Tumut’s annual endurance ride

The camp was set up on Jonathan Caffery’s Gilmore property, with Mr Caffery assisting in establishing tracks for the riders.

Horse riders from as far afield as Queensland and Victoria travelled to Tumut last weekend for the annual Tumut Endurance Ride, this year staged in the picturesque Gilmore Valley.

Competitors had the option of 5, 10, 20, and 40 kilometre rides, and could do a different ride on the Saturday and the Sunday if they wished.

For the past two years the ride has been held at the Tumut Showgrounds, but this year riders had the treat of venturing through the hills of Gilmore, thanks to accommodating property owners.

“Jonathan Caffery is the main property owner and we’re using a lot of different properties out there, they’ve all been really good,” said organiser Kim Stephens.

“He’s actually been bulldozing tracks for us. We’re hoping next year, with Jonathon’s help, we’ll be able to offer a 90 kilometre ride.”

Horse enthusiasts came from all over Australia for the ride.

Tumut Endurance, with Ellen Vine being a key organiser along with Ms Stephens, has put the ride together in only three months; with tracks, a food van, and volunteers stationed along the way.

There were vets on hand, and the event was run in accordance with biosecurity protocols put in place by the Australian Endurance Riders Association.

Approximately 130 riders signed up for the event, with the majority of them coming from out of town.

“It’s very good for the town, because they’ve all been ducking into town to get bits and pieces, and also it’s good for Gilmore,” said Ms Stephens.

“The Tumut Endurance Ride is one of the oldest endurance rides in NSW, but there were quite a few years where it didn’t run.”

Winners received prizes of hand fashioned weathervane decorations from Oz Metal Art.

Kim Stephens was a key organiser of the Tumut Endurance Ride, along with Ellen Vine.