Happy New Year….bring on a Fun Filled 2014 Endurance Year !!
The 2014 membership forms up on the website now….so get it in early so you are ORGANISED for our first rides of the year. PLEASE remember to check and see if your horse needs Annual Registration if it is a qualified yellow book horse….also Note that there has been a horse registration price increase!
Can everyone who thinks they could eligible for a top 10 pointscore and distance award – check the ‘Results’ page on this site to make sure that your totals are correct as this is how the trophy/ribbons will be printed. If you feel there is a discrepancy please let me know ASAP.
Why not give endurance riding a go with NSWERA?
Endurance riding is a great opportunity to spend time with your horse in some of the nicest places to ride in Australia. If you like camping with friends and being outdoors, endurance could become your favourite equestrian activity. Endurance is a social sport where you can ride with your friends with lots of opportunities to make new friends. Endurance is a family sport, catering for all ages from young kids to grandparents.
Many different types of horses participate in endurance. Arabian horses are common but you will also see Standardbreds, Anglo Arabs, Quarabs, Thoroughbreds, Stock Horses, various pony breeds, Morgans, Appaloosas, Walers, Saddlebreds, Buckskins, Palominos and Paints.
Endurance riding in Australia began in 1966 when RM Williams, after hearing reports of the 100 mile Tevis Cup in the USA decided to challenge Australian riders to demonstrate if they had the skill and horsemanship of our early pioneers to “ride 100 miles in a day”. RM asked his mate Tom Quilty, a great horsesman and cattleman in the Kimberley of WA to support his venture and Tom donated $1000 to pay for the gold Tom Quilty cup and endurance was born in NSW.
Today, endurance rides are run by volunteers on most weekends throughout the year with a break in the summer. Riders can choose from 20 km social rides, training rides that are usually 40 km and endurance rides that can be from 80 km to 160 km in one day! Also on offer are marathon rides like the ultimate test; Shahzada 400 km over five days, held at St. Albans, near Sydney.
Would you like to learn more about endurance riding?
We have a collection of articles and stories to share. See ‘Articles’ in the menu above.
If you would like to see what is involved, read our Starting Out guide.
Interested in joining our association? Download theNSWERA membership renewal 2013.You do not need to become a member to ride – day membership is available for people new to the sport who would like to give it a go.
One feature of endurance is that you are not required to wear a uniform (an approved helmet is compulsory) but we do have a Rule Book to ensure the safety and welfare of all participants, especially the horses.