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The Mission Statement of Endurance GB
Our mission is to promote and enhance the sport of Endurance (Competitive Long Distance) Riding within the United Kingdom, by providing competition, training and development opportunities that will appeal to all levels of rider from beginner to world class winner.
The Society will endeavour to promote and uphold at all times the highest standards of horse welfare

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and new Teams of Three
- the Green Dragon teams
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Recent News
Berkshire Downs host to the Southern Championship Berkshire Downs host to the Southern Championship - (Published:27 May 2015)

 Many congratulations to Malcolm Greenaway and Suchaking, who won the newly resurrected Southern Championship at Berkshire Downs on May 25th.

 

Fifteen riders started the 80km Championship class, and Sue Speed riding Ja Noor was a close runner up.

 

The Young Rider award, kindly sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, was won by Katie Bedwin on Burfield Goodie Two Shoes, and the best Novice horse was Rancar Borealis ridden by Renee Patience.

 

A huge vote of thanks must go to all the helpers and officials who helped make this ride such a success on the day.

The going and weather were both perfect, and as usual the Ridgeway rode well, with riders able to enjoy the spectacular views.

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Congratulations to our new National Champion for 2015Congratulations to our new National Champion for 2015 - (Published:19 May 2015)

The National Championship for 2015 was held at the Golden Horseshoe. Congratulations to Gill Talbot and Sa'da Sekora who successfully completed the 2day 160km Golden Horseshoe Class. Congratulations also to  the runner up Georgina Hirst and Polaris.

 

Gill who has competed in this ride since 1991 found that the gale force wind gusts, hail, torrential rain and extreme low temperatures made this such a difficult 50th  Anniversary ride both to compete in and to manage your horse successfully over two very testing days.  A real test for riders, hard working crews - (huge thanks to my husband Rob) and horse.

 Photo by Rob Edwards

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CONGRATULATIONS TO:
 
Hannah Maskell and Joyce's Choice, 2014 Supreme Champion of Endurance GB and Young Rider Champion
 
Ruth Chadwick and Aragorn, 2014 Senior Champion of Endurance GB

 

Keighley & Madison Pomroy and Redwings Milky Way, 2014 Junior Champion of Endurance GB

 

The full list of trophies and winners is here

Training Rides
Mid South Training Days on 20th June (mounted) and 18th July (non-mounted) - (Published:28 May 2015)

Heart Rate and Interval Training etc with Maggie Pattinson at the first and Map Reading and Endurance Q&A at the second.  More details and entry form here.

 
Cotswold Group's Bibury Ride - Sunday 21st June - (Published:25 May 2015)

Come and enjoy the Bibury ride on the 21st June, for details see here

 
Offa's Dyke Blaenavon Ride - Sunday 21st June - (Published:10 April 2015)

 Venue- Whistle Inn, Blaenavon, NP4 9SJ

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Choose your first graded ride by looking through the handbook or the list of rides online, entries for a ride can be made online or sending in a ride entry form with a SAE. Send your entry in before the Ride Close Date, then a week before your ride, your ride details will arrive so that you can plan your journey and your ride.  You should have your horse passport with you as the law requires but it probably will not be checked at the ride.           (Photo by Esther Young and Kerry Dawson)
    

Aim to arrive at the Venue a good 30-45 minutes before your vet time. Before you unload check in with the Secretary, take your membership card, horse registration and log book with your master card already filled in. Collect your numbered bib and check the notice board for any changes to the route or last minute rider instructions

 

Put out buckets of water and hay net up for your return. Put a bridle on or a controller head collar to ensure your horse is under control. Remove any bandages or travel boots. If cold or clipped leave the rug on. Put your numbered bib on!

 

Take your horse and vet sheet to the farrier for the shoes to be checked. Then on to the vet who will ask you for your vet sheet. Any rugs will need to be removed. He will take your horse’s
pulse, check his legs and back and then ask you to trot the horse up for approximately 30 metres and back. Hopefully all is well and you can start! They will keep the vet sheet ready for your return.

 

Walk back to the trailer and tack up. Put an emergency sticker on you and on your horse’s tack. Remember to take your map
case and map, talk round and mobile phone (on). Attach your drink and holder to your saddle if needed.

                                                                                             

Walk to the start, the timekeeper will give you your start time make a note of this time.  Set off quietly and try to ride at a consistent pace. You need to be riding between 8 and 15kph, around 10kph is a good target speed (ie a mixture of trotting and cantering, with not very much walking!) So 40k will take 4hours at 10kph.


On returning to the venue (finish) give the timekeeper your number, they will tell you your finishing time. Dismount and walk back to the trailer. You have up to 30 minutes to get the horse’s pulse down to below 64 - hopefully a lot lower. Untack and put head collar on, tie up to trailer.  Offer him a drink but do not feed until after vetting.

 

Check the horse’s pulse then depending on the reading and the weather, pour or sponge water over neck, back and the big veins on the hind legs unless it is cold and wet!

Try and reduce his heart rate.

 

Check there are no stones in the horse’s feet.  Keep checking the pulse and, when it is as low as you think you can get it, walk quietly to the vets for your final vetting; the same procedures will occur that happened at the beginning.

 

Remember you must present to the vet within 30 minutes or you will be eliminated. You may have to queue but, providing you have told the vet steward you are there, that is fine. You may need the 30 minutes to begin with but the sooner you can present with a low pulse the better.

 

After vetting go back to the trailer, feed, let your horse relax before loading.
Allow at least 30 minutes before going to the secretary for your mastercard, vet sheet, grade and rosette after your final vetting.

File your master card and vet sheet in your log book for safe keeping.

We hope you have a great time but remember if you have any queries please contact ridesandrules@endurancegb.co.uk