|Staff changes at FEI Headquarters - (Published:27 November 2014)|
Manuel Bandeira de Mello (POR) has been appointed as FEI Endurance Director to replace Ian Williams, who is due to retire at the end of December. The new Director takes up his post at FEI Headquarters next Monday, 1 December 2014.
Bandeira de Mello was selected following an intensive assessment process led by Odgers Berndtson Switzerland (OBS), a top international recruitment consultancy company in both the private and public sectors. OBS screened 30 applicants for the post prior to the final interview stage.
Manuel Bandeira de Mello, 54, served as Secretary General of the Portuguese Equestrian Federation for 13 years. Since 2001 he has been chef d’équipe for the Portuguese team at numerous FEI championships and was also chef de mission for the Portuguese team at three editions of the FEI World Equestrian Games™: in 2002 in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP), in 2006 in Aachen (GER) where Portugal won team bronze in Endurance, and in 2010 in Lexington, KY (USA). Before joining the FEI he was also Deputy Chair of FEI Regional Group I and Executive Board member of the European Equestrian Federation.
He has strong knowledge of equestrian sport through his work at the Portuguese Equestrian Federation and of Endurance as organiser of the FEI Endurance Open European Championship 2007 at Barroca D’Alva (POR).
Bandeira De Mello competed nationally and internationally in Jumping for 25 years, from 1972 to 1997, and was a member of the Portuguese team at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Juniors 1974 in Lucerne (SUI). He is married and has three children.
“I am very much looking forward to welcoming Manuel to the FEI,” Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General, said. “I have known and worked with him for many years and I am convinced his extensive experience in equestrian sport as an administrator, competitor, and organiser will be important assets for our organisation. We were looking for a candidate with deep understanding of the sport who would be able to take over the Endurance discipline for the long term and clearly we have found that in Manuel.
Photo caption: Manuel Bandeira de Mello (POR) who has been appointed as the new FEI Endurance Director. Photo Hugues Siegenthaler/FEI
“Our new colleague will work closely with the outgoing Endurance Director Ian Williams in December and will take over the role fully in the New Year. I wish Manuel every success as the new FEI Endurance Director and am confident he will be a great addition to the team at Headquarters.”
“I am really delighted to join the FEI as Endurance Director,” Manuel Badeira De Mello said. “It is an honour and a privilege to serve equestrian sport at this level. I am looking forward to this exciting new step and to fulfilling this challenging role to the very best of my abilities.”
At the same time as the FEI welcomes its new Endurance Director, it is also saying goodbye to a member of staff following the announcement by Veterinary Director Graeme Cooke that he is leaving FEI Headquarters for personal reasons after more than five years with the organisation.
Cooke’s main goal since joining the FEI in August 2009 has been to improve the international movement of horses and he has been instrumental in not only creating the High-Health High-Performance horse (HHP) concept, but also getting it accepted by the World Organisation for Animal Health, the OIE.
“Graeme was brought in to the FEI with the key objective of opening up borders for competition horses and his tireless lobbying of the OIE has resulted in huge improvements,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said. “It’s a very difficult balancing act between promoting the free movement of horses while assuring governments that sanitary barriers are still in place.
“As our sport becomes more global, the movement of horses across continents takes on even greater significance, so the work that Graeme has undertaken and what he has achieved are extremely important and we are indebted to him for it. We are of course sad to see him go, but we have to respect his decision and wish him well for the future.”
“The FEI has been my home for the past five years and I’m going to miss it enormously, but I am leaving so that I can spend more time with my ageing parents,” Graeme Cooke said. “I feel we’ve really made a big breakthrough in international horse movements and I’m proud that the FEI has led the way on that. It’s an important chapter in equestrian sport history and I’m happy to have played a role in it.”
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|Invitation to ride in India - (Published:27 November 2014)|
An invitation from the Equestrian Federation of Assam, under the aegis of Equestrian Federation of India, to the National Championship 2015 at Dibrugarh, Assam, India.
Venue: Dibrugarh, Assam, India
Date: 11th Jan-2015
Organizer: Equestrian Federation of Assam, under the aegis of Equestrian Federation of India
Confirmed entries: by 4th Dec-2014
Category: Individual competition one entry per NF, under the FEI rules, Ride schedule will be sent shortly.
Distance: 60 km on borrowed horses.
Leasing Fee: No charges, suitable horses will be made available free of cost by host NF/OC
Accommodation: Complimentary accommodation and local hospitality will be provided by the OC. For the competitor and accompanying chef d quipe / crew member. (for two persons) 8th Jan to 12th Jan-2015.
Flight Connections: Dibrugarh is well connected to Delhi and Kolkata by daily flights. Indigo, indigo’s largest domestic carrier flies daily. Jet Konnect also flies from Delhi to Dibrugarh, both of these connect with international flights, therefore it is possible to reach Dibrugarh the same day, conveniently by lunch time. Most European Airlines fly Delhi. Emirates, Singapore and Qatar airways fly in to Kolkata. Flight details for reaching Dibrugarh and appended below.
· Delhi to Dibrugarh: Indigo 6E-175, Departs Delhi at 10.40 am (Non stop direct flight)
· Delhi to Dibrugarh: Jet Konnect, Departs Delhi at 09.50 am (Via Guwahati)
· Kolkata to Dibrugarh Indigo 6E-523 Departs Kolkata at 09.15 am (Non stop direct flight)
· Kolkata to Dibrugarh Indigo 6E-205 Departs Kolkata at 12.40 pm (Non stop direct flight)
Flight costs: will have to paid by participants
: Entry to India requires a Visa. Although it is fairly easy to obtain, the issue of these may require a lead time of three weeks. Therefore early application is
Weather: Early Jan weather in Dibrugarh could be cold with temperatures varying between 10 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius. Although the weather is generally dry, but waterproofs and woollens are advisable.
Information/Assistance: Equestrian Federation of Assam has a website: www.assamequestrian.org which has some visuals of earlier International event under the caption Himalayan ride. Or kindly contact us at email@example.com
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|ENDURANCE GB ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD - (Published:26 November 2014)|
Endurance GB (EGB), the governing body for the sport of endurance riding in Great Britain, has announced its new and returning members of the EGB Board for 2014/15, including the re-election of John Hudson as EGB chairman.
The new Board was announced at the EGB AGM on Saturday 22nd November, with the highest number of EGB members on record participating in the vote for the elected team. The EGB Board for 2014/15 comprises 15 members, including Sue Box, Kerry Dawson, David Hirst, Harry Ingram and Jane Tennant being welcomed to the Board. John Hudson and Jo Claridge have both been re-elected.
As an accomplished rider, Sue Box has been involved in endurance for 16 years and is keen to encourage new EGB membership at all levels and riding ability. Kerry Dawson, from West Yorkshire, has a wide experience of endurance and wants to help improve the sport for everyone from grass-roots to international level. Businessman David Hirst has worked as a TS, FEI Steward and helper in endurance over the past 16 years, and crewed to international level. At 22, Harry Ingram is the youngest member of the Board and a vehement supporter of young riders. He served as Chair of the Young Rider committee in 2013 and having been involved in endurance for the past decade is keen to give something back to the sport he loves. Former rider Jane Tennant, mother of international rider Alex Tennant, is a life member of EGB and wants to help drive the expansion of the EGB membership. Re-elected member Jo Claridge has been part of the development of EGB from the outset and returns to the Board as Groups Chairman with a clear vision to further contribute to the growth and success of EGB.
Returning chairman John Hudson has been involved in endurance since 1988 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the sport. John recognises the potential for the growth of endurance and will continue to use his expertise to lead EGB and the sport for its members and for Great Britain.
John Hudson, EGB Board Chairman, said: “Each member of the Board shares the same passion for endurance and together we can actively work towards our strategy to enable more people and horses at all levels to enjoy the sport of endurance to the highest standard of excellence.”
The full EGB Board includes:
John Hudson, EGB Chairman
Pete Claridge, EGB Vice Chairman / Financial Director
Ann Dark, Company Secretary
Sue Broughton, Chair of International
Jo Claridge, Chair of Groups
Kerry Dawson, Chair of Technology
Brian Floyd Davis, Chair of Health & Safety
Jeni Gilbert, Chair Rides & Rules
Constance Newbould, SERC Representative
Fiona Videla, Chair of PR & Marketing
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|ENDURANCE GB STATEMENT - (Published:24 November 2014)|
At our AGM on Saturday 22nd November, Endurance GB (EGB) members were provided with an overview of our long term strategy and vision to enable more people and horses at all levels to enjoy the sport of endurance to the highest standard of excellence.
As part of this strategy, the Board of EGB has identified that sponsorship will enable us to achieve our goals for growth more quickly.
EGB members were also presented with details of the proposed sponsorship package that has been developed with Meydan, which has been deliberately constructed to offer opportunities and benefits to all our members, and the sport as a whole.
The EGB Board believes the proposed agreement would significantly enhance our ability to realise our vision and reinforces the implementation of the revised FEI rules in international competition.
All EGB members have been asked to submit their feedback regarding the proposed sponsorship agreement through a survey, which the EGB Board intends to have considered by mid-December, when we will confirm our final decision regarding the sponsorship.
Chairman Endurance GB
For all press enquiries please contact Fiona Videla Tel : 02476 697929 firstname.lastname@example.org PR & Communications, Endurance GB
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|Saddle Research Trust International Conference - (Published:24 November 2014)|
The 2nd Saddle Research Trust International Conference on Saturday 29th November 2014 at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
The Trustees and Organising Committee invite you to attend the Saddle Research Trust International Conference 2014.
The 2nd Saddle Research Trust International Conference is the only event of its kind to be held, worldwide. It will bring together leading veterinary and scientific experts to examine the latest research on saddle-related equine welfare and performance issues and hear how results of new research affect horses and riders.
It’s a unique opportunity for vets, therapists, trainers and riders, as well as horse owners themselves to gain collective access to the knowledge and opinions of internationally renowned experts and to participate in panel debate.
The conference is supported by The British Equestrian Federation, World Horse Welfare and Horse & Hound, Albion and Amerigo and is approved by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).
For further details attached.
Please email me by return with:
· Name (only one representative per publication please)
· Anticipated coverage of the event and any areas of particular interest
CLOSING DATE FOR ACCREDITATION: Friday 21 November 2014
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sarah Shephard, Bright Bay
07768 958911, 01986 784562
Honorary PR Consultant, SRT
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|Map Reading for all...... - (Published:12 November 2014)|
The Ordnance Survey have produced a series of guides to map reading. 'Being able to read a map will help you get so much more out of your time outdoors – whether it is walking, cycling, horse riding or touring.
Our guides and videos will help you develop your map reading and navigation skills'.
Map reading videos with Simon King
Renowned film-maker and naturalist Simon King presents a series of map reading videos that take you through the basics of understanding how to read one of our maps and how to use a compass.
Follow this link to see the video guides that explain all!
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|Bring your Ponies to the Golden Horseshoe by Nesta Oliver - (Published:10 November 2014)|
When you decided to go into Endurance riding and started to think of what kind of horse to have, was your first thought, ‘I need an Arab’? or was it, ‘My cob/pony/hunter/shire or anything else I’ve got can do that’?
Back in the nineteen-eighties ‘my cob (etc) can do that’ is what most of us thought. The Arab as the ideal endurance horse had not been thought of. And those who thought ‘my cob can do that’ were right. In those days the Golden Horseshoe Ride was what everyone aimed for there was only one class, the one that is now called the Exmoor Stag: eighty/forty kilometers over two days. We worked in miles in those days so it was fifty/twenty five: it sounded easier with smaller numbers. In the eighties there were consistently between eighty and a hundred starters for that one class and everyone rode whatever horse or pony they had and knew how to get them fit.
So what happened? How did we get to entries of four or five horses for a competition that used to be thought of as the pinnacle of Endurance riding, available to all riders and all horses, not just the super brave and the elite? A lot has changed between then and now. There are far more competitions available nowadays so that is one reason perhaps, but here are a few others, and perhaps I can show you some reasons to come instead of not.
In the early nineteen-eighties, the minimum qualification for the Horseshoe was to complete one forty mile ride (sixty-four kilometers) and that was it. Nowadays we have to do more than just one ride to qualify, and sensibly so, because that makes sure that horses are fit enough by proving it in competition instead of just putting the miles in training on our own. But there is a difference in how we think of it. Now we call it ‘upgrading from Novice to Advanced’, and ‘Advanced’ sounds like something only the top people do: those with racing or international competition in mind. Remember those eighties? When anyone with any pony aspired to do the Horseshoe? Let’s look at the reality of upgrading because it’s not really so awesome. To get to Open you need three Novice completions; to get to advanced you only have to do two more rides, one of over sixty-four kilometers and one of eighty or more. That progression to advanced doesn’t sound huge when put like that, but we get frightened by that word ‘Advanced’, and we think it is.
The other side of why people don’t upgrade is reflected in a question often asked by EGB members: ‘What advantages are there in moving up to Advanced if I’m not going to do CERs?’ Let’s start with the disadvantages: that’s easy, there aren’t any! At Advanced level the speed and pulse parameters are exactly the same as when you compete at Open, so you don’t have to go any faster or hope you can get your horse’s pulse down further than you did before. But the advantages are huge if you want to take them: you have the chance to do longer rides if you want to and, much more important, you can enter the Exmoor Eighty, the Exmoor Stag and the Golden Horseshoe itself. If one of those is the only ride you ever do that you need that Advanced qualification for, it will be worth it.
Do we need Arabs to achieve that exalted, Advanced status? Of course not. To get there you only need successful completions in your qualifying rides, not Grade Ones, so you don’t have to fly around at CER speeds and go to the vet with the same pulse that your horse has at breakfast time in the stable. Arabs are fast, versatile and gutsy but on Exmoor they have no advantage over any other breed or type of horse. And that brings us to the second reason for the drop off of entries in the longer classes on Exmoor.
Approximately half of Advanced horses are pure-bred Arabs and I suspect that a large proportion of the rest are either part-bred or other similar breeds.** Of those Advanced horses the majority have qualified in order to do CERs and many, not all of course, are trained to do only that, with winning races in mind. Some of them are going to be international team members and their focus is on training to go far and fast over easy, flattish ground. The Horseshoe is different. It requires slower speeds and a different attitude, it is not a race and there is even a prize for the horse who achieves his grade nearest to the optimum time: an award designed to discourage excess speed. So, many Advanced Arabs don’t come: they have not had the right type of training and their owners are reluctant to take the risks that have become associated in people’s minds with the rough terrain of Exmoor.
The results at the Golden Horseshoe show that Arabs on Exmoor have no advantage over other breeds in the way that they do in CERs where their effortless speed is such a huge advantage.
And here is the last reason: Exmoor has gained a fearsome reputation and people have been frightened off. Yes, Exmoor has hills that are longer and steeper than in most of the rest of the country, and the ground is hummocky and spongy and in places stony and very wet – deep ford kind of wet. And sometimes the weather sees us coming: just bring your waterproofs and woolly jumpers. But it’s not scary. It’s a better marked course than any I have ever seen: up on the high moor where the tracks are not so obvious, you are never out of sight of the next marker flag. You can’t get lost; the ground is rough but no worse than many people have to train on. All that matters is that you have a sound horse or pony who wants to see what’s over the next horizon and can look where he’s putting his feet at the same time. If the Arabs are race horses who do best on level grass where they can complete a CER at 16kph, then the ponies are the keeper goers, over any terrain, with an ‘I’ll go anywhere’ attitude.
So let’s make next year’s fiftieth anniversary Golden Horseshoe Ride, and possibly the last one ever, one to remember. Let’s fill those longer classes. Take the plunge (the rivers on the moor will help with that) and get up there. Bring your ponies, your cobs, shire horses, hunters, spotties, skewbalds, hairies, Haffies (Oh, you do it already, I’m preaching to the converted!), Icelandics (I’d love to see them on Exmoor), and of course, bring your Arabs to where they can compete on equal terms with all the others.
**The fifty percent advanced Arabs is correct, but other figures are assumed. I hope to look at it in more detail to confirm (or not) the realities and perhaps do another article where I can try to make boring statistics be interesting and useful looking to the future of EGB.
And from Jane Greatorex about Horseshoe….
Rusty and I first went to the Golden Horseshoe in 2010, the year after I bought him. We got a bronze in the Exmoor Experience (40:40) and I found out then that he was something of a bog specialist. In 2011 we did the Exmoor Stag (80K) in horrible conditions, lost a shoe, ran a couple of miles to reach the farrier (Rusty wearing a shoof) and got a bronze again – we’d been on silver time before the shoe came off. So, Development Squad and 2* qualification later we returned to try the real thing – the Golden Horseshoe (80:80). What can I say? We had a blast, great company consisting of Rebecca Kinnarney and Ellie, fantastic crewing and a marvellous ride. The views were stunning, the hills were as steep as ever and I enjoyed virtually every stride apart from the end when we ran out of steam and the odd really deep bit of bog. Exmoor is about really challenging yourself and your horse. It’s about getting it absolutely right and knowing when to call it a day. My horse is fighting fit and even better for his trip. I know he can do it and with some ideas in our heads we’ll return next year. Roll on 2015!
Photos courtesy of David Saunders
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|Welsh Championship Results 2014 - (Published:10 November 2014)|
The Welsh Championship was re-launched in 2014 and was a competition
comprising all rides held in Wales and based on National points.
The Results are as follows:
Mynydd Class- High Point Rider and Horse Combination
Winner – Janet Kenward and Orion's Firefly
Runner-up- Emily Cooke and Lady's Man
Coed Class- High Point Horse and Rider Combination counting Rides up to 50km
Winner- Emily Cooke and Lady's Man
Runner-up- Lise Cooke and The Red Viscount
Afon Class-High Point Young Rider and Horse Combination
Winner-Catherine Rawnsley and Aberllwyd's Astoriz
Cwm Class-High Point Junior Rider and Horse Combination
Cymraeg – awarded to Welsh Rider and Horse Combinations :
Junior Rider-Emily Cooke and Lady's Man
Young Rider-Catherine Rawnsley and Aberllwyds Astoriz
Senior Rider-Hilary Cuming and Benzuga
A total of 111 riders competed in rides in Wales other than Red Dragon with 34
being eligible for the Welsh Championship Classes.
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|The Haddon Training British Grooms Awards - (Published:06 November 2014)|
Haddon Training has just announced its sponsorship of the British Grooms Awards. Last presented in 2009, these two esteemed awards have been revitalised with fantastic prizes for the winning grooms, and presentations being made at the prestigious British Breeders’ Awards Dinner early in January 2015.
Grooms can be nominated by employers, friends, family and even by themselves. Nominations will set out the reasons why the nominee deserves the award and ask for an example of a situation where the groom has shown that they should win the title of either:
The Haddon Training British Grooms Award, which is open to all grooms in the equestrian industry; those working in competition yards, riding schools, welfare centres, trekking centres and studs will be equally eligible.
The Haddon Training Team GBR Grooms Award, which will be open to any groom who was part of Team GBR at the Alltech World Equestrian Games 2014 and supported any Team GBR athlete in the following disciplines:- Dressage, Eventing, Showjumping, Driving, Endurance, Reining, Vaulting and Para-Equestrian Dressage.
Chris Hewlett, Managing Director of Haddon Training says, “Haddon Training are delighted to be supporting the British Grooms Awards as we recognise what a valuable contribution skilled grooms make to the welfare of horses. We all benefit from their successes in the equine world.”
Jan Rogers, BEF Head of Equine Development said, “The British Grooms Awards always used to play an integral part in the Awards presentation and with Haddon Training’s generous support we are thrilled to have been able to reinstate them to recognise these extremely dedicated and hardworking people whose contribution is so valuable”.
Two well-respected independent equestrians will act as judges, who with the assistance of Chris Hewlett will select the winners from the short-listed candidates in each category. The two winners plus partners will be invited to the Awards ceremony where they will receive a trophy and selection of prizes.
Nominations are now open and to nominate a candidate for the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards, follow this link to download a form:http://www.bef.co.uk/Breeders-Awards-Dinner/ - nominations close on Friday 28 November 2014.
The awards will be presented at the annual British Breeders’ Awards Dinner, hosted and organised by the British Horse Foundation in London on 10 January 2015.
The Breeders Awards Dinner takes place on Saturday 10 January 2015, at the Grange City Hotel, London EC3N 2BQ
To buy tickets, please visit: https://bbdinner2015.eventbrite.co.uk/
If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please contact Rebecca Rawson (email@example.com)
To find out more about Haddon Training, please visit their website:www.haddontraining.co.uk
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|We need more photos! - (Published:01 November 2014)|
Now the nights are drawing in, relive your rides this year by sorting through your photos..... We need lots of photos to show off in our 2015 handbook.
Please forward your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org together with a completed authorisation form which can be downloaded here
We want to show off all our fantastic rides and show what a great time we have enjoying our horses, our rides and meeting friends. Pictures should ideally be landscape and permission must be given.
All photos will be acknowledged and if selected all photos will be credited.
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|Gates, glorious gates.......... - (Published:21 October 2014)|
Gates are of interest to all endurance riders, so here is your chance to improve things?
Natural England is supporting the BHS in a new gates trial, and we need your help!
We want to find an improved self closing bridle gate that will not only reduce the chance of injury to horse and rider, but also meet the needs of the less able and remain stockproof.
If you know of any self closing gates that you think are particularly good and ought to form part of the trial, please let us have the following details:
1. The name of the gate and manufacturer
2. The closure system - one way/ two way/ latch system
3. A place where the gate is installed and could be inspected
Following inspection of those put forward, a number would be selected for inclusion in the trial next year.
If you think you know a gate worthy of being in our trial, please email the details above to email@example.com or get in touch with us using our Facebook page.
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|What a year! 14 successes in 14 rides - (Published:20 October 2014)|
Nicki Thorne has had the most magical year - 'dreams really do come true ! Everyone who rides horses at any level knows how tough it can be and sometimes it's hard enough to get around the smaller distances so I am unbelievably proud of my wonderful horses who are competing over the bigger distances and have given me such an incredible result.
It goes without saying that you cannot do the FEI rides without a amazing team and I have incredible people with me at the rides - my husband Andy Thorne who is always at my side supporting me every step of the way and Michelle Macleod my crew extraordinaire, but also my people at home who enable me to travel with the horses - Daniel Stehlik and Fiona Clark. These people give me the confidence to go out there and concentrate on the horses without distractions.
Bold Greyson winning at Keysoe
I have been exceptionally lucky to meet endurance experts all over the world and I learn from every ride, every time out something new will happen and you just keep on growing and evolving. That's one of the things I love about endurance - you compete against yourself to constantly better yourself and your horsemanship.
Cleo at Cirencester
We have had super fun this year with so many friends old and new. I love our sport and am exciting about seeing it grow and develop. I think the key to our success this year has been really getting a top international team for every element of horse care and listening to advice and trying new things, constantly evaluating what works and what doesn't for each individual horse. I use Reactor Panel saddles from Saddle Exchange, Neue Schule bits, Point Two air jackets and nutritional advice from Dr David Marlin of Science Supplements.
I hope everyone has enjoyed their 2014 season and wish all EGB members a fantastic and fun 2015 season - see you all out on the trails next year '
Nicki Thorne (nee Gilbert)
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|We can see clearly now.......... - (Published:24 September 2014)|
Thanks to the kind generosity of Liz Hinings, all registered para riders and their escorts have special new blue bibs!
The blue bibs have a number and a prefix P for Para or E for escort. Please can all riders seeing these please give special consideration to the riders.
Any registered para rider may receive their bib by contacting Julie Martin
When entering a ride, a para rider must let the Ride Sec know that they wish to use their special bib and what number it is, so it can be recorded for the ride paperwork.
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|GOLDEN HORSESHOE 2015 - (Published:29 July 2014)|
The Golden Horseshoe organising committee is thrilled to announce that the Golden Horseshoe Ride has been invited by EGB to host the EGB National Championships in 2015.
We are planning a four-day event (Saturday to Tuesday 16th to 19th May) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe Ride and organised endurance riding in this country, and will be including a tribute to Ronald Duncan and Colonel Mike Ansell, who were the organisers of the first Golden Horseshoe in 1965.
More details to follow on both the EGB and Golden Horseshoe websites!
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