THE closing date to nominate for Australia's international endurance horse ride, the Tom Quilty Gold Cup, has been extended to May 15.
The 48th Tom Quilty Gold Cup will be held at Kilkivan from June 7-9, hosted by the Kilkivan Endurance Riders Club (KERC).
To qualify for the "Quilty", riders must successfully complete a 160km ride prior to the event.
Several lead-up endurance rides were cancelled due to unprecedented weather events including repeated heavy rains and flooding in south-east Queensland since January.
The most recent cancellation was the Far-A-Way endurance carnival, due to have been held at Imbil over Easter.
KERC president, Vern Berry said nominations to date for the Quilty were down on expectations because many key qualifying rides had been washed out.
He said extending the nomination closing date gave riders the opportunity to ride in endurance events at Charleville and Tenterfield, and to take part in the New South Wales state championships at Manilla, NSW, from May 10-12.
"Nominations from New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia are particularly strong this year and international riders are coming from the US, New Zealand and Japan," Vern said.
The Tom Quilty Gold Cup is Australia's iconic endurance horse ride and is an amazing test of true horsemanship.
The five legs of the 160km course at Kilkivan must be completed within 24 hours.