Maryvale ride tests endurance

THE village of Maryvale will host its first 80km endurance ride this weekend.

Warwick Endurance Club publicity officer Kev Thumpkin said since the 1970s, the club had held training rides from a base at the Crown Hotel, Maryvale.

“The location of Maryvale, at the western foothills of the Great Divide, makes for safe access to the bubbly creeks and grassy flats of the Maryvale and Freestone valleys, and then continues up through razorback ridges creating a testing but safe endurance course,” Thumpkin said.

“Provided horse welfare was monitored by qualified veterinarians, all comers were welcome to ride with low entry fees and awards given to placegetters.”

Times have changed and an endurance riding card is now needed to compete.

Thumpkin said Maryvale resident and experienced endurance rider Jenny Noffke had almost single-handedly secured the Maryvale Cricket Club grounds as a base for camping this weekend.

“The Maryvale school grounds are available, with the Maryvale P and C Association doing the catering,” Thumpkin said.

Best condition rugs will be awarded in all divisions along with great completion prizes and perpetual trophies.

The 80km ride will start at 4.30am tomorrow and a 40km ride from 5am.

The first horse-and-rider combinations should cross the finish line around 9am.



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