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                                 1000 KILOMETRES
 ON HORSEBACK FOR LOVE
Polo playing brothers Sinclair and Henry, fifth generation Goulburn farmers are gearing up to take part in the world’s toughest equestrian endurance race. And they’re doing it beside their equally proficient and striking cousins Rob, Ed and Jack Archibald of Scone polo fame.
The five Australian horsemen head to the former USSR in August to compete in the 1000 kilometre Mongol Derby to raise money for research into a cure for primary progressive multiple sclerosis. The debilitative condition has left their father and uncle, Rob Bell, in a wheelchair. While skilled on polo fields here, where Jack Archibald is captain of the Australian team, and in Europe where Rob Archibald is married to racing industry darling Francesca Cumani, none are underestimating the challenge.
‘It will be a phenomenal experience,’ says Henry Bell pictured below right with Sinclair and Ed. ‘We will be riding across a country we have never been to, and competing in an event that very few people have even heard of let alone can comprehend. But it’s a challenge worthy of our dad and uncle, who himself was always a very fine horseman and would have liked to take part. We are riding for him.’
The race crosses Mongolia’s steppe, fording rivers and deserts and is the longest and driest horse race in the world. It recreates the ancient horse messenger postal system developed by Genghis Khan in 1224. Competitors ride on half wild Mongolian horses. Henry says they expect to ride 100 kilometres a day, finish the race in ten days and raise $100,000. Last year the race was won by 29 year old Australian Olympian Ed Fernon, who Henry says offered this advice.
‘Basically he said hold on, and ride as much as a possible in the lead up to the race because it’s pretty hard going.’ Good luck fellas. https://kissgoodbyetoms.org/fundraiser/ride-for-a-cure/
Music to our ears
John Large, co-owner and founder of Centennial Vineyards, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year is hopeful local and visiting music lovers will soon be back at his winery enjoying A Day on the Green. The popular concerts, which attracted up to 8000 people to see renowned international artists such as Lionel Ritchie, Alicia Keys and Leonard Cohen, finished in 2012 after the organisers looked to the Hunter Valley to stage future events. But after applying for a development application in 2016 and going through litigation, Large was recently granted permission to proceed with the outdoor concerts this year and is talks with the event’s promotors in Melbourne. ‘I’m hoping we will have renewed A Day on the Green pretty soon,’ says Large. Now that’s worth singing about. centennial.net.au 􏰀
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