Look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge

Sue Sut­cliffe sad­dles up for long ride in pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

COAL­STOUN Lakes’ Sue Sut­cliffe is look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of the Tom Quilty En­durance Ride this week­end in Kilki­van.

The National Cham­pi­onship En­durance Ride is a pres­ti­gious ride at­tract­ing rid­ers from Aus­tralia and over­seas.

Mrs Sut­cliffe said com­peti­tors came to ride in the 160km en­durance ride, to en­dure the ele­ments, en­joy the ter­rain and com­pete for the cov­eted sil­ver buckle of Tom Quilty.

The Tom Quilty En­durance Ride was last held in Queens­land in 2008 at Nanango.

Sut­cliffe is rid­ing Ra-Anji Fire­Fly, an Ara­bian Mare, born and bred in the Toowoomba dis­trict.

She com­peted suc­cess­fully in three Tom Quiltys and looks for­ward to the chal­lenge of rid­ing 160kms in one day.

“The ride will be­gin at midnight to­mor­row and all rid­ers will have 24 hours to com­plete the ride.

“My chil­dren Ti­mothy and Gemma, who both en­joy en­durance rid­ing, will be there to sup­port me and be on hand when I come in off each rid­den sec­tion.

“I will face a vet panel six times dur­ing the ride to deem that the horse is al­ways fit to con­tinue,” she said.

En­durance rid­ing is grow­ing in the Biggenden dis­trict and this year will have the third en­durance ride in Septem­ber.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

KILKI­VAN BOUND: Coal­stoun Lakes’ Sue Sut­cliffe will com­pete in the TomQuilty Ride at Kilki­van this Satur­day.

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