Gympie horses shine at Tom Quilty
YOUNG Gympie endurance riders have come with the goods after competing in the Tom Quilty Cup in South Australia.
The Tom Quilty Gold Cup is the National Endurance Championship and Graham Ellison said Gympie horses shone at the event.
He said the massive 160km race attracted competition from all over Australia and many international riders.
It was held at Mt Pleasant in the Barossa Valley on Saturday, October 1 in terrible conditions.
"The conditions were anything but pleasant with cold rain and strong winds," Ellison said.
He said young Gympie riders cleaned up the junior division taking out first and second spots.
Jamie Green from Calico Creek finished first and Tasha Ellison second.
"Both train in the Amamoor State Forest and Tasha is based in Amamoor," Ellison said. "She rides with her grandfather at Mary Valley Adventure Trails and is studying to be a riding instructor."
Also representing the district was Matthew Samples and Akhmed Pshunov who rode a credible equal third in the open middleweight division. Gayle Holmes, from Widgee came fifth.
Ellison said Gympie endurance horses are among the best in the world. "We have the best area to train for endurance racing."
"The Imbil Faraway club sponsors at least three rides every year," he said.