Alan’s Arabian mare clocks
up 5000km endurance riding
COWRA Arabian horse breeders Alan and Mark Lindsay have completed the Sassafras 80km endurance ride at Braidwood, with Alan’s home-bred mare Kintamani Charisma reaching a milestone of more than 5000km in successful rides.
Right: Alan Lindsay riding Kintamani Charisma in the Sassafras endurance event.
The mare is now 19 years young and looking a picture, relishing in her work, says Alan.
She started the year well with a good 80km at Oberon, but in April suffered a severe hoof injury at a ride on the Southern Highlands and it was feared she would never compete again, leaving her short of the big 5000 by just 2km.
Time and care saw her return to work in October, ready to compete again at weekend.
Sassafras is one of the hardest rides on the calendar, conducted in temperatures in the mid-30s.
Alan says the mare “just powered on in the second leg after a fall in the first leg, luckily only suffering cuts and scratches”.
Mark Lindsay (pictured left) rode his home-bred Arabian gelding Kintamani Jaffah, a young horse that he successfully brought through from a novice earlier this year.
The gelding fared well considering the tough conditions in its first endurance outing.
Mark says the horse has a promising future and hopes to enter it in next year’s Tom Quilty endurance ride at Kilkivan in Queensland.
Photos courtesy of AnimalFocus, Jo Arblaster.