Bonding on the back of a horse
ENDURANCE RIDE: Saturday’s endurance ride was a family affair for Karen Mendoza, not only for herself but for her horses.
The Gayndah rider said it had been a goal of hers to ride together with her girls, Claire and Amy Thompson in an endurance event.
“Riding the daughter (Melody) of Claire’s horse, Music made it a real family affair,” she said.
“Both horses are relatively new to the sport, being Music’s first and Melody’s second.
“We were very fortunate to have Amy riding the very experienced Morocco.”
Mrs Mendoza said the young horses were “excited” to be out amongst so many other horses.
“It was great to have the calmness of Morocco to set the example, and look after young jockey Amy as well,” she said.
Claire said she was glad she got to ride.
“I’m keen to do it again next year,” she said.
Amy said it was an interesting ride, especially watching the young horses being so challenging for her mum and Claire.
“I learned a lot from Morocco and our bond grows stronger,” she said.
Numbers for Saturday’s annual endurance ride were boosted by a contingent from the Tenterfield area.
Secretary Sue Sutcliffe said their event had been scheduled to be held on the same day but was cancelled due to recent bushfires burning the track.
“The last rider was in at 10.45pm, well before the course closed at midnight,” she said.
Craig Renner of Queensland Endurance Riders and chief steward on the day at the pre-race talk said the support had been awesome
He told riders to look after their horses.
“It’s already hot, so take it slower on the first leg and make it up in the cool,” he said.
Mrs Sutcliffe said riders heeded his words as there was only a low percentage of horses vetted out.
“A big thank you to property owners for your continued support in allowing us to ride through your properties,” she said.
The winner of the Ken Smith Memorial trophy, judged by the vet team, was Zachary Sample.
“He showed good horsemanship, was polite and looked after his horse,” Mrs Sutcliffe said.
Results: Junior: Taylor Innes on Joslian Shaka Zulu, 4h30m; Lightweight: Neroil Lewis, Lailarni Jewel, 4hr30m; Middleweight; Matthew Sample, Cedar Ridge Lyric, 5hr50m; Heavyweight: Olaf Lochtenberg, Matta Mia Dayime, 4hr30m.
MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS: Karen Mendoza with daughters Daniella, Amy and Claire who took on the 20km ride at the Biggenden Endurance event on Saturday.