|Endurance Riders Don’t Stop for Wintry Weather - (Published:28 April 2016)|
Kings Forest near Thetford, Norfolk was the setting for three days of competitive routes through the iconic woodland of ‘The Brecks’. This unique area covers 393 square miles – the UK’s largest lowland forest, with miles of tracks and paths making it an ideal setting for Endurance GB’s main class of the weekend – a CEI 3* 160km (100 miles) competition.
In the 160km class Fiona Griffiths from Powys, South Wales, riding Oliver Twist IV and Mel Bradley from Devizes, Wiltshire, riding 15 year old CS Khan, owned by Linda Cross, left the venue on their final loop knowing that they were running close to the maximum time allowed - both horses passed the final vetting in good form but sadly no completion for Fiona due to being out of time.
Photo of Mel Bradley riding Linda Cross' CS Khan courtesy of Saunders Photography
Mel Bradley was thrilled with her win. She said “This has been my biggest win yet and brought up so many emotions. It was the most amazing feeling cantering towards the line with people cheering us on after such a long hard day. It certainly picks you up! After all Khan has been through we could only dream he would get around a 160km and he has done us proud.”
The event, with a full schedule of supporting National classes, was sponsored by Bury St Edmunds based, Science Supplements – leading suppliers of equine supplements, with welcome ‘goody bags’ and prizes galore. The riders and officials also benefited from a heated marquee generously provided by local FEI rider, Nicki Thorne and her husband, businessman Andy Thorne of Kestrel Liner Agencies.
Results from the main classes are as follows:
Saturday 16th April
CEI 3* 160km
1st Mel Bradley and CS Khan 14.00 kph
CEI 2* 120km
1st Harry Ingram and Warren Hills Chayze 16.81 kph
2nd Rachel Pemberton and Deemonstrator 14.40 kph
3rd Ruth Chadwick and Aragorn 14.11 kph
4th Heather Whiteley and Distance Oasis 13.81 kph
5th Amy Theodorou and My Marco 13.10 kph
CEIYJ 2* 120km
1st Katie Bedwin and Burfield Goodie Two Shoes 14.76 kph
CEI 1* 80km
1st Lesley Ann Parker and Velvet Echo 18.48 kph
2nd Robert Newall and Loti du Caussanel 15.53 kph
3rd Lauren Mills and Crystal Magic Star 15.38 kph
4th Andrea Champ and A Little Bit of Magic 14.74 kph
5th Pam James and HS Asraf 14.74 kph
6th Francesca Bakker and Aratahnes Aphrodite 14.30 kph
7th Amy Boston and Burfield Court Appearance 14.06 kph
8th Susan Cox and Eden El Nyhl 13.03 kph
Completion Fiona Bloom and Verwa
1st Tess Wheldon and Verythas de Loc 17.12 kph
2nd Ella Bunting and Eas Boadicea 16.32 kph
3rd Tessa Kilpatrick and Aratahnes Phoebe 14.97 kph
National CER 80km
1st Antonia Hardwick and Shingle Street Speshal 18.93 kph
2nd Julie Kendall and Perfeq Pacha De Blaziet 18.86 kph
3rd Lesley Anne Booth and Rassam 18.08 kph
4th Josie Ratter-Evison and Krayaan Nasser 15.28 kph
Sunday 17th April
CEI 1* 80km
1st Ylva Sam Mowatt and Terminator’s Dream 17.33kph
2nd Carri Ann Dark and Emir 17.18 kph
3rd Abigail Tennant and Barik 16.73 kph
4th Linda Cowperthwaite and Maraday Mystaron 16.73 kph
5th Susan Hawes and Remynisce 13.62 kph
6th Andrea Champ and Drumghigha Lantana 13.39 kph
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|South East Group's Primrose Ride cancelled - (Published:26 April 2016)|
It is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Primrose Ride, due to take place on 15th May. Refunds for those who have already made entries will be dealt with as soon as possible.
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|Mynydd y Grug Ride on Sunday 8th May (with Social Ride on 7th!) - (Published:25 April 2016)|
All the information for the Mynydd y Grug Ride (Sunday 8th May) is on the De Cymru Group's website - under the Ride page. We can take late entries and have capacity for people disappointed at the cancellation of the Forest of Dean Ride.
There is a Social Ride on the Saturday if you want to make a weekend of it - pubs within walking distance ! The going is varied with decent forest tracks, bridlepaths in old woodland, and open moorland. No road work-lots of water on route plus a trough especially for the Ride.
There are NO suitable crewing opportunities, so we would welcome offers of help from crew waiting at the venue! In particular the road crossing from the venue will benefit form any additional presence!
If we do have more entries than planned we are likely to need more helpers!
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|Hardy’s Ride 2016 - report - (Published:19 April 2016)|Over 90 riders enjoyed a good day at Hardy’s Ride last Saturday. The weather was kind with a mixture of sunshine and cloud although cold. The new venue proved to be a great success although the farmer had to tow some out at the end.
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Unfortunately we had a downpour the day before thoroughly soaking the long suffering trail riders and Annabel and I who were marking bits of the course on foot. We are very grateful to Tom Foot for letting us use the field and for being so helpful both before and on the day.
Thank you so much to all the officials, vets and volunteers without whom the event could not function. Amendments to the route appeared to be well received and we have further improvements for next year. It is a lot of work organising a ride but smiles and nice comments from competitors make it all worthwhile. All credit too to the Pony Club competitors who seemed so professional and were so polite remembering to thank all at the end. It was lovely to see and I think they have now qualified for the Pony Club Championship which is great news.
Nicky Sherry and Alison House - prizewinners in the 82km class (Photo by Liz Ashmead)
Congratulations to all those who completed - and commiserations to those who didn’t quite make it through the vetting – thankfully not many. The High Sheriff of Dorset, Sir Philip Williams very kindly came to present the prizes to the winners. He also owns the Bridehead Estate which the ride goes through, so we are very grateful to him on both counts.
The prizes were very kindly donated by Dorset Equine Vets and Performance Equestrian – thank you very much to both. (Photo by AGC Photography shows Judy Holloway receiving her award from the High Sheriff)
The results of the top 4 classes were as follows
Ist Nicky Sherry on Silver Zourra
2nd Alison House on Aberllwyd Briar Rose
1st Judy Holloway on Aa Talika
2nd Katherine Willings on Sadhira
3rd Sally Mcilwaine on Mahbubti
4th Mary Stubbs on Indygo
44k GER – rosettes will be sent shortly
1st Annie Joppe on Dilmun
2nd Sue Gregg on Simply Dennis
3rd Sarah Davenport on Blakeswater Wilfred
44K Novice GER- rosettes will be sent shortly
1st Rebecca Stapley on Purple Ransom
2nd Susannah French on Cf Matilda
Hope to see you all and more next year- for those of you who didn’t come because you thought there would be lots of gates, we managed to keep many open and bypassed quite a few. We can open the ride to more people next year and I think all agreed that the scenery is stunning!
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|Concrete Cows had something for everyone, including Sport Relief - (Published:15 April 2016)|130 riders enjoyed the unique setting of Campbell Park in Milton Keynes as the Cromwell Group’s ride was run as a national calendar ride, for the first time.
Organiser Nikki Parsler was thrilled with the support for the event that required entries to close a month prior. With classes for veterans, Pony Club and pleasure riders, as well as up to 80km GER, there was something for every level. And back at the venue the cake stall raised over £200 for Sport Relief too. Sponsors included The Parks Trust (Milton Keynes), Equidgel, Equiform, Feedmark, Performance Equestrian and Barber Sports, and the route took riders past roller coasters, along horse tracks and past the iconic aggregate bovines of course!
Positive feedback soon came washing in after the event, including: “It was our Pony Club team’s first time ever at endurance and they all had a wonderful time! My 11 year old daughter was slightly nervous this morning in case she got anything wrong, but it is fair to say she has now definitely caught the endurance bug!” A great testament to the efforts of all the officials involved.
Novice Team winners were the Cherwell Valley Chargers: Lisa Chawner and Dax, Gillian Ruth Hensley and Herbert Sherbert, Kerry Lloyd and Nicomacheus Goa, Heather Whittington and Dulas Total Eclipse, Vanessa Woodhouse and Elmo, and Gillian Hasberryand St Flannans Niamh. They were followed by Beds South Pony Club in second, and Chiltern Distance Riders Jumping Jacks in third.
The winning Open Team was The Allsorts: Hannah Maskell and Joyces Choice, Rebecca Northover and Kal, Rachael Spinks and Bellaboolou, Samantha Hunt and Draghi Warrior, Emma Taylor and Cool Dude, and Diane Gillings and Exclusive AM. Second places were The Maresketeers, ahead of Cromwell EGB in third.
Emma Daniel rode Yawl Hill Pollyanna to win the 80km performance formula class. Hannah Maskell and Joyce’s Choice picked up the win in the 66km performance formula class. Carol Fricker and 21 year old Silver Linnet topped the veteran section, although the oldest equine entered, Jane Alexander’s Shatzar, is 26! Well done everyone.
Nikki’s full report can be seen at by clicking here
(Photos to follow shortly)
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|COMPETITION! Win tickets to Royal Windsor Horse Show - (Published:14 April 2016)|Today we have launched a photo contest competition via Hoof social media, encouraging participants to share their favourite horsey moment for a chance to win tickets to the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
We would appreciate your support in pushing the competition out across your channels, below is the messaging for the competition;
COMPETITION! Win tickets to Royal Windsor Horse Show, the UK's largest outdoor equestrian event, featuring world-class competition and birthday celebrations fit for a Queen.
To enter, share a photo of your favourite horsey moment with us! http://bit.ly/1MtBMcY
Tell your friends using #JointheRide
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|RoR and Endurance GB Launch New Competition for Ex-Racehorses - (Published:04 April 2016)|
Members of Retraining of Racehorses are now eligible for free 'Club Membership', allowing combinations to enter up to 40km at members' rates. RoR are also offering a new competition for those racehorses trying endurance for the first time.
The new competition for 2016 is aimed at pleasure riders. It is designed to introduce ex-racehorses to riding in some of the country's most beautiful places with lower speeds and distances than the competitive rides, so it gives the horse some real brain food as part of a holistic retraining programme.
Find out more here.
For more advance ex-racers there is still the RoR Elite Endurance Award, which in 2016 will offer a first prize of £2500 and a second prize of £500. Please click here for more information.
We are delighted that RoR continue to support endurance riding and look forward to seeing more racehorses adapt to the challenge of long distance riding.
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|Poplar Park Ride – additional GER class on Saturday 7th May - (Published:04 April 2016)|
This ride will now also offer a 64km GER on Saturday 7th May. For full details please click here.
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|International Seminar – Another Speaker Announced - (Published:03 April 2016)|The theme for this year is about reaching for and achieving your POTENTIAL and will be designed to give you food for thought over the winter.
We hope that you’ve got the 5th November in your diaries for this year’s International Seminar to be held at the NAEC, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.
We’ve already announced to you that the world renowned consultant equine cardiologist, Dr LESLEY YOUNG, BVSc DVA DVC DipECEIM PhD MRCVS, will be joining us as a key speaker. Her talk will be focussed on ‘Training the Heart to its Potential’.
We are also very excited to give you details of another key speaker, GEMMA PEARSON, BVMS Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS. Not only is Gemma a vet but she is also an eminent Animal Behaviourist. Her talk, 'Nature or Nurture' will intrigue and inspire you. She will look at the mental attributes that are desirable in the Endurance Horse and how an understanding of equine learning can maximise a horse’s potential.
The Seminar is aimed at those interested in future team participation but will be open to (and relevant for) all levels of competitor. Everyone is welcome. Register your interest by emailing the Endurance GB office: firstname.lastname@example.org
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|FIRST EVENT FOR NEW ENDURANCE GROUP - (Published:31 March 2016)|The first major endurance ride of 2016 took place last weekend at Haywood Oaks in Nottinghamshire. Held over three days, the event welcomed all levels of rider starting from 8km Pleasure Riders at their first event up to 120km FEI Riders hoping to gain much needed International qualifications.
The first major Endurance ride of 2016 took place last weekend at Haywood Oaks in Nottinghamshire. Held over three days, the event welcomed all levels of rider starting from 8km Pleasure Riders at their first event up to 120km FEI Riders hoping to gain much needed International qualifications. The weekend saw a total entry of approximately 150 horses.
The two FEI classes – CEI 2* 120km and CEI 1* 90km – took place on Saturday, together with the main national class of the weekend set over 80km.
There were just four combinations starting the 120km. It’s early in the season to have horses fit enough for this distance but three combinations were successful, covering most of the route as a team and finishing together with an average speed of 14.07 kph. First to cross the line was 16 year old Charlotte Chadwick with her 9 year old gelding, Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar. Charlie was over the moon with her horse, “I cannot put into words how proud and pleased I am with my one in a million horse, Taz. It makes me cry to know that I trained him to be the horse he is today. Everything I have done from early mornings to late night trainings has now paid off.”
There were ten entries in the CEI 1* 90km class, with six finishers. The early leaders set a brisk pace into the first vetgate. However, three horses were eliminated here for gait irregularities, leaving the eventual winner, Harry Ingram, to set the pace for the remaining phases. Harry and Bronze Nahdir won by 25 minutes at an average speed of 16.75 kph. The 13 year old Arab gelding is following in the footsteps of his sire, Chatanz, who was also victorious in this class 12 years previously. Harry said of his win, “We were delighted to successfully complete the course, and even better to have come away with such a good result. ‘Ali’ has come back from a year off due to injury and so the result was extra special. This course can sometimes be challenging with deep sand, stones and mud, but this year it rode better than ever. A special thanks to the organisers and helpers who braved the cold and windy weather to put on such a seamless event.”
The main national class of the weekend was an 80km Competitive Endurance Ride ridden against the clock and all four starters successfully finished with young rider, Hannah Maskell riding Joyce’s Choice, taking first place at 15.53 kph, just 9 minutes ahead of Kathy Carr with Aberllwyd Femme Fatale.
This is the first time this long-running Endurance GB ride has fallen under the organisation of the newly reformed Nottinghamshire Group of Endurance GB. In spite of the extremely rough weather blown in by Storm Katie, the new Committee excelled themselves and the weekend went off without a hitch, “A huge thank you to our band of volunteers. It was a challenging time weather wise but you all rose to it and were utterly amazing!!!! Our sport is run almost entirely thanks to volunteers giving up their time to make the rides happen“.
Results (subject to FEI and EGB ratification):
CEI 2* 120km
1st Charlie Chadwick and Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar
2nd Nicki Thorne and LM Ashirta
3rd Andrea Champ and Drumghigha Luxor
CEI 1* 90km
1st Harry Ingram and Bronze Nahdir
2nd Caroline Cowley and HS Bellini
3rd Christine Smyth and Al Raad Bin Jesra
4th Ruth Chadwick and Aragorn
5th Katie Bedwin and Burfield Goodie Two Shoes
6th Charlotte Strang and Shermans Riva
1st Hannah Maskell and Joyce’s Choice
2nd Kathy Carr and Aberllwyd Femme Fatale
3rd Janice Cockley-Adams and HS Echo
4th Nikki Brown and Tinkerbell’s Image
Competitors in the CEI 1* 90km out on the first loop.
Photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography
Full results of GER classes for the rest of the weekend will be published in the results section in due course.
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|Further Appointments to the International Squad Management Team - (Published:20 March 2016)|
Endurance GB are pleased to announce that they have recruited another very experienced Endurance rider to the International Squad Management Team. Jo Chisholm has agreed to take on the role of Chef d’Equipe for the Young Rider Squad. Plus Harvey Lymer joins the SMT as Team Farrier to the Development Squad.
Jo Chisholm and Keryel Lotois competing at Windsor 2015
We are very pleased to share with you the news that we have recruited another very experienced Endurance rider to the International Squad Management Team. Jo Chisholm has agreed to take on the role of Chef d’Equipe for the Young Rider Squad.
Jo lives on Dartmoor and is a very active contributor to Endurance. Amongst the many positions she has held, she was joint Chef d’Equipe for the GBR Senior Team in Dubai in 2005. "I am very honoured to be asked to act as Chef d'Equipe to the Young Riders for 2016. I know most of the riders from competing on the circuit myself, and have seen many of them competing from a young age alongside my own daughters. I very much look forward to working with them and the rest of the Squad Management Team".
Jo has been a prolific competitor for over 30 years and has completed a staggering 11,492 kms at all distances, including FEI classes. Many of you will remember her horse, Grey Medlar, who received many accolades during his 15 year career, including Overall Champion in 2000. Jo and Grey Medlar were also part of the Intermediate Team that competed in Belgium in 2002.
The major fixture on the calendar this year for Jo’s Squad will be the Young Rider European Championships being held in Portugal at the beginning of September. She’ll be focussing her attention on preparing and selecting a team for Portugal with the help of Team Vet, Tom Eaton-Evans and Team Farrier, Glyn Trundle.
Endurance GB are also pleased to welcome Harvey Lymer DipWCF as Team Farrier to the Development Squad. Harvey is known to many Endurance riders as the son of our long-standing Senior Squad farrier, Kelvin Lymer. Harvey was introduced to Endurance at a young age but is an accomplished farrier in his own right. In 2013 he won the European Championship for apprentice farriers held in Denmark. He has been working with the EGB International Squad for some years, including travelling to France with the Development Squad in 2014. Harvey’s promotion to Team Farrier is well deserved and he says of his appointment, “I’m happy to be part of the Team!”.
Harvey Lymer DipWCF of Sandpitt Forge
International Committee, Endurance GB
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|The 4 for the North Series - are you in? - (Published:10 March 2016)|
If your ride diaries include some of the following not only will you enjoy some of the best scenery and riding the UK has to offer, but your points could put you in the running for the 4 for the North trophies:
The Northumberland and Tyneside (N&T) Group launched the “4 For the North Series” a few years ago with the aim of rewarding the forward-thinking rider and promoting good preparation. The winners will be those skilled at riding at a speed, suiting the terrain, avoiding elimination and finishing with a low heart rate; in essence the skills essential to true endurance riding.
The committee select and publish a list of qualifying rides before the start of the season. The series works on a variation of the French Formula to ensure a level playing field and each rider’s four best results are used to calculate their final score, hence ‘4 for the North’.
The series is split into two trophies. The first is the Cottee Trophy, donated by Mrs Doreen Cottee in memory of her husband Ken who himself enjoyed the sport of endurance riding with his Arabian Ashraaf. Doreen sadly passed away last year and so the Trophy continues to be sponsored by their daughter Viv Knight and her husband Graham. The Cottee Trophy is aimed at riders competing at shorter distances and open to Northumberland and Tyneside members only.
The photo shows Sarah Wilkinson (rider), Kate Cassidy (owner) with Leo III and their ‘4 For the North’ trophy. It was Leo’s first season of endurance; he followed the fast track route and had a very successful first year.
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|Arab Horse Society Bursary Scheme - three packages are available. - (Published:16 February 2016)|
The Arab Horse Society are offering three bursaries of £250 each to selected members riding registered Arabian, Anglo or Part-bred horses, in any discipline, in order to celebrate the breed's performance credentials.
Arab Horse Society Bursary Scheme: for the encouragement and promotion of the Ridden Arabian.
There are three bursaries of £250 each available. You must be an AHS member to be eligible to apply for the bursaries, competing with a horse registered in either of the AHS Stud Books or the Part Bred Register.
The bursaries will be paid to assist with training costs, specific challenges, or competitions. The successful winner will recognise that the intention of the Bursary is to enhance an individual’s skills and help development of the Arabian profile.
If a bursary has not been used within 12 months of the offer of the bursary the offer will be withdrawn. The financial prize will be paid by The Arab Horse Society following a receipt for the funding which can include training, education, equipment or any other cost approved by the Committee. Extensions may be agreed in exceptional circumstances (e.g. injury or a specific training opportunity).
Candidates should detail their experience and their aspirations and plans and submit, by email, to email@example.com no later than 30th April 2016.
Applications will be distributed to the AHS Shows and Events Committee and all application forms will be considered and evaluated against the potential positive exposure of the Arabian. The committee will base their decision on the contents of the nomination statements. There is no charge to submit entries for the bursary. Nominations are open to all UK residents and there is no age limit. Applicants should include photographs, with copyright, that they agree to make available for publication by the AHS, irrespective of whether they are successful or not. Presentations will be made at the Arab Horse Society National Show and recipients should make themselves available, if requested (28-30 July). Winners are also to provide future short progress reports to update the Arab Horse Society on activity. All applicants will be informed by the 31st May 2016 whether they have been successful or otherwise.
All bursaries will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Committee on behalf of the Arab Horse Society. Any application made for bursaries may be rejected for any reason whatsoever and any decision made by the Committee will be final. AHS Employees, Council and Committee Members and their immediate families will not be eligible.
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