Battle of the Giants

This popular endurance race is hosted by Leandra Endurance Club. There were 127 entries of which men and women competed against each other.

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The name Battle of the Giants conjures up images of medieval battles of horses and heavily armoured knights battling on the battlefields.
Moedverloren farm between Leandra and Kinross saw horses and riders battle on a different type of field.
Riders and horses were tested over various distances: 40km, 80km and the long 120km.
This popular endurance race is hosted by Leandra Endurance Club. There were 127 entries of which men and women competed against each other.
The races are very technical and horses must be kept in a healthy state at all times. Veterinarians are always available to help with any health issues; they are also there to keep a close eye on anything that could indicate as problematic with the horses. The horses’ health is of paramount importance.
Horses are cooled down after each leg and their pulse very closely monitored. A pulse of 64 or less should be achieved within half an hour after each leg of the race. The horse is then taken to on of the veterinarians who will very carefully scrutinise the horse’s condition. After inspection by one of the veterinarians, the horses have a compulsory resting period of 40 minutes.
The novice horses rode on Saturday as well and were restricted to a speed limit of 16km/h.
The Battle of the Giants winner was Ami de Wet. The Battle of the Giants is the 80km race.
There are a lot of regulations regarding the endurance races and clubs are restricted from arranging the races without following the correct procedures. Any races that are hosted without the proper approvals, run the risk of their races being stopped.
The Moedverloren farm of Pieter and Amanda Streicher is a very popular venue for endurance races.
There are a few things for the children to do as well. Some children took to fishing in the dam next to the Headquarters.
The atmosphere had the atmosphere of a fete. Enough food was on offer. From a full plate of food consisting of pap, sauce, salad, Boerewors and a steak or tjops to jaffels and pancakes. The Hervormde Kerk from Eendracht provided the food.
There was a ferrier on duty to look after the hooves of the horses. He travels from Pretoria and cleaned up and treated the horses’ hooves.
This is a big family affair. There is place to camp, play areas for the children and places where one could pat and help with the horses.
This event truly is the best of the best and this is all to the amazing organising of everyone involved.

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