Vets check horses returning from the trail in a previous endurance event in the Mary Valley. This year’s event has been postponed due to extreme weather events.
Vets check horses returning from the trail in a previous endurance event in the Mary Valley. This year’s event has been postponed due to extreme weather events. Craig Warhurst

Valley endurance event falls victim to weather

TWO months of extreme weather have forced organisers to postpone the 2013 Far A Way Easter Endurance Carnival in the Mary Valley.

The event committee made the announcement yesterday saying a new date would be advised for a rescheduled event.

"Unprecedented weather events this year and most recent rain events have significantly reduced the availability and compromised the safety of tracks throughout Imbil State Forest," a committee statement read.

"There is no guarantee that the forestry will be in a position to carry out significant repairs in time for competition.

"Additionally, the condition of the camping area is currently not suitable for the expected traffic of campers and their vehicles with no guarantee that the situation will improve in time for the events.

"The committee remains focused on seeking an alternative date prior to the Quilty which will allow a range of events to satisfy those riders looking to qualify for the Quilty."

Riders competing in the Easter Endurance Carnival can participate in a number of events, including a 160km Tom Quilty Queensland qualifier. The Tom Quilty Cup is due to be held in Kilkivan later this year.

Gympie Times


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