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    CZ Ride To Time

    Leonie Lang, Friday, 1 June 2018

    Announcement of the Central Zone Ride To Time Frank Muddyman Award

    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.

    CZ RTT Round 1 at Kilmore Racecourse Sat June 2

    The air was cold but the sun came out for the riders who assembled at Kilmore Racecourse for the first Ride To Time training day. Before mounting and gear check, the 5 riderrs from CZ (Bullengarook, Kyneton and Werribee) plus 2 visitors from Kangaroo Ground met for a briefing with Aimee Cuthbert, the organiser and today, the coach.

    CZ RTT Kilmore 2018 briefing

    The riders then headed out to the track and took it in turns to try to canter the last 1000m at the correct pace. They were timed 3 times and by the end of the morning most had nailed it.

    CZ RTT Kilmore 2018 CZ RTT Kilmore 2018

    Aimee did a great job organising the riders and advising them on how to ride safely at the given pace. Zone Rep David Stammers an DCI Bronwyn Fyfe were also there to support the riders.

    Many thanks to Kilmore PC DC, Cathy Dingwall and President, Sean Dingwall for opening up the canteen for some very welcome hot food and drinks at the end of the morning.

    See the gallery below for more photos.


    Waiting to ride Kilmore 2018

    Aimee and rider 3 Kilmore 2018

    Aimee and riders Kilmore 2018

    Aimee and riders Kilmore 2018

    Georgie and Tijana Kilmore 2018

    Tayla Alford Kilmore 2018

    Tayla Alford Kilmore 2018

    Tayla Alford Kilmore 2018

    Rider 1 Kilmore 2018

    Rider 2 Kilmore 2018

    Rider 3 Kilmore 2018

    Rider 4 Kilmore 2018

    Rider 5 Kilmore 2018

    Rider 6 Kilmore 2018

    Rider 7 Kilmore 2018

    Werribee riders


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