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Endurance GB is the National Governing Body for the sport of Endurance Riding. It encompasses 23 local Groups throughout England and Wales who organise social events and rides from 8km (5miles) which are non-competitive or social/training rides, right up to 160km competitive rides (100 miles) for the most advanced horse and rider - we pride ourselves on offering a full calendar of events for every level and ambition of rider.

Recent News
Helpers needed for Keysoe - 6th AugustHelpers needed for Keysoe - 6th August - (Published:29 July 2016)

We are desperately short of helpers for the National Championships on Sunday 6th August at Keysoe. 

 

If you can spare 2 or 3 hours of your time please contact Susan

Durman. 

 

Text 0750 394 5251 or email susan_durman@hotmail.com

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Endurance GB OfficeEndurance GB Office - (Published:27 July 2016)

It is with regret that Olwen Bryer, our Office Administrator, has decided to move on from Endurance GB. She made this decision back in April, and since then we have been able to advertise, interview and appoint for the role. Olwen has kindly agreed to stay with EGB until the 30th September to ensure a smooth handover.

The Board would like to thank Olwen for striving to go the extra-mile for the sport and the organisation. During her time with Endurance GB, Olwen has worked through a tightening of resources and a restructure of the Board. She has been pivotal in providing a constant level of service to our membership, and for that we are extremely grateful. I am sure the membership will join the Board in wishing her well in her future career.

Our new Office Administrator Emma Darwood will start work on the 1st of August. During the transition period, please continue to use the office as normal.

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New system for online vouchersNew system for online vouchers - (Published:27 July 2016)

An update to the EGB system today, now allows multiple purchases to be made with a single voucher. The voucher balance can be used across a number of purchases at different times until the balance is zero  They can be used to pay for online ride entries, horse and rider registrations.

Vouchers can be a perfect gift for someone joining, or a great prize for ride organisers to give out as awards. Click here to purchase a voucher, or contact the office for more information.  
 
Bumper Half-Year for Endurance GBBumper Half-Year for Endurance GB - (Published:26 July 2016)
Endurance GB is very pleased to report that total membership has risen by 8% when compared with this point last year. This represents a significant growth in participation in the sport in the UK, following a number of years of stagnation for the discipline.  

Endurance riding is one of the most accessible equestrian disciplines and has huge potential for growth in the UK. Worldwide, endurance riding is the fastest growing equestrian sport and is now second for the total number of FEI events taking place.

Part of the increase in membership can be accounted for by Endurance GB’s Club Membership scheme, which focuses on increasing participation of the sport within the Pony Club, Riding Clubs and Retraining of Racehorses. Endurance riding can supplement any horse’s chosen career path, and allows horse and rider combinations to enjoy riding across some of the most beautiful off-road areas of the UK.

Harry Ingram, Director of Marketing at Endurance GB, commented that “riders of all ages and abilities are finding that endurance riding is a welcoming and enjoyable discipline. Based on core foundations of good horse welfare and horsemanship, combinations can progress through the levels and enjoy time in the saddle both in a competitive and non-competitive environment”.

Endurance GB Chairman, John Hudson, commented that “the membership figures are promising and we look forward to cementing and building upon this increase during the remainder of the competitive season”.  

 

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Change in management for the Senior TeamChange in management for the Senior Team - (Published:21 July 2016)

Sadly both Sally Hall, Chef D'Equipe, and Sarah Coombs, Team Vet, have resigned from the Senior Management Team due to unrelated personal reasons and a balancing of commitments. 

Naturally the International Committee is disappointed that both could not continue, but our efforts must now turn to ensuring the riders who are up for selection are fully supported ahead of the World Championships later this year.

We are delighted that experienced 4* FEI endurance vet, Hannah Kelly, has kindly agreed to step into the role of Team Vet and will now work with the squad towards to the World Championships in Samorin later this year. Liz Finney, has also agreed to take the role as temporary Chef D'Equipe and will support the Senior Team for the rest of the year. 

The International Committee would like to thank both Sarah and Sally for their contribution to the squads and wish the new management the best for the future. 

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160km is just not enough!160km is just not enough! - (Published:14 July 2016)

Carri Ann Dark completes 240km at Kings Forest International Endurance Ride.

On Saturday 9th July, an international field of riders set off on the ultimate test of horse and rider, the CEI3* 160km (100 mile) endurance ride, across beautiful Suffolk countryside. Carri Ann Dark (25) riding 12yo gelding, Vavavoom, took an early lead in the gruelling ride, flying through the mandatory vet inspections at the end of each loop. Carri managed to maintain her lead in the class, although Swiss rider, Barbara Lissarrague aboard Ainhoa Arkiris, was hot on her tail and managed to close the gap significantly through the course of the day. Barbara's efforts were not quite enough to clinch victory as Carri put in an impressive last loop with a speed of 19.5kmph to finish with riding time of 09:52:45. Barbara crossed the line just minutes later with a total riding time of 09:57:35.

Carri's aim was simply to complete the ride and bag her championship qualification and was amazed to have come away with 1st place. Carri commented that "it was amazing to have Vavavoom back on top form after having nearly 18 months rest. We are so proud of him, it means the world to us". Her victory was not made easy with fluctuating weather conditions making the course challenging with some areas becoming slippy and others very hot and humid.

Most riders after completing 160km tend to take it easy the next day, a hot bath maybe, a leisurely stroll? Carri's steely mentality would not let her miss an opportunity to qualify one of her other young horses and rode Bey-Shamadahl in the 80km Graded Endurance Ride the next day. Another successful completion under her belt meant Carri had completed 240 competitive kilometres around Kings Forest!

In the CEI 2* 120km class two riders from the UAE; Rashid Mohamed Ibrahim Al Baloushi and Abdulla Saeed Bin Huzaim took 1st and 2nd place respectively. Just 15 minutes behind was British rider, Abigail Taylor riding Warrens Hill Elanzo who was just a length ahead of fellow rider, Chris Wray riding Takwenya  in an exciting racing finish. Abigail commented that whilst she was "not expecting to have a racing finish I felt that he [Warrens Hill Elanzo] had plenty of fuel in the tank to go for it and he proved me right". Both horses are by the famous endurance sire Chatanz and were neck and neck right up to the line.

All three young riders in the CEIYJ 2* 120km class completed the competition within qualifying speed meaning they are now all qualified for young rider championships. Abigail Chisholm won the class aboard Abbi Tennant's Barik. So far the 120km completion had evaded Abigail, and she was delighted to have finally conquered this distance.

Overall the completion rate over the FEI classes was high at 64%. Ride organiser Di Luke believes that the course is one of the best in the country "the forest is so giving, there are lovely long stretches where you can just bowl along". She also added that the "water and ice out in the venue was a real benefit to everyone". Riders commented that the venue was superb and the added benefit of all classes having electronic timing was extremely well received. Di commented how she "loves the fact that a 16km pleasure rider uses the same tracks as the 160km3* riders". Both Meydan and Science Supplements must be thanked for their generous support of this international endurance event.


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A message to EGB Young Riders and Juniors from the Chairman of Rand Endurance, South AfricaA 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 johnrobertson@endurancegb.co.uk

 

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Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 allocated to SlovakiaLongines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 allocated to Slovakia - (Published:16 June 2016)
 

The Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 will be held in Samorin (SVK) following a decision at Tuesday's FEI Bureau monthly teleconference meeting. A unanimous proposal from the FEI Endurance Committee recommending the Slovakian venue received the support of the full Bureau.

Three bids to host the Championships were received when the bid process was reopened in April of this year following the decision to reallocate the event. Also bidding were Fontainebleau (FRA) and San Rossore, Pisa (ITA), but the Bureau ruled that neither of these two venues were suitable due to concerns over welfare and safety. Both venues proposed mid-October dates, meaning that the rides would start and finish in the dark, potentially putting horses and riders at risk. There is also increased potential for heavy rain in these areas at that time of year.

Samorin Equestrian Centre, the brain-child of Slovakian businessman Mario Hoffmann, staged very successful FEI European Endurance Championships last year. The 2016 World Championships will run from 15-18 September, with the qualification period ending on 16 July.

The Championships had originally been allocated to Dubai and were scheduled to be held in December of this year, but at its spring in-person meeting on 6-7 April, the FEI Bureau voted to remove the Championships from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as it felt that the UAE National Federation is not currently in a position to guarantee that horse welfare would be fully protected.

"We were very happy to receive three bids and appreciate the willingness to support the FEI at such short notice for this year's World Championships", FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said, "but the Bureau had no hesitation in opting for Samorin. Horse welfare has to be the most important element in the allocation of these major events and Samorin has a proven track record, having already run both the young horse and European Endurance Championships very successfully.

"The timing of the Championships was also important and, with the three bids all coming from Europe, the Bureau felt that a September date was more appropriate. Both Fontainebleau and San Rossore were proposing mid-October when the reduced daylight hours could potentially have an impact on safety. Safeguarding the safety and welfare of the equine and human athletes is our top priority in all our disciplines."

Driving Championships
Additionally, the Bureau allocated the FEI World Driving Championships for Young Horses 2016 to Mezöhegyes (HUN). The Championships, which were reallocated following the withdrawal of original host venue, Conty (FRA), will run from 8-11 September.

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Inter-Regional Team Championship at Top Spec Lindum SpiritInter-Regional Team Championship at Top Spec Lindum Spirit - (Published:15 June 2016)

Endurance GB's Inter Regional Team Championship is due to be held on 4th/5th/6th August at the Top Spec Lindum Spirit ride: for the schedule and rules please click here.

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Euston Park needs you!Euston Park needs you! - (Published:14 June 2016)

Various steward positions on offer with sociable start times for the next rides on the 19th of June, 16th of July and the 13th of August.

Come and enjoy the rural landscape, surrounding wildlife, friendly atmosphere and support the FEI and organisers run a fantastic event. Please encourage your fellow members to come along with you.
All refreshments are provided free of charge and a generous donation will be made to the East Anglian Air Ambulance in appreciation of your invaluable help. For further information or to volunteer please contact Sue Meadows epstewards@outlook.com

 

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The Pony Club Endurance ChampionshipsThe Pony Club Endurance Championships - (Published:01 June 2016)

Whaddon Chase Branch are proud to be hosting the Pony Club Endurance Championships on 16th October 2016 from Central Milton Keynes. Running alongside this will be the Grassroots Endurance Championships.

 

With a 12.5km ride at Grassroots Level 1 and a 21km ride at Level 2, Novice, Intermediate and Open Championships there is much to interest Pony Club riders from age 5 through to Seniors of 13+. Click here for information on Pony Club Endurance, including hints and advice for adult escort riders who are required for all Junior Riders.

 

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International Seminar – Another Speaker AnnouncedInternational 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:  enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk


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Further Appointments to the International Squad Management TeamFurther 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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Training Rides, Events, Results
Events in South East Wales - (Published:25 April 2016)

For rides and events in South East Wales check out the De Cymru Group's website.

 
Events in Cotswolds Area - (Published:09 March 2016)

For details about events taking place in the Cotswolds area please click here

 
Events in the Wessex area - (Published:07 February 2016)

For details about events taking place in Wessex please click here

 
Events in the Mid South - (Published:06 February 2016)

For Training Rides and Events organised by the Mid South Group please see here

 
Events in the SouthEast - (Published:26 January 2016)
For details of training rides and events organised by the South East Group please see here 
 
Events in the SouthWest - (Published:16 October 2015)
For details of training rides and events organised by the South West Group please see here 
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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

 

 
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