Bond­ing on the back of a horse

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

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