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Volunteers Conference 2015. Details can be viewed here
HELPERS, we need HELPERS, please volunteer,  
please support our Organisers
Class Change:  GRAFFHAM DOWN'S Class 1 is now 62km and counts for upgrades to Open/Advanced level.
NEW - Riding Club and Pony Club members can now register for CLUB membership and enter rides online


Please remember to register for the
- new Pleasure Pairs competition
- the new Teams of Three
- the Green Dragon teams
- just send the horse/rider details to office@endurancegb.co.uk 




Recent News
A Training Ride with a difference on Sunday 12th AprilA Training Ride with a difference on Sunday 12th April - (Published:06 March 2015)

Check out the Training Rides section on the right hand side of this page for an interesting event being run by the Cromwell Group - scroll down to the item on the Sissons Farm Ride!

 
 
Calling all teams - the Inter Regionals are at Cranwich this yearCalling all teams - the Inter Regionals are at Cranwich this year - (Published:05 March 2015)

CRANWICH (Sheila Parrot Memorial Ride) is on 15th/16th August 2015, it will be host to the Inter Regionals competition organised by Ellie Head and Janetta Haverson. All Group teams are welcome to this competition.

 

(Photos by Mandy Yarnold)

 

 

Aims and objectives

 

1] To create teams with a balanced cross section of all members and participants from within the Groups

 

2] To encourage participation from all ages and levels of experience

3] To produce a Championship, a Major Event in the ride calendar

 

Proposals and reasoning

 

The event will take place over two days, longer distances and CER’s on the first day and shorter distance GER’s on the second.

Team members can support each other and learn from those more experienced.
The Team should ideally include juniors/young riders and Para Riders.
A maximum of 12 horse/riders form a team. The same horse may not compete in more than one class.

 

A maximum of two Groups may combine to field a team.

 

This event will give riders at all levels, experience of competing within a Team environment.   They will be riding within a protected, secure competition where they can benefit from the support and encouragement of their Chef d’Equip and more experienced Team members.
Team training events should be encouraged by all the participating Groups for maximum benefits.  

 

The Inter-Regional Championship also provides an opportunity for Selectors and Chef to see up and coming talent that can be encouraged to progress to Home International and eventually International Teams.

 

 

The Classes for the Inter-Regional Championship for 2015

 

No of riders

Qualification

Class

Distance

Type

Day

 

2

Advanced

4

81km

CER

Saturday

See note below

2

Advanced

6

65km

GER

Saturday

See special rules below

2

Open/Adv

10

84km (42+42)

2Day

GER

Saturday/Sunday

See note below

1

Open/Adv

34

42km

GER

Sunday

 

1

Novice Horse

34

42km

Nov GER

Sunday

 

1

Novice Rider & Horse

37

33km

Nov GER

Sunday

TBYB, PC are eligible

1

Novice Horse

37

33km

Nov GER

Sunday

 

 

IR CLASS 4

Horse/rider combinations will receive normal EGB trophy points for successful completion.

 

IR CLASS 6:

For Inter Region purposes only, the first rider/horse combination ‘over the line’ & passing a normal GER vetting will be regarded as the IR class winner, with subsequent placing for all IR-Class 6 finishers
IR rider/horse combinations will need to have completed at least one 60+km ride to be eligible for this class.

IR rider/horse combinations may start ‘en masse’ or leave the time keepers within 15 minutes from the start of the Class.
Maximum speed of 18kph & maximum finishing pulse of 64bpm will be applied.
EGB qualification, points and results for this horse/rider will be as per normal GER rules.

 

IR CLASS 10:

Teams cannot replace a rider or horse on­­­­­­­­­­­ 2nd day of the ride if vetted out on the 1st day of the ride.

 

WILD CARD

An additional 2 Rider/Horse combinations, may be added to the above 10 combinations and used as a ‘Wild Card’ in any of the classes.

These horse/rider combinations must satisfy the criteria and have been declared prior to vetting. For Class IR-10, they will have to be declared prior to vetting on day one.

 

Correctly qualified Junior, Young or Para Riders may enter any of these specified classes

 

The IR prefix and class number and Group Name, MUST be shown on your Entry form and Vet Sheet

 

Prizes

 

·    Each Team/Team Member Placed 1st-8th, will be rewarded with an IR Competition Rosette!

·    The IR Team Competition Shield will be awarded to the overall winning Team, and an individual Medal will be awarded for Team Members 1st to 3rd Place in the IR Competition. The Chef d’Equipe of the 3 highest placed teams will also be awarded a Commemorative Medal.

·    Prizes to be given to High Point Young Rider, High Point Veteran Horse & High Point Para Rider within the IR Competition, determined by the highest placing within their Class! In the event of a tie, highest PF points decide. To be considered for the Highpoint YR , Veteran Horse & Para Rider Prize, eligibility needs to be clearly stated on the Team Entry list.

·    An individual Prize will be awarded to each IR Class Winner.

 

Scoring:

·      All Rider/Horse combinations in IR-GER’s are scored using the Performance Formula, unless otherwise stated (ie class 6)

·      For the 2 day class: the combination has to pass final vetting for day one to be eligible to continue on day two. Performance Formula will only be used on day two for the team scoring!

·      IR-CER classes will be recorded as the Cranwich CER Class. IR combinations are scored independently for IR scoring. E.g. Winner will get 1st if an IR combination, but if the first IR combination was 3rd, that will count as 1st for the IR scoring.

·      Each Region may enter 1 or 2 riders per IR class as specified plus a Wild Card (2 per Team.)

If a Region does not utilise both places, for whatever reason, they score a zero for that horse/rider combination instead of the Performance Formula points/placing they would have gained.

·      If the Wild Card is used for a class, resulting in three team members in one class, the two highest scores are used.

·      The PF points are then translated into placing, e.g. 1st, 2nd etc. for each class. If there should be several zero scores in one class the placing will be averaged. CER’s will use the result placing as Points. Placing is then added for all classes and the team with the lowest count wins.

 

Submission of entries:

 

It is important that Chef’s let the Ride Organiser and IR Organisers  know of their intention to send a team a.s.a.p.

 

IR combinations (including wild cards) need to identify on their Entry form that they are team members.  Postal entries – write the name of the team at the top, online entry – record team name in the comments box.

Nearer the time, Chefs must e-mail complete team lists (including Wild Cards and Reserves) to Ellie & Janetta. A designated form will be available to download from the EGB web-site.

All entries must be made in accordance with the Ride close dates. A surcharge of £10 will be levied on late entries.

 

Changes on the day only in accordance with the EGB and IR competition rules, and must be given to the IR Organisers before vetting commences.

 

Teams should be clearly recognisable with team-shirts or armbands.

 

The Competition Result and the Team placing will stand as announced at the Prize giving on Sunday afternoon. 

 

To contact the IR organisers Ellie and Janetta please use ellie_head@hotmail.com or janhaverson@hotmail.com                                       

 

Ride queries need to go to the Ride Organiser Marty Cook or Liz Whyte

 

Let the Games begin – ENJOY!                                                      February 2015  

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Hugh Salmon - a celebration of his lifeHugh Salmon - a celebration of his life - (Published:01 March 2015)

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Hugh Salmon passed away late last week.  He was the gentle giant of endurance in this country  and gave so much to our sport.

 

His jovial but professional manner as a vet will be greatly missed.  Our thoughts are with his wife Ruth and his sons David and Charlie at this very sorrowful time.

Hugh has requested no formal funeral wear ie black tie.  Please wear colour,
as bright as you like.  Ladies lovely outfits please.

Donations in lieu of flowers to Papworth hospital charity.
Www.papworthhospitalcharity.org.uk. Again you can either contact them direct
for details on how to donate or we will be taking cheques and cash on the
day and information will be on the order of service for bacs payments.

Please find the following information regarding the date for Hugh's
celebration of life.

Saturday 14th, 10am at East Budleigh Crematorium
www.eastdevoncrematorium.co.uk

If you have a look at their website you can find directions and any other
information you need.

After we will be returning to Throwleigh Village Hall to start his wake.
Refreshments will be provided.  There is a lovely pub, the Northmoor Arms,
that is expecting those who want to stay on to continue the celebration.
This pub has been particularly significant and important to us both and we
have had some of our funniest times there.

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Update on the Meydan sponsorship negotiationsUpdate on the Meydan sponsorship negotiations - (Published:28 February 2015)

We regret to inform you that, after much deliberation, taking into account the recent announcement by the FEI and following consultation with the BEF, the Board of Endurance GB has decided that the sponsorship negotiations with Meydan will be suspended until further notice. 

This has been an extremely difficult decision but we believe, in view of the current national and international sensitivities and pressures surrounding the sport of endurance, it would not now be in Endurance GB’s interests to enter into a sponsorship agreement at this time. 

 

As a consequence of this decision, we are unable to proceed with the three rides scheduled for Euston Park in 2015. 

 

I hope you will understand and respect our decision which has not been taken lightly. We will be looking at ways to try and deliver at least some of our exciting plans to improve the sport of endurance for all Members, although without sponsorship this will be a significant challenge. However this does not affect our normal activities which will continue to offer a wide range of local, national and international rides at all levels throughout England and Wales.

 

Best regards

 

John

 

John Hudson

Chairman EGB

For and on Behalf of the EGB Board

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FEI removes UAE international Endurance events from official calendarFEI removes UAE international Endurance events from official calendar - (Published:26 February 2015)

Following the first meeting of the new FEI Executive Board, chaired by recently elected President Ingmar De Vos, Secretary General Sabrina Zeender has removed the two remaining international Endurance events scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March 2015 from the FEI calendar in an emergency measure to protect horse welfare and to preserve the integrity of the FEI rules and regulations at FEI events.

The move follows a mandate from the FEI Bureau to the Executive Board to urgently investigate horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI rules and regulations in the UAE. The Executive Board will now finalise its recommendations to the Bureau. 

 

“We have made this our top priority and will make our conclusions as speedily as possible so that the recommendations can be presented to the Bureau for urgent consideration”, the FEI President said after the meeting, which was held at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).

 

The Executive Board meeting was attended by the FEI President, 1st Vice President and Chair of the Jumping Committee John Madden (USA), 2nd Vice President and Chair of FEI Regional Group VII HE Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (BRN), Chair of the Dressage Committee Frank Kemperman (NED), Chair of the Athletes’ Committee Maria Gretzer (SWE), and FEI Secretary General Sabrina Zeender (SUI). Luiz Roberto Giugni (BRA), Chair of FEI Regional Group VI, was unable to attend due to meetings in Brazil on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

 

The Endurance Rules were strengthened last year specifically to protect and promote horse welfare following recommendations from the Endurance Strategic Planning Group. The widely supported measures include additional dope testing, injury surveillance and reporting, athlete penalties for equine injuries, and extended rest periods. Other measures increase the responsibility and accountability of riders, trainers and officials, as well as steps to address any conflicts of interest.

 

Notes to Editors:

The removal of international events from the FEI calendar is covered in the FEI General Regulations. Article 112 states: "The Secretary General shall have the authority to remove any Competition and/or Event from the Calendar if justified circumstances relating to a Competition or the Event are established."

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HORSE WELFARE - statement by the FEIHORSE WELFARE - statement by the FEI - (Published:13 February 2015)

Dear National Federations,
Along with you all, I was shocked by the terrible images that came out of the national Endurance event held in Abu Dhabi at the end of last month, and share the concerns raised by so many of you within our equestrian community. Incidents like this are absolutely unacceptable.

 

Although the Al Reef Cup was a national event organised under the jurisdiction and the rules of the United Arab Emirates National Federation, we have raised our concerns with the UAE Federation and have requested a detailed report into the circumstances surrounding these incidents. 

 

The FEI takes this matter very seriously and the information received from the UAE NF will be used to decide what measures and further steps can be taken to avoid similar occurrences in the future. I have asked the team at FEI Headquarters to prioritise this matter while also respecting good governance and the democratic process.

We are all too aware that there have been major issues in Endurance over the last few years and I, together with you all, am determined to solve them. The FEI requires each and every one of its member Federations to respect the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse and, as the discipline develops and grows in different parts of the world, we must ensure that the same standards of horse welfare apply in all geographical regions. 

The regulations imposed by the FEI for international Endurance are amongst the most stringent in world sport. No other equine sport provides a greater level of veterinary attention and support to each individual horse than Endurance, and our Veterinary Officials, Judges and Stewards work together throughout the event to safeguard horse welfare, and while we as the international governing body have no jurisdiction over national events, we urge NFs to implement those welfare principles at a national level. 

Please be assured that I have made this investigation our absolute top priority so that together we can maintain the welfare of the horse as a central pillar of the FEI’s work. 

Yours sincerely,

FEI_IDV

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HORSE WELFARE - a statement by Endurance GBHORSE WELFARE - a statement by Endurance GB - (Published:12 February 2015)

 I know that, like me and the entire Board, many EGB members are distressed by the recent reports and photographs of the injuries to Splitters Creek Bundy at the Al Reef Cup in Abu Dhabi that are in circulation.  These images have shocked us all.

I would like to reassure Members that Endurance GB continues to maintain and promote the highest standards of horse welfare in Great Britain. We have also introduced additional controls to further safeguard welfare, to protect the integrity of endurance and that of EGB, all of which are of paramount importance.

 

We are committed to encouraging the highest possible standards of horse welfare throughout the equestrian community and in all parts of the world. 

On this basis the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has agreed to write to the FEI expressing our concerns, at our request.

 

John Hudson

Chairman, Endurance GB

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EUSTON PARK RIDE ORGANISING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERSEUSTON PARK RIDE ORGANISING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS - (Published:23 January 2015)

The Board of Endurance GB (EGB) wishes to invite Expressions of Interest  from suitably qualified and experienced Ride Organisers and / or Members with experience of participating as a Member of a Ride Organising Committee (OC).

 

This is for the positions that may come available on the OC for the Euston Park Rides in 2015.

 

Should the Meydan proposed Sponsorship Arrangement with EGB proceed, an EGB OC for the Euston Park Rides will be formed. In light of the timescale and the time required to recruit the OC personnel, the Board wishes to commence at this stage with Expressions of Interest for this voluntary role in the first instance.

 

Members who have the necessary qualifications and interest should email the Chair of EGB at chairman@endurancegb.co.uk by 2nd February 2015 outlining their:-

 

Ø  Experience of endurance ride organising to date and including any FEI classes 

Ø  Knowledge of FEI rules and regulations and experience in FEI rides whether as a competitor and/or as an Official 

Ø  Any specific FEI qualifications held e.g. FEI Technical Delegate 

Ø  Availability throughout the forthcoming season

 

A copy of your current CV should also be provided.  It would also be helpful if interested members could also identify whether they have officiated in any capacity at any FEI rides held at Euston Park in the last ten years.

 

The dates for the proposed Euston Park Rides are as follows:-

 

Ø  7th June 2015 

Ø  9th August 2015 

Ø  30th August 2015

 

Should the Euston Park Rides be confirmed further information about the OC will be published to those expressing interest, including:-

 

Ø  Details about the recruitment and selection process including Job Descriptions and Person Specifications 

Ø  Minimum time commitment that will be expected throughout the season 

Ø  The level of expenses payable

 

In the interim if there are informal questions please do not hesitate to email me.

 

John Hudson

Chairman EGB

chairman@endurancegb.co.uk

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An Update from The Board of Endurance GBAn Update from The Board of Endurance GB - (Published:06 January 2015)

A majority of Endurance GB’s Members have voted ‘Yes’ in the recent ballot regarding proceeding with a proposed sponsorship agreement with Meydan.

The overall turnout was 55.2% (1010 Members), with 56.4% (570) votes in favour of accepting the sponsorship, with 40.1% (405) against and 3.5% (35) abstentions.

 

The Board of EGB will therefore proceed to contract discussions with Meydan.

 

The proposed agreement, which offers benefits for all levels of the EGB Membership, will enhance EGB’s ability to realise its long term strategy and vision: to enable more people and horses at all levels to enjoy the sport of endurance to the highest standard of excellence.

For more information please Login to the members area.

 

John Hudson

Chairman EGB

Endurance GB Board

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Golden Horseshoe versus Tevis by Sally ToyeGolden Horseshoe versus Tevis by Sally Toye - (Published:27 December 2014)

Sally Toye (who calls herself an ‘almost Wessex member’ as she enjoys the routes and atmosphere of Wessex rides so much) writes about her Exmoor Extra (3 days of 40km) experience. She came to the Wessex 2013 BAM to talk about her Tevis Cup experiences in USA – fascinating – and she has attempted to draw parallels between GHS and Tevis.

 

Sally writes:  With an excellent third endurance season so far, I entered my 9 year old mare into the Exmoor Extra class. 120k over three days. I wasn’t sure how it would go or if “we” were fit enough and after last year’s 80k over 2 days. Exmoor can throw at you curved balls and I hoped our preparation work on a variety of hills and with gates would all come together. This ride is a great test for any combination and we had come away from the previous year having so learnt. Time to see if she was a three day horse.

At the venue before the start there was a bit of time to hang out before the evening briefing. Here some people asked if I was going to the Tevis Cup again after my previous successes (and failures!) And then I get the inevitable question, “is Golden Horseshoe as hard as Tevis?”

 

These two rides are very different and also very similar. These rides both involve terrain and a time limit and yet there is no fog, sleet, wind or sideways rain in California and no mountains in Somerset!

At Tevis you will see your crew just twice for an hour and it will be over in one day, albeit a very long one. Plus mentally doing 50 miles then having a break overnight before doing another is hard: with Tevis you just keep going on this linear ride! At GH you are vetted every 40k whereas at Tevis it is almost every 10 miles sometimes less. Both rides have a huge number of helpers and how the organisers make it look so flawless has to be down to a huge amount of work and dedication on their part. That takes a lot of work.


For me endurance is about a tough ride and riding my horse to those conditions that the day dictates with our combined strengths. I hope to start fit for purpose and to take care of my horse using whatever water and doing whatever pace for the terrain which means that we both finish in good condition. This means I do get off my horse and sometimes “tail” up the hills and jog down them with her, she loves this as if alone this means I take the lead from her which will give her a break.

 

Both rides test me and both rides I love.


So back to Exmoor and Day 1 started with a hilly south loop of 40k. This had lots of water and chances to use my sponge to cool her down in between the hills. The winds were so strong a few gates had to be shut on foot, the noise of the wind above the moor seemed to stop my brain from thinking! Just prior to the venue was a rather concave hill which we tailed up before arriving at the venue and vetting with a nice 44 pulse on silver time. Crew and rider had done well. Another briefing and bed for all of us. 


Next day a fresh looking mare and we set off to the north and some staggering views of Porlock, the moor and yet more sloshing water from many sources. The devastation in the forest we had seen from previous winters making a great recovery and riding on old paths and quintessential English countryside. Due to some rather heavy going we went slower and this I paid for in a vetting where she was not tired enough and shivered with so much excitement at the fun we were having. We got a pulse penalty and our precious silver time dropped to a bronze. Bother! Briefing and bed though and happy to be still in the game. We would see how the morning trot up would go.



A great trot up for the vets and away on Day 3. Back to the south route with a hotter day….. and a much fresher pony who cantered out of the start! I was glad of the lower ring on the bit to calm that pace down and we had a lovely day just enjoying ourselves knowing we could, as this was the final day and the finish was not far away. On this loop we saw the bravery of an Exmoor Stag Class rider who had a crashing fall and she just got on again and continued. She never showed her pain and the pair went on to finish to well-deserved accolades. Meanwhile we just jogged around and cantered over the finish, this time to a better vetting of a 50 pulse and a calmer pony.

 

I learnt so much about my mare and the work it takes to bring a pony out for 3 days of  competition. The aftercare, stretching and massages she gets seemed to really help. I wish I got the same…

(Photos courtesy of Judy Phillips)

 

And finally a view from one of the lovely ladies helping at the Horseshoe (Claire Ryall)…

 

I was a helper on the Sunday of Golden Horseshoe in 2014. I got to the field at 7.30, having stayed the night at Porlock with a good friend. The wind was blowing a gale and as soon as I opened my car door a MVF bag launched itself out and across the field, much to my embarrassment!

 

I helped with some car/4x4 parking, mostly waving my arms frantically to keep my hands warm as I had forgotten my gloves, and another helper (very nice gentleman) did the actual 'very organised space allocation'. Everyone was really friendly and could make sense of our multi-lingual sign language, I was rewarded by a much appreciated hot drink and very tasty pasty at 10am, then drove off to my next stop.

 


Comer's Gate was just down the road and I was protected from the wind by a lovely hedge! I actually found it really exciting, waiting for the riders to come into sight as I am hoping to start doing PR's this year. I managed to hold open the gate, whilst taking some photos, and sometimes stopping traffic from clattering over the cattle grid whilst horses and ponies were walking alongside all at the same time! I religiously closed the gate after letting riders through - just in case some crafty sheep were waiting to charge through behind me, and this was mostly because I was having such a great time, enjoying being outside, the sun was shining and it was stunning Exmoor.

 


Later in the afternoon, my good friend and host came to keep me company - and took over whilst I wandered across the moor looking for a suitable clump of bushes......I didn't like to ask the horsebox drivers behind me....After the last...and then the proper last riders (I think) had come through, I went back to the car park and was again offered a very welcome hot drink and a huge torpedo roll (thank you very much), before a walk around the stalls then back to Porlock to gather my overnight bag, then a drive back to the Yeovil area, with suntanned cheeks and wind weary bones, I cannot imagine how the competitors felt!

 

I can honestly say that it was a brilliant day for me, really inspiring and the riders and crews showed their appreciation continuously. It was a really fantastic energy to be around, such positive attitudes, people doing what they love and people helping each other too. I didn't get to see so much of the longer distance endurance riders and horses … maybe next time.

 

I have a smile whilst writing this, it really was an enjoyable day for me, as I am desperate to be able to ride across fields and open moorland, and this is my summer goal, to build confidence with my pony to take part myself.

(Photos and article courtesy of Claire Ryall)

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FEI level I and II Course 21/22nd February - (Published:01 December 2014)

An FEI Level I and level II Judges course will be held on February 21/22nd 2015. The course is open to all existing FEI officials and those wishing to become involved.

The course will be held at the Derbyshire Hotel, South Normanton, Derbyshire DE55.

Course Director(s) : Ian Williams, John Robertson

Language / Langue : English / anglais  

Participation : All FEI Judges and those wishing to train  

Applications must be sent to :

Olwen Bryer
olwenbryer@endurancegb.co.uk
+442746 697929  

Deadline for applications : 1st February 2015  

Programme & Time table : Will be sent to participants after receipt of their application

Participation Fee : £150.00 Course only to include tea and coffee throughout the two days, lunch on both days and course dinner on the Saturday evening.  

Payments by bank transfer:  

Account name: Endurance GB
Account number: 00233101
Bank name: LLoyds
Branch name & address: 23 Fore St, Williton, Taunton
IBAN:GB75LOYD30195700233101 
Sort code: 30-19-57

Alternatively call the office on +442467 697929   

Accommodation available at

The Derbyshire Hotel (Principal Hayes Company)
www.derbyshirehotel.co.uk
DE55 2EH  
+44 1773 812000

A number of rooms have been reserved - quote FEI Course. Remember Saturday evening Course dinner is included in course fee price so make sure you only order B&B.  

Alternative accommodation at the Premier Inn 3min walking distance to venue. DE55 2DY www.premierinn.com  

Or at Travelodge Mansfield NG17 4HG 3 milesNorth East on A38 to venue  

Or Travelodge Alfreton DE551HJ 3 miles South West on A38 to venue www.travelodge.co.uk East Midlands Airport (EMA) 23 miles south on M1 Alfreton Rail Station 2.3 miles  

Participants will be responsible for their own transport, accommodation and meal costs not provided as stated in the course fee.  

The above information serves as an official invitation.   

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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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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
Northern Endurance Training Day - 8th March - (Published:27 January 2015)
The Northumberland and Tyneside Group is very excited to announce the EGB Northern Training Day will be held this year at Park End Equestrian on Sunday 8th March!
 
Get your horses (and yourselves) prepped for the season ahead, whatever your plans, with a fantastic line up of coaches all here to help you get the most out of your endurance year.   There is an entry form here and click here for more details.
 
Horseshoe Training / Fun Ride at Wheddon Cross - (Published:13 January 2015)

Sunday 8th March from the Auction Field at Wheddon Cross - details on the Wessex website's Rides and Events page.

 
Sissons Farm Ride with optional Dressage - 12th April - (Published:06 March 2015)

The Cromwell Group are having a Training Ride with optional 'Give It A Go Dressage' on Sunday 12th April at Peakirk, Peterborough.  Distances for the ride are 16km and 10km, or you can opt to put the two together for 26km!  An entry form and details are downloadable 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