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Results & Trophies
Results & Trophies
Mission Statement for 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

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Recent News
From Racing to EnduranceFrom Racing to Endurance - (Published:24 November 2015)

 Beths Choice (14yo) owned and ridden by Lynn Harvey from Dorset was named as RoR Elite Endurance Champion 2015. Trained by Milton Bradley Beths Choice ran a total of 15 races on the flat and over jumps winning one race in his career before retiring.

Lynn, who has worked in racing yards for most of her life and now works for Harry Fry, is ‘hooked’ on endurance, said;  “Over the past 5 years Harry has surpassed anything I could have dreamt of and he shows just what former racehorses are capable of. He has completed four 80km and five 60 plus km rides, winning two of the 80km rides. We have often been out over varied terrain, ground conditions and in appalling weather but this makes it all so worthwhile.”


Lynn was presented with her £2500 prize at the RoR Awards Ceremony held in Newmarket on Monday 16th November. The RoR Awards night, which was hosted by guest presenter and RoR Patron Clare Balding, recognises the achievements of former racehorses adapting and excelling in their new careers. Runner up – scooping £500 was Claire Freeman and Arabian History.



RoR is British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing.  It raises funds from within racing to provide facilities for the care, retraining and re-homing of former racehorses, and to promote awareness of the suitability of the retrained racehorse for other equine careers.


The top 5 RoR horses this year were:-




Qualifying Points



Beths Choice


Lynn Harvey


Arabian History


Claire Freeman


Against the Rules


Elaine Walbridge


Diamond Destiny


Anna Collins




Lindsay Sparrow



To qualify for the RoR Endurance competition, horses must have raced in Great Britain and be registered with RoR and Endurance GB. The horse must be ridden by an EGB member.  All Graded Endurance Rides and Competitive Endurance Rides are eligible to count towards the Trophy.


Standard Endurance GB trophy points are used on an accumulative basis for the RoR Trophy.  The Trophy is for the horse, not the rider. However, only the best TEN scores count towards the total for the Trophy in any year.


Anna Collins, who rides with the Cheshire Group has been competing with her ex-racehorse Diamond Destiny since 2010 explains the pros and cons of ex-racehorses in endurance, “the thoroughbred typically has bags of stamina, a very low heart rate when fit, is used to travelling long distances to an event and is brought up from an early age to understand the routines of every day handling, shoeing, clipping and has good stable manners. The challenge in retraining an ex-racehorse for any discipline, especially endurance include teaching them to ride in a rhythm or cadence that works them efficiently and simple schooling manoeuvres that will get you safely through a gate, being tied to a trailer rather than attended to in a wagon or standing still whilst you get on but that’s the rewarding part, when it comes together. When introduced to endurance, they can be a little uncertain of their surroundings as they will probably not have seen muddy puddles, low hanging branches or uneven terrain but they soon get the hang of it and seem grateful that they have a new job and the freedom to enjoy themselves. They are used to training in a string so riding in company is great but ask them to stretch out and go alone and it’s like flying!


Thoroughbreds can suffer from poor foot confirmation but nothing that is too difficult to manage with a good diet and farrier who understands the job that the horse is expected to do. They also tend to be a little taller than the average endurance horse so being able to re-mount on course is vital. Ex-racehorses are so giving, especially when they finally have a person to call their own and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of bringing a new horse into the sport to consider an ex-racehorse.


Anna has enjoyed successes with Diamond Destiny including 7th place in the Novice Championships and being part of the North West winning team in the Inter-regional Championships 2010. Being Placed 3rd in the RoR Championships and winning ‘best shod’ in the 2014 Inter-Regional Championships. She has just taken on a second ex-racehorse who she hopes will be ready to compete in his novice season in 2016.


For more information visit www.ror.org.uk




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Amendment to the Red Dragon ResultsAmendment to the Red Dragon Results - (Published:24 November 2015)

Appeal against elimination at Red Dragon
An appeal has been heard against the elimination of Alex Tennant from the 80km CER class at Red Dragon

As a result of careful investigation, the appeal has been accepted and the result has been re-instated.
The class results on the Red Dragon site and the EGB site are now being updated to reflect this and may be viewed here.
All affected riders have been notified.


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The Long Trot - John o' Groats to Land's End!The Long Trot - John o' Groats to Land's End! - (Published:13 November 2015)

After eight years, I have just completed a book on my 2007 trip from John O’Groats to Lands’s End with horse Marv. This is the story, told in mostly diary format, of that adventure, in the hope that others may undertake similar travels.


My main riding experience was gained when I served as a Captain in the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, a ceremonial mounted unit of the Army, then based in St John’s Wood London.

After my time in the Army I moved to Edinburgh and in 2005 began work as a project manager in the construction industry.  It was a time of transition in my personal life and career and I frequently reminisced about the exciting challenges experienced whilst in the Army.  I still hankered after adventure and conceived the idea of a long distance journey in the UK by horse, trying to recreate the mostly forgotten experience of long distance travel pre 20th century.  With my affinity with horses, passion for exploring new places and skills in logistical planning, I thought I had relevant skills to undertake the challenge of traversing the length of Britain with a horse.


With the decision to complete the trip made, I was lucky to obtain a 3 month sabbatical from work, as I was prepared to forgo my employment to complete the journey. Marv (a 16hh Clydesdale cross) was bought from a farm in East Lothian in the January and soon thereafter commenced the fitness training and logistical planning required. We set off from John O’Groats on the last day of April, as this was when it is thought to be warm enough to be able to travel without rugs for Marv but also early enough in the year to escape the dreaded midge when traversing the Highlands.


Keeping away from the main roads we explored the fascinating byways, tracks and minor roads through rural Scotland and England with me often sleeping in the same field as Marv. The generosity and genuine welcome received in every village we visited was uplifting. My Scottish highlights included: having to construct a makeshift enclosure next to a remote bothy in Sutherland; traversing stunning and remote Strath Vaich; the high level crossing of the Corrieyairack Pass from Fort Augustus to Laggan and cantering along a grassy former Roman Road (Dere Street) just south of Jedburgh deep into the Cheviots towards the border with England.

When passing through the industrial north of England, we utilised the canal towpaths where possible and also the newly created Pennine bridlepath. Later on, it was with good fortune that we managed to stay just ahead of the terrible flooding which hit the south of England that year, only needing to divert from their planned route once near Evesham.


We averaged no more than 20 miles a day with at least every Sunday taken as a day off. I rode Marv daily for a limited time in trot and canter (if the ground was suitable), also frequently dismounting and walking with Marv for longer periods each day. The rationale behind this was, riding Marv in walk would have been no faster, and by walking, the daily pressure on Marv’s back was substantially reduced. Marv would therefore be more likely to remain healthy for the duration and a sound Marv was paramount to the success of the trip. 

Although the trip was not originally planned to be undertaken for charity, we did manage to raise £10,000, split between the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) and Cancer Research UK. Many donations were from people we met on the road.




This adventure was a great opportunity to test and combine my military endurance experience, navigational and equestrian training whilst also seeing parts of the country that so often get missed. With no back up or replacement horse, we arrived exactly on the planned completion date at Land’s End, some 1100 miles and just over 11 weeks later. I had purposefully planned a slightly longer route rather than a more direct one to ensure I could share the trip with friends and family.

The Long Trot by Grant Nicolle




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Gift Vouchers are not just for Christmas..................Gift Vouchers are not just for Christmas.................. - (Published:13 November 2015)

Endurance GB sells gift vouchers - the best present for an endurance rider, a present that lasts all year. 


Gift vouchers can be ordered in multiples of £5 and they can be used to pay for membership, horse registration, ride entries, awards dinner......in fact any EGB service can be paid for with a voucher!


Order your voucher here and make some ones day !


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Team Wales, winners of the 2015 Home International and the Celtic Challenge

Kate Atkinson and DNS Ronaldo, 2015 National YR Champion

Gill Talbot and Sa'da Sekora, 2015 National Champion
Hannah Maskell and Joyce's Choice, 2014 Supreme Champion of Endurance GB and YR Champion
Ruth Chadwick and Aragorn, 2014 Senior Champion of Endurance GB
Keighley & Madison Pomroy and Redwings Milky Way, 2014 Junior Champion of Endurance GB



Please remember:

Online voting has now closed - see you on Saturday?
Award dinner tickets - have been posted out
National Trophies must be returned before the AGM
Check your Group website for winter rides
Registration for 2016 is now open
EGB gift vouchers are a gift worth having!




Training Rides, Events, Results
Events by Group: - (Published:16 October 2015)
For details of more rides please see here 
Awards Dinner and Presentation 2015 - (Published:30 September 2015)
The Endurance GB Awards Dinner and presentations on Saturday 28th November are this year being kindly sponsored by The Pure Feeds Company. For full details please see the Awards Dinner page

Past Champions
Getting Started with Endurance GB

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