Mother and daughter endurance riding

Modena and Sharon competing together
Modena and Sharon competing together

Fourteen-year-old Bellingen rider Modena Schofield-Foster and her mum Sharon Foster took part in the 160km NSW State Championship horse endurance ride at St Albans earlier this month.

Riders made the start at midnight, heading out into the darkness with just a head torch, navigating their way through rocky, mountainous country as well as farm land.

"The track was run over varying terrain which includes private farming country, flat public dirt roads, national park trails and rocky sections of mountain tracks with a few challenging hill climbs," Sharon said.

Modena was riding "Kalarney" a 13-year-old Part Arabian gelding and alongside was Sharon on "Misse".

They successfully completed the tough event in a riding time of 13 hours and 24 minutes.

Modena placed second in the Junior division, and Sharon came fifth in the middleweight division.

Modena and Sharon are now both selected to represent NSW in a teams event at the upcoming prestigious Tom Quilty 160km ride that will be held in Imbil Queensland in 2019.

If you love horses and riding distances and are considering taking up this exciting sport of Endurance riding, contact Sharon Foster at Bellingen Pet & Vet Supplies for more information. Email emailing