Countdown to the 2012 Tom Quilty Gold Cup


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The Tom Quilty Gold Cup. The Tom Quilty Gold Cup.
The 2012 The Tom Quilty Gold Cup Endurance Ride commences this Thursday June 7 and runs throughout the Queen’s Birthday long weekend until Tuesday June 12. It’s expected to attract a field of over 130 riders from around the world with competitors flying in from the Middle East, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the USA and Europe to compete alongside the Aussies, who are ranked world-class in the sport of Endurance.

Accompanying the riders will be their support crew, media and spectators which will swell the population of St Helens to around 2,000 during the week of the event.

The ride is a punishing 160km endurance pursuit with the objective being to test horse and rider…”100 miles on one horse in one day”. Competitors will begin their ride over bush tracks commencing at midnight on Friday June 8. Although each horse and rider has 24 hours to complete the Tom Quilty Gold Cup ride, the winners are expected to cross the finish line in about half that time, arriving on Saturday afternoon. Riders will also be vying for the coveted Best Conditioned awards, which acknowledges the excellent physical condition of the top endurance horses.

All competitors who finish with their horses passing the vet check win a prized Quilty belt buckle. All competitors who finish with their horses passing the vet check win a prized Quilty belt buckle.

Each year the Tom Quilty acts as a showcase for various regions of Australia. Participants have strong connections with rural Australia and each year the ‘Quilty family’ moves from state to state as the organization is rotated.

Although run under the auspices of the the Australian Endurance Riders Association, each state puts its own unique stamp on the event…including the weather conditions!

The Tom Quilty Gold Cup was born after the late R.M. Williams, editor of Hoofs & Horns, decided that if Americans could do endurance riding, so could Australians! He asked his friend Tom Quilty to support the 100 mile ride, and Quilty donated $1,000 which was used to make the prize for the winner…a gold cup. This was named the Tom Quilty Gold Cup in his honour and resides in the Stockman’s Hall of Fame.

All competitors who finish with their horses vetted as being fit receive a Tom Quilty belt buckle which is much-prized among endurance riders!

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