Horsing around in Imbil
ENDURANCE horseriders in the Mary Valley will get their last chance to qualify for the famous Tom Quilty Gold Cup National Championship at the Easter carnival hosted in Imbil this year.
To qualify for the national championships held in Kilkivan competitors can participate in the new feature event, a 160km Tom Quilty Queensland Qualifier race, at the Easter carnival from March 28 to April 1.
Far-A-Way Riders president Geoff Fisher said: "With the annual rotation of the Tom Quilty around Australia, it will be six years before Queensland riders again have the chance to compete in their own state."
Endurance horseriders from across Australia will join international competitors at Imbil this Easter to compete in a huge endurance riding program.
The carnival is developed by event organiser the Far-A-Way Riders Association.
Events ranging from 20km to 320km make the Easter carnival an annual highlight for many Queensland endurance riders and others from across Australia.
It is anticipated more than 300 competitors and their horses will camp at the Imbil Showground over the holiday period along with their support crews and families.
First-timers are encouraged to "come and try" in the 20km introduction event, which Mr Fisher said provided a great opportunity for those who wished to give endurance riding a try as experienced pace riders provided support throughout the event. Other events include a 120km mini-marathon event, two 80km open events and two 40km training events.
From its humble beginnings at Kenilworth in 1987, the Far-A-Way Riders Association has become a powerful force in Australian endurance horseriding.
Twice it has organised and hosted the Tom Quilty Gold Cup event, and has also hosted International Federation for Equestrian Sports-affiliated championship events at Imbil.
For more information see Far-A-Way Riders Association at faraway.asn.au/en.