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See you at the rides in 2015.

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Click here to download the above map - Updated map of Forest closures

ForestrySA have said they hope to start opening parts of the forest today (16.1.15) so we will try and keep you updated as quickly as possible.

17 January - Mt Crawford Forest now open.  There are still some areas that are closed so could pay to ring the ForestrySA Ranger on 85211700.

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If you are a qualified endurance rider it is mandatory that

you have your own bib. 
Please refer to our Bib Policy and

Form on our Forms Page. 
We are aware that it can take a

very long time for the bibs to be supplied but you must order

one if you have qualified. 
Novice riders are exempt until such

time as they qualify but bibs are available to them if they

wish and also to training ride members.

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SAERA's AGM and End of Year Presentation

took place on Sunday, 7 December and Results

and Photos are now on their respective pages on

this website.  Also the 2015 Membership Form is

available on the Forms page and payment can

now be made by EFT providing a copy of the

receipt is sent in with your application.

Rob Vlaanderen and BJ after a very successful year
(Photo: Tania Drever)

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Links:      The website for the 50th Anniversary of the Tom Quilty Gold Cup is now on our Links page and on the Tom Quilty page

Minutes:      Draft Minutes for 2014 AGM together with 2014 Accounts

Ride Calendar:  The latest updated Rider Calendar for 2015

Photo Gallery:  Presentation Night photos

Results:  End of Year Awards

Forms:  2015 Membership Application Form

Newsletter page:
  This is a new page and you will now find the September Newsletter on there.  This is a pdf file and may take a little while to download.  Jean Sims is our new Newsletter editor and relies on members sending in information so go ahead and send her something to simsjj@bigpond.com

                          UPDATED Hendra Virus Vaccination Information (see below).

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As you are no doubt aware the next Tom Quilty ride will celebrate 50 years and is being held at Hawkesbury in NSW on 6-7 June 2015 (the long weekend) and to try and help this very special ride please click here to see their advertisement.  Advertisement on behalf of 2015 Tom Quilty

 The AERA wishes to form a sub-committee with the express purpose of identifying and nominating specific activities/events that will celebrate this milestone and which can be incorporated into the programme for the 50th Tom Quilty.  Please click below for the Expressions of Interest Form and the Terms of Reference.

Expressions of Interest
Terms of Reference
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Bob Gurr and Bindii bint Grevillea complete the 2014 Tom Quilty at Wagin  and do themselves and SA proud.  All of SAERA extend their huge congratulations to Bob who at 82 years old is an inspiration to everyone, those of us who know him personally and those who don't.  He achieved this with the enormous help of his brilliant home-bred mare, Bindii bint Grevillea - can't wait to see you when you both get back home.

(Full results will be on the AERA website later)

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At its last meeting the SAERA committee voted and passed the following motion.


“Motion: In line with AERAs requirement SAERA proposes that ride applications close as of 31st December of each calendar year, no additional rides for the following year will be considered after this date. Proposed by: Janne Harris and Second Deb Sheldon, unanimous.

Explanation of above motion: As At 31st December 2014 the ride calendar needs to be finalised for AERASPACE, what appears on the calendar is what will occur for 2015. No late rides will be approved. In order to fulfil AERA’s insurance requirements, SAERA must submit a list of rides by January 2015.  This also enables members to plan their year and gives certainty to all involved with rides about what is required and when.


In line with the above please see the draft calendar for 2015 which consists of a list of suggested dates.  Some rides we have an idea who might apply to host but no actual paper has been submitted.  If you would like to put in a ride application please put pen to paper asap.


SAERA Committee.

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Jody Smith and Rage On during their successful ride at the Shahzada this year.  They were awarded the Halifax Hayes Fit and Well Award.
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                               SHAHZADA  2014 –  The 34th Shahzada is over…..

The 34th Shahzada turned out to be a huge challenge  with the weather and many rain events that persisted during the last week in the MacDonald Valley, north west of Sydney.  The 57 horses set out on Monday hoping that the weather may improve but soon it was obvious that the riders from all over Australia including Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland where in for a testing time covering 80kms a day for five days from the ride base in St Albans up and down the legendary tracks and across the swollen and sometimes impassable MacDonald River in difficult conditions. 

The Shahzada could not run without the wonderful volunteers who were there up to ten days prior to the event to help the Committee - erecting tents and gazebos, clearing campsites, putting water up in those mountains, marking the course, sorting out pumps and water in base and staying on to tpr, timekeep, sit on gates, help in the office and pencil for the vets.  The Committee and track crew worked around the clock checking water levels in the river and changing marking where needed to ensure the safety of all those concerned.

The fastest time of 35.02 hours for the 400 kms was achieved by Ian Curtis on Blakes Heaven Summer Wind.  Five horse and rider combinations were called up for the Best Conditioned/Best Managed Horse award -  Cherry Cummins on Winter Hill Alice,  Josephine Jansen on Windaroo Devina Glamour, Georgia Curry on Macquarie Park Banjo, Marg Boland on Rosebrae Cameo and Jenny Berg on Candynae with Marg Boland and Rosebrae Cameo taking out the award for the Best Conditioned/Best Managed Horse with the trophy and rug as pictured.  There were 27 completions which included four Juniors – earning a Shahzada buckle in recognition of this amazing achievement.    Check out the Shahzada website  www.shahzadaresults.org for full results.

The Halifax Hayes Fit & Well Award was presented to Jody Smith on Rage On from South Australia. The Newscom Award for first time horse and rider combination went to Michael Cummins on Aloha Vision.    The Oldest Rider to complete was Thomas Hermann on TTH Headliner again this year, the Youngest was Josephine Jansen on Windaroo Devina Glamour,  the Furthest Travelled award went to Trish Smith on Beaucheval Akhiran from Tasmania and the Last Riders to Complete were Allix Jones on  Al Marah Gypsy Red and Jenny Berg on Candynae - these awards were donated by the Knihinicki Family. The Steve Locke Memorial Award for the Last Junior home went to Georgia Curry on Macquarie Park Banjo and a new award with a stallion service donated by Trevor Knight to the first mare home went to Aloha Byshara ridden by Julie Brooks. The Shahzada Teams event, sponsored by Dixon Smith Equestrian, was won by "Beauty and the Beasts" with all four horse and rider combinations completing - Stuart Lymbery on Aloha Typic, Sarah Lymbery on Garonne Park Walker, Harrison Berg on Mahazin Bronze Azar and John Howe on Ashbend Perazzi (this was John's 10th completion in the Shahzada 400). 


There were 65 entrants in the Mini Marathon which was held over three days of 40kms per day and gave riders and horses the opportunity to get the taste of marathon riding with the idea that they will take up the challenge next year and attempt the 400 km Shahzada……52 riders were successful.

Huge thank you to the Chief Steward, Dorte Colja and Vets Dan Sims, Georgie Sheridan, Heather Glover and Simon Bain for working under the most difficult of conditions with the weather. 


Shahzada is put together by a small committee and a large number of dedicated volunteers – thank you to everyone involved in the success of the 2014 Shahzada.

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“All horses from Qld and NSW within 250km of any known Hendra outbreak must have had their final Hendra vaccination on or before 21 day period prior to arriving at ride base, and must be able to provide a microchip number and vaccination certificate. Horses which have been previously vaccinated, must have maintained the current recommendation for booster shots. Other unvaccinated horses travelling from any other part of Qld and NSW must complete a 7 day temperature log to be presented on arrival. Local horses wishing to compete at SAERA rides must be isolated from any horse originating from a Hendra hot spot (250km from a reported outbreak) for a period of 28 days, separated by a minimum distance of 10 metres at all times, with no sharing of feed or water receptacles. ANY unvaccinated horses that have travelled into or from Hendra hot spots within 28 days prior to an event will not be allowed on the grounds.”

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ABN 24 129 929 883

QERA Secretary

Susan Sutcliffe

208 Wilson Valley Road


0427 589 424 / 07 41275 149


16th May, 2014


In 2013 QERA held the inaugural Southern Cross Challenge. This event was aimed at introducing our junior ranks to international competition in a low pressure, friendly environment.

The idea behind the ride is to keep it at grass roots level at an AERA event, allowing all open junior riders to have the opportunity to take part, no matter what age or experience level. The ride is not about the fastest or best horse rider combinations, but more about those who will gain valuable knowledge and experience from taking part in a team environment. We also hope for those connected with this event to be introduced to new people from other nations gaining valuable contacts as well as strengthening the relationships between southern hemisphere endurance nations.

As a test event, we hosted a team from New Zealand at our State Championships ride held in 2013 in a 100km ride. It was a huge success and the benefits for our young riders involved were of great value with new friendships formed. Many opportunities arose for our young riders as a result and it gave QERA momentum to continue and expand the series looking to the future.

 In 2014 we are hoping to have junior teams from New Zealand, South Africa and Malaysia join us at our State Championships on the 5th, 6th and 7th of September for a 90km ride. We hope that you would consider sending a state junior team to join in the experience. Whilst we appreciate that travel, time, cost and distance will play a large part in the decision, we at QERA will endeavour to make your teams stay in Queensland as cost free as possible.

For more information please contact our Youth Development officer Gerard Bou at gahjpb@hotmail.com.

Yours sincerely,


Youth Development and Education

SMC Member

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We are now delighted to welcome JEAN SIMS as our Newsletter Editor and she would love to hear from you with any stories of your horses, yourself or your endurance days.  Jean's email address simsjj@bigpond.com We know what a difficult job this can be so please help Jean to make this an interesting Newsletter for you all.


Take a look at our Sponsors Page and please try and support these valued sponsors whenever possible.  They help to make our rides very special.

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AERA met on the weekend of 14 March 2014 and revisited the Hendra situation.

The AERA took legal advice into consideration in resolving the following policy with regards to Hendra:

1.            AERA supports individuals who, in consultation with their Veterinarian, choose to vaccinate their horses against Hendra Virus.  This is the single most effective means of prevention.
2.            AERA (in the current Hendra landscape) will not permit any mandated vaccination for the Tom Quilty Gold Cup.
3.            AERA recommends appropriate biosecurity and risk management protocols be implemented at state affiliated events, where appropriate at rides, in accordance with policies currently being developed.

Individual ride organisers and State Divisions have the right, in accordance with point three of the policy above, to make their own decision regarding Hendra vaccination status for their own state affiliated rides.

Should the Hendra landscape change significantly, this decision will be reviewed.

AERA, in consultation with WAERA and the Tom Quilty 2014 Head Veterinarian and Committee, have finalised the quarantine and biosecurity arrangements for Wagin Tom Quilty 2014.

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Hi Everyone,

Just a little reminder that if you are planning on becoming a member or riding at a ride or have someone riding for you, could you please give plenty of notice (2wks would be good) so that I am able to do your Membership Cards/Paperwork.

You cannot become a member on the day of a ride. It all has to be put on the computer now and updated before each ride.


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The Jendari Cup is for the South Australian Arabian Endurance horse of the year. To be eligible you must compete on an Arabian/Arabianbred horse using it's AHSA registered name. The Cup generally consists of Five rides of good repute, spread geographically across South Australia. Points are allocated by placings in each division and completions. The points double for every extra 80 k.m distance completed. If there is a tie after this the winner is decided by the horse that has sucessfully completed the most kilometers if equal again then by most weight carried. Entry to the Jendari Cup is free. The Jendari Cup is presented at the S.A.E.R.A. annual awards night.

The rides for 2014 are as follows:

1   Mil El Day 2 80KM
2.  Mt Crawford 1 80km
3.  Yunta Saltbush Sat 80km. and 2-day 160km
4. Sandy Creek 80km
5.  State Championships 80km, 160km

To confirm dates and for contact phone numbers visit the SAERA website.

The Endurance Riders Motto

Previous Winners

1997   Valdez
1998  Oaklyn Lassiter
1999  Oaklyn Lassiter
2000  Chip Chase Knight
2001  Kaian Desheen
2002  Allinga Lord Fenton
2003  Sindhagold
2004  Kentonvale Cruising
2005  Sheridan Park Kariim
2006  Chip Chase Knight
2007  Chip Chase Knight
2008  Chip Chase Knight
2009  Chip Chase Knight
2010  Chip Chase Knight
2011  Playing With Fire
2012  Qena Catt Dancer
2012/13 Tarkhim Shar Bastille
2013 Esaskia Shahmir

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Hendra – the current debate - please note the paragraphs referring to rides in Western Australia which includes the Tom Quilty


SAERA elects a committee to represent them.  Further we have two delegates that go to the AERA table and have one vote amongst a table of 21 votes.


At the July 2013 AERA meeting there was a motion from the AERA vet panel requiring a phased in mandatory vaccination program Australia wide.  AERA chose to deal with that by forming a subcommittee who created a document you can access at




This document attempted to explode some myths, gather some facts and made some recommendations. 


The recommendations were considered at the November AERA meeting and defeated in terms of any form of mandatory vaccination anywhere.  What was supported is an increase in bio security, another subcommittee of which I(Melanie) am a member. 


Approximately two weeks ago WAERA announced That all horses from Queensland and NSW, and horses that have been in contact with horses from NSW and Queensland in the 28 days prior to entering Western Australia, must have current certified vaccination against Hendra virus to be able to attend WAERA affiliated events. 


This announcement does effectively mean if you wish to go to Wagin with your horse you would have to vaccinate regardless of your state of origin as you will probably have contact with NSW Qld horses in transit. AERA is in receipt of correspondence saying this is a major variation to the Quilty agreement and requiring AERA to either accept or reject the variation, prior to the March AERA meeting on 15 March.


There will be a teleconference of AERA delegates on Wednesday night. I am lead to believe we (AERA delegates) will have some information about possible options to share with SMCs and members after that teleconference, the idea being that the SMCs will then be in a better position to instruct their delegates how to vote at the March meeting on ???? will know after Wednesday 5 March night.


In the meantime members are encouraged to let the SMC know their thoughts.  You can email any SMC member.

Melanie and Julie

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If anyone is interested in putting on a ride in the coming season please do not hesitate to contact the Committee.  There is lots of help available if you haven't done one before and if you go to our Ride Calendar page you will see the preferred dates available for rides. 

Stella Harbison is happy to talk to any potential ride organisers and talk them through the issues.  Ride applications along with a proposed ride budget should be mailed to Lainie Ray as the paperwork says.
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PLEASE NOTE:  Details of each ride are needed by Shirley Ellis (shireve5@bigpond.com).  These details are required for the Aeraspace Calendar or it will not be possible to enter your ride onto the computer.  All details need to be confirmed, e.g. Date, Name of ride, Location of ride, distances (including legs if possible), Ride Contact, Vet, Ride Secretary.  If you do not have all these details just let Shirley know.  It would also be appreciated if you could send a flyer for the website as soon as one is available .

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AERA Endurance Horse Registration fees.

At the November AERA meeting, the future of the Endurance Horse Registration fee was considered and discussed. The AERA considered the fee in the context of the following items that are on AERA’s short to mid-term horizon:

1) AeraSpace (like all software) will require ongoing maintenance and enhancements;
2) The AERA is developing an electronic timing system that will interface with AeraSpace. The intention is to provide each State with a complete hardware package designed for use at all events in Australia. The first trials should be conducted in the first quarter of 2014 with the intention of having it fully tested and operational for the 2014 TQ;
3) The AERA has committed to funding special celebration activities at our 50th Anniversary Tom Quilty in 2015.

When considering the above issues and the associated costs, it was decided to continue with the Endurance Horse Registration fee and increase it for the first time since its inception to ensure that the above projects could be adequately funded. Annual registrations rose from $11 to $25 and Lifetime from $55 to $60.

The decision to increase the annual fee significantly, whilst only marginally increasing the lifetime fee, was twofold;
(a) to encourage members to purchase lifetime registration thus reducing secretarial workloads in the long run; and
(b) to ensure that those members who turn over a large number of horses on a regular basis contribute accordingly.

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Please be advised that EA is currently calling for applications for the newly formed National Endurance Committee via the EA website.




NOTE – Applications close 5pm Thursday 14th November.

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NARA is keen to know how many South Australians are genuinely interested in racing their Arabians as we are moving towards organizing Arabian races in South Australia. If you are interested in racing could you please let the Nara team know. email: naraaustralia@hotkey.net.au and or view www.naraaustralia.com for more information.

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A number of our members have had horses with colds/viruses recently and SAERA takes the opportunity to remind members of the need to keep sick horses at home for a period of at least a few weeks after they have been sick in line with normal biosecurity measures, (i.e. a few weeks after all symptoms have disappeared).

Please read the link regarding Biosecurity and Disinfection Procedures For Horse Owners:    Biosecurity etc.

You may also want to read this link regarding the Hendra Virus Hendra Virus  and the following document from the Hendra Management Subcommittee.

If anyone is having trouble trying to get to some of the pages at the bottom of the list just go to MORE and then use either the down arrow or the wheel on your mouse, don't use the left click on your mouse.

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Please don't forget that we have a Ride Survey (Ride Survey page in the lefthand column of this website or see below).  It would a great help to all Ride Organisers if they could receive some feedback about their rides.  It can be a difficult and thankless task to organise a ride and any feedback to help improve a ride in the future will be gratefully received.  This is a useful, constructive way of improving our ride experiences for all.  We have had 3 rides already that need feedback etc. so give it a go, we do need your input.


Please click on the above document to complete the Ride Survey. 

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Click here:      What's it all about

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The Committee have asked that if any member wishes to record anything from complaints to compliments regarding our Club, that this should be done either in writing or by email to a member of the Committee, preferably to one of our Secretaries, so that the matter can be discussed fully by the Committee.  If you make a phone call or just talk to someone this can so easily be forgotten especially if it takes place at a ride and we do like to address properly any relevant matters put by members.  All Committee member contacts are available on our Committee page.

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Please note corrected information regarding FEI Passports.  This information and the latest Application Form appear on our Forms page.

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We have coffee mugs (two colours) and stubby holders (six colours) for sale at $5 each plus any postage.  Please email Shirley at shireve5@bigpond.com as they are now available.

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Medication Control

A number of years ago AERA adopted the prohibited substance list used by the FEI.  When medication control is undertaken at endurance rides the substances being tested for can be found in a 29 page document at


Some have asked how long a substance on this list stays in a horse' system.  This should be discussed with your treating vet.

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There is a proforma in our stationery kit for ride talks, ride organisers are advised to use it to keep their talks on track.

RIDERS :  need to demonstrate some courtesy  by

1.      not speaking amongst themselves while ride talk is on (even if the ride talk is not for your ride)

2.      please let ride organisers finish before they ask questions


'Zero tolerance' is being promoted for this rule in South Australia.  Be warned - If you come off course under novice rime as advertised at ride talk, you will be disqualified.  It is the riders responsibility to synchronize their watch and manage their ride time.  No leniency will be given under any circumstances.  You may ride with a GPS and have an opinion on leg lengths, but leg lengths and ride times are as set at ride talk. 

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It is now mandatory for all livestock owners to have a Property Identification Code (PIC) for their property.  To read all the information about this go to www.pir.sa.gov.au  >biosecurity SA > animal health > animal identification.  Here on line you will find a copy of the leaflet regarding PICs Information  Click here on PIC Leaflet and also the form which has to be submitted - click here on PIC Application.   It is necessary that you have a PIC for your property even if you only have one animal so please read the leaflet and complete the Application Form.

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It would help the Ride Secretary with Entries at each ride if you could print out the Entry Form (see our Forms Page) and complete it before each ride.  Don't forget that the form must be signed at the bottom and the signature of a responsible adult is needed for Junior Riders and also the signature of a responsible member if the horse is owned other than by the rider.  If you are not a member then you must sign a Liability Waiver. It is ESSENTIAL that an emergency contact phone number is supplied.  Also members must make sure they use their Membership Card for 2015 !! 

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If you see a number at the bottom of a photo it means there is a comment.  To read the comment, click on the photo to enlarge it and then scroll down until you get to the comment.

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 Your Club needs you!

The State Management Committee urgently seeks helpers to generally lend a hand to make sure the rides go ahead.   To those who have already offered your invaluable service we thank you most sincerely. 

Please contact Jil Bourton (8532 4112 or mobile 0401 675383) and let her know what you can do.

 No helpers means no rides.

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See our new page Young Horse Challenge



For those of you who have enjoyed the delicious Lemon Cordial provided by Tracy's mum when the rides pass their property (and for those who haven't !!) here is the recipe:

Juice of 10 Lemons; Rind of 6 Lemons grated; 30g Tartaric Acid; 30g Citric Acid (One tablespoon); Ý kg Sugar;      Pour on 20 cups of boiling water, blend then bottle.  Keep in the fridge.


IF ANYONE OUT THERE WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE PHOTOS OR A REPORT OF THEIR RIDE PLEASE CONTACT SHIRLEY ON shireve5@bigpond.com .   THIS INCLUDES ANY SAERA MEMBERS RIDING INTERSTATE.  Photos need to be in jpeg format and preferably not too large, contact me if you are not sure about sizing your photos.

The following pages on our website change frequently.  Make sure you keep checking them out:

The Home Page, Ride Calendar, Ride Flyers, Results, Reports (when someone sends one in!!), Photo Gallery, Members Page, Minutes (monthly), Classifieds and our Guestbook is being used quite frequently.








Please make sure that you nominate for all Endurance and Training and Introductory rides (this means any ride).

Nominations should be made to the person(s) named on the Ride Calendar using the phone number or fax details provided (email may be used but is suggested that use the reply receipt facility with your email and if you do not receive a receipt you will have to  telephone to make sure your entry has been received.  This is your responsibility so it is suggested your email is sent in plenty of time.)   Nominations MUST be received by 8pm on the Monday preceding the ride.

A late entry fee of $10 will be added to all entries on the day where the pre-ride nomination has not been received prior to 8pm on the preceding Monday.


A Welcome to All Riders

We welcome enquiries from non-endurance riders.  Contact details of all Committee members are on our Committee page so please contact anyone on this list if you are interested in learning more. Don't be intimidated by the thought of riding 80km, every event has a 20km Introductory Ride and a Training Ride as well.

Rides are held at various locations throughout the cooler months of the year.  Please check the Ride Calendar for details.

How to use this site


If you wish to print up one of our forms or ride flyers, just click on the forms page or ride flyers and then click on whichever form you wish to print, this will appear as a pdf file and you can then click print.  I am endeavouring to put maps on the website for each ride.  Don't forget you can make these bigger by clicking on the % sign above the map.  They are in pdf so you can print them out.


If you wish to look at photos in the photo gallery, click on the photo gallery page and then click on one of the albums, all the photos will appear and if you wish to see one enlarged just click on the photo itself.  You will see a number and title under the enlarged photo and if you are interested in obtaining your photo on a disc for a small cost to cover expenses please contact Shirley (see below) and quote the album (ride name) and the number and title of the photo.  If you look at the photos in full page they may not look very sharp as they are only low resolution on the website, photos on a disc will be high resolution so they can be reproduced as a photograph.


If you would like anything to be added to this website there is a Members page and text and photos can be added.  If you send photos it would be a great help if you could try and ensure that they are less than 250kb.


See Classified page for details re advertising rates.


Links - just go to the links page and click on the website you would like to look at.  If you would like any other links to be added please contact Shirley (see below).

Contact Shirley Ellis by email at shireve5@bigpond.com.au or by phone on 85640024 / 0414436307.


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