The Quilty was considered as the National endurance ride, with its location being fairly central for riders, except for those in Western Australia. In 1986, a referendum of all endurance riders in Australia resulted in the decision to move the Quilty from state to state in rotation. This gave endurance riders in each of the six states to have the chance to compete in the Quilty in their home state, and not have to travel large distances to compete.
As they say the rest is history and St Helens is now to be the venue for the 2012 Tom Quilty Gold Cup! A field of entrants from all over Australia and overseas is expected to be around 300 horse and rider combinations and together with support crew, spectators, media and organizers will bring approximately 2000 people into the township for the week of the event.
Competitors will begin at Midnight and have 24 hours to complete the 160km course which is held over 5 legs with each leg returning to the showground for a thorough vet check before being allowed to continue. Each horse must then be judged "fit to continue" at the end of the distance before they are able to earn their riders the coveted Quilty Buckle.
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