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Endurance riders saddle up for Charleville's 160km ride

Nicole Sallur and Jo Whittington make their way around the 160km endurance track. Photo Maree Edwards
Nicole Sallur and Jo Whittington make their way around the 160km endurance track. Photo Maree Edwards Contributed

LESS than a month ago, endurance horse rider Nicole Sallur didn't know if her horse would complete an 80km journey, but he surprised her on the weekend.

Nicole and her horse Ironheart entered the 160km ride with the Charleville Endurance Club and although they opted to retire at 120km, she said she was very happy with their performance.

"We'd been having a few issues with his back," Nicole said.

"We were both a bit tired by that stage... to do an extra 40km and pass the vet check at 120km was really good."

Nicole spent nearly 11 hours in the saddle, commencing the ride at 3pm on Saturday and finishing at 4am on Sunday.

Of the 15 riders which started the 160km ride, only five completed without being vetted out or retiring early.

It was the first major ride for the Charleville Endurance Club in 2015.

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