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HELPERS, we need HELPERS, for TRESHAM on Saturday
be involved, join in, please support our Organisers
NEW - Riding Club and Pony Club members can now register for CLUB membership and enter rides online

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



The Mission Statement of Endurance GB
Our mission is to promote and enhance the sport of Endurance (Competitive Long Distance) Riding within the United Kingdom, by providing competition, training and development opportunities that will appeal to all levels of rider from beginner to world class winner.
The Society will endeavour to promote and uphold at all times the highest standards of horse welfare

Recent News
CLOCKS go forward this weekendCLOCKS go forward this weekend - (Published:26 March 2015)

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 01:00:00 clocks are turned forward 1 hour so it becomes 
Sunday, 29 March 2015, 02:00:00 local daylight time instead

********* Make sure you change your alarms, don't be late for Ravendale *******

 
 
Leicestershire and Rutland Social Ride on 12th AprilLeicestershire and Rutland Social Ride on 12th April - (Published:23 March 2015)

This ride, starting from Home Farm at Peatling Parva near Lutterworth will have options of 5 miles, 7.5 miles and 14 miles and the entry fee is £7 for EGB members and £15 for non members.  Please see the Leicestershire and Rutland website for further information and an entry form.

 

Category:UK Rides

 
 
NEW Level 1 UKCC course to be held in South YorkshireNEW Level 1 UKCC course to be held in South Yorkshire - (Published:23 March 2015)

We are delighted to announce our first UKCC Level One course to be run in conjunction with Sport Structures.

 

If you wish to find out more or book a place please follow this link 

Your local county sporting partnership often offers bursaries for Level 1 course please check out their website.

Places on this course are limited to 8 candidates so please don't delay if you are thinking of attending.  Please note that the cost includes all fees including assessment day.  Accommodation costs are additional. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Julie Martin, but do be aware that we can no longer take bookings for courses - all bookings are now done via Sport Structures.”

Category:General :Coaching

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A Ride Round England One man, one horse, 2,700 miles and 30 cathedralsA Ride Round England One man, one horse, 2,700 miles and 30 cathedrals - (Published:21 March 2015)

William Reddaway will be giving an illustrated talk at Helmsley Art Centre on 12 June at 7.30pm about the ride he made with Strider in 2013. They went to four corners of England via 30 cathedrals in a seven month journey. They went north via Chester, Sheffield and Carlisle and came back south via Durham, Ripon and York, then on to Lincoln. 

  

He hopes you will be able to come to Helmsley or, if you prefer, he would be very happy to give a talk on a date immediately before or after 12 June to any group or organisation that liked to book him. You can use the event to raise money for your own organisation or cause, or for his two charities, as you wish. He is not asking for any contribution to his expenses, though an offer of a bed and a meal would be great. He does not plan to bring Strider but he has a young Border Terrier, Archie. He has a cage.

You can download some information here about what the talk could cover and details on how to contact William.

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A Brief History of the Golden Horseshoe RideA Brief History of the Golden Horseshoe Ride - (Published:20 March 2015)

There are records of a few organised ‘Long Distance Rides’ before the Second World War – one of which was organised by Country Life and Riding Magazine in 1938.

However, this emerging sport appears to have come to a standstill until the summer of 1965, when the British Horse Society ran its first Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor, promoted by author Ronald Duncan and Colonel Mike Ansell, and sponsored by the Sunday Telegraph. The idea was so popular that organisers had to close entries a month early, having reached the limit of 110 entrants.

The route was linear, starting at Malmsmead, and finishing at Mr Duncan’s home in Welcombe, Devon.

There were no markers, and riders had to find their own way, including navigating across ‘The Chains’ with the help of several local people riding Exmoor ponies.

There was also no minimum speed and one couple were seen to have their own chauffeured car following them on the roads, enabling them to stop for a picnic on the way.

At the finish, Glenda Spooner and John Oaksey were waiting to check the horses to ensure that they were in good condition, and all who completed at 6mph or above received a gold-painted horseshoe.

 

The Golden Horseshoe Ride was born, and organisers and participants agreed that it was a really good test of a horse’s fitness, and rider’s horsemanship.

Originally, the event moved to a different location each year, including Brighton and Yorkshire, until 1974 when it returned to Exmoor permanently, and became based in Exford.

The ride became more ‘organised’ with routes being marked first of all with  painted horseshoes fixed on poles, and later by Jim Collins of the Exmoor National Park Authority with flags made out of fertiliser bags, which ‘marched across the moor’ to give excellent visibility (except for when the Exmoor mist descended!). 

Rules also became more stringent, with speeds of 8mph or above required to achieve a Gold award. Vetting procedures also advanced to ensure that the horses were protected from abuse.

Today we have seven competitive classes to choose from, and the ride is a far cry from that first 50 mile competition. Can you imagine going on an Endurance Ride over Exmoor without any markers? Or having a picnic on the way? In 1965 there were also no vets, no RAYNET communications, no St John Ambulance on standby, and certainly none of the amenities that are now taken for granted at any Endurance Ride.

The riders on that first Golden Horseshoe Ride were certainly pioneers in our sport.

Check out the Golden Horseshoe website for news of this year's ride.

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The Royal Windsor Horseshow FEI 2* is now open for entriesThe Royal Windsor Horseshow FEI 2* is now open for entries - (Published:19 March 2015)

Entries are now open for the Windsor FEI 2* ride. The schedule is now available on the FEI website and the GBR entries need to be submitted on the International Ride Entry form V2015, downloadable from the EGB website.

 

All GBR horses and riders must be members of EGB and registered with the FEI.

Please note submission of your entry does not necessarily mean that your entry has been accepted as there may have to be a ballot if the number of entries exceeds the total acceptable.

For more details please see the schedule.

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TRESHAM RIDE VENUE CHANGE and HELPERS NEEDED - (Published:19 March 2015)

Due to fertilizer treatment on the venue field, RO Jane Holdsworth has had to find an alternative site and the new venue will be the Didmarton Point to Point course.  This will be clearly signed on the day and more details will be available next week.

Also more HELPERS are urgently needed for the ride, so if you are available, please contact Jane or Kit whose contact details are in the Members' Handbook.

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SAIC SONDELA INVITATION  - 4th May 2015SAIC SONDELA INVITATION - 4th May 2015 - (Published:18 March 2015)

80km, 120km and 160km FEI classes 4th - 6th May 2015

80kmCEI *80km CEN1* 4 MAY 2015
160km CEI*** 160kmCEN*** 4 MAY 2015
120kmCEI** 120km CEN** 6 MAY 2015

For further details about this South African event, please contact the EGB Office and click here for some more information.


Category:General :International

 

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ARE YOU ATTENDING ICENI COMPETITIONS THIS SEASON?ARE YOU ATTENDING ICENI COMPETITIONS THIS SEASON? - (Published:17 March 2015)

..... If so why not take the Iceni Team Challenge?
Teams of 3 for low key challenge fun.
Novice Open and Advanced horses – 32, 40 and 65k.
Build your Performance Formula points over the Summer culminating with Pilgrim’s Trail in September.

Details of rides, rules and classes to be found on the Iceni Group website


Category:General :UK Rides

 
 
FEI suspends UAE National FederationFEI suspends UAE National Federation - (Published:12 March 2015)

The FEI Bureau has suspended the National Federation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for an indeterminate period following an investigation by the FEI into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI Rules and Regulations in the discipline of Endurance.

 

The Bureau, chaired by FEI President Ingmar De Vos, was unanimous in its decision to suspend the UAE National Federation.

 

Under the terms of the suspension, which has been imposed immediately, the UAE National Federation may not attend or be represented at any session or meeting of any body of the FEI, may not organise any international events, and its members cannot participate in any international events. However, the Bureau has ruled that UAE athletes from disciplines other than Endurance may compete under the FEI flag in international competitions organised outside the UAE.

 

The Bureau has clearly outlined to the UAE Federation that any potential reinstatement to FEI membership is dependent on the UAE Federation signing an agreement with the FEI under which the UAE Federation pledges to take such action as the FEI Bureau deems necessary to assure the FEI and all stakeholders that the UAE Federation is protecting the welfare of the horse and complying fully with the FEI Rules and Regulations.

 

"The decision to suspend a National Federation is not something that is taken lightly and we only should do this if no other remedy can be found,” the FEI President said. “Sadly this was the only option left, but we have to take our responsibility and must never be afraid of tackling major issues head-on. Where horse welfare is concerned the FEI has to show leadership and solve problems in a structural way without making any concessions.

 

"We were confident that strict enforcement of the new rules implemented on 1 August 2014 following adoption of the recommendations from the Endurance Strategic Planning Group would be effective in reducing the numbers of catastrophic injuries and fatalities in the UAE, but regretfully this has not been the case. There have also been other major non-compliance issues, so in the end we had no other choice than taking this drastic measure to deal with an unacceptable situation.”

 

As an interim emergency measure to protect horse welfare and preserve the integrity of FEI rules and regulations at FEI events while the FEI Bureau was considering the Executive Board’s recommendations for further action, the Secretary General Sabrina Zeender removed the two remaining Endurance events in the UAE from the FEI calendar two weeks ago, a move that garnered widespread support from National Federations and welfare groups.

 

The UAE National Federation has been notified of the suspension by the FEI Secretary General today, 12 March 2015. The UAE Federation has 30 days to appeal the suspension to the FEI Tribunal.

 

Separately, the FEI has requested the Equestrian Community Integrity Unit to conduct a full investigation into allegations of fake events and the duplication of results at FEI Endurance events in the UAE.

 

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An Announcement from the Arab Racing OrganisationAn Announcement from the Arab Racing Organisation - (Published:10 March 2015)

Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club has frequently captured headlines when sponsoring high value races for some of the very best horses in training.  However, they are also a very loyal supporter of the ‘grassroots’ of UK Arabian Racing.  For several years they have sponsored races on domestic cards, for every level of horse.  In 2013, their sponsorship extended to an incentive scheme supporting UK breeders with fewer than 5 broodmares.

ARO is delighted to announce that, in 2015, QREC’s support of UK Arabian Racing has increased once again.  Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club is now funding the cost of Purebred Arabian Horse Registration for British Owned horses.  This incredibly generous scheme will encourage UK owners to race their Purebred Arabians.

To qualify for the free registration of Purebred Arabian horses, owners must register themselves and their trainers with ARO.  Horse registrations will not be accepted until Owner Registration has been received.  Owners must reside in the UK, be private owners or part of a UK based partnership or syndicate (proof of address may be required).

There is no restriction to the number of horses registered per person but they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

ARO is incredibly grateful to Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club for their continued support of Arabian Racing in the UK.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Notes to Editors:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

John Hudson

Chairman, Endurance GB

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

For more information please Login to the members area.

 

John Hudson

Chairman EGB

Endurance GB Board

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


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

 

Both rides test me and both rides I love.


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


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



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

 

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

(Photos courtesy of Judy Phillips)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 


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

 

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

 

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

(Photos and article courtesy of Claire Ryall)

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

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

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

Course Director(s) : Ian Williams, John Robertson

Language / Langue : English / anglais  

Participation : All FEI Judges and those wishing to train  

Applications must be sent to :

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

Deadline for applications : 1st February 2015  

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

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

Payments by bank transfer:  

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

Alternatively call the office on +442467 697929   

Accommodation available at

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

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

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

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

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

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

The above information serves as an official invitation.   

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We can see clearly now..........We can see clearly now.......... - (Published:24 September 2014)

Thanks to the kind generosity of Liz Hinings, all registered para riders and their escorts have special new blue bibs!

 

The blue bibs have a number and a prefix  P for Para or E for escort. Please can all riders seeing these please give special consideration to the riders.

 Any registered para rider may receive their bib by contacting Julie Martin

When entering a ride, a para rider must let the Ride Sec know that they wish to use their special bib and what number it is, so it can be recorded for the ride paperwork.

 

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ICENI TEAM CHALLENGE - (Published:17 March 2015)

ARE YOU ATTENDING ICENI COMPETITIONS THIS SEASON?

If so why not take the Iceni Team Challenge?

Teams of 3 for low key challenge fun.

Novice Open and Advanced horses – 32, 40 and 65k.

Build your Performance Formula points over the Summer culminating with Pilgrim’s Trail in September.

Details of rides, rules and classes to be found on the Iceni Group website

Category:General :UK Rides

 
 
TRESHAM RIDE VENUE CHANGE and HELPERS NEEDED - (Published:19 March 2015)

The original venue for Tresham has recently been fertilized and is not available to use, so Jane has secured the Didmarton Point to Point course as an alternative.  Access to the new venue will be clearly signed and there will be further details from Jane next week.

Also more helpers are urgently required for this ride, so please contact either Jane or Kit, whose contact details are in the Members' Handbook.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO:
 
Hannah Maskell and Joyce's Choice, 2014 Supreme Champion of Endurance GB and Young Rider Champion
 
Ruth Chadwick and Aragorn, 2014 Senior Champion of Endurance GB

 

Keighley & Madison Pomroy and Redwings Milky Way, 2014 Junior Champion of Endurance GB

 

The full list of trophies and winners is here

Training Rides
Easter Bonnet Fun Ride run by Endurance GB De Cymru Group - (Published:17 March 2015)

Easter Monday - 6th April 2015 - This is an all day event with classes from 10 miles to 24 miles based on the South Wales 2000 Clay Target Shooting Groung at Mynyddislwyn, Blackwood.  More details may be found here.

 
Leicestershire and Rutland Group Social Ride - (Published:23 March 2015)

The Peatling Parva Social Ride will take place on 12th April from Home Farm at Peatling Parva, near Lutterworth with options of distances of 5 miles, 7.5 miles or 14 miles.  You will find more information and an entry form on the Leciestershire and Rutland website by clicking here.

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

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

 
Euston Park Pleasure Ride with optional Endurance Training - (Published:17 March 2015)

On Sunday 26th April the Iceni Group are organising a Pleasure Ride  of 8, 16 or 32 kms with the opportunity to practise Vet Gate procedures, Trot Ups and much more!  Click here for further details and an entry form.

 
Cotswold Group's Cleeve Hill Social Ride on 3rd May - (Published:06 March 2015)

There will be 3 loops of 8/12/8kms and you may ride just one or all three starting from Black Barns, Charlton Abbotts nr Andoversford, Gloucestershire.  More details downloadable here and there is an entry form on the Cotswold Group's website.

 
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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