Horses put through paces at festival site

Shanti McIvor on Bella and Lara Uhl on Phoenix from the Ranch Byron Bay were among 30 or so riders and horses at North Byron Parklands for last weekend’s inaugural Endurance Ride. Geoff Provest (Member for Tweed) and Cameron Arnold from Destination North Coast were there to launch the Horse Trails of the Tweed Valley guide. Photo Jeff Dawson

An introduction to endurance horse riding was held last Saturday at the North Byron Parklands site, which showcased the grounds as a multi-use site.

Event organiser and Tweed-Byron Trail Horse Riders Club secretary Debra Minto said 30 riders took their horses though a 20km course that was set within the property.

‘The course follows the Parklands boundary fences and roadways, travels through a leafy regeneration corridor and a forest of tall gum trees up to the highest point on the property.

New members

‘While only a short course by endurance standards, there are some challenges for those horses and riders who are new to this sport.’

The club is seeking new members in the Tweed-Byron area and encouraging more participation in the sport as it prepares to enter a team to compete in the National Endurance Championship – the Tom Quilty Gold Cup. In July 2019, this event will be staged at a property in Imbil, south-west of Gympie. For further information visit or contact Debra Minto on 0418 400 047.

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