More than 175 horse riders in Clifton endurance event

MORE than 175 horse riders, including international riders, will be at Clifton Recreational Grounds from midnight for the Queensland Endurance Riders Association State Championships.

This will be the first time the event has been held at Clifton, as it is held at a different venue each year.

There will be four different rides: the 160km main event, which begins at midnight, a 123km ride starting at 2am, a 100km ride beginning at 4am, and a training ride at 6am, which will be 40km.

The event will also feature a number of local riders, including Clifton State High School principal Joy Craig, as well as some students.

"It's a big event for the state," Craig said.

"I'm looking forward to riding in my home town, but it's also a bit nerve-racking because it's my home track.

"I don't think it really changes much either way.

"I would just like a safe and successful completion for myself and all of the students."

Although riders have 24 hours to complete the event, the 160km ride is expected to be completed in a time of just under nine hours.

Entry to the meeting is free, with a grandstand for spectators.

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