Harden Up Endurance ride evokes spirit of the bush

Wendy Riha and 'Little Banks Dizzy' after their win in the 160km endurance ride on Saturday.
Wendy Riha and 'Little Banks Dizzy' after their win in the 160km endurance ride on Saturday.

ENDURANCE horse riding evokes the spirit of the bush according to Fia Hasko-Stewart, the organiser of the Harden Up Endurance Ride and Carnival, which was held in town on the weekend.

She said long-distance riding was something that was common in earlier days and many country people spent hours in the saddle getting to their destinations.

Endurance riding was also about riders being able to 'listen' to their horses so they would how their horse was travelling and when to ease up.

"It's all about a partnership with your horse," she said.

She said the Harden ride attracted riders of all ages and skills and that was one of the advantages of the sport.

Australian horses were admired for their stamina and could attract up to $50,000 each in the Middle East.

She said Harden was an ideal location for events such as this and that she wanted to thank the Harden Shire Council, landholders and the community for their support and especially thanked local SES members for their help with the ride.

Rochelle Knibinicki, from Mudgee, was happy after her horse 'Velona Amadi' was cleared by Yass veterinarian and rider Simon Bain after the endurance ride on Saturday.

Rochelle Knibinicki, from Mudgee, was happy after her horse 'Velona Amadi' was cleared by Yass veterinarian and rider Simon Bain after the endurance ride on Saturday.