115 entries so far for this years Tom Quilty in Western Australia:
SAMPLE Brook QLD MW Brookleigh Excalibur QLDBURKE Sarah WA MW Waterford Stud’s Zoom WAJOHNSON Mark (Jack) NSW HW Sharahd Narang NSWSMITH Trish TAS LW Stardale Khonstellation WAGRULL Debbie TAS MW Lauralyn Notorious TASGRULL Debbie TAS MW Hampton Park Contessa TASMcGIRR Diana WA MW Top Fancy Dolce WAERICKSON Anna WA HW Texas Johann WARAYNER-MASON Beverley VIC HW Ainslie Ribbon VICCHVOJKA Gabriella WA LW Nyora Crystal WASWARBRICK Emma WA HW Redline Heaven Can Wait WAOVERHEU Frances WA MW Poseidon Moon WACONNOR Sarah WA LW Paradise Valley Snow in Fire WABLACKBURNE Verna WA MW Chiappalone Grace N Gold WAELLERY Natasha WA MW Sundale Danikah WABOURTON Jillian SA MW Veloce Liberty SAMULCAHY Cassie WA MW Noran Country-Affair WAMULCAHY Liz WA LW Bluegrass Angelina WAVAN UDEN Kylie WA MW Jejucha Xtacee WARODGERS Lynn WA MW Deep Forest Orahn WARODGERS Lynn WA MW Najaf Mazari WANELL Hanlie WA MW Ruby Park Madrigal WANELL Rachell WA MW Robmurty Jimminy WANELL Lienca WA MW Roswa Park De Ja ‘Vu WAJEWELL Debra WA HW Balgownie Berk WASEKE Claudia WA LW Alcedo Mystique WADAY Kylie WA MW Deep Forest El Kahdahr WAGILL Joan WA MW Red Mink WAGATES Jeffrey WA HW QB Senors Lucky Last WAJEGGO Richard WA HW Yaldon Rival WAMcSHANE Caroline WA HW Maralinga Fable WAPARKER Shannan WA LW Tanderra Jordaan WAMcCAMISH Ross WA HW Noran Astro WARAFFAELE Janice WA MW Morgan Bey WALOCKWOOD James WA MW Tora Sardeeka WADENHAM Jeanette WA MW Murungah Chandon WAHOUSE Sue WA LW Aranita Pepper Rose WAGURR Bob SA MW Bindii Bint Grevillea SAGRAY Louise WA MW Stardale Cosmos Allusion WAHADDON Christopher WA HW Robmurty Ronan WAYEARBURY Linda WA MW Rhondarosa’s Just That WALORANGER Lisa TAS MW The Hobbit TASLOCKHART Noel TAS MW Ralvon Splendour TASHILL Shannon TAS MW Lockleigh Park Silver Comet TASCROOK Kym WA LW Orchid Park Silver Phoenix WAFARRELL Peter WA MW A-Landell Kazade WAWILLING Kerryn WA LW Kaisi View Seduction WAWILLING Kerryn WA LW Roswa Park Freda Star De Morn WAHASKO-STEWART Talea NSW MW Blake’s Heaven Bombora NSWHASKO-STEWART Fia NSW LW Wantley Kaliph NSWFORTSCH Anita WA LW Arabika Absolute WASLEMINT Simon WA MW Kholonial Farrington WAANDERSON Susie WA MW Ruoak Wholly Smoke WAMcCORMACK Louise NSW MW Sholto Nitall WASYMINGTON Tegan WA LW Orchid Park Babushka WASYMINGTON Tegan WA LW Ruby Park Ursula WASYMINGTON Ian WA MW Duo Park Royal Son WABONHAM Peter NSW HW Box Hill Ralph NSWBONHAM Sonia NSW MW Box Hill Bullzeye NSWMACRAE Jenna WA LW Astana Stattik WAMcKELL Jodie WA MW Eleazar Ramarkable WAHUTCHINS Garry WA HW Moultan’n WATHOMAS Jezney WA JNR Eleazar Spectacular WABLIGHT Michael WA HW Arabika Beau WAMcINTOSH Ady WA MW Deep Forest Hylight WAMELIS Kirsten WA MW Hillbrae Kassie WACULLAM Liz WA HW Phoebe WASAMPLE Leigh Ann QLD LW Brookleigh Commander QLDMIYAMOTO Shimpei Japan HW Aloha Blue Opal QLDO’DRISCOLL Kieran WA HW Mariba Tigre WARAYNER Amanda WA LW Ruby Park Athena WASAMPLE Matthew QLD MW Anglesea Tasman QLDLONGRIDGE Jessica QLD LW Tarrangower Crescendo QLDMORLEY Ray WA HW Just Oliver WAWALSH Dianne TAS LW Razorback Silver Wings TASDAVIDSON Jane NSW HW Forestdew Karisma WADILLEY Fred WA MW Deep Forest Karri Queen WAFERGUSON Bruce WA MW Eleazar Perfection WAKETTLEWELL Amanda NSW MW Oso Lee NSWJONES Allix NSW LW TBA NSWHUDSON Ben NSW MW Oso Edith NSWGRAY Stephen QLD MW Kasbah Kid QLDSTANLEY Ian WA MW Mariba Samarri WARADNY Norbert WA HW Steel Poppy Regent WARADNY Rebecca WA JNR West Coast Natanya WATUANKU MIZAN Z.A. Sultan Mahmud Malaysia MW Amanah Blue Prince WAHAWKS Angela TAS LW Cameo Arpeggio TASMOORE Dennis VIC HW Boss VICMAHONEY Keryn TAS MW TBA TASANNETTS Jennifer NSW MW Churinga Goldfire NSWANNETTS Luke QLD MW Castlebar Citation NSWNEWSOME Elsie QLD MW Mimosa Ellira NSWREID Anton WA MW Arovo Mini Harvest WAMORRIS Bernard WA HW Marbling N’Elle WAMORRIS Bernard WA HW Maralinga Elusive Bey WAKRAHNEN Simone QLD MW La Battista Shadow Fax QLDKRAHNEN Colleen QLD JNR Kalkadoon Viva QLDKRAHNEN Erin QLD LW Kalkadoon Zorro QLDBLACKHURST Steve VIC MW Weerina Arabian Princess VICANDERSON David TAS JNR Glanheathyn Curio TASANDERSON Kasey TAS JNR Candieman Tassie Devil TASAL MAKTOUM Saeed UAE MW Glanheathyn Joey TASPETERS Scott NSW HW TBA NSWLUCAS Lyn WA MW Camac Syiib WAALDERTON Kerry VIC MW Mireen Yasmeera VICSHEEHAN Kristie QLD LW Bellarine Darlene QLDAL MARZOOQI Hussain UAE MW Calga Al-Hodiye TASHARBISON Stella SA MW Brechenridge Attitude SAHUXTABLE Grace TAS JNR Ausden Reflection TASCAUGHEY Kate WA MW Shintaar WATAPRELL Kristie VIC MW Castlebar Belair VICMARKS Kelly WA MW Amir Shockaar WA

115 entries so far for this years Tom Quilty in Western Australia:

SAMPLE Brook QLD MW Brookleigh Excalibur QLD
BURKE Sarah WA MW Waterford Stud’s Zoom WA
JOHNSON Mark (Jack) NSW HW Sharahd Narang NSW
SMITH Trish TAS LW Stardale Khonstellation WA
GRULL Debbie TAS MW Lauralyn Notorious TAS
GRULL Debbie TAS MW Hampton Park Contessa TAS
McGIRR Diana WA MW Top Fancy Dolce WA
ERICKSON Anna WA HW Texas Johann WA
RAYNER-MASON Beverley VIC HW Ainslie Ribbon VIC
CHVOJKA Gabriella WA LW Nyora Crystal WA
SWARBRICK Emma WA HW Redline Heaven Can Wait WA
OVERHEU Frances WA MW Poseidon Moon WA
CONNOR Sarah WA LW Paradise Valley Snow in Fire WA
BLACKBURNE Verna WA MW Chiappalone Grace N Gold WA
ELLERY Natasha WA MW Sundale Danikah WA
BOURTON Jillian SA MW Veloce Liberty SA
MULCAHY Cassie WA MW Noran Country-Affair WA
MULCAHY Liz WA LW Bluegrass Angelina WA
VAN UDEN Kylie WA MW Jejucha Xtacee WA
RODGERS Lynn WA MW Deep Forest Orahn WA
RODGERS Lynn WA MW Najaf Mazari WA
NELL Hanlie WA MW Ruby Park Madrigal WA
NELL Rachell WA MW Robmurty Jimminy WA
NELL Lienca WA MW Roswa Park De Ja ‘Vu WA
JEWELL Debra WA HW Balgownie Berk WA
SEKE Claudia WA LW Alcedo Mystique WA
DAY Kylie WA MW Deep Forest El Kahdahr WA
GILL Joan WA MW Red Mink WA
GATES Jeffrey WA HW QB Senors Lucky Last WA
JEGGO Richard WA HW Yaldon Rival WA
McSHANE Caroline WA HW Maralinga Fable WA
PARKER Shannan WA LW Tanderra Jordaan WA
McCAMISH Ross WA HW Noran Astro WA
RAFFAELE Janice WA MW Morgan Bey WA
LOCKWOOD James WA MW Tora Sardeeka WA
DENHAM Jeanette WA MW Murungah Chandon WA
HOUSE Sue WA LW Aranita Pepper Rose WA
GURR Bob SA MW Bindii Bint Grevillea SA
GRAY Louise WA MW Stardale Cosmos Allusion WA
HADDON Christopher WA HW Robmurty Ronan WA
YEARBURY Linda WA MW Rhondarosa’s Just That WA
LORANGER Lisa TAS MW The Hobbit TAS
LOCKHART Noel TAS MW Ralvon Splendour TAS
HILL Shannon TAS MW Lockleigh Park Silver Comet TAS
CROOK Kym WA LW Orchid Park Silver Phoenix WA
FARRELL Peter WA MW A-Landell Kazade WA
WILLING Kerryn WA LW Kaisi View Seduction WA
WILLING Kerryn WA LW Roswa Park Freda Star De Morn WA
HASKO-STEWART Talea NSW MW Blake’s Heaven Bombora NSW
HASKO-STEWART Fia NSW LW Wantley Kaliph NSW
FORTSCH Anita WA LW Arabika Absolute WA
SLEMINT Simon WA MW Kholonial Farrington WA
ANDERSON Susie WA MW Ruoak Wholly Smoke WA
McCORMACK Louise NSW MW Sholto Nitall WA
SYMINGTON Tegan WA LW Orchid Park Babushka WA
SYMINGTON Tegan WA LW Ruby Park Ursula WA
SYMINGTON Ian WA MW Duo Park Royal Son WA
BONHAM Peter NSW HW Box Hill Ralph NSW
BONHAM Sonia NSW MW Box Hill Bullzeye NSW
MACRAE Jenna WA LW Astana Stattik WA
McKELL Jodie WA MW Eleazar Ramarkable WA
HUTCHINS Garry WA HW Moultan’n WA
THOMAS Jezney WA JNR Eleazar Spectacular WA
BLIGHT Michael WA HW Arabika Beau WA
McINTOSH Ady WA MW Deep Forest Hylight WA
MELIS Kirsten WA MW Hillbrae Kassie WA
CULLAM Liz WA HW Phoebe WA
SAMPLE Leigh Ann QLD LW Brookleigh Commander QLD
MIYAMOTO Shimpei Japan HW Aloha Blue Opal QLD
O’DRISCOLL Kieran WA HW Mariba Tigre WA
RAYNER Amanda WA LW Ruby Park Athena WA
SAMPLE Matthew QLD MW Anglesea Tasman QLD
LONGRIDGE Jessica QLD LW Tarrangower Crescendo QLD
MORLEY Ray WA HW Just Oliver WA
WALSH Dianne TAS LW Razorback Silver Wings TAS
DAVIDSON Jane NSW HW Forestdew Karisma WA
DILLEY Fred WA MW Deep Forest Karri Queen WA
FERGUSON Bruce WA MW Eleazar Perfection WA
KETTLEWELL Amanda NSW MW Oso Lee NSW
JONES Allix NSW LW TBA NSW
HUDSON Ben NSW MW Oso Edith NSW
GRAY Stephen QLD MW Kasbah Kid QLD
STANLEY Ian WA MW Mariba Samarri WA
RADNY Norbert WA HW Steel Poppy Regent WA
RADNY Rebecca WA JNR West Coast Natanya WA
TUANKU MIZAN Z.A. Sultan Mahmud Malaysia MW Amanah Blue Prince WA
HAWKS Angela TAS LW Cameo Arpeggio TAS
MOORE Dennis VIC HW Boss VIC
MAHONEY Keryn TAS MW TBA TAS
ANNETTS Jennifer NSW MW Churinga Goldfire NSW
ANNETTS Luke QLD MW Castlebar Citation NSW
NEWSOME Elsie QLD MW Mimosa Ellira NSW
REID Anton WA MW Arovo Mini Harvest WA
MORRIS Bernard WA HW Marbling N’Elle WA
MORRIS Bernard WA HW Maralinga Elusive Bey WA
KRAHNEN Simone QLD MW La Battista Shadow Fax QLD
KRAHNEN Colleen QLD JNR Kalkadoon Viva QLD
KRAHNEN Erin QLD LW Kalkadoon Zorro QLD
BLACKHURST Steve VIC MW Weerina Arabian Princess VIC
ANDERSON David TAS JNR Glanheathyn Curio TAS
ANDERSON Kasey TAS JNR Candieman Tassie Devil TAS
AL MAKTOUM Saeed UAE MW Glanheathyn Joey TAS
PETERS Scott NSW HW TBA NSW
LUCAS Lyn WA MW Camac Syiib WA
ALDERTON Kerry VIC MW Mireen Yasmeera VIC
SHEEHAN Kristie QLD LW Bellarine Darlene QLD
AL MARZOOQI Hussain UAE MW Calga Al-Hodiye TAS
HARBISON Stella SA MW Brechenridge Attitude SA
HUXTABLE Grace TAS JNR Ausden Reflection TAS
CAUGHEY Kate WA MW Shintaar WA
TAPRELL Kristie VIC MW Castlebar Belair VIC
MARKS Kelly WA MW Amir Shockaar WA

Latest Travel Update From Peter Toft

What a MASSIVE journey for these horses…..Still so far to go. 

ENDURANCE & PARA FLIGHT UPDATE:

'It is now 16 hours since we left our Melbourne stables.
Just departing Singapore on the second leg of our journey to the WEG.
All horses are good, eating and drinking.
Pascal (IRT expert groom) was busy adjusting stalls to let the horses put their heads down and eat from the ground and stretch a little.
Julia and Kirsten have been caring for the VIP’s. Worldwide PB the superstar from London has a special diet and is getting lots of attention. Hatero is a real cool dude and Comedian lives up to his name.
Contraband just has not stopped eating and drinking, is such a nice horse, Shania was a little nervous but has settled in and next to Charlotte is very happy. Charlotte has done plane travel before and is more interested in the menu on offer.
Hard to get apples past Comedian.
This next leg is 6 hours, 10 minutes to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, expected temperature on arrival is 45.
The plane’s cargo is full on this sector.
London Heathrow and then Normandy is still a long way off’.

From Peter Toft

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Aussie Wins Mongol Derby!

Great news! Aussie Sam Jones wins the Mongol Derby! 

At 12:50pm Sam Jones of Australia has won the 6th Mongol Derby in emphatic style. She was the fastest rider on the course, led for much of the way and seldom looked troubled by the other riders Even when delayed for two hours and picked up a one hour penalty when she lost her tracker her progress was barely checked.

The 40 year old mining operator chose to ride alone for most of the race. She took the gamble of camping out past HS26 yesterday evening, with only 45 minutes riding time left in the day; despite the knowledge that bad weather was forecast and and a lost horse would certainly cost her the race. It was bold decisions that earned her victory as much as speedy riding and good navigation skills.

She rode much of today uncertain how far behind her nearest competitors were, but needed to balance this with the knowledge that if she pushed too hard she would meet the same fate as Devan Horne in 2012 and Barry Armitage in 2012 who were both first over the line but lost out to veterinary penalties.

Sam is the 6th derby winner, only the second female champion and the first from Australia

I spoke to Sam moments after her horse passed its vet check:

How do you feel?

Pretty awesome, but a bit anticlimatic, I feel I could do another 1000. You should organise a 2000 km race next year.

How did you find the Derby?

I loved every minute of it, if it was easy it wouldn’t have been as good. There were definitely some tough times but i found it… invigorating is probably the word. there were hard bits but that’s the whole point, that’s why you do something like this, to challenge yourself.

How were the horses?

The toughness of them is phenomenal. I’ve ridden at speeds during this race over ground I’d hesitate to walk across over before this. Sometime I wasn’t always given a choice, sometimes they just bolt out of the station & it’d take you 5 k to just get in control.

Did you get lost or sick much?

I got lost several times, I was quite good at that but I always found my way back. I never got really sick, there were times I thought i might vomit, & there were times I thought i might poop my pants, but that’s what you get when you do something as extreme as this, but I never got really sick. I had my share of aches and pains but my body got better and better as i went along & I adapted and yeah, I could happily keep riding. Give me another horse and I’ll go.

How did you feel when you lost your tracker?

I realised half an hour before the station I had about 2 hours of riding time left in the day and I had every intention of riding on. I loved the experience (the previous night) of camping out with the Mongolian family & to realise the tracker had fallen out of its holder & the doubt about whether I would get it back in time to ride on in the morning it was awful. I’m a firm believer in luck when you get good luck you run with it and when you get bad luck, you gotta roll with the punches. So, I got to stay at that station. No worries, I got a couple of extra hours downtime and rest. that’s the way it goes.

How did you motivate yourself during the race?

I didn’t really have any real need for motivation. You’re here riding on the derby & it’s a 1000km horse race. To me that’s enough, I’ve never really lacked the tenacity I guess. I am very competitive and driven & it’s important for me to be up at the front. I didn’t have to come in first, but i wanted to be up in the front, I started off with the group, I rode the first leg with them, but I was in and out of the horse stations before anyone else & I just kept going.

Did you have a strategy to win?

Not really , when I approached the race it was just to enjoy the experience to the full, to just live it all and do it all to the full. I did always say if I had a chance of winning then I would absolutely go for it. I found myself up the front early on so when it came to the stage when I knew I had a chance I just went for it.

My advantage was that I was faster through the stations. Also I was completely fine heading off on my own. other people wanted to ride with others but I’m fine on my own, I’m happy to head off into the middle of nowhere with my horse & I think that’s what probably got me over the line first.

At what point did you know you’d won?

I knew leaving HS27 I was a long way in front. which was just as well because the horse I chose at 27 was a very steady beasty, but that was fine i took it very steady. I didn’t count my chickens until i passed the vet. But he passed his signs are good he’s a healthy happy pony and here I am, this years winner.

How would you sum up the Mongol Derby?

I compare it to the equine equivalent of climbing everest, its a challenge, its an adventure, it’s an international race and it’s all based around horses & I live horses. I live & breathe horses. I’ve ridden them since before I could walk & I’ve never stopped, I’m 40 years old & I’m never going to stop. I intend to come back & run the derby every 10 years until I cant any longer.

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I’m absolutely loving my Matrix Saddle pads! The Coolback Orthopedic fleece works a treat in keeping my horses backs dry and the non slip surface provides stability without friction, which means no heat build up! The high performance foam inserts provide amazing shock absorption. They absorb 90% of the energy which is important for long periods in the saddle!
I highly recommend you check them out on the Zilco website!
www.zilco.com.au 

I’m absolutely loving my Matrix Saddle pads! The Coolback Orthopedic fleece works a treat in keeping my horses backs dry and the non slip surface provides stability without friction, which means no heat build up! The high performance foam inserts provide amazing shock absorption. They absorb 90% of the energy which is important for long periods in the saddle!

I highly recommend you check them out on the Zilco website!

www.zilco.com.au 

Ever wondered how horses travel overseas?
 In their very own air stall of course! These are some pics of the Aussie horses starting their journey to France for the World Equestrian Games! It will take approx 30 hours with 2 stopovers. Each horse will travel with around 30-40 litres of water and a bale of hay! 
Pictures via Equestrian Australia:
 https://www.facebook.com/EquestrianAus
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Ever wondered how horses travel overseas?
 In their very own air stall of course! These are some pics of the Aussie horses starting their journey to France for the World Equestrian Games! It will take approx 30 hours with 2 stopovers. Each horse will travel with around 30-40 litres of water and a bale of hay! 
Pictures via Equestrian Australia:
 https://www.facebook.com/EquestrianAus
ZoomInfo
Ever wondered how horses travel overseas?
 In their very own air stall of course! These are some pics of the Aussie horses starting their journey to France for the World Equestrian Games! It will take approx 30 hours with 2 stopovers. Each horse will travel with around 30-40 litres of water and a bale of hay! 
Pictures via Equestrian Australia:
 https://www.facebook.com/EquestrianAus
ZoomInfo
Ever wondered how horses travel overseas?
 In their very own air stall of course! These are some pics of the Aussie horses starting their journey to France for the World Equestrian Games! It will take approx 30 hours with 2 stopovers. Each horse will travel with around 30-40 litres of water and a bale of hay! 
Pictures via Equestrian Australia:
 https://www.facebook.com/EquestrianAus
ZoomInfo

Ever wondered how horses travel overseas?

In their very own air stall of course! These are some pics of the Aussie horses starting their journey to France for the World Equestrian Games! It will take approx 30 hours with 2 stopovers. Each horse will travel with around 30-40 litres of water and a bale of hay!

Pictures via Equestrian Australia:

 https://www.facebook.com/EquestrianAus

This years Quilty course looks well worth the trek to WA!
The weather and scenery should be picture perfect for the ride. The vivid yellow carpet of blooming canola and vibrant green flowering wheat crops basked in warm sun will make for excellent riding.

The landscape is comprised of undulating rises and low hills. The 160km course is varied and relatively safe, with limited interference from traffic and the general public.

Local landowners have kindly opened up their properties to allow riders a good blend of paddock firebreaks, farm tracks and  eucalyptus bushland. The terrain varies but is mostly good underfoot with sandy top-soils overlaying clay–loams which can either be firm or flexible depending on recent rainfall.
Spectator points will be planned for the daylight legs.
Average daytime temperatures in Wagin in September/October can be around 21C with cool nights.
The course for the ride (162km) is as detailed below
Leg One - 40km
Leg Two - 42km
Leg Three - 41km
Leg Four - 24km
Leg Five - 15km
Total - 162km
For more info visit: http://watq.cloudaccess.net

This years Quilty course looks well worth the trek to WA!

The weather and scenery should be picture perfect for the ride. The vivid yellow carpet of blooming canola and vibrant green flowering wheat crops basked in warm sun will make for excellent riding.

The landscape is comprised of undulating rises and low hills. The 160km course is varied and relatively safe, with limited interference from traffic and the general public.

Local landowners have kindly opened up their properties to allow riders a good blend of paddock firebreaks, farm tracks and  eucalyptus bushland. The terrain varies but is mostly good underfoot with sandy top-soils overlaying clay–loams which can either be firm or flexible depending on recent rainfall.

Spectator points will be planned for the daylight legs.

Average daytime temperatures in Wagin in September/October can be around 21C with cool nights.

The course for the ride (162km) is as detailed below

Leg One - 40km

Leg Two - 42km

Leg Three - 41km

Leg Four - 24km

Leg Five - 15km

Total - 162km

For more info visit: http://watq.cloudaccess.net

WEG Endurance Profile: Sacha Laws-King about her awesome achievements in Endurance so far and the French mare she will be riding at WEG!Tell me about the horse you will be riding at WEG? Breeding, age, how long in endurance?Qacima is a 10 year old purebred arabian mare, purpose bred for Endurance from French Arabian lines. She is owned and trained by Christele Derosche, a family friend. She has been competing in endurance for 4 years and is little pocket-rocket but very easy to do anything with. She has amazingly comfortable paces and is so sure of herself over tough terrain. She is very sound with an excellent legging up program since she was young in the Pyrenees Mountains. She is very used to the hustle and bustle of French rides and is very cool, calm and collected pre-ride. What is your biggest achievement on this horse so far?
Apart from qualifying for the WEG at the FEI*** 160km ride at Rambouillet this year, it would be completing the Montcuq FEI*** 2 day 200km ride in the South of France - a remarkably difficult ride (hilly, muddy and of course demanding 100% soundness being over 2 days!) This ride is one that should be on the bucket list of all endurance enthusiasts!! How long have you been doing endurance for?15 years Have you ridden overseas before?Yes, I have been fortunate to compete in Italy, Bahrain and Argentina at the Young Rider’s World Endurance Championships and recently in South Africa, America, France and Holland in the lead up to qualifying for the WEG. It has been a whirl wind of experiences meeting and competing in areas with such different cultures! LOVED every kilometer of it!  What are you doing to prepare in the lead up to WEG? Horse fitness, rider fitness
Qacima lives in the mountains, so her owner/trainer Christele is doing 3 x longer slower rides in the mountains and 2 flatter, faster days about 30 minutes from her home. It is all about peaking on the day and maintaining soundness in the lead up! I train at the Toowoomba Crossfit gym 5 mornings a week and supplement the work out with a run, bicycle or swim. Weekends I ride, competing in endurance events or at home and compete in local triathlons and duathlons. What do you know about the 160km WEG course?
The course will be very technical and challenging.. as much as it will be a race, it will also be a ‘ride’. Having experienced riding twice in France at FEI*** rides the pace set will be remarkable given the terrain. Transitioning from a canter to a walk will be a necessity, traversing tight corners and being able to move along when the track is good will be essential. What is your horses biggest strength/weakness?
Qacima’s strengths is her agility, stamina and soundness. Her weakness? Being embarrassed by cuddles and kisses from her mum :) Will you be staying on to watch any other of the disiplines while at WEG?
Unfortunately it will be a short holiday and back to work! My bosses are truly amazing, but I have used up alot of holidays qualifying for the WEG and travelling around to competitions! I am lucky that they allow me to jet-set off whenever I need!  What else would you like to add?As much as I am writing about myself, I have only had the opportunities to compete and qualify for the WEG thanks to my amazing mum who is so supportive and it is great to have a mum and a best friend to do so much with and have so much fun!! Thanks mum!
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WEG Endurance Profile: Sacha Laws-King about her awesome achievements in Endurance so far and the French mare she will be riding at WEG!Tell me about the horse you will be riding at WEG? Breeding, age, how long in endurance?Qacima is a 10 year old purebred arabian mare, purpose bred for Endurance from French Arabian lines. She is owned and trained by Christele Derosche, a family friend. She has been competing in endurance for 4 years and is little pocket-rocket but very easy to do anything with. She has amazingly comfortable paces and is so sure of herself over tough terrain. She is very sound with an excellent legging up program since she was young in the Pyrenees Mountains. She is very used to the hustle and bustle of French rides and is very cool, calm and collected pre-ride. What is your biggest achievement on this horse so far?
Apart from qualifying for the WEG at the FEI*** 160km ride at Rambouillet this year, it would be completing the Montcuq FEI*** 2 day 200km ride in the South of France - a remarkably difficult ride (hilly, muddy and of course demanding 100% soundness being over 2 days!) This ride is one that should be on the bucket list of all endurance enthusiasts!! How long have you been doing endurance for?15 years Have you ridden overseas before?Yes, I have been fortunate to compete in Italy, Bahrain and Argentina at the Young Rider’s World Endurance Championships and recently in South Africa, America, France and Holland in the lead up to qualifying for the WEG. It has been a whirl wind of experiences meeting and competing in areas with such different cultures! LOVED every kilometer of it!  What are you doing to prepare in the lead up to WEG? Horse fitness, rider fitness
Qacima lives in the mountains, so her owner/trainer Christele is doing 3 x longer slower rides in the mountains and 2 flatter, faster days about 30 minutes from her home. It is all about peaking on the day and maintaining soundness in the lead up! I train at the Toowoomba Crossfit gym 5 mornings a week and supplement the work out with a run, bicycle or swim. Weekends I ride, competing in endurance events or at home and compete in local triathlons and duathlons. What do you know about the 160km WEG course?
The course will be very technical and challenging.. as much as it will be a race, it will also be a ‘ride’. Having experienced riding twice in France at FEI*** rides the pace set will be remarkable given the terrain. Transitioning from a canter to a walk will be a necessity, traversing tight corners and being able to move along when the track is good will be essential. What is your horses biggest strength/weakness?
Qacima’s strengths is her agility, stamina and soundness. Her weakness? Being embarrassed by cuddles and kisses from her mum :) Will you be staying on to watch any other of the disiplines while at WEG?
Unfortunately it will be a short holiday and back to work! My bosses are truly amazing, but I have used up alot of holidays qualifying for the WEG and travelling around to competitions! I am lucky that they allow me to jet-set off whenever I need!  What else would you like to add?As much as I am writing about myself, I have only had the opportunities to compete and qualify for the WEG thanks to my amazing mum who is so supportive and it is great to have a mum and a best friend to do so much with and have so much fun!! Thanks mum!
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WEG Endurance Profile: Sacha Laws-King about her awesome achievements in Endurance so far and the French mare she will be riding at WEG!

Tell me about the horse you will be riding at WEG? Breeding, age, how long in endurance?

Qacima is a 10 year old purebred arabian mare, purpose bred for Endurance from French Arabian lines. She is owned and trained by Christele Derosche, a family friend. She has been competing in endurance for 4 years and is little pocket-rocket but very easy to do anything with. She has amazingly comfortable paces and is so sure of herself over tough terrain. She is very sound with an excellent legging up program since she was young in the Pyrenees Mountains. She is very used to the hustle and bustle of French rides and is very cool, calm and collected pre-ride. 


What is your biggest achievement on this horse so far?

Apart from qualifying for the WEG at the FEI*** 160km ride at Rambouillet this year, it would be completing the Montcuq FEI*** 2 day 200km ride in the South of France - a remarkably difficult ride (hilly, muddy and of course demanding 100% soundness being over 2 days!) This ride is one that should be on the bucket list of all endurance enthusiasts!! 

How long have you been doing endurance for?
15 years 

Have you ridden overseas before?
Yes, I have been fortunate to compete in Italy, Bahrain and Argentina at the Young Rider’s World Endurance Championships and recently in South Africa, America, France and Holland in the lead up to qualifying for the WEG. It has been a whirl wind of experiences meeting and competing in areas with such different cultures! LOVED every kilometer of it!  


What are you doing to prepare in the lead up to WEG? Horse fitness, rider fitness

Qacima lives in the mountains, so her owner/trainer Christele is doing 3 x longer slower rides in the mountains and 2 flatter, faster days about 30 minutes from her home. It is all about peaking on the day and maintaining soundness in the lead up! I train at the Toowoomba Crossfit gym 5 mornings a week and supplement the work out with a run, bicycle or swim. Weekends I ride, competing in endurance events or at home and compete in local triathlons and duathlons. 

What do you know about the 160km WEG course?

The course will be very technical and challenging.. as much as it will be a race, it will also be a ‘ride’. Having experienced riding twice in France at FEI*** rides the pace set will be remarkable given the terrain. Transitioning from a canter to a walk will be a necessity, traversing tight corners and being able to move along when the track is good will be essential. 

What is your horses biggest strength/weakness?

Qacima’s strengths is her agility, stamina and soundness. Her weakness? Being embarrassed by cuddles and kisses from her mum :) 

Will you be staying on to watch any other of the disiplines while at WEG?

Unfortunately it will be a short holiday and back to work! My bosses are truly amazing, but I have used up alot of holidays qualifying for the WEG and travelling around to competitions! I am lucky that they allow me to jet-set off whenever I need!  

What else would you like to add?

As much as I am writing about myself, I have only had the opportunities to compete and qualify for the WEG thanks to my amazing mum who is so supportive and it is great to have a mum and a best friend to do so much with and have so much fun!! Thanks mum!