Monday, 4 July 2011

Australia: 31st Shahzada 400 km Endurance Ride

St Albans, N/W of Sydney, New South Wales, on Monday, 22nd to Friday 26th of August, 2011

The 31st 400km Shahzada Marathon endurance ride will be held from Monday, 22nd to Friday 26th August, 2011 and camping will be available in St Albans at the ride base from Sat 13th as well as accommodation at many local venues….check out the Shahzada website" for all the information you will need, reserve your favorite number, entry forms and campsite requests to be sent asap and read some of the stories from past rides to get you motivated……this is a very special event and if you don’t do anything else in endurance, you have to ride Shahzada!!

The marathon event is run over five days on local roads and tracks – McKechnies, Woomera Path, Shepherds Gully, Johnny’s Hill, The Steps and Prestons – a great deal of work has been done on the course over the last few years and there will be track clearing on Saturday, 30th and Sunday 31st July…..if you can come and help please contact Brad Jones on 0249 821 758 or Haydn Fisher on 0263 733 932.  These improved tracks, with the elimination of many tarred road verges and the wonderful help and advice from the veterinary panel during the ride over the last few years headed up by Dr. Kym Hagon, have helped to establish a very good completion rate – everyone who is successful receives a highly coveted Shahzada buckle. 

After riding and successfully completing Shahzada in 2010, Kym is back as Head Vet and together with wife Kim, the social committee promises you all heaps of fun during the week as well as “the ride of your life”.  Jeff Bonham is back again this year as Chief Steward so book your holidays now and be prepared for a week to remember.

In addition to the 400km event - there will be a 120 km Mini Marathon over three days (experience the passion and wonderful riding tracks of the Macdonald Valley without the pressure) – it is fantastic training for young horses and a perfect lead up to the Quilty in September.  Come for the fun and the challenge – be part of the excitement – this is the premier ride of the endurance calendar and not to be missed.  We have heaps of riders entering from Victoria and Queensland this year so St Albans will be buzzing.

Enquiries:  Sue Todd (02) 6379 7218 or email    Additional Shahzada information with heaps of its history is available on" where you can see daily updates during the week of the ride.  Entry forms are availab

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