State championships heading to Woodstock

Local Mark Lindsay riding Kintamani Silver Marksman. Kintamani Arabians are proud sponsors of the championships. Photo: Animal Focus
Local Mark Lindsay riding Kintamani Silver Marksman. Kintamani Arabians are proud sponsors of the championships. Photo: Animal Focus

One hundred miles ridden on a horse in one day is an amazing feat in itself and that is exactly what will be occurring during the October long weekend at Woodstock.

Riders and horses have 24 hours to complete the ‘100 Miles In One Day’ and the Lachlan Endurance Riders Club (LERC) are excited to welcome horses, riders, volunteers, spectators and many others.

There is much experience and depth in LERC’s amazing committee, as they are not strangers to running championship events.  They have run the state championships in 1995, 1997 and 2010, as well as having run the Tom Quilty National Championships back in 2003.  The club often takes on zone championship events also.

The championship ride commences at 1am (ESDT) Sunday, October 1 and the course closes 1am Monday, October 2. The course will be a mixture of gravel laneways, fat lamb country, paddocks, cropping country and good verges along bitumen in small sections.

It takes in beautiful views of the picturesque district. 

It will be five legs of different distances which total the 160 kilometres. The 80 kilometres Woodstock ride will commence at 6am. There will be no intermediate rides.

Ride base: Woodstock Showground, Robinson Street, Woodstock. Shower and toilet block is on site. Portable toilets will be available for the weekend of the ride. 

Communications: Back Creek and Waugoola Bush Fire Brigades will run the communications to various checkpoints.

Catering: The Woodstock P & C will be providing the catering from Friday night until Monday morning with a canteen available. Monday a breakfast will be catered with pre paid availability.

This year we have been honoured to receive amazing major sponsorship from Franco C Saddlery from South Africa as well as numerous studs, clubs and merchants.

  • Oso Arabians, IRT Australia, Prydes Easifeed, Snowy Mountains Zone, Kael Park Spanish Arabians, Kintamani Arabians, Bedwells Feed Barn, Lachlan River Produce, The Peters Family, Sue Crockett Photography, Kurrajong Arabians, Imparja Arabians, Skye Park Rugs, Pepper Tree Equine Clinic, Central West Equine Clinic, D-Lua Park, Australian Equine Exporting Services, Cowra Vet Centre, Goodwoods Saddlery,  Balanced Equine, Dixon Smith, Zilco, NRG, Mitavite, Rose Hip Vital Equine, Shahwan Park Arabians, JST photography, Energreen nutrition, Animal Focus, Garonne Park Endurance Arabians, Holmwood Wreckers, Beecher Wool, Cowra Tyrepower and J. J. Dresser and Co.

By Tina Walker