Stirling’s Crossing Multi-Event
FEI and AERA events: CEI 1* and 2*; AERA 160km, 120km, 80km and 2 x 40km
25-26 August 2018
Endurance riders take to forestry in Imbil
Over 150 riders participated in endurance rides at Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex this weekend including a remarkable five-year-old who completed her first 40km ride, continuing a long family history of endurance over a number of decades.
Riders set off on Saturday and Sunday on rides ranging from 40km to 160km and including two international rides accredited by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) ― the body responsible for governing equestrian sport internationally.
Taking home the top international honours was local rider Akhmed Pshunov who took the title in both the FEI 120km ride on Saturday and just came in ahead of Kenilworth local Brook Sample in a gallop finish in the FEI 80km ride on Sunday.
Matthew Sample, owner of Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex which hosted the event, said despite the weekend bringing the first rain the complex and forestry had seen in months, the weekend was a great success and congratulated all of those who completed the rides.
“Akhmed had a stellar weekend and other local riders like Kaylea Maher, Fiona Fenech, Brook, Leigh Ann and Zac Sample also did the region proud in the various Australian Endurance Riders Association (AERA) rides hosted over the weekend,” Mr Sample said.
“Nine riders completed the 160 km event and that qualifies them to ride in the Tom Quilty Gold Cup being hosted at Stirling’s Crossing next year. This number includes local rider, 11-year-old Tahlea Lochtenberg.”
“Of course I’m particularly proud of my great niece, Taylor Grogan who completed her first 40km ride on Sunday at only five years of age and took home the Encouragement Award for her amazing effort.”
“Our family has been participating in endurance riding for over five decades so seeing the younger members of the family like Taylor and my nephew Zac Sample ― who completed an 80km ride this weekend and his first 160km ride last month ― come through the ranks is really fantastic.”
“Endurance riding is a family sport and the atmosphere at Stirling’s Crossing this weekend reflected this with groups from all over Australia enjoying the beautiful forestry tracks in Imbil and spending time together doing what they love.”
This ride brings the endurance calendar at Stirling’s Crossing to a close for 2018 with Matthew Sample and his team gearing up for a big year in 2019 with the complex hosting the country’s most prestigious endurance ride, the Tom Quilty Gold Cup.
“This will be the first time the Tom Quilty is hosted in Imbil and we expect to have over 400 horses and riders travelling from all corners of Australia, and overseas, to compete,” Mr Sample said.
“It really is an iconic event steeped in history since it was established by R.M. Williams in 1966 and the original gold cup still has pride of place in the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach.”
The Tom Quilty Gold Cup will be hosted at the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex from 11-15 July 2019.
For full results from the weekend rides please visit www.aeraspace.com.au.
Saturday, 25 August 2018
1st – Essy Mountford, Sippy Downs
2nd – Emma Dimech, O’Connell, NSW (Oaky, Q)
3rd – Tahnaya Mercieca, O’Connell, NSW
1st – Akhmed Pshunov, Imbil
2nd – Kaylea Maher, Imbil
3rd – Stephen Gray, Rochdale
1st – Georgie Barber, Dayboro
2nd – Tahlea Lochtenberg, Imbil
3rd – Charlotte Williamson, Hodgson Vale
1st – Emma Shone, Belli Park
2nd – Adrian Brickley, Cedar Creek
3rd – Pandora Bevan, Toowoomba
1st – Virginia Barber, Dayboro
2nd – Vanessa Gorecki, Upper Brookfield
3rd – Kathy Drew, Tarome
1st – Gavin Bartlett, Lander Shoot
1st – Poppy Kettlewell, Table Top, NSW
2nd – Molly Choyce, Ramsay
1st – Tahlia Franke, Table Top, NSW
2nd – Xanthe Webb, Boorabee Park, NSW
3rd – Michelle Chapman, Kilkivan
1st – Cora Becker, Upper Freestone
2nd – Wade Burgess, Tara
1st – Ricky Peterson, Luscombe
2nd – Shimpei Miyamoto, Shimpei Miyamoto
3rd – Jago Blonde, Purga
Sunday, 26 August 2018
1st – Louis Ryan, Pullenvale
2nd – Alison Noble, Waramanga, Vic
3rd – Essy Mountford, Sippy Downs
1st – Akhmed Pshunov, Imbil
2nd – Brook Sample, Kennilworth
3rd – Tayla Hadzi, Culcairn
1st – Zac Sample, Kenilworth
2nd – Elexis Webb, Boorabee Park
3rd – Benjamin Hoey, Ramsay
1st – Janelle Taylor, Imbil
2nd – Sabrina Stephens, Beaudesert
3rd – Leigh Ann Sample, Kenilworth
1st – Fiona Fenech, Kilkivan
2nd – Angela Beverly, Yandina
3rd – Jessica Dakin, Boonara
1st – Troy Butler, Buccan
2nd – Olaf Lochtenberg, Imbil
3rd – Gary Surch, Carbrook