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Qld to host historic Quilty endurance ride

July 7, 2008

Penny Toft and Don, followed by Brook Warner and Zalman, at last year's Quilty ride.

Australia's prestigious Tom Quilty Gold Cup endurance ride will take place in Nanango, Queensland, in September this year.

Considered one of the most challenging and competitive horse events in the world, the "Quilty" attracts champion riders from Australia and overseas. Last year one of the competitors at the Nanango International Endurance event was the King of Malaysia.

In 1966, 26 riders began the first Tom Quilty, a 100-mile endurance ride on a course west of Sydney.

Last year the Tom Quilty Gold Cup was held in Western Australia.

The ride, the brainchild of RM Williams, now attracts up to 250 of the finest riders in the world.

With friends, buyers, veterinary teams and officials it is expected a crowd of more than 1000 will gather, many camping out with their horses in the Nanango Show Grounds from September 19 to 21.

The original idea to ride a horse 100 miles in a day has held true and the course is now 160km through the hilly terrain of the East Nanango State Forest in the South Burnett region.

Back in 1966, RM's friend Tom Quilty, a Kimberly cattleman and renowned horseman, donated $1000 for a perpetual trophy, a gold cup. It is on permanent display in the Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach.

Only a handful of elite equine athletes are ever in contention to win the prestigious Gold Cup.

For most it is simply the challenge, complete the ride and win one of the famous silver buckles and achieve the motto of the sport: 'To Complete is to Win'.



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