Office ManagerOffice Manager - (Published:12 November 2018)

EnduranceGB, the governing body for the sport of endurance riding, is looking to recruit someone to manage all day to day aspects of its busy office.  The suitable candidate must have excellent communication skills in order to liaise with the members of this equestrian society and its large volunteers’ network including the Board of Directors.  


Suitable applicants must be cheerful, enthusiastic, with an active interest in horse sports, and an understanding of volunteer organisations.  Qualifications must include a robust knowledge of IT including the ability to use a bespoke in-house membership package, and to enable the implementation of future IT projects.  Literate and financially adept, you will have proven experience of working in a busy administrative office dealing with a wide range of tasks as required.  You will have the ability to manage and work within a small team on site, and with a wider voluntary team based nation wide. A flexible, hands on and personal approach will be necessary, and the role will include some level of out of hours or weekend working to facilitate handling of members’ queries and occasional attendance at off site events.  This role is based at the British Horse Society Offices at Kenilworth, Warwickshire, and is a full time office based position. Hours approx. 9 to 5pm, 5 days per week,  Salary c £27,000.   Please send your cv and application to suebox@endurancegb.co.uk


Closing date for applications - 5:00pm Friday 16th November 2018.

 

 
Endurance GB take steps to restructure office supportEndurance GB take steps to restructure office support - (Published:04 November 2018)

Endurance GB will be undergoing a restructure of its office support and as a result we are sad to report that Sarah Travers, current Executive Officer of Endurance GB, will no longer be working for the Society. Nicki Thorne, Chairman of Endurance GB, commented that ‘Sarah has been extremely enthusiastic in her approach with the society and we all wish her well for the future’. 


During her time with Endurance GB, Sarah has no doubt become a familiar point of contact for many members and said that she ‘has really enjoyed her time at Endurance GB and is planning to volunteer in the future’, we look forward to seeing her out and about at next year’s events.

 

The Board is currently finalising the new structure and job descriptions and adverts will be published in due course. It is the Board’s intention for the office to be fully staffed once again well ahead of the start of next season. In the meantime, please direct all office queries to ‘enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk’.

 

 
A very sad message from the Lancashire GroupA very sad message from the Lancashire Group - (Published:21 October 2018)

It’s with deep sadness that we have to advise you that Sue Taylor-Green has passed away peacefully with Alan by her side. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. 

We will inform you as soon as we know the funeral arrangements.

 
Statement on RegumateStatement on Regumate - (Published:19 October 2018)

In September the BHA issued a notice advising trainers to be cautious when using products containing altrenogest, which is the active ingredient in Regumate. This advice was issued as a result of reports from an Australian laboratory that trace levels of an anabolic steroid had been detected in products containing altrenogest.

The use of Regumate in mares has been permitted under FEI regulations for a number of years and altrenogest is not on the Equine Prohibited Substances List. The use of Regumate in mares is, therefore, not currently prohibited.

The BEF has sought clarification from the FEI and the advice received is that it remains permissible to use Oral Regumate in mares in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions, until such time as the FEI confirms that this policy should change.

However, please note that any injectable altrenogest products should not be used.

 
Retiring Directors - AnnouncementRetiring Directors - Announcement - (Published:18 October 2018)

At the AGM in November, two incumbent directors of Endurance GB will retire, Anna Williams and Harry Ingram. 

 

Anna Williams, elected in November 2017, took on the role of Marketing and Communications Director for the last year. She has been a great help to Endurance GB in this time, undertaking a contract review with our suppliers, managing a number of reactive comms and also helping deliver our first ever stand at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Anna has since decided that she needs to focus on her young family and that the demands of the role will not be best served once she returns to work after her maternity leave. 

 

Anna commented "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Board and wish to thank my fellow directors and Endurance GB members for the support they have given me. I'm sorry to be leaving now, but look forward to supporting where I can in the future. The Board are incredibly hard working and I wish them well for the future. I’d like to thank everyone that voted for me last year and I hope there is understanding for my short tenure on the board due to my change in circumstance."

 

Harry Ingram, first elected in November 2014, is due for election after having served his three-year term, but has decided not to re-stand for election. Latterly Harry was Vice Chair and Sponsorship Director, overseeing the partnership with HPG Endurance Ltd. He has previously been responsible for Marketing and Communications, before handing over to Anna in 2017. 

 

Harry commented "I'm very proud of what we have achieved as a Board over the last few years. It has been far from easy, but we have managed to navigate rough seas.  There is no doubt in my mind that the sport has changed in this time and we have made good progress. That said, there is still work to do and I have the upmost respect for those who will continue the charge on our behalf." 

 

Chair of EGB, Nicki Thorne commented "Both Harry and Anna have worked tirelessly for EGB and whilst we understand their decision completely, we are very sorry to see them go. We hope that they will relish some extra time with their horses and family." 

 

Endurance GB elections will be announced on the 24th of November. There are currently eight candidates for four vacancies. 

 

 
Have you been out and about with your camera during the season?Have you been out and about with your camera during the season? - (Published:17 October 2018)

Endurance GB are currently wanting to utilise our members' photography skills by using their photos from our  2018 rides and events in our  2019 handbook and upcoming presentations! 

If you have taken any photos at any of the Endurance GB events this year and would be happy for these to be used in our 2019 promotional material then please send them in to the Endurance GB office at  enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk


We would be extremely grateful for any contributions you may be able to provide, however we do have some guidelines we need to follow – so here is the boring bit…

- You must hold the copyright to the photo, or supply confirmation that the copyright holder is happy for the photo to be used in Endurance GB's publicity materials.

- 'Odd' shaped photos (long and thin, short and fat) are particularly welcome for the handbook.

- If the photo contains anyone who is under 18, confirmation must be supplied from whoever has parental responsibility for the child that they are happy for the photo to be used in Endurance GB's publicity materials.

- With any photos sent in, ideally we would like to have details about the photo such as who took the photo, the location and who is in the photo (horses and humans)

We look forward to seeing your photos from the year and also seeing what our members have been up to through a brilliant  2018 season!

 

 
FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List 2019FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List 2019 - (Published:04 October 2018)

The FEI Bureau has approved changes to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List (EPSL) brought forward by the FEI List Expert Group. These changes will be published on our website here so that our National Federations and athletes and their entourage can start the process of familiarisation with the changes.
 
The changes to the EPSL will come into force on 1 January 2019.
 
The consultation process for the 2020 FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List process will commence early in 2019.
 
Please contact caterina.termine@fei.org if you have any questions regarding the changes.

 

 
Concerns over anabolic steroids in RegumateConcerns over anabolic steroids in Regumate - (Published:03 October 2018)

Please see the attached memo from the British Horseracing Authority concerning the use of Regumate. This has been prompted by some anabolic steroid positives in Australian racing. Testing of Regumate in the UK has revealed the presence of an anabolic steroid, trendione. 

Although trendione is not itself on the FEI prohibited substance list it is a metabolite of the banned substance trenbolone. Therefore, until further clarification from the FEI, the use of Regumate in competing horses should be viewed as extremely risky. We are waiting to hear further from the BEF on this matter.

BHA Notice - Regumate 2009181.pdf

 
An update on the recently published International News Update!An update on the recently published International News Update! - (Published:22 September 2018)

International Squad News

We had a large number of members of the international squad competing at the Festival of Endurance at Euston Park at the weekend of August 17-19th and it was very encouraging to have the British team finish in 4th place, behind the UAE, Spain and France in the CEIO 120km class.

 

Carri Ann Dark with Bey Sahli was the first team member to finish, followed by Bella Fricker with Spanish Heir and Nicki Thorne with Kamilcia. Annie Joppe and Annette Masterson both failed to complete with minor issues.

 

We also had riders successfully completing the 3*160km class, giving them the qualification for next year's European Championships at Euston Park and the 1* 80km.

 

As I write this, I have just returned from WEG. We were all devastated that the endurance competition was abandoned before any riders got to finish. 

 

We are planning now for next year, starting with a Riders' Day on Sunday October 14th at Abbey Park, Kenilworth. The programme will include talks from the team physios and vets, as well as discussing ride plans for 2019. It is for senior and young riders who are interested in starting to compete in FEI classes or who are already competing internationally, together with any crew members who can attend.

 

Full details of the programme will follow with details of cost and how to book.

 

Riders hoping for team selection will need to attend one of the two assessment days in March/April planned for Bristol area and Lancashire. Further training days will be run prior to the final team selection towards the end of June.

 

As always, we welcome anyone is interested in joining  the squad to complete a EOI form which is on the webpage and send it to Lindsay Wilson.  

 

Liz Finney

 


 

 
ON-LINE PAYMENTS UPDATEON-LINE PAYMENTS UPDATE - (Published:05 September 2018)
We are aware that there is an intermittent issue with on-line payments that means some transactions will not go through as the authorisation process does not complete. We have spoken to SagePay and they are investigating the problem, which happens when Chrome is the browser used to make online payments. In the mean-time we advise members to first try another browser if they encounter a problem. If any issues persist, please contact the office who will be happy to help.
 
EUSTON PARK’S H.H. SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM UK ENDURANCE FESTIVALEUSTON PARK’S H.H. SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM UK ENDURANCE FESTIVAL - (Published:20 August 2018)

HUGE WEEKEND OF ENDURANCE AT EUSTON PARK’S H.H. SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM UK ENDURANCE FESTIVAL

SUFFOLK UK, 19 AUGUST:

Euston Park in Suffolk, UK, welcomed an incredible 580 horses and ponies from 33 nations over three days of International and National competition this weekend.

The event, the largest held in Europe this year, boasted everything from a Nations Cup CEIO2*120km  to a Pony Club Championships, and everything in between, with prize money and a rider travel and expense allowance totalling £1millon.

Day one of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival saw some fabulous riding conditions and 194 riders taking to the tracks in CEI1* 80km, CEIYJ1* 80km and CEIYJ2* 120km classes. In particular it was a great day for both the UAE and France (one first place and two top placings in Best Condition) but there was a notable British success for Sophie Moorhouse riding Crystal Wissam (Sam) in the CEIYJ1* 80km who scooped second place in both the ride and the Best Condition competition.

Sophie (15) from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire said: “Ride plans and tactics in this sport need to be flexible as lots of things can change throughout the event, but I wanted to start with the main group and maintain a consistent pace during the race. Sam has such great presentation times and I could use this to my advantage at the vet gates. I think his presentation times reflect how happy he was with how we were riding and with the course, which rode superbly, the rain in the days leading up the this event certainly helped the going which was pretty perfect.  The way he went out on the last loop (in 4th place) made me realise that we could possibly catch the two horses in front of us and still be traveling within his comfort zone. 

“Riding into the finish on this wonderful horse and seeing the flags at the finish and venue lying in front of us is a memory I won’t forget.”

On Day Two it was time for the excitement of a CEI3* 160km and the first CEIO2* 120km Team Nations Cup and Individual ride to be held in the UK, with 183 starters in total.

Twelve teams entered the Nations Cup, representing Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and UAE.

The final standings were:

1st UAE - total riding time 15:14:30

2nd Spain - total riding time 17:10:11

3rd France - total riding time 18:19:51

4th Great Britain - total riding time 20:01:23

5th Czech Republic - total riding time 20:13:44

6th Portugal - total riding time 20:18:58

7th Norway- total riding time 21:50:01

8th Sweden – total riding time 23:00:31

The Individual first placed rider was Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan Almazrouei riding Castlebar Tazzani in a total ride time of 04:41:29, and UAE riders took the next five finish places.

Mohammed Essa, Chef D'Equipe of United Arab Emirates Team, said: “Firstly I’d like to thank H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for putting on this amazing event, with the support of Endurance GB and organised by HPower Group in such a beautiful place. Our team performed really well and showed good horsemanship over the 120km course, it’s a very encouraging result as we prepare for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in a few weeks time.”

The highest placed British rider was Carri-Ann Dark, from Devizes, riding Bey Sahli. She said: “I’ve ridden here quite a few times but the course was the best ever, it rode fantastically. We had an amazing time and although he was slow to calm down for vetting he did so well out on the course that we made time up. I did the CEI1* 80km on Friday and a 40k GER on Sunday so it’s been a brilliant and exhausting weekend!”

British rider Katie Bedwin (20) from West Sussex, riding Penhwnllys Samala De Mon, finished the 120km in 63rd place, and in so doing gained Elite Young Rider status and qualified for the World Championships.

Katie said:  “We had a brilliant weekend and the results were the icing on the cake. I had a fall when riding in the CEI1* on Friday (still finished!), so it was touch and go whether I was going to be able to ride, but my horse was fit and ready to go and we were so desperate for the qualification I wanted to at least give it a try. 

“The course rode very well, and Marley felt great all day, she’s very good about getting on with her job, so the atmosphere didn’t worry her. I was very relieved to finish and for Marley to still be sound and happy. It’s great to have the qualification for Pisa already and now we can concentrate on fine-tuning everything before next year. After we finished, we also realised that was my 10th CEI2* completion, which also means I’m now an FEI Elite young rider - an extra special ending to a great weekend!”

In the CEI3* 160km, the first placed rider was Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE) riding Sequinte in a total ride time of 07:01:53, UAE also scooped second place and Algeria third.

Sharon du Plessis, Ground Jury President, said: “We had a busy two days with over 370 horses passing through the vet gates. The infrastructure was excellent and coped well with the numbers of entries, we also had an amazing team of officials and vets and I think we achieved my aim; which is always to stage a fair and equal competition. “Although we as officials are doing everything we can to protect the welfare of the horse the main responsibility lies with the athlete and I was pleased with the quality of horsemanship and the atmosphere around the site.

“The course was in great shape and the weather was really kind to us after so many hot weeks. Euston Park always feels like a very special and unique place to be.”

On Sunday, the third and final day of the Festival, eight National classes ranging from a 20km Pleasure Rider to an 80km GER ran alongside the four Pony Club Championships distances.

A Suffolk Punch, a Mule, Shetland and Coloured Ponies helped make up the 203 ponies and horses riding at this huge celebration of national Endurance. The youngest rider must certainly have been Fred Eaton-Evans (son of Treatment Vet, Tom) who undertook the 20km PR Pony Club Grassroots Championships on his trusty Shetland, Harry, on his eighth birthday!

After his successful completion, Fred said: “It took me about two hours and I’m feeling quite tired and relieved. I think it’s the furthest I’ve ever ridden. I’m going to go home and watch Boss Baby.”

The Suffolk Punch, Whatton Einstein was ridden by Sam Moore. As a registered ‘endangered species’ these rare heavy horses have close ties to Euston Park owing to Clare, Countess of Euston’s dedication to the breed.

Clare Valori, Co-Vice Chairman, Pony Club said: “It has been a remarkable opportunity for The Pony Club to be here through the unbelievable generosity shown by HPower.  Our members have enjoyed it enormously and I wish I could have bottled the stars in their eyes watching them at their briefing on Saturday evening.

“Not only have they all ridden the wonderful course and been scored on a Performance Formula, but they were also scored for their turn out and how they presented to the vets,  it’s been a great learning for them.

“Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and it has been such a positive experience.”

For further details of the Pony Club Championships please visit www.pcuk.org

Nicki Thorne, Chair, Endurance GB, said: “It has been a very special weekend with an incredible, inclusive atmosphere of cooperation between all the nations, and the experienced international and amateur riders and horses. For the GBR team to come fourth in the first ever Nations Cup held in the country was a great result.

“I have loved seeing the amazing variety of horses here, from the highly trained sports horses at the top of their career on Friday and Saturday to every breed variety, shape and size of horse today.  All enjoying the same sport.

“It’s also been so positive to welcome The Pony Club here for their Championships, and they’ve dealt brilliantly with the size of venue and number of people. It’s inspiring to see the next generation of Endurance riders learning from others and enjoying the sport. ”

Event Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said: “It’s been such a huge weekend here and a fitting end to another successful season at Euston Park. I can’t thank all of our stewards and volunteers enough, as well as His Grace The Duke of Grafton, the local landowners and residents and the amazing teams of officials that we have welcomed from across the globe this year. 

“Euston Park couldn’t happen without the huge support of our generous sponsors, but wouldn’t be what it is without the riders and crew who make these events such fun and biggest thanks of all go to all brilliant horses and ponies that are at the centre of what we do.

“Now we can start to plan for 2019 and in particular look forward to hosting the European Championships in 361 days time!”

The first placed rider in each FEI class was:

CEI1* 80km – Khalaf Ahmad Saeed Al Gaith(UAE) riding Mazyoona in a total time of 2:59:38

CEIYJ1* 80km – Auxane Govindin(FRA) riding Almyr Des Eymes in a total ride time of 3:45:11

CEIYJ2* 120km – Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali Almazrouei(UAE) riding Venise Des Ormeaux in a total ride time of 4:53:44

CEIO2*  120km - Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan (UAE) riding Almazrouei in a total ride time of 04:41:29

CEI3* 160km, the first placed rider was Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE) riding Sequinte in a total ride time of 07:01:53

The first placed Best Condition horse in each FEI class was:

CEI 1*  80km  - Billy du Melay ridden by Alice Fabre (FRA)

CEIYJ1* 120km - Venise des Ormeaux ridden by Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali Almazrouei (UAE)

CEIYJ1* 80km - Almyr des Eymes ridden by Auxan Govindin (FRA)

CEIO2* 120km - Castlebar Tazzani riden by Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan Almazrouei (UAE)

CEI3* 160km  - Sequinte riden by Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE)

Full results are available here: www.tawqeet.ae/events

National riders were ranked on a Performance Formula Criteria and full results will be available here: www.eustonparkendurance.co.uk

Follow all the action from this weekend at: eustonparkendurance.co.uk

The H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival organisers are grateful to event sponsors Emirates Airline, Longines, Azizi Developments, Mubadala and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One for their support.

Follow Euston Park Endurance on Facebook, Twitter @EP_Endurance and Instagram @ependurance.

-ENDS-

Notes to editors: 

For further information about Euston Park Endurance, interview or image requests please contact Sarah Hames sarahh@hpower.co.uk

 
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

 
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!

 
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