Sunday, 15 June 2014

Seacliff Horse Endurance FEI Ride 2014;

Spent a few days prior to this weekend helping my partner Francis prep and mark some of the route of this years Seacliff Endurance Horse ride event. Much of the event is ran along our tracks and rights of way as well as field boundaries and mowed tracks...



With 140 horse riders over the weekend riding the trails it is a big event and Francis was riding the big 160km ride on the Saturday one of 6 entries, and then she was Vetting on the Sunday-the horses are vetted before riding ,during the day, and after they finish riding,

Using a Fat Bike to mark the route on the beach and off road along soft grassy  paths has highlighted Fatbikes to some of the Equestrian Endurance riders which is good for fatbikes and cycling...

Friday i helped her mark the pink route around John Muir Park. I had been volunteered! to check the route on Saturday morning, then de mark it after the riders past, Only Saturdays 120km and the 160km riders used this eastern loop. 7am and all checked and ok...

Out at the tip of Spike island i waited until 7.45 and 5 120km riders rode up the beach and past, then and hour passed with no one... i dozed on a log perched up in the dunes...


Then a lone rider cantered up the beach...



It was Francis!, and she was already an hour ahead of the rest of the 160km riders!...



After the other riders passed by a text message that all were through and i started to de mark the loop. A footprint you do not often see on our beaches, this is a boot-worn on a horses foot instead of a shoe...


Pugsley turned Broom wagon!, as i picked up the posts and signs...


I headed to the west of Fenton Barnes and caught up with Rachel and Caroline who were crewing for Francis. They had also been on the go since 4am for Francis`s 5pm start of this epic day...


Crewing evolves water to cool the horse-called sloshing, using washing comforting bottles of cold water!, and buckets of water and feed for the horse, along with water and food for the rider...





This is `sloshing`!...





I watchED Francis as she rode down from Fenton Tower, and passed 5 riders like she was just cruising!, yet she had nearly rode 120km and was 1 hour 40 mins ahead of the next rider!...





Back to the venue and Vetting again for Aphrodite...




While Aphrodite had some feeding before 2 more 20km loops...


Heart rate ok and Vetting passed Francis headed out... 2  1/2 hours later 3 hours 15 minutes ahead of the next rider at an average 15kph she cantered into the finished to a big cheer and round of applause to an amazing ride...



Way to go!... :)


Final Vetting...




And all fine!...


First Borders branch member of SERC to finish an 160km ride. What is quite amazing is Francis  and Aphrodite had only previously rode up to 80km Endurance rides and only 3 weeks ago decided to do the big 160km ride, so there was very little training to prepare.  pretty amazing!
After vetting Aphrodite still had energy to eat!, Francis said she is an amazing horse...


Amazing rider too... A great day we will always remember... :)


4 comments:

  1. wonderful blog/explanation of your amazing partners ride and sport. think you could be a publicist for SERC!!! Great partnership... make sure she is forgiven all sins for at least 10 days after that....

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  2. hi, thanks, ha ha , i owe Francis big time after a lift home last week after i bailed out of cycling the coast to coast Southern Upland Way!, more on that soon...

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  3. Well done Francis and interesting post Bruce. It's good to get a bit of variety.

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  4. Hoi Francis,

    Ik ben trots op mijn zusje. Heel mooie reportage!
    Goed gedaan door jullie beiden.

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