Rhiannon Brown, 10, trots her pony Leah out for the vet check after the 25km ride.
The well-marked track set out from the equestrian centre at Sandy Point last Saturday and took riders through varied territory including a 10km scenic stretch along the beach, to tree-lined forest tracks, and long, grassy gallop areas.
The 80km Open ride was won by Gore's Angela Head, riding CD Fred. In second place was Trevor Copland on Dell Dancer, and third place and best conditioned went to Vanessa Tiffen on Gazzah. Tiffin also won best conditioned at the club's last ride, in late November.
Several young riders had their first taste of endurance riding, and vowed to come back for more and step up to a 40km ride, which is promising for the sport in the region.
The day was a family affair for the three Brown sisters, whose horses were all related. Samantha's ride, Rayjan Daniel (Bremervale Pocohontas x Bremervale Tequila) is the sire of 14-year-old Danielle's ride, Demi, and Demi's dam Leah, was ridden by Rhiannon Brown, 10.
Q - Ingrid Ambrosissen - CD Shaka
1st - Marie Smith - Cotta - 3.30.31
Q - Stuart Smith - Mika
Q - Robin Marshall - Aurora Al Kadira
Q - Lyn Marshall - Oso Ebony (Fabuloso)
Q - Danielle Brown - Demi
Q - Samantha Brown - Rayjan Daniel (Zeus)
Rhiannon Brown - Leah