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Tom Quilty Gold Cup - St Helens Tasmania

Brook Sample and Brookleigh Excalibur are the winners!

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Tom Quilty Warm Up song by Trevor Knight

Start of the Tom Quilty
Lockleigh Park Wildfire trotting out off third leg

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Start List - 111 starters

Tp, Tony Purton - Beer Street Dimity (HWT)
Al, Alan Lindsay - Larabi Bint Fantasy (MWT)
1, Kristie McGaffin - Castlebar Gulfstream (MWT)
2, Gillian Lowth - Orabanda Dancing Silhouette (LWT)
3, Matthew Haig - Summer Breeze (HWT)
4, Kaleb Smith - Beaucheval Akhiran (MWT)
5, Pauline Goodwin - Marley Hosanna (MWT)
6, Debbie Grull - Lauralyn Notorious (MWT)
8, Nicole Ford - Highland View Piper (MWT)
9, Shimpei Miyamoto - Duke (HWT)
10, Jessie Aistrope - DVS Barnaby (LWT)
11, Denis Sugars - Dial Range Dark Omen (HWT)
12, Erin Gadsby - Sheikh (HWT)
13, Jennifer Gilbertson - Windaroo Devina Glamour (MWT)
15, Angie Clarke - Cameo Bucephalus (LWT)
17, Heather Johnson - Blackheart Dasher (MWT)
18, Tamara Atkinson - Jezzabelle Seranada (HWT)
19, Ashley Green - Highland View Eclipse (JUN)
20, Linda Tanian - Castlebar Nico (MWT)
21, Wendy Dower - Castlebar Tempest (LWT)
22, Allix Jones - Castlebar Nova (LWT)
23, Stuart King - Kaban (HWT)
24, Dave Evelyn - Kalody Park Peppermint Twist (MWT)
25, Sarah Parker - King Park Aberdeen Pelion (JUN)
26, Steph Cooper - Star of Courage (HWT)
28, Bonny Burgess - Rythem (MWT)
29, Steve Blackhurst - DrumlinHobart (MWT)
30, Heather Hampson - Costa Zu (MWT)
31, Craig Wall - Sharabhan Sashmah (HWT)
32, Anita Hutchins - Enderby Shakira (MWT)
33, Robbie Walsh - Free Spirit Czar (HWT)
35, Nicola Robinson - Sterling Nakeeta (LWT)
36, Rebecca Bramich - Zharion (LWT)
37, Jen Clingly - Imaj Zamir (LWT)
38, Brooke Brown-Cordell - Yondover Ridge Mojo (JUN)
39, Luke Annetts - Tallawarra Jazardis (MWT)
40, Jennifer Annetts - Churinga Goldfire (LWT)
41, Alice Mitchell - Beer Street Takone (JUN)
42, Kaye Mitchell - Beer Street Bluewitch (MWT)
43, Louise Pearce - Performance Park Riverdance (HWT)
44, Brenda Hardwicke - Cassata Royale (MWT)
45, Jean Sims - Unknown (MWT)
46, Ellie Woodhouse - Crystal (JUN)
47, Hannah Colbeck - Malricia Frankie (JUN)
48, Alison Colbeck - Malricia Salibah (MWT)
49, Leonie Stewart - Rojenn Retaan (MWT)
51, Linda Blanchard - Galoubet (LWT)
52, Jan Lewin - Dot Com R.U. One Two (MWT)
53, Elizabeth Laurie - Unknown (HWT)

54, Brenda Blucher - Coolawanya Estasharr (LWT)
55, Grace Huxtable - Highland View Jess (JUN)
56, Lynette Walker - Samson of Glendhu (MWT)
57, Gerald Nicklason - Wongawol Digger (HWT)
58, Darcy Nicklason - Mulawa Flight (MWT)
59, Allan Caslick - Karabah Tully (HWT)
60, Alison Simpson - Sandine Balgriffin (LWT)
61, Chrissy King - Sir Andrew of Seven Oaks (LWT)
62, Joanne Marshall - Rivergum Renegade (MWT)
63, Hayley Marshall - Rowallen Aspin (JUN)
64, Mark Johnson - Unknown (HWT)
65, Jillian Bourton - Veloce Liberty (MWT)
66, Jeremy Ford - Ruby Running Bare (HWT)
68, Shi saeed Bin Maktoum - Jezzabelle Mushodoe (MWT)
69, Robert Crowe - Cranbook Park Tank (MWT)
70, John Fletcher - Bellarine Sheffield (MWT)
71, Samantha Noble - Monkhani Lodge Nobles Locket (JUN)
73, Dennis Foley Jnr - Jack (HWT)
74, Felicity Perry - Dream Catcher te (JUN)
75, Rick Febey - DJ Rocky (MWT)
76, Karin Morris - Saraya Sun Elegance (MWT)
77, Fran Jordan - Tierview Saadat (LWT)
78, Jodie Clarke - Bluegrass Geronimo (MWT)
79, Janine Parr - Harmere Natez (MWT)
81, Emily Shadbolt - Malricia Jess (JUN)
82, Amelia Napier - Bellawongah Holly (JUN)
83, Narelle Sward - Pallano Kisha (LWT)
84, Astrid Walters - Diamond T Funky Town (LWT)
87, Dimity Schofield - BJ (MWT)
88A, Anthony Bloom - Kerribea (MWT)
88, Keren Wilde - Satchel (MWT)
89, Anita Johnson - Mulawa Wisdom (MWT)
92, Ann Rouse - Middleton's Rousabout (LWT)
93, Keryn Mahoney - Tonki Dee Boo Pricilla (MWT)
95, Noel Lockhart - Ralvon Splendour (HWT)
96, Jacopo Di Matteo - Lockleigh Park Wildfire (LWT)
98, Alison Lockhart - Lockleigh Park Misty Rose (MWT)
99, Yari Perotti - The Hobbit (MWT)
100, Trish Smith - Khayem Requisite (LWT)
101, Bradley Hill - Lockleigh Park Sparks Afire (MWT)
103, Shannon Hill - Kantarabia Park Runako (JUN)
104, Matthew Sample - Brookleigh Ricardo (MWT)
105, Akhmed Pshunov - Tarrangower Crecendo (MWT)
106, Brook Sample - Brookleigh Excalibur (MWT)
108, Phoebe Harper - Southern Charm (LWT)
109, Viv Lawson - Valley Springs Saarina (MWT)
110, Max Lockhart - Razara Xstatiq (MWT)
112, Angela Hawks - Summit Park Assett (LWT)
113, Natalie Humphries - Duo Park Almighty (HWT)
115, Breanna Smith - Glendhu Calypso (JUN)
116, Gayle Holmes - Desert Duellers Con (MWT)
117, Casey Hayes - Undurra Braveheart (MWT)
118, David Anderson - Karrana Cracker Jack (LWT)
119, Tania Jago - Rivergum Ripper (MWT)
120, Jane Walsh - Undurra Geisha (MWT)
121, Greg Burford - Brofour Wedgewood (MWT)
123, Samantha Sward - Vandieman Princess Ellie (JUN)
124, Carolyn Foley - Braveheart Charlie (MWT)
125, Lyn Nicolle - Lauralyn Precious (MWT)
126, Linda Smith - Tierview Cloud Danczer (MWT)
127, David Pilgrim - Lauralyn Mishad (MWT)
128, Robyn Nibbs - Beer Street Reuben (LWT)

2012 Tom Quilty


An exciting weekend of dedicated endurance riders and their horses was to be found at St Helens, Tasmania for the 47th running of Australia’s national endurance event, the 160km Tom Quilty.

Founded by the legendary Australian RM Williams, the first Tom Quilty event was held in 1966 in NSW. The event was named after Tom Quilty, the man who donated $1000 to make the Tom Quilty Gold Cup, which would be presented to the winner of the event. The event has run each year since then, and continues to be Australia’s national event, with riders flocking from across Australia (and at times internationally) to attend.

This years Quilty saw 115 riders entered attempting to gain their Quilty Buckle. This is a smaller number then usual for the national event, but many mainland riders were hesitant to travel their horses to Tasmania and chose to skip this event and aim for attending the 2013 Tom Quilty which will be run from Queensland.

The riders that did attend the event were rewarded with absolutely gorgeous riding weather, the sun shone gaily throughout the weekend with many lovely photo opportunities being offered! The Quilty is renown for being a ‘wet’ ride and riders often joke that the number of dry Quilty’s can be counted on one hand. Being winter, and being Tasmania it was still a very chilly weekend, but the sun was most welcome and made the event a pleasurable experience.

The race was won by well known endurance rider Brook Sample riding the very experienced endurance gelding Brookleigh Excalibur. They cantered across the finish line to win the race in spectacular style in a time of 9 hours and 14 mins. Both Brook and his horse have competed previously in the Quilty with Brook now holding 12 buckles and having an impressive 6 wins. A momentous effort from an exceptional horse person, this achievement can be most appreciated when you look at the full results with only 54% of people entered in the event successfully completing .

Brook Sample and Brookleigh Excalibur with the Tom Quilty 2012 winners cup Sunday saw the top 5 riders in each division presenting for the Best Conditioned awards, as well as 10 riders presenting for the Pat Slater Cup.

Top 5 Juniors:
Alice Mitchell / Beer Street Takone (Best Conditioned)
Sarah Parker / King Park Aberdeen Pelion
David Anderson / Karrana Crackerjack
Amelia Napier / Bellawongah Holly
Ellie Maddick / Armidale Flash Jack

Top 5 Lightweights:
Jacopo Di Matteo / Lockleigh Park Wildfire (Best Conditioned)
Wendy Dower / Castlebar Tempest
Jennifer Annetts / Churinga Goldfire
Antonia Gilbertson / Kurrajong Shadad
Linda Blanchard / Galoubet

Top 5 Middleweights:
Brook Sample / Brookleigh Exalibur (Best Conditioned)
Bradley Hill / Lockleigh Park Sparks Afire
Akhmed Pshunov / Tarrangower Crecendo
Matthew Sample / Brookleigh Ricardo
Debbie Grull / Lauralyn Notorious

Top 5 Heavyweights:
Dennis Foley Jr / Jack
Robbie Walsh / Free Spirit Czar (Best Conditioned)
Mark Johnson / Sharah Lateefah
Elizabeth Laurie / Kholonial Farrington
Gerald Nicklason / Wongawal Digger
Jeremy Ford / Ruby Running Bare

The Tom Quilty is now over for another year, with many riders leaving ride base smiles from ear to ear for their success, and other riders leaving with the sigh of anticlimax, thinking ahead to next year when they can have another shot at that elusive Tom Quilty Buckle.

Endurance race with a midnight start

ABC.net.au - Radio interview

By Tony BriscoeFriday, 8 June 2012

Horse riders from across Australia will gather at midnight tonight at St Helens on the east coast of Tasmania for an endurance race with a difference.

The 160 kilometre Tom Quilty Gold Cup will be held over a course which involves farmland and forestry.

The endurance ride was last held in Tasmania at Sheffield in 2005, and attracts riders from the city as well as country areas.

Organiser Sarah Adams says the race is very strictly controlled and animal welfare is at the forefront of the race.

Radio Interview with Sarah Adams:

Just happy to be competing in Tom Quilty

Theadvocate.com.au - Full Article

8 June 2012

FOR Sheffield's Stuart King and stepdaughter Sarah Parker, this weekend's Tom Quilty Cup will certainly be a family affair. The most coveted Australian equine endurance event, the Tom Quilty Gold Cup, will be held at St Helens, starting at midnight tonight.

Horses and riders will travel 160km within a time limit of 24 hours. Teams from all over Australia have converged on the East Coast for the Cup.

For King and 15-year-old Sarah, this weekend has been a long time coming.

"I've been trying to make it to a Tom Quilty for eight years or more now, so it's great to finally get to one, especially in my home state," King said...

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