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Sat, 24 June


Sandy Hill

2023 True Colours NEGRC Northern Challenge and ASSA National Championship Race

This year's annual ASSA National Championship Race will be hosted by NEGRC at Girard State Forest, Tenterfield!

2023 True Colours NEGRC Northern Challenge and ASSA National Championship Race
2023 True Colours NEGRC Northern Challenge and ASSA National Championship Race

Time & Location

24 June 2023, 5:00 am – 26 June 2023, 2:00 pm

Sandy Hill, Rover Park Rd, Sandy Hill NSW 2372, Australia

About The Event

Welcome to the 2023 True Colours NEGRC Northern Challenge and ASSA National Championship Race!! 

We are once again utilising the awesome base camp within the Girard State Forest, allowing us to camp and race in the one place.

VENUE: Tenterfield Endurance Riders Club campsite, Girard State Forest, Northern NSW. Located 44km east of Tenterfield (heading towards Casino) on the Bruxner Highway; or only 8km west of the town of Drake (heading from Casino).

From Queensland: There are three possible routes from South East Queensland to get there; The Pacific Highway via Lismore/Casino, the Mount Lindsey Highway via Beaudesert (most direct but windy back roads), or the New England Highway via Warwick/Stanthorpe/Tenterfield (easiest route towing a trailer). All routes are approximately 4 - 5 hours drive from Brisbane.

From Interstate: The two main highways heading north from the southern states are the Pacific Highway and the New England Highway. If you are coming up the Pacific head towards the towns of Casino or Lismore, and then take the Bruxner Highway westbound towards the town of Drake. If you come up via the New England Highway, head to Tenterfield and then turn east on the Bruxner Highway for approx 44km.

The entrance to the forest can be a bit difficult to find but we will have plenty of signs out either side of the entrance road and in the forest to help you find the campsite.

VENUE FACILITIES: This large fantastic shady campsite is located in the middle of the forest. Two hot showers are available via a large water tank gravity fed through a fire drum. There are three toilets within the campsite - they are pit toilets (they are clean and well maintained) but please bring your own toilet paper just in case. Other than the facilities at the camp, the rest you will have to bring with you. We will also have portaloos for those that do not desire drop toilets :) 

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST bring your own drinking water for you and your dogs, the water onsite if pumped up from the creek and is not safe for drinking by you or your dogs.

There are three large flood lights that provide plenty of lighting to the majority of the campsite at night. The camp has a large shelter which will be a communal area with a camp kitchen in the back corner.  Just outside the large shelter is the communal fire place.

Please also note that there is no mobile phone reception within the camp, if you need to make a call you will need to drive/walk up to the fire tower (approximately 2km) on top of a nearby hill.

ALTERNATE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (for the non-campers):  The Lunatic Hotel in Drake or a nearby Blueberry Farm that has bunkhouse style accommodation - ask the Lunatic Hotel for details. Rover Park 4WD Park - approx 7-8km west of the forest, they have a large house (sleeps 10), bunkhouse, fixed vans with annexes. Tenterfield Caravan Park  Please contact them directly for bookings.

The town of Drake is only 8km to the east of the forest and it does have a pub (The Lunatic Hotel) that is open daily from 7am until late. They serve lunch from 12pm-2pm and dinner from 6pm-8pm daily, and can open for breakfast if you let them know the night before.

ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY JUNE 2ND, however LATE entries will be accepted with a fee of $10.


Merch orders for merch at the event have already closed, however if you would like merchandise still it can be delivered to you after the event as we are placing an order the week after (pending demand).


Canicross (running with 1 dog) 

1 Dog Bikejor (riding a bike with 1 dog) 

1 Dog Scooter *inc ASSA Junior Development Program 

2 Dog Scooter 

3 Dog (Rig) 

4 Dog (Rig) 

6 Dog (Rig) 

8 Dog (Rig) 

1 Dog Novice (Scooter) 

1 and 2 Dog Touring (Scooter) 

1 and 2 Dog Veteran (Scooter) 

1 Dog Junior (Scooter) 

1 Dog Peewee (Scooter - assisted and unassisted)

We hope to see you all there to have a great weekend of racing!

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