Arabians in Australia: Endurance Riding

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These endurance horses were bred by Matthew Sample, a winner of Australia's ultimate trophy for Endurance Horse Riding, The Quilty Cup. Most of his horses are full or part Arabian breed. Sample's breeding farm is 80 acres of Derrier Pocket in the Yabba Valley a few kilometres west of Imbil, and adjacent to Imbil State Forest.

The annual Quilty Cup Endurance Ride is held over a 130 Km (100 mile) course. The first national endurance ride was held at Richmond NSW. Other venues have included Wilberforce, Colo, Watagan, Canowindra, Tooraweenah and Manilla in NSW; Gawler, Port Elliot and Mt Pleasant in South Australia; Mundijong, Mornington Hills, Toodyay and Collie in Western Australia; St Helens and Sheffield in Tasmania, Myrtleford, Landsborough and Tonimbuk in Victoria and Kenilworth, Boonah, Nanago and Kilkivan in Queensland.

Mary Valley Adventure Trails provides other opportunities for people to enjoy horse riding, at a leisurely pace, in the wonderful forests of the valley.

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Comments (10)

bdeh on February 4, 2013

Beautiful composition Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2013

Greetings Berend,

My first thought, as they approached, was to stop the car so that the car didn't frighten any horse, but as I did I saw this silhouetted possibility for the camera.

And just another interesting bit of information: Endurance racing has no prize money in Australia, because of laws that prohibit horse racing on public roads. Thus one gets the impression that endurance racing is a sport for the rich. The horses cost a pretty sum!


Tewbacka on February 5, 2013

Have a friend in Tassie that breeds and sells horses for the Quilty and rides in endurance events all over Australia, Ian. Apart from that I love your photo :-) cheers Gary

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2013

Thanks Gary,

I would be pretty certain your friend would know Matthew Sample, then, Gary. The Endurance Riding network isn't very large, and the likelihood is greater when they are both Quilty breeders.

Greetings from the Mary Valley.


Tewbacka on February 7, 2013

I'm sure you're right Ian regarding the size of the network and Quilty breeding. I'll be seeing the husband of Trish Smith in the morning so I'll ask. He may know Matthew as well. hi from Hobart. regards Gary

Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2013

Please let me know, Gary.


ebi lutze on February 9, 2013

Hi IanFrom the Group A1-Unique Australia. A very special capture and a artistic composition. L. Regards Ebi

Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2013

You are very encouraging and affirming, Ebi. Thanks.


gezginruh on February 15, 2013

What a wonderful capture! Also such an artistic composition!

I loved it very much dear Ian!

Warmest greetings. Fü

Ian Stehbens on February 15, 2013

Warmest greetings from Imbil, dear . I trust that you study program is going well and you are finding it stimulating.

Thank you for your affirming response to this photo. I was driving in the forest when I saw the group approaching in the distance, so I stopped quickly, changed lens and knelt of the road receiving images as they approached.

One of them asked, as they rode by, if I was a hobby photographer or was I from the newspaper - for he hoped the photo would be in the "Gympie Times". Little did he realise it would be on Google Earth and be seen in Turkey - and around the world.


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