|Endurance GB International 'Potential for Greatness' Seminar - 5th November Stoneleigh Park, Kenilwo - (Published:23 October 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 have world class speakers at the top of their fields to inspire you. In addition, NAF (Natural Animal Feeds) have agreed to sponsor the event and will be providing gifts for all delegates.
IAN WILLIAMS - Our entertaining 'Master of Ceremonies' and FEI Rules guru will guide us through the day and navigate the FEI Rules.
CHARLIE UNWIN- Sport Psychologist to Olympians and Equestrians with a passion for helping riders to find their potential. Charlie will change the way you think about your riding and leave you feeling more confident and excited about what you could achieve.
Dr LESLEY YOUNG BVSc DVA DVC DipECEIM PhD MRCVS - World renowned Equine Cardiologist will tell you everything you need to know about training the equine heart.
ROD FISHER MRCVS - Team vet to the extremely successful British Paralympic Dressage Team will talk about supporting the team in Rio. Rod is also a 4* FEI Endurance Vet and will be talking again later in the day on 'Avoiding Injury'.
GEMMA PEARSON BVMS Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS - Equine Behaviourist, will be talking about desirable mental attributes in the endurance horse and how to identify them in youngstock.
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.
Tickets ?50 members (including SERC), Young Rider members ?40, non-members ?70. Book by making an ad hoc payment in the Shop section of this website under the reference 'SEMINAR' or telephone the office to pay over the phone 02476 697929
Thank you very much to NAF for their support. Find out more about their products at: http://www.naf-equine.eu
Closing: 5.00 pm Wednesday, 2nd November.
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|Special Awards at the Gala Dinner - (Published:19 October 2016)|
Nominations and applications to be received by the 31st.
The Rosettes Direct Award & The National Assistance Award - The perpetual awards to the ‘unsung heroes’ who have given unfailing service to Endurance GB. The nominees need not be a member.
The John Yeats Memorial Bursary - A £100 bursary, awarded to a Young Rider to have reached 14 years but not to have attained his/her 19th birthday. Riders wishing to be considered should apply in writing to the Chairman.
The Young Volunteer of the Year Award - Junior or Young Rider under the age of 21 who has given unfailing service to Endurance GB.
Nominations and applications should be sent to the Chairman. Please refer to the full definitions of these awards and instructions on applying on page 130 of the Handbook.
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|New Sponsor for Lindum Spirit - (Published:15 October 2016)|
The Lindum Spirit Endurance Festival is very happy to announce its new sponsor, Emerald Green Feeds, from 2017. The Lincolnshire based company has been supporting the Lindum Group for a couple of seasons with involvement in many of its rides, and providing sample bags at all the group’s events for 2016.
Emerald Green Feeds Grass and Alfalfa Feeds are grown and produced on a family farm in the heart of Lincolnshire. As a family run business they take enormous pride in the feeds they produce, being of the highest quality, fully traceable and containing all natural ingredients. The fibre based range is particularly suited to endurance horses and many of the group’s horses are now benefitting from the feeds.
The Emerald Green Feeds team say they are delighted to be sponsoring such a prestigious event in the UK endurance calendar. Already looking forward to the event, when they hope to meet some more happy customers and enjoy answering any queries potential customers may have. “We wish all competitors the best of luck and we will see you there!”
The Emerald Green Feeds Lindum Spirit will take place from Market Rasen racecourse, July 26-30th.
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|Endurance GB AGM & Gala Dinner - (Published:14 October 2016)|
On the 19th November, join us to celebrate the successes of the 2016 season at our Gala Dinner. We are pleased to be supported by three headline sponsors, who we will announce shortly. Everyone is welcome and tickets can be purchased in the EGB shop. Members are also invited to attend the Annual General Meeting from 12 - 4pm at the same venue of which more details will be circulated soon.
Date: 19 November
Venue: Mercure Daventry Court Hotel and Spa [rooms can be booked by calling 01327 307000 and a discount is available by quoted Endurance GB]
Time: AGM 12 - 4pm, Gala Dinner 7pm
Dress code: Men - dark business suits, Women - beautiful as always
Cost: £35 to include three course dinner, coffee, disco and entertainment.
Tickets: Can be purchased in the EGB Shop, or from the Endurance GB office.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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|Junior and Young Riders AGM – For all Junior and Young Rider EGB members! - (Published:11 October 2016)|
That time of the year has come around again and it is not long until the 2016 AGM and awards dinner. This year, it is being held on the 19th November at the Daventry Court Hotel. As usual, we will be having a Junior and Young Rider meeting whilst the main AGM takes place, more details will follow so keep an eye on our facebook page. We will meet at 12pm in the hotel lobby ready to head to our meeting room. If you arrive late and want to join us, just ask at the hotel reception which room the Young Riders meeting is in.
There will also be a Junior and Young Rider table for the evening dinner so if you would like to join us, simply make a note on the form when you book your tickets. If you can’t make both it would be great to see you at either the meeting or the evening dinner.
In the Junior and Young Rider meeting, we will discuss what has been going on this season and what our plans are for next season. We welcome your input and ideas for next year. We will also be electing a new committee who will take over after the AGM. For the committee we are looking for four regional representatives, North Midlands, South and Wales, who will be a link to help new and existing junior and young rider EGB members to get involved with the sport. The four people voted by those attending the AGM will form the committee for the following year. There will be several things for the committee to do throughout the year that are not listed in the jobs below and these will be discussed amongst the committee once they arise. Please consider putting yourself forward for the committee, it is a great way to get involved and shape the future of EGB young riders! It is also an excellent thing to have on your CV should you be applying to college, University or for a job. We are looking for committed people who are willing to take on the challenge and give back to the sport. If you would like to be considered, please come along to the meeting ready to say a few words about yourself and why you think you would be a good member of the committee. The regional representatives will need to take on the following roles amongst themselves:
· Magazine and Facebook content- this will involve gathering articles and information for the magazine and the facebook page.
· Ride Socials- this will involve thinking of ideas for junior and young riders to get together and helping to organise any socials
· Fundraising- this will involve thinking of ways to raise money for the Young Rider Fund and helping to organise these
· Junior/Young Rider training days- this will involve coming up with ideas and a plan for training days or events to help new and existing junior and young riders of all levels
The committee will work as a whole and feedback and comment upon ideas together. All those on the committee will need to feedback to the Committee Chair who will discuss ideas with our Young Rider Liaison before articles/content is published or plans for socials, fundraising, training days etc are actioned.
It would be great to see you all there, whether you have been before or are new to it all this year you will be very welcome! The meeting is a perfect opportunity to meet other riders and discuss plans for next year. You can feedback your ideas and get involved for next year. The YR Committee are here for you so if you would like to see us do something different next year, or want to get involved, this is your chance to let us know. The evening is fantastic, it’s lots of fun and means you can chat with fellow endurance riders without the stress of ride day!
If you have any questions at all, please get in touch by contacting
EGB Young Riders
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|British Equestrian Federation: Chair of the Board of Directors - (Published:10 October 2016)|
The BEF is seeking a Chair of the Board of Directors. Applicants should possess the commitment, drive and skills to make a tangible contribution to the development of BEF strategy and the robust oversight of the organisation's governance framework.
Candidates for the position of Chair of the Board of Directors should be able to demonstrate extensive board experience at a senior position within a leading private sector company or sport entity.
The successful candidate will be elected by and responsible to the BEF Council, which represents the Federation's member bodies and will be supported by the BEF's executive staff. This position is voluntary, with reasonable expenses, and offers the opportunity for close involvement in an exciting phase in the development of equestrian sport. Knowledge of the equestrian industry or of another sport would be of advantage but is not essential. There are approximately 10 meetings of the Board held per year at Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire.
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|RED DRAGON ‘Festival of Endurance’ – the endurance ‘end-of-season’ party! - (Published:07 October 2016)|
Red Dragon is one of Endurance GB’s iconic rides, taking place as it does over the first weekend in October, the event provides riders with a great finale to the season. Generously sponsored by British Horse Feeds it runs from the superb venue of the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, and offers something for everyone, over three days of competition, from Pleasure rides to the top class Red Dragon which is 160kms over two days.
The Red Dragon was won convincingly by Tricia Hirst and Vlacq Bronze Image,
who also took the Best Condition award, although Tricia confirms “it was a very tough ride this year due to the torrential rain on Saturday which then made the route very muddy on Sunday. I was delighted with “Imy” who looked like she hadn’t done anything at the end.” The Hirst family made it a clean sweep with Tricia’s husband David winning the Best Crew award.
Carina Kane riding Evermore Artistic won the 80kms Little Dragon in a close racing finish from Sam Mowatt riding Golden Dream.
The showground, with its unique terraced parking, offers great facilities with plenty of room for camping, corralling, and stabling and from Thursday the endurance world descends on the showground to park trailers, pitch tents and build corrals. Everyone has their favourite spot and Cornish endurance rider Sue Speed, winner of the 3-day Dragon’s Days, has had the same corner for years!
Results at Red Dragon are hugely influenced by the weather, and this year was no exception. On Friday it was dry and sunny, with riders finding the route riding well, but on Saturday, the first day for the top classes, the weather deteriorated with heavy rain all day. Vetting at base and at the Painscastle half-way vet-gate takes place under cover: however, out on the route riders, horses, and crews got very wet and very muddy!
Sunday started out with very low cloud but riders were rewarded with some stupendous views and a clear blue sky, when they finally got to the top of Aberdew Hill, the first of many climbs, where ride photographer, David Saunders was waiting to take their picture. The route was made testing by the previous day’s rain as June Davies and Shirajah found to their cost when they took a nasty fall, however the ‘spirit of endurance’ was in full force as other riders helped June back on board. As June reports, “It was extremely painful sitting in the saddle but my heart-felt thanks goes to those wonderful riders who surrounded and escorted me to walk to the check-point. I was able to get some painkillers from my crew and managed to complete the ride, albeit with broken ribs. I can’t thank those supportive riders enough; their actions are a true reflection on how wonderful this sport really is.”
After the event riders took to social media to make their appreciation felt for the ride, its organisers, and the team of volunteers who make it all happen. Ride organiser, John Hudson, had this to say, “Once again the British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon was a great success. Our thanks go to the landowners and huge team of volunteers that work together to enable us to run the event so smoothly. We are also most grateful to British Horse Feeds who have sponsored the festival for the past 6 years and have now kindly agreed to continue as title sponsor for 2017 and 2018.”
Photos courtesy of David Saunders
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|British Horse Feeds Red Dragon win for Tricia Hirst - (Published:05 October 2016)|
The results for the Speedi-Beet Red Dragon are:
1st Tricia Hirst riding Vlacq Bronze Image (12.06kph)
Tricia and Vlacq Bronze Image on Day 1
(Photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography)
2nd Charis Denham riding The Red Viscount (11.94kph)
3rd Rachael Cratchley riding Open T' Offers (11.57kph)
4th Kirsty Wiscombe riding Yawl Hill Maverick (10.08kph)
5th Gillian Mann riding HS Parnasse (10.05kph)
Tricia Hirst and Vlacq Bronze Image were also awarded the Best Condition award - shown in this second David Saunders photo on Day 2 of the competition.
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|Scotland wins the 2016 Endurance Home International - (Published:26 September 2016)|
In 2016 the 27th Home International was hosted by Ireland at the St Patrick’s Coast ride with its superb venue of Downpatrick Racecourse and after a very exciting two days of competition the Scottish team came out ahead to take the trophy, as well as the Team Turnout award and various individual honours. The official result was 1st Scotland, 2nd England, 3rd Wales and 4th Ireland
The idea of a Home International event was born in 1989 when Scottish Endurance (SERC) presented a trophy which was to be contested on an annual basis with the event being hosted in rotation by the four participating countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The Home International has at its heart the specific aims of encouraging endurance riders at all levels, being non-elitist and fostering team spirit. Teams comprise six riders and horses of different ages and abilities, including a Novice and a Junior rider, and scores from all six riders count towards the result.
The Home International also hosts other events such as the Celtic (Scots, Irish, Welsh and Cornish) Challenge, Best Team Turnout and Best Junior, as well as the Margaret Montgomery Award for a supporting team member.
Scottish team Chef d’Equipe, Fiona Anderson was rapturous in her praise for her team, for the venue management, the sponsors, (such as Aloeride) and for the Irish hosts:
“How do you put into words how proud I am of my whole squad! From riders, reserves, individuals, crews, supporters to the management team age, with ages from 14 years to over 60 years - this is what Endurance is all about! We must also say a huge thank you to all the ride organisers who seemed to wear six different hats at once, as they are a small group, and also the Racecourse management who bent over backwards to help us enjoy ourselves. My riders would also like to thanks all the sponsors who were very generous with the prizes.”
English Chef d’Equipe Maggie Pattinson was equally thrilled with the performance of her team, which had been whittled down from a record 52 applicants, and which included Junior rider Lily Gibbons & Sandy fresh from completing 120kms over 4 days at the Lindum Spirit ride.
“Huge thanks to our hosts Ireland and also massive thanks to our competition, Ireland, Wales and the victorious Scotland, as always the event provided great competition and camaraderie in the true spirit of endurance riding. A word to the Scots – keep that trophy polished and England look forward to hosting next year’s competition!”
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|Photos for the Members Handbook and Ride Proposals - (Published:22 September 2016)|
PLEASE please please don't forget that Ride Proposals for 2017 need to be submitted by 14th October and we urgently need photos please for the Members' Handbook. Send both to the Rides and Rules Committee as soon as possible.
|A message to EGB Young Riders and Juniors from the Chairman of Rand Endurance, South Africa - (Published:01 July 2016)|
Rand endurance is hosting the Sanesa National Schools Championships on the 30 September 2017. We would like to get young riders and juniors from over the globe to take part in this spectacular event. The ride wil be held under the auspices of Erasa.
If there are any interested parties we would like to hear from you. On the 14 May 2016 we hosted a ride at the venue where the event will take place, comments and photos can be found on the facebook page Rand Endurance. Maybe we can include a trip to the Kruger Nationalpark. Interested and suitably qualified parties should contact John Robertson, Chair of International email@example.com
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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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|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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