Community | Neville to host introductory weekend for endurance horse riders

IT'S BACK: Neville will be hosting an introductory and training weekend for endurance riders March 17 - March 18. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
IT'S BACK: Neville will be hosting an introductory and training weekend for endurance riders March 17 - March 18. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

The Lachlan Endurance Riders’ Club (LERC) is keen to welcome you back to Neville, in the state’s central west, about an hour south-west of Bathurst and roughly an hour from Cowra.

This was one of the state’s most popular rides, revived several years ago by a few keen locals and the LERC club.

In 2015 it was the Snowy Zone Championships as a 100km event, and last year the club ran 80/40/20kms with fantastic support shown from all over the state.

This year it will be a training/introductory weekend to the sport of endurance, providing 40kms, 20kms and 10kms with start times from 1pm Saturday March 17 and 7am Sunday March 18, with the shorter distances staggered back to 9.30am.

The courses are safe and achievable, and novice horses have negotiated it well in the past. Beautiful shady pine forest trails with plenty of natural and supplied water and also plenty of green pick for the ponies as well as supplied lucerne hay on track.

Entry fees are $50 for the 40kms Trainer; and $35 for the 20kms and $25 for the 10kms social. Day membership to the NSW Endurance Riders Association are being provided/donated by our LERC club this year as incentive to newcomers!

A $5 camping fee will apply to all entries to pay for the grounds as they have good facilities with plenty of toilets and hot showers, as well as a lovely oval for our vetting and plenty of shade trees. There will be a canteen open all weekend on the grounds.

Directions will be signed from the highway out to Neville and the base is not far from the Hotel where participants may buy dinner as usual.

There will lovely specially designed LERC mugs denoting the rides of the district as a completion prize for those in the 40kms; and designer pens & bags for those who are successful in the socials.

The Lachlan Club will need assistance over the weekend if anyone can volunteer their services it would be amazing! Please contact Helen Lindsay on 63 429289 or Erica Allan 0409 395588.

Please nominate to Helen Lindsay at (0427 429289).

Proposed Timetable:

Saturday March 17:

9.00am: Office open

10.00am: Vet and Steward Talks for Novices with some horse management tips

11.00am: Vetting open

1.00pm: 40k start: max 5 hours, min 3 hours (14 km/hr) pre ride 15 mins prior at 12.45pm.

2.00 pm 20k: max 4 hrs, min 2hrs start marshall/pre ride 1.30pm.

2.30pm 10k: max 3 hrs, min 1.5 hrs, start marshall & pre ride 2.00pm.

10k own marshalling area (“10k Marshall” sign)

Track Etiquette will be discussed at pre-ride

Sunday March 18:

7.00am: Office open.

7.00-9.00am: Vetting 10k and 20k if didn’t ride day prior.

7.00am: 40k start - pre ride at 6.45am under saddle.

9.00am: 20k start, marshall/pre ride at 8.30am.

9.30am: 10k start at, marshall/pre ride at 9.00am.

* Prices: 40k $50, 20k $35, 10k $25

Day membership: for all events sponsored by LERClub

Camping: $5/horse

$5.00 discount if riding both days.