The Central Zone Ride To Time training days and qualifiers were held on June 2 Kilmore Racecourse; June 30 Werribee Racecourse; July 14 Werribee Racecourse.
And there is an exciting announcement about this event!!
“Central Zone Ride To Time Frank Muddyman Memorial Award”
We are so pleased to announce that the Central Zone of Pony Club now have a new annual award! For the Club who wins the Hi Point at the Zone Ride to Time Program, they will now receive the perpetual “Central Zone Ride To Time Frank Muddyman Memorial Hi Point Award”. The Champion of each the Maiden & Open Section of each section will also each win a “Central Zone Ride To Time Frank Muddyman Memorial Champion” trophy! The awards will be presented at the Central zone Ht on August 12 at Oaklands.
Who is Frank Muddyman?
Frank Muddyman passed away 26th June 2016 and he was an endurance rider who rode the Tom Quilty Gold Cup Endurance Ride 7 times. Amazing effort to ride 160 kms in one day!! Thanks to his Pat Muddyman for donating these trophies to the Zone so they can be brought back again for use by the riders and Clubs!
What is the Tom Quilty Gold Cup Endurance Ride?
The Tom Quilty Gold Cup is the premier ride on the endurance calendar in Australia. The prestige associated with winning this event, as well as competing, is immense. It is the goal of all Australian endurance riders to attempt and be successful in this ride. Endurance riding has been an organised sport in Australia since 1966. The winner of the first Quilty was Gabriel Stecher, an engineer from Victoria, who rode his Arabian stallion ‘Shalawi’ bareback the full 100 miles, plus a few more miles when he took a wrong turn!
The original Tom Quilty Gold Cup is held in the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach QLD, as the inception of the Quilty Cup ride was nurtured by Queenslanders Erica and R.M.Williams , who loved their distance riding and their beloved Arabian horses. RM’s Rockybar Stud was situated in QLD. The Quilty was named after RM’s old mate Tom Quilty of Spring Vale Station in the Kimberley Ranges of WA, who on request donated the valuable gold cup.