Results & Trophies
Results & Trophies
What Endurance GB can offer you

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
Piddle Ride - date change to 22nd JulyPiddle Ride - date change to 22nd July - (Published:17 June 2018)

Unfortunately, due to a last-minute issue arising with the venue field we are unable to run the Piddle Ride on the 1st July. We will now be running the ride on Sunday 22nd July instead.


All entries for the 1st July will be refunded and if you are able to attend the new ride date entries are now open via this link:

In light of Piddle being postponed, the organisers of Tresham (24 June) have kindly agreed to extend their 'last entry date' until Wednesday 20 June, giving you an extra chance to get a late entry in for Tresham.

Sam and Amanda


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Endurance GB is delighted to confirm the submission of Nominated Entries for the Junior and Young Rider Championships due to take place in San Rossore, Pisa (ITA) on the 25th and 26th July 2018. The following combinations have been selected to represent Great Britain:


Charlie Chadwick on Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar

Kate Atkinson on DNS Ronaldo

Ollie Holman on Bronze Nahdir


Chef d’Equipe, Jo Chisholm, commented “All being well, the Definite Entries (which will be submitted on 19th July 2018) will constitute all three of our selected combinations. We are really happy with team for this Championship – we have a great mix of experience and new combinations to this level”.


Athletes must be aged between 14 and 21 and horses must be a minimum of 8 years old in order to compete at the Regional Championship. The 120km course is made up of four loops of 33km, 28km, 31km and 28km respectively. Pre-Ride vetting takes place at 4pm on the 25th July and the ride itself will start at 6.30am on the San Rossore Race Course (Pisa, ITA). FEI Medals are on offer for both team and individual podium placings with a prestigious Best Condition Trophy also to be won.


This will be Kate Atkinson’s third Championship, her second with selected mount DNS Ronaldo. The pair unfortunately failed to complete at their previous Championship, the Junior and Young Rider World Championships last year, also held in Italy. They will be looking to better their result this year and continue the excellent form we are used to seeing with this talented pair.


Charlie Chadwick with Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar will be tackling their second Championship course together. This combination was selected to represent Great Britain in 2016 where they travelled to Portugal as part of the British Team. An unlucky result saw their dream end at the second vet gate – so another combination with some demons to put to bed! Charlie and Tsar have been competing at International level together since 2014 so they know each other well and are sure to put in a great performance this time round.


A new combination in 2018 is Ollie Holman and Bronze Nahdir – that said, they’ve certainly arrived with a bang! Ollie has been competing in FEI competitions for just two years, but partnered with Bronze Nahdir, they have a perfect record this year competing two CEI2*, both in first place. Whilst they may be a new combination, Bronze Nahdir is more than used to the International scene having been competing in FEI Competition since 2014.


The GBR Young Rider team is being supplied team kit by sponsor Musto so they will be looking super smart to represent their country at this prestigious event. Horse and Rider profiles will be shared shortly and definite entries confirmed on the 19th July 2018. Further information on the event itself can be found on

(Charlie Chadwick photo courtesy of C A Dark)

(Kate Atkinson photo courtesy of Indie Pics)

(Ollie Holman photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography)

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Tresham Ride (re-scheduled) - new informationTresham Ride (re-scheduled) - new information - (Published:15 June 2018)

The rescheduled Tresham Ride (Sunday 24th June) is taking late entries up until Wednesday. We have extended the route this year to include some nice big fields at the top of the route . The organiser rode the route on Wednesday and lots of gates should be open as there were no sheep around.

This is lovely area of the Cotswolds: there is only one vet hold on the 80km this year, and the route is ridden mainly the opposite way round this year so most riders will go through Ozleworth Park twice.

Thank you to everyone who has offered to help at the ride, and if you are not riding and wish to help please get in touch.


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Barbury Castle Ride - Sunday 12th AugustBarbury Castle Ride - Sunday 12th August - (Published:14 June 2018)

You may be wondering why we have delayed the opening date for entries for the Barbury Castle Ride and why we haven’t been asking people to help yet.  About a month ago we heard that the usual venue will not be available this year.  However, the good news is we got confirmation yesterday evening that we have secured a new venue, we would like to thank Andrew Tuckey very much for offering us his field from which to run the ride.  The route will be similar to previous years and Barbury Castle Estate have kindly agreed to let us use the field margins we have used in the past on the 40km loop.

As it is our first year of working from the new venue we have decided to run a 1 day ride, on Sunday 12th August.  We hope to be able to offer a full range of GERs and PRs and will be working hard over the next few days to confirm we can get the distances we need – these will be on the website by the time entries open at the weekend. We will not be able to offer camping or corralling at the venue this year.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Barbury Castle Ride in August and hope the ride will be as successful and enjoyable as it has been in the past.


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Payments Now Working AgainPayments Now Working Again - (Published:13 June 2018)
We are sorry that the website had been unavailable today (13th June 2018).  This was due to an industry wide change to the security required to make online payments. Unfortunately on the switchover, we encountered an unexpected low level protocol error on our server which meant we were not able to communicate with SagePay. This has been resolved.  If you encounter any problems making payments, please contact the office. 
More Helpers needed for Birling Gap - Sunday 8th JulyMore Helpers needed for Birling Gap - Sunday 8th July - (Published:10 June 2018)

More helpers are needed for Birling Gap Ride.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far - I have had a brilliant response.  However, I still need a few more.  So, if you're an old hand and haven't booked a help this season, or a newbie who'd like to learn the ropes please get in touch. or 07563 351724.


National Volunteers' WeekNational Volunteers' Week - (Published:08 June 2018)

This week we have been celebrating National Volunteers' Week, and we have been sharing feedback from some of our amazing volunteers about why they volunteer. Read about what motivates our volunteers in these blog articles :

Thank you to everyone who volunteers for Endurance GB, in whatever form you do so. Our organisation would not function without you.

If you would like to volunteer with us, please email or fill in this online form:

Kerry Dawson

Director of Volunteers


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Lindum Spirit entries now open online !!Lindum Spirit entries now open online !! - (Published:07 June 2018)

Entries for this years Emerald Green Feeds Lindum Spirit are now open and exciting news is that entries can now be made online! 

Any queries - contact

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Birling Gap Needs You!!Birling Gap Needs You!! - (Published:06 June 2018)

With just over a month to go to this stunning ride, set in the iconic Sussex landscape, entries are starting to fill up nicely.  Ride Organiser Miranda Kavanagh appeals to riders to get their entries in soon - she has a limit of 120 across all classes.  Entries close at midnight on June 25th, but late entries are also possible online up to July 6th.  This is a hilly course over the South Downs, which takes in some famous landmarks such as the Belle Tout Lighthouse, the Long Man of Wilmington, the White Horse of Litlington, charming downland villages, Friston Forest, and the Seven Sisters near Beachy Head.  It also includes some wonderful grassy tracks for cantering, and only two per cent roadwork.  There are classes for all including 16 km and 32 km pleasure rides, and 32 km and 64 km graded rides.  


Miranda says: "As a competitor, I've often waited until the last  minute to get entries in, so I could see how my horse was going.  Now as a first time solo ride organiser, I see this from the other side, and administratively, it is a challenge!  So please get your entries in."  She continues: "I could also do with about half a dozen more helpers to make sure the ride goes smoothly.  As we all know we can't run our sport without them, so please, if you are not riding, could you spare a few hours to help out?  It would be much appreciated."


Please contact Miranda directly on 07563 351724 or, or via Facebook Endurance GB Birling Gap


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LEADING RIDER AWARD UPDATE - amendedLEADING RIDER AWARD UPDATE - amended - (Published:05 June 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.

The results for Cranwell are as follows:

80km CER

1st - 177.95 points - Laura Graham - Warrens Hill Farah - GBR - 88.98%

2nd - 174.93 points - Jo Woodman - Almaak - GBR - 87.47%

FEI 80km 1*

1st - 189.81 points - DAMODAR SINGH BANNE SINGH - ALOHA QUEEN - IND - 94.91%

2nd - 186.41 points - JETHU SINGH NATHU SINGH - BANZAI DE L'AULNE - IND - 93.21%

FEI 120km 2*

1st - 232.61 points - SUHAIL ALI RASHED ALI AL GHAILANI - BAHIA CABIRAT - UAE - 89.47%

2nd - 222.82 points - HASAN MOHD HASAN AL HAMMADI - MARIU NERO - UAE - 85.70%

FEI 120km 2*YR

1st - 191.86 points - Ollie Holman - BRONZE NAHDIR - GBR - 73.79%

The Leading Rider Award League Table has been updated:

Esther Young

Operations Director


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Endurance GB Coaching For All SchemeEndurance GB Coaching For All Scheme - (Published:04 June 2018)

UK Coaching is celebrating a week of #GreatCoaching this week from 4th - 10th June. To coincide with this, Endurance GB are delighted to announce a new initiative to bring more coaches into our sport. We will be contributing funding towards a number of UKCC Level 1 coaching qualifications and we are looking for applications from Endurance GB members, aged 16 and over, who would like to further their own education and the education of their fellow members.


There will be opportunities later in the year for existing coaches to be supported in their move up to the next level.


For full details on the application process for this exciting scheme, please contact Development Director, Rebecca Kinnarney, at


We are grateful to sponsors, HPower, for their support with this initiative.


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BHS Ride Out Month BHS Ride Out Month - (Published:31 May 2018)

EGB member Vicky Hodgkiss is the first rider to complete the BHS 70km Platinum Challenge. Please see the link to the BHS news article about her success. Click here to view.


We regret to confirm that the Phoenix Ride, scheduled for 29th July, has been cancelled.

The ownership of private land over which the current route passes has changed,so we are unable to secure a large proportion of the southern loop to Wimbleball Lake this year. We are working hard to find a new route for the 2019 season. Regards John & Jane Hudson

International Squad UpdateInternational Squad Update - (Published:28 May 2018)

There is news of the International Squad's upcoming Training Day 
and plans for the future on the International pages. 

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) outbreak in FranceEquine Herpes Virus (EHV) outbreak in France - (Published:16 May 2018)

Please see the Biosecurity Precautions below from T Eaton-Evans MRCVS 

A recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) in France has caused concerns for ride organisers and competitors across Europe.  Whether it is EHV, Strangles or ‘flu, the risk of infectious disease is something that should be borne in mind whenever competing horses. 

Vets at rides are always vigilant for symptoms of infectious disease but unfortunately horses can be contagious without showing clinical signs, when incubating the infection or, for some diseases, as silent carriers. 

It is sensible to minimise your horse’s contact with others at events either directly or indirectly through hands, tack or use of communal water troughs.  Some big rides will provide hand sanitiser gel for you to use in the stable area to help you protect your horse. 

On returning home after a competition, keep a close eye on your horse for several days – clinical signs of influenza can appear quickly (in 1-3 days) but some diseases (such as Strangles) could incubate for up to 3 weeks. 

Clinical signs to watch out for can include raised temperature, inappetence, nasal or ocular discharge, coughing, swollen glands or incoordination.  If you are concerned, talk to your vet – they will be able to advise on appropriate testing and further biosecurity precautions. 

And finally, if you horse has been in contact with sick horses, please do not take him to a competition until appropriate clearance testing has been done – again, your vet will be able to advise you further.

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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.

 The results for Woodbridge and Windsor are below:

 Woodbridge 80km CER

1st: 92 points - Pam James - HS Azraf - GBR - 49.73%

2nd: 91 points - Christine Smyth - GBR - 49.19%


Windsor 80km FEI 1*

1st: 159.17 points - Nicola Chappel - VINICULTURE - 79.58%

2nd 143.82 points - Carri Ann Dark - HS DRIFT - 71.91%


Windsor 120km FEI 2*

1st: 191.97 points - SH RASHID DALMOOK AL MAKTOUM - ALANDAR - 73.83%

2nd: 182.40 points - MOHD AHMAD MOHD GH AL MARRI - LC MENTA - 70.15%


The Leading Rider league table has been updated:

 Esther Young

Operations Director


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VETERINARY - Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) - Important notice to Athletes, Organising Committees and National Federations.


The FEI Veterinary Department draws your attention to the ongoing outbreaks of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV).

Please find relevant information and advice related to the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) outbreak in western France and also general biosecurity information that is applicable at all times everywhere, by clicking on the name of each document.
By following this advice you will make a very important contribution to the protection of horse health and equestrian sports.

If you enter any French rides you must check for any additional requirements with the Organising Committee of that ride. 


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Darren Butler - EGB's new administrative officerDarren Butler - EGB's new administrative officer - (Published:04 May 2018)

We are delighted to have a new administrative officer on board and would like to wish Darren all the best in his new role.


Darren Butler has joined us from Nuffield Health in Warwick, where he worked for nearly three years as the site administrator and repairs coordinator carrying out a range of tasks and working with their 7 hospitals.


He also volunteers on the Whitnash Sports and Social Club as the Membership Secretary and the Events Manager, where he attends regular meetings, puts on a variety of events as well as manages their Facebook page and other social media. In the past year they have managed to turn the club around from losing around £2000 a month, to making its first profit last month!


Darren is looking forward to his new chapter and has already got off to a flying start. Please be sure to welcome him when you speak to him.


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2018 Spotlight Scholarships announced2018 Spotlight Scholarships announced - (Published:23 April 2018)

Endurance GB are delighted to announce the 2018 Spotlight Scholarship Award recipients.


Ella Bunting - Advanced Rider, South

Abigail Gant - Novice Rider, South

Lily Gibbons - Open Rider, North West

Ollie Holman - Advanced Rider, South

Annabelle Lyndon - Open Rider, South

Katy Mellor - Advanced Rider, West

Olivia Morris - Novice Rider, North East

Harry Ollis - Advanced Rider, South West (was Open at time of application)

Ella Pomroy - Open Rider, East Anglia

Suzie Todd - Novice Rider, Central


These were fiercely contested places and we were overwhelmed by the response. Without exception, everyone put a huge amount of effort into their applications and we would like to thank all applicants. Endurance GB, the Development Committee, the Spotlight Scholarship Scheme Team and the Development Director wish all Young and Junior Riders a successful and fun 2018 and offer particular CONGRATULATIONS to our inaugural Endurance GB Spotlight Scholars. Well done to all!


With thanks to David Saunders Photography, West End Photography, LRG Photography and families of the scholars for the photos.


Rebecca Kinnarney

Director of Development

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Tresham has, unfortunately, had to be postponed until the 24th June. This is because the venue owner has been unable to fertilise the venue field until now because of the wet weather, meaning that the venue will not be ready in time for the original May date. Online entries for the May date will be refunded and you can re-enter for the new date online

An International Endurance SeminarAn International Endurance Seminar - (Published:14 April 2018)

With the Support of  HPower Endurance Ltd


An International Endurance Seminar

Date: Friday, 13th July 2018

Venue: Euston Park, Near Thetford IP24 2QP


  FEI Rules & Regulations - Endurance 

Presenter: Ian Williams (FEI 4* Judge, Technical Delegate, Course Designer and Level 3 Steward)


A full day conference examining all aspects of FEI regulations governing Endurance Competitions at International Level

The programme is designed to support and assist all those existing and prospective International Endurance Athletes, Horse Owners, Trainers and Competition Officials.

Those attending will have the opportunity to actively participate in theory, practice and scenario content sessions.

Lunch and coffees will be provided and conference attendees will each receive a 'take home’ Conference Pack that can be used as a reference source going forward. 

Places will be limited and so early booking is recommended.





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It is with regret that EGB must confirm that the Belvoir Ride has been withdrawn from the Ride Schedule following a review of viability by the Board. The Board recognises the input from the Ride Organising Committee and the Estate to date and is thankful to all those involved who have tried to deliver this event. This was not an easy decision to come to, but the viability of events must be taken in to full consideration. The Board will now be working towards securing an alternative venue/date to ensure that Members have the possibility of an alternative FEI Event.

The Leading Rider Award: Haywood OaksThe Leading Rider Award: Haywood Oaks - (Published:13 April 2018)

The Leading Rider award is just one part of the British Protocol for Endurance, and is an initiative devised by a working group set up by the British Equestrian Federation and Endurance GB. The aim was to provide an award that could be used in FEI rides and in Endurance GB Competitive Endurance Rides (CERs) that would reward consistent riding and good horsemanship over the course of the whole ride.

The results have been calculated for the CER and FEI classes at Haywood Oaks: 

120km FEI 2* 

1st: Mary Stubbs & Sachiya - 141.42 points - 58.93% (placed 2nd in the ride) 2nd: Charlie Chadwick & Sky's the Limit - 138.53 points - 57.72% (placed 1st in the ride)

80km FEI 1* 

1st: Ian Paeterson & TANNASG PRIMO DANCER - 162.37 points - 87.77% (placed 7th in the ride)

2nd: Fiona Griffiths & Echo - 153.45 points - 82.95% (placed 4th in the ride)

80km CER

1st: Lauren Mills & Crystal Magic Star - 138 points -74.59% (placed 1st in the ride)

2nd: Linda Cowperthwaite & BHA Sultan - 125 points - 67.57% (placed 2nd in the ride) 

The highest scoring rider in each class, where that rider has scored at least 70% of the points available to them, will win a £10 Endurance GB voucher.  More details about the Leading Rider Award can be found here:

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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

The Leading Rider AwardThe Leading Rider Award - (Published:30 March 2018)

In 2017, Endurance GB piloted the Leading Rider award 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. 


More details about the award, and the criteria, are available here:


The award will run again in 2018, as follows: 


- The award will be calculated for each FEI class run under the Endurance GB banner, and, where possible, each CER class 


- The highest scoring rider (any nationality) in each class, where that rider has scored at least 70% of the points available to them, will win a £10 Endurance GB voucher, to be awarded after the ride 


- A league on the Endurance GB website will be kept throughout the year showing rankings displayed using points scored as a percentage of points available to the rider at that ride 


- At the end of the year a trophy will be awarded in the following categories, calculated using the percentage of points available to the rider at each ride: 


1) Highest scoring British rider in a ride over 90km 


2) Highest scoring British rider in a ride of 80-90km 


3) Highest scoring British young rider if they are not the winner of (1) or (2) 

Please contact Esther Young with any queries about the award.


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Endurance GB publishes Social Media PolicyEndurance GB publishes Social Media Policy - (Published:21 March 2018)

Social Media can be an excellent platform for sharing knowledge, seeking advice and generally supporting one another. It can however, also be a negative space. Endurance GB aims to use Social Media to promote positive news stories about our Society and our Sport. We wish to engage with our members and followers in an encouraging and promotional manner, highlighting interesting stories, articles for discussion, information on our sport and news from Endurance GB. We do not seek to quash participation or opinion provided that comments remain productive and constructive. Endurance GB will not accept or allow any post, share or comment (either from a member or follower) submitted on one of its social media platforms which is malicious, misleading, threatening, derogatory, obscene, indecent, seditious, offensive, pornographic, abusive, disparaging, racist, discriminatory, menacing, inflammatory, blasphemous, intimidating or defamatory.

We expect all members of Endurance GB to be respectful of the Organisation, its members and its Governing Bodies. Whilst Endurance GB only has control of its own Social Media pages, we would also request that members posting on any other Social Media pages also consider how other people reading a post, or who may be the subject of said post, might react before they publish any remarks. It is important to remember that social media carries the same obligations as any other kind of publication and should follow the same ethical and legal standards.

Any members referring to, or otherwise disclosing, their Endurance GB membership status in any way on social media must make it clear that they are speaking on their own behalf and that their views do not represent those of Endurance GB. Endurance GB may remove posts, threads and any other form of submissions from its own Social Media pages which are in breach of this Policy without explanation.

Any breach of this Policy by any member may result in procedures relating to misconduct and complaints contained within our existing disciplinary policy. If you as a user identify potentially damaging content, or content that is in breach of this Policy, or have any concerns in this regard, please contact Endurance GB ( directly.


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HOME INTERNATIONAL 2018 - Calling all applications!HOME INTERNATIONAL 2018 - Calling all applications! - (Published:09 March 2018)


AUGUST 17,18,19TH


It’s going to be an amazing journey and I am looking for some amazing people to join this year’s squad. This is a Squad for all levels of Endurance Riders and Horses, supported by a top Management Team, who guarantee you will come away full of the pride of representing your Nation, full of knowledge and new ideas and having made some wonderful friends along the way.


2 day 160 km CER


2 day 120 km CER/GER


1 day 80 km CER


2 day 80 GER


50 km GER (Junior Rider)


40 km GER (Horse AND Rider in their first season of endurance)


So come on if you are interested, email Maggie Pattinson Chef d’Equipe – - a little bit about you and your horse and the journey so far, your aspirations and why you would like to be part of the Squad. 

DON’T be shy or think you’re not good enough, this is the place to develop and make your dreams come true.

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An International Endurance SeminarAn International Endurance Seminar - (Published:23 February 2018)

Endurance GB International Committee Upcoming event: 
Date: Friday, 13th July 2018 
Venue: Euston Park, Near Thetford IP24 2QP   
With the Support of  HPower Endurance Ltd  


An International Endurance Seminar


Date: Friday, 13th July 2018
Venue: Euston Park, Near Thetford IP24 2QP 
on   FEI Rules & Regulations - Endurance  
Presenter: Ian Williams (FEI 4* Judge, Technical Delegate, Course Designer and Level 3 Steward)    


A full day conference examining all aspects of FEI regulations governing Endurance Competitions at International Level The programme is designed to support and assist all those existing and prospective International Endurance Athletes, Horse Owners, Trainers and Competition Officials.


Those attending will have the opportunity to actively participate in theory, practice and scenario content sessions. Lunch and coffees will be provided and conference attendees will each receive a 'take home’ Conference Pack that can be used as a reference source going forward. 

Places will be limited and so early booking is recommended.


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Please check out the Development page on this website for details of upcoming events all over the country!

Equine and Human MedicationEquine and Human Medication - (Published:22 January 2018)

To check the status of equine medications for national and international competition, please use the FEI Prohibited Substances Database found at


To check the status of human medications for national and international competition, please use the Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) found at


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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


For more news click here




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Getting Started with Endurance GB

Choose your first ride (Graded or Pleasure) by looking through the handbook or the list of rides on the website.  Remember that your local Group has its own website and will list not only Graded and Pleasure rides organised by the Group, but also Training rides and these are a great ‘low-key’ way into Endurance.   

Graded and Pleasure ride entries can be made online using the national website but Training ride entries will need to be made via your local Group.  All three types of ride can be entered by sending in a paper entry form (CLICK to download), together with your cheque and an SAE for your ride information.  Whether entering online or via post make you sure you do it in good time before the ride close date as popular rides, particularly at the beginning of the season, will fill up quickly.  Even if you enter online you can opt to have your ride info sent to you or you can download it from the website a week or so before the ride.  Once you have your ride info you can plan your journey and check out the route for your class.

Aim to arrive at the Venue in plenty of time, at least 45 minutes before your vet time.  Park up as requested and before you unload go and check in with the Secretary. Take your Membership card, your horse’s Log Book, your Master Card (already filled in with the ride details), and your vet sheet, also completed if you are not collecting one on the day. The Secretary will give you a numbered bib and a couple of stickers with the ride emergency number on them.  You also need to 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. When you go to vet it’s important your horse is under complete control at all times so use a bridle or ‘controller’ headcollar.  You’ll obviously need to remove travel boots or bandages but you can leave your horse’s rug on if you want.  Don’t forgot to wear your bib and take to take your vet sheet with you to the vetting!


First stop is the farrier then the vet  who will check your horse’s shoes and sign your vet sheet and then you can go to the vet check.  At busy rides there might be a queue and some horses (including yours!) might be nervous and excited so keep an eye on what’s happening around you and wait for the vet steward to call you in at which point you can hand over your vet sheet to the vet writer and take off your horse’s rug.  If you are doing a Graded Ride the vet will want to take your horse’s heart rate and check his legs and back and your horse will be expected to stand still for this procedure so practise at home! The vet will then ask you to trot the horse up for approximately 30 metres and back and if they’re happy they may well you ask to trot again so, once again, practise at home to make sure your horse trots forward energetically from the shoulder on a loose rein. 


Walk back to the trailer and tack up. Put one emergency sticker on your hat and another on your saddle so in the unlikely event of you getting separated from your horse during the ride you can contact the ride organisers.  Make sure you have your map in your map case and a bum-bag with your mobile phone, a hoof pick, a roll of vet-wrap and an energy bar.  If you want to take a drink then use a bottle holder that attaches to your saddle.


Walk to the start, where the timekeeper will give you your start time so make a mental note of it.  Set off quietly and try to ride at a consistent pace. You need to be riding between 8kph and 15kph and around 10kph (a mix of trot and canter) is a good target speed, so 40kms will take 4hours at 10kph.  Obviously your speed will be dictated by the terrain and the going but remember that most horses walk at about 5-6kph so you can see how lots of walking would slow you down!

On returning to the venue (finish) give the timekeeper your number and you’ll be given a ticket with your finish time and your vet time on it.  You have 30 mins from the time you finish to go to the vet check and your horse’s heart rate needs to be below 64bpm to pass.  Dismount and walk back to the trailer, untack, and offer your horse a drink but don’t give him any hard feed, although hay is fine as some horses settle better when they’re allowed to munch on some hay or graze.  Check your horse’s heart rate with your stethoscope and if it’s a bit high and the weather is warm then you will need to sponge him down (neck, back and in between his hind legs).  If the weather is cold then it’s best just to use enough water to remove the worse of the dirt and the mud rather than risk putting too much cold water on him.  Check your horse’s feet for stones.  Keep checking the pulse and when it is as low as you think you can get it then walk quietly to the vet for your final vetting which will be the same procedure as at the start of the ride.


Remember you must present to the vet within 30 minutes or you will be eliminated and again at busy rides you may need to queue so make sure the vet steward knows you are there and keep your horse moving around, especially if it’s cold. Initially you may find you need the full 30 minutes to get your horse’s heart down, however once he gets fitter and gets used to doing rides you will find that his heart rate will drop quite quickly and you can vet as soon as you have a low pulse.  After vetting head back to the trailer and let your horse graze or tie him up and let him have a haynet.  If the weather is cold and wet he may be happier in the trailer.

Allow at least 30 minutes before going to the secretary
for your master card, 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 your first ride is a success but do remember that endurance is a very friendly sport so if you are unsure at any point what to do then ask either a member or the ride organisation or another competitor.  The vets are there to ensure the welfare of every horse so if you have any concerns about your horse’s health then ask!

We hope you have a great time but remember if you have any queries please contact


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