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Nominations Open For The South Essex Insurance Brokers Meritoire Award Nominations Open For The South Essex Insurance Brokers Meritoire Award - (Published:29 October 2014)

The prestigious South Essex Insurance Brokers Meritoire award is presented to the person who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the performance sport horse and pony breeding industry.


Previous winners have been the Louella Stud for their contribution to sport horse breeding; Johanna Vardon, founder of the National Foaling Bank, for her contribution to the health and wellbeing of orphaned foals and Archie Smith Maxwell, breeder of Jumbo, one of the highest ranking event sires of all time.  In 2014 Professor Graham Suggett was the recipient of this award in recognition for a lifetime’s contribution to the breeding industry.


Nicolina Mackenzie, Marketing Manager of South Essex Insurance Brokers says “Our Company is proud to sponsor the Meritoire, we pride ourselves on customer service, which is in keeping with the philosophy of this award.   SEIB understands that quality and longevity must be a priority when considering how valuable any contribution has been to the horse world which we all value so much”.


If there is someone you believe has made, or is making a valuable contribution to this sector of the British breeding industry and would be a worthy recipient of this esteemed award, visit to download a CONFIDENTIAL nomination form.  Nominations close on 28 November 2014.


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.


For more information on this and other awards being presented on the night and to buy tickets please visit:


For further information, please email




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


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What a great start to 2015.............. - (Published:27 October 2014)

Three lucky riders have been invited to ride in an FEI 3* being held in Dubai Endurance city on the 10th January 2015.


The event is the HH SH. MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM ENDURANCE CUP and the lucky three riders are:

Carri Ann Dark
Annette Masterson
Robert Newall


We wish them luck and hope they have a great time!




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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.





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


Details of this and other awards being presented, and nomination forms:


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


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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 or get in touch with us using our Facebook page. Category:General

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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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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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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 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

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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