Endurance rider ready for another big year

Bellingen rider Sharon Foster is all trained up for another year of endurance horse riding. 

Foster has three horses on a fitness program ready for the endurance season ahead.

The Coffs Clarence Endurance Riding Club will be running its annual endurance ride on August 17 and 18.

There will be two 20km social rides, a 40km training ride and an 80km competition ride. All horse lovers are welcome. Last year, Foster covered a total of 1500km in training around the state forests in Bellingen. 

And riding her trusted Arabian mare Maleka rode a total of 720km of competition, with a 100 per cent success rate.

Foster’s horses are all trained “barefoot”, which means they are not shod with steel shoes. On some occasions she fits thems with a rubber boot on their hooves, called a glove, or glue on boot. 

Foster is setting her sites on this year’s Tom Quitly 160km endurance event.

She also plans to ride the “Shahzada” 400km marathon in August as well as other 80km and 100km rides all around the state. 

Foster’s two young daughters will also be entering rides. Isabel, 12, will be competing on a larger scale of events this year, and Modena, 7, will be entering her first ride. 

Foster said endurance horse riding was a very family friendly sport with no age barrier. 

Inquiries: Sharon Foster on 6655 9396 (after hours) or at Bellingen Saddlery and Pet Supplies or contact Megan and Malcolm Matters on 6649 2836.

Sharon Foster is determined to record another successful year in the saddle as she tackles a range of endurance rides. Pic: Main Event Photography

Sharon Foster is determined to record another successful year in the saddle as she tackles a range of endurance rides. Pic: Main Event Photography