26 2 / 2012
12 3 / 2012
What a weekend!
Nicky and I headed to Mount Gambier in S.A for the Mil Lel dual affiliated 80km ride. I was riding Nicky’s horse Doug and she was on her novice horse Clarendon Sabi. We set off at 7am Saturday morning for the big road trip! It was an interesting journey, we half followed the gps and half followed where Nicky thought we should be going which didn’t work in our favor! We defiantly felt like we took the scenic route, especially because we had to stop for gas all the time, and at times go out of our way to find a petrol station! It was a much better option than us 2 girls running out half way there with the effy, goosey and two horses on the back! The time flew as we chatted about our ponies the whole way up!
We got to the ride base and set up under some nice big trees, vetted through the horses and had a wine!
The ride started at 5 am which was good as the sun was due to be in and out all day. The morning was really fresh but the afternoon got quite warm!
The track was really beautiful, we rode through some gorgeous pine forests and the conditions were perfect for a novice horse! Nice and flat, easy to follow and plenty of water. They also had some lucerene hay out for the horses to pick on.
When the sun was rising it was absolutely stunning in the forest! It’s defiantly one of my favorite parts of endurance riding! Watching the sun come up while on the back of a horse out with nature is a magical feeling and I wouldn’t of wanted to be anywhere else in the world at that time! The forest was so quiet and all we could hear were the morning birds singing! It only got a little bit scary when we passed about 10 trees about 15 meters apart with dolls and Teddy’s in them…..weird!!! We had a fast trot past that bit!
Doug hadn’t gone to a ride since the State champs last year and it was Sabi’s second 80 so the plan was to go slow and just get the ponies through!
The first 40ks ran smoothly and I think we did it in around 3hr 20mins.
The second 40 was a ride out to a check point about 2kms down the road, then do a 20k loop twice. Once the horses finished the first 20k loop it was hard because it was unmotivating for them to head away from home again, hard for us to!
The boys lifted in spirit and we did the second 40ks in around 3hr 50mins.
I was lucky to be on Doug who has an amazing heart. I think after the first 40 he was 38 and then after the 80 he was 40. He trotted out beautifully and we were through! Nicky and Sabi also got through with no dramas so we were thrilled! The long drive was well worth it!
As we were pouring a celebratory champagne and about to poultice the horses legs Sandy came up to us and told us to get ready for Best Conditioned. We had come =3rd!!
I was last to trot out Doug for BC. The vet was standing behind him and gave me the instruction to go ahead and trot in a straight line up and back. As I was about to move the vet flipped some pages over on his clip board which frightened Doug so we started the trot with a turbo fart right in the vets face!!! We all couldn’t stop laughing while I trotted him! It was so funny! At least it was him and not me! Haha
All in all it was a great ride and nice trip away. We are kind of mad for driving all the way to south australia for one night and an 80km ride, it felt a bit like the Quilty….but all within 48hrs! But the end result and all the laughs along the way made it worth it!
The drive home was difficult. It took us about 9.5 hours, we didn’t get in to Nicky’s house until 3.30am. We soon discovered the reason we couldn’t see the road was because we only had one headlight and the reason why the truck sucked up so much gas is because we had 1 flat tire! Whoops! In saying that Nicky is one amazing girl driving that big truck and goosey all that way within that short space of time. She even woke up early this morning and rode 2 horses before working 1-9 tonight! She is the most dedicated horse woman I have ever met! Its a credit to her training, that every horse of hers that I have ridden are super fit and feel great! They are all very happy and spoilt horses!
Now it’s time to get ready for Kilmore in 2 weeks time!! Looking forward to it, Emma Holland is sure to put on another impressive ride!
19 5 / 2012
Had a great ride through the forest today, the weather was wet and cold and we got absolutely soaked but still had fun!!
31 5 / 2012
I have received some bad news regarding the horse I was riding for next weeks Tasmanian Quilty. The owner of Rowallan Nara has informed me that she has most probably been sold to the UAE so therefore will not be on the boat over to Tasmania tomorrow. I am shattered by this news as all year I have been preparing for the Quilty and was looking forward to getting my second shiny buckle. Nara is a lovely mare that has tried hard for me this season and im happy at our last ride together we got 1st place and Best Conditioned. She will be sadly missed and I really hope she can perform in the desert like she did for me this season.
Daniel and I are still flying up on Wednesday and I am in the process of trying to find another horse to ride, although its not looking good I will still be there watching, learning and observing from some of the best riders and vets in Australia.
04 6 / 2012
Just picked up some awesome gear from my sponsor Dublin. Lots of beautiful warm jackets and fleeces for the Quilty in freezing St Helen’s, Tasmania. Got a sexy new helmet and some cool brown boots too! Pic’s to come from Tazzie! Thanks Dublin!!
14 6 / 2012
Here is a video of the start of the Quilty which my boyfriend took as I was warming up Zharion on the oval. They played ‘Eye of the Tiger’ as we were walking to the arena which Zharion was loving head banging his long forelock to, they played the Australian national anthem and the Tom Quilty song while we were out there warming up. It was a great experience.
14 2 / 2013
This year on Friday 7th - Sunday 9th June I will be competing in the Kilkivan Quilty, which is in Queensland, Australia.
It is set to be a massive event with huge amounts of entries for the race. The Queenslanders really know how to put on a great endurance ride, so I am expecting something pretty amazing!
Here is a link to the website: http://www.kilkivanquilty.com/