Riders take on endurance test

By Amy Buckingham

70 horse riders tested their endurance at the Heritage Easter Carnival over the Easter long weekend.

From Friday, 2 to Sunday, 4 April a number of rides were held including the signature 320km Far Away Marathon down to a tiny tots 5km ride, with trails starting at Blackbutt and going through the rail trails in the Tarome and Benarkin State Forests.

Far-A-Way Endurance Riders Association secretary Saasha Grogan said the cool weather was a challenge.

“The soil is different to home, so while the new courses were amazing, they required a lot of concentration in the slippery conditions,” she said.

“It makes keeping your horses warm and dry that bit harder and of course the red dirt became slippery in places.”

Nevertheless, Grogan said the committee ran the events well and created a friendly atmosphere.

“It was really well organised and the club’s ability to modify the course for safety quickly with the change in weather was really impressive.”

The group are looking forward to 2022 when they plan to hold the next Far A Way Marathon.