Ma­son tack­les Quilty

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ney, where she com­pleted the Tom Quilty En­durance Ride.

The event, which just cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary, has been on Ma­son’s bucket list for more than 10 years now.

The chal­lenge, that 341 other riders took up, was to travel 100 miles in less than 24 hours.

‘‘It’s 100 miles in one day, one horse, one rider and we start at mid­night,’’ Ma­son said.

The mid­dle weight rider said she crossed the Del Rio River­side Re­sort fin­ish line af­ter 13 hours, tak­ing 36th place in the process.

‘‘It’s a hard ride, it’s a tough ride. I tried to do it 10 years ago but my horse went out lame.’’

She said a ma­jor shoul­der in­jury three years ago put her out of ac­tion,but af­ter re­con­struc­tion in April last year she dived back in to train­ing.

Ma­son spends two to three hours a day, six days a week keep­ing her­self in form.

The 80km Na­tion En­durance Ride North Is­land cham­pion said she is just glad she made it over the fin­ish line.

‘‘ The third and fourth loops were very tough. We had to go up through the goat tracks and in the rocks.

‘‘I got to one check­point and asked the lady, ‘where do I go from here?’ She pointed and I tell you it was steep as. I got up and walked and I prob­a­bly walked for 5km.’’

She said it was a pleas­ing re­sult con­sid­er­ing she had a rough start on the novice horse she had bor­rowed.

‘‘She was a naughty horse. It was a mass start . . . she just lost the plot and reared up and dumped me twice.’’

But the pure­bred Arab pulled through for Ma­son.

She said a huge thanks to Donna Pet­t­ley, who al­ways made sure her for­est tracks were laid out for train­ing.

Ma­son is now eye­ing the Shahzada Me­mo­rial En­durance Test, a 400- kilo­me­tre cross- coun­try route.

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