Look! It's Not An Arab!

Standardbreds in Australian Endurance Competition

Jo Brock (author) on Lady, and Glen Kennedy on My Friend Jack

Blue Rock Endurance Ride, June 2004


"I'd love to try endurance, but I don't own an arabian"

This is one of the most common misconceptions heard from potential newcomers to the sport of endurance.

While there is no doubt that arabian horses are particularly suited to this demanding discipline, this does not automatically mean that other breeds are excluded from doing well in the sport. Successful endurance horses have included thoroughbreds, stock horses, various pony breeds, morgans, appaloosas, walers, saddlebreds, buckskins, palominos, paints ... and of course Standardbreds.

Endurance riding started out as a sport in Australia back in 1966, when RM Williams, inspired by the 100 mile Tevis Cup in the USA, challenged Australian riders to demonstrate whether they had the skill and horsemanship of our early pioneers to "ride 100 miles in a day". Kimberley cattleman and long standing mate Tom Quilty donated the prize, and the Tom Quilty Gold Cup was born.

Even in that inaugural event, second placegetter "Rarmar" was a Standardbred.

Endurance competition today offers opportunities to ease newcomers into the sport with introductory rides as short as 16km, the distances gradually increasing until open competition (80kms and above) is reached. As with other equestrian disciplines, the lower levels of endurance are well within the realms of most Standardbreds, and with careful selection and training, some can and do go on to compete successfully at open level.

The aim of this site is to promote the Standardbred as an endurance horse, and to review and follow successful Standardbreds in past and present endurance competition within Australia.






For links to private businesses that specialise in rehoming off-the-track standardbreds, or breeding performance standardbreds and partbreds, go to the page on Selecting An Endurance Standardbred.


Do you have an Endurance Standardbred?

Would you like it profiled on this site?

If so, please email  brockie712@hotkey.net.au

Copyright Jo Brock 2001-2008
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Thank you to Vanessa Smith from  Roadster Horses  for assistance in sourcing material for this site