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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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Junior and Young Rider Residential Training Camp - 2017 (updated)Junior and Young Rider Residential Training Camp - 2017 (updated) - (Published:26 June 2017)

Thanks to the kind generosity of Euston Park Endurance, this year's camp will take advantage of the fantastic facilities offered to us. For a small charge of £50, all meals, travel to activities, use of facilities including toilets and showers, access to the marked routes, 24/7 on-site security and much more will be included.

 

Camp will run from the afternoon of Tuesday 15th August until Friday 18th August and we would encourage those attending to stay and take part in the Euston Park rides taking place over the weekend. For those who cannot take part, there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved.**

 

A full itinerary will be confirmed in due course, to include:

 

- Visit to Newmarket Equine Hospital

 

- Visit to the British Racing Museum

 

- Training rides each day, under the expert guidance of international riders

 

- Talks from international endurance vet, Tom Eaton-Evans

 

- Social activity tbc likely go-karting, paintballing etc.

 

- Talk from GB International Endurance Squad farrier Harvey Lymer

 

- Other talks and activities to include horse nutrition, rider nutrition and fitness

 

Please contact Beth (via youngriders@endurancegb.co.uk) if you would like more information or are hoping to attend. Open to all EGB and SERC J/YR Members, Associates* and Club Members including the Pony Club. All riders must be aged 12 or above.

 

Once again camp will also be supported by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers.

 

**Please note that camp will officially finish on Friday afternoon and after this time riders will be the responsibility of parents/ guardians.

 

*Please inform Beth on enquiry as additional conditions apply for insurance purposes.

 

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2017 England Home International Squad announced ...2017 England Home International Squad announced ... - (Published:24 June 2017)

The 2017 Home International Squad hosts this year’s competition – 3 days of celebrations at The Emerald Green Feeds Lindum Spirit Ride

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SQUAD MEMBERS AND COMMISERATIONS TO THOSE WHO DIDN’T MAKE THE LIST!

 

For full details please click here!

 

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Valerie Cooper ... 25th March 1934 – 31st May 2017Valerie Cooper ... 25th March 1934 – 31st May 2017 - (Published:12 June 2017)

The endurance world lost one of its stalwarts when Valerie Cooper died last week.  Along with her husband, Mike, who died in 2013, Val had been involved in endurance for many, many years as a rider, ride organiser, and volunteer.  Mike’s time-keeping skills were legendary and, as a retired Royal Navy Commander, keeping errant endurance riders in place was as easy as breathing!

I first met Val in 2004 when she was looking for someone to take over the ride on her lovely Arab Topaz (aka Tomo) and so I drove up to Nunney, near Frome, to have a look at him.  I had a ride round Val’s school on Topaz, who was very beautiful but rather lazy, before she sent us out on a short hack.  When we got back Val pronounced me ‘suitable’ and asked how many times a week I would be able to come and ride him.  I was slightly taken aback because I had assumed he would come to live at the Hilton Herbs’ HQ, Downclose Farm, where I had my previous horse stabled.  Val was equally taken aback at the thought of her precious horse leaving the premises but she agreed that the logistics of me coming to Frome to ride were impossible and she promised to think it over.

I must have made a good impression because the following week Val and Mike brought Topaz down to his new home.  They were impressed by the facilities however Topaz was less impressed when, as it was early summer, he was turned out in the evening and left out!  Val told me subsequently that he had never, in all the time she’d had him, been turned out at night!  However he had to fit in to the Downclose routine and although he fence-walked for a week and went on temporary hunger strike he did finally accept his lot.

I spent a very enjoyable season riding Topaz, although my husband David, as a ‘newbie’ crew person found the presence of Val & Mike at some of the rides we did somewhat daunting!  Our season culminated in the 80K CER at Red Dragon and Val came down on her own to help crew her horse. She was a bit stressed about it all as the weather was bad and it was the furthest her “boy” had ever gone and her stress was infectious, so we managed to persuade her to stay and be ‘resident crew’ at the vet-gate.  Topaz completed the 80K with A’s across the board, to Val’s great joy, and to my relief, however he had needed some active persuasion from me to keep going forward towards the end (despite clearly not being at all tired) so I didn’t feel his heart was in the longer distances.  Post-ride it was mutually agreed, doubtless to Topaz’s great relief, that he would go home.

We continued to see Val and Mike at rides and socially, being introduced one evening into the mysteries of Mahjong!  We also had the great pleasure of being invited to their Golden Wedding anniversary which was an amazing occasion.  Whilst we were there that day I went to see Topaz who was enjoying retirement in his field, however sadly Val lost him shortly after to colic.

Our condolences go to Val’s sons, Nicky, Philip, and Robin and their families.

(Heather Giles)

 

 

 


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Bring on Golden Horseshoe 2018!Bring on Golden Horseshoe 2018! - (Published:01 June 2017)

After a year out, 2017 saw the comeback of Golden Horseshoe thanks to a new organising committee supported by previous organiser Barbara Wigley.

 

Held over the weekend of 20th & 21st May 2017, this prestigious event seen as one of the pinnacles of Endurance Riding in the EGB Calendar attracted 19 entries across Class 1 Golden Horseshoe and Class 2 Exmoor Stag supported by 45 combinations in Class 3 Exmoor Hind.

 

The Headline Golden Horseshoe sponsored by EGB South West & Wessex saw Heather Weston riding Vlacq Flint Accolade & Karen Jones riding Treasured Moonbeam steal the show, between them sweeping all the awards for the 160km. Riding together nearly all of the way, both riders were awarded Silver Awards with an average speed of 11.9kph over the two days, narrowly missing out on the coveted Gold Award. Heather scooped the prestigious Premier Award which goes to the highest placed horse that, in the opinion of the veterinary panel is best capable of travelling a further 40km with Karen & Treasured Moonbeam awarded the Showgirl & Zayin Stud Award to name a few. Commiserations to Candy Cameron riding Indian Djesik who crossed the finish line sadly to be lame at the end and Vicky Mosey riding Latek who retired at 147km.

Class 2 The Exmoor Stag kindly sponsored by Halsdon Arabians saw 3 successful finishers, with Linda Barnes riding Khatanga and Gill Plumbley riding Mirjana gaining Silver Awards with Helen Barrett and Penhwnllys Seline De Mon awarded a Bronze Award. Between the three of them they scooped the awards for Class Two and were each presented with a David Saunders Photography Voucher. 

 

The Exmoor Hind, Class 3 kindly sponsored by Performance Equestrian had 26 successful completions with a Performance Formula Placing for the awards, with only the smallest of margins separating the top 3. In third place was Karen W Jones riding Indian Princess and Second place was Charis Denham riding The Red Viscount who were also awarded the coveted Best Shod award across all three classes. Storming to victory & wining the Exmoor Hind were Lesley Nott and her ever faithful Firebird who also picked  up the Witham Golden Colonel Memorial Trophy awarded to the highest placed horse foaled prior to 2002.

 

Sunday saw 80 Pleasure Riders in the 25km Exmoor Hind sponsored by Torq. With awards up for grabs for nominated Pleasure Pairs for Handling and Turnout as well as optimum speed of 9.5kph, Phillipa Verry & Kerrie Sheppard found themselves victorious for both awards with a speed of 9.55km riding Chaterlands Stilton and Charterlands Melitta.

 

The organising committee would like to thank all of the Volunteers & Officials for their help over the weekend, with special thanks to Barbara Wigley, Liz Hinings & Stevie Martin for all of their help and support in the run up and over the weekend.

 

Bring on Golden Horseshoe 2018!

 

Photographs are by Tess Chisholm – firstly Bailey the Horseshoe security guard!  The other photo shows the two Golden Horseshoe finishers – Heather Weston from Suffolk and Karen Jones from Devon. 

The official photographer for the ride was David Saunders and his wonderful gallery of pictures from the weekend may be found here.

 

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New Delegation Feature ReleasedNew Delegation Feature Released - (Published:30 May 2017)

The new delegation feature has now been released. This makes the entry form shorter and quicker and easier to use for everyone.

The new Delegation feature will enable you to permit:
 - Other members or supporters of EGB to enter rides on your horse or horses.
 - Other EGB members or supporters of EGB to enter you as a rider on their horse or horses.

Full details can be found here

 
 
INTER REGIONALS AT CIRENCESTER PARK 14-16 JULYINTER REGIONALS AT CIRENCESTER PARK 14-16 JULY - (Published:27 May 2017)

Check out the 2017 rules for the Inter Regionals taking place at Cirencester Park by clicking here !

 
 
YOUNG RIDER CAMP 2017YOUNG RIDER CAMP 2017 - (Published:23 May 2017)

In an effort to offer a more affordable event for young riders/parents and at the same time provide a good training resource for young riders it has been decided to offer something different from  the previous Young Rider camps  this year.

Camp takes a lot of organisation and the venue, coaching and additional resources has meant we have had to review what is offered due to the fact we have not had a significant uptake from riders over the last couple of years.

Instead we will be offering a two/three days of training concentrating on how to pace your horse at rides, training at home and horse care before, during and after a ride. Please keep an eye out for more information.

 

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Bumper turnout for Royal Windsor Endurance -12 May 2017Bumper turnout for Royal Windsor Endurance -12 May 2017 - (Published:16 May 2017)

There were three endurance classes at the Royal Windsor Endurance kindly supported by the Kingdom of Bahrain today. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) scooped the top four places in the CEI2* with winner Saeed Hamoud Saeed Al Khayari riding Dahi and finishing in a time of 04:47:48. Bahrain’s Ali Abdulla Mohamed Al Subaie took the top place in the CEI1* on Henham Romeo in 03:46:24.

Saeed Hamoud Saeed Al Khayari said: “I had a really good ride today and it was a great result for UAE in the CEI2*.  It’s a real honour to ride on this lovely course in Windsor Great Park and to win at Royal Windsor is very special.”

This was the fifth edition of the Royal Windsor Endurance event, but the first to include both a CEI1* 80Km and a national 40Km ride, alongside the regular CEI2* 120Km. An overall field of 101 horses (exactly double that of last year) from 12 nations rode through Windsor Great Park, taking in Ascot Racecourse and a number of famous landmarks.

Great Britain was extremely well represented at the event, with a total of 64 starters including 17 out of 21 riders in the 80Km. Beth Langley finished second in that class on HS Ametista in 04:25:22 and said of her result:

“I’m really pleased with my result, she’s a great horse so I was hoping for a good ride. The course is lovely but deceptively difficult and technical to ride. There has been an amazing atmosphere here and it was really nice to have the graded riders (who were really good) and see them out on the course. Luckily my boyfriend and family have all been here helping today so they will all get to see my presentation from the Queen tomorrow – but I do feel like I need a showing groom to help get her ready!”

Ground Jury President, Ian Williams (GBR), said: “Today we’ve seen a true picture of endurance across all levels with the opportunity for international riders to compete at the highest level and for national riders to experience the thrill of these first class facilities. The wonderful cooperation of people across all levels of experience and ability and between nations is a great marker for the future of the sport.”

Endurance GB Chairman, John Hudson, said: “It was fabulous to have our national ride included in this now prestigious event and such a wonderful opportunity for our riders to ride in this setting. The feedback has been very positive and it’s a day that will live long in the memory.”

Royal Windsor Endurance Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said: “We had a really good ride here today. The rain overnight meant the going was perfect and welcoming the novice riders enhanced the already very special atmosphere. As ever we are hugely grateful to the Crown Estate for allowing us to ride through Windsor Great Park, to the Kingdom of Bahrain for their support and to the volunteers, officials and everyone who makes this event the success it is.”

Of the starting field of 103, 54 horses completed the rides (53%), with the remainder either retiring or failing to meet the stringent vetting criteria required to qualify for their next phase of the competition.

Presentations will take place at the Royal Windsor Horse Show tomorrow and all results can be found here.

 

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GOOD HORSEMANSHIP AWARD - WINDSORGOOD HORSEMANSHIP AWARD - WINDSOR - (Published:16 May 2017)

The Good Horsemanship Award was trialled in the CEI 2* ride at Royal Windsor Endurance last weekend. This was the first time the award had been trialled at a large FEI competition with full electronic timing.

 

The results were:

 

1st: Nicolas Garcia Maria/As Flor Del Pago (ESP)

 

2nd: Harry Ingram/Bronze Nahdir (GBR)

 

3rd: Taher Tarek/Taori R (KSA)

 

 

The award is designed to complement the existing competition structure and reward good horsemanship over the course of the competition. At each vetgate and at the finish, presentation times were scored as 20 points minus the presentation time. A 20 point bonus was given for each Cardiac Recovery Index (CRI) result where the second pulse was lower than the first. Scores were also awarded for the other veterinary criteria (gut sounds, gait and dehydration) up to a maximum of 15 points at each vetgate and at the final vetting.

 

The trials to date have been particularly useful in working out an effective way for the data to be collected and analysed. A further trial will take place at the first Euston Park after which the final proposal will be put before the Board of Endurance GB. This award is just one element of the 'British Protocol' which will be announced in due course.

 

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A Call to Arms for the Home International England Squad !!A Call to Arms for the Home International England Squad !! - (Published:15 May 2017)

Maggie Pattinson, the England Chef d'Equipe is hoping to hear from you - click here for more details.

 
 
BRITISH ENDURANCE PROTOCOL TAKES SHAPEBRITISH ENDURANCE PROTOCOL TAKES SHAPE - (Published:13 April 2017)

Following agreement in February that Endurance GB and the British Equestrian Federation would work together to develop a new British protocol for all future international rides in Great Britain, significant progress has been made.

 

A working party, led by Dr. Tim Watson, BEF Board Director, have met and discussed developing a protocol that not only helps build a long-term UK strategy regarding horse welfare, but further enhances our UK offering with an ultimate goal of increasing participation in international and high-level competition.

 

Following a number of meetings, a period of consultation was launched to seek the views of a random selection of FEI riders, ride organisers, officials and those aspiring to ride at that level. On analysis of the results, and a substantial amount of historic ride data, the working group are now in a position to test the new protocol at the Kings Forest ride. The results of the 80KM Competitive Endurance Ride class at Kings Forest will be analysed using the parameters that the working group are recommending, and the criteria will then be further assessed for their suitability to be introduced at all FEI and CER rides in England and Wales. Results of the analysis will be available on the Endurance GB website following the ride, at which time a summary of the criteria will also be available.

 

The objectives of the new protocol are to reward good horsemanship at our competitive and FEI rides in this country, devise a transparent method for appointing FEI officials, suggest ways to increase participation and recommend improvements to publicise clean sport. The process of refining a British Protocol that works for all is an interactive one and will be refined over the coming weeks, taking into account the information presented at the FEI’s Sport’s Forum.

 

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Endurance GB and The Pony Club collaborate over new Endurance LeagueEndurance GB and The Pony Club collaborate over new Endurance League - (Published:05 April 2017)

Pony Club Members who take part in Endurance GB rides at Novice (20-30km), Intermediate (31-39km) and Open (40km+) levels can now benefit from a new league where they will receive points for each kilometre completed.

The 2017 Pony Club Endurance League is now open, closing on 20 August when one lucky Member will be the first to receive a trophy kindly donated by Pony Club Endurance Chairman Robert Blane in memory of his horse, Pink Floyd.

Eligible rides can be found all over the country, and to take part Pony Club Members must either be a full member of Endurance GB (EGB) or they can register for free as an EGB Club Member which entitles them to compete up to 40km whilst paying member’s rates.

John Hudson, EGB Chairman, said: “We hope that the new league table will help reward those Pony Club Members taking part in Endurance GB rides, and increase the number of young people who enjoy the challenge and adventure of taking part in Endurance riding.”

This new league is also welcomed by The Pony Club as a benefit to its Members, and to help strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship the organisation has with EGB; with whom they are collaborating to increase participation amongst younger Endurance riders.

Robert Blane said: “We’re really excited about the new league, and we’re grateful to Endurance GB for their support. The league will offer a new level of safe competition for Pony Club Members taking part in Endurance GB competitions, and it is hoped that together we and Endurance GB can continue to increase the number of riders discovering the exciting sport of Endurance Riding.” 

The three highest ranked combinations at each level will be presented with a sash, and the overall winner will receive The Pink Floyd Trophy which Robert Blane feels is a fitting tribute to his horse. Described by Robert as a true all-rounder, Pink Floyd was a 17hh Advanced Endurance horse who also competed to a high level in Dressage and Show Jumping. 

Details of the new league tables can be found below:

Open                          

Horse and Rider combinations who receive the most EGB points in rides of 40km or above (GERs or CERs using normal EGB trophy points).  Best ten rides to count.

Intermediate           

Horse and Rider combinations who receive the most EGB points in rides between 31 and 39km (Vetted Pleasure rides and GERs using normal EGB points) Best ten rides to count.

Novice

Horse and Rider combinations who receive the most EGB points in rides between 20 and 30km (Vetted Pleasure rides getting one point per kilometer and Novice GERs using normal EGB points). Best ten rides to count. EGB Open/Advanced horses or riders are not eligible for this section.

The League tables will be available for viewing on the EGB website, where a list of rides and details on how to enter can also be found.

 Photos from the 2016 Pony Club Endurance Championships by IndiePics

 

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Important Safety Notice - K'vall Stirrups  *updated*Important Safety Notice - K'vall Stirrups *updated* - (Published:22 March 2017)

We would like to notify you of issues concerning the safety of K'vall type stirrups, with dual fixings, which the Board has decided should not be permitted at EGB events due to the danger of the foot not releasing and causing injury to the rider and the horse.  This decision was made further to information received by EGB concerning their lack of acceptability by other BEF disciplines and the FEI. We have a duty to protect our members' safety and well-being when an issue is raised with us.

We appreciate that those using the stirrups may be concerned about what alternative they can use. We welcome a discussion with all the Riders affected and ask that you email Emma Darwood by the 31st March, to let us know you are using them at EGB events.  We will be in contact with the members concerned to understand their needs and create a plan that can be implemented by the 30th June.

Safety of our competitors will always come first, but it is certainly not our intent to impede our members' enjoyment and progression within our wonderful sport.

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Update on Hat StandardsUpdate on Hat Standards - (Published:13 February 2017)

Permissible hat standards no longer include BSEN1384. In line with the other major equestrian disciplines, all riders must wear one of the standards listed below.

 

- British PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kite marked

- European VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kite marked

American ASTM F1163: 2004a or 04a onwards provided they are SEI marked

- SNELL E2001

- Australian and New Zealand AS/NZS 3838: 2006 onwards provided they are SAI global marked

 

Click here to see an infographic from the British Horse Society that details these standards in pictorial form.

 

However, we are also aware that several popular brands of Endurance Riding Helmets are aimed at a European market rather than a UK market, and although they carry the VG101.040: 2014-12 standard they do not carry an accompanying UK Kitemark. Having reviewed the situation, and in view of the number of Endurance GB members who already have these hats, we are also prepared to accept VG1 01.040: 2014-12 hats without the Kitemark at Endurance GB rides for the 2017 season.

 

 

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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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