Ben Freeburn, 10, completed his first 80km endurance ride in 8.5 hours and he's keen to saddle up again as the Colbrook Challenge comes to town

By Michelle Smith
Updated May 18 2018 - 7:56am, first published 4:21am
HORSEMAN: Ben Freeburn, 10, and his horse Teddy completed an 80km endurance horse race through the bush in 8.5 hours. On May 26 and 27 he'll help his parents run an endurance ride at Colbrook, near Ballan. Picture: Kate Healy

When you saddle your horse and head off on an 80km endurance ride before dawn, you quickly realise you’re not the only thing moving through the forest as your head lamp picks up the reflective eyes of all the other creatures active in the dark.