INTERNATIONAL rider Sarah Baudrit has won one of the toughest challenges on horseback in WA.
The French horsewoman rode stallion Tora Sardeeka to glory in the 80km endurance challenge last month at Mokine, near Northam.
Some 17 competitors participated in the distance race won by Baudrit in 4:50.00.
WA Endurance Riding Association (WAERA) co-ordinator Amanda Rayner said Baudrit was elated to win the first middleweight prize and take out the best-conditioned award.
The annual challenge attracted 69 riders across distances of 20km, 40km, 60km and 80km.
Some riders travelled to the event from as far south as Denmark and Paynes Find in the north of the State.
“Organisers were blessed with superb weather to show off the majestic views of the Avon Valley,” Ms Rayner said.
“The course was challenging with a continual change in terrain and negotiation of wet areas.”
More than 30 riders saddled up for the introductory 20km race.
“Many of these (riders) had never entered an endurance ride before and are now in their own words ‘totally hooked’,” Ms Rayner said.
“It was wonderful to see so many local people having a go at a new horse discipline.”
Vets checked the health of horses at regular intervals to ensure they were fit to continue in the competition.
Ms Rayner said the completion rate for all distances was 86 per cent.
She thanked landowners for opening their properties for the event and the many local businesses that provided prizes including Windward Ballooning and Sanctuary Australind Golf Resort.