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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 Rides on 26th and 27th August – Auriols and Boyton HallEGB Rides on 26th and 27th August – Auriols and Boyton Hall - (Published:13 August 2017)

At Auriols there will be a £10 EGB ride entry voucher for 2018 for all those that start .. don’t miss this offer!

 

 

Entries are coming in slowly and we are looking forward to receiving lots more for both days, but remember the closing date is tomorrow, Monday 14th August.  All entries are to be received by the closing date unless by prior arrangement with the Ride Organiser.  Camping (£5), corralling (£5) and Saturday Supper (fish and chips, with mushy peas and various desserts, £7.50).
We have a superb route again, undulating bridleways, tracks, quiet lanes and good verges; ridden clockwise on Saturday and anti-clockwise on Sunday – so come for two days!  Distances from a 16km pleasure ride up to 106km over two days.
Please note that the venue is at Tetford / Salmonby, postcode LN9 6PY (and not at the location stated in the Members’ Handbook).
For further information please email Sheila Ludlow, the Ride Organiser, via this link or phone her on 07761 100461.

At Boyton Hall in addition to a £10 EGB ride entry voucher for 2018 there will be a £5 Performance Equestrian voucher for every rider who enters!  Thank you to Steve Beresford for his offer of vouchers, he will be at the Boyton Hall Ride, supporting us as usual.
As with Auriols, entries are coming in slowly and we are hoping for lots more!  There is camping, corralling, stabling, and the going is fabulous - newly cut margins for miles! And only an infinitesimal amount of road work! Definitely a ride not to miss! Late entries will be accepted, but enter before tomorrow night and you will save the £10 additional fee! Hope to see you there!
For further information please email Heather Weston the Ride Organiser.

 

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Don't forget the new National Championships!!Don't forget the new National Championships!! - (Published:12 August 2017)

 National Championship Series

This year Endurance GB is piloting running Novice, Open and Advanced Championships to sit alongside the existing 160km National Championships. In this pilot year, the qualification criteria are as follows:

 

Level

 

Qualification Criteria

to be completed as a horse/rider combination during 2017

Finals

Novice Championship

3 x Novice GERs, 30-45km

One to be 11kph+

50km Novice GER (Performance Formula)

Open Championship

3 x Open GERs, 40-68km

One to be 12kph+

One to be over 56km

65km GER

(Performance Formula)

Advanced Championship

2 x rides of 63-80km

One to be 80km

80km CER

The National Championship

1 ride of 80km+

160km CER

(over two days in 2017)

 We would welcome your feedback on the pilot, as we hope to develop and expand the concept in future years.

The championship finals will be held at the Red Dragon ride on 29th September-1st October, to coincide with the ride’s 40th birthday. Horse and rider combinations who complete the requisite number of rides will have received or will receive a formal invitation to take part in the finals.

You can see a list of those members who have already qualified here.

The Novice Championship (Class 16)

The Novice Championship will be the 48km Novice GER on Saturday the 30th September.

Placings will be determined by the Performance Formula scores of all the qualified participants in that class.

Please note in the event of excessive demand, an entry limit may be put in place, with Novice/Novice combinations given priority

It is most important to insert the words "Novice Championship" in the Comments box of the entry form please, to indicate that you are entering the Novice Championship.

The Open Championship (Class 13)

The Open Championship will be the 65km GER on Saturday the 30th September. Placings will be determined by the Performance Formula scores of all the qualified participants in that class.

Please note in the event of excessive demand, an entry limit may be put in place, with Open/Open combinations given priority

It is most important to insert the words "Open Championship" in the Comments box of the entry form please, to indicate that you are entering the Open Championship.

The Advanced Championship (Class 8 or Class 9)

The Advanced Championship will be awarded to the highest placed qualified combination in the 80km Little Dragon CER (Class 9) on Saturday the 30th September.

The 80km Little Dragon CER forms part of the Dragon's Tail (Class 8: 80km CER on Saturday and 42km GER on Sunday), so you can also enter the Dragon's Tail to be eligible for the Advanced Championship.

It is most important to insert the words "Advanced Championship" in the Comments box of the entry form please, to indicate that you are entering the Advanced Championship.

 The National Championship (Class 7)

The title of National Champion will be awarded to the highest placed qualified combination in the 160km Red Dragon CER held over the weekend of the 30th September/1st October.

It is most important to insert the words "National Championship" in the Comments box of the entry form please, to indicate that you are entering the National Championship.

                

 

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Belvoir Castle International Endurance CompetitionBelvoir Castle International Endurance Competition - (Published:11 August 2017)

This month Belvoir Castle proudly hosted Belvoir Endurance in their first International Endurance competition, which saw 114 riders take part in competitive classes at the Leicestershire castle and the surrounding Vale of Belvoir.

The successful event, held at the castle’s Lakeside venue, saw attendees take part in International Classes CEI 2* 120km and CEI 1* 80km and National Classes, attracting a world class International field with entries from Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, India and the United Arab Emirates.

(Photo from the FEI competition courtesy of David Saunders of Saunders Photography)

Winners from the event were :

CEI 2* 120km
1. Maialen Calvo Ibañez ESP                                      Takin De Jansavis                  17.38 kph
2. Essa Ismail Othman Khalifa  UAE                           Tasheinit Des Eymes             16.92 kph 
3. Meile  Fickenscher GER                                            Griff                                        16.981 kph 
4. Laura Graham GBR                                                    Warrens Hill Farrah                13.81 kph  

CEI YJ 2* 120km
1. Saeed Abdulla Bin Huzaim UAE                              Protocol De Lafon                  19.85kph 
2. Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Almuhairi  UAE          Un Atout De Rouaisse            19.85kph 
3. Naroa Calvo Ibañez  ESP                                         Ainhoa Kesdor                        19.85kph 

CEI 1* 80km 
1. Fakir Ali IND                                                             Jozami Shalom          18.31kph 
2. Jahan Perlyasamy  SRI                                             Octavia                       17.25 kph 
3. Mohamed Aida  ALG                                                Lauralyn Kasey           17.25 kph 

CEI YJ  1* 80km 
1. Tess Wheldon GBR                                                     Tannasg Sovereign    15.31kph 
2. Ollie Holman GBR                                                        Reena Screena Star  13.14kph 

(Pleasure Ride photo courtesy of Will Turner: pictures may be purchased from the website)
A further 107 riders participated in a Pleasure Ride and Pony Club Ride with distances from 20km to 5km, providing an opportunity for every one of all ages a chance to enjoy the stunning route through the Belvoir Estate’s English countryside.

The organisers of Belvoir Endurance worked closely with the local community to ensure the race route could pass through local land, including Belvoir Fruit Farms who also supported the event with Elderflower Pressé drinks. Belvoir Fruit Farms, alongside Harry Dabbs Saddler, Equerry KBF 99 and TopSpec, all generously provided prizes for those taking part in the event. Speaking of the event, Peverel Manners, Managing Director Belvoir Fruit Farms, said: “Belvoir Fruit Farms was delighted to support the Belvoir Endurance ride, made all the more special with the first event being held on the beautiful Belvoir Estate, right on our doorstep. The buzzing event was pleasure to be a part of and we are sure everyone who took part in the amazing ride enjoyed participating in such a picturesque area.” The Belvoir Endurance event was hosted at Belvoir Castle courtesy of Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland. The castle was given the French name Belvoir – meaning beautiful view – now pronounced ‘beaver’, and remains as one of the most magnificent and beautiful Regency houses in England. Belvoir Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland and the family has lived at Belvoir in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years. 

Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland said: “We feel so very fortunate to be acting as custodians for what is a short time in Belvoir’s many centuries of history – to this splendid historic home and estate. We were delighted to share Belvoir’s many treasures with the riders and visitors to Belvoir Endurance and it is our aim to preserve and cherish Belvoir to enable future generations to enjoy for many more centuries to come.”

The organising committee for the event is now working on plans to expand the event further in 2018 based on the success of the inaugural event and will be announcing details later this year.

 

 

 

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Foreign horse qualifications for EGB National Rides (CENs)Foreign horse qualifications for EGB National Rides (CENs) - (Published:02 August 2017)

In a move to ensure consistency with our rules and qualification criteria, Endurance GB has looked to confirm whether FEI qualification criteria or Endurance GB national qualification criteria applies to foreign horses and/or riders riding in Endurance GB national level rides. 

Endurance GB has been working closely with the FEI and can confirm that Endurance GB qualification rules do apply to all entrants in national level rides, regardless of their nationality. 

As a result we are aware that a limited number of overseas visiting horses, whilst legitimately qualified for the class under FEI rules, have ridden in national level rides without the appropriate Endurance GB qualifications. We have reviewed our ride archive for this year and we have given the owners of any horses who may be affected the opportunity to submit evidence to prove that they were qualified to compete in the class under national rules. This review has resulted in one of these outcomes for each of the horses concerned: 

a) They were able to prove that the horse was qualified, so their result will stand 

b) They were not able to prove that the horse was qualified, and so depending on their individual circumstances they have either been downgraded to a completion or eliminated. 

The future 

Going forwards, the following will apply, in accordance with our current rule book: 

• All horses competing in national level GERs and CERs must be registered with Endurance GB (or SERC/ILDRA), and must have a mastercard. The only exception to this are horses entered under the ‘Try Before You Buy’ scheme. 

• Horses will, on first registration with Endurance GB, be deemed to be ‘novice’. If a rider or trainer wishes Endurance GB to take into account a horse’s prior competitive history when Endurance GB sets the horse’s Endurance GB entry level, they must provide evidence of the horse’s prior competitive history and their National Federation must sign to authorise that the evidence is correct. If the evidence provided turns out at a later date to be incorrect, Endurance GB reserves the right to annul the results of any competitions completed on the back of those qualification rides. 

• Overseas visiting horses will now have a new pink mastercard to track their competition history. 

• If a mastercard is not presented on arrival at the ride for a horse who entered in a national level competition in the UK, the Technical Steward has the right, after considering the case in the round, to prevent that horse from competing. Alternatively, they can allow the horse to compete on deposit of £25 + £5 admin fee, if they consider that the circumstances warrant it, and the rider will be required to send the mastercard to the Technical Steward after the ride for checking and signing. 

• Once a horse’s Endurance GB entry level has been set, it must then qualify through the published Endurance GB qualification criteria or provide further evidence of qualifying rides abroad before competing in longer rides. 

These process improvements have been met with enthusiasm by our Technical Stewards as they will now be able to treat all national competitive entrants in the same way. We have also made some IT changes so that it will be easier for Technical Stewards and Ride Organisers to check qualifications in advance of the ride for the majority of entrants. 

We have also worked with all of the larger endurance trainers in the UK who train overseas visiting horses, to ensure that all of their horses have log books and are registered at the correct level with Endurance GB. 

A guide for foreign riders wishing to enter Endurance GB rides is available here.

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Long Mynd cancelledLong Mynd cancelled - (Published:01 August 2017)

The Long Mynd ride, due to be held on the 3rd September, has unfortunately had to be cancelled because of the loss of access to a section of the route. The organisers would like to pass on their apologies to those who were hoping to attend.

 
 
Endurance GB statement - BEF governanceEndurance GB statement - BEF governance - (Published:27 July 2017)

As has been widely reported this week, there have been a number of challenges arising from the proposed changes to governance, leadership and structure of the BEF.  Last week it was confirmed by the Chair of the BEF Board, Joanne Shaw, that the CEO, Clare Salmon, had resigned from the Federation.

 

The founding members of the BEF, which include BE, BD, BS and the BHS, have now formed a Governance Steering Group, which is being co-chaired by Lynn Petersen, CEO of the BHS, and Deborah Smith, a BEF non-executive director and includes representatives of the other Member Bodies. This group is now working collaboratively towards a governance structure to comply with the requirements of the UK and Sport England governance code by 31 October 2017.

 

On her departure, Clare Salmon raised some concerns about the culture and behaviour within the Federation. The BEF Board is commissioning an independent organisation to lead a review prompted by those concerns.

 

EGB has been kept informed throughout the process and wishes to continue to work closely with the BEF and the Governance Steering Group, supporting them in the work that they are undertaking to move forward with the right governance, strategy and structure in place to meet the long term needs of all member bodies of the BEF and equestrian sport in general.

 

Clare Salmon was particularly supportive of EGB and of promoting endurance in the UK. The Board of EGB would like to express its thanks to Clare and wishes her well for the future.  

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The Cumbria Challenge - 2nd/3rd SeptemberThe Cumbria Challenge - 2nd/3rd September - (Published:24 July 2017)

Please can you help at the Challenge this year 2/3rd September?  We are at the Orton, Tebay venue again - so handy from M6 Junction 38 a few miles down the Appleby road and we need helpers!!

 

If you can help for one or both days please e-mail me with your preference for jobs which are:

 

Vet Writers

Vet Steward

Vet Runner

Check Points 

Gate openers

Venue Marshalls parking

You can view the ride schedule here.  Thank you in anticipation …. Penny Pearce

 

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ENDURANCE GB ANNOUNCES BRITISH TEAM FOR EUROPEAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS ENDURANCE GB ANNOUNCES BRITISH TEAM FOR EUROPEAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS - (Published:23 July 2017)

Endurance GB is delighted to announce the team of riders and horses who will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming European Endurance Championships to be held in Brussels in Belgium on the 17th of August:

  • Rachael Atkinson with Tannasg Psyches Realm
  • Caroline Cowley with HS Bellini
  • Harry Ingram with Warrens Hill Chayze
  • Annie Joppe with Fantom
  • Nicola Thorne with LM Bolena
  • Reserve: Lorna Kidson with Sheer Bliss

     

    Chef d’Equip, Liz Finney, commented, “Following a very positive training day held at Euston Park, courtesy of HPower, we have made the difficult decision as to which horses would be selected. We have a strong team of riders who all have international experience and we are looking forward to competing in the European championships in Brussels.”

     

    The Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters takes riders from the Bois de la Cambre park in central Brussels out towards the Sonian Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 5 loops of the 160km course can be found here.  

    Each rider will have their own support crew who will assist them in vet gates and out on course, along with Endurance GB’s Senior Management Team, who consist of:  Chef d’Equip - Liz Finney Vet - Hannah Kelley   Farrier - Kelvin Lymer  Physio - Katie Dorman 


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    Boyton Hall Ride - 26/27 AugustBoyton Hall Ride - 26/27 August - (Published:11 July 2017)

    Entries are open for the Boyton Hall ride. We do hope you are coming this year. Different venue field this year, but the post code and grid reference are the same. More on the website soon. This is a fabulous ride in lovely Suffolk countryside with almost no road work.

    We are short of help this year and would welcome anyone who can come along and support this ride. Or if you are riding and can spare one of your supporters, do let the ride organiser know!
     
     
    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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