The annual invasion of Fauresmith by the endurance riding community took place at the beginning of July. The race itself took place from Tuesday the 7th July to Thursday the 9th July. This year’s event had the highest number of horses registered to start in the history of the event and it proved to be a successful ride in terms of the numbers of horses that completed it.
This year’s event saw a competition between South Africa, Australia and New Zealand with representative teams of all 3 countries competing. Furthermore, there was a S A National Development Team that participated and completed the ride successfully. A major change had been adopted by the ERASA Executive – which was to change the format in which participants took part in the ride. In the past, departure times were staggered and at the end of the race, those that happened to cross the finishing line first, were not necessarily the winners. This year the fastest horses were those that departed first on Wednesday and Thursday and all horses departed according to how quickly they had completed the event up to that point. Thus the horses that cross the finishing line on Thursday morning – were those that won the specific events in this ride. In addition, a special coloured identity bib was used for identifying the rider who had been the fastest in the main categories (Heavy Weight, Standard, Junior and Light Weight), so that everyone knew who were the leaders.
The individual who completed the Fauresmith 2009 ride fastest, was Corne Fick who also won the Standard Weight Division of the race – which he completed in 8 hours 13 minutes and 56 seconds. The winner of the Heavy Weight Division of the ride was Jansen Pretorius and winners of the Juniors – J D Venter, Light Weight – Veronique Parker and Child Rider – Johan Griessel.
In the team events the international competition was won by Australia, the Heavy Weight Team Winners were Northern Cape, Senior Team – Gauteng North, Junior Team – North West Development and the S A National Development Team was 6th in the Senior Team event.
The horses on which the Australians won the international competition - were supplied by the North West Endurance Union and the Australians have assured us that they will be returning in 2010 to defend their title.
Pictures of the 4 leaders in their coloured bibs are shown – these being the riders that were leading at the end of Wednesday evening. All 4 of these leaders won their specific categories on Thursday.
Stride Distributors provided prizes to the value of approximately R 45 000,00 which included prizes for the First, Second and Third places in the Heavy Weight, Standard, Junior, Light Weight and Child Rider events, prizes for the winning teams – International, Heavy Weight, Senior and Junior and 5 Best of Condition plus the Best of the Best Condition events.
The team competitions win a floating trophy, but each individual (including the manager of each team) received a miniature trophy in recognition of their success.
Pictures of winners and team winners plus interesting events during the ride are shown in the picture galleries.
Stride would like to congratulate ALL of those that completed this unique event – recognizing the achievement as being an effort of the rider, horse, grooms and whoever pays all the bills. To those that did not achieve success – our sincere sympathy – we hope you will be back to change your fortune next year.
|WINNERS AND TEAM RESULTS OF THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES|
|SENIOR WINNER||Corne Fick|
|LIGHT WEIGHT WINNER||Veronique Parker|
|HEAVY WEIGHT WINNER||Jansen Pretorius|
|JUNIOR WINNER||JD Venter|
|CHILD RIDER||Johan Griessel|
|BEST OF THE BEST CONDITION||Corne Fick|
HEAVY WEIGHT TEAM – NORTHERN CAPE
Hannes de Wet
Manager: Ludi Fourie
JUNIOR TEAM – NORTH WEST
J D Venter
Loot van Zyl
Manager: Fanie Pretorius
STANDARD TEAM – GAUTENG NORTH
Schalk van der Merwe
Marietjie van der Merwe
Manager: Peet Botha
FROM THE STRIDE TEAM