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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.

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Free Stabling at Euston Park EnduranceFree Stabling at Euston Park Endurance - (Published:30 June 2016)

Organisers have published the schedule for the third of four Longines presented Euston Park Endurance rides on 19 July in Suffolk, UK and are very pleased to be able to offer free stabling*, on a first come first served basis.

Entries are invited for the ride, which is supported by Emirates Airline and will once again feature four different classes: CEI 1* 80, CEI 2* 120 [junior and senior] and CEI 3* 160 kilometre courses. All of the £54,500 prize money is awarded in accordance with the FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822] via judging of the horses once they have competed. A full breakdown of the prize money can be found
here.

Nick Brooks-Ward, Event Director at The HPower Group, said: “We are pleased to be accepting entries for the next ride, and having had 12 nations enter the last event we look forward to welcoming competitors from all corners of the globe to compete in this lovely setting. The first two rides have gone extremely well and we were delighted to have an FEI Independent Governance Advisor present at the last ride to confirm that we are carrying out all our obligations to the highest standards.”

The events, which are the first to be held in the fabulous Euston Park since the World Championships in 2012, are show-casing the efforts being made within the sport of Endurance to raise standards in horse welfare across the globe. The final ride will be held on August 13.
*The stabling includes shavings.

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Further improvements to the Endurance GB website Further improvements to the Endurance GB website - (Published:22 June 2016)

Today saw the launch of new and improved Joining, Membership, Ride Entry and Order forms on the website. This move further enhances the user experience on the site and brings the forms in line with mobile technology.

We hope that the new design will make the joining process less arduous, more user friendly and less time consuming. 

The update follows on from the changes made to the Endurance GB members landing page and is one of a number of proposed updates to the site to be made in 2016, as we move to fully integrate the site to become mobile friendly.

 
 
Euston Park Endurance Ride Gives Young British Rider a Dream FinishEuston Park Endurance Ride Gives Young British Rider a Dream Finish - (Published:20 June 2016)

Riders from 12 nations set-off on the second of four Euston Park Endurance Rides, presented by Longines and supported by Emirates, in Suffolk today. Competitors from the United Arab Emirates were victorious in the three open classes and a Briton secured the Young Rider crown.

In winning the CEI 2* 120km Young Rider class, Caitlin Theodorou (21) from Mid-West Wales in the United Kingdom, and her mount, My Marco, have qualified for the Young Rider European Championships in Portugal this September. But better still, as the only combination to finish the class, Caitlin scooped the entire £11,500 prize fund available for the Best Condition Award; an amount that ensures she can afford to get there.

Caitlin, a Geography student at Manchester University, said: “I’m in complete shock! I just never expected this and ‘My Marco’ really gave it his all. He has a heart of gold and didn’t put a foot wrong. He was bred as a show jumper but just loves endurance and has such guts.  This has been my dream for so many years and this was my last chance to make it happen but I never imagined it would and at a great event like Euston Park. I actually can’t believe it. And then I heard about the money and it’s just amazing! I must thank my Mum, who does everything for me and deserves this win too."

A total of 61 horses crossed the start-line in the four different classes run; with 33 starters in the CEI 1* 80km, 19 in the CEI 2* 120km (and two additional Young Riders in that class) and seven riders in the CEI 3* 160km. 21 horses finished.  Although the weather was ideal; cool with a light breeze, it had been a very wet week and consequently the ground was heavy and this contributed to a 54% attrition rate.

Euston Park Endurance Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said: “It was a very good day and the riders handled the conditions well and rode responsibly. We had 49 millimetres of rain on Thursday night necessitating a route change including removing a river crossing that had flooded. Given the circumstances, the attrition rate is understandable and I’m pleased that all the horses, except for one that suffered a cut leg (and is now being treated at the Newmarket Equine Hospital), finished safe and sound. I’d like to give particular thanks to the FEI Technical Delegate, John Robertson and the Course Designers who did sterling work to ensure the courses were safe and competitive.”

The winners of the four classes were:

CEI 1*  80km – Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi (UAE) riding Belik Al Mounira* in a total ride time of 03:45:28 (average speed 21.29 kph)

CEI 2* 120km – Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE) riding Zulo in a total ride time of 05:25:29 (average speed 22.12)

CEI 2* 120km YR - Caitlin Theodorou (GBR) riding My Marco* in a total ride time of 07:00:20 (average speed 14.27 kph)

CEI 3* 160km – Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui (UAE) riding Ramaah* in a total ride time of 07:58:35 (average speed 20.06 kph)

*Also winner of ‘Best Condition Award’ in their class.

Upon completion, the four classes were then judged under the FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822] with the prize money awarded accordingly. In the CEI 2* 120km the sixth placed rider, Saeed Mohd Khalifa Al Mehair’s horse Siam du Barthas took the top prize, all other class winners won the Best Condittion Award. The winner of the CEI 3* was also presented with a Longines Master Collection watch.

Ride results from each class can be found here.

The last two rides are scheduled for July 16 and August 13.
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Don't miss out - Kings Forest in SummerDon't miss out - Kings Forest in Summer - (Published:17 June 2016)

Miles of fabulous going awaits you at the Summer ride at Kings Forest in Suffolk this year on the 8th, 9th & 10th of July. Whatever your level of experience, you can rest assured that Kings Forest will have a class for you. Whether that be the 160km CEI 3* class or the 16km Pleasure Ride, you will be greeted by a warm welcome to the stunning venue. Kindly supported by Science Supplements, a number of prizes are on offer and goody bags for every competitor. 

 

Riders at Kings Forest in Spring said that they had a fantastic ride over a very well marked route, that the going was excellent in spite of the wet, that it was the "best course ever" and a "world class route". They expressed their thanks to the "fabulous organiser and helpers”. 

 

Click here for more information on the classes available and how to enter. 

 

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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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Some changes to Pilgrims Trail Ride on 24th July - (Published:15 June 2016)

A new class has been added to the Pilgrims Trail Ride on Sunday 24th July - 80km GER (Class 9)

Allen and Page (Quality Horse Feeds) have generously agreed to sponsor Class 1 - 80km CER - Feed Voucher Prizes - 1st £35, 2nd £25, 3rd £15.

Allen and Page will have a representative attend the Pilgrims Trail Ride with the weigh bridge.

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Longines to be Partner of 2016 Endurance Rides at Euston Park - (Published:14 June 2016)

Luxury Swiss watch brand, Longines, has been confirmed as the First Partner and the Official Watch of the remainder of a host of new Endurance rides that are taking place at the iconic Euston Park, England this summer. 

The rides - which are also supported by award-winning global airline Emirates, comprise 80, 120 [junior and senior] and 160 kilometre courses, are on June 19, July 16 and August 13 and follow a successful first event on May 28. They offer an unprecedented opportunity for top riders and horses from across the globe to compete at the stunning Suffolk venue, which played host to the 2012 World Endurance Championships.
Nick Brooks-Ward, Event Director at The HPower Group, said: “It’s fantastic news that Longines has come on board to support the remaining Endurance rides at Euston Park this year. As well as producing beautiful timepieces, Longines’ relationship with top-flight horse sport across a variety of disciplines is renowned. Having the backing of global brands such as Emirates, and now Longines for the next three, is a great boost to the on-going success of these rides, which have started so well.“
A Spokesperson said: “We are delighted to be involved in the inaugural year of this prestigious event, and so pleased to be adding an Endurance ride in Great Britain to our family of equestrian partnerships. We are sure that the Euston Park Rides will be hugely successful in showcasing world-class sporting action and horsemanship, and we hope that this is just the start of a long and fruitful relationship.”
John Hudson, Chairman at Endurance GB: "The announcement today that world famous watch maker, Longines has agreed to support the next three rides further cements Euston Park as a world-class venue. We are delighted to have such a powerful brand supporting endurance riding in the UK."
The events, which are the first to be held in the fabulous Euston Park since the World Championships in 2012, are aimed at show-casing all the positive work being done within the sport of Endurance to raise standards in horse welfare and broaden the appeal of this fast-growing discipline. Run in strict accordance with the FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822], the 2016 course is designed to keep average horse speeds down and ALL prize money will be allocated to the ‘Best Condition Award’ via stringent judging of the horses after they have competed.

 

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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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Ashdown Forest - change of dateAshdown Forest - change of date - (Published:12 May 2016)

Please note that it has been necessary to bring the date of the Ashdown Forest Ride forward by one week to Sunday 17th July.  All classes remain as per the published schedule.

 
 
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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Some changes to Pilgrim's Trail - 24 July - (Published:15 June 2016)

A  New Class has been added to the Pilgrims Trail Ride on Sunday 24th July 80km GER (Class 9).  

Allen and Page (Quality Horse Feeds) have generously agreed to sponsor Class 1 80km CER at Pilgrims Trail 24th July - Feed Voucher Prizes – 1st £35, 2nd £25, 3rd £15.  

Allen & Page will have a representative attend the Pilgrims Trail ride with the  weigh bridge.

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Please email news@endurancegb.co.uk if you wish to submit news for consideration for the website.

 

 

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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