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people, a horse … and an exhilarating race”
may say ‘only in America’ but this sport could certainly appeal to
some Aussie riders too!
running, endurance riding, and most of all, strategy, this sport was born
in America in 1971. While it
is still concentrated around California, where most of the competitors
come from, it is held across America and events have even been held as far
a field as Sweden, England, France, Germany and Canada!
The object of
this sport is to get all three team members (two humans and one horse)
through a 32-160 kilometre trail ride by alternating riding and running.
member starts out running (or walking), the other starts on the horse and
rides down the trail as far as they think their partner can run (or walk)
and still keep up a decent pace. At that strategic point
the rider stops, dismounts, ties the horse to a tree or fence
post, and continues down the trail on foot. The team member who started on
foot gets to the horse, unties it, mounts, and rides to catch their
partner up ahead. When they get to their running team member they can
either stop and exchange, or ride further up the trail and tie the horse
and then continue running. When, where, and how a team exchanges is up to
them, and this is where the strategy lies. Every trail runner has their
strengths and weaknesses, and the same is true for horses. Factor all the
strengths and weaknesses of two runners and one horse, along with weather
conditions and the topography of the course, and you’ll understand why
Ride & Tie is as much mental as physical.
They say that
finishing a Ride & Tie is both humbling and gratifying. You are not
there by your own efforts, but by the efforts of all three team members.
Your partners, one two-legged and one four-legged, have given to you as
much as you have given to them…everything. To most participants, a Ride
& Tie is not won by the fastest team - it is won by those who have the
will and fortitude just to finish.
So, if this
sounds like your idea of fun – why not organise one here in Australia
and tell us here at Have Horse … Will Travel all about it!
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– Christmas is just around the corner !
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properties, trails and events at www.havehorsewilltravel.com.au.
to 12 November 2007
Plan ahead – Equitana will again be
held in Melbourne from 9 to 12 November 2007.
A great event with something for everyone – write it in your
from Snowy River Festival
30 March to 2 April 2007
This event is held each year at Corryong in Victoria, located
about 430 kilometres north east of Melbourne.
This family weekend includes one of the ultimate tests of all round
horsemanship skills - the Country Wide Challenge. For further information visit their website at www.manfromsnowyriverbushfestival.com.au
December 2006 to 1 January 2007
Charlie Moreland, located 6 kilometres south of Kenilworth, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, is a great base from which to ride in the stunning forests Kenilworth has to offer. For further information, contact Wide Bay Trail Riders on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (07) 4123 5915.
23 to 29 April 2007
Morgan Park, in Warwick on
Queensland’s Southern Downs, will shortly host the premier international
Polocrosse competition. From Monday 23rd April, the world’s top Polocrosse playing nations will
gather for the week-long event. See elite players from Canada, Ireland,
New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, USA and Zimbabwe take on current world
Protest Ride Report
16 and 17 September 2006
Over the weekend of 16 and 17 September, the town of Kandanga
hosted a protest ride on behalf of all those affected by the Queensland
Governments’ decision to dam the pristine Mary Valley.
Over 500 horses gathered together on the Sunday morning (many had
camped the night before) for a ride over some beautiful public and private
trails to arrive in the town proper in time for lunch.
The 500 strong field rode majestically down the main street lined
with on-lookers and well wishers.
Crawford Camp Ride Report
29 Sept - 2 Oct 2006
Saturday morning the riders met at Mt
Crawford forest. It was a lovely clear morning the warmth of the sunshine
was just wonderful.
issue we continued to share Liz Siewert’s (Mount Bulla) travelling experience of last year.
We covered day 4 and 5 of her 9 day float trip to Merrijig in
Victoria. Below we have again
published their itinerary – and a finalisation of their travels ….
Day 3 - Tennant Creek to Alice Springs (NT)
Day 3 - Tennant Creek to Alice Springs (NT)
The Mt Crawford State Forest is
between Williamstown and Birdwood. SAARABS
have built some excellent horse yards at a campsite called Starkeys.
You need to book and get a permit before you go.
You can contact Forestry SA (08) 8524 6004 for more information. It costs about $20 per night, and about $3 per horse.
There are toilets but no shower facilities and you need to take in
your own water, although there is a rainwater tank nearby. There are
stacks of riding trails through pine forests and old growth forest to keep
you busy for days.
Day 8, Sunday 15th August - Mt Crawford State Forest
to Bendigo (590kms)
At Bendigo, we stayed at the Bendigo
Showgrounds. I have misplaced
my contact details for the Showgrounds but I found their number through
the Bendigo Town Council. The
horse stables are very small but if you are only staying one night they
are OK. Hot showers are
available and we could set up a camp where we liked.
Day 9, Monday 16th August - Bendigo to Merrijig
log has been published in instalments starting in our May/June 2006 e-news
– previous e-news are available from the website if you want to catch up
on the whole of this story.
new south wales
Year Annual Camp - Gloucester Tops
Dec 2006 to 2 Jan 2007
Macquarie Pack & Trail Horse Riders)
This one week ride will be held on private property 40km west of
Gloucester, approximately two hours north of Newcastle NSW.
Visitors welcome (need to have their own horse/transport).
At base camp riders need to be totally self sufficient (ie, take
own food for horse and human, electric fencing, etc).
Visiting riders can ride for no more than two days (you will need
to become a member of the club ($60) if you would like to stay longer).
Fee is $17 for a visitor per day or $15 for members (for the week).
The 2005/2006 was a huge success and no less is expected this year!
For further information email Jacqueline.Mann@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 4947 4356 or 0438 574356
Horseride (Gundagai) Ride Report
23 to 30 September 2006
What do you get when you combine one week of spring sunshine,
kilometres of spectacular rolling countryside and 215 happy horse lovers?
The best four-legged adventure ever!
The 11th MS Horseride was held near Gundagai from 23 – 30
By day participants rode over lands once terrorised by bushranger
Captain Moonlite and later made famous by Jack Hagan’s legendary lyrics
about that road to Gundagai, now etched into Australian folklore.
Whether down in the depths of the valley or high in the
surrounding hills, participants were amazed by the area’s natural
Highlights of the week included a ride out to what remains of
Kiley’s Run (the homestead immortalised in the poem by Banjo Patterson),
a sheep-dog trial presented by local property owner Bill Luff and a tour
of Bongongo Public School kindly put on by the 11 students who live in
this remote pocket of NSW.
Each night as darkness fell over the campsite, fires heated the
hands while live and local entertainment ensured those on the dance floor
were more than warm. Tuesday night’s auction raised well over $10,000
and our annual talent quest once again uncovered some unique skills while
also providing big laughs.
The aim of this year’s MS Horseride was to raise $120,000 for
people with multiple sclerosis. With many riders going an extra mile by
sourcing sponsorship for their ride, buying or selling raffle tickets, or
organising fundraising events of their own, the MS Society is confident
this target will be met.
“The generosity of the people on this event never ceases to
amaze me and we thank them for making a positive difference to the lives
of people with multiple sclerosis” said MS Events Manager Karl Kinsella.
The MS Society also wishes to thank all the property owners and
managers in the Gundagai district for sharing their invaluable local
knowledge and offering their assistance in helping us plan and stage the
The MS Horseride is a unique event that attracts a dedicated
group of big-hearted horse riders and volunteers, making it one of the
best holidays you and your horse could ever have.
The MS Horseride is fully supported and professionally organised
by Multiple Sclerosis NSW/Vic. Riders and their four-legged friends are
provided with well-marked trails, all meals, and a welcoming campsite
complete with toilet and shower facilities, licensed brasserie, general
store, massage tent and first aid. Vet and farrier support is also
This trail network, running from Five Mile Beach (near the Hobart
airport) to South Arm, comprises of over 80 kilometres of connected
trails, and is growing each year. It
takes riders through scenic coastal reserves, undulating semi-rural
country and small seaside villages. Adjoining
the trail is the State Equestrian Centre at Lauderdale. For further information contact the Clarence City Council on
(03) 6245 8600 or visit their website (for a downloadable map and
brochure) at www.ccc.tas.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=274
Christmas Progressive Trail Ride
It’s a bit quiet in the Territory at
this time of the year !
something different these holidays?
Situated only 45 minutes south of Perth (in Baldivis) is Peel
Horse Drawn Eco Tours. They
can provide you with a day packed with the great sights, tastes and
experiences unique to this beautiful part of WA’s Peel Region. Their
tours are available in all seasons so why not join them this holiday
season. Sit back and relax in the comfort of one of their fully
Witness the beautiful sites that nature has provided within the
Baldivis area. Join them on a journey that pleases all ages as they
uncover some little known prehistoric secrets. As you tour through this
pristine Peel region, be in awe of the spectacular wildflowers. Their tour guides have extensive knowledge of the areas
travelled and you can learn some of the uses of the flora and fauna to the
indigenous people to this area. Also have the opportunity to hand feed
some of the Australian native animals in the safe surrounds of Marapana
Wildlife World. All tours include great local wine. A superb platter of
enticing food and nibbles is also provided for your convenience and of
course the great natural surrounds that mother nature has already
provided. For further
information email them at email@example.com
or phone (08) 9525 0292.
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