WA Endurance Riding Association season kicking off, welcomes riders of all abilities


Sally Anne Mills riding Wongamine in the 40km event last year.
Sally Anne Mills riding Wongamine in the 40km event last year.

RIDERS of varying abilities are encouraged to learn more about an upcoming endurance event in the Avon Valley.

The WA Endurance Riding Association kicks off the season with a challenge on July 30 in Mokine, near Northam.

Co-ordinator Amanda Rayner said organisers were anticipating a big turnout due to the growing popularity of the event in the past two years.

“Local farmers have graciously opened up their properties for the running of this event,” she said.

“This will allow minimal travelling on gravel roads.”

She said the Kep Track and Spencers Brook heritage trail would also be used in the event.

The ride will comprise distances of 80km, 60km, 40km and 20km to cater for qualified endurance riders through to social, trail and pony club riders.

Ms Rayner said everyone was welcome to attend.

“Endurance riders are a family-friendly group who enjoy camping and spending long hours with their horses seeing some lovely areas of the state,” she said.

Rides extend from Paynes Find to Manjimup, with distances to suit novice and experienced riders.

Ms Rayners said the sport was open to people of all ages.

Earlier this year the association held an introductory clinic about endurance riding followed by a 10km social ride.

Endurance rides are organised fortnightly and the season will end mid-November with an event in Margaret River.

Call Ms Rayner on 9622 9533 or visit www.waera.asn.au.