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Ed Fernon following the Legend of Archer

04 Oct 2012

Business School Master of Commerce student Ed Fernon has embarked on an epic horse ride, to recreate the journey of Archer, the inaugural winner of the Melbourne Cup in 1861. Legend has it that Archer was ridden from Nowra to Melbourne to compete in the race.

The ride will take Fernon, and two horses, from the birthplace of Archer at Jembaicumbene, just outside of Braidwood, NSW to meet up with the National Bicentennial Trail at Yarralumla, and then on to Melbourne, through some of the most rugged terrain in Australia, the infamous High Country.

The aim of the ride is to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Black Dog Institute, a world-leading organsation in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder and depression. Ed has dedicated the ride to his mother, who has suffered from severe depression.

Fernon is no stranger to horses, recently competing in the London 2012 Olympics, finishing a creditable 27th in the Modern Pentathlon. He aims to have the ride completed in time to appear at the 2012 Melbourne Cup, on Tuesday, 6 November.

You can contribute to Ed's fundraising efforts by visiting his Everyday Hero Australia page.