HerStory

Erica WILLIAMS

Special Achievements:

One of the instigators of endurance horse riding in Australia and the first Tom Quilty 100-mile ride in 1966.

She was the first woman to win the Australian National Championship Quilty Gold Cup in 1975.

Additional Information:

A life-long involvement with horses has seen her compete in hacking and showjumping. The long days spent in the saddle mustering at "Rockybar" prepared her well for the sport of endurance riding. The Quilty Cup is a 100 mile in a day endurance horse riding competition.

After the first Quilty Cup, Erica was involved in the fledgling sport as a rider and an administrator. 

In 1975, she became the first woman to win the event on her gelding Noddy, which she had bred. 

She then turned her attention toward breeding and showing Arabian horses, and "retired" from the sport. But the trails beckoned and by 1985 she was back endurance riding. She continued to direct her breeding programme at "Wealdbarns", near Toowoomba, Queensland, to producing athletic Arabian and Arabian derivative endurance horses.

She enjoys endurance riding for the close bond she develops with her horse, the wonderful people she meets who become friends, and the opportunity to ride in the beautiful forests and mountains of this wide country.


Resources

  • Image - Erica Williams on Stormy

    Williams riding in her first Quilty Cup in 1966

    Erica Williams


  • References

    http://tomquilty.com.au/history.html accessed 30.12.19

    Correspondence with NPWHF 2002