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International Seminar - the road to MontrealInternational Seminar - the road to Montreal - (Published:21 October 2014)

The International Committee would like to announce that there is an International Seminar, open to all EGB members and friends on the 2nd November 2014.

The Seminar will be held at the Derbyshire Hotel, J28 M1. This is the second in a series of seminars to plan our way forward Internationally.

For details of the day and the speakers please see the Agenda

The charge for the day is EGB and SERC Members £45 / Non-Members £50

Please pay through the EGB website by following the link to the shop

Please remember to quote your name and what you are paying for in the PayPal notes box

Category:International

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Nominations Go Live For The Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award Nominations Go Live For The Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award - (Published:21 October 2014)

As we near the end of another successful season of equestrian sport with added boosts for British bred horses, what better than to celebrate by recognising the top mares that produced the horses giving us all this success?

 

The nominations for the 2015 Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award are now open.  The award is to be presented to the breeder or associate of the mare who, in the opinion of the relevant discipline and the Awards committee, has made the greatest contribution to British bred success.

 

A nominated mare may have had an outstanding competition career herself or have bred a dynasty of progeny that have gone on to succeed in sport, or both. If you think you know of a mare that has made a valuable contribution to British breeding – we’d like to know about her!

 

The award will be presented at the annual British Breeders’ Awards Dinner, hosted and organised by the British Horse Foundation in London on 10 January 2015.

 

Information

 

 

Breeders Awards Dinner Sat 10 Jan 2015, Grange City Hotel, London EC3N 2BQ

 

Details of this and other awards being presented, and nomination forms: http://www.bef.co.uk/Breeders-Awards-Dinner/

 

Mares do not need to be alive to be nominated. All mares nominated previously will need to be re nominated and past nominees are welcome to re submit their nominations, even if they didn’t make the shortlist in previous years

 

Nominations close Friday 21 November 2014

 

Buy tickets  https://bbdinner2015.eventbrite.co.uk/

Liaise with a member of the team jan.rogers@bef.co.uk

 

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Gates, glorious gates..........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 access@bhs.org.uk or get in touch with us using our Facebook page. Category:General

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Now is the time..............Now is the time.............. - (Published:20 October 2014)

to send in your green first season master cards and your distance award claims. Also if you only have a couple of spaces left on your yellow cards they should be sent in as well.

 

Green master cards must be swopped for a yellow card before the start of 2015 unless you have not done ANY graded rides this year.

Both green cards and nearly full yellow cards should be sent to the EGB office with a SAE.

Distance claims can be made by email, see here for details

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What a year!  14 successes in 14 ridesWhat 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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Meydan to invest in Endurance GB sport initiatives for 2015Meydan to invest in Endurance GB sport initiatives for 2015 - (Published:06 October 2014)

Endurance GB (EGB) is currently in discussion with Meydan Group over a package of benefits to back the sport of endurance in Britain throughout 2015 and beyond.

The potential partnership between Meydan and EGB would allow EGB to develop a comprehensive programme of activities that promises far-reaching and lasting benefits for EGB and its members.

The proposal includes a number of exciting innovations to aid development of the sport in Britain, aligned to the aspirations of the FEI’s Endurance Strategic Planning Group - to ‘provide leadership and to drive the necessary culture change in Endurance with regard to anti-doping and horse welfare’

A bespoke training and coaching programme would support and raise standards in the sport at all levels and include open training seminars with influential speakers to expand technical knowledge of the discipline; a schedule of national and FEI officials training courses would be run to put further resource into this vital area; young rider bursaries would help to develop up and coming talent by assisting those wishing to compete at national and FEI level.

In addition the sponsorship would provide a range of support facilities to be offered at all FEI Rides in the EGB schedule that would include electronic timing, veterinary treatment, venue and route logistics, ice, water and catering to prioritize care and monitoring of human and equine athletes. Alongside this, three competitions at Euston Park would be added by EGB to the FEI calendar. 

Commenting on the proposal EGB Chairman John Hudson said:

“We are committed to improving endurance sport at every level, in championing horse welfare and in nurturing top quality sport throughout our competition structure for Endurance GB. With the strong partnership of Meydan, we have been able to develop a proposal that would significantly enhance our ability to deliver against our goals and to support the implementation of the revised FEI rules in international competition.

“Our work with Meydan represents an unrivalled opportunity for EGB to develop and grow the discipline for the benefit and enjoyment of all its existing and prospective future members, and to contribute to the long-term development of the sport.”

Gabriel Hanania, Spokesperson for the Meydan Group added:

“We place great value on our collaboration with Endurance GB. We are highly optimistic of the role that Meydan Group can play in aiding the development of this sport, both within our borders and abroad. Our partnership with EGB allows us to help secure a strong future for endurance in Great Britain.”

For all press enquiries please contact Claire Shand 02476 698877 claire.shand@bef.co.uk

 

Category:General :International

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A very special offer for Royalties!A very special offer for Royalties! - (Published:26 September 2014)

Royalties, the final fixture of the Endurance GB season, is able to accept entries without a late entry fee being charged so that everyone can come and enjoy a great end to the Season.

This last ride  runs over 3 days on October 10,11 and 12th will have sponsorship this year from the innovative new product EquidGel. 

There will be lots of samples and free advice available at  Royalties ,as well as excellent prizes for all Performance formula classes and CER and Multi day GER classes.

 

Royalties routes, at the top of the Lincolnshire Fens, offer mainly private tracks, grass strips, riverbanks and bridleways with the occasional quiet lane. The venue offers ample corralling and camping and there is stabling and b+b within easy reach of the venue. O'Neils catering offers excellent food throughout and it is advised to attend all three days to have ample opportunity to sample ALL the cakes on offer.

 

Please send your entries in as soon as possible, preferably online please.

 

Category:UK Rides

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We can see clearly now..........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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PHOTOS, photos , we need your photos!PHOTOS, photos , we need your photos! - (Published:30 July 2014)

Once again we are on the hunt to find photos that capture the atmosphere and spirit of Endurance.

 

So please send in your photos over the season and let us all enjoy them. 

Photos need to be landscape preferably and the file should be 1 - 2mb jpeg files.

All photos will be acknowledged, 
all photos selected will be credited, 
all photos will need a signed T&C document (see below) 

Please forward to jenig2012@hotmail.co.uk 

Thank you - look forward to seeing the fabulous photos!

T's and C's

 

Category:General :International

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Boconnoc 2014 80km CERBoconnoc 2014 80km CER - (Published:29 July 2014)

 Carri Ann Dark based in Wiltshire and her horse a 10 year old pure Arabian were the top young person combination at the above ride held on the 22nd June riding 80km graded ride in temperatures over 26 degrees.

 

The course was a true Cornish undulating testing ride and heat just added to the challenge as the course had to be ridden with respect for the conditions. Spirit was awesome and tackled the hills with no problems. As I am originally from Cornwall it is lovely to return to see endurance friends and ride the countryside that I used to ride before leaving Cornwall, and I was so proud of Spirit coping with the heat and obtaining a grade one.

I would like to thank the Saddler’s Company for their generosity and support of endurance and the leather head collar which Spirit looks so smart in.

Category:General :YR Squad

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GOLDEN HORSESHOE 2015GOLDEN 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!

Category:General :UK Rides

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AGM Dates and Deadlines

Friday 17th October: notification email sent (today)
Friday 24th October: election voting email sent (opens at 9.00am)
Friday 24th October 5pm: Distance Award claims must be received, PR Trophy cards must be returned
Saturday 25th October : Groups Meeting 
Friday 31st October 5pm: Nominations must be received for Unsung Hero, Rosettes Direct, John Yeats memorial Bursary
7th November: Close of ticket sales for Awards Dinner
Form may be downloaded here

All AGM/Awards info will be found here
Join in the discussion on the Nominations and proposals on the Forum
**PLEASE check your email address is correct** 

Latest Ride Information
Training Rides
Longwood Night Ride - (Published:22 October 2014)

October 25th

Venue: Gwili Jones, Maesyfelin, Lampeter, SA48 8LS
Horses leave:       Afternoon ride 3pm-5pm
                                Night ride 5.30pm-7.15pm

Members & Pony Club £10 per ride or £15 for both
Non-Members £15 per ride or £20 for both

Hot drink & snack included in entry price. All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support

For details email egbmidandnorthwales@yahoo.co.u k or look on facebook
Many thanks to Gwili Jones & Longwood Community Woodland for their support – without this we would not be able to run this ride!
Organiser: Bethan Jones

Ysgoldy Gorsneuadd, Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6NH

 
Social

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
 
Hannah Maskell and Joyce's Choice, winner of the YR National Championship, 160km at Three Rivers and 170km at Royalties
 
Lauren Mills and Oakleaze Farm Czarko, winner of the 170km at Lindum and the 160km at Red Dragon
 
Past Champions
Getting Started with Endurance GB
Endurance Riding

This is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Receiving increasing publicity, more and more riders are finding out what it involves by entering their first 32km ( 20 miles) ride.

Perhaps it is useful to say what Endurance Riding isn't. It isn't a long pony trek, ambling through lanes, it isn't for the faint hearted, and it isn't for the rider who doesn't actually enjoy being in the saddle for long.

So what is it? It is a unique competitive challenge and a supreme sport for learning about equine fitness. Veterinary checks before and after competitive rides - and in the middle too for longer distances - ensures the best possible care is taken of your horse. Any problems can be picked up earlier rather than later.

You, the rider, learn more about the way your horse functions, with the importance of regulating your riding to suit conditions which will affect the way your horse behaves and how he presents to the vet Key factors include:
*          The terrain: is it hilly or flat, sandy or hard ground?
*          The weather: is it cold, wet, foggy, or hot and sunny?
*          The route: does it look to be difficult to follow on the map, or a more simple circular course? 

It's all about Tactics

All of this will present you with things to think about. That is one of the pleasures of Endurance Riding - you think about it, plan your tactics, plot your directions, work: out where your back up crew (for longer distances) will meet you, anticipate how you will ride. An examination of your map, provided by an EGB ride organiser, will raise your awareness on sections which will slow you down and where you may be able to make up time on faster going. Yes, you will learn to read a map!

All Endurance Riders check their whereabouts on a map carried in a case, and never just follow the rider in front.

There are two reasons for this. The first obvious one is, they may be lost too and not admitting it, and secondly it is part of the adventurous spirit of Endurance Riding - you are there pitting yourself and your horse against the elements, riding unknown territory, and finishing' exactly where -you should, back at the venue. A real sense of achievement that gives meaning to the old saying "To finish is to win".All routes are also marked. 

 Enjoy the Camaraderie

Another element is the spirit of camaraderie which exists amongst the riders. ENDURANCE GB  is always happy to put you in touch with a more experienced rider who can advise you; EGB organisers are happy to talk about their rides and EGB regularly stages talks, seminars and demonstrations across the regions. Their support is wide ranging and practical, and in this sense, what is refreshing about the sport is that you need never be alone.

If it is your first ride and you feel a little nervous the EGB Ride Secretary may be able to arrange for you to ride with someone who is familiar with the sport. Set speed rides, for example are competitive only in the sense of personal achievement, so a friendliness between riders is commonplace. You will find sections of the ride where you need to reduce speed for whatever , and part of the fun is the conversation with other riders along the way. When you meet again at another ride, you will be meeting friends both old and new.

 When the going gets tough

The toughest challenges are presented by the Competitive Endurance Rides (CERs), where riders are competing against each other, rather than the clock. The highest level of competition is the 160km (100 mile) CER, the International Senior championship distance.

Something to aim for

Whatever level you are happiest a, Britain's top endurance riders are among the best in the world and you can always learn from them and aspire to follow in their footsteps. Endurance GB is the internationally recognised body for the sport of endurance riding in the UK. Membership of EGB means you and your horse can be considered for British team selection. Each year, EGB puts together young rider, intermediate and senior teams and arranges for them to compete in international endurance riding events.

Building Partnerships

Perhaps the best reason of all for taking up Endurance Riding, is the partnership built up with your horse over these many miles - of new riding ground. You guide him, and he carries you, and the relationship 'which is forged between endurance rider and endurance horse would be hard to equal in any other sport. He has to trust you to lead him back home, and you have to trust him to get you there, and the resulting confidence will stay with both of you in any future sports you may try. That's if you're not hooked on Endurance Riding for life!

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