Amatola / Hogsback Endurance Horse Ride


The Hofmeyer Endurance Club will be hosting the “new” Amatola/ Hogsback Endurance Horse Ride on Saturday August 24th , 2013.

Revived by popular demand after a “break “ of more than 20 years, The Hogsback Ride is being hosted by the Hogsback Inn, who at very short notice, have pulled out all the stops to make the event memorable for both competitors and spectators.

Endurance Horse Riding, although the least formal of all the competitive horse sports, is nonetheless rigidly controlled to ensure the maximum safety and wellbeing of the equine competitors who make up 50% of a competing team.

Before the ride, horses are inspected by a veterinarian to ensure that they are fit to take part.

The ride is divided into sections – legs, phases etc. After each leg, each competing horse is stopped and checked by the vet at what is sometimes called a “vetgate” – soundness, dehydration, respiration and heart rates are all checked – and only if the horse passes the fitness examination may the competing team – horse and rider – continue.

The Hogsback 80km Endurance Ride will comprise 3 “out and return” legs – all of which will be ridden on the Saturday 24th – so Hogsback residents please don’t be mystified when you come across many horses and riders on our highways and byways – please don’t get hot under the collar, wave your fist, hoot or otherwise complain in loud tones – rather kick back and enjoy the country experience – after all that’s one of the reasons why we live in Hogsback!

Our local police – with thanks to Capt. Ferriera – and designated ride marshals have been arranged to be on duty for the day to assist with traffic management.

3 veterinarians Dr. Nicola Clayton from Grahamstown, Dr. Karl Hagerman from King Williams Town – who is becoming a more familiar face in Hogsback – and as Chief Vet – Dr. Thys Potgieter of Alexandria – will be in attendance at the Hogsback Ride.

The Hogsback Ride is open to locals who would like to give it a go. They will ride as Day Riders on the Novice Course – a 40km untimed route – and they will be subject to all the rules of the Endurance Riding Association of SA. If anyone is interested and would like more information they can contact the Ride Organizer – Mr. Wesley Hayes on 082 732-5200.

Competitors will be arriving on Friday 23rd and the “people part” of the teams are staying in a variety of self booked accommodation or have chosen to brave the cold at the Hogsback Inn campsite at a cost of R20 per camper. The “horse part” of the teams are being accommodated at the temporary paddocking area on the field at the back of the Hogsback Inn.

The Hogsback Inn will provide a R50/head pasta dinner to all competitors on Friday night, and dinner tickets will be available at Ride Registration – which will be open from 14.00 -18.00 on Friday.

A breakfast tuck-shop organized by the Hogsback Inn, will be operating on Saturday morning and is open to all. Any Hogsback residents / market members who would also like to sell their wares on the field on Saturday morning are more than welcome to join the fun (there is no table fee).

80km Competitors will be leaving from 7.00am on Saturday to tackle the timed 80km cloverleaf course with 3 out and return legs. Novices and Day Riders doing the 40km route will be departing from 7.30am.

On Saturday Evening from 19.00/7.00pm – a “Wild Boar” Spitbraai with music, fun and lots of laughter will be open to all competitors and the general public – who would like to join in the fun – at a cost of R75 per plate. All drinks – alcoholic or other will be available at a cash bar.

And Just for the Record –

The original Hogsback 100miler took place by the light of a full moon.

Horse Rider Teams left from the Stutterheim Caravan Park at midnight and rode to Keiskammahoek, on past Sandile Dam and up Wolfridge Road to a stop/rest point at Madonna and Child.

From there they carried on through the Hogsback Village up to the T-junction, and rode along the Happy Valley Road to Die Gang /Stock River on Springfontein Farm, and then came down over the ridge through the Kubussi Forest to finish back at the Stutterheim Caravan Park. The Cyclists left a bit later – at 2.00 am – so as not to scare the horses!

Briefly – and subject to final confirmation – here is the Cloverleaf Ride Route –

Leg 1: 30km

Out – From the Hogsback Inn via the Arboretum across the Main Rd and up the verge alongside the Main Rd from the Arminel to Plaatjieskraal Rd., and from this point on, the competitors will be riding on the Main Road up to the T-Junction and on to Glenara Farm – the turn around and then Back – From Glenara Farm to the Hogsback Inn using the same ride route.

Leg 2: 30km

Out – From Hogsback Inn down Wolfridge Rd to Robinson Dam – right on to the firebreak and along the escarpment and over the King’s Nek to the Zingcuka Forestry Camp.

Back – From Zingcuka Forestry Camp to the Hogsback Inn using the same route.

Leg 3: 20km

Out and Back – a loop – From the Hogsback Inn via the Arboretum across the Main Road and up the verge alongside the Main Rd from the Arminel and on to Nutwoods Drive – to Summerton Drive, Perrybar Lane, and on to The Edge, around The Bluff and back along Bramble Close, Woodside Drive, back down Nutwoods up the verge alongside Main Rd. Left into Plaatjieskraal Rd., then right up Winding Lane and to turn down Main Rd back to the Hogsback Inn using the return route of Leg 1.

So far 40 teams have entered….. and the organizers are anticipating that a few last minute teams will join in the fun.

— Hogsback CTO

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