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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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Lambourn Downs - Pleasure RideLambourn Downs - Pleasure Ride - (Published:25 August 2016)

SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2016

Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Lambourn, Oxfordshire

By kind permission of Sheepdrove Organic Farm we bring to you a wonderful ride crossing the Cotswold Ridgeway and exploring the Lambourn Downs, Valley of the Racehorse. Taking up some of the route from previous Berkshire Downs rides this Pleasure Ride is sure to suit many Endurance Riders and their friends. The ride will offer a choice of loops of 18km and 24km or ride both to make up a 39km (equivalent to 11, 15 or 24miles). The ride will cover beautiful Cotswold Bridleways and Private land only accessible by permission. It offers gentle sloping hills and several good gallops.

Refreshments will be available or bring a picnic. Pre-book via post with cheque, entries may be allowed on the day in cash if not previously sold out. Map provided via download and route will be marked. FIND US ON FACEBOOK - facebook.com/Cotswold-Endurance-GB

Email: enquiries@endurancegbcotswold.co.uk

Entries: Members £13                Riding Clubs £16                        Non members £19 

 

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Euston Park National Ride - PR entry form and new 80km GER ClassEuston Park National Ride - PR entry form and new 80km GER Class - (Published:25 August 2016)

The National EGB Ride at Euston Park on Sunday 18th September has classes for everyone from a 16km PR through to an additional new GER class of 80km (Class 8).  For a PR entry form please click here.

 

If you require further details, please contact Ride Organiser Ellie Head.

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Long Mynd - 4th September - CANCELLEDLong Mynd - 4th September - CANCELLED - (Published:23 August 2016)

Sadly the Long Mynd ride has had to be cancelled - if you were entered, you will recieve a full refund. Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

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Sad news from the South WestSad news from the South West - (Published:22 August 2016)

 

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Brian Adams has passed away.  Brian has been on the endurance scene for over 25 years.

 

Together with his wife June, they have supported and masterminded the success of many top endurance riders over the years, crewing on the Senior and Intermediate Teams in France, Dubai and in many far flung places.

 

Brian worked with June to make our rides a great success, Brian usually behind the scenes taking our numbers as we go through the checkpoints, whilst June is at the office with a cheery “Hello Sunshine!”

 

A true horseman, Brian started working with horses as a young boy in Birmingham, where his father, a builder like Brian, would buy horses from the market, train them and then sell them on.  It was with his father that Brian learned to drive horses.  Carriage driving became part of Brian’s world as their beautiful palomino endurance horse, Haccombe Wynyates Joanna, took a career change from competitive endurance horse to exceedingly competitive driving horse.  Brian could turn her on a sixpence.  Only a true horseman could get a horse to succeed in both disciplines.

 

Brian was a tall man, who carried a quiet authority which horses liked.  He was always thinking about better ways to get through race rides with individual horses and to keep the horses enjoying it.

 

Sad though it is, it is fitting that when Brian decided to leave us that he was in his paddock with his donkey that he was teaching to drive, pulling ragwort in the sunshine.  The Devon Air Ambulance were called but Brian had left us.

 

Brian will be sorely missed by us all.  There will be a private funeral for family members only and June has asked that contributions are made to the Devon Air Ambulance who helped her greatly.

 


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Results of the Inter Regional Championships from LindumResults of the Inter Regional Championships from Lindum - (Published:15 August 2016)

 1ST PLACE       NORTH WEST                      17 Penalty points

2ND PLACE      SPIRIT OF YORKSHIRE        27 Penalty points

3RD PLACE      HEART OF ENGLAND          52 Penalty points

4th PLACE        MID SOUTH                         53 Penalty points

 

JUNIOR/YOUNG RIDER AWARDS:  LILY GIBBONS, IZZY WILSON, MAX WILSON

VETERAN HORSE: DIAMOND FLIGHT

TURN OUT AWARDS: Class 1 - ALLY SOLE/TAQUIB

Class 2 - JAN HEBBLETHWAITE/SILVRETTA ACROBAT,
CATHERINE HOOD/SILVRETTA AARAGORN

                                       Class 3 - JOHN BLACK/DIAMOND FLIGHT

                                       Class 4 - JILL THORBURN/LEESVIEW TOBIAS

                                       Class 5 - SAM BOWKETT/SYRUS

                                       Class 6 - GAYNOR JONES/ORLANDO

INDIVIDUAL CLASS WINNERS:

Class 1 - ALLY SOLE (RIDING 2 HORSES), EMILY FERGUSSON,
JULIE MARTIN (Spirit of Yorkshire)

                                       Class 2 - JAMIE HOUGHTON, SARAH BAMBER ( North West)

                                       Class 3 - NO COMPLETIONS

                                       Class 4 - JILL THORBURN (North West)

                                       Class 5 - SAM BOWKETT (Spirit of Yorkshire)

                                       Class 6 - GAYNOR JONES (North West)

 

 

 

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Gill Talbot and Sa'da Sekora triumph in Barbury's 80km CERGill Talbot and Sa'da Sekora triumph in Barbury's 80km CER - (Published:14 August 2016)

As predicted, a fantastic Day Two was enjoyed by horses and riders at the Ridgeway Barbury Castle Ride today with a total of 175 starters. 

 

Ride Organiser, Janet Kenward, had enlisted the help of many of her friends to provide water at numerous locations out on course and there was no gate allowance as she had persuaded friends to act as gate stewards too.  There were lots of Grade Ones achieved in the GER classes and the four finishers in the 80km CER were as follows:  In first place Gill Talbot with Sa'da Sekora at 17.9kph; second was Carina Kane with Evermore Artistic; third was Gill Plumbley with Mirjana and in fourth place Martin Voysey with Duchy Mimosa.  Loads of happy horses and riders - well done RO Janet Kenward, Ride Secretary Maxine Golledge and husband Dave and the army of helpers!!  Roll on 2017!!

 

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Endurance GB’s LINDUM Spirit Ride (with the theme of Rio!)Endurance GB’s LINDUM Spirit Ride (with the theme of Rio!) - (Published:11 August 2016)

The Endurance GB Lindum Spirit ride, kindly sponsored by feed supplement manufacturers TopSpec, took place over four days from August 3rd-7th, and did exactly what it says on the tin!  It had something for everyone from a 5K lead-rein class to a 170km multi-day class and a 20km single day class. 

Lindum this year enjoyed mixed weather however around 500 competitors flocked to the superb venue of Market Rasen racecourse to enjoy the holiday atmosphere and festival spirit that always accompanies multi-day endurance rides. Top facilities included all-day catering from Caroline’s Catering and a ‘Support Rio Carnival’ on the Saturday evening.  Retail therapy was provided by trade stands including Performance Equestrian, Torq Fitness, and Pioneer Endurance and event photographers West End Photography were on hand to record everyone’s finest hour. 

The main class was the Lindum Spirit (170kms over 3 days) which ended with Sally Toye riding Emira Bint Letifa and Alex Tennant riding Inferno crossing the line together but with Alex getting the top podium slot.  However Sally was amply recompensed with Letifa being awarded the coveted Best Condition award. Lindum also hosted the annual Inter-Regionals competition which is calculated on results over various classes and was won this year by the North-West Group made up of riders from the Lancashire and Cheshire Groups, with runners-up Spirit of Yorkshire. 


Other results are too numerous to list but special mention should be made of Lily Gibbons, aged 11 years, who rode a grand total of 120kms in four different classes over the four days and who partied into the wee hours at the Carnival.  This is Lily’s take on endurance: “This is my first full season riding endurance and I love it. I get to meet new people and ride in places that I would never normally get to go. Sandy loves it too! As soon as we are tacked up he's itching to get out. He keeps me safe on all terrains and isn't bothered by cars, animals or loud noises. I know that endurance keeps Sandy super fit.” 

Ride organiser, Thay Stephenson, reports: “I have to say I am absolutely thrilled to bits that the entire five days ran as smooth as silk.  I was so lucky that the numerous new helpers more than stepped up to the mark, and that so many people volunteered to lighten my load. I have been flooded with so much positive feedback post-event that I cannot help but be very happy to have been at the helm of another Lindum Spirit.”

Photos: NW Team courtesy of Kath Wilson; Lily Gibbons courtesy of Martyn Gibbons

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EGB National ChampionEGB National Champion - (Published:11 August 2016)

Congratulations to Nicki Thorne on becoming EGB’s new National Champion riding LM 42 (Bonita) at The College Ride. Nicki completed the 160km in 11h:56m at 13.4kmph and was the only successful competitor in both the 160km FEI & National classes.
 
 
Welsh Squad announced for the Home International !Welsh Squad announced for the Home International ! - (Published:01 August 2016)

As Chef D'Equipe for Welsh Endurance I am please to announce the following riders have been selected to ride in Ireland at the Home International Championships: Sue Box ... Angie Williams... Lindsay Walters ... Larissa Burnett … Lise Cooke ... Rachel Lima... Hannah Maskell... Emily Cooke... Emma Taylor .... Cerys Hill .... Sian Hill and Kate Hill

There are 6 young riders on this team and would ask that the whole of Wales gets behind them wishing them well on their big adventure ! Congratulations to all on the Team.... You all deserve to be there !

Nesta Maskell

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Endurance GB Championship Team AnnouncementEndurance GB Championship Team Announcement - (Published:31 July 2016)

The Endurance GB International Committee is delighted to announce the athletes and horses chosen to represent Team GB in the upcoming Senior and Young Rider Championships. 

 

The Senior Team will compete in the 160km, FEI Longines World Endurance Championships to be held in Samorin, Slovakia from the 15-18th September. The following combinations have been successfully selected: 

 

Carri Ann Dark with HS Drift

 

Fiona Griffiths with Oliver Twist IV

 

Nicola Thorne with LR  Bold Greyson or LM Bolena (travelling reserve horse)

 

Christopher Wray with Takwenya

 

Senior Team Chef D'Equipe, Liz Finney commented that “after a late change of venue, we now have a team of four horse and riders, plus a reserve horse, who are extremely keen to compete at the World Championships in Samorin, Slovakia in the middle of September.

 

They are all very experienced international riders, three of whom have already competed  at a championship ride, so will cope well with the environment and hype of a world championship.”

 

The Young Rider team will compete in the 120km, FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniors to be held in Rio Frio, Portugal from the 02-04th September. The following combinations have been successfully selected: 

 

Kate Atkinson with DNS Ronaldo

 

Charlotte Chadwick with Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar 

 

Bella Fricker with Eskar

 

Caitlin Theodorou with My Marco

 

Young Rider Chef D'Equipe, Jo Chisholm, commented that "we now have an excellent squad of Young Riders who have worked extremely hard to qualify themselves and their horses. Having worked with them during the year I can say that it is an absolute honour and pleasure to be working with a group of such dedicated and professional youngsters."

 

John Robertson, Director of International for Endurance GB, added that "the path to both Championships has not been straightforward, but we are reassured by the high calibre combinations who will be representing Team GB at both Championships this summer. I would like to wish all GB competitors a safe journey and the best of luck for the competitions that lie ahead."

 

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2016 England Home International Squad Announcement2016 England Home International Squad Announcement - (Published:31 July 2016)

The 2016 Home International Squad travel to Ireland  for this year’s competition – 3 days of celebrations in Co Down at The St Patrick’s Coastal Ride.  For the details please click here.

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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.  
 
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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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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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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