Ge­orgie snares sur­prise win

Young rider wins big at Biggen­den

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­

EN­DURANCE RIDE: Com­peti­tors tak­ing part in the en­durance ride at Biggen­den on Satur­day were greeted with lol­lies at check­points.

Ride sec­re­tary Sue Sut­cliffe said it was a sim­ple ges­ture to help keep the rid­ers’ spir­its up.

“Plus it keeps up their sugar lev­els,” she said.

“Hay was also pro­vided along the way as it’s been so dry.

“When a horse eats along the course it as­sists with me­tab­o­lism, gives bet­ter gut sounds plus per­forms bet­ter.”

In a change with tra­di­tion, the 20km, 40km and 80km rides started Satur­day af­ter­noon in­stead of the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing.

The last horse and rider came in just be­fore the course closed at mid­night.

Mrs Sut­cliffe said the change al­lowed rid­ers time to drive home on the Sun­day.

At the pre­sen­ta­tions she con­grat­u­lated all rid­ers on tak­ing care of their mounts and Vet Cross team mem­ber Tom Ul­coq said ev­ery­one had man­aged their horses well.

“Best news was we didn’t have any horses in hos­pi­tal,” he said.

“Plus not too many vet­ted out.”

The Ken Smith Memo­rial Tro­phy for best con­di­tioned horse, judged by the vet team, was pre­sented to Ge­orgie Bar­ber who was sur­prised by the win.

Ge­orgie’s mother Vir­ginia also was among the win­ners, tak­ing out her divi­sion.

For the Bar­bers of Day­boro, en­durance rid­ing is a fam­ily af­fair.

While Vir­ginia and Ge­orgie rode in Satur­day’s event, the rest of the fam­ily were on hand to as­sist as strap­pers.

Im­bil rider Olaf Locht­en­berg also en­joyed suc­cess, claim­ing his divi­sion for the fourth time on stal­lion Matta Mia Day­imi.

Mrs Sut­cliffe said 83 com­peti­tors had lined up for the event and while there was some rain, she said over­all the ride was bril­liant.

“The showers were beau­ti­ful,” she said.

“It cooled both rid­ers and horses down.”

Mrs Sut­cliffe thanked land own­ers for the use of their prop­er­ties for the ride.

WIN­NING SMILES: Sarah Hud­dle­ston, Olaf Locht­en­berg, Vir­ginia Bar­ber and daugh­ter Ge­orgie claim the prizes at the Biggen­den en­durance ride.

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