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Akhmed Pshunov takes national title in Imbil, Australia

Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club, Imbil, Mary Valley, Queensland, Australia. Friday 18 and Saturday 19 August 2017.

On Friday, the CEI1* 80km was scheduled and the region was celebrating with four out of the top five riders being local.


Fiona Fenech (Abberlyn Park Alivia) took out top honours closely followed by Sorsha Stuart-Rokvic (Oso Nicholas) and Stephen Gray (Crystal Beau).
Emma Dimech (Abbeywood Bella) was the best in the CEIYJ1* 80km with Ana Whitehead (Boonara Tex) in second and Elexis Webb (Bahrein Zambique) in third.

On Saturday after ten and a half hours of riding in the CEI3* 160km on diverse terrain, this year’s Equestrian Australia Endurance Championships came down to the last two seconds with Akhmed Pshunov (Sangah The Messiah) from Imbil taking out the national title ahead of fellow-local and current Queensland State Champion Kaylea Maher (A’Landell Ali).
Pshunov, completed the course at an average speed of approximately 15km/h and it was a close race throughout with runner-up Kaylea Maher once again having to settle for second place after coming in only three seconds behind the winner in the 2016 Championships. Third place went to Brook Sample (Brookleigh Bailey).

Endurance World Imbil. The winner in the 80.Matthew Sample, owner of the hosting venue Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex, said the event was a great success and congratulated Mr Pshunov on the win: “Akhmed had a great ride and the competition was tight throughout. It’s always exciting when an endurance event comes down to the final seconds. We are delighted to be hosting the national championships for the second year in a row and thank everyone for their involvement and support.”

In the CEI2* 120km Tracy-Lee Feltrin (Oso Spiralling Wind) was the only finisher and obviously took first place.

In the CEIYJ2* 120km there was also one finisher with Emma Dimech (Aqaba Pride Of Erin).

Conditions were tougher than expected with temperatures being unseasonably high for this time of year but event organiser and complex owner Matthew Sample said he was delighted with how the event was progressing.

Photo credit: Sarah Sullivan Photography

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Akhmed Pshunov takes national title in Imbil, Australia

Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club, Imbil, Mary Valley, Queensland, Australia. Friday 18 and Saturday 19 August 2017.

On Friday, the CEI1* 80km was scheduled and the region was celebrating with four out of the top five riders being local.


Fiona Fenech (Abberlyn Park Alivia) took out top honours closely followed by Sorsha Stuart-Rokvic (Oso Nicholas) and Stephen Gray (Crystal Beau).
Emma Dimech (Abbeywood Bella) was the best in the CEIYJ1* 80km with Ana Whitehead (Boonara Tex) in second and Elexis Webb (Bahrein Zambique) in third.

On Saturday after ten and a half hours of riding in the CEI3* 160km on diverse terrain, this year’s Equestrian Australia Endurance Championships came down to the last two seconds with Akhmed Pshunov (Sangah The Messiah) from Imbil taking out the national title ahead of fellow-local and current Queensland State Champion Kaylea Maher (A’Landell Ali).
Pshunov, completed the course at an average speed of approximately 15km/h and it was a close race throughout with runner-up Kaylea Maher once again having to settle for second place after coming in only three seconds behind the winner in the 2016 Championships. Third place went to Brook Sample (Brookleigh Bailey).

Endurance World Imbil. The winner in the 80.Matthew Sample, owner of the hosting venue Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex, said the event was a great success and congratulated Mr Pshunov on the win: “Akhmed had a great ride and the competition was tight throughout. It’s always exciting when an endurance event comes down to the final seconds. We are delighted to be hosting the national championships for the second year in a row and thank everyone for their involvement and support.”

In the CEI2* 120km Tracy-Lee Feltrin (Oso Spiralling Wind) was the only finisher and obviously took first place.

In the CEIYJ2* 120km there was also one finisher with Emma Dimech (Aqaba Pride Of Erin).

Conditions were tougher than expected with temperatures being unseasonably high for this time of year but event organiser and complex owner Matthew Sample said he was delighted with how the event was progressing.

Photo credit: Sarah Sullivan Photography

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