Gallery: Endurance ride back by popular demand

Nicole Allan from Woodstock riding Bullio Solute. A free service to a Bullio stallion is offered to the first mare to successfully complete the 80kms ride at Neville. Photo: Animal Focus
Nicole Allan from Woodstock riding Bullio Solute. A free service to a Bullio stallion is offered to the first mare to successfully complete the 80kms ride at Neville. Photo: Animal Focus
Mark Lindsay from Cowra riding Kintamani Silver Marksman. Photo: Animal Focus

Mark Lindsay from Cowra riding Kintamani Silver Marksman. Photo: Animal Focus

Karyn Sands from Orange riding Kellview Splender with Kim Wilde and Dianne Luker from King's Plains riding Sallydale Bugsy and Kintamani Silver Diva. Photo: Animal Focus

Karyn Sands from Orange riding Kellview Splender with Kim Wilde and Dianne Luker from King's Plains riding Sallydale Bugsy and Kintamani Silver Diva. Photo: Animal Focus

Robin Gossip from Woodstock riding Amberlea Moonrise. Photo: Animal Focus

Robin Gossip from Woodstock riding Amberlea Moonrise. Photo: Animal Focus

The Neville Endurance Ride is back by popular demand.

On the 5th and 6th of April this beautiful and historical little town will be host to many horse and rider combinations all setting out to enjoy riding around the beautiful pine forests on sandy tracks, in great company.

Camping will be at the shady show ground with all general amenities, come kick back and enjoy some nice scenery.

The Lachlan Endurance Riders Club (LERC) have taken up the task with locals from the Blayney/Carcoar area in particular Marjorie Trudgett (who has put heart and soul into this event) Also to Di Luker who is Secretary and helped with tracks, etc. Together a strong and effective team is ready and prepared to welcome horses and riders to Neville.

Included in our expected arrivals to town are not only riders, there will be many like minded people just coming for the fun, to support and experience or to watch and learn.

This ride will cater to the young, the old, the slow the fast with a 20km, 40km and 80km distance available.

Don't be scared off if you are not a member! All riders are welcome as day memberships are available for $5 for the 20km event, $10 for the 40km event and if you are planning on doing many a year you can pay $50

(NSWERA) and this covers the whole year.

For those who would like to try the social ride distance of 20kms, the entry fee is $30. Be warned it's a lot of fun and can become addictive.

The social ride is about meeting people, enjoying nice scenery, educating young horses perhaps or just going for a ride in the bush, the apt name social holds much meaning. Starting time for the 20km event is 10am Sunday morning.

Maybe horse and rider would like to try the training ride distance of 40kms? Great way to step your horse up to the next level or to simply enjoy a longer ride. Again lovely sandy trails, some hills and beautiful bush lands. Entry fee is $55. Starting time for the 40km event is 7am Sunday morning.

The 80kms event is the highlight of the weekend with placings to 3rd & fittest horse awards being presented upon completion in 4 different divisions. Successful riders/horses will receive a LERC completion buckle and have chances at other prizes as will those in the shorter distanced events. As well as walking away with an amazing sense of achievement. Start time for the 80km event is 5am Sunday morning.

Helmets must be worn by all riders. Please feel free to check out www.nswera.asn.au and scroll to find the starting out guide if you are interested in the involvements of endurance riding; for some pointers on what to expect at a ride or ask one of our committee members listed below any questions you may have.

The local area has received good rain recently so the creeks will be flowing again and plenty of green pick out and about on track.

The Fishing Club with the P & C will be putting on a meal at the Neville pub on the Saturday night. This should be a great time for conversations, meeting new people, for if anyone needs any help or advice as it will be willingly available. The pre ride talk about what to expect on track will be held at the pub also prior to dinner.

The P & C will be on canteen duties at the showground and will be open all weekend with some wonderful food and snacks available.

Pre ride vetting will be on Saturday between 12:30pm and 5pm for all 3 distances. Those entering the 20km social ride can choose to enter on the Sunday morning, vetting between 8am and 9:30am, pre ride talk 9:45am.

Woodstock endurance ride also run by LERC is set to go ahead on the 14th Sept 2014, this year Woodstock will be host to the Snowy Zone Championship event as well as usual distances, so lock the date on the calender now.

Please nominate through the NSWERA website, follow links to pre nom area or email Helen Lindsay at kintamaniarabs@bigpond.com.

Call Di on 0413806933 or Marjorie on 0499549877 if you would like to know any more about this wonderful ride.

Thanks goes out to our sponsors below ~ the ones that help make this all possible!

Mount Macquarie Electrical, Tidswell Brothers Farming, Bullio Arabians, Specialized Saddles Australia, Kintamani Arabians, Frenches Store Cowra, Spot-on Cowra, AnimalFocus, Cinches Down Under, Cowra Bus, Eagle Boys Cowra, Irrifab, Computers Inc, Carline Mufflers, Lachlan Engineering Services, Julie Dixon - Sun-Tec Hats, Gotcha Equine, Wilde Horsmanship, Open Nutrition - very generous $600 worth of products; Paula Boer - Brumbies in the snow book; Zilco; Goodwoods Saddlery; Kohnkes Own; International Animal Health Products; Mullion Produce - Orange; Farrier Shop; Horse FX; Hamag - Handmade Leather Products; Furney's Produce Dubbo.

If by chance you are a business that would like to sponsor one of our events in the future, please contact via one of the options above with thanks.

A huge thanks in advance also goes to The Neville RFS and Canobolas RFS for their dedication toward our communications for the up and coming event.

Our volunteers are greatly appreciated.

See you all there, Tina Walker ~ Publicity LERC.