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Endurance GB is the National Governing Body for the sport of Endurance Riding. It encompasses 23 local Groups throughout England and Wales who organise social events and rides from 8km (5miles) which are non-competitive or social/training rides, right up to 160km competitive rides (100 miles) for the most advanced horse and rider - we pride ourselves on offering a full calendar of events for every level and ambition of rider.

Recent News
15.02.19 UPDATE FROM THE BEF15.02.19 UPDATE FROM THE BEF - (Published:15 February 2019)

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) notes the latest update (14.02.19) from the Animal Health Trust of more positive tests for equine flu in Worcestershire, central Scotland, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. For the latest information follow @equiflunet on Twitter.

The BEF is urging all competition and training event organisers to check the equine ID passports of all horses attending their event to ensure that they comply with vaccination rules. We remind all participants to check the requirements of venues before they set out.

The BEF continues to urge all owners to be vigilant for the symptoms of equine flu and to alert their vet if they think their horses are showing signs. 

All owners MUST ensure their vaccination records are up to date, and if it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we strongly recommend discussing a booster with their veterinary surgeon.

We also remind owners that any contact with recently imported horses represents an increased risk so owners should follow veterinary advice by isolating any recently imported horse for a period of at least 21 days. 

 

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BEF UPDATE ON EQUINE FLUBEF UPDATE ON EQUINE FLU - (Published:14 February 2019)

Endurance GB and The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) note the latest update from the Animal Health Trust (follow @equiflunet on Twitter for more details) reporting more positive tests for equine flu in Sussex, Worcestershire and Leicestershire.

Endurance GB and The BEF continue to urge horse owners to be vigilant for signs of equine flu and to alert their vet if they think their horses are showing symptoms.

As has been demonstrated in this outbreak, vaccinations are vital in tackling the spread of the disease so all owners MUST ensure their vaccination records are up to date. If it’s been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we strongly recommend discussing a booster with your veterinary surgeon.

Endurance GB and The BEF note that some venues are insisting – as they are perfectly entitled to – that all horses must have received a booster within the last 6 months. This is a decision based on a local veterinary risk assessment so we would remind participants to check the requirements of venues before they set off.

We also remind owners that any contact with recently imported horses represents an increased risk so owners should follow veterinary advice by isolating any recently imported horse for a period of at least 21 days.

 

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EQUINE FLU - URGENT MESSAGE FROM REBECCA KINNARNEY, EGB CHAIREQUINE FLU - URGENT MESSAGE FROM REBECCA KINNARNEY, EGB CHAIR - (Published:13 February 2019)

Rebecca is currently attending a BEF meeting and has this urgent update:

Current BEF recommendations for managing equines in the home are:

 

1. Strongly recommend vaccination if more than 6 months since last vaccination.

 

2. Do NOT allow vaccinated and unvaccinated horses to mix.

 

3. Isolate any new horses in your environment for 21 days.

 

If there is an update on this following the completion of the meeting, we will post it here.

For current BEF guidelines click here.

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EQUINE FLUEQUINE FLU - (Published:08 February 2019)

EQUINE FLU: Some of you may have seen that the BEF news website has experienced problems in the last few hours. It’s being fixed as we speak but in the meantime the BEF have migrated their advice and statements on to the horse health and biosecurity page of their website https://bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=Horse-Health-Biosecurity

 
 
BEF advises horse owners after equine flu outbreakBEF advises horse owners after equine flu outbreak - (Published:07 February 2019)

Following British Horseracing’s decision to cancel all racing today (7 February) the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is closely monitoring the situation. Veterinary experts have advised that it is not necessary to cancel other equine events at this time, but we will issue a further update once the full extent of the outbreak is known.  

In the meantime, we recommend that all owners follow the guidelines below as a precaution and ensure that all vaccinations are fully up to date. If your horse is currently vaccinated, we recommend a booster if it has been longer than 6 months since your horse’s last vaccination.

 

Actions for owners to take:

It is crucial for all horse and pony owners to be vigilant and follow recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease.

Look out for signs of disease which can include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs.

If you see any of these signs, isolate the horse and call your vet immediately.

It is essential that any horses showing signs of possible equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, do not travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses. If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse we suggest that you should take immediate veterinary advice.

We advise that horses are vaccinated with a booster for equine flu with a vaccine that contains the Florida Clade 1. There are two such vaccines currently licensed in the UK, ProteqFlu and Equilis Prequenza. If your horse is currently vaccinated, but it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we recommend that you discuss a booster with your veterinary surgeon.

The BEF also has guidance on its website regarding equine infectious diseases and is urging owners to take the necessary precautions to avoid their horses becoming infected.

Further information

Follow @equiflunet

www.equiflunet.org.uk

www.bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=Horse-Health-Biosecurity

 

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A Message from the ChairA Message from the Chair - (Published:01 February 2019)

Good morning all!

 

Well, February is here and we're just over 4 weeks away from our first ride of the season. We know that you're all busy training your horses, as we've lots of ride entries coming in every day. For those of you hit by snow today, we're reliably informed (if weather forecasts are ever reliable!) that it won't last and we can all get back to spending more time riding than shuffling around trying to keep upright!

 

As you may know, the Board had a strategy weekend in the middle of January and we just wanted to share with you our strategy, together with our tactics for this calendar year: Endurance GB 2019-2024 Business Plan


We hope and are sure that you will all support us with our vision to tell as many people as we possibly can about the benefits of endurance riding and how we have something to offer to everyone, whether your goal is a 16km pleasure ride or 160km in a day. All are welcome!

 

We also wanted to let you know the current decision re: the vacant position on the Board of Directors. Having carefully examined all of the applications for the role and deliberated long and hard, we have decided, as a Board, to leave the responsibility for that role with Rosemary Henderson. Rosemary will be seeking external help, in particular with the review, and will be having support from the office, as well as from her Board colleagues, obviously.

 

Many of us are off to the first Volunteers conference of the year tomorrow in Corbridge. We hope to see lots of you there and at the Midlands, Southern and Welsh conferences over the coming weeks.

 

Meanwhile, have a great February and roll on Spring!

 

Rebecca Kinnarney



 

 

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New Clothing Range from Custom Club ClothingNew Clothing Range from Custom Club Clothing - (Published:26 January 2019)

Endurance GB are delighted to announce the launch of its new clothing range which can be purchased through Custom Club Clothing at http://www.customclubclothing.co.uk/shop/index.php?c=328

There are fully personalised options to add, for example, your name, your horse's name, your group name or your team name.  The only thing that will appear as standard is Endurance GB ;)

There are a number of colour combinations to choose from.  Go and have a browse and get yourself kitted out for the new season.  

We'd love to see your photos of you wearing your new kit!

 

 

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ENGLAND - INVITATION DUBAI CROWN PRINCE ENDURANCE CUPENGLAND - INVITATION DUBAI CROWN PRINCE ENDURANCE CUP - (Published:23 January 2019)

Please see the International News page for information about this invitation for GBR to nominate combinations for this event.

 

 
 
2019 Volunteer Conferences2019 Volunteer Conferences - (Published:15 January 2019)

The dates for our 2019 Volunteer Conferences are as follows:

 

2 February - Northern Conference @ Corbridge Parish Hall, Hexham

9 February - Midlands Conference @ Kegworth Village Hall, Kegworth

16 February - Southern Conference @ The Radnor Hall, Salisbury

 

Everyone is welcome at these conferences, from ride organisers to technical stewards to gate openers through to anyone who just wants to find out a bit more about volunteering and wants to make new friends.

 

The days will each cover: 

- 2019 rule changes

- Health & Safety

- Volunteering

- Safeguarding

- Technical Steward overview

- An overview of IT project which will deliver a new IT system for Endurance GB in 2020

- Publicising endurance

 

There is no charge for attending and lunch will be provided (one of Kerry Dawson's legendary buffets)

 

We are also running a Welsh ride organiser, volunteer and strategy day on 2 March, at the Henderson Hall, Talybont, LD3 7YQ. This will pick up some elements of the other volunteer days, but will also focus on identifying how Endurance GB can help promote endurance riding in Wales.

 

If you would like to attend any of the conferences please e-mail estheryoung@endurancegb.co.uk

 

 

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An important communication from the FEIAn important communication from the FEI - (Published:14 January 2019)

Please click here to go to the International News page.

 
 
Junior and Young Rider Training Day - 23rd FebruaryJunior and Young Rider Training Day - 23rd February - (Published:14 January 2019)

An exciting opportunity for Juniors and Young Riders at a Training Day in the New Forest.  Click here for full details and access to the online booking form.


Senior riders you haven't been forgotten! Please save the date of the 23rd + 24th of March (note amended date please) for a training camp with UKCC Level Two Endurance Coach Amanda Barton in the New Forest. Further details will be released soon!

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The 2019 ride calendar is now OPEN! The 2019 ride calendar is now OPEN! - (Published:10 January 2019)

We have many rides on offer for every level of horse and rider, from 8km pleasure rides right through to 160km in a day and the European Championships. Why not try one of our new 'Foundation' Novice Graded Endurance Rides which are 20-29km long (12-18 miles)?

 

Visit our ride page to start planning your  season:   https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/List-of-Rides

 

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SUMMARY OF 2019 RULE CHANGESSUMMARY OF 2019 RULE CHANGES - (Published:05 January 2019)

We are very nearly ready to open the calendar for the 2019 season. Please find below a summary of rule changes for 2019 and a few clarifications.

1) Ride organisers can now offer 20-29km Novice 'Foundation' GERs. These will not attract conventional trophy points, although a special trophy may be offered for this category of ride at the end of the season. These new GER distances were brought in following a member vote at the AGM. Please note: First season novice restrictions also apply to Novice Foundation rides. 3 x novice GERs of 30km or above will still be required to upgrade to Open level.

2) Escorts of junior riders in Graded Endurance Rides can now elect to enter hors concours at half the normal entry fee. Escorts entering hors concours must be qualified for the class entered and will not receive trophy points for their ride, but the distance completed will still be added to the horse's lifetime distance. This change was brought in following a member vote at the AGM.

3) Pleasure rides of more than 34km in a day are no longer permitted on welfare grounds. Riders wishing to ride in longer distance classes should enter a Graded Endurance Ride with a full vetting.

4) Donkeys and mules have been officially brought into the rule book. We have a number of donkeys and mules already riding with us, and it was time to regularise their status in the rule book.

5) Hat standards are remaining as per 2017 and 2018 until the new European hat standard has been approved by the EU.

6) Novice horses can now only take part in GERs of over 45km if they have already successfully completed three Novice GERs of between 30 and 45km.

7) Team physiotherapists. Rule 3.7.10 has been clarified: A British Team competitor at a championship event will only be financially responsible for the cost of accommodation, food and travel expenses for the vet, Chef d’Equipe, physiotherapist and farrier.

8) Hold times. Any ride of 80km or more should have at least one vet hold which is at least 40 minutes in length. This change has been made on welfare grounds.

9) Vetting procedures in GERs. No examination likely to irritate or distress the horse should take place until after the pulse has been taken. This change was brought in following a member vote at the AGM.

10) Responsibilities of ride organisers. For clarity, a reminder has been inserted into the rule book that ride organisers must ensure that signed hard copy entry forms for all entrants who did not enter through the Endurance GB online entry system are forwarded to the Endurance GB office after the ride. Please note, this applies to national rides and FEI rides, and is particularly important for day members. If the rider on the day is not the rider who originally entered, a fresh entry form must be completed and signed and evidence of qualification for the class entered must be provided. This is not a change to the current process.

Note: If local groups are using a bespoke online entry provider for their social rides, these electronic entry forms must include the appropriate disclaimer for each individual as per the paper ride entry forms. Copies of the completed online ride entry forms must be sent to the office after the ride along with any paper entry forms.

11) Escorts of junior and Para-Equestrian Endurance riders. The procedure for agreeing a suitable escort and managing mid ride changes of escort has been clarified. Escorts will need to sign either an Escort Agreement Form (juniors) or a Para Escort Form (Para-Equestrian Endurance Riders). This change has been brought in on safeguarding grounds.

12) Hatcams. Our insurance company have relaxed their restrictions on hatcams. Hatcams are no longer completely banned, and can be used at the rider's own risk.

 

 

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HIGHEST SCORING BRITISH RIDERS IN THEIR CATEGORIES FOR 2018HIGHEST SCORING BRITISH RIDERS IN THEIR CATEGORIES FOR 2018 - (Published:16 December 2018)

The Leading Rider award was designed in conjunction with the British Equestrian Federation as part of the British Protocol for Endurance. The award is designed to reward consistent riding in CERs and FEI rides and takes into account presentation times, vetgate results, and consistent loop speeds. 

 

We are very pleased to announce that the following riders were the highest scoring British riders in their categories for 2018:

 

80km Senior: Sarah Keeley & Autumn Reflection: 90.88% (Cirencester)

80km YR: Katie Bedwin & Elayla: 80.27% (Kings Spring)

90km+ Senior: Ruth Chadwick & Aragorn: 82.79% (Cranwell)

90km+ YR: Ollie Holman & Bronze Nadhir: 73.79% (Cranwell)

 

The winners of the remaining Leading Rider awards from 2018 were: 

Euston Park 2:

80km: MARIJKE VISSER, Castlebar Gameboy: 85.19% (1st in class)

80km: BHOM SINGH CHANAN SINGH, GAIVOTA DA AMEIRA: 67.90% (5th in class)

120km: SHAHEEN YAYHYA SHAHEEN KHALFAN ALMAZROUEI, Upedro: 71.05% (1st in class)

160km: JAAFAR MERZA ABDULNABI HASSAN, As Flor Del Pago: 90.21% (6th in class)

 

Cirencester:

80km: Belinda Stewart, Penny Clawd: 87.10% (3rd in class)

80km veteran: Sarah Keeley & Autumn Reflection: 90.88% (1st in class)

80km YR: Sophie Moorhouse, Crystal Wissam: 71.38% (3rd in class)

100km: Heather Whiteley, Distance Oasis: 78.62% (1st in class)

 

Euston Park 4:

80km: Nicki Thorne, L M ASHIRTA: 88.62% (40th in class)

80km YR: NICO HELTA, HERONIMO OX: 79.84% (6th in class)

120km: BRUNA PUJOLS AUMATELL, JM DIMINUTA:  89.81% (12th in class)

120km YR: SHAHEEN YAYHYA SHAHEEN KHALFAN ALMAZROUE, Zulo: 77.37% (2nd in class)

160km: BHOM SINGH CHANAN SINGH, ANTIPASTI DE SOMMANT: 81.55% (6th in class)

 

Boyton Hall:

80km: Gill Campbell, Pstylistic: 40.82% (1st in class)

 

Red Dragon:

80km: Nicky Sherry, Silver Zourra: 65.63% (3rd in class)

160km: Belinda Stewart, Penny Clawd: 77.68% (4th in class)

 

Royalties:

80km: Sue Box, HS Shaman: 75.17% (3rd in class)

 

The highest scoring rider in each class, where that rider has scored at least 70% of the points available to them, wins a £10 Endurance GB voucher. Congratulations to all.

 

Nb Unfortunately it was not possible to calculate the Leading Rider award for a couple of the events, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.  

 

Esther Young

Operations Director

 

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Endurance Temporary Committee holds first in-person meeting at FEI HQEndurance Temporary Committee holds first in-person meeting at FEI HQ - (Published:13 December 2018)

Here is the official press release from the FEI covering the first face to face meeting of the Temporary Endurance Committee:

 

FEI PRESS RELEASE
Lausanne (SUI), 12 December 2018

Endurance Temporary Committee holds first in-person meeting at FEI HQ

The Temporary Committee, established by the FEI Board in October to urgently review the Endurance rules in order to address the issues currently affecting the discipline, held its first in-person meeting at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) today.

Dr Sarah Coombs (GBR), who chairs the Temporary Committee, said after the meeting: “Today’s meeting generated really strong and productive debate and, together with input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, we have already drawn up a list of our key focus areas. Your voices are being heard. We are under no illusions about the challenges of the task ahead, but the future of the discipline is under the spotlight and we will do whatever is necessary to rebuild the trust of our community and restore the image of a discipline that has every right to remain a part of the FEI, provided the rules are adhered to and enforced to ensure that our horses are protected and cheating is stamped out.”

The Temporary Committee has already received a huge amount of feedback from the Endurance Community on a number of key areas, including:
• Increased testing of horses for prohibited substances;
• Increased sanctions for horse abuse;
• Review of speeds;
• Reassessment of rules on mandatory rest periods;
• Redefinition of elimination codes (particularly Catastrophic Injury);
• Elite athlete status and “jockey riders”;
• Qualifications, including qualification as a combination;
• Increased completion percentage before allowing upgrade to next level;
• Reinstate and redefine two-hour invasive treatment rule;
• Hyposensitivity screening (the use of the FEI Hyposensitivity Control System (HCS) was voted in at last month’s FEI General Assembly for implementation in 2019);
• Heart rates and presentation times at Vet Gate;
• Definition of and registration of trainers;
• Over-training/over-competing;
• Mandatory medication logbook and out of competition testing;
• Extended provisional suspension for horses testing positive to Banned Substances
• Course design 
• Tack and equipment
• Crewing numbers

This first meeting also provided the Temporary Committee with the opportunity to establish the methodology it will use to fulfil its remit to carry out an in-depth review of the rules that will bring the discipline back to its original roots of Endurance riding as opposed to Endurance racing, with horse welfare and horsemanship at its core, while still maintaining the competitive aspect of the sport. The Temporary Committee also agreed a consultation process that will involve further liaison with stakeholders to avail of their expertise and in-depth knowledge of the discipline.
In addition to the chair Dr Coombs, the other members of the Temporary Committee are Endurance athlete and member of the FEI Athletes’ Committee Tarek Taher (KSA), chef d’équipe of the Dutch Endurance team Pieter Wiersinga (NED), FEI Veterinary Committee member Dr Tim Parkin (GBR), who heads up the scientific research conducted at the University of Glasgow as part of the FEI’s Global Endurance Injuries Study (GEIS), and Valerie Kanavy, a former member of the FEI Athletes’ Committee and the Athletes’ Representative on the Endurance Committee (2014-2018).

FEI Vice President Mark Samuel (CAN) joined today’s meeting and will facilitate communications between the Temporary Committee and the FEI Board. The FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI Endurance Director Manuel Bandeira De Mello, FEI Veterinary Director Göran Akerström and other FEI staff members also attended the meeting.

The Temporary Committee will hold its next in-person meeting on 15 January 2019 and there will be a dedicated Endurance session at the FEI Sports Forum 2019 (15-16 April) during which the Temporary Committee will provide an update to delegates.

FEI Media Contacts:
Grania Willis
Director Communications
grania.willis@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 42

Shannon Gibbons
Manager, Media Relations & Media Operations
shannon.gibbons@fei.org 
+41 78 750 61 46

 

 

 

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Results of Endurance GB & SERC member consultation on FEI rulesResults of Endurance GB & SERC member consultation on FEI rules - (Published:11 December 2018)
On 1st December Endurance GB and SERC members were offered the chance to feed into the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee review of the FEI rules.

We would like to begin by thanking everyone who took the time to complete the survey. 

Endurance GB and SERC members identified the following as areas that the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee should focus on first: 

64% of respondents cited speeds as one of their primary concerns, and 49% of respondents asked that the FEI review penalties for rule breaches. These two priorities were key for FEI riders, crews and officials alike, and for both Endurance GB and SERC members. Other top priorities were the anti doping rules, types of FEI course, horse and rider qualification processes, and weights. 

The full results of the member consultation have now been sent to the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee in advance of their first meeting on the 12th December. 

Endurance GB and SERC fully support the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee in its stated mission to bring the discipline back to its original roots of Endurance riding as opposed to Endurance racing, with horse welfare and horsemanship at its core, while maintaining the competitive aspect of the sport. 

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair, Endurance GB 

Marina MacArthur, Chair, Scottish Endurance Riding Club 

John Robertson, Endurance GB International Director

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Are you getting excited about the 2019 Endurance season?Are you getting excited about the 2019 Endurance season? - (Published:09 December 2018)

Endurance GB has 23 Groups covering England and Wales - so have a look on the Groups page for links to activities in your local area.

Just to whet your appetite here is the link to the Mid South's website and their plans for next year!  Also check out the Training page and the Social/Pleasure Rides info.

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Concerns over anabolic steroids in RegumateConcerns over anabolic steroids in Regumate - (Published:03 October 2018)

Please see the attached memo from the British Horseracing Authority concerning the use of Regumate. This has been prompted by some anabolic steroid positives in Australian racing. Testing of Regumate in the UK has revealed the presence of an anabolic steroid, trendione. 

Although trendione is not itself on the FEI prohibited substance list it is a metabolite of the banned substance trenbolone. Therefore, until further clarification from the FEI, the use of Regumate in competing horses should be viewed as extremely risky. We are waiting to hear further from the BEF on this matter.

BHA Notice - Regumate 2009181.pdf

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Graffham Down - POSTPONEDGraffham Down - POSTPONED - (Published:07 April 2018)

Graffham Down is very sadly postponed due to a waterlogged venue; a rather soggy route; and yet more heavy rain forecast for this week.
We will be running the ride later in the year and a new date will be announced in the coming days. 

Suz Crichton-Stuart

 
 
International Seminar - Saturday 3rd February 2018International Seminar - Saturday 3rd February 2018 - (Published:26 September 2017)

*Date for your Diary*
International Seminar - Saturday 3rd February 2018
Venue:  Woodside, Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2AL
More details to follow

 
 

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