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.

 

 
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.

 

 
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.

 

 
Three Rivers Ride, Hampshire on 3rd and 4th June - (Published:16 May 2017)
Three Rivers closing date is 22nd May - entries are urgently needed to keep this lovely ride going!!
 
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.

 
Ride Cancellation - Ulnes Walton WanderRide Cancellation - Ulnes Walton Wander - (Published:14 May 2017)
We regret to inform you that the Ulnes Walton Wander ride due to take place on the 28th May has been cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment and we would like to thank Sue Taylor Green for all her hard work.
 
All for a good cause - Peter Wilkes takes on the 40km at Windsor - (Published:13 May 2017)

Peter Wilkes, managing director of Vale Brothers, set himself a challenge to learn to complete a round of 60cm show jumps in only 10 weeks having never ridden a horse previously. He was inspired to start riding as a result of attending the 2015 BETA conference which looked at ways of growing rider participation.

Now Peter is taking on his next challenge to ride in the 40km at Windsor Horse show this weekend. He has been training with young endurance rider Charlie Chadwick and will be borrowing her horse Billy, a pure-bred Arab.  

As part of this challenge Peter will be raising money for the Royal Drawing Schools and Midlands Air Ambulance. Donations can be made through his JustGiving page.

 
THREE RIVERS 3/4 JUNE IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELPERSTHREE RIVERS 3/4 JUNE IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELPERS - (Published:11 May 2017)

Helpers are needed for this 2-day ride.  Please get in touch with Pauline Beach if you are able to give some time.  01202 825010 or teamchota@hotmail.com

 

 

 
Ashdown Forest - CANCELLEDAshdown Forest - CANCELLED - (Published:09 May 2017)

We are very sorry to announce that the Ashdown Forest ride due to take place on 2nd July has had to be cancelled. This is because of a clashing personal commitment for the organising team and them being unable to find another suitable date that fit in with the South East group's very busy calendar of events.  We do hope to run the ride again next year and we apologise to those who were hoping to enter it this year

 

 
Inter Regionals 2017 - CirencesterInter Regionals 2017 - Cirencester - (Published:28 April 2017)
Click here for more information on the teams that are sought.
 
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.

 

 
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

 

 
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.

 
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.