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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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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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URGENT PLEA FOR HELP AT THREE RIVERS 9/10 JUNEURGENT PLEA FOR HELP AT THREE RIVERS 9/10 JUNE - (Published:12 May 2018)

If you can spare a few hours over the weekend of 9/10 June to help at the Three Rivers Ride at Rockbourne, near Fordingbridge, Hampshire, Pauline Beach would love to hear from you - 07855 678697.

 

No helpers means no rides, so please get in touch with Pauline as soon as possible.

 

Thank you!

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LEADING RIDER AWARD UPDATELEADING RIDER AWARD UPDATE - (Published:12 May 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 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: https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/Championships/The-Leading-Rider-Award

 Esther Young

Operations Director

 

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FEI OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONFEI OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION - (Published:08 May 2018)

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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EGB Woodbridge & Cranwell Ride UpdatesEGB Woodbridge & Cranwell Ride Updates - (Published:26 April 2018)

Endurance GB regret to confirm the cancellation of the CEI1* 80km Class at the Woodbridge Ride taking place on the 6th May. Despite the hard work and input from the Ride Organisers and local ICENI Group, it has not been possible for the FEI requirements to be met at this stage. With just under 2 weeks to go, it was felt better to cancel and allow riders the opportunity to make alternative plans in good time rather than subject members to another last-minute cancellation.

 

The Ride Organiser is extremely keen however, to ensure that this ride is able to host a CEI1* next year and is working to ensure this is a possibility. In the meantime, the National Entries have been reopened so, you’ve not missed your chance if you’d still like to enter!

 

We are also able to confirm that the FEI have now officially added the CEI1* 80km, CEIYJ1* 80km, CEI2* 120km and the CEIYJ2* 120km to take place at Cranwell on the 26th May to the FEI Calendar. Entries for these classes are available to enter via the EGB website. The schedule will be published on the FEI website as soon as possible. A big thank you to the Cranwell Ride Organisers for facilitating this addition!

 

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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 RIDE POSTPONEDTRESHAM RIDE POSTPONED - (Published:17 April 2018)

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

 
 
CEI2* 120km and a CEI1* 80km at the Cranwell ride on 26th MayCEI2* 120km and a CEI1* 80km at the Cranwell ride on 26th May - (Published:16 April 2018)

We are very pleased to announce that we are provisionally able to offer a CEI2* 120km and a CEI1* 80km at the Cranwell ride on 26th May. These classes are now open for online entries

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/EGBRideDetails/Auto_ID/345/Ride_Year/2018 We know that many of you were extremely disappointed at the removal of Belvoir from the 2018 Ride Schedule. Please know that all those involved are working extremely hard and are currently investigating options for a replacement venue in an effort to offer an alternative Leicestershire ride on the weekend of the 9th and 10th June. We will keep you updated with any information as soon as it becomes available.

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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

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.

Enquiries:

anndark@endurancegb.co.uk

 

 

 

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BELVOIR RIDE WITHDRAWNBELVOIR RIDE WITHDRAWN - (Published:13 April 2018)

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: 

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Blog/Post/4637/The-Leading-Rider-Award

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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

 
 
BEF announces new Chair appointmentBEF announces new Chair appointment - (Published:06 April 2018)

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mohamed Elsarky as its new Independent Chair, succeeding interim Chair, Ed Warner.

 

Mohamed brings a wealth of experience in industry, sport and not for profit organisations including most recently as President and CEO of Godiva Chocolatier, the leading global premium chocolate company. Previously, he was operating partner at Lion Capital, a leading private equity firm; President of United Biscuits Northern Europe; CEO of Jacobs Bakery (Danone) UK & Ireland; and Chair and CEO of Kellogg Australia/ New Zealand.

 

Recently, Mohamed served as the Independent Chair of British Canoeing (2013-15), overseeing improved governance and developing relationships between its funding organisations. He also holds a number of non-executive board positions, including with NOMAD Foods (NYSE) and East India Company, and has served on several not-for-profit boards focusing on children including Kids Help Line and Australian Council for Children and Parenting.

 

Mohamed says: “I am delighted and honoured to serve as Chairman of the BEF and look forward to working with the board and all stakeholders, particularly our member bodies, to advance the interests of equestrian activity in all its forms. Much has been achieved through the hard work and commitment of many yet we recognise we have more to do to make equestrianism the best it can be as a leading activity in the UK. I look forward to supporting our collective effort in the weeks and months to come. I take this opportunity to welcome our new CEO Nick Fellows and to thank Ed Warner for serving as interim Chair during a critical period for the BEF.”

 

Nick Fellows, Chief Executive of the BEF, adds: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to develop the future of equestrianism with our new Chair, given his global strategic and commercial experience. I and the BEF team look forward to working with him, the board and our members as we deliver on the recommendations of the Independent Review.”

 

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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:

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Blog/Post/4637/The-Leading-Rider-Award

 

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 (socialmedia@endurancegb.co.uk) directly.

 

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

CALLING ALL APPLICATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S HOME INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

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.

Classes:

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 – onthehoofdt@hotmail.co.uk - 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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Three-Day First Aid Course run by Medi-KThree-Day First Aid Course run by Medi-K - (Published:03 March 2018)

We are offering some funded places on a three-day first aid course being run by Medi-K. The course includes not only the HSE ‘First Aid at Work’ syllabus but also an additional Rider Specific module. You will learn vital life saving skills and receive a recognised ‘First Aid at Work’ certificate, valid for three years. 2018 dates are 24-26 March (Abbey Park) and 19-21 May (venue tbc, likely a bit further north).

 

The course is being generously supported by HPower, so is free to attend if you are an EGB volunteer. If you take a funded place on the course we will ask that you agree to act as an EGB first aider, or assistant first aider, at two EGB events in 2018 - these can be rides, training events, etc. The aim is to increase the number of first aiders on the endurance circuit over and above the bare minimum required.
The cost for those who are not eligible for a funded place is £140.
If you would like to take up a place on one of the courses, please let Kerry know ASAP by emailing her: kerrydawson@endurancegb.co.uk
Reasonably priced local accommodation can be arranged, but you will have to fund this yourself.

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Young Riders' Training Weekend Hailed a Huge Success !!Young Riders' Training Weekend Hailed a Huge Success !! - (Published:01 March 2018)

The first of five training weekends specifically dedicated to Endurance  GB’s Junior and Young Riders took place in Horsham, Sussex this past  weekend. The weekend was open to athletes and horses of all levels  and there was a great turn out with riders aged 8 to 21!

The weekend involved schooling sessions with UKCC Level 3 Coach Rosemary Attfield, a talk from ACPAT Registered Human, Equine and Canine Physiotherapist Fiona Bloom (a former EGB Young Rider herself), a pole work session, rider fitness training, capturing personal goals and working on training plans, discussions on vet gate and vetting procedures including practice on taking heart rates – and of course an awful lot  of fun in the form of bowling, ice breaker activities, unicorn birthday  cake and even a quiz to close the weekend!   Reports back from attendees have been tremendously positive –  Katie Bedwin did a sterling job in organising the weekend, the  first in her new position as Chair of the Juniors and Young Riders.    The next training weekend  is due to take place at the  Cheshire Frolic Ride on the 12th and 13th May. Keep an  eye out so as not to miss  your chance to secure your  spot! And Seniors, don’t  panic – you’ll have your  chance too! There are three  training dates in the pipeline,  details of which will be  announced very soon.    Read some of the feedback  below and make sure you read the next issue of the Endurance GB  Magazine for a full report! For any questions in relation to training  or development please contact Rebecca Kinnarney (rebeccakinnarney@endurancegb.co.uk).   If you learned something new, what was it: "About physio, a new jumping exercise and more about electrolytes" "Joint supplements at longer distances" "About fitness, the horse's health and physio stuff and lots more" "What to do in a vet gate" "What to take on an endurance ride, how to trot up a horse  properly, general endurance knowledge" "Where to specifically look when trotting up, during Fi's  talk/demonstration." "That weight is a natural aid. That you have to carry lead  if you are doing 160." "New jumping exercise" "You've got to sit before you canter"   Write about what you enjoyed most: "The riding" "Food" "The hack and jumping. Food. Everything" "The hack on Saturday and the bowling" "Meeting new friends, overcoming my fear of jumping, being able  to relax and learn at the same time, being able to go on the training  ride. Food." "Jumping!" "Mucking out, dinner on Saturday." "How chilled and packed with activities it was." "My pony did not buck"   Other comments: "Thanks so much, it was super fun" "Make it 7 weeks long" "I don't want it to end!!!!!!" "I liked it a lot 😊"  

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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.

Enquiries: anndark@endurancegb.co.uk

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DEVELOPMENT AND TRAININGDEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING - (Published:30 January 2018)

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 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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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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