ENDURANCE riders from around the country competed at yesterday's North-East Equine Endurance Club Aayan Dubai 120-kilometre endurance ride.
Lebrina's Shannon Hill won in what organiser Carolyn Foley described as a ``very fast'' six hours and 38 minutes, from Alex Jones, of Queensland (7:28), and Ellie Maddick, of Railton (8:14).
Ms Foley said that Hill's winning time was a little over an hour more than some people had to take to complete an 80-kilometre ride.
``Shannon's horse was prancing around the vet ring after the ride - it was amazing,'' she said.
Hill's brother Bradley was less fortunate, retiring on the third and final 40-kilometre leg.
Luck was also against Nietta's Davis Pilgrim, who was ruled out of the competition at the 80-kilometre vet check.
Ms Foley said that more than 80 riders competed yesterday, with 50 opting for the full 120-kilometre course.
``There were also some little kids, under 10, who completed their second 80-kilometre ride - that was pretty impressive,'' she said.
The first riders left at 5.50am yesterday and some were still competing at 5.30pm.
They are allowed 12 hours of actual ride time and there is a one-hour break after each 40-kilometre leg for the compulsory vet check and a rest.
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