Marie Wright on Coughar and Joyce Hull on Rummy enjoy the Fraser Coast Bush & Beach Riders' first offical ride at Dundowran on Saturday.
Marie Wright on Coughar and Joyce Hull on Rummy enjoy the Fraser Coast Bush & Beach Riders' first offical ride at Dundowran on Saturday. Robyne Cuerel

Horseriding event could attract hundreds to Fraser Coast

PLANS for a "mini-Kilkivan Great Horse Ride" on the Fraser Coast are galloping ahead with the formation of the region's first social bush and beach trail riding club.

The proposed two-day ride would start in Maryborough and finish at Dundowran Beach, Fraser Coast Bush & Beach Trail Riders president Donna Fischer said, and had the potential to attract hundreds of horse riders from across the country.

"I've had a lot of enquiries from all over - it definitely has the potential to be big."

Ms Fischer said day one would see riders take part in their choice of one of two bush rides in Maryborough and then travel to Dundowran Equestrian Park to set up camp for the night.

A charity fundraising concert would be held that evening, followed by a big cook-up in the morning.

The ride would conclude on the afternoon of day two when riders reached Dundowran Beach.

"We originally hoped to ride directly from Maryborough to Hervey Bay, but the logistics were simply too difficult," Ms Fisher said.

Based on the success of a number of rides at Dundowran Beach over the past year, including the club's first official event at the weekend, Ms Fischer said the proposed event could attract hundreds of riders.

"We'd probably have to cap the numbers at 200 for safety reasons," she said.

"We've got three Maryborough clubs and three Hervey Bay clubs onboard ... the council is keen to see it get up.

"At this stage we're looking at holding it late next year and hopefully making it an ongoing event."

Anyone interested in finding out more should visit the club's Facebook page.

 



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