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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.

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STRENGTH OF ENDURANCE GB AND SERC MEMBERSHIP’S VIEWS ON WELFARE CHANGES TO GET A HEARING STRENGTH OF ENDURANCE GB AND SERC MEMBERSHIP’S VIEWS ON WELFARE CHANGES TO GET A HEARING - (Published:23 August 2019)

STRENGTH OF ENDURANCE GB AND SERC'S MEMBERSHIP’S VIEWS ON WELFARE CHANGES TO GET A HEARING IN FRONT OF FEI GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The views of Endurance GB and SERC members on vital rule changes to the sport at international level are to be presented at the FEI General Assembly in Moscow (16-19 November).

Chair of Endurance GB Rebecca Kinnarney has been invited to represent the British Equestrian Federation at the pivotal meeting for the sport on changes to improve welfare proposed by vet Dr Sarah Coombs and the FEI’s Temporary Endurance Committee.

The move comes after Ingmar De Vos, President of the FEI, met with Rebecca Kinnarney on behalf of Endurance GB and SERC, and representatives of the other equestrian disciplines at the BEF on 14th August, the eve of the FEI European Endurance Championships

The FEI General Assembly acts as a platform for discussions and voting on the major decisions of the FEI and the governance of equestrian sport. Invitation and attendance at the annual General Assembly is restricted to National Federations, stakeholders and guests

The invitation by the BEF to Endurance GB confers speaking rights at the meeting and will enable Rebecca Kinnarney to represent the strongly expressed views of members articulated through a consultation process undertaken by Endurance GB and SERC with its membership this summer.

Rebecca said: “This consultation process has drawn an impressive and detailed response from across Endurance GB and SERC’s membership with a great deal of knowledge and expertise underpinning a desire from us all in the UK to see changes implemented internationally to protect horse welfare and safeguard the future of the sport.

“The feedback we have had from members underlines the desire among all riders for greater transparency in the FEI’s governance of the sport including in disciplinary matters relating to welfare at rides and for future participation in decision making. Dr Sarah Coombs and her team are to be applauded for their hard work and for pinpointing areas of concern and showing leadership where there is need for change. It is a great honour for Endurance GB to be invited to attend the General Assembly and I will do my utmost to give voice to the strength of opinion in our endurance community in the UK at this crucial time.”

Kerry Dawson, Communications Director for Endurance GB said: “The Board of Directors of Endurance GB fully support the drive for more stringent measures to reduce competition speeds and increase horse welfare controls, working with both the BEF and FEI with a view to facilitate meaningful change. The board and membership are working together on this and we will all be wishing Rebecca well in Moscow.”

In total, 21 of the rule changes proposed by the Temporary Endurance Committee are agreed or agreed in principle by Endurance GB and SERC members and proposals to decrease speed and increase welfare are welcomed, however Rebecca Kinnarney said “These new rules, like any previous rules, will only work if they are applied and proposed changes on the appointment and rotation of officials should go some way to ensuring that happens.”

Rule changes proposed by Sarah Coombs’ committee include reducing the minimum athlete weight to 70kg for senior CEI2* and above. The Temporary Endurance Committee acknowledges that currently, the minimum weight is seen as a means of reducing the risk associated with excessive speed. Feedback from Endurance GB members suggests that 59% of people who responded to the consultation were in favour of a proposal to reduce the weight however many UK riders want weights abolished altogether, or perhaps just restricted to championships. Some have suggested that weight divisions of the kind operated in the United States, may solve the issue, while some Endurance GB and SERC riders would like there to be a maximum weight.

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “While 59% of members who took part in the process are in favour of this change, Endurance GB and SERC members are voicing increased concerns about excessive speeds and while we welcome the spirit of this rule change, there are suggestions that there are better and more ethical ways of slowing horses down than applying weight to solve the problem.”

On other issues, nearly 90% of respondents were in favour of increased penalties for removing a horse from the field of play without veterinary inspection. The new rule will say that a horse must be presented for inspection within 20min of removal. The reasoning according to the Temporary Endurance Committee is that currently there are insufficient consequences for horses being removed from the Field of Play without presentation to the Veterinary Commission or treatment vets. The Committee found this was being done in order to avoid designations for metabolic problems or gait abnormalities and associated Mandatory Rest Periods or even sanctions for Serious or Catastrophic Injury. The Committee has voiced concerns that this potentially risks seriously injured horses not receiving veterinary treatment as well as the under-reporting of injuries, including subsequent fatalities. The new rule would see both the rider and trainer of the horse each receiving 100 penalties if a horse is not presented for veterinary inspection before being removed from the competition.

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “We will be making clear there is strong agreement from UK riders with this proposal with some suggesting it should lead not just to penalties but to an automatic ban.”

Endurance GB and SERC members have also agreed in principle to rule changes governing the number of loops with 77 per cent of respondents in favour of a suggestion that an increased number of phases will reduce horse welfare risks associated with excessive speed. The proposal will also ensure that horses are inspected more frequently by the Veterinary Commission so that problems can be detected at an earlier stage.

Dr Coombs’ committee has raised concerns that continuous crewing of horses, pouring cold water on them throughout the later stages of a ride in particular, encourages athletes to push their horses further and faster than they are capable of.

One Endurance GB competitor however, wrote: “Personally I feel multi short loops returning to the same vet gate is a welfare issue in itself - get back to vet gates on course and more technical courses (or endurance rides ) re-introduce the no crewing rule within certain distances from the vet gates and many of our issues will disappear.”

A new rule setting heart rate parameters to 64 beats per minute in a presentation time of 15 minutes at all vet gates and 64 bpm in 20 minutes at the final Horse inspection, sees 71 per cent responding in favour.

The new rule will also mean that at the first vet gate after the halfway point in a ride (based on distance covered), horses that present with a heart rate greater than 68 bpm at the first presentation will not have the opportunity for a heart rate re-presentation and will be designated FTQ-ME.

One Endurance GB rider observed “This is evidence-based and in the interests of horse welfare,” while another said: “I agree with the shorter presentation times. I do not agree with 68bpm at first inspection is an elimination. It will only slow people’s presentation times not their speed out on course.”

Changes to rules on qualification through the ranks from CEI1* to Championship level with capped speeds and completion percentages used to enable riders to step up, saw members voice some concern.

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “The proposed changes are in response to requests from National Federations for a more robust qualification system and areas of concern over horse and rider combinations and the system where the new European Champion had not ridden the winning horse in FEI competition before, need to be looked at, however this will need some adaptation to make it feasible for all nations competing in endurance.”

Plans to reduce the number of crew in the crewing area from five to three found favour but proposals to bring permitted tack and equipment into line with other disciplines and to reduce the use of barrier creams drew a mixed response with just 59 per cent in favour.

To see a summary of Endurance GB and SERC responses to the rule change proposals please go to www.endurancegb.co.uk/…/Down…/FEIrulechangesummaryFinal.docx

 

 


Photo shows Endurance GB Chair Rebecca Kinnarney, front row, third from left with Ingmar De Vos and other members of the BEF gathered on 14th August 2019.

 

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Resignation of Alexandra Tennant, Director of Welfare, Para and DevelopmentResignation of Alexandra Tennant, Director of Welfare, Para and Development - (Published:22 August 2019)

The Board of Directors of Endurance GB inform you that Alexandra Tennant, Director of Welfare, Para and Development, was temporarily suspended yesterday pending further investigation by the British Equestrian Federation.

 

This was on the advice of the British Equestrian Federation and the local authority, and is in connection with a historic matter unrelated to her Endurance riding activities. Nor is this investigation in connection with her roles as Welfare, Para and Development Director for Endurance GB but may have had a material bearing upon those roles.

 

We cannot comment further as the investigation remains ongoing.

 

Alexandra Tennant has now made the decision to resign from the Endurance GB Board of Directors with immediate effect. We wish Alexandra well in her future endeavours.

 

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British team celebrates strong team performance at FEI European Endurance ChampionshipsBritish team celebrates strong team performance at FEI European Endurance Championships - (Published:19 August 2019)

Great Britain’s Senior Endurance team posted its best result in nearly a decade by registering its first successful team finish since the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 at this weekend’s FEI European Endurance Championship.

The gritty performance saw four out of the five British riders complete the 160km championship distance, a feat only equalled by Spain, who took team Gold. With the top three riders from each team counting to the final team score, Great Britain took fifth place behind Bulgaria in fourth, a resurgent German team, bronze medallists in third and France taking silver in second place.

The last British team success back in 2010 saw the team of Christine Yeoman, David Yeoman, Beccy Broughton and Sarah Rogerson, finish sixth of 18 nations. Eleven countries lined up in this weekend’s European team competition.

Rachael Atkinson with Tannasg Psyches Realm and Annette Masterson with Shoshana were the first British riders home in 23rd and 24th place, completing at an average speed of 16.6km/hr. Rachael’s daughter Kate Atkinson followed closely behind completing in 26th place with DNS Ronaldo at an average speed of 16.13km/hr. The final completion went to Sarah Rogerson who crossed the line shortly after 9.15pm with Warrens Hill Rubyn, the pair notching up an average speed of 14.84km/hr. Nicola Thorne whose LM Bolena had been moving forward well, slightly ahead of the other team members, suffered the disappointment of elimination at vet gate three.   

Chef d’Equipe Liz Finney said: “This was a fantastic team effort with everyone, riders and crews working so well together to achieve what we set out to do. It was disappointing for Nicki and we all felt for her as all the riders had worked so hard to get here but everyone gave of their best for the team.”

Team Farrier Kelvin Lymer, who first began working with the team back in 1992 said: “This is one of the best team performances I have seen in my years of involvement in terms of pulling together and bringing a positive attitude to the challenges of the ride. Every single person involved without exception got stuck in and helped each other. There was a really good atmosphere.”  

Team Vet Georgina Vaughan said: “I feel really proud to be part of this fantastic team effort – the crews were amazing.”

Endurance GB Chairman Rebecca Kinnarney also paid tribute to the management team.

“Everyone has played their part in this success, which is now something for Team GB to build on for the future. Not only was the high standard and attitude of our riders, preparedness of their horses and professionalism of the crews clearly outstanding, the team management were pivotal. The lead up to any Championship requires an immense amount of work from all involved and we thank Team Vet, Hannah Kelly, Team Farrier, Kelvin Lymer, Team Physio, Sam Daplyn, and Chef d’Equipe, Liz Finney, for their hard work and dedication. The day of the Championship is a tough one and we were incredibly lucky to have the skill and expertise of Georgina Vaughan who stepped in as Team Vet at the last minute and worked so well with Liz Finney, Kelvin Lymer and Sam Daplyn. We send our congratulations to all of them on behalf of the membership – you have done us proud. In particular, the support for Sarah Rogerson and Rubyn, who finished after dark after a mammoth effort, said everything about our sport.”

Sunday’s FEI CEI 2* 120km Great Britain Nations Cup team also saw team success completing in seventh place, Carri Ann Dark taking 19th place at an average speed of 18.64km/hr with her mother Ann’s HS Drift, Bella Fricker, standing in 40th place with Spanish Heir and Linda Cowperthwaite taking 47th place with Evelyn Helme’s Krakatau. Fellow team members Fiona Griffiths and Annie Joppe were sadly eliminated.

Rebecca added: “While we were not in the medals this time, the way in which all the team members on both days conducted themselves as ambassadors for the sport was inspiring and as we saw from the reaction of the Pony Club riders who were at Euston Park for their Championships and who see our top riders as role models, this can only lead to growing participation.”

One of the highlights of the weekend was the performance of Ireland’s Tom MacGuinness, 69, who finished in 11th place in the European Championships with Siglavy Bagdaddy but went on to take 21st place in Sunday’s CEI 2* 120km ride with Chamaille Des Aubus, while Ireland took fourth place in the Nations Cup.

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “This was a great result for Ireland and we all have huge admiration for Tom’s achievement.”

Kate Atkinson

Sarah Rogerson and Rachael Atkinson

Annette Masterson

Nicola Thorne

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British Team gears up for tomorrow’s FEI European Endurance Championships at Euston Park, SuffolkBritish Team gears up for tomorrow’s FEI European Endurance Championships at Euston Park, Suffolk - (Published:16 August 2019)

All Team GB horses pass pre-ride veterinary inspection and on the start line at first European Endurance Championship in Britain for 26 years

Great Britain’s full squad of five horses and riders have passed the pre-ride veterinary inspection ahead of the FEI European Endurance Championships at Euston Park in Suffolk, tomorrow, Saturday 17th August 2019.

The five are among 66 riders from 20 countries who will set off at 7am at the start of the six loop 160km CH-EU championship. Kevin Croke, President of the Ground Jury said that all horses presented to the veterinary commission passed the pre-ride inspection. For the first time at an FEI CH-EU European Endurance Championship, a random sample of horses was tested on the eve of the ride under the Medication Control Programme (MCP).

The British team in alphabetical order comprises;

Kate Atkinson (22), Clitheroe, Lancs, with her own DNS Ronaldo, 12-year-old bay Arab gelding. Crew; Will Langley, Beth Langley, Cate Langley, Dan Pascoe and Carri Ann Dark.

Rachael Atkinson (51), Clitheroe, Lancs, with her own Tannasg Psyches Realm, 11-year-old chesnut Arab gelding. Crew; Andrew Atkinson, Caroline Cowley and Jess Mchugh, Ann Dark, Roger Dark.

Annette Masterson (49), Whiston, Staffordshire with her own Shoshana, 15-year-old, chestnut Arab mare. Crew; Paula Lynam, Ann Harrison, Felicity Edmeston, James Dickinson and Katie Bedwin

Sarah Rogerson (31), Chepstow, Monmouthshire with her own and Rachael Cratchley’s Warrens Hill Rubyn, 12-year-old grey Arab gelding. Crew; Rachael Cratchley, Mary Stubbs, Steve Rogerson, Rose Yates and Nikki Malcolm.

Nicola Thorne  (48), Shipdham, Norfolk, with her own LM Bolena, 14-year-old chestnut Arab mare. Crew; Andy Thorne, Hannah Verkerk, Greta Verkerk, Lee Clark and Laurence Ridgeway

Chef d’Equipe: Liz Finney Team Vet: Georgina Vaughan Team Farrier: Kelvin Lymer Team Physio: Sam Daplyn

 

 

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Good luck to our team at the European ChampionshipsGood luck to our team at the European Championships - (Published:15 August 2019)

Endurance GB is very proud of our Senior International team and we would all like to wish the whole team every possible success in tomorrow's European Championship.

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Teams gear up for Pony Club Endurance Championships at Euston Park, Suffolk.Teams gear up for Pony Club Endurance Championships at Euston Park, Suffolk. - (Published:15 August 2019)

Largest field gathers for championships in fifth year of competition

Endurance GB and The Pony Club have announced a field of more than 70 riders will line up for The Pony Club National Endurance Championships at Euston Park in Suffolk today, Thursday 15th August 2019.

The Pony Club riders will tackle a range of distances in classes ranging the 20km Grassroots section to the 56km Open class. This will be the largest field to have contested the fledgling competition which first began in 2014, with 25 branches of The Pony Club represented from across Britain.


Branches including the East Essex Hunt, Bramham Moor, Bisley and Sandown Chase, New Forest Hunts, Ivel Valley, Curre Hunt, Brecon & Talybont Hunt, Bedale & West of Yore Hunt, Belvoir Hunt and Whaddon Chase, will be represented in the team competition which was last year won by a Mixed branch team with the Whaddon Chase in second place ahead of the Curre Hunt.

Last year’s winner of the Open 56km class, Ella Pomroy of the Easton Harriers Hunt branch is returning to defend her title.

Prizes for The Pony Club classes have been generously donated by Setzi Saddles, Townfield’s Saddlers and Country Frog with the first placed rider in each class receiving a €500 Setzi Saddles voucher plus £100 on line Townfield's Saddlers or Country Frog voucher. The best-turned out winner in each class will also receive a €500 Setzi Saddles voucher

Provided they complete and pass each rider will receive Ride Vouchers worth £100 for the 2020 Endurance GB season in addition to the Setzi Saddles voucher for each class winner, Townfields Saddlers or Country Frog for the first three in each class. There are no stabling costs and free catering at the venue.

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming this huge field of competitors to The Pony Club National Championship and are delighted that the sport of endurance is clearly gaining a strong following among Pony Club members. Euston Park is a superb venue and will provide all those taking park in The Pony Club National Championship at each level with a stunning but suitably competitive track.”


 

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European ChampionshipsEuropean Championships - (Published:14 August 2019)

It's an exciting time for Endurance GB as we support our Senior International Team on the final week leading up to the European Championships at Euston Park on Saturday 17th August. Click here for information on each of the 5 Team members and their horses.


 

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/2016teams

 
 
Information regarding the contract between Endurance GB and HPower:Information regarding the contract between Endurance GB and HPower: - (Published:13 August 2019)

Further to the signing of 2 twelve month contracts between Endurance GB and HPower Group, the 2nd of which came to a conclusion on 7th August 2019, Endurance GB and HPower are in talks with respect to the anticipated 3rd year of the agreement between the organisations.
  

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Endurance GB names British riders for FEI European ChampionshipsEndurance GB names British riders for FEI European Championships - (Published:06 August 2019)

First mother and daughter duo set to ride for Britain as European Endurance Championships return to UK after 26 years.


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Kate Atkinson

 

Rachael Atkinson

 

 

Annette Masterson

 

Sarah Rogerson


 

Nicola Thorne

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAVID SAUNDERS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

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FINAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE SENIOR TEAMFINAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE SENIOR TEAM - (Published:02 August 2019)

It's an exciting time for Endurance GB and our Senior Team.The 5 combinations of supremely fit and trained horses and riders, together with their all important crews, will be converging on Warwickshire this weekend for their final assessment and group work on Sunday 4th August. 

We'll bring you more news after the weekend but, in the meantime, Endurance GB would like to thank everyone involved and wish you all the very best! Go Team!

 

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News of the Revesby Park fixture News of the Revesby Park fixture - (Published:02 August 2019)

Excitement is growing in anticipation of the new fixture at Revesby Park. The estate is pulling out all the stops to accommodate the event and is kindly allowing a lot of access for the routes on tracks and margins so the riding should be pretty amazing too!


The grounds of the park, where the ride will be based, have the all the expected charm that comes with an old English estate, with a fallow deer herd and the obligatory stately house, actually an old abbey, as a backdrop.

Given the grandeur of the settings, we thought we should make best use of our time there, so Friday will be a full day of riding with the inclusion of some old favourites. TEAM SPIRIT will be included on this day, with a slightly altered format to adapt to the reduced daylight with running in September. This will involve 2 horses x 2 from each team starting together, the first pair riding 40km and the second pair 32km. We hope that the new format will prove to be an even more inclusive prospect and hope that groups, either EGB or just groups of friends will find this a fabulous way to get involved in this dynamic event. Full rules are available on request.

Another Lindum favourite returning will be the PLEASURE PAIRS class.  And also the RIDE AND RUN class…..hopefully the opportunity for a jog around the park will attract some enthusiasm for this class!

We’re also very happy to have Garry Booker handling the catering for the event, known for his delicious offerings at Haywood Oaks, he’s sure to bring his usual high standards and keep us all well fed. There will be evening events on Friday and Saturday in addition to top class food from early Friday through to finish on Sunday.

Please download the schedule for all the full details.


 

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Dr Sue Dyson on the effect of rider weight on horses.....Dr Sue Dyson on the effect of rider weight on horses..... - (Published:30 July 2019)

If you missed the EGB Welfare Conference at Newmarket Equine Hospital in May then click on the link to listen to this talk from Dr Sue Dyson on her study into the effect of Rider Weight on Horses:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/278212/1452625-bonus-content-pilot-study-into-the-effect-of-rider-weight-on-horses-egb-welfare-conference-2019

 

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Calling all future endurance coaches! Calling all future endurance coaches! - (Published:26 July 2019)

We have a Level One generic coaching course running in September (Kent) with an assessment late October (Newark).

Please contact Alex Tennant if you are interested in attending.

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Changes Coming to SagePay Payment PagesChanges Coming to SagePay Payment Pages - (Published:22 July 2019)

Due to EU Regulations (Secure Card Authentication or SCA) all card transaction will soon be subject to secondary verifications called "3D Secure" also know as "Verified by Visa", "Mastercard SecureCode" etc. This requires some changes to the SagePay payment forms which have been implemented. The SagePay forms remain secure and your card details are never recorded by Endurance GB.

As these changes are introduced you may be prompted for a secondary password or code provided by your card issuer or be required to set one up.  This process is outside of the control of EGB and if you have any difficulties you need to contact your card issuer.

You should only contact EGB if at the point of secondary authorisation you see a BLANK form. In this case please contact the office with details of the browser you are using, and the card issuer. 

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Endurance GB Young Rider Champion sets sights on British team for 2020 European ChampionshipsEndurance GB Young Rider Champion sets sights on British team for 2020 European Championships - (Published:17 July 2019)

Endurance GB’s new Young Rider Champion, Suffolk-based Madison (Maddie) Pomroy, has spoken of her dream of representing her Team GB at next year’s Young Rider European Championships.

The teenager landed the title after a strong performance riding Roz Plail’s horse Odie in the 120km class at The King’s Forest Ride near Thetford.

Maddie, 17, has been competing in the sport for the past six years after completing her first endurance ride, covering 64km in two days with her pony Milky Way, aged just 11.

“My grandmother Jane Girling got me involved as she has been competing in endurance for a long time. I was slightly thrown in at the deep end doing a two-day ride and I kept saying, ‘I’m really tired’, but my grandma wouldn’t let me give up. It was a real eye-opener and I was hooked.”

The King’s Forest is a happy hunting ground for Maddie as she completed her first 120km ride there the day before her 16th birthday with her grandmother Jane’s horse Zaferan back in 2017.

“We train over similar countryside around the forest tracks near the Suffolk coast so Odie has got used to the going in East Anglia having moved here from Devon last autumn,” she says.

“It was my first International 2* (120km) ride and I wasn’t sure how we would get on. I misjudged things slightly at the start as we went off quite strongly. But helped by my crew of my grandmother, Jane, my father Chris and sister Ella and with assistance from Bella Fricker who pitched in to help at one of the crew points, he was soon back on track. On the first loop, I was leading the UAE riders but let them go past as Odie was getting wound up. On the second loop I caught them up again. I rode the last loop with Martin McNamara, [the race winner from Ireland], but let him go on ahead as I didn’t want a racing finish and wanted to make sure we completed safely to secure the title.”

“Odie is just a fantastic horse and it is such a great opportunity to be able to ride him. I learned a lot from this ride to help us for the future and our plan is to compete next at Euston Park in August and then if things go well, we will try for the British Young Rider team going to the European Championships in Spain next summer.”

Odie’s owner Roz Plail said: “A huge thanks must also go to Tim and Sarah Dennis for taking Odie into training at their racing stables in Cornwall, whilst I was pregnant and then poorly, and getting him in such fabulous race ready condition for when Maddie started loaning him in October. All credit to Maddie too for maintaining his fitness levels over the winter months. I am excited to see how they progress over the rest of the season.”

Katie Bedwin, 21, from Rudgwick in West Sussex was named Reserve National Young Rider Champion with Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz, owned by Welshpool-based Sue Higgins.

Katie is currently in her final year of a paediatric nursing degree from the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. She has represented Great Britain in Young Rider teams previously and is aiming for the Young Rider World Championships in Italy this year.  She was also introduced to the sport by her grandmother Rosemary Attfield, a renowned trainer and former team selector and coach.


Katie (pictured above) explained: “What a weekend we had at King’s Forest, with 2nd in the CEI 2* for Magdy and 3rd in the CEI 2* YR for Phariz. Sue asked me to take the ride on Phariz at endurance competitions for the 2018 season. But in May 2018, Sue sustained an injury, so we arranged for Phariz to come to live and be trained by me. We haven’t looked back since. King’s Forest was Phariz’s last qualfier for this year’s World Young Rider Championships at San Rossore in Italy in September.”

She added: “None of this would be possible without the amazing support I receive both from my family and from sponsors and professionals involved in keeping my horses in peak condition. The horses are fuelled by Baileys Horse Feeds, their daily supplements and electrolytes come from Feedmark, they have biomechanics assessments from EquiLaterals, regular physiotherapy from PhysioFi and amazing saddles and fitting from The Bespoke Saddle Co LTD and KM Elite Products.

“Thank you also to ride organiser Dianne Luke, her family and the volunteers who make King’s Forest happen. It was very special to be part of the 25th anniversary and I will treasure our awards.”

Phariz’s owner Sue Higgins said: “A big thank you to Katie Bedwin for looking after my boy so well and helping him on the way to achieving his full potential. It’s even better because I can be part of it without all the hard work - except on the ride day! Thanks also to Katie’s crew – what a great team.”

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: “This was a brilliant achievement by both Maddie and Katie, who are both talented endurance riders with a great future ahead of them.”

Endurance GB Young Rider Chef D ’Equipe Jo Chisholm, who is stepping down from the role after three years due to family business commitments said: “I have huge admiration for our Young Riders. It is very tough financially and also logistically sometimes for them to go through the qualifiers alone with three FEI level rides to complete at 1* and 2* level and the horse they are aiming to qualify having to do two 2* rides, and at the same time they are doing these rides as well as all the training involved, they are usually at college or university and doing exams or placements so the pressures are great. We do have a talented pool of riders bidding for places at next year’s Championships and so Maddie is in great company. Gaining a place on the team is a fantastic achievement and good experience and preparation for moving on to compete internationally at senior level and I wish Katie, who will be moving up to senior level competition next season, and Maddie every success in their quest for team honours.”

Paying tribute to Jo Chisholm for her  stewardship of the Young Rider Squad during her time as Chef D’Equipe, John Robertson, Endurance GB’s Chair of International said: “Jo has been a superb Chef D’Equipe and given a great lead and support to our Young Riders both as someone who has enjoyed considerable success in the sport herself but also through her calm manner which has enabled every member of the teams she has managed to give of their best. Endurance GB is grateful to her for her hard work and support for these Young Riders.”



Endurance GB's Young Rider Champion 2019 Suffolk's Madison Pomroy (Photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography)

 

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Changes to the published calendarChanges to the published calendar - (Published:10 July 2019)

The Operations Committee have approved some requested changes to the 2019 Ride Schedule.

 For reasons outside of the Organiser's control, the Chester Zoo ride has moved to 22nd September. All classes remain the same.

 HPower have moved the national classes at Euston Park 4 to the Monday 19th August. This is to help reduce damage to the tracks at Euston Park over what will be a very popular event. HPower apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 An additional Euston Park date has been added to the calendar. There will be 40km and 80km GERs on the 3rd August with a local group social ride run by the Iceni group on the 4th August.

Esther Young - Operations Director

T: +447454 929919

E: estheryoung@endurancegb.co.uk

 

 

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Additional water points at ridesAdditional water points at rides - (Published:04 July 2019)

The welfare committee encourages ride organisers to offer (where possible) additional water points at rides; especially in light of the recent high temperatures the U.K. has been experiencing. 

 

The use of communal water points for sloshing and drinking is a valuable resource at endurance rides but does not come without risk. Competitors are advised that the risk of transmission of an equine disease such as Equine Influenza, Strangles and Equine Herpes Virus is increased with the use of shared water buckets. Therefore the decision to allow your horse to drink from a shared bucket or trough remains solely with the rider. 

 

For further information on biosecurity measures or welfare concerns email: welfare@endurancegb.co.uk

 

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Nikki Malcolm wins Endurance GB RiderCise® Southern Championship at Three RiversNikki Malcolm wins Endurance GB RiderCise® Southern Championship at Three Rivers - (Published:16 June 2019)

Endurance GB’s new RiderCise® Southern Champions are Dorset-based Nikki Malcolm and Oso Spiralling Wind.

Nikki, whose training base, Stride Ahead is based near Dorchester in Dorset, won the 80km Championship held at Endurance GB’s Three Rivers Ride near Fordingbridge on Saturday, 15th June.


Nikki Malcolm (left) with Oso Spiralling Wind and crew Annette Hansford

The Championship, sponsored by the rider fitness and conditioning specialists RiderCise®,  was one of 24 classes held at Three Rivers over a route covering grassy tracks, downland and bridleways.

Nikki who competed the Australian-bred grey on behalf of the Oso Arabians team based in New South Wales, at an average speed of 12.7 kilometres per hour with a finishing pulse of 52 beats per minute ahead of second placed Sally Mcilwaine and Winnie The Witch who completed at an average speed of 12.6km/hr with a finishing pulse of 60bpm.

Nikki said: “This was a lovely win for a deserving team on the other side of the globe who have bred and produced such a lovely boy.

“Spiral came over from Australia last March to train with me with the ultimate goal of Australian young riders being able to qualify for the YR World Championships.

“OSO stud and its owner Linda Mars have shown great faith in the sport of endurance in the UK to give me this chance to produce the horse and make their dreams come true using EGB rides.  Of course it’s a pressure but also a privilege for me and we are blessed with some great ride organisers and venues within Endurance GB. This year we have successfully qualified 20 year old Australian rider Emzy Dimech using Royal Windsor 120 as her qualifier for the Young Rider World Championships in Pisa, Italy later this year. Although it’s unlikely Australia will be able to host a full team it’s all good progress towards future goals.

“The Southern Championship was a chance to keep Spiral mentally in tune as he enjoys his ‘away days’. As a team we were experimenting with presentation times in vet gates, trying to save valuable minutes that could make all the difference in a close race, we took a lot of valuable lessons away from yesterday and it gave us a two min lead out onto the last loop which he breezed round and cantered on the bridle all the way to the line with excellent recoveries.

“Spiral will probably have one more outing possibly at Euston Park to soak up a busier atmosphere and deal with all the flags and vetting marquees that he will come across at a championship but the majority of training will be done onsite using our two top class gallops  and excellent Dorset countryside.”

Nikki had previously won a 130km race at Three Rivers at its old venue on Salisbury Racecourse, but this was the first time she won at this venue, formally known the Breamore Ride

Clare Gangadeen founder of Championship sponsor RiderCise® said: “Nikki is an inspiring rider and trainer and her partnership with Oso Spiralling Wind made them worthy winners of the Southern Championship.”

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: ““We are delighted to have a new Southern Champion in Nikki and would like to thank ride organiser, Pauline Beach, and her incredible team of volunteers at Three Rivers for a fantastic event as well as Clare and RiderCise® for their generous support.”

The Ridercise® Southern Championship is the first in a series of three rides. The RiderCise® Northern Championships are being held at the Cumbria Challenge Ride on Sunday 15th August while the new Welsh Championship is being held at Pen Ddol Y Gader, Carmarthenshire 31st Aug-1st Sept.

 

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Irish riders enjoy clean sweep at 25th anniversary Endurance GB FEI King’s Forest RideIrish riders enjoy clean sweep at 25th anniversary Endurance GB FEI King’s Forest Ride - (Published:03 June 2019)

Tom MacGuinness, the 67-year-old founder of Horseware, has won his first FEI CEI-3* 160km contest, with his 11-year-old chestnut gelding Horseware Sasha D'Aillais. The pair completed the route over grassland and soft sandy tracks at just over 18km/hr ahead of Spain’s Maria Alvarez Ponton (JM Bucefala) and Omar Blanco Rodrigo (Twyst Maison Blanche).

The Endurance GB Young Rider National Championship saw Madison (Maddie) Pomroy, with Angel’s Twilight Spirit on loan from Roz Plail, and Katie Bedwin, riding Sue Higgins’ Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz take the well-deserved titles of Champion and Reserve Champion respectively.

In the CEI-2*, Horseware HLM Iguazu, owned by Tom MacGuinness and ridden by Martin McNamara set a record for Ireland – the first time riders from the Emerald Isle have won an FEI double.

Tom, who heads up Horseware and also plays polo in his spare time, said: “As Sasha is trained in Spain, I think he was acclimatised to the conditions and this might have helped. It was warm and humid at times but there was a breeze in the forest itself. This horse is amazing, I’m very happy with how he went. He is just so generous, even when we got lost he just turned round and retraced our steps and got going. I didn’t have to dig into the well at all - he was just on the bridle and there was a lot more left in him which is exciting. After this he will have two weeks relaxing in the field and then come back into work with lots of walking out before he begins his training again. We will aim to do an 80km ride and then if we feel he is fit and ready to go, we will be at the European Championships.”

Tom’s entry at the 25th anniversary FEI King’s Forest Ride is part of the build up to the European Championships taking place over similar terrain at Euston Park in Suffolk in August. He also hopes to field an Irish team in the Nations Cup at the same event.

Mr MacGuinness said: “I thought I would give endurance a go and initially I thought I would find it boring but the more I discovered, it is anything but. I play polo but I am not born to it like I am to endurance. I love every aspect of it – the sense of adventure of riding one horse into the ‘unknown’ and the real team side of things behind the horse and crewing.”

Helen McFarland, Chairman of Ireland’s Long Distance Riding Association (ILDRA) said: “ILDRA is an incredibly small organisation and we greatly value all our athletes whether they are achieving their dream of completing their first 30km ride or as in Tom’s case realising their first 3* 160km win. An Irish sweep of the 2* and 3* at the prestigious King’s Forest Ride is a real tribute to the hard work put in by Tom, his trainer Jordi, by Martin and the rest of the team.”

Dianne Luke, who together with husband Paul supported by Karen Collier, has been organising King’s Forest for 25 years, said: “I certainly didn’t think in 1994 that I would still be running this ride today. Yet over the years despite all the hard work, so much fun has been had and so many true friendships have been formed.”

Paying tribute, Endurance GB Chair, Rebecca Kinnarney, said: “Well done to all those who achieved their goals here and particularly to our fantastic Young Rider champion Maddie Pomroy and Reserve, Katie Bedwin. It’s unfortunate that there were no finishers in the 160km Senior National Championships but endurance is a tough sport, particularly in a country with such changeable weather.

“Thanks to Dianne and the team, King’s Forest has become one of the high points of the Endurance GB calendar. The ride is not only renowned for its stunning course and fantastic organisation, but also the hospitality and real sense of camaraderie that epitomises our sport. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the team here for that and look forward to seeing the ride prosper into its next quarter century.”

Horseware's Tom MacGuinness on course for victory

Maddie Pomroy with Roz Plail's Angel's Twilight Spirit

Horseware's Tom MacGuinness with Endurance GB Chair Rebecca Kinnarney

(Photos courtesy of David Saunders Photography)

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Endurance GB statement on Vencedor A’ DiamondsEndurance GB statement on Vencedor A’ Diamonds - (Published:02 June 2019)

Endurance GB announces with great regret the death of Vencedor A’ Diamonds, a 10-year old grey gelding owned and ridden by Switzerland’s Urs Wenger, 69, while competing at the FEI King’s Forest Ride on Saturday 1 June.

Vencedor A’ Diamonds, who was bred by Mr Wenger, had previously completed two CEI-2* rides coming second at Babenhausen CE1-2* in 2017 and seventh at Costaros in 2018. This was his second attempt at a CEI-3* with his rider, an experienced competitor who represented the Swiss team at the World Endurance Championships at Euston Park in 2012.

A spokesperson for the ride organiser said: “Vencedor A’ Diamonds performed consistently through the ride and passed the stringent veterinary parameters in place without any concerns.  Vencedor A’ Diamonds and Mr Wenger were travelling within 11 minutes of the leading horses in the CEI-3* 160km event and were 3km from home when the horse stopped. Veterinary services were immediately in attendance, but unfortunately the horse collapsed and died. Medics were called to the scene to treat Mr Wenger for symptoms of severe shock. We would like to express our condolences to him over this tragic event.”

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled in the coming days.

 

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Endurance GB responds to FEI Royal Windsor Endurance Ride resultEndurance GB responds to FEI Royal Windsor Endurance Ride result - (Published:12 May 2019)

Commenting on the FEI Endurance 80km CEI-1* and 120km CEI-2* at Royal Windsor, Endurance GB Chair Rebecca Kinnarney said: “The opportunity to compete at a major FEI ride here at Windsor gives British riders a wonderful experience at a showcase venue and we were delighted that 14 of our riders completed the CEI-1*  class successfully.

“The work of the veterinary commission was exemplary throughout the course of this ride and the Technical Delegate and organising team adapted to difficult conditions at the start in the mist to ensure safety.”

Commenting on the disqualification of the first rider to cross the line in the 120km CEI-2* for breach of a sport rule in respect of use of the reins as a whip, she added: “Endurance GB welcomes the application of the rules by the Ground Jury at Royal Windsor Endurance in respect of this rider. While most other equestrian disciplines allow whips and their rules accordingly pertain to excessive use, FEI Endurance rules simply don’t allow whips to be used. Something being used as one was witnessed by the Ground Jury in this case, and so the rider was subject to a strict liability test.

“In the light of the current FEI investigation into the ‘reshaping’ of endurance, the outcome of the Ground Jury’s deliberations at Windsor sends a clear signal to all those involved in the sport as riders, trainers and crews as well as those watching the sport closely from the side lines that the welfare of the horse is paramount.

“Endurance GB are grateful to the Ride Organisers, HPower, and to the Crown Estate for enabling this event to go ahead.”

The top six British riders to complete the FEI CEI 1* were; 8th, Lauren Mills (HS Jamal), 19.272km/hr;  10th, Anna Bridges (Crystal Wissam), 19.254 km/hr; 11th, Louise Rich (Oakleazefarm Czamak) 19.106km/hr; 12th, Georgina Vaughan (Polaris) 16.661km/hr; 13th, Nicola Chappell (Viniculture) 16.615km/hr; 14th, Sarah Ainsworth (LB Armanii) 16.614km/hr.

 

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RIDE CANCELLATIONSRIDE CANCELLATIONS - (Published:01 May 2019)

Unfortunately the Cwm Sirhowi ride (2 June) and the Dambusters ride (22 September) have had to be cancelled. 

Cwm Sirhowi has been affected by an increase in forestry works in the area, which has made the route unviable this year. Ride Organiser Sue Box has asked us to stress that Wentwood in Summer will be going ahead, however, as the forestry work will be finished by then. 

The Dambusters ride organiser has been unable to source a suitable venue for a national ride. The local group are currently reviewing whether a smaller social ride might be an option. 

Refunds for both rides will be processed shortly. 

Esther Young - Operations Director
 
 
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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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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