Michael Combe - President / Publicity Officer
Michael first started endurance back in the 1989 and soon became part of the Tenterfield club. His two daughters found Endurance Riding more fun than Pony Club and Michael became their strapper and the girls enjoyed success and disappointments as juniors. Michael eventually got to compete more himself and has completed a Quilty and the Marathon Shahzada ride as well as numerous training and endurance rides. Michael is a Chief steward and the current Club President [....]
Caroline Windle - Ride Secretary
Caroline got involved in endurance riding shortly after arriving in Australia in 1988. Her first training ride was in 1990 and first Endurance ride in 1994. Without realising it she was hooked!! Caroline has been involved with a number of clubs and all aspects of running a ride from track marking and check points to ride secretary, TPR steward and Chief steward. Caroline is also a FEI 3* Judge and MCP steward. Caroline has a true appreciation of the work involved just to keep our fabulous sport running. "GO OUT AND JOIN A CLUB AND HELP NOW THE REWARDS ARE FANTASTIC" [....]
Carole Dixon - Club Secretary
Carole Dixon is Club Secretary of the Tenterfield Endurance Riding Club since only 2014. She has been the owner / operator of Dixon Smith Equestrian, a specialist endurance tack saddlery since 2000.
Tad Cossins - Committee
Tad Cossins I have always loved horses. I cannot remember the horses my parents had in Ethiopia when I was young but I will never forget my first pony, Dolly. After we arrived in Australia in 1987, she became my best friend for years but eventually I began to grow and she did not. When I was twelve, Sandy Watt saw this and cleverly asked me ride one of his horses, Zephyr, in training rides to keep him fit. That was it – if Dolly had set me free on my parents cattle property [....]
Jim was still playing Polo Cross when we moved up to Tenterfield in January 1998 to become sheep farmers. He gave up his polo cross & joined me (Pip) in Endurance. His very first ride was on Meadowbrook Rhapsody doing a 20k at Tenterfield in March 2008. He progressed through Training Rides & 80 k rides with him [....]
I started Endurance in 1988 after a few years of strapping for the club team. Shaiyana and I had a great partnership over the years with many placings and a couple of BC awards. I have also ridden some other wonderful horses such as Jabulani, Pinnacle Park Nishka and Jaytee the Rebel. My most memorable moments were my Quilty buckle on Shaiyana, winning Tenterfield ride in1996 on Jabulani and winning the Northern Rivers Zone Championships also on Jabulani in 1998. Also Shaiyana receiving her 5000 klm award at the Manilla Quilty.
Graham Childs is the very best Strapper for his wife Narelle, and TPR s at rides when he can.
Narelle and Graham have been involved in Endurance for 18 years. In that time we have traveled to rides in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Endurance has been great to us and we have met many friends we will have for life. We have been fortunate enough to have had 3 competitive horses, all of which have been outstanding competitors. The sport has not only involved us it also brought our daughter Kacey into this demanding discipline. I think there could be no greater training ground for not only young people but people in general. COMMITMENT, DEDICATION, PATIENCE all contribute to a successful Endurance Team.
Sometimes there is a horse in your life that you never forget.Mine was called Jahel, an Ethiopian mountain horse, bred for toughness and speed. And just as Dolly was to do for Tad much later in Australia, in Ethiopia Jahel set me free. At the time I was recovering from a crippling disease and could barely walk. But I could ride and Jahel could run. Together we rode the broken gorge country of the Shewa plains, climbed the Entoto mountains, avoided the Galla horsemen when we could, and when we couldn't, ran with them while they roared with joy and waved their spears and swords and the ground shook because once his blood was up nothing would stop Jahel, not even Felicity flying along beside Jahel on her bay horse Sindhi. [....]
Barrie Rhodes - Life Member
I started Endurance in 1978. Notable horses I have ridden were Jabulani on who I won many Hwt and BC awards. Half Sovereign was another good horse in my early days and I won a Q160 buckle on him. My most memorable moments would be My Q160 buckle and Seeing Chingford Just Dreaming come back from major surgery to achieve 3rd H wt at two Tom Quilties.
I've been involved in Endurance since 1995. My biggest thrill was coming 12th LWT in my first Quilty in 1997 NSW Watagan Mountain NSW. When we moved to Tenterfield in 1998 , Sandy Watt & David Caldwell lived nearby & coerced me into joining the Tenterfield Club but once a member that was the end of riding at Tenterfield as all members had to work hard to put the event on! I helped in the office & was given the task of writing out all those paper mastersheets. This lead me to becoming TERC Sec for 13 years.
Colin Smith loves the Tablelands and camping out so he joined TERC in 2014 as they are a great bunch of people.