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TAS Country : June 7th 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012 Tasmanian Country 19 News Nominate online today at prideofaustralia.com.au Celebrate someone who inspires you Coen Ashton 2011 Pride of Australia Child of Courage and People s Choice national medallist for his e orts in raising awareness about organ donation Sometimes the most sel ess people live and work right beside us. Join us in recognising someone in your community by nominating them for a Pride of Australia medal. Horse, riders in marathon test KAROLIN MacGREGOR 160km in 24 hours RIDERS and horses from across the country will saddle up for one of Australia's most challenging equine events when the Tom Quilty Gold Cup endurance ride get under way on Tasmania's East Coast tonight. About 130 riders will set off at the traditional midnight start to begin the gruelling 160km course. The Quilty is being held at St Helens this year, the first time the event has been held in Tasmania since 2005. Quilty publicity officer Jodi Smith said they were hoping for good weather over the weekend which would make things easier for horses, riders and everyone else who was needed to help the event run smoothly. ''It's been raining up there a bit but the course is very good underfoot so it should hold up well,'' Ms Smith said. With the midnight start, riders will be wearing head torches and will have to find their way through farmland and forestry tracks in the dark until sunrise tomorrow. The course is divided into five legs. All the horses must pass strict veterinary checks before starting the ride and after each leg of the compe- tition before they can continue. Once they have finished, the horses must also pass a final vet check to successfully complete the course and receive their prized Quilty buckle. The trophy buckle is a keepsake for the riders. Ms Smith said riders of all ages would be competing in the ride, from as young as 11 to people in their 60s. ''You get all different types of people taking part,'' she said. ''There will the frontrunners who are out there trying to win, through to the ones that just want to get around successfully.'' Riders have a maximum of 24 hours to complete the course. Between each leg, the horses are cared for by strappers who make sure they are ready for the vet checks, eating and well hydrated. Ms Smith said getting through an event like the Quilty was a team effort. ''The horses really have to be really well looked after. That's the main priority,'' she said. ''Some of the riders will get off and lead the horses downhill to give them a break and some get off and run beside them.'' Preparing a horse for a major endurance event such as the Quilty can take 12 months. To be eligible to compete in a 160km event, all the horses must have success- fully completed three 80km events first. About 90 volunteers also will be in St Helens over the weekend to help run the event, which has attracted riders from Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, as well as Tasmanian riders. Ms Smith said Arabian horses were the preferred breed for endurance events due to their natural stamina but there were a number of breeds that would be competing in the ride. Competitors are divided into compe- tition classes which are junior, light weight, middle weight and heavy weight. Ms Smith said the first riders were expected to cross the finish line about lunchtime tomorrow. ''It really depends on the weather but we'd be expecting them to finish about lunchtime,'' she said. ''We could be in for an exciting finish as well, so it's all set up for a galloping finish if needed.'' On Sunday, a number of awards will be presented for the best conditioned horses, which are assessed on how well they recover from the ride. The ride base is at the St Helens sports grounds and entry is free for spectators. Great cars, Great prices. Hobart Great Wall 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 www.hobartgreatwall.com.au Neil Buckby Motors www.neilbuckbymotors.com.au $24,990. Drive away. Metallic paint $350 extra. $22,990. Drive away. $28,990. Drive away. Metallic paint $350 extra. $17,990. Drive away. X200 AWD Turbo Diesel V240 4X2 Petrol SINGLE CAB V200 4X4 Turbo Diesel SINGLE CAB V200 4X2 Turbo Diesel DUAL CAB i AU TOMATIC Automatic Turbo Diesel now available LMCT 3379 Burnie Great Wall 171 Bass Hwy, Cooee Phone: 6431 6868
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