The Lachlan Endurance Riders Club had a wonderful weekend running their inaugural ride at Bumbaldry. A huge thank you to local landholders Sue & Ken; Karen, Lee & Dave; Greg & Nerodah; Matt, Cheryl & Paul; Gay & Allan; Craig & Cathy; Mick; Steve.
And the support of the community by way of fantastic sponsorship as follows: 1503 2BS Gold, Archer Saddle Cloths, Back Creek Metal Signs, Besedic Motor Cycles, Carline Mufflers, Computers Inc, Cowra Freight, Cowra Meat Processors, Eagle Boys Pizza Cowra, Edinburgh Horse Rugs, Geronimo Farm Equipment, Gutzbusta Hay Nets, Horse Deals, International Animal Health Products, Irrifab Cowra, Jimbarb Arabians, Kintamani Arabians, Lachlan Engineering Services, Lachlan Fertilisers Rural, Moss Rock Endurance Inc, Pro-Touch, Pryde's EasiFeed, Specialized Saddles Australia, Spot-On Cowra.
The ride attracted 68 entries in its main 80kms event together with 28 in its 40kms Training ride and 21 riders in the 20km Social ride, a total of 117 horses and riders to experience the wilds of Bumbaldry.
In the main event, young Ben Hudson from Mudgee, now working for Oso Arabians in Albury held out another youngster in Talea Hasko-Stewart from Canberra in an exciting gallop finish, both horses vetting through well with a competition time of exactly 5 hours, a time predicted by course director Tina Walker.
Ben was riding an Arabian mare Oso Edith and Talea a part Arabian gelding Blakes Heaven Summer Reign.
Third in the Middleweight was O'Connell rider Brett Willis riding his Arabian gelding Carlwood Park Austen, 4th to another Oso rider Amanda Kettlewell on Arabian mare Oso Lee and then our first local in the Middleweight section, Kevin Guihot from Canowindra riding his Arabian mare Windradyne Ferrero in a time of 6.04.
Kevin rode with our other local Donna Tidswell from Canowindra who took out the Heavyweight division riding her homebred gelding Oakleigh Park Bailey also in a time of 6.04, taking out Best Conditioned Heavyweight horse.
Other locals successful in the ride were Mary Symons on Back Creek Karen and Rachel Benad on Windradyne Ella.
The Junior division was won by Stacey Clarke also riding for Oso Arabians in a time of 7.24, being her 2nd only endurance ride, so still in novice status. Cybele Coddington was 2nd and Tayla Warren Third of the 7 of 9 juniors that completed.
The Lightweight was won by Canberra's Fia Hasko-Stewart in 5.03 followed by 2nd placed Oso rider Lauren Howson and Bridie Lewis from The Rock.
Middleweights had a completion of 20 of the 24 starters successful, Heavyweights 12 of their 21 starters and Lightweights with 11 of their 14 starters. In all a total completion rate of 73.5%, very good considering the wet and cold conditions on the weekend.
With a load of positive feedback from riders regarding this new course, it seems the Lachlan Endurance Riders will be making the Bumbaldry ride a permanent fixture to their calendar along with their ever popular Woodstock ride, this year celebrating its 21st anniversary on September 14 and 15.
Anyone interested in taking part in the 40km Training ride or 20km Social ride on the Sunday can get further details from Linda on 6342 9238.