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The perfect last minute present - an EGB voucherThe perfect last minute present - an EGB voucher - (Published:16 December 2014)

All I want for Christmas is a voucher!
The perfect present for every rider, give your favourite person an endurance GB voucher. It will guarantee them hours and hours of fun!

 

Vouchers can be bought on line and can be used for any EGB service or product eg membership, ride entries, courses, throughout the year.

For more details see here

 

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FEI Bureau meeting decisionsFEI Bureau meeting decisions - (Published:12 December 2014)

The in-person FEI Bureau meeting, organised ahead of the FEI General Assembly 2014, took place today in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan

 

The main decisions taken by the Bureau are outlined in this document.

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FEI statement on investigation into 2012 FEI World Endurance ChampionshipsFEI statement on investigation into 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships - (Published:02 December 2014)

The FEI has announced today that, following completion of an in-depth investigation into allegations of a switch of horses for the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships in Euston Park (GBR), no legal action can be taken for procedural reasons and due to a lack of conclusive evidence.

 

The FEI has announced today that, following completion of an in-depth investigation into allegations of a switch of horses for the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships in Euston Park (GBR), no legal action can be taken for procedural reasons and due to a lack of conclusive evidence.

 

Following receipt of the findings of the investigation last month, the FEI has now evaluated the legal and procedural aspects of the case and it has become clear that, under the rules applicable at the time of the incident in 2012, essential deadlines were missed. Without legal proceedings being initiated within the specified timelines and through the correct channels, the FEI is unable to proceed with the case.

 

“It is very disappointing that it took such a long time to come to this conclusion”, FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said, “but this thorough investigation has allowed us to identify some loopholes in our own procedures with regard to the identification of horses through microchips and documents such as FEI passports, recognition cards and duplicates. I have asked our Legal Department to look at our procedures to identify how we can avoid similar issues occurring in the future.”

 

Prior to receiving the final report, the FEI had already initiated a detailed review of its administrative processes, putting mechanisms in place that now provide much greater control over the registration and identification of horses. Further proposed changes to the Veterinary Regulations to improve traceability and accurate verification of horses’ identity will be voted on at next month’s FEI General Assembly.

 

The FEI is to conduct a full review of its legal system in 2015, including its rules and sanctions. Proposals for change will go to the FEI Bureau for consideration prior to being voted on by the National Federations at the 2015 FEI General Assembly.

 

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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 :

 

Enquiries and applications 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. Details below:

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 

Accomodation 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 accomodation 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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Staff changes at FEI HeadquartersStaff changes at FEI Headquarters - (Published:27 November 2014)

Manuel Bandeira de Mello (POR) has been appointed as FEI Endurance Director to replace Ian Williams, who is due to retire at the end of December. The new Director takes up his post at FEI Headquarters next Monday, 1 December 2014.

 

Bandeira de Mello was selected following an intensive assessment process led by Odgers Berndtson Switzerland (OBS), a top international recruitment consultancy company in both the private and public sectors. OBS screened 30 applicants for the post prior to the final interview stage.

 

Manuel Bandeira de Mello, 54, served as Secretary General of the Portuguese Equestrian Federation for 13 years. Since 2001 he has been chef d’équipe for the Portuguese team at numerous FEI championships and was also chef de mission for the Portuguese team at three editions of the FEI World Equestrian Games™: in 2002 in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP), in 2006 in Aachen (GER) where Portugal won team bronze in Endurance, and in 2010 in Lexington, KY (USA). Before joining the FEI he was also Deputy Chair of FEI Regional Group I and Executive Board member of the European Equestrian Federation.

 

He has strong knowledge of equestrian sport through his work at the Portuguese Equestrian Federation and of Endurance as organiser of the FEI Endurance Open European Championship 2007 at Barroca D’Alva (POR).

 

Bandeira De Mello competed nationally and internationally in Jumping for 25 years, from 1972 to 1997, and was a member of the Portuguese team at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Juniors 1974 in Lucerne (SUI). He is married and has three children.

 

“I am very much looking forward to welcoming Manuel to the FEI,” Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General, said. “I have known and worked with him for many years and I am convinced his extensive experience in equestrian sport as an administrator, competitor, and organiser will be important assets for our organisation. We were looking for a candidate with deep understanding of the sport who would be able to take over the Endurance discipline for the long term and clearly we have found that in Manuel.

 

Photo caption: Manuel Bandeira de Mello (POR) who has been appointed as the new FEI Endurance Director. Photo Hugues Siegenthaler/FEI

 

“Our new colleague will work closely with the outgoing Endurance Director Ian Williams in December and will take over the role fully in the New Year. I wish Manuel every success as the new FEI Endurance Director and am confident he will be a great addition to the team at Headquarters.”

 

“I am really delighted to join the FEI as Endurance Director,” Manuel Badeira De Mello said. “It is an honour and a privilege to serve equestrian sport at this level. I am looking forward to this exciting new step and to fulfilling this challenging role to the very best of my abilities.”

 

At the same time as the FEI welcomes its new Endurance Director, it is also saying goodbye to a member of staff following the announcement by Veterinary Director Graeme Cooke that he is leaving FEI Headquarters for personal reasons after more than five years with the organisation.

 

Cooke’s main goal since joining the FEI in August 2009 has been to improve the international movement of horses and he has been instrumental in not only creating the High-Health High-Performance horse (HHP) concept, but also getting it accepted by the World Organisation for Animal Health, the OIE.

 

“Graeme was brought in to the FEI with the key objective of opening up borders for competition horses and his tireless lobbying of the OIE has resulted in huge improvements,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said. “It’s a very difficult balancing act between promoting the free movement of horses while assuring governments that sanitary barriers are still in place.

 

“As our sport becomes more global, the movement of horses across continents takes on even greater significance, so the work that Graeme has undertaken and what he has achieved are extremely important and we are indebted to him for it. We are of course sad to see him go, but we have to respect his decision and wish him well for the future.”

 

“The FEI has been my home for the past five years and I’m going to miss it enormously, but I am leaving so that I can spend more time with my ageing parents,” Graeme Cooke said. “I feel we’ve really made a big breakthrough in international horse movements and I’m proud that the FEI has led the way on that. It’s an important chapter in equestrian sport history and I’m happy to have played a role in it.”

 

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ENDURANCE GB STATEMENTENDURANCE GB STATEMENT - (Published:24 November 2014)

At our AGM on Saturday 22nd November, Endurance GB (EGB) members were provided with an overview of our 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.  

 

As part of this strategy, the Board of EGB has identified that sponsorship will enable us to achieve our goals for growth more quickly.

EGB members were also presented with details of the proposed sponsorship package that has been developed with Meydan, which has been deliberately constructed to offer opportunities and benefits to all our members, and the sport as a whole.

The EGB Board believes the proposed agreement would significantly enhance our ability to realise our vision and reinforces the implementation of the revised FEI rules in international competition.

All EGB members have been asked to submit their feedback regarding the proposed sponsorship agreement through a survey, which the EGB Board intends to have considered by mid-December, when we will confirm our final decision regarding the sponsorship.

 John Hudson

Chairman Endurance GB

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For all press enquiries please contact Fiona Videla Tel : 02476 697929 fionavidela@endurancegb.co.uk PR & Communications, Endurance GB

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Map Reading for all......Map Reading for all...... - (Published:12 November 2014)

The Ordnance Survey have produced a series of guides to map reading. 'Being able to read a map will help you get so much more out of your time outdoors – whether it is walking, cycling, horse riding or touring.

 

Our guides and videos will help you develop your map reading and navigation skills'.

 Map reading videos with Simon King

Renowned film-maker and naturalist Simon King presents a series of map reading videos that take you through the basics of understanding how to read one of our maps and how to use a compass.

Follow this link to see the video guides that explain all!

 

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Bring your Ponies to the Golden Horseshoe by Nesta OliverBring your Ponies to the Golden Horseshoe by Nesta Oliver - (Published:10 November 2014)

When you decided to go into Endurance riding and started to think of what kind of horse to have, was your first thought, ‘I need an Arab’? or was it, ‘My cob/pony/hunter/shire or anything else I’ve got can do that’?  


Back in the nineteen-eighties ‘my cob (etc) can do that’ is what most of us thought. The Arab as the ideal endurance horse had not been thought of. And those who thought ‘my cob can do that’ were right. In those days the Golden Horseshoe Ride was what everyone aimed for there was only one class, the one that is now called the Exmoor Stag: eighty/forty kilometers over two days. We worked in miles in those days so it was fifty/twenty five: it sounded easier with smaller numbers. In the eighties there were consistently between eighty and a hundred starters for that one class and everyone rode whatever horse or pony they had and knew how to get them fit. 


So what happened? How did we get to entries of four or five horses for a competition that used to be thought of as the pinnacle of Endurance riding, available to all riders and all horses, not just the super brave and the elite?  A lot has changed between then and now. There are far more competitions available nowadays so that is one reason perhaps, but here are a few others, and perhaps I can show you some reasons to come instead of not.


In the early nineteen-eighties, the minimum qualification for the Horseshoe was to complete one forty mile ride (sixty-four kilometers) and that was it. Nowadays we have to do more than just one ride to qualify, and sensibly so, because that makes sure that horses are fit enough by proving it in competition instead of just putting the miles in training on our own. But there is a difference in how we think of it. Now we call it ‘upgrading from Novice to Advanced’, and ‘Advanced’ sounds like something only the top people do: those with racing or international competition in mind. Remember those eighties? When anyone with any pony aspired to do the Horseshoe? Let’s look at the reality of upgrading because it’s not really so awesome. To get to Open you need three Novice completions; to get to advanced you only have to do two more rides, one of over sixty-four kilometers and one of eighty or more. That progression to advanced doesn’t sound huge when put like that, but we get frightened by that word ‘Advanced’, and we think it is.


The other side of why people don’t upgrade is reflected in a question often asked by EGB members: ‘What advantages are there in moving up to Advanced if I’m not going to do CERs?’ Let’s start with the disadvantages: that’s easy, there aren’t any! At Advanced level the speed and pulse parameters are exactly the same as when you compete at Open, so you don’t have to go any faster or hope you can get your horse’s pulse down further than you did before. But the advantages are huge if you want to take them: you have the chance to do longer rides if you want to and, much more important, you can enter the Exmoor Eighty, the Exmoor Stag and the Golden Horseshoe itself. If one of those is the only ride you ever do that you need that Advanced qualification for, it will be worth it.


Do we need Arabs to achieve that exalted, Advanced status? Of course not. To get there you only need successful completions in your qualifying rides, not Grade Ones, so you don’t have to fly around at CER speeds and go to the vet with the same pulse that your horse has at breakfast time in the stable. Arabs are fast, versatile and gutsy but on Exmoor they have no advantage over any other breed or type of horse. And that brings us to the second reason for the drop off of entries in the longer classes on Exmoor.


Approximately half of Advanced horses are pure-bred Arabs and I suspect that a large proportion of the rest are either part-bred or other similar breeds.**  Of those Advanced horses the majority have qualified in order to do CERs and many, not all of course, are trained to do only that, with winning races in mind. Some of them are going to be international team members and their focus is on training to go far and fast over easy, flattish ground. The Horseshoe is different. It requires slower speeds and a different attitude, it is not a race and there is even a prize for the horse who achieves his grade nearest to the optimum time: an award designed to discourage excess speed. So, many Advanced Arabs don’t come: they have not had the right type of training and their owners are reluctant to take the risks that have become associated in people’s minds with the rough terrain of Exmoor.


The results at the Golden Horseshoe show that Arabs on Exmoor have no advantage over other breeds in the way that they do in CERs where their effortless speed is such a huge advantage.


And here is the last reason: Exmoor has gained a fearsome reputation and people have been frightened off. Yes, Exmoor has hills that are longer and steeper than in most of the rest of the country, and the ground is hummocky and spongy and in places stony and very wet – deep ford kind of wet. And sometimes the weather sees us coming: just bring your waterproofs and woolly jumpers. But it’s not scary. It’s a better marked course than any I have ever seen: up on the high moor where the tracks are not so obvious, you are never out of sight of the next marker flag. You can’t get lost; the ground is rough but no worse than many people have to train on. All that matters is that you have a sound horse or pony who wants to see what’s over the next horizon and can look where he’s putting his feet at the same time. If the Arabs are race horses who do best on level grass where they can complete a CER at 16kph, then the ponies are the keeper goers, over any terrain, with an ‘I’ll go anywhere’ attitude.


So let’s make next year’s fiftieth anniversary Golden Horseshoe Ride, and possibly the last one ever, one to remember. Let’s fill those longer classes. Take the plunge (the rivers on the moor will help with that) and get up there. Bring your ponies, your cobs, shire horses, hunters, spotties, skewbalds, hairies, Haffies (Oh, you do it already, I’m preaching to the converted!), Icelandics (I’d love to see them on Exmoor), and of course, bring your Arabs to where they can compete on equal terms with all the others.

 

**The fifty percent advanced Arabs is correct, but other figures are assumed. I hope to look at it in more detail to confirm (or not) the realities and perhaps do another article where I can try to make boring statistics be interesting and useful looking to the future of EGB.


And from Jane Greatorex about Horseshoe….

Rusty and I first went to the Golden Horseshoe in 2010, the year after I bought him. We got a bronze in the Exmoor Experience (40:40) and I found out then that he was something of a bog specialist. In 2011 we did the Exmoor Stag (80K) in horrible conditions, lost a shoe, ran a couple of miles to reach the farrier (Rusty wearing a shoof) and got a bronze again – we’d been on silver time before the shoe came off. So, Development Squad and 2* qualification later we returned to try the real thing – the Golden Horseshoe (80:80). What can I say? We had a blast, great company consisting of Rebecca Kinnarney and Ellie, fantastic crewing and a marvellous ride. The views were stunning, the hills were as steep as ever and I enjoyed virtually every stride apart from the end when we ran out of steam and the odd really deep bit of bog. Exmoor is about really challenging yourself and your horse. It’s about getting it absolutely right and knowing when to call it a day. My horse is fighting fit and even better for his trip. I know he can do it and with some ideas in our heads we’ll return next year. Roll on 2015!


Photos courtesy of David Saunders

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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 access@bhs.org.uk 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!

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Dates and Deadlines

Membership for 2015 is now available here

The results of all AGM proposals are here

The presentations by the Board are here

The full list of trophies and winners is here

2015 Rides program can be viewed here, select 'next year' for 2015 schedules

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Cromwell Endurance Group Christmas Training RideCromwell Endurance Group Christmas Training Ride - (Published:02 December 2014)

Sunday 28th December from Vine Farm, Gransden Road, Caxton - using mainly bridleways around Cambourne which should not be muddy or frozen solid!  Click on the link for further information and an entry form.

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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

 

 

 
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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