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Fauresmith 2017, three days of racing with 400 starters

Fauresmith, Frees State Province, South Africa. Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Saturday 6 July 2017.
During this weekend, the majority of the endurance riding community of South Africa descended on the tiny town of Fauresmith in the Frees State province of South Africa.

The Fauresmith 204km National Championship and Interprovincial event started on the 4th of July 2017. This was to be the 44th running of the event which started in 1974 with only 17 competitors.

Endurance World Fauresmith. The oldest competitor.The 204km is ridden over 3 days: Day 1 and 2 are 75km (23.5km/27.3km/24.2km) with the grooming points for loop 1 and 2 being on small farms on the outskirts of Fauresmith. The final inspection on all days is held in front of the grandstands at the ride base in Fauresmith. Day 2 is ridden in the opposite direction to day 1. Day 3 is 54km (27.2km/26.8km) with the grooming point after loop 1 at Sandymount Park.
One of the heroes of South African endurance, Oom (Uncle) Ami de Wet, at the age of 79 was attempting his 41st Fauresmith 200km. He has completed 35 of his previous 40 starts which is a track record any rider would love to claim.
400 riders started in uncharacteristically warm weather on Tuesday the 4th of July. Amongst these were 11 international riders: Rebecca, Teresa and Peter Birkett from New Zealand and Isabel and Sharon Foster, Peter and Victoria Bice, Natasha Willemse, Karen Winkel, Sally Fenner and Kenneth Moir from Australia. 72 competitors FTQ on day with 65 lameness and 3 metabolic.

Endurance World Fauresmith. A young rider.Day 2 took its toll on another 78 competitors with the second loop through the “berg” -meaning mountain in Afrikaans – claiming 46 “victims”. One of these was unfortunately Oom Ami de Wet whose horse FTQ after the last loop of day 2. Only 3 FTQ for metabolic reasons on day 2.
The 3rd day, although regarded as an “easier” loop being mostly on roads and graded trails, eliminated another 48 competitors.
The young rider division was the most closely contested with the first 10 riders finishing within 30 minutes of each other. The division was won by Ane van Deventer on Wilshane Shakespeare in a time of 8h10 with average speed of 24.94km/h 15 seconds ahead of Leone de Kok on Mardien Shakira. 44 riders finished in this division.

Endurance World Fauresmith. Running uphill.The lightweight division was won by Yolandi van der Klashorst on Kitima Silver Dream in 8h03 at an average speed of 25.32km/h. 45 riders finished in this division. So good to see Bosman and Joseph Mogweemang riding together the whole way to finish 4th and 5th in the lightweight division with Bosman taking the Best Conditioned award for lightweights on Welgeval Lilly. Their average speed was 25.01km/h.
The standard weight division was won by Michael Coles on Tsunami, 2 minutes ahead of Minette Botha-Nortman on JNM Thee Avalanche in a time of 8h16 with average speed of 24.65km/h over the 204km. 66 riders finished this division.
The heavyweight division was won by Ludwig Oberholzer on Janor Silver Fagr in 9h16 at an average speed of 22km/h. 29 riders completed the ride in this division.
The child rider division saw 14 of the cutest heroes to complete the gruelling 204km. Child riders (all between 10 and 14 years old) had to be accompanied by an adult rider at all times. The winner was Alri Bosch on Ratswolf Yadka in a time of 8h45.

Text provided by: Susan Koekemoer
Photo credit: Manie Ward Capturing

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Fauresmith 2017, three days of racing with 400 starters

Fauresmith, Frees State Province, South Africa. Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Saturday 6 July 2017.
During this weekend, the majority of the endurance riding community of South Africa descended on the tiny town of Fauresmith in the Frees State province of South Africa.

The Fauresmith 204km National Championship and Interprovincial event started on the 4th of July 2017. This was to be the 44th running of the event which started in 1974 with only 17 competitors.

Endurance World Fauresmith. The oldest competitor.The 204km is ridden over 3 days: Day 1 and 2 are 75km (23.5km/27.3km/24.2km) with the grooming points for loop 1 and 2 being on small farms on the outskirts of Fauresmith. The final inspection on all days is held in front of the grandstands at the ride base in Fauresmith. Day 2 is ridden in the opposite direction to day 1. Day 3 is 54km (27.2km/26.8km) with the grooming point after loop 1 at Sandymount Park.
One of the heroes of South African endurance, Oom (Uncle) Ami de Wet, at the age of 79 was attempting his 41st Fauresmith 200km. He has completed 35 of his previous 40 starts which is a track record any rider would love to claim.
400 riders started in uncharacteristically warm weather on Tuesday the 4th of July. Amongst these were 11 international riders: Rebecca, Teresa and Peter Birkett from New Zealand and Isabel and Sharon Foster, Peter and Victoria Bice, Natasha Willemse, Karen Winkel, Sally Fenner and Kenneth Moir from Australia. 72 competitors FTQ on day with 65 lameness and 3 metabolic.

Endurance World Fauresmith. A young rider.Day 2 took its toll on another 78 competitors with the second loop through the “berg” -meaning mountain in Afrikaans – claiming 46 “victims”. One of these was unfortunately Oom Ami de Wet whose horse FTQ after the last loop of day 2. Only 3 FTQ for metabolic reasons on day 2.
The 3rd day, although regarded as an “easier” loop being mostly on roads and graded trails, eliminated another 48 competitors.
The young rider division was the most closely contested with the first 10 riders finishing within 30 minutes of each other. The division was won by Ane van Deventer on Wilshane Shakespeare in a time of 8h10 with average speed of 24.94km/h 15 seconds ahead of Leone de Kok on Mardien Shakira. 44 riders finished in this division.

Endurance World Fauresmith. Running uphill.The lightweight division was won by Yolandi van der Klashorst on Kitima Silver Dream in 8h03 at an average speed of 25.32km/h. 45 riders finished in this division. So good to see Bosman and Joseph Mogweemang riding together the whole way to finish 4th and 5th in the lightweight division with Bosman taking the Best Conditioned award for lightweights on Welgeval Lilly. Their average speed was 25.01km/h.
The standard weight division was won by Michael Coles on Tsunami, 2 minutes ahead of Minette Botha-Nortman on JNM Thee Avalanche in a time of 8h16 with average speed of 24.65km/h over the 204km. 66 riders finished this division.
The heavyweight division was won by Ludwig Oberholzer on Janor Silver Fagr in 9h16 at an average speed of 22km/h. 29 riders completed the ride in this division.
The child rider division saw 14 of the cutest heroes to complete the gruelling 204km. Child riders (all between 10 and 14 years old) had to be accompanied by an adult rider at all times. The winner was Alri Bosch on Ratswolf Yadka in a time of 8h45.

Text provided by: Susan Koekemoer
Photo credit: Manie Ward Capturing

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