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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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EGB office open, Wednesday 13th December - (Published:11 December 2017)

The EGB Office at Abbey Park is now open; thank you all for your patience during the bad weather.

 
 
National Awards celebrated at EGB's Gala DinnerNational Awards celebrated at EGB's Gala Dinner - (Published:28 November 2017)

Saturday 25th November saw the annual EGB Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony take place at the Daventry Court Hotel, Daventry and was attended by nearly 250 people – a nearly 20% increase on last year! It’s a fantastic opportunity for our members to gather together and celebrate the achievements from the year and, as always, included an ‘Ode to the Horse’ – the most important partners in our sport. 

 

A full list of award winners will be published on the website in the next couple of days, but in the meantime we wanted to highlight our Championship winners. 2017 was a hugely successful year for our Young Riders and we are extremely proud to share with you that this year, Endurance GB’s Overall Champion is Young Rider Emily Cooke, having achieved a fantastic points total of 2288 with her horse Lady’s Man.   

 

 

In receiving her award Emily told attendees how proud she was of Lady’s Man and that it had taken some time for them to build the bond they now share. She attributes her success to their shared understanding and the time and dedication she puts in, alongside her Mum, Lise Cooke,  to training and preparation. Winners of the other Championship Awards as follows:   

 

Overall Championship - Lady’s Man (Emily Cooke)  - 2288 Points 

Senior Championship - Warrens Hill Rubyn (Sarah Rogerson) - 1194 Points 

Young Rider Championship - Lady’s Man (Emily Cooke) - 2288 Points 

Junior Championship - Redwings Milky Way (Ella Pomroy) - 1085 Points 

Veteran Championship - Bizout (Hannah Lydon) - 1716 Points 

Novice Championship - Mistletoe (Caitlin Birkitt) - 670 Points

 


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Update - Board of DirectorsUpdate - Board of Directors - (Published:26 November 2017)

Congratulations to those Directors newly appointed to the Board, Anna Williams and Rebecca Kinnarney, and to Ann Dark, reappointed.

The new roles decided upon today are as follows. More information on each role will be provided in due course. 

Chair - Nicki Thorne 

Vice Chair & Sponsorship Director - Harry Ingram 

Finance Director - Sue Box 

Company Secretary and Policy & Governance Director- Ann Dark

Operations Director - Esther Young 

Development Director - Rebecca Kinnarney 

Director of Volunteering (to include Groups, H&S and Para) - Kerry Dawson 

Marketing & Communications Director - Anna Williams

International Director - John Robertson 

SERC Representative - Constance Newbould 

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BEF Futurity Awards 2017 - updatedBEF Futurity Awards 2017 - updated - (Published:19 November 2017)

Now that all the British horses have finished competing in FEI rides the BEF Futurity Awards 2017 for Gold, Silver and Bronze can be published as follows.  Trophies to be awarded at the member’s Group Dinner and Awards Evening.

 

 

Gold Awards:

 

1st Peponi ridden by Chris Wray with 84 FEI points

 

2nd Sheer Bliss ridden by Lorna Kidson with 55 FEI points

 

3rd Vlacq Journeyman ridden by Georgina Baughan with 35 FEI points

 

4th Egyptian Whirlwind ridden by Linda Cowperthwaite with 34 FEI points

 

5th Penhwnilys Samala de Mon owned by Mandy Yarnold and ridden by Katie Bedwin with 33 FEI points

 

6th Yawl Hill Pollyanna owned by Kirsty Wiscombe with 32 FEI points

 

Silver award Trophy for horses that were evaluated by the BEF Futurity when the horse was aged from foal to three years inclusive and is now aged seven to ten years inclusive and not registered with the FEI.  Five best EGB results to count:- 

1st          LVA Troy owned by Susan Scarborough                                1114 points

2nd     Silver Zenif owned by Rachael Claridge                                  889 points

3rd      Grecian Moon owned by Larrissa Burnett                               596 points

4th     Bordesley Golden Ayanna owned by Camilla Mascall                 588 points

5th      Kaalif owned by Susan Hawes                                                 569 points

6th     Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz owned by Susan Higgins                        476.5 points

 

Bronze award Trophy for horses that were evaluated by the BEF futurity when the horse was a foal to three years old inclusive and is now six years old. Four best EGB rides to count of which two can be 64km and below and the others 50km to 32km.

1st              Nahzira Bint Chatanz ridden by Katie Bedwin                346 points

2nd              Sylvan Illusion owned by Carol Chapman                      64 points

2nd tied      Crystal Heartbeat owned by Ruth Whitby                        64 points        

 

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Photos needed for the 2018 Members' HandbookPhotos needed for the 2018 Members' Handbook - (Published:07 November 2017)

We are currently putting together the 2018 handbook and we need your help with providing photos for use in the handbook.

If you have any photos from 2017 that you think sum up what endurance riding in the UK is all about, please can you send them to estheryoung@endurancegb.co.uk

One photo per email please, and we need to know:
- Where it was taken
- When it was taken
- Who is in the photo
- Who took the photo (and if that is not you, confirmation that they are happy for Endurance GB to use the photo)

The photos must have been taken at an Endurance GB ride or event. Photos submitted may also be used in future Endurance GB publicity materials.

Odd shaped photos are particularly welcome!

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RED DRAGON FESTIVAL OF ENDURANCE 2017 - a report from WessexRED DRAGON FESTIVAL OF ENDURANCE 2017 - a report from Wessex - (Published:27 October 2017)

2017 saw EGB launch a new set of Championship classes. The National Championship has long been a fixture on the EGB ride calendar but this year an additional three championships were launched for Novice, Open and Advanced level with the finals held at the Red Dragon to coincide with the ride’s 40th anniversary on 29th Sep - 1st Oct.

The weather was certainly not kind over the course of the weekend with heavy rain in the run up to the ride making going slippery on the hills and boggy on the moors. The ride days themselves saw continued rain with some quite heavy fog in places in higher areas….some might say typical Red Dragon weather!

There was a strong turnout of Wessex members in classes across the weekend with Wessex members winning in 3 of the 4 championship classes in some very tough conditions. We asked the championship winners to recap their experiences of the weekend .... click here to view their reports!

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The Leading Rider Award update - RoyaltiesThe Leading Rider Award update - Royalties - (Published:26 October 2017)

This year Endurance GB has been piloting the 'Leading Rider' award, aimed at rewarding good horsemanship and consistent riding over the course of a CER or FEI ride. 

The Leading Rider scores for the Royalties 80km FEI classes were as follows:

1st Fiona Griffiths & Balishla: 171.24 points

2nd Charlie Chadwick & Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar: 144.68 points

 

Fiona scored 92.58% of the total points available to her at this ride, with a consistent speed, good presentation times, good CRIs and straight As all day. This means that hers is the second highest score from this pilot year and she is the highest scoring Brit. Well done Fiona!

 

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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

 
 

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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 operations@endurancegb.co.uk

 

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