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Kaylea Mahera Takes Out 2019 Tom Quilty Gold Cup

TomQuilty2019.com.au - Full Article and Partial Results

Local endurance rider Kaylea Maher got to fulfil her dream of holding up the most coveted prize in the sport of endurance ― the Tom Quilty Gold Cup ― when she crossed the line ahead of 298 other riders from across Australia and abroad in the iconic 160km endurance race.

Kaylea completed the ride, which was hosted at the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex in Imbil Queensland, in ten hours and eight minutes after setting off on the ultimate endurance challenge at midnight last night.

She said she was hopeful of taking out the win but there were many factors that influenced the end result.

“Every ride you just take as it comes as you never know what the end result is going to be,” said Kaylea.

“You always have to have hope in your horse and believe in your horse and that’s what we did today. We believed in each other and we worked through all our challenges and he came home really strong. I’m really happy with his achievement today.”

“Credit goes to the people at home in our stable, they do a fantastic job of looking after him and yes, it’s a lot of hours and a lot of time; a lot of tears and sweat that go into getting a horse to the condition they need to be in to perform on the day. And that’s what we’ve seen, the hard work’s definitely paid off and I want to thank everyone who’s helped me get there today.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re at home or away, the competition is still there but to actually pull it off on home ground with the support from all my family, my friends and my team, I guess that’s where it comes down to feeling good about having this win on home ground.”

Kaylea also gave credit to her horse, Matta Mia Dimari, a locally bred Arabian with a feisty spirit.

“The first time I saw this horse I had a connection with him and I always believed from the first time I rode him that he could take home the Gold Cup,” said Kaylea.

“I worked with him from day one on our farm and I had the goal set in my mind that I was going to work towards getting him ready for this 2019 Tom Quilty Gold Cup...”

Read more here:
https://www.tomquilty2019.com.au/tom-quilty-gold-cup-2019-results/


The Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club – located in the picturesque Mary Valley on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – will play host to Australia’s most prestigious endurance horse riding event, the Tom Quilty Gold Cup, in July 2019.

The annual Australian Endurance Riders Association (AERA) event is one of the biggest national championship endurance rides in the southern hemisphere, spanning 160 kilometres and attracting over 400 endurance riders from across Australia and beyond.

The club is delighted to host the Tom Quilty Gold Cup in Imbil for the first time and looks forward to welcoming thousands of people travelling from all corners of the land to participate ― whether as a rider or a support crew.

The event will be held at the club’s home base, the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex which is Australia’s first purpose-built endurance facility. The complex combines state-of-the-art facilities with beautiful, diverse topography and an impressive range of tracks through the neighbouring Imbil State Forest.


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REVEALED:Tom Quilty full program of events

Gympietimes.com.au - Full Article

7th July 2019

ENDURANCE is a family sport and there are several families who will take to the tracks in the Tom Quilty this year.

Kenilworth local Brook Sample, who holds the record for the most Tom Quilty wins with seven, will be joined by his two sons Matthew, aged 15, and Zac, aged 12.

The Lochtenbergs, from Imbil, will see Linda, Olaf and his daughter Tahlea, aged 14, take to the tracks.

Zac Sample will be the youngest rider to take off into the pitch-dark Imbil State Forest at midnight with just a headlight and horse for company but there are several other children close to his age taking part.

The children have already completed a 160km ride in order to qualify for the Tom Quilty Gold Cup and they can't wait to take on the most prestigious ride on the calendar.

The oldest rider to tackle the course this year is Toowoomba rider Ken Gordon at 76...

Read more at:
https://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/revealedtom-quilty-full-program-of-events/3772654/


Imbil to host Golden Guitar winner at Tom Quilty Cup

GympieTimes.com.au - Full Article

6th July 2019

TREVOR Knight is one of Australia's finest Country/Folk entertainers and has a fine reputation as a songwriter having won two Golden Guitar awards with many more nominations.

He is also a horseman of note having bred Arabian horses and competed in endurance for many years winning five Tom Quilty and three Shahzada buckles along the way.

In 1998 he and his horse Armistice went to the UAE as part of the Australian World Equestrian Games team and then on to Canada to compete in the rugged Rocky Mountain Challenge ride...

Read more at:
https://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/imbil-to-host-golden-guitar-winner-at-tom-quilty-c/3772661/


2016 champion Debbie Grull heads North-West crop at Tom Quilty Gold Cup

TheAdvocate.com.u - Full Article

Juy 3 2019
Jarryd McGuane

Staverton's Debbie Grull will be part of strong contingent of North-West riders battling it out at the Tom Quilty Gold Cup endurance race starting in Queensland on July 11.

The 2016 champion will be joined at the event by Natone's Angela Hawks and Blaine Astell, Wynyard's Angie Clark and Elliott's Megan Finn and will be ready to compete over the 160km track at Stirling's Crossing.

Grull said she was going to race with no expectations, although she was still hopeful of being in contention at the business end of the race.

"I don't haven't got any expectations, I am loyal to my horse by treating well and then I will take whatever happens after that, but it would be great to be a chance," she said...

Read more here:
https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/6255174/former-champion-heads-north-west-crop/?cs=12


Countdown to the 2019 Tom Quilty Gold Cup

MySunshineCoast.com.au - Full Article

Published: 28th of June 2019

Prestigious 24-hour endurance horse ride brings national field to Queensland.

On midnight on Friday 12 July over 300 horses and their riders will take to the pitch dark tracks of the Imbil State Forest on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to tackle Australia’s most prestigious endurance ride, the Tom Quilty Gold Cup.

Steeped in history and internationally recognised by the endurance community, this Tom Quilty Gold Cup will see riders ― from as young as 12 and right up to 78 years of age ― take on the challenge of completing a 160km course with just a headlight and their four-legged best friend for company.

This is a story of adventure; true grit; the incredible partnership between horse and rider and a passion for the sport of endurance, which goes right back to 1966 when R.M. Williams and his wife Erica established the iconic Aussie event.

Matthew Sample, the owner for Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex which will host the Tom Quilty Gold Cup for the first time, said he and his team were delighted to welcome what many expect will be one of the biggest event in its 54-year history.

“We’re excited that the 2019 Tom Quilty Gold Cup is coming to Imbil and expect our local population of around 900 will at least triple in the week leading up to the event,” Mr Sample said.

“The who’s who of endurance will be here with defending champion Kristie Taprell hoping to win her third title being joined in the field by 2016 winner Debbie Grull, 2015 winner Ben Hudson and 2013 winner Brook Sample who hopes to continue to build on his existing record of seven Tom Quilty Gold Cup wins.

“Also worth noting is the high number of juniors expected to take to the track for the first time this year which is great news for the future of endurance. We currently have five 12-year-olds nominated who all successfully completed a 160km ride last year to qualify for this event and I’m very proud to say that the youngest of these is my nephew Zac Sample who can’t wait to take on his first Tom Quilty...

Read more at:
https://mysunshinecoast.com.au/news/news-display/countdown-to-the-2019-tom-quilty-gold-cup,59884


2019 Tom Quilty Nominations Now Live

TomQuilty2019.com.au

Nominations for Tom Quilty Gold Cup 2019 have opened

May 8 2019

The Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club – located in the picturesque Mary Valley on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – will play host to Australia’s most prestigious endurance horse riding event, the Tom Quilty Gold Cup, in July 2019. The annual Australian Endurance Riders Association (AERA) event is one of the biggest national championship endurance rides in the southern hemisphere, spanning 160 kilometres and attracting over 400 endurance riders from across Australia and beyond.

The club is delighted to host the Tom Quilty Gold Cup in Imbil for the first time and looks forward to welcoming thousands of people travelling from all corners of the land to participate ― whether as a rider or a support crew.

The event will be held at the club’s home base, the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex which is Australia’s first purpose-built endurance facility. The complex combines state-of-the-art facilities with beautiful, diverse topography and an impressive range of tracks through the neighbouring Imbil State Forest.

Nominate now at:
https://www.tomquilty2019.com.au/


Tom Quilty Gold Cup set to triple Imbil’s population

Matthew Sample, joint winner of the 2009 Tom Quilty Gold Cup

MySunshineCoast.com.au - Full Article

Published: 12th of April 2019

Prestigious endurance horse ride brings economic impact of close to $2m to region.

In July this year Australia’s most prestigious endurance horse riding event will come to Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex, expecting to bring over 2,000 visitors to the Imbil area and provide a significant economic benefit for the region.

Over 350 riders and their support crews will converge on Imbil with many expected to stay for five to seven days to best position their horses to complete the challenging 160km ride through the Imbil State Forest.

The economic impact for the region is expected to be close to $2 million based on conservative estimates which do not include the substantial funds being injected into the local economy by event host, Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex.

Complex owner and founder of Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club Matthew Sample said he was delighted to be hosting an event that would have such a positive impact for local businesses.

“We want to put Imbil on the map as a premier equestrian hub in Australia ― particularly for endurance riding ― and we don’t underestimate the opportunity this provides for local businesses too,” Mr Sample said...

Read more here:
https://mysunshinecoast.com.au/news/news-display/tom-quilty-gold-cup-set-to-triple-imbils-population,58931