2017 Lormar endurance ride a galloping success
MIDDELBURG — The LORMAR FEI 3* ERASA endurance ride took place October 19 to 21 at Fairview farm in the Middelburg district.
A total of 153 riders entered the 40km, 80km, 120km and 160km rides.
These rides were definitely not easy and the ability of horse and rider were extremely tested. The weather conditions were ideal for the three days with clear skies to enjoy the scenery and game on their route through the mountains. The light breeze was welcomed and used by the experienced riders to assist with the physical conditions of the horses.
The competitors even had a wide view of Compassberg, the highest peak in the Eastern Cape on their route through the veld, rocks and mountain.
The Lormar Team, all competitors, vets and officials enjoyed the exciting and competitive 3 day event in Middelburg district. One of their main aims was to bring the percentage of horse fail-to-complete down. According to the Foreign Vet, Dr Monica Mira, who came all the way from Portugal, they had a huge success rate of only 14 percent of the horses which did not complete the ride, which compares to the lowest in the world.
The treatment vet, Dr Marc Walton from Hermanus, shared this statistic with all present at Saturday evening’s price giving and complemented the owners and riders on their achievement to prepare the horses properly for such a challenging event and the fact that 86% of the horses completed the race.
The international riders from Slovakia, Australia and Portugal who participated agreed that next time more European should come and experience this Lormar Endurance event in the Karoo to see what a real test of endurance is for both horse and rider. October 2018 three star will be a challenge to horse and rider more or less the same as this event now in 2017. The competitors loved the venue and the even interesting and beautiful Karoo track. Some of the routes were really challenging, but an ideal experience to the youngsters to learn to understand the ability of their horse and to improve their own horsemanship.
Vets came from as far as Hermanus and Modimole and the Foreign Veterinary, Dr Monica Mira, even came from Portugal! Robert Lord was the Chief Steward and ERASA Ride Master at the event. FEI officials from all over South Africa were present and Susan de Meyer and Shanie Bosch-fourie even came from Namibia.
Mabet Cilliers from Saruk Stud was the overall winner of the 160km ultimate endurance ride with her horse Waterlea Juniper. She also completed the ride in the fastest time and received the prize for the best conditioned horse. Megan Botha won the light-weight 160km endurance ride while Lutri van der Merwe had the quickest slip-time of 11 minutes 27 seconds. Junior winner of the 80km and 120km ride was Lara le Roux, who also achieved the fastest time for this category.
The Olford Arabians trophy for the first fullbred Arabian horse that crossed the finish line, was presented to Louiza Hanekom with Perdeberg Arizona. The Eastern Cape champion on 120km was a junior Nicara Diedericks and on the 160km was Leeann Wels.
Team Winners on the 120km was Garden Route Endurance Team and Saruk Team from Oudtshoorn won the 160km. A special prize, Spirit of Endurance, was presented to Jackie Joubert and Carlette van Eeden for assisting Nicara Diedericks when she fainted during the grooming session of her horse, by presenting her horse in her absence for the veterinarian inspection.
Piet and Annette van der Merwe and the Lormar Team would like to thank all the competitors, vets and officials who attended this occasion.
A special word of thanks to the sponsors of this prestige event: SA Silobags, Western Shoppe, Vermate, Jody Loubser (horse physiotherapist) and White lens photographic services. Western Shoppe (www.westernshoppe.com), traders in fine saddlery and equestrian products made a huge contribution by sponsoring a lot of valuable and useful equestrian supplies for this event!
Lormar Endurance is already looking forward to their next endurance event weekend, a three star ride in March 2018 at Fairview when the route will have flatter legs and more open country for horse and rider to prepare for the rest of the season.
Mabet Cilliers (with Waterlea Juniper) completed the ride in the fastest time and also received the prize for the best conditioned horse!