FAMILY EVENT: Husband and wife competitors Karen and Dan Winkel from Mount Mee. Karen is with 12-year-old Xanadu Barabbous and will be competing in the 320km marathon. Dan is on 13-year-old gelding Shardell Azeem and will be competing in the 80km ride.
FAMILY EVENT: Husband and wife competitors Karen and Dan Winkel from Mount Mee. Karen is with 12-year-old Xanadu Barabbous and will be competing in the 320km marathon. Dan is on 13-year-old gelding Shardell Azeem and will be competing in the 80km ride.

Imbil hosts endurance ride for best in country

ENDURO: Endurance horse riders from across Australia have united at Imbil to participate in the annual Far-A-Way Easter Endurance Carnival this Easter.

Events ranging from 20km to 320km rides make the Easter Endurance Carnival an annual highlight for riders from across Australia.

Almost 400 competitors and their horses are camped at the Imbil Showgrounds, along with their support crews and families.

With the signature carnival event, the 320km marathon, spanning four days, an experienced team of equine veterinarians led by Luke Annetts will be working throughout the carnival to assess and ensure horses' fitness to continue in the competition.

FROM LEFT: Jackie Swan from Widgee with her mount, 10-year-old mare, Shantele. Jackie will do a 320km marathon over the four days. With her is Wes Russell from Horse and Rider Therapy at Marcus Beach, and Kellie Hart from Widgee.
FROM LEFT: Jackie Swan from Widgee with her mount, 10-year-old mare, Shantele. Jackie will do a 320km marathon over the four days. With her is Wes Russell from Horse and Rider Therapy at Marcus Beach, and Kellie Hart from Widgee.

First time competitors are encouraged to try out in the 20km introduction event.

President Ken Moir said the carnival was a great opportunity for those who wanted to try out endurance.

"Experienced pace riders provide support throughout the event, helping beginners get a sense of how to pace their horse so they can move on to longer rides with confidence that they can manage their horse," he said.

"This year we will be running a 5km ride on the Sunday afternoon, which aims to give younger children the opportunity to develop their horsemanship skills towards endurance.

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