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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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UPDATE ON EGB Horse Welfare and Performance Seminar - 3rd FebruaryUPDATE ON EGB Horse Welfare and Performance Seminar - 3rd February - (Published:23 January 2018)

Presentations will include the following:

Welfare of the Competing Horse (Roly Owers – CEO, World Horse Welfare)

Endurance Injuries Study (Professor Tim Parkin – Glasgow University)

Travelling your horse (Henry Bullen – Peden Bloodstock)

Muscle Development (Dr Sophie Ignarski - Boehringer Ingelheim)

Endurance Farriery (Dr Mark Caldwell - FWCF)

FEI Endurance (Ian Williams – Former FEI Endurance Director)


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EGB and SERC Members £30.00, EGB Junior and Young Members £20. Associate, Pony Club and Non-Members add £10.00 to the above relevant rate. Please pay through the EGB website ad hoc payments or by phoning the EGB office (02476 697929) with your credit card stating clearly what your payment is for. Please ensure you give the names of the people you are paying for.

 

Places limited to 100 so please book asap. Start time 9am at Woodside Hotel<https://www.facebook.com/sundialwoodside/>, Glasshouse Lane, CV8 2AL Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

 

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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 www.fei.org/fei/cleansport/horses/prohibited-substances.

 

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

 

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The EGB International Committee invites Expressions of Interest The EGB International Committee invites Expressions of Interest - (Published:17 January 2018)

The EGB International Committee invites Expressions of Interest from riders and their horses who want to join or remain on the international or young rider squad.

 The attached expressions of interest form (click here) should be completed and submitted as per the instructions in the document.  Forms should be submitted as soon as possible and certainly by 1st February to ensure inclusion in the first Rider Day which will be held on Sunday 4th February.

WEG 2018 - Please also see the International pages for details about Expressions of Interest for this event. 

 

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International and Young Rider Squads - Meeting for riders on February 4thInternational and Young Rider Squads - Meeting for riders on February 4th - (Published:15 January 2018)

Current members of the above, along with any member that is interested in expressing an interest in becoming a member are invited to attend.

 

There will be a meeting at the EGB offices Abbey Park, on February 4th after the seminar on the 3rd, for all riders who either already are competing at international level or are planning to in 2018.

 

This will be a chance to meet the international management teams for both squads and have informal discussions on fitness training, individual ride plans for 2018, horse management etc.

 

We will plan out the assessment and training day programmes, try to accommodate your individual needs and to develop a strong international squad for the future.

 

We will also give up-dates on WEG at Tryon, 2019 European Championships and the Young Rider European Championships 2018.

 

I hope as many as possible of you will attend, this is your chance to have input into our international programme for 2018 and beyond.

 

The meeting will start at 9.30am and should finish by about 2.0pm

 

Tea, coffee and biscuits  will be provided, but we will not be providing lunch.

 

Please contact Lindsay Wilson   to say if you will be attending and if any of your crew will be with you.

 

International Squad

Young Rider Squad

 

 

 

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Can YOU help?Can YOU help? - (Published:08 January 2018)

Would you be interested in being the Members’ Liaison Officer for Endurance GB?

 

The present Members’ Liaison Officer is stepping down from the role. The Board of Directors are asking for expressions of interest in taking on this role.

 

Candidates should have an excellent understanding of endurance riding and Endurance GB, combined with excellent interpersonal skills and proven liaison experience.

 

For more information and Terms of Reference for this role, please contact Endurance GB's Company Secretary Ann Dark with an expression of interest no later than January 31st 2018.

 

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British Endurance Rider Georgina Vaughan to compete in the CEI3* 160km Sheikh Mohammed CupBritish Endurance Rider Georgina Vaughan to compete in the CEI3* 160km Sheikh Mohammed Cup - (Published:31 December 2017)

Georgina Vaughan (GBR), an extremely familiar face on the Endurance GB scene is to travel to the UAE with her horse Vlacq Journeyman (Jonty) to compete in the CEI3* 160km Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup. Many of you will be familiar with Georgina as a hugely experienced competitor, trainer and endurance veterinarian and alongside her striking bay gelding, Jonty, she will be carefully navigating the challenges of this desert-based endurance ride.

This annual event attracts hundreds of riders from across the globe to compete in the endurance ride which this year will take place on the 6th January 2018. Foreign riders wishing to take part in the event must apply to do so via their National Federation. Dubai Equestrian Club have a pre-defined selection criteria for this competition, above and beyond the standard FEI Qualification criteria for all non-UAE based riders and horses.  From the approved applications, Dubai Equestrian Club then select those to compete based upon their, and their horse's, successes during the previous 24 months ensuring that only those who are experienced enough to do so compete in this tough event. Georgina, who is based in the Black Mountains in Wales, has had a particularly tough time in preparing for this event. Despite being extremely busy working as a Vet, running the sheep farm where she lives with her husband Stephen Vaughan and being a super Mum to young daughter Matilda, she has also been experiencing extremely adverse weather conditions which has made training even harder! Georgina commented “We are extremely lucky to have access to probably the best training grounds in the UK but the snow has definitely added another element this year! I appreciate the biggest challenge ahead is the climate but I've prepared Jonty to the very best of my abilities”.

Georgina has previously worked at the Dubai Equine Hospital and therefore has an excellent understanding of just what lies ahead. “Training and preparing for a ride in the desert is completely different to a ride here in the UK - there's very few hills in Dubai, most especially compared to Wales! So my focus for Jonty, along with preparing for such a different climate, has been ensuring his ability to keep a consistent rhythm and not to allow the adrenalin to take over, I think this is going to be absolutely key in ensuring a happy, strong finish” shared Georgina. A great partnership and second-to-none understanding of your horse is of utmost importance when competing over such long distances and across the varying, shifting terrain. But Georgina is no stranger to challenging courses, having already competed at various Championships, including the Young Horse World Championships in both 2007 and 2013 where she won Bronze and finished in 15th place respectively. She's also recently been to Montcuq (FRA) with Jonty and to Brussels (BEL) in 2016 where they competed in the Young Horse event at the trial run for the 2017 European Championships. The talented pair finished on the podium, securing 3rd place and a near-perfect vet sheet.

Georgina will be joined by her family including Stephen, who scooped the prestigious 'Borthwick Back-Up Trophy', awarded to the most competent crew of the season, at the 2017 Endurance GB Awards Dinner and her mother, Elite Endurance Rider, Tricia Hirst.  We are confident we have excellent ambassadors in Georgina, Jonty and their team who will do a sterling job in representing the British values of our sport at this demanding event. We wish Georgina a safe and successful trip and look forward to hearing about her own experience with Jonty and any lessons learned she is able to share with us upon her return.

 

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2018 VOLUNTEER CONFERENCES2018 VOLUNTEER CONFERENCES - (Published:23 December 2017)

The dates for the 2018 volunteer conferences are as follows:

27th January - Northern Volunteer Conference, Barden Mill Village Hall, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7DW

10th February - Midlands Volunteer Conference, Risley Village Hall, 111 Derby Road, Risley, Derby, DE72 3SS

17th February - Southern Volunteer Conference, venue TBC, likely to be Salisbury

These conferences are free to attend and are aimed at current and future volunteers, ride/event organisers, health and safety officers, safeguarding officers and technical stewards.

It is strongly recommended that all 2018 ride organisers attend one of the conferences.

If you would like to attend one of the conferences, please let Esther or Kerry know.

 

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Membership 2018Membership 2018 - (Published:18 December 2017)

We are happy to let you know that you can now renew your membership for the 2018 season through the EGB Website. Next season promises to be bigger and better, with new rides planned to sit alongside the old classics such as Golden Horseshoe. See the provisional ride list for 2018 here.

 

Our championships are planned as follows for 2018:

 

  *  National Championships: Red Dragon, 28-30 Sept

  *  Young Rider Championships: Kings Forest Summer, 7 July

  *  Inter-Regional Championships: Cirencester, 13-15 July

  *  Pony Club Championships: Euston Park 4, 19 August

  *  Northern Championships: New Marske, 24 June

  *  Southern Championships: Three Rivers, 9-10 June

 

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Congratulations to Anna Collins and Karactacus PottsCongratulations to Anna Collins and Karactacus Potts - (Published:15 December 2017)

Cheshire Group rider Anna Collins, is the proud winner of the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Elite Endurance Award 2017.

During the 2017 season, Anna rode over 660 competitive km at 10 events and earned 1242 points with her recycled racer, Karactacus Potts. (Photo of horse and rider courtesy of Ruth Saundy of Indiepics)

 Anna was presented with the award at the prestigious Jockey Club in New Market by Clare Balding and Luke Harvey. (Photo at presentation courtesy of RoR)

 

 

 

 

 Anna said, “this is only my second competitive season with Karactacus Potts and what a way to get to know him. He is a wonderful horse with so much to give. I was delighted to be recognised by RoR for all the hard work that goes into retraining a thoroughbred for a second career.”

 

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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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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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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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