Rider out at third leg

Coal­stoun Lakes woman con­grat­u­lates friend for first buckle

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

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.

PHOTO: DENISE KEE­LAN

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.

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