Why not give endurance riding a go with NSWERA?


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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.

 Interested in joining our association? View and complete the Membership Application. 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 the AERA Rule Book to ensure the safety and welfare of all participants, especially the horses.



Getting Started in Endurance Riding 


Advice on Starting Endurance from the Australian Endurance Riders' Association

Click HERE to read some interesting articles on Endurance Riding. 


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New Step Up Program:

Step-up to an 80k Ride!


This program is aimed at encouraging novice riders residing in NSW that have not previously entered an 80km endurance ride to step up and give one a go. It is hoped that this experience will give them the confidence to attempt further 80k rides. Novice riders are encouraged to contact their zone secretary to get the details of their zone mentors to offer guidance and support for this attempt.

Commencing Jan 1, 2020, it is open to any novice rider that has day or NSWERA Intermediate membership. You will need to nominate via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When you have successfully completed 160km in introductory or intermediate rides in NSW, you can apply for a voucher (to the value of $125) from NSWERA to reimburse your first 80km ride. This can be presented at any 80 - 120km ride in NSW (see back for details). The rider must have the appropriate (full) membership status. It is be used within 6 months of completion of 160km.

So start your journey now! Notify me to start tracking your rides.


View the StepUp flyer here





Information Forums and Notes:

Notes will be added after each session has concluded 



Topics Notes
13th January  Endurance: Starting out - helping/floating/membership/prenom’n/horse containment. Here
3rd Febuary  Getting ready - own gear, HDD, horse gear/packing, camping. Here
10th Febuary  Your first ride - Ride etiquette & strategies.   Here
 24th Febuary  Vetting (HHD, HR, trot out). Tack rules   Here
 9th March  Training/Feeding for 10-20k.  Here
 23th March  Preparing your horse for the vet - strapping.   Here
 6th April  Why your vet card is important - metabolics.   Here
 21th April  Tack on track   Here
 5th May  Stepping up … 40k and beyond!   Here
 18th May  Rider fitness.   Here



Faith Robinson and Espirit Serena at Shahzada 20171

Above: Faith Robinson and Espirit Serena  

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