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Posted by Christine Armishaw on 01/06/2021.
Pictured, Angela Hawkes on a 2019 Endurance ride
Photo courtesy of Sarah Sullivan

Canobolas Endurance Riders Club to Host 2021 Australian FEI Championships

The Australian FEI Championships for 2021 have been awarded to the Canobolas Endurance Riders Club Inc, in the beautiful city of Orange, NSW.

Following the significant effects of COVID-19 in 2020, FEI Endurance has seen a resurgence this year and there is considerable excitement around the awarding of the FEI 3* 160km event to be titled the Matar Endurance Stables 160km FEI Australian Championships.

The event will be hosted as part of the prestigious Matar Stables Bullio Cup, from the 29th to the 31st of October 2021.

The Matar Stables Bullio Cup is an Endurance horse ride catering to everyone from young children and families, to serious Endurance athletes.

The ride base is located at Four Mile Creek, near the beautiful food and wine city of Orange.

The course traverses through the picturesque Canobolas State Forest and neighbouring farmland. 

Although safe for both horse and rider, the course is known as being technical, with altitude differentials that require diligent horsemanship to perform successfully.

FEI Endurance seems to be bouncing back well from COVID-19, with a number of new competitions scheduled for this year.

Competitors have been encouraged by the recent success of Queenslander, Andrea Laws-King, who performed admirably at the World Endurance Championships in Pisa, Italy in May. She took out 24th position, from 72 starters, riding her homebred horse, Heathfield’s Bin Sadaqa.

Further to this, the individual winner of the event was a rider from the UAE piloting an Australian-bred horse, Bullio Blue Sue (Haleh). This confirms what is already well-recognised, that Australian Endurance horses are some of the best in the world. A significant opportunity exists for our athletes to ride them to success on the world stage.   

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