Rider out at third leg
Coalstoun Lakes woman congratulates friend for first buckle
AFTER riding 110km, there was no Tom Quilty buckle for Sue Sutcliffe this year after vetting out at the end of the third leg at Kilkivan on Saturday.
Putting her disappointment behind her, the Coalstoun Lakes rider was excited for her friend and fellow Biggenden Endurance rider Ruth Dixon of Proston.
Ruth bagged a buckle in her very first Tom Quilty event.
Sutcliffe said Dixon was “ecstatic” about her achievement.
Only 53% of the 260 riders completed the course.
“The race started at midnight Friday and I vetted out with a lame horse 12 hours later,” Sutcliffe said.
“It was a tough ride being a national championship endurance ride.
“There was a lot of hard going with terrain undulating to very hilly at times.”
Sutcliffe said the team of about 20 vets did a good job.
“It is brilliant they are there checking our horses to keep us riding,” Sutcliffe said.
“They check for muscle soreness, stone bruising and gut sounds.”
Next year’s event will be held inWestern Australia but, at this stage, Sutcliffe is aiming for the New South Wales event in 2015.
In the meantime there will be a 20km and 40km ride at Biggenden in early July as a follow up to the September event in the area.
GOOD EFFORT: Coalstoun Lakes' Sue Sutcliffe (centre) on Ra-Anji Firefly with fellowQueensland riders Gregg Fields on Dunwingeri Shahman and Karen Fields on Cameo Inniskerry.