An international field of riders set off on the ultimate test of horse and rider - the CEI3* 160kmendurance ride at the CEI Kings Forest Event, but it was Carri Ann Dark riding, Vavavoom, who clinched the win.
Carri Ann's aim was simply to complete the ride and bag her championship qualification, so she was amazed tocome away with 1st place and an impressive riding time of 09:52:45.
"It was amazing to have Vavavoom back on top form after having nearly 18 months rest," she said. "We are so proud of him, it means the world to us". Her victory was not made easy with fluctuating weather conditions making the course challenging with some areas becoming slippy and others very hot and humid.
After completing the 160km ride most riders tend to take it easy the next day, a hot bath maybe, a leisurely stroll? Not Carri Ann! Not wanting to miss an opportunity to qualify one of her other young horses she rode Bey-Shamadahl in the 80km Graded Endurance Ride the next day. Another successful completion under her belt meant Carri had completed 240 competitive kilometres around Kings Forest!
Ride organiser Di Luke believes that the course is one of the best in the country. "The forest is so giving, there are lovely long stretches where you can just bowl along," she said.
Riders commented that the venue was superb and the added benefit of all classes having electronic timing was extremely well received.
Di extended her thanks to both Meydan and Science Supplements must be thanked for their generous support of this international endurance event.
Detailed results from the ride are available here.