your mind about the distance you would like to ride. Course descriptions will be provided on this website two weeks prior to the event. Full refunds are offered up until the Monday preceding the event.
Online registrations will close at 9pm on Monday, 17th May 2021. Late entries after this time will be accepted at the Ride Base, with an additional $35 late fee per entry.
You will need to confirm your entry at the Ride Office when you arrive at the Ride Base. You may change your ride details at this time if you wish. This is where you will be allocated a rider number bib, and if required, a vet card.
Note: You must return your number bib to the Ride Office after completing your ride and final vet check.
Please contact Bec Hogan email@example.com if you have any difficulties or queries.
Looking for more information? Have you seen the new Getting Started in Endurance online book and ‘How To’ Endurance Series of videos on this website’s Contact Us page (scroll down below the contacts)?
If you have questions about what to do when you arrive at the Ride Base – you may find your answers in this ‘How to do Wingello Forest Endurance Ride 2021‘ two-page document.
Please bring with you to the Ride Office (for each entry):
1. Ride Entry Form
If you have booked through the Try Booking link above, you will be able to print out your Ride Entry Form (ticket) at the end of the booking process. You will need to complete some additional details, and sign the relevant declarations. Don’t forget to bring this with you to the ride!
If you have booked through Try Booking and are not a financial member of the NSW (or other state) Endurance Riders Association, then you will also need to download a Day Member Waiver from the link to the right. Please sign it and attach it to your printed ticket/entry form.
If you are entering by post, or as a late entry at the ride base, you will need to download and print the Ride Entry Form from the link to the right. Please also print and sign the Day Member Waiver if required, and attach it to your Ride Entry Form.
If you are entering at the ride base, a late fee of $35 will apply per entry.
2. Horse Health Declaration and Temperature Log (a separate form per horse)
You will need to bring a completed and signed Horse Health Declaration (HHD) form with you to the event. For most participants at Wingello, this includes recording your horse’s temperature for 3 days prior to the event. If you are travelling from a Hendra Risk Zone and your horse is not Hendra vaccinated, you will need to complete a 10 day form – visit the NSW ERA website for more details.
There is space on the form to write your horse’s Hendra vaccination details, if relevant. Your horse does not need to have Hendra vaccination.
Refer to the Biosecurity information provided on the ride information page for further details. Click Here for a summary of the AERA biosecurity document. You will need a Property Identification Code (PIC) for the property the horse has come from – Click Here for the PIC application form.
If your horse is returning to a different property after the event, you will need a Transported Stock Statement from Local Land Services – Click Here for more information. The travel doc number should be written on your Horse Health Declaration form.
3. NSWERA membership card
(if you have one)
4. Horse Log Book
(if you have one, if not you will be allocated a vet card at the Ride Office)
40km Intermediate Ride
20km Ride $65
10km Ride $65
5km Ride $65
Additional Late Fee for all distances $35
Additional Day Membership Fee $15
(for non-members of NSWERA or other State ERA)
Additional Camping Fee $10
(per horse camped overnight at the ride base – covers up to 2 nights)
Four-rider Teams (optional)
Team members to all ride in the same category – either
(i) 40km intermediate; or
(ii) introductory ride.
$20 per 4-person team
Cancellations notified to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 9pm Monday 17th May 2021 will be refunded the full entry fee (including day membership and camping fees).
Cancellations notified to email@example.com after 9pm Monday 17th May 2021 and prior to midnight Thursday 20th May 2021 will also be refunded, but less a $20 administration fee.
Cancellations made after midnight Thursday 20th May 2021 and ‘no-shows’ will be eligible for a full refund of day membership and camping fees, and 30% refund of the entry fee, if requested to firstname.lastname@example.org within 3 weeks of the event, ie. by 12th June 2021.
You may arrange to transfer your booking to a late entry rider. You must organise this yourself and arrange to get the printed try booking entry form to the late entry rider – the Ride Office will be too busy to make such arrangements for you.
There will be no refunds or transfers once the horse has been presented to the vets for pre-ride inspection, even if the horse fails the inspection and is not permitted to start.
Friday 21st May 2021
12 noon Ride Base opens – Toilets and horse water will be available. There will be no on-site catering until Saturday morning.
IMPORTANT: Wingello State Forest is closed to all riders on Friday 21st May. Do not ride your horse into the forest.
Saturday 22nd May 2021
7.00 am on-site catering will open
10.00 am office opens
10-11.45 am pre-ride vetting for Intermediate (40km) riders only
12 noon The Legendary Australia 40km Ride start
12:15 pm pre-ride vetting opens for Introductory (20km, 10km & 5km) riders
2.00 pm Saddleworld Bowral 20km Ride start
2.30 pm PERFORMAride 10km Ride start
2.50 pm New-Moon Stud 5km Ride start
3:30 pm Presentation desk opens for logbook collection and award of prizes (allow approx 1 hour after you finish)
4.30 pm Course closes
5.30 pm Dave Newman – live around the bonfire
Stay and join us for a relaxed evening around the bonfire – live music, professional catering, old friends and new …
Sunday 23rd May 2021
12 noon ride base closes
IMPORTANT: Wingello State Forest is closed to all riders on Sunday 23rd May. Do not ride your horse into the forest.
The 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.
New-Moon Stud 5km Introductory Ride
A lovely introduction to Wingello along 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 plantation with pines on one side and native forest on the other, before a short, moderately steep climb up the side of a small hill to a Checkpoint. Here you will find water, hay, snacks and our friendly Cherished Volunteers. From the hill, the track follows the boundary of the forest between the pines and open farmland. Ride The Little Dipper and then it’s almost flat back to base along the Home Straight.
Performa Ride 10km Introductory Ride
The fun tour of central Wingello. This is a gently undulating course through pine forest and native bushland. The first few kilometres take you through a burnt and cleared section of plantation. The trail then wends its way through native forest. There are some washed out sections and a few rocky areas. Take care travelling these. After the half way mark, you take the Serpentine Trail along the boundary of the plantation 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. Ride The Little Dipper and then it’s almost flat back to base along the Home Straight.
Saddleworld Bowral 20km Introductory Ride
Explore the northern plateau of the Wingello State Forest. This is an undulating and meandering course starting with a kilometre or so of easy-going to loosen up, and then onto the twisting Serpentine Trail around the perimeter of the plantation. After the 5km mark, the next 10km are pretty cruisy and you can move along on the sandy and lightly gravelled roads. Keep an eye on the track though, as there are some washed out areas. Then descend into the recovering Valley of Ferns, winding about as you climb back up to The Hairpin. Travel through the Forestry campsite which is currently a work zone, and then cruise back to base. You will pass through two Checkpoints on this ride, each stocked with water, hay, lollies and friendly Cherished Volunteers. There are water troughs at around 5km, 10km, 12km, 17km & 18km.
The Legendary Australia 40km Intermediate Ride
The full tour of the northern plateau of the Wingello State Forest. This is an undulating and meandering course with a few reasonable climbs. You start with a kilometre or so of easy-going to loosen up and then swing onto the twisting Serpentine Trail around the perimeter of the plantation. After the 5km mark, the next few kilometres are pretty cruisy and you can move along on the sandy and lightly gravelled roads. Keep an eye on the track though, as there are some washed out areas. Ride The Big Dipper, the downhill section is overgrown with shrubbery – just keep following the wheel trails down. Then cruise for around 10 kilometres on gently undulating trails, exploring new ride territory, before descending into the recovering Valley of Ferns. There is a winding climb up to The Hairpin before you pass through the Forestry campsite which is currently a work zone. Cruise around past the Scary Cow, then not far after the 30km mark you descend The Final Gully through native bushland. Climb back up to the Razorback, and then cruise back to base. You will pass through two Checkpoints on this ride, each stocked with water, hay, lollies and friendly Cherished Volunteers. There are water troughs at around 5km, 11km, 14km, 23km, 29km & 34km.
40km Intermediate Ride
The Wingello Forest Ride 40km keyring will be presented to all successful completions.
Camden Equine Centre Teams Event
A prize will be awarded to each member of the winning 4-person team. The winner will be selected on the basis of team completion rate and horse fitness scores recorded by the vets, including final heart rate. It is not a speed test.
Ribbons will be awarded to each member of a 4-person team where all 4 members successfully complete the ride.
5km, 10km & 20km Introductory Rides
An embroidered cloth badge will be presented to all successful completions.
Camden Equine Centre Teams Event
A prize will be awarded to each member of the winning 4-person team. The winning team will be selected on the basis of team completion rate and horse fitness scores recorded by the vets, including final heart rate. It is not a speed test.
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).
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). If you are travelling from a Hendra Risk Zone and your horse is not Hendra vaccinated, you need to complete a 10 day form. Please visit the NSW ERA website for more details.
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 3 day 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.
Vets & Officials
Chief Steward: Tom McCormack
Head Vet: Dr Karim Kooros, Retford Equine Veterinary Clinic, Burradoo www.retfordvet.com.au
Treatment Vet: Dr Darien Feary, email@example.com, 0458 299 561
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.
Water: We are very grateful for the generous support from Wingello Rural Fire Service who will be carting water for the 2021 event.
Ride Secretary: Bec Hogan
Treasurer: Peter Hughes
Vet Area/TPRs Team Leader: Sonia Holdsworth
Office Team Leader: Sarah Barnes
Volunteers Team Leader: Judy Hansen
Timekeepers Team Leader: Peter Hughes
Checkpoint Support Vehicle: Barb Dempster
First Aid: Highlands First Aid
Communications Team Leader: Kay Gordon
Official Photographer: Tony Bowler 0414 252 737 www.tonybowler.com
The ride base will open at noon on Friday 21st May 2021 (please do not arrive earlier), and close at noon on Sunday 23rd May 2020.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs are 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.
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 locations across the ride base.
The Wingello Rural Fire Service will be filling water troughs and tanks around the ride base for horses.
Due to expected large numbers and the 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, but please be patient. Please be courteous at all times to the RFS volunteers.
Stay and join us for a relaxed evening around the central bonfire on Saturday night, with live music by our favourite muso, Dave Newman, and a choice of professional caterers.
Unfortunately, we cannot supply firewood for individual campfires. Please bring your own. No firewood can be collected from the Ride Base (landowner request). The State Forest is closed and burnt – you cannot collect wood from the forest. If you are travelling a long distance with multiple horses and cannot fit in the firewood you require, please contact the ride committee several weeks prior to the event to make special arrangements.
Official Feed Supplier – Bowral Co-op Ph 02 4861 8400 www.bowralcoop.com.au
The Bowral Co-op will be doing a feed delivery to the Ride Base on Friday 21st May 2021.
1. Malaysian Street Style Char Kuey Tiaw (flat rice noodles) with either:
2. Roti Chanai with either:
1. Steamed Bao with Szechuan Pepper Beef Mince and Fresh Herbs (3 pieces) – $12
2. Hand-made Prawn & Ginger Wonton Noodles Soups served with Steamed Asian Greens, Beans, Sprouts, Fresh Herbs and Dee’s Chilli Lime Dressing – $20
2019 menu below. 2021 menu will be provided closer to the event.
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, Highway Service Stations, KFC & Hungry Jacks, IGA Supermarket, Cafes.
Bundanoon: Township approx 20mins drive north with Chemist, Pub, Post Office, Hotels, Cafes, Newsagent.
Local Accommodation: Closest hotels are at Bundanoon, approximately 20mins drive from the ride base.
Official feed supplier: Bowral Co-op – Phone 02 4861 8400