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Welsh Championship - updateWelsh Championship - update - (Published:01 October 2014)

Don't forget that the last 2 Classes for the Welsh Championship will be held at the Red Dragon! Come and have a great weekend.

 

If you want to check your points Hilary Cuming (Administrator) will be available on the Saturday  . Due to the cancellation on Mynydd Machen the eligibility criterion has been altered to 2 rather than 3 Wesh Rides- one must be completed however prior to the Red Dragon

 

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International Seminar - (Published:28 September 2014)

The International Committee would like to announce that there is an International Seminar, open to all EGB members and friends on the 2nd November 2014.

The Seminar will be held at the Derbyshire Hotel, J28 M1. This is the second in a series of seminars to plan our way forward Internationally.

Speakers to include Rod Fisher, previous team vet for medal winning British Endurance teams and now Team GBR vet for the multiple medal winning Para Dressage Team  and Mr Ian Drake CEO of British Cycling. Topics included will focus on "Improving performance".

More details will follow very shortly but please put in your diary.

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Results from the Lions TailResults from the Lions Tail - (Published:28 September 2014)

The new 2 day format for the ride proved to be very popular with a good turnout both days. The 2 day classes attracted a strong entry with the 2 day 82km class proving to be the most popular.

Thank you to the sponsors and especially to all the volunteers who helped make the ride an enjoyable and relaxed weekend for the competitors. 

-and next year: Bigger and better, but still with the same welcome for all comers, from the shortest distance pleasure rider to the longest distance competitive rider. 

Photos by Anne Browne

Results 

Saddlers award, best rider under 25 sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers

Alexandra Tennant 

Class 1, 2 day 105km sponsored by Plas Equestrian

1st: Emma Martin

2nd Ann Harrison

3rd Richard-Bradley Hancock 

Class 21, 1 day 82km PF sponsored by Aloeride

1st Antonia Hardwick

2nd Alexandra Tennant

3rd Gillian Hensley 

Class 22, 1 day 64km PF sponsored by Aloeride

1st Victoria Davies

2nd Rachel Judson

3rd Larissa Whiley

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A very special offer for Royalties!A very special offer for Royalties! - (Published:26 September 2014)

Royalties, the final fixture of the Endurance GB season, is able to accept entries without a late entry fee being charged so that everyone can come and enjoy a great end to the Season.

This last ride  runs over 3 days on October 10,11 and 12th will have sponsorship this year from the innovative new product EquidGel. 

There will be lots of samples and free advice available at  Royalties ,as well as excellent prizes for all Performance formula classes and CER and Multi day GER classes.

 

Royalties routes, at the top of the Lincolnshire Fens, offer mainly private tracks, grass strips, riverbanks and bridleways with the occasional quiet lane. The venue offers ample corralling and camping and there is stabling and b+b within easy reach of the venue. O'Neils catering offers excellent food throughout and it is advised to attend all three days to have ample opportunity to sample ALL the cakes on offer.

 

Please send your entries in as soon as possible, preferably online please.

 

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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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New Forest Rufus - RIDE CANCELLEDNew Forest Rufus - RIDE CANCELLED - (Published:11 September 2014)

It is with much regret that I have to announce the New Park Rufus ride has been cancelled, this is due to the current strangles outbreak in the forest.

 

We have been in consultation with the agisters and the ride vets and decided for the welfare of our horses and that of the new forest ponies that this is the only course of action we could take. we have cancelled now rather than waiting so that riders have the opportunity to change their plans and hopefully have not incurred extra costs.

hopefully we will see you all again next year.

sarah, emma and simon.

 

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Congratulations to Beth Langley and HS Ametista 28th of 166 ridersCongratulations to Beth Langley and HS Ametista 28th of 166 riders - (Published:03 September 2014)

 Beth said afterwards: It’s amazing to have got round my first WEG together. That was the toughest 100 miles I’ve ever done. She led the Brits the whole way, this is her 15th WEG competition back to back. She’s a horse of a lifetime.

It’s taken dedication and I’ve sacrificed my social life to get here but it’s so worth it. We knew at one point we were in the bronze medal position, we tried to bring Annie [Joppe] with us but if we’d stayed we wouldn’t have made the cut off. Mentally it’s tough to ride out on your own.”  

Anna Williams (with tears in her eyes) This has been the hardest ride of my life but I’m so proud of my horse! He’s young, this was only his second 160km and that was flat and sandy, we’ve never trained on mud like this. He just kept plugging away through all the mud though and absolutely gave his heart. Beth and I rode the whole way together which gave him a real boost. His day will come, he was awesome. When we presented his heart rate was well under at 56b/m but that’s endurance for you.  

Andrea Baker, Endurance Chef d’equipe They’ve done well over a tough course; we would have loved to see a team home – to briefly be in bronze medal position was amazing - but there was so much attrition due to the conditions that our performance has definitely been in line with other nations. After the rain the course was very different from the one we saw earlier in the week and didn’t ride as well as they promised.   Anna’s horse looked fantastic coming into the finish so we were all shocked by the outcome. It was disappointing in the end but I’m not sure there are any specific  lessons to be learned, we have to move on and take the positives. The team have ridden together and supported each other really well through all of this which hasn’t happened for a good few years.  

 

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Congratulations and Good Luck to WalesCongratulations and Good Luck to Wales - (Published:31 July 2014)

I am pleased to inform everyone that the following riders and horses have been chosen to ride for their country WALES at the Home International & Celtic Challenge which is this year to be hosted by Scotland at the Scottish Championships at Yetholme.  

 Anita Gordon                      Ibn Al Helal
Charlotte Fleming              Zakhir
Sue Box                               Kazeme
Carol Jones                          Ptolemaeus
Charis Denham                  Mountedgcumbe Maestro
Nicola Smith                        Cariad Charisma
Angie Williams                     Angies Girl
Hannah Maskell                  Jimmi
Emily Cooke                         Lady's Man
June Davies                          Shaman
Alice Newby                         Cash
Bethan Lewis                       Merlin

On behalf of all those involved I would like to thank the following companies who have kindly sponsored our teams this year with clothing and Chaps.
 
Abbey Equine Clinic
Pegasus Arenas
Just Chaps  
 
Sue Higgins
Chef d'Equipe

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PHOTOS, photos , we need your photos!PHOTOS, photos , we need your photos! - (Published:30 July 2014)

Once again we are on the hunt to find photos that capture the atmosphere and spirit of Endurance.

 

So please send in your photos over the season and let us all enjoy them. 

Photos need to be landscape preferably and the file should be 1 - 2mb jpeg files.

All photos will be acknowledged, 
all photos selected will be credited, 
all photos will need a signed T&C document (see below) 

Please forward to jenig2012@hotmail.co.uk 

Thank you - look forward to seeing the fabulous photos!

T's and C's

 

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Boconnoc 2014 80km CERBoconnoc 2014 80km CER - (Published:29 July 2014)

 Carri Ann Dark based in Wiltshire and her horse a 10 year old pure Arabian were the top young person combination at the above ride held on the 22nd June riding 80km graded ride in temperatures over 26 degrees.

 

The course was a true Cornish undulating testing ride and heat just added to the challenge as the course had to be ridden with respect for the conditions. Spirit was awesome and tackled the hills with no problems. As I am originally from Cornwall it is lovely to return to see endurance friends and ride the countryside that I used to ride before leaving Cornwall, and I was so proud of Spirit coping with the heat and obtaining a grade one.

I would like to thank the Saddler’s Company for their generosity and support of endurance and the leather head collar which Spirit looks so smart in.

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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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Successful weekend for the Brits abroad - (Published:08 September 2014)

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A successful trip was had by the British contingent competing at Monpazier in the South of France on the 5th and 6th September over what can only be described as a tough, technical course with steep climbs and descents, hard stony tracks, deep sand, mud and lots of twists and turns. All the classes had large entries with a lot of professional riders competing from a variety of nations making it a truly International competitive event. Over the weekend the temperatures reached 30 degrees with very high humidity. 

 
In the CEI 3* 160km class Tricia Hirst with Madjin des Pins finished 8th at a speed of 17.36kph. The first loop was completed in complete darkness in the forest creating a challenging start to the day. 
 
Nikki Malcolm was competing in the CEI 2* 130km class on Radja Al Mels where they finished 4th at a speed of 19.43kph and completed the last loop at 25kph winning a racing finish with five other horses to claim 4th place.
 
Carol-Ann Smith Van Blerk was also competing in the same class and finished 51st at a very creditiable 15.98kph.
 
On the second day of the competition Georgina Hirst competed on Vlacq Bronze Image in the CEI 1* 90km class and finished 25th at an average speed of 17.4kph having completed the last loop at 21kph.     

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AGM Dates and Deadlines

Friday 24th October 5pm: Distance Award claims must be received, PR Trophy cards must be returned
Saturday 25th October : Groups Meeting 
Friday 31st October 5pm: Nominations must be received for Unsung Hero, Rosettes Direct, John Yeats memorial Bursary
7th November: Close of ticket sales for Awards Dinner
Form may be downloaded here

All AGM/Awards info will be found here

Training Rides
Cerne Social Ride - Wessex Group - (Published:17 September 2014)

(Published 17 September 2014)
A ride of 12-15 miles approximately across grassy bridleways with minimal roadwork.  First 10 postal entries receive a 2015 Farriers Charity Calendar.  Special offer for young riders aged 17 and under.  For full details and an entry form see the Wessex website under Rides and Events.

 
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL:
 
SE Group - winners of the Inter Regionals
 
WALES - winners of the Celtic Challenge
 
ENGLAND - winners of the Home International
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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