SADDLING UP: Competitors will be back on Saturday to participate in the annual Biggenden Endurance Ride.
SADDLING UP: Competitors will be back on Saturday to participate in the annual Biggenden Endurance Ride. Erica Murree

Riders out for relaxing ride

Endurance Ride: Although presently dry, the countryside always offers a picturesque ride for those competing in the annual Biggenden Endurance Ride.

Ride organiser Sue Sutcliffe is looking forward to the company of an anticipated 60 riders for the relaxed ride.

"Riders will traverse the same track as last year,” she said.

"It's a good track offering variety and good terrain with the usual number of volunteers to open the gates for all.

"We have estimated there will be a friendly person to say 'hi' every 5km.

"Work that out over a course and that is a lot of 'hellos'.”

Mrs Sutcliffe said there would be water points at least every 10km.

"As it's dry there will be hay out at checkpoints,” she said.

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

She said because of the dry conditions there was definitely no smoking on track.

"At the campsite, campfires must also be contained.”

The secretary's office will be open tomorrow (Friday) between 4-5pm for early nominations.

On Saturday it will open at 9am for all nominations while the vet ring opens at 11am before the pre-ride talk at 1.30pm.

The 80km riders will take to the track at 2.30pm on Saturday, the 40km at 3pm and the 20km ride at 3.30pm. The last horse and rider must be in before the course closes at midnight.

Mrs Sutcliffe has asked motorists to be aware public roads will be used.

"These include the Reserve Rd to the airstrip, Rifle Range Rd and Mt Walsh Rd and Highstone Rd,” she said.

"Riders will then cross the Maryborough-Biggenden Rd at Lower Lakeside Rd and then head to Triggers Bridge to access the National Trail before turning around and heading back to the showgrounds.”

The Biggenden Tennis Club will be catering Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast.


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