Georgie snares surprise win
Young rider wins big at Biggenden
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.