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Endurance riders hit the beach

November 30, 2009

Jorja James won the 80km Junior ride and her pony Glenvar Kit Kat, who was named best conditioned junior mount.

Nine-year-old Jorja James stole the show on her classy endurance pony Glenvar Kit Kat at the Mount Linton Endurance Club's ride at Sandy Point yesterday.

The combination, which has been together only since Easter this year, had an impressive completion in the 80km Open Junior ride, winning the division and Kit Kat also taking out the best conditioned junior horse title.

Run over two 40km loops, the course took riders along the surf and sand at Oreti Beach and through forestry and river-side tracks.

Damp and windy conditions cleared to leave a good riding temperature and no horses suffered any metabolic stresses.

Mount Linton's Sandy Point ride is a favourite with endurance riders, and yesterday proved no exception. Riders were complimentary of the track, which provides consistent footing and a variety of scenery.

The Open 80km ride was won by Timaru's Vanessa Tiffin on Gazzah in 4:07.59, and the combination also won the best conditioned title. Jordan Dent and Gipzy crossed the finish line close behind, in 4:08.00.

Vanessa Tiffin on Gazzah, left, and Jordan Dent riding Gipzy. Vanessa won the 80km open ride and Gazzah was named best conditioned, with Jordan finishing second.

Kevin Brosnahan calms Glendaar Greystar before their final 40km loop. They finished 4th in the 80km Open.

Monica Smith and Kishon Sonatina.

Sarah Hamer on Glendaar Iraklis heads out on their final 40km loop with daughter Jorja James, 9, on Glenvar Kit Kat.

Open 80km rider Angela Head, left, on CD Fred and Brigitte Stann on CD Uproar.

Trevor Copland and Dell Dancer (open), left, with Ingrid Anbrosiuffen and CD Shaka (novice) qualified over 80km.

Marie Smith gets ready to set off on the 40km ride on Cotta.

Vanessa Tiffin and Jordan Dent back in after completing their 80km open ride.

Veterinarian John Doddy gets the low-down on Kit Kat's heart rate for Jorja James (80km Junior open). The combination won their division in 4:51.48 and Kit Kat was named best conditioned junior horse.

Ground Judge Kevin James trots out Dell Safear for Linda Pullar, who was injured during the ride.

Enrique Searel and Hills of Mist.

Sarah Hamer unsaddles Glendaar Iraklis to weigh in after qualifying in the 80km open section.

Dave Anderson and Highland Splash qualified in 3:32.10 in the Novice 40km.

Brooke Candy and Velvet Fire were second in the Junior Open 80km in 4:41.50.

Jorja James had a pleasing day with her pony, Glenvar Kit Kat.



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