Irish riders enjoy clean sweep at 25th anniversary Endurance GB FEI King’s Forest RideIrish riders enjoy clean sweep at 25th anniversary Endurance GB FEI King’s Forest Ride - (Published:03 June 2019)

Tom MacGuinness, the 67-year-old founder of Horseware, has won his first FEI CEI-3* 160km contest, with his 11-year-old chestnut gelding Horseware Sasha D'Aillais. The pair completed the route over grassland and soft sandy tracks at just over 18km/hr ahead of Spain’s Maria Alvarez Ponton (JM Bucefala) and Omar Blanco Rodrigo (Twyst Maison Blanche).

The Endurance GB Young Rider National Championship saw Madison (Maddie) Pomroy, with Angel’s Twilight Spirit on loan from Roz Plail, and Katie Bedwin, riding Sue Higgins’ Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz take the well-deserved titles of Champion and Reserve Champion respectively.

In the CEI-2*, Horseware HLM Iguazu, owned by Tom MacGuinness and ridden by Martin McNamara set a record for Ireland – the first time riders from the Emerald Isle have won an FEI double.

Tom, who heads up Horseware and also plays polo in his spare time, said: “As Sasha is trained in Spain, I think he was acclimatised to the conditions and this might have helped. It was warm and humid at times but there was a breeze in the forest itself. This horse is amazing, I’m very happy with how he went. He is just so generous, even when we got lost he just turned round and retraced our steps and got going. I didn’t have to dig into the well at all - he was just on the bridle and there was a lot more left in him which is exciting. After this he will have two weeks relaxing in the field and then come back into work with lots of walking out before he begins his training again. We will aim to do an 80km ride and then if we feel he is fit and ready to go, we will be at the European Championships.”

Tom’s entry at the 25th anniversary FEI King’s Forest Ride is part of the build up to the European Championships taking place over similar terrain at Euston Park in Suffolk in August. He also hopes to field an Irish team in the Nations Cup at the same event.

Mr MacGuinness said: “I thought I would give endurance a go and initially I thought I would find it boring but the more I discovered, it is anything but. I play polo but I am not born to it like I am to endurance. I love every aspect of it – the sense of adventure of riding one horse into the ‘unknown’ and the real team side of things behind the horse and crewing.”

Helen McFarland, Chairman of Ireland’s Long Distance Riding Association (ILDRA) said: “ILDRA is an incredibly small organisation and we greatly value all our athletes whether they are achieving their dream of completing their first 30km ride or as in Tom’s case realising their first 3* 160km win. An Irish sweep of the 2* and 3* at the prestigious King’s Forest Ride is a real tribute to the hard work put in by Tom, his trainer Jordi, by Martin and the rest of the team.”

Dianne Luke, who together with husband Paul supported by Karen Collier, has been organising King’s Forest for 25 years, said: “I certainly didn’t think in 1994 that I would still be running this ride today. Yet over the years despite all the hard work, so much fun has been had and so many true friendships have been formed.”

Paying tribute, Endurance GB Chair, Rebecca Kinnarney, said: “Well done to all those who achieved their goals here and particularly to our fantastic Young Rider champion Maddie Pomroy and Reserve, Katie Bedwin. It’s unfortunate that there were no finishers in the 160km Senior National Championships but endurance is a tough sport, particularly in a country with such changeable weather.

“Thanks to Dianne and the team, King’s Forest has become one of the high points of the Endurance GB calendar. The ride is not only renowned for its stunning course and fantastic organisation, but also the hospitality and real sense of camaraderie that epitomises our sport. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the team here for that and look forward to seeing the ride prosper into its next quarter century.”

Horseware's Tom MacGuinness on course for victory

Maddie Pomroy with Roz Plail's Angel's Twilight Spirit

Horseware's Tom MacGuinness with Endurance GB Chair Rebecca Kinnarney

(Photos courtesy of David Saunders Photography)

 
Endurance GB statement on Vencedor A’ DiamondsEndurance GB statement on Vencedor A’ Diamonds - (Published:02 June 2019)

Endurance GB announces with great regret the death of Vencedor A’ Diamonds, a 10-year old grey gelding owned and ridden by Switzerland’s Urs Wenger, 69, while competing at the FEI King’s Forest Ride on Saturday 1 June.

Vencedor A’ Diamonds, who was bred by Mr Wenger, had previously completed two CEI-2* rides coming second at Babenhausen CE1-2* in 2017 and seventh at Costaros in 2018. This was his second attempt at a CEI-3* with his rider, an experienced competitor who represented the Swiss team at the World Endurance Championships at Euston Park in 2012.

A spokesperson for the ride organiser said: “Vencedor A’ Diamonds performed consistently through the ride and passed the stringent veterinary parameters in place without any concerns.  Vencedor A’ Diamonds and Mr Wenger were travelling within 11 minutes of the leading horses in the CEI-3* 160km event and were 3km from home when the horse stopped. Veterinary services were immediately in attendance, but unfortunately the horse collapsed and died. Medics were called to the scene to treat Mr Wenger for symptoms of severe shock. We would like to express our condolences to him over this tragic event.”

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled in the coming days.

 

 
'Improving the longevity of the endurance horse''Improving the longevity of the endurance horse' - (Published:01 June 2019)

Taken from the welfare conference at Newmarket Equine Hospital, listen to veterinarian Tom Eaton Evans who is based at Newmarket and a 4* FEI Endurance treatment vet discuss the issue and importance of Biosecurity -

 

https://www.buzzsprout.com/278212/1214447-bonus-content-biosecurity-egb-welfare-conference-2019

 

Alex Tennant - Welfare Director

 

 
Riders celebrate success at Endurance GB Golden Horseshoe Ride on ExmoorRiders celebrate success at Endurance GB Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor - (Published:22 May 2019)

Riders are celebrating coveted completions in Endurance GB’s Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor, which after more than 50 years since it first began, remains one of the most challenging events in the sport’s calendar.


The oldest long-distance Endurance GB ride in the UK is widely regarded as one of the most challenging in Europe and sees competitors tackle classes ranging from 24km to 160km (100 miles) over spectacular moorland terrain.

This year’s top successes came in the Exmoor Stag class which takes competitors over 120km (75 miles) in two days. There were silver awards for Devon-based Karen Jones with Treasured Moonbeam and Kathy Carr who had travelled from Leicestershire to take part with Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle. A third rider, Exeter’s Gillian Mann, earned a completion with HS Parnasse.

Cullompton-based Karen Jones and her 13yr old mare, Treasured Moonbeam, had success over the 160km in 2017 and so stepped down a distance to take on the 120km two-day class.

On top of her Silver award, Karen collected the Exmoor Stag 75-mile Cup and the Exmoor Stag Award together with the Jill Calvert Cup for her crew.

Karen, who won the trophy for the leading rider to finish for the third time, said: “This little horse is amazing – we have differences of opinion sometimes about speed and direction but we get there! The weather for the Horseshoe ride was wonderful and ground conditions on the moor were good but the course was tough and I got off at one point because the track was so steep and I could barely get down.”

Exeter-based Gillian Mann and her 13yr gelding HS Parnasse first attempted the 160km class in 2015 but were unfortunately unsuccessful. They went on, however, to successfully complete the one-day 80km class in 2018 so this year went one better in stepping up to a second day of competition.

Gillian said: “The ride went very well despite getting caught up on one of the many gates and my bit breaking! However, with the camaraderie of riders and help of mine and other riders’ crews we completed.

“Compared to previous years, the northern route was more difficult with less open moor and very steep technical parts - although it did seem better the second time around. The southern loop was a delight with some good sections for cantering and beautiful views.

“I knew I had to be fit as well as my horse for the ride as it is a tough event which requires good pacing along the 120 km. I knew to expect quickly changing weather although this year the weather was perfect for riding.  This is one ride where keeping track of your pace is key, as is allowing your horse time to grab water and a snack on the way if that is what they want.”

“For me this is true endurance riding. I love the challenge, the countryside and the views are just magnificent. You have to be able to read the ground, adjust your speed to the terrain and listen to your horse.”

Grantham-based Kathy Carr with Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle came to the ride with a strong record of success including a silver and bronze over the 160km class in 2018 and 2015. They have also enjoyed multiple successes at challenging rides including a notable 14th place at the European test-event in Brussels in 2016.

Kathy received a glut of silverware for her efforts on Exmoor including the Marcy Pavord Memorial Trophy, the Zayin Arabian Stud Award, the Esprit de Ferzon, the Dunlop Heywood Veteran Rider Award, the Saillard Fuller Silver Trophy the Exmoor Stag Fleur Award.

Kathy said: “That was a really tough one! It was definitely the most challenging Golden Horseshoe Route I've experienced. We just made Silver time on day two with one minute to spare. Paris never ceases to amaze me.”

A completion in the Golden Horseshoe is regarded as being on the ‘bucket list’ for most top level endurance riders and the degree of the challenge registered this year with no completions in the weekend’s top class of 160km in two days. However, there were nine completions in the two-day 80km Exmoor Hind class with first place for Craig Budden from Southampton with GL Gilded Lance, a second place for Karen Wendy Jones on Indian Princess and third place for Charlie Turley and Safiya. Three riders enjoyed success in the one-day 80km Exmoor Fox class, Andrea Champ with Druimghigha Lantana earning first place, Sally McIlwaine and Winnie the Witch coming second and Antonia Milner-Matthews coming third with Clonmore Treasure.

However, one of the features of the weekend was the wide spread of Endurance GB entries from around England and Wales in other shorter distance classes. A total of 15 riders successfully took on the one-day 40km with 33 completions in the novice class. Elizabeth Madell and Twosox collected the Golden Horseshoe Para Award for her grade four completion in the Exmoor Otter Cub 40km Novice class.

In addition, the introduction of a non-competitive pleasure ride, which gave grass-roots endurance riders the chance to sample the Golden Horseshoe route over the stunning Exmoor National Park, saw fifty riders taking part.

Devon-based Jo Chisholm who organises the Golden Horseshoe Ride with husband Andrew said: “Despite low entries in the longer distance classes, the shorter distances were supported well and riders tackled a typical Exmoor course with many hills incorporating steep climbs and rocky tracks, along with some wonderful moorland going, which was in places almost perfect with the recent dry weather.  

“The weather was once again kind to us with ideal riding conditions, not too warm but pleasant in the sun for the numerous volunteers around the course.  The organisers would like to extend their utmost appreciation for the army of volunteers without whom this ride would not be possible.”

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: “On behalf of Endurance GB, I would like to thank the Golden Horseshoe Ride’s amazing team of ride organisers, vets and volunteers, without whom such a major event giving so many riders the opportunity to enjoy this incredible course, would not be possible. We are already looking forward to a great time next year.”


 

 

 
TRESHAM CANCELLATIONTRESHAM CANCELLATION - (Published:22 May 2019)

It is with regret that Tresham, due to be held on 30 June, has been cancelled in order to allow us to review the venue location and the route for next year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and we anticipate that the ride will be back bigger and better than ever in 2020. Refunds will be processed automatically.

 
World-famous Exmoor Golden Horseshoe Ride sets off this weekend in ‘near perfect’ conditionsWorld-famous Exmoor Golden Horseshoe Ride sets off this weekend in ‘near perfect’ conditions - (Published:16 May 2019)

More than 140 horses and riders will set out to take part in the world-famous Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor this weekend.

The oldest long-distance Endurance GB ride in the UK is widely regarded as one of the most challenging in Europe and sees competitors tackle classes ranging from 24km to 160km (100 miles) over spectacular moorland terrain.

The ride was first held in 1965 with The Daily Telegraph newspaper as main sponsor. Starting from the ride venue in Exford, the 100 mile (160km) route includes several well-known Exmoor landmarks. Designed in two loops, one to the north and one to the south, the course takes riders north via  Wheddon Cross to Webbers Post in the shadow of Dunkery Beacon, and then west towards Porlock. The second southerly route sees riders head west towards Withypool and Hawkridge before descending from the moor through woodland to cross the River Barle near Dulverton and then back to Exford via Winsford.

The ride attracts Endurance GB competitors of all levels across a range of classes over the three days. This year, five riders will take on the greatest challenge The Golden Horseshoe Ride itself which covers 100 miles (160km) in two days. The five include three west country-based riders, David Yeoman from Somerset riding Eaunoire Cassie, Gillian Mann from Exeter with HS Parnasse and Kirsty Wiscombe from Dorset riding Yawl Hill Maverick. Travelling further afield are Gillian Talbot from Chepstow with Sa'da Sekora and Sue Cox from Cambridgeshire with Eden El Nyhl.

Five riders will tackle the Exmoor Stag class, which takes competitors over 120km (74.5 miles) in two days. Again the West Country is well represented by three riders, Karen Jones from Cullompton with Treasured Moonbeam, Amanda Tovey from Bristol with Diving Belle and Carri-Ann Dark from Wiltshire with HS Drift. Also lining up in the Exmoor Stag class are Sue Box from Usk with Kazeme El Mystral and Kathy Carr from Leicestershire with Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle.

The most popular class over the weekend is the 24km Pleasure Ride with nearly 50 entries. Horses have to pass stringent vet checks before starting as well as veterinary inspections during the ride to ensure they are fit to continue. Riders and horses are supported during the ride by crew who travel to water points along the route.

Ride organiser Jo Chisholm said after rain and then sunshine this week, the going on the moor for the ride is good and the weather forecast of light cloud and a gentle breeze for the weekend would make for ‘near perfect conditions’.

Devon-based Jo, who runs the ride with husband Andrew along with an army of Endurance GB volunteers said: “We are pleased with the level of entries and both the weather and ground conditions look set to provide the ideal conditions for tackling this spectacular course. The Golden Horseshoe Ride attracts riders from across the country and we are looking forward to welcoming them and seeing a wonderful and enjoyable two-days of competition.”

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: “The Golden Horseshoe and Exmoor Stag classes are two of the greatest classes in the Endurance GB calendar. A completion at this event is regarded as a pinnacle of achievement in our sport but is an achievable ambition with a combination of fit, well-prepared horse and rider, clement weather conditions and a light sprinkling of luck! We wish everyone taking part every success but more importantly, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.”

 

Photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography

 
Endurance GB responds to FEI Royal Windsor Endurance Ride resultEndurance GB responds to FEI Royal Windsor Endurance Ride result - (Published:12 May 2019)

Commenting on the FEI Endurance 80km CEI-1* and 120km CEI-2* at Royal Windsor, Endurance GB Chair Rebecca Kinnarney said: “The opportunity to compete at a major FEI ride here at Windsor gives British riders a wonderful experience at a showcase venue and we were delighted that 14 of our riders completed the CEI-1*  class successfully.

“The work of the veterinary commission was exemplary throughout the course of this ride and the Technical Delegate and organising team adapted to difficult conditions at the start in the mist to ensure safety.”

Commenting on the disqualification of the first rider to cross the line in the 120km CEI-2* for breach of a sport rule in respect of use of the reins as a whip, she added: “Endurance GB welcomes the application of the rules by the Ground Jury at Royal Windsor Endurance in respect of this rider. While most other equestrian disciplines allow whips and their rules accordingly pertain to excessive use, FEI Endurance rules simply don’t allow whips to be used. Something being used as one was witnessed by the Ground Jury in this case, and so the rider was subject to a strict liability test.

“In the light of the current FEI investigation into the ‘reshaping’ of endurance, the outcome of the Ground Jury’s deliberations at Windsor sends a clear signal to all those involved in the sport as riders, trainers and crews as well as those watching the sport closely from the side lines that the welfare of the horse is paramount.

“Endurance GB are grateful to the Ride Organisers, HPower, and to the Crown Estate for enabling this event to go ahead.”

The top six British riders to complete the FEI CEI 1* were; 8th, Lauren Mills (HS Jamal), 19.272km/hr;  10th, Anna Bridges (Crystal Wissam), 19.254 km/hr; 11th, Louise Rich (Oakleazefarm Czamak) 19.106km/hr; 12th, Georgina Vaughan (Polaris) 16.661km/hr; 13th, Nicola Chappell (Viniculture) 16.615km/hr; 14th, Sarah Ainsworth (LB Armanii) 16.614km/hr.

 

 
RIDE CANCELLATIONSRIDE CANCELLATIONS - (Published:01 May 2019)

Unfortunately the Cwm Sirhowi ride (2 June) and the Dambusters ride (22 September) have had to be cancelled. 

Cwm Sirhowi has been affected by an increase in forestry works in the area, which has made the route unviable this year. Ride Organiser Sue Box has asked us to stress that Wentwood in Summer will be going ahead, however, as the forestry work will be finished by then. 

The Dambusters ride organiser has been unable to source a suitable venue for a national ride. The local group are currently reviewing whether a smaller social ride might be an option. 

Refunds for both rides will be processed shortly. 

Esther Young - Operations Director
 
Important news about the future of 'Endurance' MagazineImportant news about the future of 'Endurance' Magazine - (Published:30 April 2019)

Endurance GB is currently working with its publishers, Matrix, to review all of our printed media to ensure that it is delivering best value for our members. As you will understand, print media is very expensive to produce, and it is vital that our hard copy publications are sustainable in an increasingly online world.

As a result of this review, some difficult decisions have been made about the future of Endurance magazine. The magazine is a joint venture, equally funded by Endurance GB and Matrix, and up to press has had a single editor contracted directly by Matrix.

Endurance GB and Matrix have decided to move away from this model.

The magazine will remain a joint venture, but rather than having a single editor we will be moving towards forming an editorial team made up of Matrix staff and Endurance GB volunteers.

The professional design, technical and practical side of producing the magazine will be absorbed into Matrix's existing staff, and we will have a team on the Endurance GB side responsible for sourcing content for the magazine.

Unfortunately this means that the single paid editor contractor position no longer exists.

We would like to thank Cindy Russell for her many years of dedication as editor to our magazine, taking the Endurance magazine forwards through many changes to position it where it is today and we wish her every success for the future.

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/News/Magazine

 
Endurance GB responds to FEI Sports Forum on future of enduranceEndurance GB responds to FEI Sports Forum on future of endurance - (Published:17 April 2019)

Chair of Endurance GB, Rebecca Kinnarney, has described a day dedicated to addressing challenges faced by the sport of endurance internationally as marking a positive step forward.

Speaking after the FEI Sports Forum presentation given by the Endurance Temporary Committee, Rebecca Kinnarney said: “Change is clearly needed and the Endurance Temporary Committee has worked extremely hard to produce a set of proposals to take our sport into the future.

“A great deal of expertise has been put into this process and the findings will be significant for our understanding of the way forward.

“There have been some interesting recommendations on rule changes, on the management and training of officials and on the qualification process for riders at FEI rides with measures to reduce speeds and take into account completion rates and we applaud the focus on horse welfare.

“Endurance GB will be reviewing all the plans outlined in detail including the proposals for novice qualification through to FEI level and we will be involving members closely in the consultation process which gives us the opportunity to provide feedback to the FEI before November.”



 

 
Endurance GB to attend FEI Sports Forum on 'Reshaping Endurance@Endurance GB to attend FEI Sports Forum on 'Reshaping Endurance@ - (Published:15 April 2019)

Endurance GB has confirmed that the organisation will be represented at this week’s International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Sports Forum taking place in Lausanne (15-16 April).

The entire programme on Tuesday 16 April, the second day of the Forum, is being dedicated to the sport of endurance and Endurance GB will be represented by Chair, Rebecca Kinnarney and International Chair, John Robertson. The Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation, Nick Fellows will also be in attendance.

The Endurance Temporary Committee, which is chaired by former British Team Vet Dr Sarah Coombs, will present over three sessions the work it has done since its creation in October 2018, with what it describes as an emphasis on the Committee’s philosophy for changing the approach of athletes and officials to the sport.

Members of the Temporary Committee include Valerie Kanavy (USA), the former athlete representative on the Endurance Committee, Tarek Taher (KSA), an international Endurance athlete elected by his peers as a member of the FEI Athletes’ Committee last year; Pieter Wiersinga (NED), chef d’équipe of the Dutch Endurance team, a Police Commissioner and former Head of the Mounted Police in the Netherlands; and Dr Tim Parkin (GBR), who was elected onto the FEI Veterinary Committee and who heads up the scientific research conducted at the University of Glasgow as part of the FEI’s Global Endurance Injuries Study (GEIS).

The programme for the day is headed Reshaping Endurance and will cover three sessions between 9am and 3.30pm;

·         Qualification of Horses and Athletes: reducing welfare risks;

 

·         Educating Officials and correct application of the rules and

·         Improvements and innovations to reshape Endurance.

 

There will be a two-hour closing session to allow for contributions from delegates.

In a statement, the FEI has said that open dialogue between the Temporary Committee, the FEI and the audience will be encouraged.

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “We are there to represent our members and the values and ethos upheld at every level by everyone involved in the sport in this country and will be robust in sharing our views on the way forward.

She added: “Endurance GB’s core objective is the promotion of a safe sport bringing health and wellbeing benefits to horse and rider through endurance competition and training and we are here for everyone at whatever level they participate. Central to this, the Society exists to promote and uphold at all times the highest standards of horse welfare and clean sport.”

The FEI Sports Forum sessions will be live streamed here.

 

 
Novice level Competitions and AwardsNovice level Competitions and Awards - (Published:13 April 2019)

Endurance GB run many different awards and competitions for all levels of horse and rider. Over the coming weeks we will be detailing just some of what is available at novice, open and advanced level. We are kicking off with novice level competitions and awards. Our thanks to all of the sponsors and trophy donors who support these awards.  

 

Click here to see the details.

 

If you are interested in any of these competitions and awards, more details can be found on the Endurance GB Website or by contacting your local Endurance GB Group.

 

 
EQUINE FLU OUTBREAKEQUINE FLU OUTBREAK - (Published:17 February 2019)

Endurance GB are following the British Equestrian Federation guidelines in respect of our response to the current Equine Flu outbreak. These can be found on the British Equestrian Federation website: https://www.bef.co.uk/News.aspx  

Currently, the BEF are advising that all horses attending events run by national governing bodies must be vaccinated against Equine Influenza. Yearly boosters are acceptable but six monthly boosters are strongly recommended, at least while the current outbreak is ongoing.  

A newly vaccinated horse requires two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Seven days must have elapsed after the second vaccination before it is deemed to be fully covered and be able to arrive at a venue. The horse will then require a third vaccination between 150-215 days after the second. 

The BEF are also advising that horses do not attend events if they, or any horses they have had recent contact with, are showing signs of sickness. Likewise, horses should not attend events if they have been imported into the UK in the preceding 21 days, and horses who have been in contact with a recently imported horse should also stay away.  

Additional biosecurity measures may be put in place on a ride by ride basis, depending on local veterinary advice. Please read your ride information carefully and abide by any measures in place. 

If you now have to withdraw from a ride because your horse is not sufficiently vaccinated, you will be entitled to a full refund. Please note that refunds will only be given to those who withdraw before the ride. If your horse's vaccinations are found to be insufficient on arrival at a venue, a refund will not be given. 

You will need to provide a copy of your horse's vaccinations with your ride entry. If you have already entered a ride, the organisers will be in touch to explain how they want you to submit a copy of your horse's vaccinations. 

You will need to bring your horse's passport to the ride with you, and it will be checked. Horses who are not sufficiently vaccinated will unfortunately be turned away.  

Thank you for your continued support.  

Esther Young - Operations Director

 

 
SUMMARY OF 2019 RULE CHANGESSUMMARY OF 2019 RULE CHANGES - (Published:05 January 2019)

We are very nearly ready to open the calendar for the 2019 season. Please find below a summary of rule changes for 2019 and a few clarifications.

1) Ride organisers can now offer 20-29km Novice 'Foundation' GERs. These will not attract conventional trophy points, although a special trophy may be offered for this category of ride at the end of the season. These new GER distances were brought in following a member vote at the AGM. Please note: First season novice restrictions also apply to Novice Foundation rides. 3 x novice GERs of 30km or above will still be required to upgrade to Open level.

2) Escorts of junior riders in Graded Endurance Rides can now elect to enter hors concours at half the normal entry fee. Escorts entering hors concours must be qualified for the class entered and will not receive trophy points for their ride, but the distance completed will still be added to the horse's lifetime distance. This change was brought in following a member vote at the AGM.

3) Pleasure rides of more than 34km in a day are no longer permitted on welfare grounds. Riders wishing to ride in longer distance classes should enter a Graded Endurance Ride with a full vetting.

4) Donkeys and mules have been officially brought into the rule book. We have a number of donkeys and mules already riding with us, and it was time to regularise their status in the rule book.

5) Hat standards are remaining as per 2017 and 2018 until the new European hat standard has been approved by the EU.

6) Novice horses can now only take part in GERs of over 45km if they have already successfully completed three Novice GERs of between 30 and 45km.

7) Team physiotherapists. Rule 3.7.10 has been clarified: A British Team competitor at a championship event will only be financially responsible for the cost of accommodation, food and travel expenses for the vet, Chef d’Equipe, physiotherapist and farrier.

8) Hold times. Any ride of 80km or more should have at least one vet hold which is at least 40 minutes in length. This change has been made on welfare grounds.

9) Vetting procedures in GERs. No examination likely to irritate or distress the horse should take place until after the pulse has been taken. This change was brought in following a member vote at the AGM.

10) Responsibilities of ride organisers. For clarity, a reminder has been inserted into the rule book that ride organisers must ensure that signed hard copy entry forms for all entrants who did not enter through the Endurance GB online entry system are forwarded to the Endurance GB office after the ride. Please note, this applies to national rides and FEI rides, and is particularly important for day members. If the rider on the day is not the rider who originally entered, a fresh entry form must be completed and signed and evidence of qualification for the class entered must be provided. This is not a change to the current process.

Note: If local groups are using a bespoke online entry provider for their social rides, these electronic entry forms must include the appropriate disclaimer for each individual as per the paper ride entry forms. Copies of the completed online ride entry forms must be sent to the office after the ride along with any paper entry forms.

11) Escorts of junior and Para-Equestrian Endurance riders. The procedure for agreeing a suitable escort and managing mid ride changes of escort has been clarified. Escorts will need to sign either an Escort Agreement Form (juniors) or a Para Escort Form (Para-Equestrian Endurance Riders). This change has been brought in on safeguarding grounds.

12) Hatcams. Our insurance company have relaxed their restrictions on hatcams. Hatcams are no longer completely banned, and can be used at the rider's own risk.

 

 

 
Are you getting excited about the 2019 Endurance season?Are you getting excited about the 2019 Endurance season? - (Published:09 December 2018)

Endurance GB has 23 Groups covering England and Wales - so have a look on the Groups page for links to activities in your local area.

Just to whet your appetite here is the link to the Mid South's website and their plans for next year!  Also check out the Training page and the Social/Pleasure Rides info.

 
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

 
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

 
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