HARDY’S RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY 22ND APRIL DUE TO SAD CANCELLATION OF QUANTOCKSHARDY’S RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY 22ND APRIL DUE TO SAD CANCELLATION OF QUANTOCKS - (Published:05 April 2018)

Wessex Group are very disappointed to announce that the Quantocks ride on Saturday 21st April has had to be cancelled due to the saturated moorland. Refunds will be made this week.

 

However, this means Liz Ashmead is able to reschedule Hardy’s to SUNDAY 22ND APRIL. Entries will open again this evening. If you entered previously & still have your map & ride details, please use those, otherwise that paperwork can be downloaded from the Wessex website, where new bib numbers & vet times will also be posted once available.  Vet sheets will also be available on the day.

 

With the weather causing several ride cancellations at the start of the season, many thanks to Liz Ashmead for working so quickly to reschedule Hardys so please support this ride. If you were due to help at either the cancelled Hardys or Quantocks please get in touch by email with Liz (click on her name or phone her - details in Handbook), if you are able to help on 22nd as helpers still required to make this event happen

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South Downs Ride this weekend - POSTPONEDSouth Downs Ride this weekend - POSTPONED - (Published:28 March 2018)

Following considerable rainfall over the last few days the inevitable has been decided that the ride will be postponed.

We will look to reschedule later in the year and will contact you all accordingly. If you have paid online the entry fees will be refunded back into your account tonight and any cheques that have been paid by paper entries have not been cashed and will be disposed of.

We are absolutely devastated after so much planning but your safety is paramount and we will all survive for another day in the sunshine (fingers crossed). Haywood Oaks are happy to take late entries if anyone can make it to Notts instead.

Any questions please email us.

Lorraine & Carole

 

 
The King's Cup Challenge at Kings Forest Ride The King's Cup Challenge at Kings Forest Ride - (Published:26 March 2018)

Kings Forest is proud to announce a new initiative for 2018. It is planned to run The King’s Cup Challenge, over the two Kings rides awarding a Cup to the rider with the highest points based on an objective scoring system. This will be open to all vetted rides CEI or CER. Points will be awarded for Presentation Time and First HR.

 

This competition is not based on ride speed or distance. The rider with the best score over the two rides will be deemed the winner.

 

It is Kings way of saying Thank You for supporting this ride. Full details of the scoring system can be sent on request by email and will be available at the ride in April.

 
Error Entering Rides - FixedError Entering Rides - Fixed - (Published:22 March 2018)

There has been a problem with entering rides online. This was caused by an update yesterday and has now been fixed. Apologies for any inconvenience

 
Wentwood in Spring has added two extra competitive classes!Wentwood in Spring has added two extra competitive classes! - (Published:13 March 2018)

All the places on Sunday 25 March for this popular Welsh ride have sold out, but new 32km GER classes (novice and open) have been added for Saturday 24 March. These will start just before lunchtime.

 

The closing date has been extended until Wednesday 14 March to allow you to enter the new Saturday classes without penalty: to enter click here.

A local group pleasure ride is also available on Saturday 24 March, before the GER classes. Please see www.egbdecymru.co.uk for more details.

 

 
Welfare Seminar Saturday 3rd March CANCELLEDWelfare Seminar Saturday 3rd March CANCELLED - (Published:28 February 2018)
Endurance GB has had to take the extremely difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Welfare Seminar due to take place on Saturday 3rd March. The inclement weather conditions mean that we feel it is not safe to ask speakers and delegates to make such a journey in the currently forecast conditions. This has not been an easy decision to make and Endurance GB wishes to thank all those that had given their time to take part in the Seminar and we are sorry to those of you who will be disappointed with this news. Horse welfare remains a top priority for Endurance GB and as such we will look to reorganise the Seminar if at all possible. The office will be in touch with all delegates to organise refunds and answer any questions you may have. We hope you understand the reasoning behind our decision and we will endeavour to have a new date set up as soon as possible.
 
Welfare Seminar Saturday 3rd March CANCELLEDWelfare Seminar Saturday 3rd March CANCELLED - (Published:28 February 2018)

Endurance GB has had to take the extremely difficult decision to cancel  the upcoming Welfare Seminar due to take place on Saturday 3rd March.  The inclement weather conditions mean that we feel it is not safe to ask  speakers and delegates to make such a journey in the currently forecast  conditions. 

This has not been an easy decision to make and Endurance GB wishes to  thank all those that had given their time to take part in the Seminar and we  are sorry to those of you who will be disappointed with this news.  Horse welfare remains a top priority for Endurance GB and as such we will  look to reorganise the Seminar if at all possible. The office will be in touch  with all delegates to organise refunds and answer any questions you may have.  We hope you understand the reasoning behind our decision and we will  endeavour to have a new date set up as soon as possible. 

 
Wootton Ride Sunday 4th March - CANCELLEDWootton Ride Sunday 4th March - CANCELLED - (Published:27 February 2018)

Apologies everyone but Wootton Ride is now cancelled.  The weather is getting worse not better! An icy yard and blizzards mean that we  have no choice. From Sue Scarborough

 
COLD WEATHER MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR HORSE OWNERS TO KEEP YOUR HORSE HEALTHYCOLD WEATHER MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR HORSE OWNERS TO KEEP YOUR HORSE HEALTHY - (Published:26 February 2018)

It looks as though we are going to get 2 weeks of much colder weather. This can cause problems for some horses.  Click here for some excellent advice to share with others from Dr David Marlin.

 
The Forest of Dean March Hares Ride is CANCELLEDThe Forest of Dean March Hares Ride is CANCELLED - (Published:25 February 2018)
It is with great regret that we have had to cancel this ride, due to very bad weather forecast at the end of the week, which will render the already compromised venue conditions, simply too hazardous.
A lot of hard work has gone into this ride, in particular from Chris Wray who has spent hours reccying routes and liaising those routes with the Forestry Commission.
We were also very happy to get the TRF back on board - this is a hugely frustrating decision for us to make.
Our apologies. 
The ROC
 
Announcement following Snowdrop PR Announcement following Snowdrop PR - (Published:21 February 2018)

It is with the deepest regret we announce that rider, Rebecca Gray was taken ill at the Endurance GB Snowdrop Pleasure Ride in Stourton, Wiltshire on the 11th February 2018, and subsequently passed away in hospital. Rebecca had not started the ride when she was taken ill. We would like to send our heartfelt sympathies to Rebecca's family  and a thank you to all the volunteers, first aiders and air ambulance who worked so hard on the day. We are offering support to all volunteers who may have been affected and are in communication with the family. 

We will of course release more details as and when it is appropriate to do so. 

 

 
Calling all Endurance GB Young and Junior Riders!Calling all Endurance GB Young and Junior Riders! - (Published:05 February 2018)

Endurance GB and I, as Director of Development, are delighted to announce the launch of a scholarship scheme to develop Young and Junior Riders in Endurance. The programme will bring promising Young Riders into the “Spotlight” from the start of the 2018 season.

 

The Spotlight programme is designed to support development in the sport, providing coaching, training and financial support to eligible combinations. Horse welfare will be at the heart of the programme, equipping the next generation of sporting ambassadors with the skills and knowledge to fulfil their personal ambitions within the sport of endurance.

 

 To maintain a place on the Spotlight programme, riders will be expected to uphold excellent horse welfare standards at all times and to this end they will:

 

 -       Attend 1 riding lesson a month with a UKCC coach or registered instructor – to be paid for by EGB

 

-       Complete ‘BHS Complete Horsemanship’ – to be paid for by EGB

 

-       Attend at least 2 of the YR/JR training events. Young Spotlight Riders will also be required to attend the Junior Rider camp at Lindum, to provide help and inspiration.

 

-       Attend specific training courses i.e. horse nutrition, sports psychology, as required by EGB and to be funded by EGB

 

-       Complete a monthly blog promoting their progress

 

-       Return a monthly report on their BHS work and progress in the Spotlight programme

 

-       Return a monthly training log for them and their horse/s

 

Endurance GB will support committed riders and will work with them to refine their goals over the course of 3 years. EGB will, each year, in addition to the training help listed above, support riders with a contribution to fuel costs of journeys over 200 miles round trip, when they take the next step up and to attend training events (subject to conditions).

Each scholar will receive a jacket and top bearing the Spotlight Scholarship Scheme logo.

 

The development of the new programme is thanks to Endurance GB sponsor HPG Endurance Ltd, who have played an active role in encouraging the organisation to invest in all ages and levels of rider.

 

To apply for a place on the Spotlight Programme, please complete this application form and return it to me at this email address.

Deadline for return of forms is Wednesday 21st February.

 

An impartial panel will assess applications, following which an assessment will be arranged either at an EGB training day, or privately at the applicant’s yard. Scholarships will then be awarded to the successful applicants.

 

Please contact me, should you have any further enquiries.

 

Good luck everyone!

 

Rebecca Kinnarney.

Director of Development.

 

 

 
Welfare Seminar - use not abuseWelfare Seminar - use not abuse - (Published:03 February 2018)

Endurance GB is delighted to confirm the details for our seminar, based on Use not Abuse of the performance horse, this time being hosted by the Welfare Committee.  It is taking place on the 3rd March 2018 at the British Racing School Conference Centre, Newmarket.

 

Places are limited to 80 for the event and so we encourage you to book your tickets as quickly as possible. Tickets are available for EGB and SERC members for £30 and EGB Junior and Young Rider members for £20. Associate members, Supporters, Pony Club members and Non-members are also very welcome (just add £10 to the previously mentioned relevant rate). Please pay through the EGB website (under ad hoc payments) or by phoning the EGB office (02476 697929) with your credit/debit card stating clearly what your payment is for, i.e. Welfare Seminar Newmarket. Please ensure you give the names of all the people you are purchasing tickets for.

 

3rd March 2018 – Welfare Seminar (Use not Abuse of the Performance Horse)

The British Racing School Conference Centre, Snailwell Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7NU

 

9.00am                  Opening Address

9.10am                  Welcome by Roly Owers MRCVS (World Horse Welfare) - An insight into the Use not Abuse of performance horses and the global Visibility of horses 

10.00am               Dr Annamaria Nagy (Animal Health Trust) - Lameness in Endurance Horses 

11.15am               Tea/Coffee break

11.30am               Professor Tim Parkin (Glasgow University) - Work to predict and minimise Risk in Endurance Worldwide

1.00pm                  Lunch

1.30pm                  Lee Clark (Functional Physiotherapy) - The importance of Saddle and Rider balance 

2.30pm                  Dr David Marlin (Scientific and Equine Consultant) - Training, Competition and Career Strategy

3.30pm                  Tom Eaton-Evans MRCVS (Newmarket Equine Hospital) - Inside the Treatment Stables

4.30pm                  Q&A session on The Purpose of the Vetgate (hosted by Annamaria Nagy), followed by Open Q&A

5.30pm                  End

 

 

Roly Owers is CEO of World Horse Welfare. Roly joined World Horse Welfare as Chief Executive in January 2008. He already knew the charity well, having led its fundraising and communication teams from 1999 to 2003. Roly qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University in 1992. Having spent a short time with the Blue Cross, he joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, which included a posting as the Veterinary Officer at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London. After the army, he went to work for World Horse Welfare until 2003, he left to take up the post of Development Director at the Perse School in Cambridge. Roly returned to World Horse Welfare in 2008.

 

Tim Parkin is Head of the Division of Equine Clinical Sciences, Clinical Director of the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital and Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow. He has worked on numerous projects with several different racing jurisdictions around the world, including the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, South America and the USA, and more recently worked closely with the FEI to maximise equine welfare at endurance events which is funded until 2019. He gained his Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Public Health in 2006 and has worked at the University of Glasgow since February 2007.

 

Tom Eaton Evans qualified in 2000 from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He then spent a two year internship with the referrals team at Greenwood Ellis & Partners prior to joining the ambulatory team. Tom has a particular interest in Endurance and has recently been promoted to FEI 2* Official Veterinarian for Endurance. Tom has acted as GB Team Vet for the Young Riders Championship in Verona, assistant team vet for the World Equestrian Games and attends endurance events all over the UK, acting as Treatment Veterinarian. When not working Tom also likes to participate as a rider in local endurance events with his Thoroughbred ex-racehorse.

 

Annamaria Nagy has an equine background; she started riding as a small child and later competed in show-jumping at national level in Hungary. Annamaria is a 4* FEI endurance veterinarian and has worked as a team veterinarian for the British Development Squad and the Hungarian Young Rider Team. She has also supported individual endurance riders at international rides and championships. In these roles, she has developed a keen interest in lameness and poor performance in endurance horses and has recognised the challenge of diagnosing their underlying causes. Although Annamaria has a special interest in performance horses (particularly endurance) and advanced diagnostic imaging, she is equally enthusiastic about diagnosing and treating lameness of pleasure horses that are often of high emotional value. 

 

Lee Clark is a specialist in both equine and rider physiotherapy, Lee is 1 of only 8 therapists in Great Britain certified by Kinesio UK to teach Kinesiotaping techniques to other professionals, and in 2013 became 1 of only 3 Certified Equine Kinesio Instructors in the world. Lee has worked with both the Senior and Young Rider British Endurance Teams at various Championships and Games.

 

David Marlin studied physiology and computing at Stirling University in Scotland (UK) from 1978 to 1981. He obtained his PhD from Loughborough University (the leading sports University in the UK) in 1989 after 4 years studying the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training at the world famous Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK. During this time, he made some of the first studies in the world on horses running on high-speed treadmills. He has worked as a consultant to the British Equestrian Teams since 1994 and was a member of the World Class Performance Scientific Advisory Group chaired by John McEwen when it was created in 2006. He also worked with the British Endurance Team when they won the Silver Medal at the Endurance World Championships in Compiegne (France) in 2000.

 

 
DUBAI CROWN PRINCE ENDURANCE CUP CEI** 120 KM – 17 MARCH 2018DUBAI CROWN PRINCE ENDURANCE CUP CEI** 120 KM – 17 MARCH 2018 - (Published:30 January 2018)

Endurance GB has received the following invitation to the above event.

Whilst we are aware that some members have expressed their concerns, as the sport's national governing body we are obliged to share openly this invitation that has been received for an FEI sanctioned ride.

 

Endurance GB is invited to nominate a maximum of 2 horse and rider combinations, and one additional rider/horse combination as spare entry, to take part in the above ride.  The qualification criteria are listed below.

 

The Organising Committee have detailed the following as their eligibility criteria attached to this invitation:

 

Expenses & privileges, extended by the Organising Committee:

1.       Privileges extended by the Organising Committee (OC) to rider and team members will include travel, sharing accommodation and buffet servings. Privileges will not include room service, alcoholic beverages, phone calls, SPA and any other expenses.

2.        Further :-

a.        Three persons (including rider) will be invited per nominated horse. The OC, through its Travel Agent, will provide travel in the form of air transport, economy class, from the home country (International Airport) to Dubai and return.

b.        Person 1 to travel one day prior to the horse flight.

c.        Person 2 & 3 to travel 3 days before the event, ie, 13th/14th March – 19th/20th March 2018.

Eligibility criteria set out by the organising committee:

3.       Riders:

a.       Nominated rider (not necessarily as a combination) should have successfully completed at least one 120 km ride or an 80 km ride within 24 months prior to the closing date of the entry.

b.        Selection priority will be given to FEI medal winners & Elite Endurance Riders Horses: 

4.       Horses

a.       Nominated horse must be a successful finisher [ ie, placed within the 1st 10 position] of any FEI event of 80km and above or an equivalent ride accepted by the OC.

b.        Nominated horses should preferably be under the age of 10 years old and should be registered with the FEI with a valid FEI document.

c.       Nominated horse should have the eligibility to take part in a CEI2* 120 km or above.

d.        Selection priority will be given to FEI medal winners.

e.       Only one horse per nominated rider received before the closing date will be considered for selection process. Substitutions will only be allowed within the nominations received before closing and selected horses are only invited, with the written consent of the OC.

 

Our official shipping agent, ‘Janah Management Co Ltd’ will be shipping your horse. Kindly communicate with them as per the contact details mentioned below: The OC will ship your horse from an airport of our choice (place and date of shipment to be advised).

Janah Management Company Limited Henry Bullen |e-mail: HBullen@janah.co.uk

Dalham Hall Stud, Duchess Drive, Newmarket CB8 9HE Tel: +44 (0)1638 732100 | Fax: +44 (0)1638 731319 | Direct Dial: +44 (0)1638 732101

Kindly note that additional person(s) wishing to travel to the UAE will have to make their own arrangements (flights, transfers, accommodation etc.).

Shipment of Horses - Guidelines

The OC will offer, through ‘Janah Management Co Ltd’ and their appointed agents to co-ordinate the shipping of invited horses to and from Dubai on or after 11th/12th March (TBC) and the return date will be one day after the event.

The OC will be shipping your horse from the designated International Airport of departure, and return air transportation to country of departure. However, any costs relating to a period spent in quarantine on export & return to their home country will be at the owner’s expense including all internal horse transport & export preparation costs to meet the UAE Temporary Import requirements.

Tack & Equipment allowance will be in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Shipper. Any equipment which exceeds the prescribed limit will be charged and all additional expenses to be borne by concerned horse connections with no guarantee that the items will be shipped on the same horse flight. All Tack & Equipment should be cleaned & disinfected prior to shipment to & from UAE & be stored in Plastic – Metal Containers which can be handled (NO Wooden Crates) and sealed with a “wire tie” type of seal.

Any change from the suggested transport arrangement by the OC/Shipper which incurs additional cost will be at the owner’s expense. The OC and its transport agents will not be liable for any death of or injury to any invited horses during transportation to and from the United Arab Emirates or while in the United Arab Emirates. The OC will not be responsible for horse and personnel insurance. Individuals should make their own insurance arrangements.

The cost of transportation from designated International Airports in UAE to Dubai International Endurance City and return will be covered by the OC. If Owners wish to ship their horse(s) to any country other than the country of origin / departure, they will be responsible for all costs and arrangements.

ALL horses on UAE Temporary Import Health Certificate MUST leave the UAE after the event. It will not be the responsibility of the OC or ‘Janah Management Co Ltd’ & their agents to arrange parking of horse boxes at the airport of departure in the country of origin. It may be done at the owners risk and responsibility.

 

Please contact our Shipper ‘Janah Management Co Ltd’ for more details:
Janah Management Company Limited
Henry Bullen |e-mail: HBullen@janah.co.uk
Dalham Hall Stud, Duchess Drive, Newmarket CB8 9HE
Tel: +44 (0)1638 732100 | Fax: +44 (0)1638 731319 | Direct Dial: +44 (0)1638 732101

 

Expressions of Interest are invited from suitably qualified combinations not later than Saturday 3rd February using the form below.

Completed forms should be sent to Lindsay Wilson –lindsaywilson@endurancegb.co.uk

All Expressions of interest will be considered on merit after the closing date and successful combinations advised not later than 9th February.

The decision of the IC is final.

 

The accompanying forms must also be completed and returned along with the Expression of Interest.  Please complete in BLOCK CAPITALS.

·         Form 2 – rider message of intent

·         Form 3 – rider form CPCup

·         Form 4 – performance record

·         Form 5 – Rider profile

 

 2. Attachments

Please complete the attached form(s) in full furnishing details of rider and team. Information may be printed (BLOCK LETTERS.

Important – please read carefully

Any rider wishing to submit an expression of interest must be aware of the following caveats:

 

1.       Riders/owners will be responsible for any and all costs incurred in getting their horse, horse equipment, rider and rider equipment etc to the central point in Europe, or any location required by inviting National Federation, and/or their agents, both prior to and after the competition

 

2.       Riders/owners will be responsible for any and all costs incurred in complying with any and all of the veterinary, transportation and quarantine requirements and restrictions, as required, prior to and after the competition

 

3.       Riders/owners must arrange their own insurance and liability cover

 

4.       Riders/owners must be aware of the criteria, and that priority will be given to those complying with all of the qualifying criteria laid down

 

5.       Riders/owners must be aware that the final decision is not with this NF, but the OC, and if not included in the final selection no costs incurred will be reimbursed by any Federation or Committee

 

 

 

 

 

Rider Name

Nominated Horse

List qualifying rides – including dates and placing

Give a brief resume of why your expression of interest should be considered

Name of your crew who would travel with you

Name of the person who would travel one day prior to the horse flight

Please complete the following forms and return them to Lindsay Wilson :

 

Form 2          Form 3          Form 4          Form 5

 
Endurance GB releases further details on upcoming Welfare SeminarsEndurance GB releases further details on upcoming Welfare Seminars - (Published:25 January 2018)

Endurance GB is delighted to confirm the following details for two upcoming welfare seminars. The first seminar, as part of the International Seminar, hosted by the International Committee, is taking place on the 3rd February 2018 at the Woodside Hotel, Kenilworth. The second seminar, based on Use not Abuse of the performance horse, hosted by the Welfare Committee, is taking place on the 3rd March 2018 at the British Racing School Conference Centre, Newmarket.

 

Places are limited for both events (100 on the 3rd February and 80 on the 3rd March) and so we encourage you to book your tickets as quickly as possible. Tickets are available for EGB and SERC members for £30 and EGB Junior and Young Rider members for £20. Associate members, supporters, Pony Club members and non-members are also very welcome (just add £10 to the previously mentioned relevant rate). Please pay through the EGB website (under ad hoc payments) or by phoning the EGB office (02476 697929) with your credit/debit card stating clearly what your payment is for, i.e. Welfare Seminar Kenilworth or Welfare Seminar Newmarket. Please ensure you give the names of all the people you are purchasing tickets for.

 

3rd February 2018 – International Performance and Welfare Seminar

Woodside Hotel, Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2AL

 

9.00am                  Coffee and registration

9.25am                  Welcome and introduction

9.30am                  Welfare of the competing horse (CEO Roly Owers MRCVS – World Horse Welfare)

10.45am               Coffee/tea break

11.00am               Endurance Injuries Study  (Professor Tim Parkin – Glasgow University)

12.45pm               Lunch

1.30pm                  Travelling your horse (Henry Bullen – Peden Bloodstock)

2.00pm                  Muscle Development (Dr Sophie Ignarski - Boehringer Ingelheim)

2.30pm                  Endurance Farriery (Dr Mark Caldwell – FWCF)

3.15pm                  Coffee/tea break

3.30pm                  FEI Endurance (Ian Williams – Former FEI Endurance Director)

4.30pm                  Open Q&A           

5.00pm                  End

 

3rd March 2018 –Welfare Seminar (Use not Abuse of the Performance Horse)

The British Racing School Conference Centre, Snailwell Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7NU

 

9.00am                  Opening Address

9.10am                  Welcome by Roly Owers MRCVS (World Horse Welfare) - An insight into the Use not Abuse of performance horses and the global Visibility of horses 

10.00am               Dr Annamaria Nagy (Animal Health Trust) - Lameness in Endurance Horses 

11.15am               Tea/Coffee break

11.30am               Professor Tim Parkin (Glasgow University) - Work to predict and minimise Risk in Endurance Worldwide

1.00pm                  Lunch

1.30pm                  Lee Clark (Functional Physiotherapy) - The importance of Saddle and Rider balance 

2.30pm                  Dr David Marlin (Scientific and Equine Consultant) - Training, Competition and Career Strategy

3.30pm                  Tom Eaton-Evans MRCVS (Newmarket Equine Hospital) - Inside the Treatment Stables

4.30pm                  Q&A session on The Purpose of the Vetgate (hosted by Annamaria Nagy), followed by Open Q&A

5.30pm                  End

 

 

Roly Owers is CEO of World Horse Welfare. Roly joined World Horse Welfare as Chief Executive in January 2008. He already knew the charity well, having led its fundraising and communication teams from 1999 to 2003. Roly qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University in 1992. Having spent a short time with the Blue Cross, he joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, which included a posting as the Veterinary Officer at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London. After the army, he went to work for World Horse Welfare until 2003, he left to take up the post of Development Director at the Perse School in Cambridge. Roly returned to World Horse Welfare in 2008.

 

Tim Parkin is Head of the Division of Equine Clinical Sciences, Clinical Director of the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital and Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow. He has worked on numerous projects with several different racing jurisdictions around the world, including the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, South America and the USA, and more recently worked closely with the FEI to maximise equine welfare at endurance events which is funded until 2019. He gained his Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Public Health in 2006 and has worked at the University of Glasgow since February 2007.

 

Henry Bullen Director of Peden Bloodstock leads all aspects of day to day shipping for the UK office. Henry was seconded full-time to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and execution of the logistics. Additionally, Henry undertakes a key role in Quarantine Management, Stable Management and Airport Operations for all Peden projects world-wide. Henry is expert at operational co-ordination to ensure project delivery to the highest possible standard. Henry travels widely to international FEI competitions and has an excellent working relationship with the National Federations and their riders.

 

Sophie Ignarski - Boehringer Ingelheim, Sophie Ignarski is an equine vet and works for the pharmaceutical company Boehringer-Ingelheim. Sophie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College and worked in practice in the United Arab Emirates and at Darley in Newmarket before joining the equine team at Boehringer in 2015. Boehringer Ingelheim is the manufacturer of Equitop Myoplast, an amino acid supplement designed to support lean muscle development in the horse.

 

Mark Caldwell fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, awarded a PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2017, Hall of Fame member since 2015, former England horseshoeing team member, former WCF judge and examiner and international lecturer. Former senior lecturer at the School of Farriery Science and was responsible for origination and validation the worlds first BSc (Hons) degree course and remains active in research of farriery related issues.

 

Ian Williams studied Law at Liverpool before becoming a director of a global company that investigated and assessed the extent of major losses in the Aviation, Construction and Offshore Oil Industry. Ian was appointed Chef D’Equipe to the British Endurance Team in 2000 and then took up a position within the management of the World Class Performance Plan supported by UK Sport. In 2002 the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) approached Ian and he moved to Switzerland for the next twelve years, becoming a Director of Endurance and extending his management responsibilities to include the sports of Driving, Para Dressage, Reining and Vaulting.Ian retired at the end of 2014 and now acts as an International Sports Consultant and has clients in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

 

Tom Eaton Evans qualified in 2000 from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He then spent a two year internship with the referrals team at Greenwood Ellis & Partners prior to joining the ambulatory team. Tom has a particular interest in Endurance and has recently been promoted to FEI 2* Official Veterinarian for Endurance. Tom has acted as GB Team Vet for the Young Riders Championship in Verona, assistant team vet for the World Equestrian Games and attends endurance events all over the UK, acting as Treatment Veterinarian. When not working Tom also likes to participate as a rider in local endurance events with his Thoroughbred ex-racehorse.

 

Annamaria Nagy has an equine background; she started riding as a small child and later competed in show-jumping at national level in Hungary. Annamaria is a 4* FEI endurance veterinarian and has worked as a team veterinarian for the British Development Squad and the Hungarian Young Rider Team. She has also supported individual endurance riders at international rides and championships. In these roles, she has developed a keen interest in lameness and poor performance in endurance horses and has recognised the challenge of diagnosing their underlying causes. Although Annamaria has a special interest in performance horses (particularly endurance) and advanced diagnostic imaging, she is equally enthusiastic about diagnosing and treating lameness of pleasure horses that are often of high emotional value. 

 

Lee Clark is a specialist in both equine and rider physiotherapy, Lee is 1 of only 8 therapists in Great Britain certified by Kinesio UK to teach Kinesiotaping techniques to other professionals, and in 2013 became 1 of only 3 Certified Equine Kinesio Instructors in the world. Lee has worked with both the Senior and Young Rider British Endurance Teams at various Championships and Games.

 

David Marlin studied physiology and computing at Stirling University in Scotland (UK) from 1978 to 1981. He obtained his PhD from Loughborough University (the leading sports University in the UK) in 1989 after 4 years studying the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training at the world famous Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK. During this time, he made some of the first studies in the world on horses running on high-speed treadmills. He has worked as a consultant to the British Equestrian Teams since 1994 and was a member of the World Class Performance Scientific Advisory Group chaired by John McEwen when it was created in 2006. He also worked with the British Endurance Team when they won the Silver Medal at the Endurance World Championships in Compiegne (France) in 2000.

 

 

 
EGB has a new Executive OfficerEGB has a new Executive Officer - (Published:24 January 2018)

If you have rung the office recently you may well have heard an unfamiliar voice! Endurance GB is excited to welcome a new member to the office team in the form of Sarah Travers who, after a stringent application and interview process, has been appointed as the new Executive Officer. 

 

Sarah has a wide breadth of professional experience having previously worked in the equestrian world, in tourism and more recently in accounts where she spent four years as the accountant to the CLA Game Fair. As well as a professional background in horses, Sarah has been involved in riding and competing for a substantial part of her adult life. She bought her first horse about 25 years ago and has taken part in show jumping, some one day eventing and has even had a go at Endurance too!

 

Whilst equestrianism now plays a smaller part in Sarah’s spare time she keeps very busy with cycling (a lot!), running (a lot less than she used to), dancing, going to the gym and to the cinema. Over the next few weeks Sarah will be gaining a thorough understanding of Endurance GB and its processes and will also be attending some of our upcoming Volunteer Conferences

 

 
The EGB International Committee invites Expressions of Interest The EGB International Committee invites Expressions of Interest - (Published:17 January 2018)

The EGB International Committee invites Expressions of Interest from riders and their horses who want to join or remain on the international or young rider squad.

 The attached expressions of interest form (click here) should be completed and submitted as per the instructions in the document.  Forms should be submitted as soon as possible and certainly by 1st February to ensure inclusion in the first Rider Day which will be held on Sunday 4th February.

WEG 2018 - Please also see the International pages for details about Expressions of Interest for this event. 

 

 
International and Young Rider Squads - Meeting for riders on February 4thInternational and Young Rider Squads - Meeting for riders on February 4th - (Published:15 January 2018)

Current members of the above, along with any member that is interested in expressing an interest in becoming a member are invited to attend.

 

There will be a meeting at the EGB offices Abbey Park, on February 4th after the seminar on the 3rd, for all riders who either already are competing at international level or are planning to in 2018.

 

This will be a chance to meet the international management teams for both squads and have informal discussions on fitness training, individual ride plans for 2018, horse management etc.

 

We will plan out the assessment and training day programmes, try to accommodate your individual needs and to develop a strong international squad for the future.

 

We will also give up-dates on WEG at Tryon, 2019 European Championships and the Young Rider European Championships 2018.

 

I hope as many as possible of you will attend, this is your chance to have input into our international programme for 2018 and beyond.

 

The meeting will start at 9.30am and should finish by about 2.0pm

 

Tea, coffee and biscuits  will be provided, but we will not be providing lunch.

 

Please contact Lindsay Wilson   to say if you will be attending and if any of your crew will be with you.

 

International Squad

Young Rider Squad

 

 

 

 
Can YOU help?Can YOU help? - (Published:08 January 2018)

Would you be interested in being the Members’ Liaison Officer for Endurance GB?

 

The present Members’ Liaison Officer is stepping down from the role. The Board of Directors are asking for expressions of interest in taking on this role.

 

Candidates should have an excellent understanding of endurance riding and Endurance GB, combined with excellent interpersonal skills and proven liaison experience.

 

For more information and Terms of Reference for this role, please contact Endurance GB's Company Secretary Ann Dark with an expression of interest no later than January 31st 2018.

 

 
British Endurance Rider Georgina Vaughan to compete in the CEI3* 160km Sheikh Mohammed CupBritish Endurance Rider Georgina Vaughan to compete in the CEI3* 160km Sheikh Mohammed Cup - (Published:31 December 2017)

Georgina Vaughan (GBR), an extremely familiar face on the Endurance GB scene is to travel to the UAE with her horse Vlacq Journeyman (Jonty) to compete in the CEI3* 160km Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup. Many of you will be familiar with Georgina as a hugely experienced competitor, trainer and endurance veterinarian and alongside her striking bay gelding, Jonty, she will be carefully navigating the challenges of this desert-based endurance ride.

This annual event attracts hundreds of riders from across the globe to compete in the endurance ride which this year will take place on the 6th January 2018. Foreign riders wishing to take part in the event must apply to do so via their National Federation. Dubai Equestrian Club have a pre-defined selection criteria for this competition, above and beyond the standard FEI Qualification criteria for all non-UAE based riders and horses.  From the approved applications, Dubai Equestrian Club then select those to compete based upon their, and their horse's, successes during the previous 24 months ensuring that only those who are experienced enough to do so compete in this tough event. Georgina, who is based in the Black Mountains in Wales, has had a particularly tough time in preparing for this event. Despite being extremely busy working as a Vet, running the sheep farm where she lives with her husband Stephen Vaughan and being a super Mum to young daughter Matilda, she has also been experiencing extremely adverse weather conditions which has made training even harder! Georgina commented “We are extremely lucky to have access to probably the best training grounds in the UK but the snow has definitely added another element this year! I appreciate the biggest challenge ahead is the climate but I've prepared Jonty to the very best of my abilities”.

Georgina has previously worked at the Dubai Equine Hospital and therefore has an excellent understanding of just what lies ahead. “Training and preparing for a ride in the desert is completely different to a ride here in the UK - there's very few hills in Dubai, most especially compared to Wales! So my focus for Jonty, along with preparing for such a different climate, has been ensuring his ability to keep a consistent rhythm and not to allow the adrenalin to take over, I think this is going to be absolutely key in ensuring a happy, strong finish” shared Georgina. A great partnership and second-to-none understanding of your horse is of utmost importance when competing over such long distances and across the varying, shifting terrain. But Georgina is no stranger to challenging courses, having already competed at various Championships, including the Young Horse World Championships in both 2007 and 2013 where she won Bronze and finished in 15th place respectively. She's also recently been to Montcuq (FRA) with Jonty and to Brussels (BEL) in 2016 where they competed in the Young Horse event at the trial run for the 2017 European Championships. The talented pair finished on the podium, securing 3rd place and a near-perfect vet sheet.

Georgina will be joined by her family including Stephen, who scooped the prestigious 'Borthwick Back-Up Trophy', awarded to the most competent crew of the season, at the 2017 Endurance GB Awards Dinner and her mother, Elite Endurance Rider, Tricia Hirst.  We are confident we have excellent ambassadors in Georgina, Jonty and their team who will do a sterling job in representing the British values of our sport at this demanding event. We wish Georgina a safe and successful trip and look forward to hearing about her own experience with Jonty and any lessons learned she is able to share with us upon her return.

 

 
2018 VOLUNTEER CONFERENCES2018 VOLUNTEER CONFERENCES - (Published:23 December 2017)

The dates for the 2018 volunteer conferences are as follows:

27th January - Northern Volunteer Conference, Barden Mill Village Hall, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7DW

10th February - Midlands Volunteer Conference, Risley Village Hall, 111 Derby Road, Risley, Derby, DE72 3SS

17th February - Southern Volunteer Conference, venue TBC, likely to be Salisbury

These conferences are free to attend and are aimed at current and future volunteers, ride/event organisers, health and safety officers, safeguarding officers and technical stewards.

It is strongly recommended that all 2018 ride organisers attend one of the conferences.

If you would like to attend one of the conferences, please let Esther or Kerry know.

 

 
New role - Support Package Coordinator New role - Support Package Coordinator - (Published:20 December 2017)

Endurance GB is seeking a Support Package Coordinator to ensure compliance and delivery of the support contract with HPower Group Endurance. The ideal candidate will have an excellent understanding of endurance riding and the operations of Endurance GB, combined with exceptional interpersonal skills and proven experience liaising with a number of stakeholders. The candidate should be enthusiastic about what can be achieved in the UK and keen to make the most of this opportunity.

The candidate will be required to attend EGB’s FEI rides and will be expected to visit venues and have meetings with OCs and suppliers beforehand. The role will be remunerated at a set amount per UK FEI ride (does not include Euston Park or Windsor), plus expenses. The role will report jointly to the EGB Sponsorship Director and Endurance Director at HPower Group Endurance.

For more information, please contact Endurance GB's Sponsorship Director, Harry Ingram with an expression of interest no later than January 10th.

 
Membership 2018Membership 2018 - (Published:18 December 2017)

We are happy to let you know that you can now renew your membership for the 2018 season through the EGB Website. Next season promises to be bigger and better, with new rides planned to sit alongside the old classics such as Golden Horseshoe. See the provisional ride list for 2018 here.

 

Our championships are planned as follows for 2018:

 

  *  National Championships: Red Dragon, 28-30 Sept

  *  Young Rider Championships: Kings Forest Summer, 7 July

  *  Inter-Regional Championships: Cirencester, 13-15 July

  *  Pony Club Championships: Euston Park 4, 19 August

  *  Northern Championships: New Marske, 24 June

  *  Southern Championships: Three Rivers, 9-10 June

 

 
Congratulations to Anna Collins and Karactacus PottsCongratulations to Anna Collins and Karactacus Potts - (Published:15 December 2017)

Cheshire Group rider Anna Collins, is the proud winner of the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Elite Endurance Award 2017.

During the 2017 season, Anna rode over 660 competitive km at 10 events and earned 1242 points with her recycled racer, Karactacus Potts. (Photo of horse and rider courtesy of Ruth Saundy of Indiepics)

 Anna was presented with the award at the prestigious Jockey Club in New Market by Clare Balding and Luke Harvey. (Photo at presentation courtesy of RoR)

 

 

 

 

 Anna said, “this is only my second competitive season with Karactacus Potts and what a way to get to know him. He is a wonderful horse with so much to give. I was delighted to be recognised by RoR for all the hard work that goes into retraining a thoroughbred for a second career.”

 

 
EGB office open, Wednesday 13th December - (Published:11 December 2017)

The EGB Office at Abbey Park is now open; thank you all for your patience during the bad weather.

 
National Awards celebrated at EGB's Gala DinnerNational Awards celebrated at EGB's Gala Dinner - (Published:28 November 2017)

Saturday 25th November saw the annual EGB Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony take place at the Daventry Court Hotel, Daventry and was attended by nearly 250 people – a nearly 20% increase on last year! It’s a fantastic opportunity for our members to gather together and celebrate the achievements from the year and, as always, included an ‘Ode to the Horse’ – the most important partners in our sport. 

 

A full list of award winners will be published on the website in the next couple of days, but in the meantime we wanted to highlight our Championship winners. 2017 was a hugely successful year for our Young Riders and we are extremely proud to share with you that this year, Endurance GB’s Overall Champion is Young Rider Emily Cooke, having achieved a fantastic points total of 2288 with her horse Lady’s Man.   

 

 

In receiving her award Emily told attendees how proud she was of Lady’s Man and that it had taken some time for them to build the bond they now share. She attributes her success to their shared understanding and the time and dedication she puts in, alongside her Mum, Lise Cooke,  to training and preparation. Winners of the other Championship Awards as follows:   

 

Overall Championship - Lady’s Man (Emily Cooke)  - 2288 Points 

Senior Championship - Warrens Hill Rubyn (Sarah Rogerson) - 1194 Points 

Young Rider Championship - Lady’s Man (Emily Cooke) - 2288 Points 

Junior Championship - Redwings Milky Way (Ella Pomroy) - 1085 Points 

Veteran Championship - Bizout (Hannah Lydon) - 1716 Points 

Novice Championship - Mistletoe (Caitlin Birkitt) - 670 Points

 


 
Update - Board of DirectorsUpdate - Board of Directors - (Published:26 November 2017)

Congratulations to those Directors newly appointed to the Board, Anna Williams and Rebecca Kinnarney, and to Ann Dark, reappointed.

The new roles decided upon today are as follows. More information on each role will be provided in due course. 

Chair - Nicki Thorne 

Vice Chair & Sponsorship Director - Harry Ingram 

Finance Director - Sue Box 

Company Secretary and Policy & Governance Director- Ann Dark

Operations Director - Esther Young 

Development Director - Rebecca Kinnarney 

Director of Volunteering (to include Groups, H&S and Para) - Kerry Dawson 

Marketing & Communications Director - Anna Williams

International Director - John Robertson 

SERC Representative - Constance Newbould 

 
BEF Futurity Awards 2017 - updatedBEF Futurity Awards 2017 - updated - (Published:19 November 2017)

Now that all the British horses have finished competing in FEI rides the BEF Futurity Awards 2017 for Gold, Silver and Bronze can be published as follows.  Trophies to be awarded at the member’s Group Dinner and Awards Evening.

 

 

Gold Awards:

 

1st Peponi ridden by Chris Wray with 84 FEI points

 

2nd Sheer Bliss ridden by Lorna Kidson with 55 FEI points

 

3rd Vlacq Journeyman ridden by Georgina Baughan with 35 FEI points

 

4th Egyptian Whirlwind ridden by Linda Cowperthwaite with 34 FEI points

 

5th Penhwnilys Samala de Mon owned by Mandy Yarnold and ridden by Katie Bedwin with 33 FEI points

 

6th Yawl Hill Pollyanna owned by Kirsty Wiscombe with 32 FEI points

 

Silver award Trophy for horses that were evaluated by the BEF Futurity when the horse was aged from foal to three years inclusive and is now aged seven to ten years inclusive and not registered with the FEI.  Five best EGB results to count:- 

1st          LVA Troy owned by Susan Scarborough                                1114 points

2nd     Silver Zenif owned by Rachael Claridge                                  889 points

3rd      Grecian Moon owned by Larrissa Burnett                               596 points

4th     Bordesley Golden Ayanna owned by Camilla Mascall                 588 points

5th      Kaalif owned by Susan Hawes                                                 569 points

6th     Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz owned by Susan Higgins                        476.5 points

 

Bronze award Trophy for horses that were evaluated by the BEF futurity when the horse was a foal to three years old inclusive and is now six years old. Four best EGB rides to count of which two can be 64km and below and the others 50km to 32km.

1st              Nahzira Bint Chatanz ridden by Katie Bedwin                346 points

2nd              Sylvan Illusion owned by Carol Chapman                      64 points

2nd tied      Crystal Heartbeat owned by Ruth Whitby                        64 points        

 

 
'A Night at the West End' Gala Dinner - A reminder!'A Night at the West End' Gala Dinner - A reminder! - (Published:07 November 2017)

*** Online Tickets No longer Available ***

Endurance GB Annual General Meeting followed by 'A Night at the West End' Gala Dinner

Endurance GB welcomes you to spend 'A Night at the West End' for our 2017 Gala Dinner. Gala Dinner tickets are to be purchased through the Endurance GB website and will be available shortly. Tickets purchased prior to 25th October will be £32.50, tickets purchased after this date will be £37.50, tickets will not be available to purchase after the 15th November 2017. Menu and table requests must be made when purchasing your tickets - if purchasing multiple tickets please ensure to include ALL names of those attending. Menu choices as follows:

 

Starters

Chicken Liver Pate, Red Onion Marmalade, Toasted Brioche

Plum tomato and Mozzarella Salad, Ciabatta Crisp

 

Mains

Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Apple Galette, Cider Cream Sauce

Filo Basket filled with Wild Mushrooms, Tarragon Cream

 

Desserts

Chocolate Brownie, Dark Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Pod Ice Cream

White Chocolate & Raspberry Panacotta, Raspberry Coulis, Red Berries

 

We have secured a discounted rate for 85 rooms at the hotel. Following feedback from last year, rooms will initially be available to book centrally by emailing egbdinner@gmail.com - rooms will be reserved on a first come first served basis. The following room rates are reserved until midnight on the 25th October 2017 and are available for the first 85 rooms only, thereafter they must be booked directly with the hotel and will not be subject to the discounted rate:

 

Single Room (inc. breakfast) £62 (after 25th October or when the first 85 rooms have been reserved the price will increase to £75)

Double/Twin Room (inc. breakfast) £72 (after 25th October or when the first 85 rooms have been reserved the price will increase to £85).

Rooms will be payable upon departure from the hotel. If you have any special requirements please ensure these, along with the guest(s) names are included within the email.

 

All queries should be directed to egbdinner@gmail.com or contact Anna Williams<https://www.facebook.com/anna.williams.92505956>.

 

 
Photos needed for the 2018 Members' HandbookPhotos needed for the 2018 Members' Handbook - (Published:07 November 2017)

We are currently putting together the 2018 handbook and we need your help with providing photos for use in the handbook.

If you have any photos from 2017 that you think sum up what endurance riding in the UK is all about, please can you send them to estheryoung@endurancegb.co.uk

One photo per email please, and we need to know:
- Where it was taken
- When it was taken
- Who is in the photo
- Who took the photo (and if that is not you, confirmation that they are happy for Endurance GB to use the photo)

The photos must have been taken at an Endurance GB ride or event. Photos submitted may also be used in future Endurance GB publicity materials.

Odd shaped photos are particularly welcome!

 
AGM - Young Riders AGM - Young Riders - (Published:06 November 2017)

Don't forget there will be a Junior and Young Rider (J/YR) meeting at the same time as the main AGM. It's a great chance to share your ideas and meet other riders. We will also be electing the new committee, positions consist of: Chair and the regional representatives- North, Midlands, South and Wales. If you would like to put yourself forward, please read the role descriptions below and come along ready to say why you think you'd be good in the role.

We will also have a J/YR table for the evening meal. If you would like to be seated here, please make a note on the form when ordering your tickets and contact Anna Williams via egbdinner@gmail.com

J/YR Committee Positions

YR Chair (please note: must be at least 18 years of age)

This role requires you to work with the regional representatives to help and oversee all things J/YR! You will work with the YR liaison on the Board of EGB and help them with tasks as well as putting ideas forward. You will be required to:

·         update the EGB YR facebook page

·         send news items to the EGB website and magazine

·         feedback ideas and comments from your fellow committee members and the wider J/YR members to the YR Liaison

·         undertake Safeguarding Training including Residential, and obtain a DBS (through EGB)

·         help organise J/YR Camp

·         liaise and support the Young Rider Squad Chef d'Equipe as required

 

Regional Representatives (North, Midlands, South and Wales)

These roles are aimed at strengthening the link between groups and the J/YR committee. It will require you to:

·         contact the groups in your region and liaise with them to publicise J/YR events and encourage the J/YRs to get involved

·         send updates to the groups for their facebook pages and websites

·         work with the groups to encourage more J/YR members to join and participate

·         when necessary, support the YR Committee Chair with their role above

*Please note; these roles are under the guidance and support of the YR Liaison.

 

**In order to put yourself forward for a role, you need to be a current junior/young rider member of EGB (for this year and next) and have good communication skills and a desire to encourage endurance at all levels.

 

 
Technical Steward Workshop: Saturday 4 November 2017Technical Steward Workshop: Saturday 4 November 2017 - (Published:29 October 2017)

Our Technical Stewards support our Ride Organisers and are responsible for ensuring that the rules are upheld on ride day. We are holding a workshop for Technical Stewards on the 4th November at Abbey Park, Kenilworth. If you are currently a Technical Steward, or if you are interested in finding out more about what the role involves, we would love for you to attend. E-mail Esther Young for more information

 

 
ENDURANCE SEMINAR in NOVEMBERENDURANCE SEMINAR in NOVEMBER - (Published:28 October 2017)

Saturday 18th November 10am - 4pm

Refreshments included 

UKCC Level 3 Coach Rachael Claridge

Equestrian TV producer Claire Barry

Louise Rich Equine Sports Massage

Other guest speakers TBC

£10 young riders £20 adults 

 

rjclaridge@yahoo.co.uk

www.rachaelclaridge.com

 

Rachael Claridge

01454 238942 or 07789641014

18 Berthas Field, Didmarton, Badminton GL91EB

(Photo by David Saunders)

 

 

 
RED DRAGON FESTIVAL OF ENDURANCE 2017 - a report from WessexRED DRAGON FESTIVAL OF ENDURANCE 2017 - a report from Wessex - (Published:27 October 2017)

2017 saw EGB launch a new set of Championship classes. The National Championship has long been a fixture on the EGB ride calendar but this year an additional three championships were launched for Novice, Open and Advanced level with the finals held at the Red Dragon to coincide with the ride’s 40th anniversary on 29th Sep - 1st Oct.

The weather was certainly not kind over the course of the weekend with heavy rain in the run up to the ride making going slippery on the hills and boggy on the moors. The ride days themselves saw continued rain with some quite heavy fog in places in higher areas….some might say typical Red Dragon weather!

There was a strong turnout of Wessex members in classes across the weekend with Wessex members winning in 3 of the 4 championship classes in some very tough conditions. We asked the championship winners to recap their experiences of the weekend .... click here to view their reports!

 
The Leading Rider Award update - RoyaltiesThe Leading Rider Award update - Royalties - (Published:26 October 2017)

This year Endurance GB has been piloting the 'Leading Rider' award, aimed at rewarding good horsemanship and consistent riding over the course of a CER or FEI ride. 

The Leading Rider scores for the Royalties 80km FEI classes were as follows:

1st Fiona Griffiths & Balishla: 171.24 points

2nd Charlie Chadwick & Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar: 144.68 points

 

Fiona scored 92.58% of the total points available to her at this ride, with a consistent speed, good presentation times, good CRIs and straight As all day. This means that hers is the second highest score from this pilot year and she is the highest scoring Brit. Well done Fiona!

 

 
International Squads SMT vacancies - deadline Friday 3 NovemberInternational Squads SMT vacancies - deadline Friday 3 November - (Published:26 October 2017)

The International Committee is now accepting applications for the International Squad and Young Rider Squad SMT. If you are interested in a role, please read the role descriptions on the International News page and complete the relevant application form (there is one for Chef d’Equipe and one for all other positions) and return it to johnrobertson@endurancegb.co.uk by Friday 3rd November

 
6 JANUARY 2018 DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ENDURANCE CITY6 JANUARY 2018 DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ENDURANCE CITY - (Published:08 October 2017)

HH SH. MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM ENDURANCE CUP CEI*** - 160 KM – 6 JANUARY 2018 DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ENDURANCE CITY

 

The International Committee of Endurance GB has received an invitation to nominate a maximum of 2 horse and rider combinations, and one additional rider/horse combination as a spare entry, to take part in the above ride. If you are interested in being considered, please thoroughly read the document attached including the eligibility criteria and return the expression of interest form to Lindsay Wilson at lindsaywilson@endurancegb.co.uk<mailto:lindsaywilson@endurancegb.co.uk> by no later than 1st November 2017.

 

 
British Horse Feeds' Red Dragon interim results Saturday and SundayBritish Horse Feeds' Red Dragon interim results Saturday and Sunday - (Published:02 October 2017)

Saturday:

 

The winners of the British Horse Feeds Little Dragon 2017, and also the inaugural Endurance GB Advanced Champions are Sally Mcilwaine and Mahbubti.

Best Condition went to Tracey Sawyer's Miracle.

The Leading Rider award in the Little Dragon went to Gill Plumbley.

 

 

 

Best Young Rider in the Advanced Championship went to Saffron Bishop.

Winners of the Open Championship were Fiona Valentine and Arranberg Mai. Best Open/Open combination were Dominic Smith and George Bush.

Winners of the Novice Championship were Sarah Davenport and Sam's Magician. Best Young Rider in the class went to Bethany Clarkson who also won the Best Novice/Novice combination.

 

Sunday:

 

Winner of the British Horse Feeds Red Dragon 160km CER and also our new National Champions: Lauren Mills and Oakleaze Farm Czarko

2nd Sarah Rogerson and Warrens Hill Ruben

3rd Rachael Cratchley and Open t’ Offers

4th Ginny Gidley and Desert Kudoss

5th Andrea Champ with Druimghigha Lantana

6th Charlotte Saunders with Fantasia IV

7th Nikki Brown Tinkerbell’s Image

 

Best Condition: Open t'Offers

Leading Rider: Ginny Gidley

Top Young Rider: Nikki Brown

Winner of the Dragon's Tail 120km: Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle and Kathy Carr

Winner of the Golden Dragon: Silver Tariba and Sue Speed

Winner of the Dragon's Flame 2 x 65km: Lady's Man and Emily Cook

Winner of the Dragon's Days multiday GER: Zarkhruv and Constance Newbould

Winner of the Dragons Egg and Cawdor Honey trophy: Al Masa and Sue Oliver

Winners of the Red Dragon Team Trophy: Team "To Finish is to Win"

The full list of awards and trophies will be posted on the Red Dragon website later.

 

 

 
Weald Trophy Final Results from the South East GroupWeald Trophy Final Results from the South East Group - (Published:27 September 2017)

Congratulations to Susan Horne and Bblack Kashmira, winners of the Weald Trophy Final on Sunday 24th September.

 

Here are the full results:

 

1st                          Susan Horne                       Bblack Kashmira

2nd                         Stephanie Allum                  Dunbann Garrand

3rd                          Kate Curry                            Orel

4th                          Sarah Mitchell                      Justin Lagden Lane

5th                          Karen Ash                             Casiphia

6th                          Lesley Wilson                      Grey Squire Pearl

7th                          Andrea Newby                     GS Almera

8th                          Marie Bennett                      Kirmali

9th                          Charlotte Roberts                Marcychna

 

 
Hi Everyone - CAMELFORD CANCELLEDHi Everyone - CAMELFORD CANCELLED - (Published:21 September 2017)

Dear Member
I am sorry to announce that the Camelford Ride on Sunday 24th September is cancelled. The owner of the venue has expressed concern that the venue is waterlogged and more rain is expected between now and the day of the ride. We are sure that you will appreciate that our priority must be to respect the wishes of all our landowners, both of the venue and the route, so we must take this action in order to preserve the ride for future years.

The refund of entry fees will be processed in the next couple of days. Also please note that the New Park Rufus Ride on 8th October is still open for entries.
I am so sorry that we have had to cancel and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Regards
Jan Kane - Organiser

 

 
Shatzar and Bod's 2017 yearShatzar and Bod's 2017 year - (Published:17 September 2017)

At 27 years young now, Shaz  came into endurance at a rather mature age - he started at 20. He came to us as a loan pony, for James and then Peter to start riding with the Pony Club, as Tetrathlon had become 'their' sport, and he competed in cross-country, at Area level with James. By then, Nikki Parsler was getting Pony Club Endurance going, and, as the other rider for Shaz, I was invited to accompany 2 youngsters around the first Milton Keynes ride. The photo Of Shaz and 2 more ginger ponies (and riders, including Hannah Maskell and Kathryn Naysmith) made it into the Pony Club Annual that year.

James also started Endurance rides on Shaz, the first at Cirencester, where he caught up with an ex-racehorse and nearly came in over the elimination speed, and they competed at the PC Championships at Keysoe.

As the boys grew too tall, I have continued to ride him, and we registered with EGB. Although he has reliably given us low heart rates and completed the rides in good times I have not upgraded him out of Novice, feeling that his age was against him, and preferring the 10kph bogey-time! We now ride with my husband on the big Grey, Bod (Captain Snowball).

Bod, now 21, also came to Endurance via Tetrathlon, and has had quite a few months 'off' due to lameness issues. He is steady and acts as a balance to the speedier Shaz, so that by alternating the lead horse, we can aim for that 10kph speed.

At Hanslope 2017, all went well, and the 2 Old boys both achieved Grade 1, over the 34km distance.

 Due to other commitments, we have been unable to ride at more than a handful of EGB rides during the last few years. We have been out with Chiltern Distance Riders, our local group, and that has put the mileage up, if you add the numbers together! I note on the EGB site, Shaz has now completed over 778km on graded EGB rides, and add in the CDR distances for 13-17 (701 and adding, aiming for the group's Gold Award this year), we have clocked up nearly 1500km. Not bad for the Old Boys. Our one regret is that Shaz missed out on our trip to the Golden Horseshoe in 2013, due to a bruised foot, (Bod went, and I rode Frosty, a kind loan to enable me to ride!) maybe we will still manage that in 2018?!!

Jane Alexander

 
AMENDED ITEM: British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon - closing midnight tonight!!AMENDED ITEM: British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon - closing midnight tonight!! - (Published:13 September 2017)

We are now approaching the close of entries for the British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon – midnight today Friday, 15th September/postmarked today if postal entries.  Remember that late entries are not available but if you are entering another ride this coming weekend and are unsure whether you will be successful, you may submit a ‘failed’ vet sheet in order to obtain a refund. For more information see the website: www.endurancegb.co.uk/main/Red-Dragon

In celebration of the event’s 40th anniversary, we are able to offer you a specially reduced all-inclusive rate for stabling and camping at the venue: £19 for one night and £32 for two or more nights.  We hope that this will encourage riders to come to Red Dragon to ride for all three days, especially in the Dragon’s Days (Class 1 on Friday) which takes in a different route on all three days.

There are over 300 stables available at the venue, so plenty of room for everyone.  Don’t forget that there is also plenty of room for day-corralling.  If you don’t fancy camping then there is plenty of B&B in the area, although the on-site residential centre, The Neuadd Henllan, is full.

You will also see from the website that a two-course meal is available for the evenings of Friday and Saturday in the residential centre, at a cost of £15.00 and £8.50 for children under 10 years of age.  Tickets for the evening meals must be ordered in advance with your entry.

There are two bars: one in the residential centre and the another in the main office building.  If you fancy eating out then there are lots of good local pubs, the details of which can be found under “Dragon Food and Bar” at the bottom of the home page of the website.

We have ten trade stands in the main office building adjacent to the ride office, where free tea and coffee is also available for everyone.

Finally, we are pleased to welcome this year’s guest speaker, Sandra Murphy from EquidDiet on the subject of The Athletic Horse.  The one-hour talk will be given in the main office building on Saturday evening, starting at 8.00pm and is free for everyone.

Please do join us at the Red Dragon “party” if you can.  The riding is fabulous, the scenery magnificent (there are a couple of videos on the home page of the website) and the facilities at the venue really good for meeting up with your crew, supporters and friends.

 
The Leading Rider Award - Euston Park 5The Leading Rider Award - Euston Park 5 - (Published:11 September 2017)

The Leading Rider Award (formerly the Good Horsemanship Award) is part of the British Protocol for Endurance in the UK, and is designed to reward consistent riding and good horsemanship over the course of a ride. Points are given for presentation times and good veterinary assessments at each vetgate and at the finish, and for maintaining speed over the course. 

The results for Euston 5 are as follows:

80kms

1st 164.52 points, KIRSTEN WISCOMBE, YAWL HILL POLLYANNA, GBR (9th in class)

2nd 163.18 points, AHMED AZEALDEIN, MORRO, UAE (1st in class)

3rd 154.50 points, RACHEL JUDSON,  BEN SHAH, GBR (4th in class)

120kms YR

1st 146.58 points, Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis ALMUHAIRI, BULLIO SOLUTE, UAE (only finisher)

120kms

1st 215.77 points, EULALIA GONZALEZ GUARDIA,  HISSANE OUSSEGANI, ESP (11th in class)

2nd 206.65 points, Suhail Ali Rashed Ali AL GHAILANI,  AL ASAD, UAE (7th in class)

3rd 205.07 points, Saeed Hamoud Saeed AL KHAYARI , NIMER, UAE (8th in class)

 
****DARTMOOR BRENTOR RIDE*******DARTMOOR BRENTOR RIDE*** - (Published:09 September 2017)

Unfortunately we have made the decision to cancel the ride..we have inspected the venue and it is now too wet to be able to drive on and off without difficulty, especially for the larger vehicles. Just driving on and off with the Discovery this morning, it sank in about 4 inches.

We will be contacting all those involved as soon as possible. Refunds will be done within the next week or so.                 (Jo Chisholm)

 

 
Bwlch Raid Ride, Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September Bwlch Raid Ride, Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September - (Published:07 September 2017)

Please note that the postcode of the venue published in the Members' Handbook is wrong - the correct postcode is LD3 7UH.

The Bwlch Raid Ride is a fantastic Welsh event with easy access, a great venue (with a new easy route out) and fabulous riding on wonderful grassy tracks.  Some amazing views of Tretower Court and Castle, Llangorse Lake and Pen y Fan, the tallest mountain in the National Park. Although entries for the competitive classes have now closed, entries will be accepted on the day for the pleasure rides.

 

There is plenty of room for corralling and pubs within walking distance.  You are guaranteed a warm Welsh welcome from the organiser.  If you can’t come and ride then maybe you could come and help (please contact Fiona Griffiths by emailing her at

info@golden-castle.co.uk or phone 07941 049485).

 

 
Endurance GB announces major support packageEndurance GB announces major support package - (Published:04 September 2017)

Endurance GB (EGB), the National Governing Body for the sport of endurance riding in England and Wales, has announced the support it has received in 2017  – both financial and in kind – from HPower Group Endurance (HPGE). This has included over £59,000 of entry fees, received from the Euston Park Rides, which have been donated to EGB.

 

HPower Group has a long history of organising major equestrian events in the UK and around the world and is behind the hugely successful Royal Windsor Endurance (now five years old) and the Euston Park Endurance rides, run by HPGE for the first time in 2016.

 

The investment in the Euston Park Rides in particular has allowed HPGE to actively work with EGB to grow the sport of endurance within the UK with the ambition of making Great Britain a strong competing nation in the discipline.

 

HPGE’s focus will be supporting the core operational areas of Endurance GB, such as technology, IT and general office costs, in order that sufficient resource can be put into the administrative areas that will make a difference long into the future.

 

With this support EGB will put into action an enhanced programme of activities that will directly benefit its members, event organisers and local Groups all over the country. Horse welfare within the sport will continue to be at the top of the EGB agenda and this increased financial investment will ensure that even more focus is put on ensuring best practice at all UK endurance rides, to position the UK as a world leader.

 

The latter part of 2017 has seen FEI rides organised by EGB receive additional financial support. The wider support will ensure that the discipline will provide something for everyone, from 10km to 160km competitions. At the same time, much effort will be put into supporting international teams, young riders and para-endurance riders.  It is hoped that more riders will participate at national and international competitions, as a result.

 

Building upon the excellent events held so far in 2017, Euston Park has been developed into an Endurance Centre of Excellence, with training programmes for officials, vets and trainers. EGB also have access and use of HPGE’s media operation and agencies to assist in promoting and publicising the positive nature of the sport in the UK to a wider audience.

 

John Hudson, Chairman of EGB, said: “This level of support gives EGB the opportunity to really move UK endurance onto the next level. We are looking forward to developing a close and productive relationship with all our stakeholders and supporters in order to enhance our offering and delivery of services. With additional support, we hope that all our members see a real benefit, and that we are once again able to compete for the top prizes abroad.”

 
Bwlch Raid Ride, Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th SeptemberBwlch Raid Ride, Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September - (Published:03 September 2017)

Last chance to enter the Bwlch Raid Ride (late entries by 6.00pm on Tuesday 5th Sept), a fantastic Welsh event with easy access, a great venue (with a new easy route out) and fabulous riding on wonderful grassy tracks.  Some amazing views of Tretower Court and Castle, Llangorse Lake and Pen y Fan, the tallest mountain in the National Park.

There is plenty of room for corralling and pubs within walking distance.  You are guaranteed a warm Welsh welcome from the organiser.  If you can’t come and ride then maybe you could come and help (please contact Fiona Griffiths by emailing her at info@golden-castle.co.uk or phone 07941 049485).

Please note that the postcode of the venue published in the Members' Handbook is wrong - the correct postcode is LD3 7UH.

 

 
Hanslope Ride on Sunday 10th SeptemberHanslope Ride on Sunday 10th September - (Published:31 August 2017)

A reminder that entries for the Hanslope Ride close on Friday 1st September (but late entries are open until 7th September).  The route is varied, incorporating mostly grassy headlands, bridleways and a few quiet lanes. There is approximately 3km road work and the rest is all lovely cantering stretches! 

 

Here is some feedback from last year:

 

“My favourite ride by far, worth the travelling”; “great officials, good atmosphere, can't fault it”; “A lovely, varied ride with some excellent going”; “Would definitely recommend it; I will be coming back again”

The venue is spacious with plenty of room to park.  There are toilets and refreshments on site.  To remember your day, there will be a photographer, Allan Daley, in attendance.  Pleasure ride classes are available at distances of 30km, 25km and 16km so there is something for everyone.  Please come along to ride if you can.

 

For more information please click here for the website or otherwise email the ride organiser, Gill Hensley.   

 

 

 
Inter-Regionals Championship at Cirencester Park - July 14th-16th 2017Inter-Regionals Championship at Cirencester Park - July 14th-16th 2017 - (Published:30 August 2017)

The 2017 Inter-Regionals Championship, held at Cirencester Park, resulted in a win for the North-West team with 186 points and runners-up were the South-West with 175 points.

The aim of the Inter-Regional Championships is to create teams with a good cross-section of members from within each regional group and to encourage participation from all ages and all levels of experience.  The competition introduces individual riders to the concept of a team and also introduces individuals to the role of Chef d’Equipe. It is expected that teams will, where possible, include juniors, young riders, para riders and Pony Club members.

The event itself takes place over two days and a maximum of twelve horses/riders form a team from each regional group, or combination of two groups.  Team members then compete over a range of distances from Novice 30kms to Advanced 80kms and results are calculated using Endurance GB’s Performance Formula.

 
The Leading Rider Award updateThe Leading Rider Award update - (Published:30 August 2017)

The Leading Rider Award (formerly the Good Horsemanship Award) is part of the British Protocol for Endurance in the UK, and is designed to reward consistent riding and good horsemanship over the course of a ride. Points are given for presentation times and good veterinary assessments at each vetgate and at the finish, and for maintaining speed over the course. 

 

The award has now been calculated for Kings Forest Summer, Euston Park 3, Belvoir Castle and Euston Park 4.

 

Kings Forest Summer

 

160km:

1st Louise Rich, Oakleazefarm Czamak (the only finisher, won a bronze framed horse kindly donated by Kerry Dawson)

 

Euston Park 3

 

80km:

1st 179.90 Hamdan Mohd Rashed Ghadayer EGHTIBI, FUGACE DES QUEYRIES, UAE (8th in class)

2nd 174.97 Gerard PARES ROURA, ALSTER, Spain (6th in class)

3rd 174.63 Linda Cowperthwaite, EPIS SUMMER BREEZE, British (10th in class)

 

120km YR:

1st 154.57 Ali Abdulrahman Belghuzooz AL ZAROONI, AINHOA KILUDI, UAE (3rd in class, 3 finishers)

2nd 131.35 Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan ALMAZROUEI,  SUGARPLUM TE, UAE (2nd in class)

3rd 121.63 Suhail Ali Rashed Ali AL GHAILANI,  RAZNA MILIN RIANT, UAE (1st in class)

 

120km:

1st 218.08 Humaid Matar Rashed AL MAZROOEI, VAGABON KERADENNEC, UAE (8th in class)

2nd 198.15 Rashid Mohd Ibrahim AL BALOUSHI, EBORY, UAE (6th in class)

3rd 184.82 Saeed Mohd Khalifa AL MEHAIRI,  MUREIB, UAE (2nd in class)

 

160km:

1st 307.93 Mansour Saeed Mohd AL FARESI, UKIRFOLIE, UAE (1st in class, 2 finishers)

2nd 251.88 Alisson ARMAGNAC,  S'TEEM DE LACAM, France (2nd in class)

 

Belvoir Castle

 

120km:

1st No 22 GRIFF, MEIKE FICKENSCHER, GER, 222.33 points (3rd in class)

2nd No 19  TAKIN DE JANSAVIS, MAIALEN CALVO IBAÑEZ, ESP, 199.08 points (1st in class)

3rd No 11 WARRENS HILL FARRAH, LAURA GRAHAM, GBR, 177.58 points (4th in class)

 

120km YR:

1st No 17  AINHOA KESDOR, NAROA CALVO IBAÑEZ, ESP, 234.09 points (3rd in class, 3 finishers)

2nd No 20 PROTOCOL DE LAFON,  SAEED ABDULLA BIN HUZAIM, UAE, 225.38 points (1st in class)

3rd No 77  UN ATOUT DE ROUAISSE,  SAEED SALEM ATIQ KHAMIS ALMUHAIRI, UAE  165.73 points (2nd in class)

 

80km:

1st No 40 SAHIB DELAMOUSSERIE,  SALIM SAID AL OWAIS, UAE, 187.80 points (11th in class)

2nd No 25  DEBRETT, MELANIE BRADLEY, GBR, 177.97 points (23rd in class)

3rd No 36  OCTAVIA, JAHAN PERLYASAMY, SRI, 171.38 points (2nd in class)

 

80km YR:

1st No 31  REENA SCREENA STAR, OLLIE HOLMAN, GBR, 155.12 points (2nd in class, 2 finishers)

2nd No 53  TANNASG SOVEREIGN,  TESS WHELDON, GBR, 120.72 points (1st in class)

 

Euston Park 4

 

80km:

180.02 1st  No 396 JÓZSEF TÓTH  SHAGYA SOLYMASZ Hungary (29th in class)

179.60 2nd  No 417 ELLEN ANNETTE GUTUBAKKEN AR SHEIKH PACHA Norway (11th in class)

178.23 3rd No 65 ROSE VAN CAUTER  QUENZ EDDAHAB Belgium (6th in class) 

177.63 4th No 80 JUAN DAVID GACIÑO SANTOS SHAGYA ZOZO Spain (39th in class)

177.40 5th  No 164 IAIN PATERSON TANNASG ANSOMROB British (58th in class)

 

120km:

224.15 1st No 18 NARENDRA SINGH RATHORE  RAKIB NIKITA 10 India (17th in class)

221.68 2nd No 226 ABDULLA GHANIM AL MARRI CASTLEBAR JUMEIRAH UAE (2nd in class)

214.53 3rd No 266 OLIVIER BOCHER  BALTIC RHAPSODY France (26th in class)

209.90 4th No 244 PAULA MUNTALA SANCHEZ AS ARAPEY Spain (20th in class)

209.43 5th  No 250 SILVIA SIMON CARRASCO GORRI 75 Spain (24th in class)

 

120km YR:

184.35 1st No 344 BRUNA PUJOLS AUMATELL  MANDANY Spain (9th in class)

179.58 2nd No 208 LEA VANDEKERCKHOVE JQ SAFI SAFRA France (2nd in class)

178.07 3rd No 341  KHALIFA JAMAL KHAMIS AHMED AS FLOR DEL PAGO Bahrain (4th in class)

 

160km:

242.32 1st No 14 Saeed Sultan Shames AL MAAMRI PREUME DE PAUTE UAE (3rd in class)

232.45 2nd No 20 ABDUL AZIZ SALAH ABDULLA AM ACHIR DU SAUVETERRE UAE (6th in class)

228.12 3rd No 19 GUILLEM SOLDEVILA ALTARRIBA JM CINNAMON Spain (4th in class)

 

A full review of the Leading Rider Award will be published in a forthcoming Endurance GB Magazine.

 
17th September ride at Euston Park - cancelled17th September ride at Euston Park - cancelled - (Published:24 August 2017)

We are very sorry to announce that due to the ill health of some of the organising team, the ride due to be held at Euston Park on 17th September is to be cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment caused. 

 

The Hanslope ride near Milton Keynes, Bucks on the 10th September, the Lions Tail ride at Melton Mowbray, Leics on the 16/17th September and the Devils Dyke ride near Brighton, Sussex on 24th September are still open for entries and would welcome anyone who was intending to ride at Euston Park.

 

You can enter these and our other rides online: https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/List-of-Rides

 

 
THE DARTMOOR (BRENTOR) RIDE - SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBERTHE DARTMOOR (BRENTOR) RIDE - SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER - (Published:24 August 2017)

The closing date for Brentor is being extended until Friday 1st September!

 
Boyton Hall Ride 2017Boyton Hall Ride 2017 - (Published:21 August 2017)

We are very pleased that we have more entries than ever before! The going is great, the weather forecast is looking good, and we are looking forward to seeing lots of you there! There is still time to enter (online entries close on Wednesday 23rd. After this, please contact Peggy Sofley, the ride secretary).

Please do remember that this is a paperless ride.  All information - times, maps, ride information etc is being published on the Boyton Hall website.  If you have any problems, do contact Peggy Sofley.

 

 
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.

 

 
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.

                

 

 
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.

 

 

 

 

 
Alternatives for Barbury Castle - Provost Lodge accepting late entries until midday tomorrow!  Alternatives for Barbury Castle - Provost Lodge accepting late entries until midday tomorrow!   - (Published:09 August 2017)

After the sad news of the cancellation of Barbury Castle, I thought it would be useful to list the up and coming rides that you might consider as an alternative:

 Provost Lodge (Northants): Sunday 13th August, will take late entries until midday tomorrow (Thursday 10th August) by special arrangement with the organiser.

 Auriols (Lincolnshire): Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August, closes on Monday 14th August but will accept late entries.

 Boyton Hall (Suffolk): Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August, closes on Monday 14th August but will accept late entries.

 Tresham (Gloucestershire): Sunday 27th August, closes on Monday 14th August but will accept late entries.

 For more details of these rides and all the others available in the coming months, see: https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/List-of-Rides

Barbury entries will have their late entry fees refunded. Insert 'Barbury Entry' in Comments box.

 

 John Hudson

 

 
Barbury Castle Ride cancelled - this coming weekend!Barbury Castle Ride cancelled - this coming weekend! - (Published:08 August 2017)

We are very sorry to tell you that the Barbury Castle Ride this weekend has been cancelled.  This is not a decision which has been taken lightly.  We have worked closely with the owners and managers of the Estate and others to consider the options.  As you may be aware, the parking at the venue is on quite a steep slope, so getting on and off the venue will be difficult.  We don’t want to risk any accidents to humans, horses or vehicles .

We have permission from a number of landowners to use the field margins rather than the Ridgeway or roads if it is dry, provided we won’t ‘poach’ the land.  These options are not be available to us this year because it has been so wet.  This has been made worse by the heavy rain today and more rain expected on Friday. 

We don’t want to compromise anyone’s safety, the quality of the route, or the landowners’ property.  It is disappointing to have to cancel the ride after all the planning and preparation everyone has put in whether as a rider, crew, a helper, a ride official or providing backup.  All we can do is apologise and reiterate what one of the land owners I consulted with today said, when he heard the outcome: ‘I think you have made the best decision, see you next year’.

We hope the rest of your season is successful and we will see you at Barbury Castle in 2018.

Best wishes

Janet and Maxine

Ride Organisers 

 

 
Phoenix Ride CancelledPhoenix Ride Cancelled - (Published:03 August 2017)

We are very sorry to confirm that the Phoenix Ride, planned for Sunday 6th August, is cancelled.

 

We use a lot of private land, especially on the southern loop to Wimbleball Lake.  The owners of this land have expressed concern about the amount of rain we have had in the last fortnight and the effect that it has had on the ground.  We have an excellent relationship with all our landowners and so feel that the right thing to do is to cancel.

 

Those who entered online will receive an email in the next couple of days confirming that the entry fee has been refunded to the debit or credit card used to make the original payment.  Those who entered by post will receive a refund by cheque in the post sometime next week.

 

You will be aware that Barbury Castle takes place next weekend, on Saturday 12th August and Sunday 13th August.  Late entries are still available for Barbury Castle until 6.00pm on Sunday 6th August.  We have agreed with the organisers of Barbury Castle that those riders that have entered Phoenix can receive a refund for the late entry fee but you must remember to enter “Phoenix Rider” in the Comments box of your online entry, or add a note in your postal entry to say that you entered Phoenix.


We are very sorry that we have made this decision and for the resultant disappointment.  We hope to see you next year.

 

John & Jane Hudson

 

 
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.

 
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.

 
Cancellation of the Birling Gap rideCancellation of the Birling Gap ride - (Published:01 August 2017)

It is with great regret that I have to cancel the Birling Gap National Ride this year.  I was informed yesterday that the Ride date coincides with the Eastbourne Air Show, the venue field is right under the flight path for all planes arriving from the west, and exhibitors at the Air Show will include the Red Arrows this year.  There will also be considerable traffic on all the roads approaching Eastbourne.  I have spoken to the Police and the Air Show organisers, and have been strongly advised to cancel on safety grounds, which I cannot argue with. 

 

At this late stage it is not possible to reorganise a new date for the National Ride, but we are looking to run it as a group pleasure ride on the 10th of September, offering 16km and 32km, if the venue is available.  Thank you to all those who have offered to help, and watch this space.  Linda Herriott

 

 
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.  

 
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

 

 
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 


     
    Peak District Ride - Change of Venue - Saturday 19 AugustPeak District Ride - Change of Venue - Saturday 19 August - (Published:13 July 2017)

    Please note that the venue for the Peak District ride which is taking place on 19th August has changed.

    The new venue is Biggin Moor Farm, Biggin, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0DS, which is on the A515, 1.5 miles south of Newhaven, Nr  Buxton

     

    Enter the ride here

     

     

     
    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!
     
    European Championships - Long list European Championships - Long list - (Published:04 July 2017)

    The final assessment for the International Squad was held at Warwick on Saturday 3rd June ahead of the European Championships in August. The Squad Management Team were able to work with riders, horses and crews and it can now be confirmed that the longlist of nominated entries are:

    Caroline Cowley    HS Bellini

    Harry Ingram         Warrens Hill Chayze

    Lorna Kidson          Sheer Bliss

    Annie Joppe           Fantom

    Carri-Ann Dark      HS Drift

    Rachael Atkinson  Tannasg Psyches Realm

    Nicola Thorne        LM Bolena

                                     LR Bold Greyson

    The final team training session will be on 20th July where the team will be selected and we would like to wish all combinations the best of luck.


     
    Our best wishes for a full recovery Our best wishes for a full recovery - (Published:04 July 2017)

    We send our best wishes for the full recovery to two riders involved in falls at two different events last weekend, leading to both being hospitalised.


    One rider fell at the New Marske ride near Guisborough and was assisted by EGB first aiders, paramedics and mountain rescue. Another rider fell at Kings Forest in Suffolk and was taken by air ambulance to a local hospital. Both riders remain in hospital at this time.


    Our thoughts are with the riders and their families and we remain in touch with them. 

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

    - Visit to Newmarket Equine Hospital

     

    - Visit to the British Racing Museum

     

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

     

    - Talks from international endurance vet, Tom Eaton-Evans

     

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

     

    - Talk from GB International Endurance Squad farrier Harvey Lymer

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

    For full details please click here!

     

     
    Endurance GB to formally adopt 'The Leading Rider Award' at major competitionsEndurance GB to formally adopt 'The Leading Rider Award' at major competitions - (Published:15 June 2017)

    Following extensive trials, 'The Leading Rider Award' will be formally launched at Endurance GB's major competitions, starting with Euston Park on the 17th and 18th of June. The award is corner stone of the British Endurance Protocol, an initiative born from a joint working party, led by the British Equestrian Federation.

    The purpose of the newly named Leading Rider Award, is to reward what we believe to be clever riding, covering terrain competitively, but within the horse's means. The award gives points based on criteria judged throughout the competition and takes into account the recovery time of the horse, the CRI and consistency of speed. It's an evolving process and we welcome your feedback and input on it.   

    A full list of criteria can be found here.    

    The award was first trialed at two national rides and two FEI rides, which enabled the working party to refine the criteria and produce an efficient way of capturing and managing the data.  

    The Leading Rider Award forms one part of a much wider British Endurance Protocol, which is looking to develop proposals to support good horse welfare, transparency and clean sport, positioning the UK as a champion for continued development in the sport. 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (Heather Giles)

     

     

     


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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Bring on Golden Horseshoe 2018!

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

    Full details can be found here

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     
    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

     

     
    FEI Level 1 & 2 Course for Judges & Stewards 18 -19 MayFEI Level 1 & 2 Course for Judges & Stewards 18 -19 May - (Published:28 April 2017)

    Course Directors: Ian Williams, John Robertson

    Venue - Euston Park, Thetford, Norfolk

    Judges courses (18 & 19th May) inclusive of Lunch and Dinner £150.00

    Stewards course (19th May) inclusive of Lunch £80.00

    Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation

    Applications to:

    Emma Darwood (EGB) &

    Anna Orgeas (FEI)

     
    Inter Regionals 2017 - CirencesterInter Regionals 2017 - Cirencester - (Published:28 April 2017)
    Click here for more information on the teams that are sought.
     
    Kings Forest hosts test for British Endurance ProtocolKings Forest hosts test for British Endurance Protocol - (Published:24 April 2017)

     

    The Kings Forest national 80km Competitive Endurance Ride hosted a trial of a new award which forms part of the British Endurance Protocol currently being developed by Endurance GB and the British Equestrian Federation.  

    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 winners of the trial competition were Christine Ryan & Almaak with 145.40 points, who also won the class. Christine Ryan and Almaak had the shortest presentation times out of all the competitors at each vetgate and at the finish, and they had excellent CRI results including a final pulse of 60/48 in five minutes. In second place was Saffron Bishop & Ty Shute Golden Savannah with 135.62 points, and in third place was Charlie Chadwick & Sky's the Limit with 132.68 points.

    The results of the trial competition will now be reviewed by the working group. Other elements of the protocol which focus on participation, promotion of clean sport and selecting officials are still being worked on and more information will be released in due course.

     
    Lead Safeguarding OfficersLead Safeguarding Officers - (Published:17 April 2017)

    We are delighted to welcome two new Lead Safeguarding Officers.  The role replaces our previous role of Lead Welfare Officer, which Heather Weston carried out.  We would like to thank Heather for all of her help and hard work, and to welcome Tracey Sawyer and Deborah Fyans into their new roles.   

    In recognition of how important the area of Safeguarding is we have decided to appoint two LSO’s, and they will both be available should you need to discuss any areas of concern that you may have.  They can be contacted on Safeguarding@endurancegb.co.uk or you can contact them individually on deborahfyans@endurancegb.co.uk or traceysawyer@endurancegb.co.uk.  We hope you will join us in welcoming them.  

     

     
    Wimpole Way RIDE CANCELLED Wimpole Way RIDE CANCELLED - (Published:16 April 2017)

    We regret to inform you that the Wimpole Way ride, scheduled to take place on the 11th June 2017, has had to be cancelled. The venue is a multi-use facility which has grown in use by walkers, runners and cyclists in recent years. Discussions were on-going with the National Trust's Wimpole Estate, but unfortunately the venue was not deemed suitable to hold an endurance ride there this year. The future is still positive for the Wimpole ride in years to come, and the organising committee, with the support of Endurance GB, will start work now to secure a new venue for 2018.  Our apologies to those who were planning to enter.

     
    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

     

     
    Annie Joppe's new endurance blog in Horse & HoundAnnie Joppe's new endurance blog in Horse & Hound - (Published:29 March 2017)

    Follow the link to catch up on her latest blog entry and catch up on any you may have missed in the series...

    We welcome international endurance rider, Annie Joppe to our stable of bloggers.

     

    :General

     

     
    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.

     
    Endurance GB launches initiative to boost participationEndurance GB launches initiative to boost participation - (Published:21 March 2017)

    In a move designed to make Endurance riding more inclusive and to validate the key role played by supporters of the sport, Endurance GB has launched a new initiative proposing that non-riders, who are nevertheless involved in endurance at all levels, register and become a Supporter. 

    This new category is aimed at, but is not exclusive to; support crews, officials, volunteers, riders not competing due to injury or other reasons, anyone wishing to make an online Pleasure Ride entry, and parents. There is no cost associated with registering, and the benefits for Supporters will include an e-version of the Endurance GB magazine, two ride entries under the Try Before You Buy scheme and will also enable Supporters to make online entries for Pleasure Rides. 

    It’s hoped the new initiative will give an identity for key supporters ensuring they are not left on the periphery of the sport they enjoy so much. The Board of Endurance GB believes that Supporter registration will give the society a better picture of the true participation in the sport of endurance riding. After all, on the day of a competition, there are far more people who could be classed as 'active participants' than just the riders.

    John Hudson, Chairman of Endurance GB, commented that 'launching a new category for Supporters will aid Endurance GB's mission to become a more inclusive society and is a significant step forward in terms of tracking participation. The new category will also enable us to better understand who the volunteers are in our sport and help us recognise their contribution which makes the sport what it is today.'

    Register to becomme a Supporter here. 

     
    Hardy's Ride on Sat 8th April NOW FULL (21/03)Hardy's Ride on Sat 8th April NOW FULL (21/03) - (Published:18 March 2017)

    The route has been revised and there are changes to some classes  click here for more details from the Wessex website.

     
    International Squad Day - UpdateInternational Squad Day - Update - (Published:10 March 2017)

    On the 18th February Endurance GB’s International Committee held a ‘meet-up day’ for both International Squads at Abbey Park. The International Committee, Squad Management Teams and many riders and crews attended the day. The day was for riders who are currently CEI 1* qualified or above and there will be other events later in the year for those who have not yet started their FEI qualifications.

    The day consisted of a welcome from EGB’s Director of International, John Robertson before the Chef d’equipes Jo Chisholm and Liz Finney addressed the riders and met with their separate squads. Hannah Kelly, International Squad Vet, then gave an interesting and informative talk on training endurance horses and the various techniques that can be used. Young Rider Squad Vet Tom Eaton-Evans then discussed keeping horses healthy in the run up to championships (and other major competitions) which provided useful tips and information for all. Fuelled by a very tasty lunch, the afternoon sessions began starting with a session on ‘how the physio can help your horse’ by Katie Dorman, International Squad Physio. Katie gave the riders lots to think about which was followed by Kelvin Lymer, International Squad Farrier, who discussed the importance of hoof care, another interesting talk with lots of great tips for riders to take away.

     All of the talks focussed on a different subject and provided lots of useful tips for the riders to use at home, there was plenty of time left for questions and answers at the end for which the International Committee and Squad Management Teams were at the front to answer. The day was a great start to the season and has laid the foundations for what will hopefully be a great year for the British endurance teams.   

     
    Welsh Team for the Home International/Celtic ChallengeWelsh Team for the Home International/Celtic Challenge - (Published:09 March 2017)

    Time is fast approaching where the Welsh Team Management will be looking at members who would like to ride for Wales in the Home Internationals/Celtic Challenge Teams.

     

    These are open to all EGB members living in Wales and/or have Welsh ancestry.
    Each Team consists of six riders from first year novice riders to those riding 160km. Junior riders are also needed (16 or under at 1/1/17).

     

    If you would like to be considered for the Teams or have any questions please email the Team Chef  at nestaeggs@aol.com<mailto:nestaeggs@aol.com>.


     
    GOLDEN HORSESHOE TROPHY WINNERS FROM 2015GOLDEN HORSESHOE TROPHY WINNERS FROM 2015 - (Published:07 March 2017)

    Please could all trophy winners from 2015 return their trophies to the following address by the beginning of April.

     

    Golden Horseshoe c/o Map Marketing Ltd
    Unit 4-6 Hatherleigh Industrial Estate
    Hatherleigh, Devon EX20 3LP

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    or by prior arrangement to Wadebridge Ride, Hardy's Ride or Kings Forest Ride where I will be attending. If you are returning trophies via a third party please let me know.
    Thanks, Jo Chisholm

     
    Lead Safeguarding Officer - Job descriptionLead Safeguarding Officer - Job description - (Published:07 March 2017)

    We are welcoming applications for the Lead Safeguarding Officer. 

    The Lead Safeguarding Officer is the designated person in Endurance GB, with primary responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about children and for putting into place procedures to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk in the Endurance GB, including supporting club, county and Group Safeguarding Officers and Health, Safety and Welfare officers at rides and activities run by Endurance GB (EGB).

    Full job description here.

     Any interested parties should apply to Nicki Thorne.

     
    Urgent Message from March Hares organisers Urgent Message from March Hares organisers - (Published:03 March 2017)

     

     

    Fairly Urgent Message from March Hares organisers Andrea Champ and Cecilia Lindberg and route planner Chris Wray:
    It has been raining heavily all day Friday in the Forest of Dean, and though Saturday is forecast to be pretty dry there are showers forecast for Sunday morning. We are confident we can run a safe and fair competition, but the softness of the venue is quite likely to lead to some disruption/delay getting everyone parked, and away after the event – we still have 150 entries, but hopefully not 150 vehicles! Please will all 4x4 drivers select 4x4, differential lock, and low range before leaving the hard track to park on grass so as to reduce the possibility of blocking the parking process. We have a tractor to tow vehicles back onto the hard track during the afternoon, but there may be delays in getting to you though we have taken steps to sequence classes so that they are finishing spread out rather than in a concentrated bunch.

    Lorries may be the most problematical as we will likely have to park them in a single line behind each other with reversing out only, until the vetting peters out and they can exit forwards through the trot-up.

    If you can suffer some disruption/delay cheerfully and still enjoy your day, please come and have a lovely ride! But if otherwise, you may wish to reconsider how you want to spend your Sunday!

     

     
    An exciting new scheme launched to recognise the performance of Endurance Futurity GraduateAn exciting new scheme launched to recognise the performance of Endurance Futurity Graduate - (Published:28 February 2017)

    The Endurance Futurity Graduate Scheme has been launched under the auspices of Endurance GB to recognise the performance of endurance horses that are realising the potential identified at BEF Futurity evaluations when they were foals to three year olds.

    Rosettes, sponsored by Phoenix Fields Arabians, will be awarded to all Futurity Graduates registered  with Endurance GB successfully achieving their first  Novice, Open, Advanced and International (FEI) level at Endurance GB rides. This includes all horses graduating since 2009 when endurance first became part of BEF Futurity evaluations, and annually into the future. The Scheme aims to recognise and encourage the breeding and early assessment of high performance endurance horses, and their subsequent development by responsible owners and trainers to attain their highest potential.

     

    It is also planned to award three Trophies annually, sponsored by Hornshill Farm, to the highest performing horses at different levels and ages according to strict criteria in order to encourage careful and responsible development and protect horse welfare.

    The resulting database of endurance horses evaluated at BEF Futurity events and subsequently graduating with Endurance GB into equine athletes will be invaluable in guiding and tracking the breeding and development of performance horses for future competition at all levels.

     

     
    Update: Lead Welfare OfficerUpdate: Lead Welfare Officer - (Published:23 February 2017)

    Unfortunately we wish to inform you that Heather Weston has decided to step down as Lead Welfare Officer due to personal commitments.

    Heather fulfilled the LWO role for over three years, and during that time did so diligently and proactively. On behalf of EGB we would like to thank Heather for all her hard work and commitment.  We will be inviting applications for the role and will be issuing full details and job description shortly.  Heather has kindly agreed to assist with a hand over.  We wish Heather every success with her horses in the coming season.  Any queries should be directed to Nicki Thorne, Welfare Director.

     
    PILOT BRITISH PROTOCOL SET FOR BRITISH INTERNATIONAL ENDURANCE RIDES IN 2017PILOT BRITISH PROTOCOL SET FOR BRITISH INTERNATIONAL ENDURANCE RIDES IN 2017 - (Published:16 February 2017)

    Endurance GB (EGB) and the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) have announced plans to develop a new British protocol for all future international endurance rides held in Great Britain, aimed at maximising horse welfare in the sport.  

    Acknowledging the major challenges facing the discipline of endurance, EGB and the BEF will be working together to develop a long-term UK strategy, with horse welfare at its heart, with the first step in this process being the creation of a new British protocol. The protocol will be established by a working group, led by BEF Board Director, Dr Tim Watson, and will consist of key stakeholders including veterinarians, the National Federation, event organisers and technical delegates.  

    The British protocol will be implemented as a pilot study at British events in 2017, and will be refined after the season based on the experience gained from the events. It is hoped that it will be ready for the first FEI rides of the year, at Kings Forest (14-16 April), Haywood Oaks (28-30 April), Royal Windsor (12 May), and Euston Park (20-21 May).  

    Horse welfare has long been at the forefront of the endurance agenda, and the British protocol will, amongst other areas, look to set parameters around optimum speed, heart rate and recovery times, appropriate to the competition environment here in the UK. The new protocol will also seek to go a lot further this year and will include policies on the appointment of officials, the event calendar and how to increase British participation rates.   

    Whilst steps to improve horse welfare in endurance events have been initiated by others on the international stage, including the FEI, the ambition is that the British protocol will create rules specifically tailored to British climate and terrain. 

    Clare Salmon, Chief Executive of the BEF said; “Horse welfare is an ongoing priority for the BEF and EGB and by initiating this new British protocol, we hope this will ensure a safe sport in which the wellbeing of the horses is paramount. The aim of the protocol is to implement modifications that will ultimately reform the sport by changing the mind-set of trainers and riders competing in this country.”

     

     
    News from the International CommitteeNews from the International Committee - (Published:14 February 2017)

    As a committee, it was decided that in order to ensure continuity and consistency between squads, there would be two squads moving forward rather than three. This sees the Development and Senior Squads merge to become the International Squad and the Young Rider Squad to remain as it is. The committee would like to thank all those that have been part of the squads in the previous year, both riders and SMT, for their hard work and dedication. 

     

    We are confident that the new two squad system will be of benefit to all current squad riders and those considering joining.
    • Riders will be supported in their development by the same SMT, enabling the SMT to have a better understanding of those combinations progressing through the levels • The emphasis will be on developing and nurturing talent worthy of representing Team GB 
    • There will be a greater level of knowledge sharing from experienced riders with those starting the FEI ladder for the first time.  

    For more details please see the International pages

     
    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.

     

     

     
    Statement from Endurance GB and the BEF regarding welfare concerns in the UAEStatement from Endurance GB and the BEF regarding welfare concerns in the UAE - (Published:08 February 2017)

    Following the Board meeting on the 29th January, the Board of EGB have worked closely with the BEF to write a joint letter to the FEI regarding welfare concerns in the UAE. Full statement below.

    The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and Endurance GB (EGB) have jointly written to the FEI to express their profound concerns about the further catastrophic incidents to horses competing in the UAE and to call on the FEI to take firm and prompt action to address the recurrence of chronic injuries and unacceptable practices at both Dubai and Al Wathba venues. 

     

    EGB have also made it clear that they will not be submitting entries to the forthcoming HH President of the UAE Cup and the Crown Prince Cup in the light of these concerns. In addition, EGB will be writing to British riders based in the Middle East to urge them not to take part in events in Dubai and Al Wathba until confidence in the welfare procedures in place has been restored. EGB is currently considering withdrawing ‘No Objection Certificates’ from those who do intend to compete.  

     

    The BEF and EGB recognises the efforts of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nayhan and the FEI to improve horse welfare in Endurance events through the development of the ‘Boudheib’ protocols where efforts have been made to tailor competition to the challenging natural terrain and environment, and to protect horses from the their impact by prescribing speed and recovery parameters with these in mind. We believe there is the scope for these to be adopted more broadly in the Middle East and in similarly stretching geographies. There is also a need for greater scrutiny of training practices and the degree to which these contribute to the development of pre-existing conditions which lead to catastrophic injuries in competition.    

     

    We recognise that the FEI is taking steps to investigate these extremely distressing events, and to develop measures to address the issues leading to them in the interests of equine welfare. With this in mind, we support their efforts to work with the UAE Federation as a force for change, rather than to separate from them. Nonetheless we believe a visible and decisive step needs to be taken in banning riders and trainers found to be involved in malpractices as a demonstration that these will not be tolerated and that equine welfare is of paramount concern in sustainable competition.  

     
    Andrew Chisholm resigns from the Board of DirectorsAndrew Chisholm resigns from the Board of Directors - (Published:01 February 2017)

    It is with regret that we announce the resignation of Andrew Chisholm as a Director of Endurance GB. Andrew was elected in 2015 and served as Finance Director and Vice Chair. His decision to step down has been based purely on personal reasons and conflicting commitments.   

    Chairman, John Hudson, commented: "We are very disappointed to lose Andrew and his presence and input will be sorely missed. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew for all his hard work to date."   

    Andrew will continue as organiser of the Golden Horseshoe and as Logistics Manager for the Young Rider Squad.   

    The Board will decide on a strategy to replace Andrew at the March Board Meeting

     
    The Ridgecrest Ride in the USAThe Ridgecrest Ride in the USA - (Published:25 January 2017)

    Dominique Freeman, a member of EGB and the 'Overseas Group ', who lives in USA has invited members of EGB members Overseas Group and in the UK to join her at the Ridgecrest Ride in the USA at the end of February.

    She is entered in the 3*** but is hoping to make up a group of British riders to ride as an unofficial GB team.

    10 years ago a group of EGB members did exactly that and won the event beating both the USA and the Canadians.

    There are plenty of good qualified horses for lease and all those interested who are 2** and  3*** are invited to contact her on her email address for more information ASAP in order to get the official paperwork completed and for you to organise your travel arrangements.
    It is all self funding and unofficial but it might prove fun and adventurous for those who want an early kick start to the season.

     

     
    Volunteer Conference DatesVolunteer Conference Dates - (Published:13 January 2017)

    Our annual Volunteers Conference is aimed at Ride Organisers, Technical Stewards and anyone else who volunteers for EGB at whatever level. Get yourselves up to date with the latest rule changes and policy criteria, and hopefully have a bit of a laugh with friends while you do so. There are three venues to choose from:

     

    Northern Conference: 4th February, Corbridge Parish Hall, Corbridge, NE45 5BE

     

    Midlands Conference: 11th February, Kegworth Village Hall, Kegworth, DE74 2FH

     

    Southern Conference: 18th February, The Radnor Hall, Salisbury, SP5 4EQ

     

    Agenda: 

    9.45 Introduction 

    10.00 Safeguarding 

    12.30 Buffet Lunch and networking 

    13.30 – 15.45 Choose two breakout sessions: 

    Volunteering for EGB, Ride Organising, Technical Steward Workshop 

    15.45 – 16.00 Wrap up

     

    Please e-mail Esther Young stating which of the three conferences you would like to attend.

     

    NB: This year the conference will include a face to face session on safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk. BEF guidelines state that any volunteer who has safeguarding responsibilities as part of their role should attend a face to face safeguarding session. Please can all Group Welfare Officers and any other volunteers with safeguarding responsibilities make every effort to attend one of the three conferences.

     
    BEF Vacancy - World Class Programme Performance DirectorBEF Vacancy - World Class Programme Performance Director - (Published:11 January 2017)

    The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is seeking a dynamic individual with a track record of success to lead its World Class performance Programme. For full details click here.

     
    British Endurance riders head to the deserts of Dubai  British Endurance riders head to the deserts of Dubai - (Published:31 December 2016)

    2017 kicks off with three of our most experienced British riders travelling their horses to the UAE to take part in the ‘HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup’.  The competition takes place on the 7th January 2017 at the Dubai International Endurance City in the UAE.  It is a CEI 3* 160km event organised under FEI rules, with much of the course running through the desert.   

    As in previous years, the Dubai Equestrian Club has extended an invitation to riders around the world to join them for this major annual event on their Endurance calendar.  The Organising Committee have stipulated a preference for previous medal winners and Elite endurance riders.  The invitation includes the cost of transport and accommodation for the horse, rider and two crew members.     

    The International Committee is pleased to announce that EGB we will be well represented at this International event by three very experienced horse and rider combinations:  

    Nicki Thorne with LM Bolena  

    Carri-Ann Dark - Bey Sahli 

    Kate Atkinson - HS Prosper    

    We have every confidence in our talented riders to make us proud of them and trust them and their crew to take the best care of their horses in this tough environment.  

    Category:International

     
    Supporter eMembership - Now available!  Supporter eMembership - Now available! - (Published:22 December 2016)
    What?
    Entry level e-membership, free of charge
    Who for?
    Crew, officials, fans, ex-members, occasional pleasure riders
    Benefits?

    An electronic version of EGB’s members’ publication, ENDURANCE magazine
    A record on the EGB database, which will follow members for life
    Regular e-communication, tailored to the individual

    A good way to stay in touch while taking a break

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

     
    Get a HEAD, Get a HAT!Get a HEAD, Get a HAT! - (Published:22 December 2016)

    You only have one Head – so “Get a Head – Get a Hat” that complies with the new regulations!

    Many of you will have heard of the changes surrounding the riding hats regulations. The BHS have issued an article explaining these changes in full. Please note that in ALL cases EnduranceGB members will be required to comply with the new standards, and it is also important to note that should you have any accident without an up to standard riding hat then it is likely that your insurance will be invalid.

    Here is the link to the BHS website with the full details on the riding hat standards.

    Hats bearing only the EN1384 or BSEN1384 standard will no longer be accepted.

    However, hats would be acceptable if they carry EN1384 or BSEN1384 and another standard such as those listed:

    • PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)

    • VG1 01.040 (2014-12)

    • ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)

    • NELL E2001

    • AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards)

     
    ENDURANCE GB CHARITY CALENDAR ON SALE NOWENDURANCE GB CHARITY CALENDAR ON SALE NOW - (Published:06 December 2016)

    The EGB 2017 Calendar supporting the Charity World Horse Welfare is now on sale

     

       - click here to buy! 

     
    Marketing Committee - Looking for volunteers! Marketing Committee - Looking for volunteers! - (Published:02 December 2016)
    Endurance GB are looking for members to join the Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship committee. If you think you have time to give back to the sport and help continue to drive the growth of our discipline, then please get in touch with Harry Ingram.

     

    In particular, we are looking for assistance delivering our strategy around sponsors. We also require people to help administer the website and work closely with Ride Organisers to help promote their rides.

    If you would like to discuss further, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
     
    BEF announces new Chair appointmentBEF announces new Chair appointment - (Published:01 December 2016)

    The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has announced the appointment of a new Chair to build on equestrian success in 2016 and support the next phase of the growth in equestrianism in the UK.

     

    Joanne Shaw will join the BEF as a Non-Executive Chair, with immediate effect, following election at the Members Council meeting on 30 November 2016. Joanne has enjoyed a distinguished track-record, including the chairmanship of NHS Direct and Board positions with The Money Advice Service and British Board of Film Classification. Her current roles see her working with Nuffield Health and NHS England. Joanne is also a keen equestrian, competing regularly at local level.

     

    Commenting on her appointment, Joanne says; "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to help continue to shape the future of equestrianism in the UK. I have seen at first-hand how horses can support a diverse community and provide a focus through which very different people can find fulfilment and purpose in their lives".

     

     

    Lis Astall, Chair of the BEF Council welcomed her to the role adding; "Joanne brings a wealth of strategic and practical experience to the role of Chair and a real passion for horses. It was great to see such a strong field of applicants for the role, further demonstrating the enduring appeal of equestrianism in the UK. I would also like to thank Tim Watson, our senior Independent Director, for the role he has played in stewarding the Board whilst the appointment process has been in progress."

     


     

     

     

     

     
    EGB Gala Dinner - Award WinnersEGB Gala Dinner - Award Winners - (Published:23 November 2016)

    Endurance GB Gala Dinner - Award Winners

    On Saturday 19th November, members and friends gathered to celebrate another year of successes. Those who had worked so hard and covered so many miles in the 2016 season were rewarded by  a wide array of tropies and prizes.

    Please click here to view a summary of the 2016 awards.

    Special mention must go to our new Supreme Champion, Judy Holloway with Aurontes, Young rider champion, Katie Bedwin with Burfield Goodie Two Shoes, and Junior Champion, Emily Cooke with Ladys Man.

    Here's some of the photos from the evening:

     

     

     
    New Board of DirectorsNew Board of Directors - (Published:23 November 2016)

    Following the 2016 AGM we are delighted to announce the new make-up of the Board of Directors for 2017

    Chairman - John Hudson
    Vice Chairman - Andrew Chisholm

    Company Secretary/ Development Director - Ann Dark
    Operations Director - Esther Young
    Welfare & Quality Director - Nicki Thorne
    Groups Director - Kerry Dawson
    International Director - John Robertson
    Finance Director - Sue Box
    Marketing, Communications & Sponsorship Director - Harry Ingram
    SERC Representative - Constance Newbould

    Contact details for all directors will be updated on the website shortly, and will be available in the next issue of ENDURANCE magazine.

    If you are interested in standing for one of the committees, please contact the relevant director.

     
    Monthly StarsMonthly Stars - (Published:16 November 2016)

    A new series called Monthly Stars has been launched on the EGB Blog.  The series will feature members who have a particular tale to tell about their horses and ponies and their endurance.  The series kicks off in November with Heidi Clark and Abbery Cornish Messenger

    If you would like to be a Monthly Star please email Heather Giles with some brief details of your story.

     
    Endurance GB International 'Potential for Greatness' Seminar - 5th November Stoneleigh Park, KenilwoEndurance GB International 'Potential for Greatness' Seminar - 5th November Stoneleigh Park, Kenilwo - (Published:23 October 2016)

    The theme for this year is about reaching for and achieving your POTENTIAL and will be designed to give you food for thought over the winter. We have world class speakers at the top of their fields to inspire you.  In addition, NAF (Natural Animal Feeds) have agreed to sponsor the event and will be providing gifts for all delegates.

    IAN WILLIAMS - Our entertaining 'Master of Ceremonies' and FEI Rules guru will guide us through the day and navigate the FEI Rules.

    CHARLIE UNWIN- Sport Psychologist to Olympians and Equestrians with a passion for helping riders to find their potential. Charlie will change the way you think about your riding and leave you feeling more confident and excited about what you could achieve.

    Dr LESLEY YOUNG BVSc DVA DVC DipECEIM PhD MRCVS - World renowned Equine Cardiologist will tell you everything you need to know about training the equine heart.

    ROD FISHER MRCVS - Team vet to the extremely successful British Paralympic Dressage Team will talk about supporting the team in Rio. Rod is also a 4* FEI Endurance Vet and will be talking again later in the day on 'Avoiding Injury'.

    GEMMA PEARSON BVMS Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS - Equine Behaviourist, will be talking about desirable mental attributes in the endurance horse and how to identify them in youngstock.

     

    The Seminar is aimed at those interested in future team participation but will be open to (and relevant for) all levels of competitor. Everyone is welcome.

     

    Tickets ?50 members (including SERC), Young Rider members ?40, non-members ?70. Book by making an ad hoc payment in the Shop section of this website under the reference 'SEMINAR' or telephone the office to pay over the phone 02476 697929

     

    Thank you very much to NAF for their support.  Find out more about their products at:  http://www.naf-equine.eu

     

    Closing:  5.00 pm Wednesday, 2nd November.

     
    Special Awards at the Gala DinnerSpecial Awards at the Gala Dinner - (Published:19 October 2016)

    Nominations and applications to be received by the 31st. 

     

    The Rosettes Direct Award & The National Assistance Award - The perpetual awards to the ‘unsung heroes’ who have given unfailing service to Endurance GB. The nominees need not be a member.

     

    The John Yeats Memorial Bursary - A £100 bursary, awarded to a Young Rider to have reached 14 years but not to have attained his/her 19th birthday. Riders wishing to be considered should apply in writing to the Chairman. 

     

    The Young Volunteer of the Year Award - Junior or Young Rider under the age of 21 who has given unfailing service to Endurance GB.

     

    Nominations and applications should be sent to the Chairman. Please refer to the full definitions of these awards and instructions on applying on page 130 of the Handbook.

     


     

     

     
    New Sponsor for Lindum SpiritNew Sponsor for Lindum Spirit - (Published:15 October 2016)

    The Lindum Spirit Endurance Festival is very happy to announce its new sponsor, Emerald Green Feeds, from 2017. The Lincolnshire based company has been supporting the Lindum Group for a couple of seasons with involvement in many of its rides, and providing sample bags at all the group’s events for 2016.  

    Emerald Green Feeds Grass and Alfalfa Feeds are grown and produced on a family farm in the heart of Lincolnshire. As a family run business they take enormous pride in the feeds they produce, being of the highest quality, fully traceable and containing all natural ingredients. The fibre based range is particularly suited to endurance horses and many of the group’s horses are now benefitting from the feeds.

    The Emerald Green Feeds team say they are delighted to be sponsoring such a prestigious event in the UK endurance calendar. Already looking forward to the event, when they hope to meet some more happy customers and enjoy answering any queries potential customers may have. “We wish all competitors the best of luck and we will see you there!”

    The Emerald Green Feeds Lindum Spirit will take place from Market Rasen racecourse, July 26-30th.

     


     

     
    Endurance GB AGM & Gala DinnerEndurance GB AGM & Gala Dinner - (Published:14 October 2016)

    On the 19th November, join us to celebrate the successes of the 2016 season at our Gala Dinner. We are pleased to be supported by three headline sponsors, who we will announce shortly. Everyone is welcome and tickets can be purchased in the EGB shop. Members are also invited to attend the Annual General Meeting from 12 - 4pm at the same venue of which more details will be circulated soon.

    Date: 19 November 

    Venue: Mercure Daventry Court Hotel and Spa [rooms can be booked by calling 01327 307000 and a discount is available by quoted Endurance GB]

    Time: AGM 12 - 4pm, Gala Dinner 7pm

    Dress code: Men - dark business suits, Women - beautiful as always

     Cost: £35 to include three course dinner, coffee, disco and entertainment.

     Tickets: Can be purchased in the EGB Shop, or from the Endurance GB office.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

     

     
    Junior and Young Riders AGM – For all Junior and Young Rider EGB members!Junior and Young Riders AGM – For all Junior and Young Rider EGB members! - (Published:11 October 2016)

    That time of the year has come around again and it is not long until the 2016 AGM and awards dinner. This year, it is being held on the 19th November at the Daventry Court Hotel. As usual, we will be having a Junior and Young Rider meeting whilst the main AGM takes place, more details will follow so keep an eye on our facebook page. We will meet at 12pm in the hotel lobby ready to head to our meeting room. If you arrive late and want to join us, just ask at the hotel reception which room the Young Riders meeting is in.

     

    There will also be a Junior and Young Rider table for the evening dinner so if you would like to join us, simply make a note on the form when you book your tickets. If you can’t make both it would be great to see you at either the meeting or the evening dinner.

     

    In the Junior and Young Rider meeting, we will discuss what has been going on this season and what our plans are for next season. We welcome your input and ideas for next year. We will also be electing a new committee who will take over after the AGM. For the committee we are looking for four regional representatives, North Midlands, South and Wales, who will be a link to help new and existing junior and young rider EGB members to get involved with the sport. The four people voted by those attending the AGM will form the committee for the following year. There will be several things for the committee to do throughout the year that are not listed in the jobs below and these will be discussed amongst the committee once they arise. Please consider putting yourself forward for the committee, it is a great way to get involved and shape the future of EGB young riders! It is also an excellent thing to have on your CV should you be applying to college, University or for a job. We are looking for committed people who are willing to take on the challenge and give back to the sport. If you would like to be considered, please come along to the meeting ready to say a few words about yourself and why you think you would be a good member of the committee. The regional representatives will need to take on the following roles amongst themselves:

     ·       Magazine and Facebook content- this will involve gathering articles and information for the magazine and the facebook page.

     ·       Ride Socials- this will involve thinking of ideas for junior and young riders to get together and helping to organise any socials

     ·       Fundraising- this will involve thinking of ways to raise money for the Young Rider Fund and helping to organise these

     ·       Junior/Young Rider training days- this will involve coming up with ideas and a plan for training days or events to help new and existing junior and young riders of all levels

     

    The committee will work as a whole and feedback and comment upon ideas together. All those on the committee will need to feedback to the Committee Chair who will discuss ideas with our Young Rider Liaison before articles/content is published or plans for socials, fundraising, training days etc are actioned.

     

    It would be great to see you all there, whether you have been before or are new to it all this year you will be very welcome! The meeting is a perfect opportunity to meet other riders and discuss plans for next year. You can feedback your ideas and get involved for next year. The YR Committee are here for you so if you would like to see us do something different next year, or want to get involved, this is your chance to let us know. The evening is fantastic, it’s lots of fun and means you can chat with fellow endurance riders without the stress of ride day!

     

    If you have any questions at all, please get in touch by contacting

    EGB Young Riders

     

     
    British Equestrian Federation: Chair of the Board of DirectorsBritish Equestrian Federation: Chair of the Board of Directors - (Published:10 October 2016)

    The BEF is seeking a Chair of the Board of Directors. Applicants should possess the commitment, drive and skills to make a tangible contribution to the development of BEF strategy and the robust oversight of the organisation's governance framework.


    Candidates for the position of Chair of the Board of Directors should be able to demonstrate extensive board experience at a senior position within a leading private sector company or sport entity.

    The successful candidate will be elected by and responsible to the BEF Council, which represents the Federation's member bodies and will be supported by the BEF's executive staff. This position is voluntary, with reasonable expenses, and offers the opportunity for close involvement in an exciting phase in the development of equestrian sport. Knowledge of the equestrian industry or of another sport would be of advantage but is not essential. There are approximately 10 meetings of the Board held per year at Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire.

    The closing date for expressions of interest is 28 October 2016 at 4pm; for more detailed information about the position, how to apply and full terms of reference, please visit the BEF website  

     
    RED DRAGON ‘Festival of Endurance’ – the endurance ‘end-of-season’ party!RED DRAGON ‘Festival of Endurance’ – the endurance ‘end-of-season’ party! - (Published:07 October 2016)

    Red Dragon is one of Endurance GB’s iconic rides, taking place as it does over the first weekend in October, the event provides riders with a great finale to the season.  Generously sponsored by British Horse Feeds it runs from the superb venue of the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, and offers something for everyone, over three days of competition, from Pleasure rides to the top class Red Dragon which is 160kms over two days.

    The Red Dragon was won convincingly by Tricia Hirst and Vlacq Bronze Image,

     

    who also took the Best Condition award, although Tricia confirms “it was a very tough ride this year due to the torrential rain on Saturday which then made the route very muddy on Sunday.  I was delighted with “Imy” who looked like she hadn’t done anything at the end.”  The Hirst family made it a clean sweep with Tricia’s husband David winning the Best Crew award.

     

    Carina Kane riding Evermore Artistic won the 80kms Little Dragon in a close racing finish from Sam Mowatt riding Golden Dream.

    The showground, with its unique terraced parking, offers great facilities with plenty of room for camping, corralling, and stabling and from Thursday the endurance world descends on the showground to park trailers, pitch tents and build corrals.  Everyone has their favourite spot and Cornish endurance rider Sue Speed, winner of the 3-day Dragon’s Days, has had the same corner for years!

    Results at Red Dragon are hugely influenced by the weather, and this year was no exception.  On Friday it was dry and sunny, with riders finding the route riding well, but on Saturday, the first day for the top classes, the weather deteriorated with heavy rain all day.  Vetting at base and at the Painscastle half-way vet-gate takes place under cover: however, out on the route riders, horses, and crews got very wet and very muddy!

    Sunday started out with very low cloud but riders were rewarded with some stupendous views and a clear blue sky, when they finally got to the top of Aberdew Hill, the first of many climbs, where ride photographer, David Saunders was waiting to take their picture.  The route was made testing by the previous day’s rain as June Davies and Shirajah found to their cost when they took a nasty fall, however the ‘spirit of endurance’ was in full force as other riders helped June back on board. As June reports, “It was extremely painful sitting in the saddle but my heart-felt thanks goes to those wonderful riders who surrounded and escorted me to walk to the check-point. I was able to get some painkillers from my crew and managed to complete the ride, albeit with broken ribs. I can’t thank those supportive riders enough; their actions are a true reflection on how wonderful this sport really is.”

    After the event riders took to social media to make their appreciation felt for the ride, its organisers, and the team of volunteers who make it all happen.  Ride organiser, John Hudson, had this to say, “Once again the British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon was a great success.  Our thanks go to the landowners and huge team of volunteers that work together to enable us to run the event so smoothly.  We are also most grateful to British Horse Feeds who have sponsored the festival for the past 6 years and have now kindly agreed to continue as title sponsor for 2017 and 2018.”

    Photos courtesy of David Saunders

     
    British Horse Feeds Red Dragon win for Tricia HirstBritish Horse Feeds Red Dragon win for Tricia Hirst - (Published:05 October 2016)

    The results for the Speedi-Beet Red Dragon are:

    1st Tricia Hirst riding Vlacq Bronze Image (12.06kph)

    Tricia and Vlacq Bronze Image on Day 1
    (Photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography)

    2nd Charis Denham riding The Red Viscount (11.94kph)

     

    3rd Rachael Cratchley riding Open T' Offers (11.57kph)

     

    4th Kirsty Wiscombe riding Yawl Hill Maverick (10.08kph)

     

    5th Gillian Mann riding HS Parnasse (10.05kph)

    Tricia Hirst and Vlacq Bronze Image were also awarded the Best Condition award - shown in this second David Saunders photo on Day 2 of the competition.

     

     
    Scotland wins the 2016 Endurance Home InternationalScotland wins the 2016 Endurance Home International - (Published:26 September 2016)

    In 2016 the 27th Home International was hosted by Ireland at the St Patrick’s Coast ride with its superb venue of Downpatrick Racecourse and after a very exciting two days of competition the Scottish team came out ahead to take the trophy, as well as the Team Turnout award and various individual honours.  The official result was 1st Scotland, 2nd England, 3rd Wales and 4th Ireland

    The idea of a Home International event was born in 1989 when Scottish Endurance (SERC) presented a trophy which was to be contested on an annual basis with the event being hosted in rotation by the four participating countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.  The Home International has at its heart the specific aims of encouraging endurance riders at all levels, being non-elitist and fostering team spirit.  Teams comprise six riders and horses of different ages and abilities, including a Novice and a Junior rider, and scores from all six riders count towards the result.

    The Home International also hosts other events such as the Celtic (Scots, Irish, Welsh and Cornish) Challenge, Best Team Turnout and Best Junior, as well as the Margaret Montgomery Award for a supporting team member.

    Scottish team Chef d’Equipe, Fiona Anderson was rapturous in her praise for her team, for the venue management, the sponsors, (such as Aloeride) and for the Irish hosts:

    “How do you put into words how proud I am of my whole squad!  From riders, reserves, individuals, crews, supporters to the management team age, with ages from 14 years to over 60 years - this is what Endurance is all about!  We must also say a huge thank you to all the ride organisers who seemed to wear six different hats at  once, as they are a small group, and also the Racecourse management who bent over backwards to help us enjoy ourselves.  My riders would also like to thanks all the sponsors who were very generous with the prizes.”

    English Chef d’Equipe Maggie Pattinson was equally thrilled with the performance of her team, which had been whittled down from a record 52 applicants, and which included Junior rider Lily Gibbons & Sandy fresh from completing 120kms over 4 days at the Lindum Spirit ride.

    “Huge thanks to our hosts Ireland and also massive thanks to our competition, Ireland, Wales and the victorious Scotland, as always the event provided great competition and camaraderie in the true spirit of endurance riding.  A word to the Scots – keep that trophy polished and England look forward to hosting next year’s competition!”

     
    Photos for the Members Handbook and Ride ProposalsPhotos for the Members Handbook and Ride Proposals - (Published:22 September 2016)

    PLEASE please please don't forget that Ride Proposals for 2017 need to be submitted by 14th October and we urgently need photos please for the Members' Handbook.  Send both to the Rides and Rules Committee as soon as possible.

     
    Board Nominations and Members' Proposals - Deadline FRIDAY 23rdBoard Nominations and Members' Proposals - Deadline FRIDAY 23rd - (Published:21 September 2016)

    Board Nominations and Members' proposals are due in at 5.00pm on Friday 23rd September. There are four vacancies on the Endurance GB Board due for re-election this year and nominations, as follows: 

    •Director of Groups 

    •Director of Welfare and Quality 

    •Director of International 

    •Director of Information Technology 

    Job descriptions are available by emailing enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk or phoning 02476 697929. 


     

     
    Scotland triumphant at the Home International in Ireland - (Published:21 September 2016)

    …England were placed second and Wales third, with Wales winning the Celtic Challenge.

    It was great to see how successful the young riders were at the Home Internationals/Celtic Challenge recently, especially Jeni Cunning (Ireland) taking first place in her first 160km, with Ian Patterson (Scotland) and Hannah Maskell (Wales) taking 2nd and 4th in the same class.

    The course was challenging not only in terrain including a deep sand beach section and horse-scaring seals sunbathing for all classes but also with the constantly changing weather conditions. We have some fantastic up and coming young riders to look forward to. The future is bright for endurance… the future is these youngsters!!

     
    Great Britain to be one of 46 nations to compete in the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships Great Britain to be one of 46 nations to compete in the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships - (Published:16 September 2016)

    Great Britain to be one of 46 nations to compete in the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 

     

    Carri Ann Dark riding HS Drift and Nicki Thorne riding LM Bold Greyson, will depart at 0600 hours (local time) tomorrow morning along with 134 other horse and rider combinations along the 160km course. The distance will be made of five loops: 40, 35, 35, 30 and 20kms running across grass, field and forest tracks alongside the River Danube and skirting around Bratislava at the foot of the Little Carparthians mountain range. 

     

    Transport yourself to Samorin with the live TV stream, courtesy of FEI TV: www.feitv.org. Coverage will begin at 4.50am UK time, and EGB member Rachel Claridge will once again be commentating. 

     

    Live timing will also be available here.

     

    On behalf of all of Endurance GB, we would like to wish Nicki, Carri, their support crews, and team management the best of luck. 


    Category: General

     

     
    RED DRAGON CLOSE OF ENTRIESRED DRAGON CLOSE OF ENTRIES - (Published:11 September 2016)

    A quick reminder that online entries for Red Dragon close at 23:59 TODAY Friday 16th September and postal entries close on 16th September (postmarked). 

    Apologies if these dates seem a little far in advance of the first day of the ride.  The Organisers and Entries Secretary are taking this approach so that we can administer all the entries in time to be able to send out all the information packs on Wednesday 21st September.  In turn this means you will all receive your pack by the weekend BEFORE the event, giving the competitors plenty of time to digest the information and plan their weekend in Wales with their crews and supporters. 

    Category:General

     

     



     
    Spanish sweep FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors in PortugalSpanish sweep FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors in Portugal - (Published:07 September 2016)

    The Spanish athlete Paula Muntala Sanchez riding 10-year-old part-Arabian Echo Falls emerged victorious after the 120km Meydan FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors in Portugal, leading the Spanish team to gold as well.  

    Held at the Rio Frio Equestrian Centre, 38 athletes aged between 14 and 21 from 11 countries left in a mass start at 06:30 on Saturday, 3 September. The competition circled in four loops of 40, 30, 30 and 20kms, with gates and veterinary inspection areas on each loop.    

    The all-female Spanish team came into each vet gate within minutes of each other, pulsed down and left in the same way, and arrived at the finish just after Sanchez, placing 2nd - 5th individually in this order: Laura Fernandez Piña on Cadigaam, Bruna Pujols Aumatell on Lludriga De Masferrer, Raquel Costa Condina on Kalima Casanova and Naroa Calvo Ibáñez on Escarsi. 

    “The plan was to be strong with all the team from the beginning to ensure that at least one of our team members could be in the medals,” said Sanchez after the ride.

    When asked about her future endurance goals, Sanchez replied: “My goal is to improve my performance and hopefully to continue as a team member for Spain.”

    Echo Falls is by the full Arabian stallion Tango D’Ayres by the legendary Persik out of the Appaloosa mare, Song of Wind.

    Manuel Bandeira de Mello, FEI Endurance Director said of the competition: “It was a fantastic day of top quality sport. The Spanish team led the ride from the very beginning showing their supremacy, and the high skill of the athletes and the horses proved that even with a very technical track, a 57% completion rate could be achieved.”

    Rui Amante, President of the Ground Jury in Rio Frio commented: “The venue is fantastic and the event went very smoothly. The most important aspect is that the fair play of the 37 competitors was truly amazing for Juniors and Young riders. I am very happy with the outcome of this event.”  

    Onwards and upwards

    Sadly the British contingent of Charlotte Chadwick, Caitlin Theodourou and Bella Fricker were all out of the competition by the second vet gate. Jo Chisholm commented that "although not the result we would have hoped for, we can take a lot of positives from this trip, that we can build on for the YRs World Championships in Verona next year....we have already started planning"!

    Thank you to all of the team management, riders, crews who have worked so hard to enable our young rider team to compete in Portugal. A special thanks to Science Supplements for their generous support.

     

     

     [Pictured left to right Team GBR: Bella Fricker, Caitlin Theodourou, Charlotte Chadwick]

    Category:International]
     
    Good luck to those competing at the Home International! - (Published:07 September 2016)

    Due to take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of September, The Home International will see teams from Wales, England, Ireland and Scotland compete for the prestigious title. This year the competition will be held at the St Patricks Coast Ride in Ireland.

    In true Irish tradition we are sure that there will also be a good party atmosphere in the evenings, so much there will be much for riders, crews and officials to enjoy.

    Good luck to everyone, but especially to our two “home” teams of England and Wales!

    Category: General

     
    Fiona Griffiths & Chris Wray withdraw from the World Endurance Championships Fiona Griffiths & Chris Wray withdraw from the World Endurance Championships - (Published:07 September 2016)

    Unfortunately Fiona Griffiths and Chris Wray have withdrawn from the 2016 World Endurance Championships due to concerns with their horses. Both riders have made the tough decision following consultation with their own vets and team management. 

     

    The latest withdrawal means that both Nicki Thorne and Carri Ann Dark will be competing as individuals. 

     

    Liz Finney, Chef D’Equipe, commented that "it is really very dissapointing to have two horses withdrawn at this late stage after the riders have worked towards being selected for the British team since the beginning of the year. After the uncertainty of where the World Championships would be held and the late change of venue,  it has been a difficult year for riders and team management, but we did appear to have a strong team selected up to very recently.

    We now hope that  Nicki and Carri Ann enjoy their experience in Samorin and have a successful ride.

     

    Nicki has already arrived with Greyson and Bolena whilst Carri Ann is on her way with HS Drift."

     

     
    RESOLVED - BTInternet and Yahoo Email IssueRESOLVED - BTInternet and Yahoo Email Issue - (Published:30 August 2016)

    Over the weekend BT have been rejecting emails sent by the system to confirm Ride Entries etc. for "policy reasons".  Please check your Ride Entries online, but all valid entries will have succeeded even though you may not have received the confirmation email. BT have advised us that the situation is now resolved.

     
    Important announcement - Hanslope FEI ClassesImportant announcement - Hanslope FEI Classes - (Published:29 August 2016)

    It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the FEI classes at Hanslope this year. A number of factors have influenced this decision which was not taken lightly. The few entries that we have already had will be fully refunded. 

    Hanslope still has on offer a wide array of national classes from the 160km CER over two days to the 16km PR. We hope that those who are planning to go to Hanslope have an enjoyable weekend and apologies to those who planned on entering the FEI classes. Get your entries in now to avoid disappointment! 

     

     
    Science Supplements® support Endurance GB Young Rider TeamScience Supplements® support Endurance GB Young Rider Team - (Published:29 August 2016)

    UK brand Science Supplements® are supporting the GB Young Rider Team that are competing in the FEI European Endurance Championships for Young Riders & Juniors to be held in Rio Frio, Portugal from the 02-04th September.

    The 120km ride is one of the ultimate challenges for both horse and rider and the GB team consists of Charlotte Chadwick with Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar, Bella Fricker with Eskar and Caitlin Theodorou with My Marco.

    Science Supplements® are providing the entire team with supplements prior to, during and after the Championships including the popular energy and endurance product EnerGex and Complete Electrolytes to ensure the horses receive adequate supply during the Championships.

     “We are delighted that Science Supplements® are supporting the Young Rider Team. With their products being so popular in Endurance the horses will benefit from the extra support.” said Harry Ingram, Director of Marketing, Communications & Sponsorship Endurance GB.

    All products are free from prohibited substances and can be used for horses competing under FEI rules.

    For more information, visit the website - click here!

     

     
    Lambourn Downs - Pleasure RideLambourn Downs - Pleasure Ride - (Published:25 August 2016)

    SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Lambourn, Oxfordshire

    By kind permission of Sheepdrove Organic Farm we bring to you a wonderful ride crossing the Cotswold Ridgeway and exploring the Lambourn Downs, Valley of the Racehorse. Taking up some of the route from previous Berkshire Downs rides this Pleasure Ride is sure to suit many Endurance Riders and their friends. The ride will offer a choice of loops of 18km and 24km or ride both to make up a 39km (equivalent to 11, 15 or 24miles). The ride will cover beautiful Cotswold Bridleways and Private land only accessible by permission. It offers gentle sloping hills and several good gallops.

    Refreshments will be available or bring a picnic. Pre-book via post with cheque, entries may be allowed on the day in cash if not previously sold out. Map provided via download and route will be marked. FIND US ON FACEBOOK - facebook.com/Cotswold-Endurance-GB

    Email: enquiries@endurancegbcotswold.co.uk

    Entries: Members £13                Riding Clubs £16                        Non members £19 

     

     
    Euston Park National Ride - PR entry form and new 80km GER ClassEuston Park National Ride - PR entry form and new 80km GER Class - (Published:25 August 2016)

    The National EGB Ride at Euston Park on Sunday 18th September has classes for everyone from a 16km PR through to an additional new GER class of 80km (Class 8).  For a PR entry form please click here.

     

    If you require further details, please contact Ride Organiser Ellie Head.

     
    Long Mynd - 4th September - CANCELLEDLong Mynd - 4th September - CANCELLED - (Published:23 August 2016)

    Sadly the Long Mynd ride has had to be cancelled - if you were entered, you will recieve a full refund. Sorry for any inconvenience.

     

     
    Sad news from the South WestSad news from the South West - (Published:22 August 2016)

     

    It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Brian Adams has passed away.  Brian has been on the endurance scene for over 25 years.

     

    Together with his wife June, they have supported and masterminded the success of many top endurance riders over the years, crewing on the Senior and Intermediate Teams in France, Dubai and in many far flung places.

     

    Brian worked with June to make our rides a great success, Brian usually behind the scenes taking our numbers as we go through the checkpoints, whilst June is at the office with a cheery “Hello Sunshine!”

     

    A true horseman, Brian started working with horses as a young boy in Birmingham, where his father, a builder like Brian, would buy horses from the market, train them and then sell them on.  It was with his father that Brian learned to drive horses.  Carriage driving became part of Brian’s world as their beautiful palomino endurance horse, Haccombe Wynyates Joanna, took a career change from competitive endurance horse to exceedingly competitive driving horse.  Brian could turn her on a sixpence.  Only a true horseman could get a horse to succeed in both disciplines.

     

    Brian was a tall man, who carried a quiet authority which horses liked.  He was always thinking about better ways to get through race rides with individual horses and to keep the horses enjoying it.

     

    Sad though it is, it is fitting that when Brian decided to leave us that he was in his paddock with his donkey that he was teaching to drive, pulling ragwort in the sunshine.  The Devon Air Ambulance were called but Brian had left us.

     

    Brian will be sorely missed by us all.  There will be a private funeral for family members only and June has asked that contributions are made to the Devon Air Ambulance who helped her greatly.

     


    Category:General


     
    Results of the Inter Regional Championships from LindumResults of the Inter Regional Championships from Lindum - (Published:15 August 2016)

     1ST PLACE       NORTH WEST                      17 Penalty points

    2ND PLACE      SPIRIT OF YORKSHIRE        27 Penalty points

    3RD PLACE      HEART OF ENGLAND          52 Penalty points

    4th PLACE        MID SOUTH                         53 Penalty points

     

    JUNIOR/YOUNG RIDER AWARDS:  LILY GIBBONS, IZZY WILSON, MAX WILSON

    VETERAN HORSE: DIAMOND FLIGHT

    TURN OUT AWARDS: Class 1 - ALLY SOLE/TAQUIB

    Class 2 - JAN HEBBLETHWAITE/SILVRETTA ACROBAT,
    CATHERINE HOOD/SILVRETTA AARAGORN

                                           Class 3 - JOHN BLACK/DIAMOND FLIGHT

                                           Class 4 - JILL THORBURN/LEESVIEW TOBIAS

                                           Class 5 - SAM BOWKETT/SYRUS

                                           Class 6 - GAYNOR JONES/ORLANDO

    INDIVIDUAL CLASS WINNERS:

    Class 1 - ALLY SOLE (RIDING 2 HORSES), EMILY FERGUSSON,
    JULIE MARTIN (Spirit of Yorkshire)

                                           Class 2 - JAMIE HOUGHTON, SARAH BAMBER ( North West)

                                           Class 3 - NO COMPLETIONS

                                           Class 4 - JILL THORBURN (North West)

                                           Class 5 - SAM BOWKETT (Spirit of Yorkshire)

                                           Class 6 - GAYNOR JONES (North West)

     

     

     

     
    Gill Talbot and Sa'da Sekora triumph in Barbury's 80km CERGill Talbot and Sa'da Sekora triumph in Barbury's 80km CER - (Published:14 August 2016)

    As predicted, a fantastic Day Two was enjoyed by horses and riders at the Ridgeway Barbury Castle Ride today with a total of 175 starters. 

     

    Ride Organiser, Janet Kenward, had enlisted the help of many of her friends to provide water at numerous locations out on course and there was no gate allowance as she had persuaded friends to act as gate stewards too.  There were lots of Grade Ones achieved in the GER classes and the four finishers in the 80km CER were as follows:  In first place Gill Talbot with Sa'da Sekora at 17.9kph; second was Carina Kane with Evermore Artistic; third was Gill Plumbley with Mirjana and in fourth place Martin Voysey with Duchy Mimosa.  Loads of happy horses and riders - well done RO Janet Kenward, Ride Secretary Maxine Golledge and husband Dave and the army of helpers!!  Roll on 2017!!

     

    Category:General :UK Rides

     
    Day One at Ridgeway Barbury CastleDay One at Ridgeway Barbury Castle - (Published:13 August 2016)

    A great first day at Barbury for the new organising team.  Lots of happy riders in the GER  and PR classes enjoyed a fantastic day and all the signs indicate that Day Two will be just as enjoyable.  More news tomorrow evening!

     
    Endurance GB’s LINDUM Spirit Ride (with the theme of Rio!)Endurance GB’s LINDUM Spirit Ride (with the theme of Rio!) - (Published:11 August 2016)

    The Endurance GB Lindum Spirit ride, kindly sponsored by feed supplement manufacturers TopSpec, took place over four days from August 3rd-7th, and did exactly what it says on the tin!  It had something for everyone from a 5K lead-rein class to a 170km multi-day class and a 20km single day class. 

    Lindum this year enjoyed mixed weather however around 500 competitors flocked to the superb venue of Market Rasen racecourse to enjoy the holiday atmosphere and festival spirit that always accompanies multi-day endurance rides. Top facilities included all-day catering from Caroline’s Catering and a ‘Support Rio Carnival’ on the Saturday evening.  Retail therapy was provided by trade stands including Performance Equestrian, Torq Fitness, and Pioneer Endurance and event photographers West End Photography were on hand to record everyone’s finest hour. 

    The main class was the Lindum Spirit (170kms over 3 days) which ended with Sally Toye riding Emira Bint Letifa and Alex Tennant riding Inferno crossing the line together but with Alex getting the top podium slot.  However Sally was amply recompensed with Letifa being awarded the coveted Best Condition award. Lindum also hosted the annual Inter-Regionals competition which is calculated on results over various classes and was won this year by the North-West Group made up of riders from the Lancashire and Cheshire Groups, with runners-up Spirit of Yorkshire. 


    Other results are too numerous to list but special mention should be made of Lily Gibbons, aged 11 years, who rode a grand total of 120kms in four different classes over the four days and who partied into the wee hours at the Carnival.  This is Lily’s take on endurance: “This is my first full season riding endurance and I love it. I get to meet new people and ride in places that I would never normally get to go. Sandy loves it too! As soon as we are tacked up he's itching to get out. He keeps me safe on all terrains and isn't bothered by cars, animals or loud noises. I know that endurance keeps Sandy super fit.” 

    Ride organiser, Thay Stephenson, reports: “I have to say I am absolutely thrilled to bits that the entire five days ran as smooth as silk.  I was so lucky that the numerous new helpers more than stepped up to the mark, and that so many people volunteered to lighten my load. I have been flooded with so much positive feedback post-event that I cannot help but be very happy to have been at the helm of another Lindum Spirit.”

    Photos: NW Team courtesy of Kath Wilson; Lily Gibbons courtesy of Martyn Gibbons

    Category: General :UK Rides

     
    EGB National ChampionEGB National Champion - (Published:11 August 2016)

    Congratulations to Nicki Thorne on becoming EGB’s new National Champion riding LM 42 (Bonita) at The College Ride. Nicki completed the 160km in 11h:56m at 13.4kmph and was the only successful competitor in both the 160km FEI & National classes.
     
    Boyton Hall - Enter now! Boyton Hall - Enter now! - (Published:05 August 2016)

     ‘Best ride this year’ .. ‘  ‘People don’t know what they are missing’ Amazing ride’….   ‘Absolutely fabulous!’ ….  Would recommend to all, such beautiful countryside and very well marked’ ….  These are just a few of the of the comments from last year.

     Which ride? - Boyton Hall, in the beautiful Suffolk countryside on 27th and 28th August. Come along and see for yourself ..  don’t miss out! Two day classes; an 80km CER and the only 80km Tyro on the ride calendar are among the range of classes. The web-site has been updated, and now includes the route map. Ride details to follow soon.

     Category:General

     

     
    Support from Meydan Support from Meydan - (Published:05 August 2016)

    We are extremely grateful to Meydan who, in keeping with their spirit of encouragement towards the endurance community, and equine industry, stepped in to provide generous support to the College Ride at Keysoe when it was sought after.   This is in addition to having already provided support to our Kings Forest ride earlier this Summer.

    Meydan’s encouragement towards these events has enabled us to provide electronic timing, catering and hospitality to endurance riders across all classes, both FEI and National.  

    We are, once again, looking forward to showcase a tremendous display of endurance riding and the crowning of a new National Champion at the College Ride this coming weekend. We hope that all involved have an enjoyable and successful weekend.     Category: General

     
    Welsh Squad announced for the Home International !Welsh Squad announced for the Home International ! - (Published:01 August 2016)

    As Chef D'Equipe for Welsh Endurance I am please to announce the following riders have been selected to ride in Ireland at the Home International Championships: Sue Box ... Angie Williams... Lindsay Walters ... Larissa Burnett … Lise Cooke ... Rachel Lima... Hannah Maskell... Emily Cooke... Emma Taylor .... Cerys Hill .... Sian Hill and Kate Hill

    There are 6 young riders on this team and would ask that the whole of Wales gets behind them wishing them well on their big adventure ! Congratulations to all on the Team.... You all deserve to be there !

    Nesta Maskell

    Category:General :UK Rides


     
    Endurance GB Championship Team AnnouncementEndurance GB Championship Team Announcement - (Published:31 July 2016)

    The Endurance GB International Committee is delighted to announce the athletes and horses chosen to represent Team GB in the upcoming Senior and Young Rider Championships. 

     

    The Senior Team will compete in the 160km, FEI Longines World Endurance Championships to be held in Samorin, Slovakia from the 15-18th September. The following combinations have been successfully selected: 

     

    Carri Ann Dark with HS Drift

     

    Fiona Griffiths with Oliver Twist IV

     

    Nicola Thorne with LR  Bold Greyson or LM Bolena (travelling reserve horse)

     

    Christopher Wray with Takwenya

     

    Senior Team Chef D'Equipe, Liz Finney commented that “after a late change of venue, we now have a team of four horse and riders, plus a reserve horse, who are extremely keen to compete at the World Championships in Samorin, Slovakia in the middle of September.

     

    They are all very experienced international riders, three of whom have already competed  at a championship ride, so will cope well with the environment and hype of a world championship.”

     

    The Young Rider team will compete in the 120km, FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniors to be held in Rio Frio, Portugal from the 02-04th September. The following combinations have been successfully selected: 

     

    Kate Atkinson with DNS Ronaldo

     

    Charlotte Chadwick with Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar 

     

    Bella Fricker with Eskar

     

    Caitlin Theodorou with My Marco

     

    Young Rider Chef D'Equipe, Jo Chisholm, commented that "we now have an excellent squad of Young Riders who have worked extremely hard to qualify themselves and their horses. Having worked with them during the year I can say that it is an absolute honour and pleasure to be working with a group of such dedicated and professional youngsters."

     

    John Robertson, Director of International for Endurance GB, added that "the path to both Championships has not been straightforward, but we are reassured by the high calibre combinations who will be representing Team GB at both Championships this summer. I would like to wish all GB competitors a safe journey and the best of luck for the competitions that lie ahead."

     

     
    2016 England Home International Squad Announcement2016 England Home International Squad Announcement - (Published:31 July 2016)

    The 2016 Home International Squad travel to Ireland  for this year’s competition – 3 days of celebrations in Co Down at The St Patrick’s Coastal Ride.  For the details please click here.

    Category:UK Rides :General

     
    Helpers needed for Keysoe - 6th AugustHelpers needed for Keysoe - 6th August - (Published:29 July 2016)

    We are desperately short of helpers for the National Championships on Sunday 6th August at Keysoe. 

     

    If you can spare 2 or 3 hours of your time please contact Susan

    Durman. 

     

    Text 0750 394 5251 or email susan_durman@hotmail.com

      Category:General :UK Rides :International


     
    Endurance GB OfficeEndurance GB Office - (Published:27 July 2016)

    It is with regret that Olwen Bryer, our Office Administrator, has decided to move on from Endurance GB. She made this decision back in April, and since then we have been able to advertise, interview and appoint for the role. Olwen has kindly agreed to stay with EGB until the 30th September to ensure a smooth handover.

    The Board would like to thank Olwen for striving to go the extra-mile for the sport and the organisation. During her time with Endurance GB, Olwen has worked through a tightening of resources and a restructure of the Board. She has been pivotal in providing a constant level of service to our membership, and for that we are extremely grateful. I am sure the membership will join the Board in wishing her well in her future career.

    Our new Office Administrator Emma Darwood will start work on the 1st of August. During the transition period, please continue to use the office as normal.

     
    New system for online vouchersNew system for online vouchers - (Published:27 July 2016)

    An update to the EGB system today, now allows multiple purchases to be made with a single voucher. The voucher balance can be used across a number of purchases at different times until the balance is zero  They can be used to pay for online ride entries, horse and rider registrations.

    Vouchers can be a perfect gift for someone joining, or a great prize for ride organisers to give out as awards. Click here to purchase a voucher, or contact the office for more information. 
     
    Bumper Half-Year for Endurance GBBumper Half-Year for Endurance GB - (Published:26 July 2016)
    Endurance GB is very pleased to report that total membership has risen by 8% when compared with this point last year. This represents a significant growth in participation in the sport in the UK, following a number of years of stagnation for the discipline.  

    Endurance riding is one of the most accessible equestrian disciplines and has huge potential for growth in the UK. Worldwide, endurance riding is the fastest growing equestrian sport and is now second for the total number of FEI events taking place.

    Part of the increase in membership can be accounted for by Endurance GB’s Club Membership scheme, which focuses on increasing participation of the sport within the Pony Club, Riding Clubs and Retraining of Racehorses. Endurance riding can supplement any horse’s chosen career path, and allows horse and rider combinations to enjoy riding across some of the most beautiful off-road areas of the UK.

    Harry Ingram, Director of Marketing at Endurance GB, commented that “riders of all ages and abilities are finding that endurance riding is a welcoming and enjoyable discipline. Based on core foundations of good horse welfare and horsemanship, combinations can progress through the levels and enjoy time in the saddle both in a competitive and non-competitive environment”.

    Endurance GB Chairman, John Hudson, commented that “the membership figures are promising and we look forward to cementing and building upon this increase during the remainder of the competitive season”.  

     

    For more information on getting started, click here. 

     
    Change in management for the Senior TeamChange in management for the Senior Team - (Published:21 July 2016)

    Sadly both Sally Hall, Chef D'Equipe, and Sarah Coombs, Team Vet, have resigned from the Senior Management Team due to unrelated personal reasons and a balancing of commitments. 

    Naturally the International Committee is disappointed that both could not continue, but our efforts must now turn to ensuring the riders who are up for selection are fully supported ahead of the World Championships later this year.

    We are delighted that experienced 4* FEI endurance vet, Hannah Kelly, has kindly agreed to step into the role of Team Vet and will now work with the squad towards to the World Championships in Samorin later this year. Liz Finney, has also agreed to take the role as temporary Chef D'Equipe and will support the Senior Team for the rest of the year. 

    The International Committee would like to thank both Sarah and Sally for their contribution to the squads and wish the new management the best for the future. 

    Category:International

     
    160km is just not enough!160km is just not enough! - (Published:14 July 2016)

    Carri Ann Dark completes 240km at Kings Forest International Endurance Ride.

    On Saturday 9th July, an international field of riders set off on the ultimate test of horse and rider, the CEI3* 160km (100 mile) endurance ride, across beautiful Suffolk countryside. Carri Ann Dark (25) riding 12yo gelding, Vavavoom, took an early lead in the gruelling ride, flying through the mandatory vet inspections at the end of each loop. Carri managed to maintain her lead in the class, although Swiss rider, Barbara Lissarrague aboard Ainhoa Arkiris, was hot on her tail and managed to close the gap significantly through the course of the day. Barbara's efforts were not quite enough to clinch victory as Carri put in an impressive last loop with a speed of 19.5kmph to finish with riding time of 09:52:45. Barbara crossed the line just minutes later with a total riding time of 09:57:35.

    Carri's aim was simply to complete the ride and bag her championship qualification and was amazed to have come away with 1st place. Carri commented that "it was amazing to have Vavavoom back on top form after having nearly 18 months rest. We are so proud of him, it means the world to us". Her victory was not made easy with fluctuating weather conditions making the course challenging with some areas becoming slippy and others very hot and humid.

    Most riders after completing 160km tend to take it easy the next day, a hot bath maybe, a leisurely stroll? Carri's steely mentality would not let her miss an opportunity to qualify one of her other young horses and rode Bey-Shamadahl in the 80km Graded Endurance Ride the next day. Another successful completion under her belt meant Carri had completed 240 competitive kilometres around Kings Forest!

    In the CEI 2* 120km class two riders from the UAE; Rashid Mohamed Ibrahim Al Baloushi and Abdulla Saeed Bin Huzaim took 1st and 2nd place respectively. Just 15 minutes behind was British rider, Abigail Taylor riding Warrens Hill Elanzo who was just a length ahead of fellow rider, Chris Wray riding Takwenya  in an exciting racing finish. Abigail commented that whilst she was "not expecting to have a racing finish I felt that he [Warrens Hill Elanzo] had plenty of fuel in the tank to go for it and he proved me right". Both horses are by the famous endurance sire Chatanz and were neck and neck right up to the line.

    All three young riders in the CEIYJ 2* 120km class completed the competition within qualifying speed meaning they are now all qualified for young rider championships. Abigail Chisholm won the class aboard Abbi Tennant's Barik. So far the 120km completion had evaded Abigail, and she was delighted to have finally conquered this distance.

    Overall the completion rate over the FEI classes was high at 64%. Ride organiser Di Luke believes that the course is one of the best in the country "the forest is so giving, there are lovely long stretches where you can just bowl along". She also added that the "water and ice out in the venue was a real benefit to everyone". Riders commented that the venue was superb and the added benefit of all classes having electronic timing was extremely well received. Di commented how she "loves the fact that a 16km pleasure rider uses the same tracks as the 160km3* riders". Both Meydan and Science Supplements must be thanked for their generous support of this international endurance event.


     
    Half Year Membership - now available!Half Year Membership - now available! - (Published:01 July 2016)

    "More than just riding…"

    Significantly cheaper membership available for the remainder of 2016. Now only £33 for full membership!

    Now is the perfect opportunity to join EGB and take advantage of the rest of the 2016 endurance season. We have a number of great rides coming up in some of Britain's most beautiful countryside, such as:
     - National Championships: The College Ride at Keysoe - 06 August
    - Long Mynd - Shropshire - 04 September
    - The British Horse Feeds Red Dragon Festival of Endurance - Powys, Wales - 30 Sep - 01 Oct

    Endurance GB offers a wide variety of rides in all parts of the UK. See our full calendar here.

    Category: General

     
    A message to EGB Young Riders and Juniors from the Chairman of Rand Endurance, South AfricaA message to EGB Young Riders and Juniors from the Chairman of Rand Endurance, South Africa - (Published:01 July 2016)

    Rand endurance is hosting the Sanesa National Schools Championships on the 30 September 2017. We would like to get young riders and juniors from over the globe to take part in this spectacular event. The ride wil be held under the auspices of Erasa.

    If there are any interested parties we would like to hear from you. On the 14 May 2016 we hosted a ride at the venue where the event will take place, comments and photos can be found on the facebook page Rand Endurance. Maybe we can include a trip to the Kruger Nationalpark. Interested and suitably qualified parties should contact John Robertson, Chair of International johnrobertson@endurancegb.co.uk

     

    Category:General :International

     
    Free Stabling at Euston Park EnduranceFree Stabling at Euston Park Endurance - (Published:30 June 2016)

    Organisers have published the schedule for the third of four Longines presented Euston Park Endurance rides on 16 July in Suffolk, UK and are very pleased to be able to offer free stabling*, on a first come first served basis.

    Entries are invited for the ride, which is supported by Emirates Airline and will once again feature four different classes: CEI 1* 80, CEI 2* 120 [junior and senior] and CEI 3* 160 kilometre courses. All of the £54,500 prize money is awarded in accordance with the FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822] via judging of the horses once they have competed. A full breakdown of the prize money can be found here: http://bit.ly/2900S6x

    Nick Brooks-Ward, Event Director at The HPower Group, said: “We are pleased to be accepting entries for the next ride, and having had 12 nations enter the last event we look forward to welcoming competitors from all corners of the globe to compete in this lovely setting. The first two rides have gone extremely well and we were delighted to have an FEI Independent Governance Advisor present at the last ride to confirm that we are carrying out all our obligations to the highest standards.”

    The events, which are the first to be held in the fabulous Euston Park since the World Championships in 2012, are show-casing the efforts being made within the sport of Endurance to raise standards in horse welfare across the globe. The final ride will be held on August 13.

     

    *The stabling includes shavings.

     

    Category: General :International

     
    Further improvements to the Endurance GB website Further improvements to the Endurance GB website - (Published:22 June 2016)

    Today saw the launch of new and improved Joining, Membership, Ride Entry and Order forms on the website. This move further enhances the user experience on the site and brings the forms in line with mobile technology.

    We hope that the new design will make the joining process less arduous, more user friendly and less time consuming. 

    The update follows on from the changes made to the Endurance GB members landing page and is one of a number of proposed updates to the site to be made in 2016, as we move to fully integrate the site to become mobile friendly.

     
    Euston Park Endurance Ride Gives Young British Rider a Dream FinishEuston Park Endurance Ride Gives Young British Rider a Dream Finish - (Published:20 June 2016)

    Riders from 12 nations set-off on the second of four Euston Park Endurance Rides, presented by Longines and supported by Emirates, in Suffolk today. Competitors from the United Arab Emirates were victorious in the three open classes and a Briton secured the Young Rider crown.

    In winning the CEI 2* 120km Young Rider class, Caitlin Theodorou (21) from Mid-West Wales in the United Kingdom, and her mount, My Marco, have qualified for the Young Rider European Championships in Portugal this September. But better still, as the only combination to finish the class, Caitlin scooped the entire £11,500 prize fund available for the Best Condition Award; an amount that ensures she can afford to get there.

    Caitlin, a Geography student at Manchester University, said: “I’m in complete shock! I just never expected this and ‘My Marco’ really gave it his all. He has a heart of gold and didn’t put a foot wrong. He was bred as a show jumper but just loves endurance and has such guts.  This has been my dream for so many years and this was my last chance to make it happen but I never imagined it would and at a great event like Euston Park. I actually can’t believe it. And then I heard about the money and it’s just amazing! I must thank my Mum, who does everything for me and deserves this win too."

    A total of 61 horses crossed the start-line in the four different classes run; with 33 starters in the CEI 1* 80km, 19 in the CEI 2* 120km (and two additional Young Riders in that class) and seven riders in the CEI 3* 160km. 21 horses finished.  Although the weather was ideal; cool with a light breeze, it had been a very wet week and consequently the ground was heavy and this contributed to a 54% attrition rate.

    Euston Park Endurance Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said: “It was a very good day and the riders handled the conditions well and rode responsibly. We had 49 millimetres of rain on Thursday night necessitating a route change including removing a river crossing that had flooded. Given the circumstances, the attrition rate is understandable and I’m pleased that all the horses, except for one that suffered a cut leg (and is now being treated at the Newmarket Equine Hospital), finished safe and sound. I’d like to give particular thanks to the FEI Technical Delegate, John Robertson and the Course Designers who did sterling work to ensure the courses were safe and competitive.”

    The winners of the four classes were:

    CEI 1*  80km – Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi (UAE) riding Belik Al Mounira* in a total ride time of 03:45:28 (average speed 21.29 kph)

    CEI 2* 120km – Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE) riding Zulo in a total ride time of 05:25:29 (average speed 22.12)

    CEI 2* 120km YR - Caitlin Theodorou (GBR) riding My Marco* in a total ride time of 07:00:20 (average speed 14.27 kph)

    CEI 3* 160km – Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui (UAE) riding Ramaah* in a total ride time of 07:58:35 (average speed 20.06 kph)

    *Also winner of ‘Best Condition Award’ in their class.

    Upon completion, the four classes were then judged under the FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822] with the prize money awarded accordingly. In the CEI 2* 120km the sixth placed rider, Saeed Mohd Khalifa Al Mehair’s horse Siam du Barthas took the top prize, all other class winners won the Best Condittion Award. The winner of the CEI 3* was also presented with a Longines Master Collection watch.

    Ride results from each class can be found here.

    The last two rides are scheduled for July 16 and August 13.
    Category:International

     
    Don't miss out - Kings Forest in SummerDon't miss out - Kings Forest in Summer - (Published:17 June 2016)

    Miles of fabulous going awaits you at the Summer ride at Kings Forest in Suffolk this year on the 8th, 9th & 10th of July. Whatever your level of experience, you can rest assured that Kings Forest will have a class for you. Whether that be the 160km CEI 3* class or the 16km Pleasure Ride, you will be greeted by a warm welcome to the stunning venue. Kindly supported by Science Supplements, a number of prizes are on offer and goody bags for every competitor. 

     

    Riders at Kings Forest in Spring said that they had a fantastic ride over a very well marked route, that the going was excellent in spite of the wet, that it was the "best course ever" and a "world class route". They expressed their thanks to the "fabulous organiser and helpers”. 

     

    Click here for more information on the classes available and how to enter. 

     

     
    Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 allocated to SlovakiaLongines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 allocated to Slovakia - (Published:16 June 2016)
     

    The Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 will be held in Samorin (SVK) following a decision at Tuesday's FEI Bureau monthly teleconference meeting. A unanimous proposal from the FEI Endurance Committee recommending the Slovakian venue received the support of the full Bureau.

    Three bids to host the Championships were received when the bid process was reopened in April of this year following the decision to reallocate the event. Also bidding were Fontainebleau (FRA) and San Rossore, Pisa (ITA), but the Bureau ruled that neither of these two venues were suitable due to concerns over welfare and safety. Both venues proposed mid-October dates, meaning that the rides would start and finish in the dark, potentially putting horses and riders at risk. There is also increased potential for heavy rain in these areas at that time of year.

    Samorin Equestrian Centre, the brain-child of Slovakian businessman Mario Hoffmann, staged very successful FEI European Endurance Championships last year. The 2016 World Championships will run from 15-18 September, with the qualification period ending on 16 July.

    The Championships had originally been allocated to Dubai and were scheduled to be held in December of this year, but at its spring in-person meeting on 6-7 April, the FEI Bureau voted to remove the Championships from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as it felt that the UAE National Federation is not currently in a position to guarantee that horse welfare would be fully protected.

    "We were very happy to receive three bids and appreciate the willingness to support the FEI at such short notice for this year's World Championships", FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said, "but the Bureau had no hesitation in opting for Samorin. Horse welfare has to be the most important element in the allocation of these major events and Samorin has a proven track record, having already run both the young horse and European Endurance Championships very successfully.

    "The timing of the Championships was also important and, with the three bids all coming from Europe, the Bureau felt that a September date was more appropriate. Both Fontainebleau and San Rossore were proposing mid-October when the reduced daylight hours could potentially have an impact on safety. Safeguarding the safety and welfare of the equine and human athletes is our top priority in all our disciplines."

    Driving Championships
    Additionally, the Bureau allocated the FEI World Driving Championships for Young Horses 2016 to Mezöhegyes (HUN). The Championships, which were reallocated following the withdrawal of original host venue, Conty (FRA), will run from 8-11 September.

    Category:General :International

     
    Inter-Regional Team Championship at Top Spec Lindum SpiritInter-Regional Team Championship at Top Spec Lindum Spirit - (Published:15 June 2016)

    Endurance GB's Inter Regional Team Championship is due to be held on 4th/5th/6th August at the Top Spec Lindum Spirit ride: for the schedule and rules please click here.

    Category:General :UK Rides

     
    Some changes to Pilgrims Trail Ride on 24th July - (Published:15 June 2016)

    A new class has been added to the Pilgrims Trail Ride on Sunday 24th July - 80km GER (Class 9)

    Allen and Page (Quality Horse Feeds) have generously agreed to sponsor Class 1 - 80km CER - Feed Voucher Prizes - 1st £35, 2nd £25, 3rd £15.

    Allen and Page will have a representative attend the Pilgrims Trail Ride with the weigh bridge.

    Category:General :UK Rides

     

     
    Longines to be Partner of 2016 Endurance Rides at Euston Park - (Published:14 June 2016)

    Luxury Swiss watch brand, Longines, has been confirmed as the First Partner and the Official Watch of the remainder of a host of new Endurance rides that are taking place at the iconic Euston Park, England this summer. 

    The rides - which are also supported by award-winning global airline Emirates, comprise 80, 120 [junior and senior] and 160 kilometre courses, are on June 19, July 16 and August 13 and follow a successful first event on May 28. They offer an unprecedented opportunity for top riders and horses from across the globe to compete at the stunning Suffolk venue, which played host to the 2012 World Endurance Championships.
    Nick Brooks-Ward, Event Director at The HPower Group, said: “It’s fantastic news that Longines has come on board to support the remaining Endurance rides at Euston Park this year. As well as producing beautiful timepieces, Longines’ relationship with top-flight horse sport across a variety of disciplines is renowned. Having the backing of global brands such as Emirates, and now Longines for the next three, is a great boost to the on-going success of these rides, which have started so well.“
    A Spokesperson said: “We are delighted to be involved in the inaugural year of this prestigious event, and so pleased to be adding an Endurance ride in Great Britain to our family of equestrian partnerships. We are sure that the Euston Park Rides will be hugely successful in showcasing world-class sporting action and horsemanship, and we hope that this is just the start of a long and fruitful relationship.”
    John Hudson, Chairman at Endurance GB: "The announcement today that world famous watch maker, Longines has agreed to support the next three rides further cements Euston Park as a world-class venue. We are delighted to have such a powerful brand supporting endurance riding in the UK."
    The events, which are the first to be held in the fabulous Euston Park since the World Championships in 2012, are aimed at show-casing all the positive work being done within the sport of Endurance to raise standards in horse welfare and broaden the appeal of this fast-growing discipline. Run in strict accordance with the FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822], the 2016 course is designed to keep average horse speeds down and ALL prize money will be allocated to the ‘Best Condition Award’ via stringent judging of the horses after they have competed.

     

    Category:UK Rides :International

     
    Euston Park needs you!Euston Park needs you! - (Published:14 June 2016)

    Various steward positions on offer with sociable start times for the next rides on the 19th of June, 16th of July and the 13th of August.

    Come and enjoy the rural landscape, surrounding wildlife, friendly atmosphere and support the FEI and organisers run a fantastic event. Please encourage your fellow members to come along with you.
    All refreshments are provided free of charge and a generous donation will be made to the East Anglian Air Ambulance in appreciation of your invaluable help. For further information or to volunteer please contact Sue Meadows epstewards@outlook.com

     

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    The Pony Club Endurance ChampionshipsThe Pony Club Endurance Championships - (Published:01 June 2016)

    Whaddon Chase Branch are proud to be hosting the Pony Club Endurance Championships on 16th October 2016 from Central Milton Keynes. Running alongside this will be the Grassroots Endurance Championships.

     

    With a 12.5km ride at Grassroots Level 1 and a 21km ride at Level 2, Novice, Intermediate and Open Championships there is much to interest Pony Club riders from age 5 through to Seniors of 13+. Click here for information on Pony Club Endurance, including hints and advice for adult escort riders who are required for all Junior Riders.

     

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    Euston Park Endurance 2016 Starts in Fine FormEuston Park Endurance 2016 Starts in Fine Form - (Published:31 May 2016)

    Following the first Euston Park ride, here is a short report from the event organisers, HPower: 

    The first of four planned 2016 Euston Park FEI Endurance Rides took place on Saturday in Suffolk, United Kingdom and has been hailed as a success by organisers and competitors alike.  Presented by award-winning global airline, Emirates Airline, the ride was designed to showcase all that is good about Endurance.

     

    Nine nations were represented on the start-line of the four different classes run; with 21 starters in the CEI 1* 80km, 14 in the CEI 2* 120km (and two additional Young Riders in that class) and ten riders in the CEI 3* 160km. The rides were held in very favourable conditions. Although warm, it was breezy with good cloud cover all day. The first horses started at 0700hrs and the last to cross the finish-line did so at 2050hrs.

     

    The winners of the four classes were:

    CEI 1*  80km – Mansour Saeed Mohd Al Fares (UAE) riding Tonki Dee Boo Barry* in a total ride time of 03:40:13 (average speed 21.8 kph)

    CEI 2* 120km – Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui (UAE) riding Splendacrest Adage* in a total ride time of  05:21:36 (average speed 22.39 kph)

    CEI 2* 120km YR Charlotte Chadwick* (GBR) riding Sky’s The Limit in a total ride time of 08:47:08 (average speed 13.66 kph)

    CEI 3* 160km - Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi (UAE) riding Sahem* in a total ride time of 07:07:43 (average speed 22.44 kph)

    * All the class winners were also winner of ‘Best Condition Award’ in their class. All prize money was allocated through the Best Condition Award only.

     

    Ride results from each class can be found here. 

     

    In a notable British success, Staffordshire’s Charlotte Chadwick (16) riding Sky’s The Limit won the CEI 2*YR which has qualified her for the European Championships in Portugal this September.

     

    Winner of the CEI 3* 160km, Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi (UAE), said: “I haven’t ridden here before and it was such a good course. I thought that maybe I had a chance of winning but Sahem went really well and I’m so pleased we won.  I’m really excited to have qualified for the World Championships.”

     

    Winner of the CEI 2*YR 120km, Charlotte Chadwick, said: “I’m really pleased, I worked really hard today and I can’t believe we’re going to the Europeans!”

     

    Euston Park Endurance Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said: “We are really pleased that this first ride went so well and we couldn’t have asked for better conditions. The park looked stunning and I’ve had great feedback from the riders and we are looking forward to the next three rides continuing to build on this success.”

     

    Jon Sheppard, Manager National Accounts, Emirates Airline: “I was really impressed with the event today. It’s such a nice setting and I’d like to extend our congratulations to all those involved, the winners of the various classes and everyone that completed the course.”

     

    Of the starting field of 47, 25 horses completed the total distance of their respective course (53%), with the remainder either retiring or failing to meet the stringent vetting criteria required to compete in the next phase of the competition. One horse was taken to Newmarket Equine Hospital for precautionary X-rays and is being kept in for monitoring but is comfortable and organisers are pleased to report that all other horses and riders were safe and well at the end of the day. In an initiative to further promote horse welfare ALL prize money was awarded to the Best-Condition horses in a separate judging, in strict accordance with FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822].

     

    The next three rides are scheduled for June 19, July 16 with the final ride on August 13.

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    A big A big "Thank you" to all our helpers at Cwm Sirhwyi who made this Ride a success - (Published:30 May 2016)

     The 4x4 Responders (Wales) provided Radio cover, covered the Check Points, managed that horrid road crossing, sloshed horses, went to pick up  a  shoe-less horse.....and kept smiling.. This time no injuries to treat or lorries to pull out (How on earth did we ever manage without them..)

    We had "old " helpers- Meg and Anita as ever- Sheila and John (again -how would we manage with out them...).

     We had our "new " helpers- Vicky and her gang from Swansea, Nesta and her gang....(particular personal thanks for Hannah and Becca riding my ponies on Saturday)- my own little gang- Joy, Maggie, Stacey, Karen and Brian for turning out 3 weeks after their first Ride experience.

     Vets - Moira and Jenny, Kevin my farrier  

     Kathy for doing endless Food and Drink runs to keep helpers topped up ....

     Heather and Caroline  for turning up and being delegated with a range of different tasks - and also nice to have a chat and catch up

     Plas Equestrian for bringing us some "shopping" !

     Sue Lees and Gill for their TSing with a smile...

     Sue Box for doing the boring bit I hate (Entries and Money) and Celia and Gill for the Saturday food, lots of admin -laminates etc

     All the Riders who were pleasant and courteous and gave nice feedback

     I take full credit for organising the weather! ....and  a big Thanks to Bruce Springsteen for letting enough of his energy rub off on me to keep me going !

     I do hope I haven't left anyone out!

     Hilary and EGB De Cymru Group

     

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    Latest news from De Cymru Group on the Cwm Sirhwyi RideLatest news from De Cymru Group on the Cwm Sirhwyi Ride - (Published:26 May 2016)

    Cwm Sirhwyi- all latest information is on the Group website ... go to home page then to Ride page.

    The very latest message on Thursday 26th May re Cwm Sirhwyi:  All maps, talkthroughs and directions can be found on the Group website (link above).  Sorry - no luck with caterers but there are several fast food outlets and supermarkets within a short crew drive of the venue.  

    If you are worried about your vet time - Classses 1 &2 between 8.30 and 9 and all others up to 10.30 with Pleasure Rides up to 11.30- no need to stress.  PR 35 Class available for Riders also! Best exit to venue from M4 is Junction 28.  Venue was inspected this evening (Thursday 26th) and is viable - but if it rains and you are bringing a lorry please park according to stewards directions. 

    If you want an idea of the route, the ride goes over Mynydd y Grug (anti-clockwise) then crosses the Sirhwyi River and takes in some of the good going from the Easter Bonnet and New Year rides which are available on the website.  Crewing is mainly around Wattsville.  Class distances are 80km (45+35), 66km (45+21), 45km and 35km (both incl Novice), and Pleasure Rides of 21 and 16km.

    .... and don't forget the Social Ride on the Saturday to make your Bank Holiday weekend!
    Helpers are still needed if you aren't riding.
    We look forward to seeing you!

     

    EGB De Cymru Group

     

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    EGB's web team looking to expand! EGB's web team looking to expand! - (Published:23 May 2016)

    Endurance GB is looking to recruit into the web team as we work on exciting plans to enhance users' experience on the site.

     

    A number of roles are available, managing specific areas of the site to ensure they are kept up-to-date. We are looking for people with some previous technical awareness of using  CMS systems, as well as those who can be creative with the content and suggest ways to enhance the website. Training will be provided and the roles available will report into the Director of Communications, Harry Ingram.


    For more information, or to apply, please email harryingram@endurancegb.co.uk.

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    Emirates Confirmed as Major Sponsor for 2016 Endurance Event at Euston ParkEmirates Confirmed as Major Sponsor for 2016 Endurance Event at Euston Park - (Published:20 May 2016)

    Award winning airline Emirates has been confirmed as the major sponsor for the first of a host of new Endurance rides that will take place at Euston Park, England this summer. The events, which will include rides over 80, 120 [junior and senior] and 160 kilometres will take place on May 28, June 19, and August 13 – with a further ride being planned for July – and are set to attract a broad spread of leading international horses and riders. 

     

    Nick Brooks-Ward, Event Director at The Hpower Group, said: “We are truly delighted that such a major global brand is supporting the 2016 Endurance rides at Euston Park, and we hope the rides will become a regular fixture in the Endurance calendar. The backing of Emirates – which has a strong track record in major sporting event and equestrian sponsorship – will allow us to ensure that the competitors’ experience with us is a memorable one and we will also be able to provide great facilities for our spectators. I’m confident this summer will be a great platform to showcase Endurance to both established and new audiences.”

     

    Laurie Berryman, Vice President UK at Emirates, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the first of the new Endurance rides at Euston Park. Great Britain has an outstanding track record of hosting world-leading Endurance events and this summer’s rides promise to be a highlight in the Endurance calendar and we are proud to play our part in making it happen.”  

     

    John Hudson, Chairman at Endurance GB, said: “Endurance GB is confident that with the support of such a strong brand as Emirates on board, the Euston Park rides will become flagship events for the global sport of endurance, showcasing best practice and the very best in horse welfare."

     

    The events, which will be run in strict accordance with the FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822], will include detailed and rigorous Vet Gates to ensure horse welfare is fully protected. In addition, the Euston Park courses will be designed to keep horse speeds down to an average of approximately 20kph and all prize money will be allocated for the Best Condition Award.

     

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    Stewards for Euston Park EnduranceStewards for Euston Park Endurance - (Published:16 May 2016)

    EGB members are invited to apply to become stewards at the Euston Park Endurance Ride on Saturday 28th May 2016. The first of four events at Euston Park, will include rides over 80, 120 [junior and senior] and 160 kilometres. A broad spectrum of international horses and rides are expected to attend. 

    A number of roles are on offer and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. We are delighted to be able to offer a contribution towards expenses as a donation to the local air ambulance. A service which is so invaluable to the riding community.  

    Numbers are limited and you will be required to be at the venue by 6.30am.  Some later starts may also be possible.

    To volunteer please email Sue Meadows at epstewards@outlook.com with your full details including mobile number and whether you have a 4 x 4 and are happy to steward off road.

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    Ashdown Forest - change of dateAshdown Forest - change of date - (Published:12 May 2016)

    Please note that it has been necessary to bring the date of the Ashdown Forest Ride forward by one week to Sunday 17th July.  All classes remain as per the published schedule.

     
    A Truly International Field - Royal Windsor Endurance A Truly International Field - Royal Windsor Endurance - (Published:09 May 2016)

    The end of this week brings a treat for the lucky few who have got places to ride at the Royal Windsor Endurance Event on Friday. There is just one class – a CEI 2* 120km and the route takes the participants through the iconic Windsor Great Park, with a quick spin around Ascot Racecourse.

     

    Entries are limited by the Park Authorities but the competition is open to all countries. A truly International field of 62 horses will line up at the start line on Friday morning, with entries from Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, UAE and USA.

     

    The first 10 combinations home will attend the prize giving on Saturday in front of HM The Queen. Great Britain will be well represented with some of our top riders hoping to be in the parade before our monarch:

     

    Richard Allen and Kalish

    Katie Bedwin and Elayla

    Amy Boston and Burfield Court Appearance

    Mel Bradley and Kizhi

    Kathy Carr and Aberllwyd Femme Fatale

    Andrea Champ and A Little Bit of Magic

    Carri Ann Dark and Vavavoom

    Fiona Griffiths and Balishla

    Harry Ingram and Bronze Nahdir

    Jackie Lloyd and Khalifa B J

    Nicky Martin and Rochero’s Qasbah

    Sam Mowatt and Terminator’s Dream

    Robert Newall and Loti du Caussanel

    Rachel Pemberton and JVL Sergeant C Marshall

    Caitlin Theodorou and My Marco

    Nicki Thorne and LR Bold Greyson

     

    In view of the prestigious venue of this event and the presence of the world’s press, the President of the Veterinary Commission has asked for all riders and crews to make a special effort for the pre-ride vetting on Thursday afternoon, to ensure their horses are spotless and that everyone is dressed very smartly. Last year everyone looked superb and they were a credit to our sport, and to Endurance GB. There has been much publicity about the ‘fashion parade’ at Badminton. Lets stop looking like the poor relation and show the other disciplines how well we can brush up and be proud of our sport in this country.


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    Cheshire Frolic - DAY 2 - PostponedCheshire Frolic - DAY 2 - Postponed - (Published:05 May 2016)

    If you are scheduled to attend the ride at the Cheshire Frolic, please read this important update from the ride organiser, which affects riders riding on Day 2.

    "Due to circumstances beyond our control we are unable to use the venue and farm ride on Day 2 of the Baileys Cheshire Forest Frolic and regrettably we are having to cancel all the classes on Day 2 (Sunday 8th May).  Consequently we can also no longer offer any overnight camping and corralling.  Day One will go ahead as scheduled but without the two day 88 GER, entrants in this class may downgrade to a lower class if they wish.  It may be possible to offer a limited number of competitive ride places on Saturday to those able to change their ride day. Due to restrictive parking and an existing high entry we regret that we cannot offer this to the Sunday pleasure ride entrants.  If you wish to compete on Saturday please email pennie@endurancegbcheshire.co.uk with your name and the class you wish to transfer to.  Full refunds including camping and corralling, where applicable, will be given post ride.  For those who have entered classes on both days and feel that a one day ride is insufficient then a full refund will apply too, providing you advise the ride secretary (Pennie Drummond) of your withdrawal by email and is received by 12 noon on Friday 6th May."

     Cheshire Group of Endurance GB will look to reschedule "Day 2" later in the year.

     

     
    Endurance Riders Don’t Stop for Wintry WeatherEndurance Riders Don’t Stop for Wintry Weather - (Published:28 April 2016)

    Kings Forest near Thetford, Norfolk was the setting for three days of competitive routes through the iconic woodland of ‘The Brecks’.  This unique area covers 393 square miles – the UK’s largest lowland forest, with miles of tracks and paths making it an ideal setting for Endurance GB’s  main class of the weekend – a CEI 3* 160km (100 miles) competition.  

    In the 160km class Fiona Griffiths from Powys, South Wales, riding Oliver Twist IV and Mel Bradley from Devizes, Wiltshire, riding 15 year old CS Khan, owned by Linda Cross, left the venue on their final loop knowing that they were running close to the maximum time allowed - both horses passed the final vetting in good form but sadly no completion for Fiona due to being out of time.

     

    Photo of Mel Bradley riding Linda Cross' CS Khan courtesy of Saunders Photography 

    Mel Bradley was thrilled with her win.  She said “This has been my biggest win yet and brought up so many emotions.  It was the most amazing feeling cantering towards the line with people cheering us on after such a long hard day.  It certainly picks you up! After all Khan has been through we could only dream he would get around a 160km and he has done us proud.”

     

    The event, with a full schedule of supporting National classes, was sponsored by Bury St Edmunds based, Science Supplements – leading suppliers of equine supplements, with welcome ‘goody bags’ and prizes galore.  The riders and officials also benefited from a heated marquee generously provided by local FEI rider, Nicki Thorne and her husband, businessman Andy Thorne of Kestrel Liner Agencies.

     

    Results from the main classes are as follows:

     

    Saturday 16th April
    CEI 3* 160km
    1st Mel Bradley and CS Khan  14.00 kph

    CEI 2* 120km
    1st Harry Ingram and Warren Hills Chayze  16.81 kph
    2nd Rachel Pemberton and Deemonstrator  14.40 kph
    3rd Ruth Chadwick and Aragorn  14.11 kph
    4th Heather Whiteley and Distance Oasis  13.81 kph
    5th Amy Theodorou and My Marco  13.10 kph

    CEIYJ 2* 120km
    1st Katie Bedwin and Burfield Goodie Two Shoes  14.76 kph

    CEI 1* 80km
    1st Lesley Ann Parker and Velvet Echo  18.48 kph
    2nd Robert Newall and Loti du Caussanel  15.53 kph
    3rd Lauren Mills and Crystal Magic Star  15.38 kph
    4th Andrea Champ and A Little Bit of Magic 14.74 kph
    5th Pam James and HS Asraf  14.74 kph
    6th Francesca Bakker and Aratahnes Aphrodite  14.30 kph
    7th Amy Boston and Burfield Court Appearance  14.06 kph
    8th Susan Cox and Eden El Nyhl  13.03 kph
    Completion Fiona Bloom and Verwa

    CEIYJ1* 80km
    1st Tess Wheldon and Verythas de Loc 17.12 kph
    2nd Ella Bunting and Eas Boadicea  16.32 kph
    3rd Tessa Kilpatrick and Aratahnes Phoebe  14.97 kph

     

    National CER 80km

     1st Antonia Hardwick and Shingle Street Speshal   18.93 kph

     2nd Julie Kendall and Perfeq Pacha De Blaziet  18.86 kph

     3rd Lesley Anne Booth and Rassam  18.08 kph

     4th Josie Ratter-Evison and Krayaan Nasser  15.28 kph

    Sunday 17th April
    CEI 1* 80km

    1st Ylva Sam Mowatt and Terminator’s Dream  17.33kph
    2nd Carri Ann Dark and Emir  17.18 kph
    3rd Abigail Tennant and Barik  16.73 kph
    4th Linda Cowperthwaite and Maraday Mystaron  16.73 kph
    5th Susan Hawes and Remynisce  13.62 kph
    6th Andrea Champ and Drumghigha Lantana  13.39 kph

     Category:General :International :UK Rides

     
    South East Group's  Primrose Ride cancelledSouth East Group's Primrose Ride cancelled - (Published:26 April 2016)

    It is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Primrose Ride, due to take place on 15th May.  Refunds for those who have already made entries will be dealt with as soon as possible.

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    Mynydd y Grug Ride on Sunday 8th May (with Social Ride on 7th!)Mynydd y Grug Ride on Sunday 8th May (with Social Ride on 7th!) - (Published:25 April 2016)

    All the information for the Mynydd y Grug Ride (Sunday 8th May) is on the De Cymru Group's website  - under the Ride page.  We can take late entries and have capacity for people disappointed at the cancellation of the Forest of Dean Ride.
     

    There is a Social Ride on the Saturday if you want to make a weekend of it - pubs within walking distance !  The going is varied with decent forest tracks, bridlepaths in old woodland, and open moorland. No road work-lots of water on route plus a trough especially for the Ride. 

    There are NO suitable crewing opportunities, so we would welcome offers of help from crew waiting at the venue! In particular the road crossing from the venue will benefit form any additional presence!

    If we do have more entries than planned we are likely to need more helpers!


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    Hardy’s Ride 2016 - reportHardy’s Ride 2016 - report - (Published:19 April 2016)
    Over 90 riders enjoyed a good day at Hardy’s Ride last Saturday. The weather was kind with a mixture of sunshine and cloud although cold. The new venue proved to be a great success although the farmer had to tow some out at the end.
     

    Unfortunately we had a downpour the day before thoroughly soaking the long suffering trail riders and Annabel and I who were marking bits of the course on foot. We are very grateful to Tom Foot for letting us use the field and for being so helpful both before and on the day.

    Thank you so much to all the officials, vets and volunteers without whom the event could not function. Amendments to the route appeared to be well received and we have further improvements for next year. It is a lot of work organising a ride but smiles and nice comments from competitors make it all worthwhile.  All credit too to the Pony Club competitors who seemed so professional and were so polite remembering to thank all at the end. It was lovely to see and I think they have now qualified for the Pony Club Championship which is great news.

    Nicky Sherry and Alison House - prizewinners in the 82km class (Photo by Liz Ashmead)


    Congratulations to all those who completed - and commiserations to those who didn’t quite make it through the vetting – thankfully not many. The High Sheriff of Dorset, Sir Philip Williams very kindly came to present the prizes to the winners. He also owns the Bridehead Estate which the ride goes through, so we are very grateful to him on both counts.

    The prizes were very kindly donated by Dorset Equine Vets and Performance Equestrian – thank you very much to both.  (Photo by AGC Photography shows Judy Holloway receiving her award from the High Sheriff)

    The results of the top 4 classes were as follows

    82K

    Ist Nicky Sherry on Silver Zourra

    2nd Alison House on Aberllwyd Briar Rose

    64k

    1st Judy Holloway on Aa Talika

    2nd Katherine Willings on Sadhira

    3rd Sally Mcilwaine on Mahbubti

    4th Mary Stubbs on Indygo

     

    44k GER – rosettes will be sent shortly

    1st Annie Joppe on Dilmun

    2nd Sue Gregg on Simply Dennis

    3rd Sarah Davenport on Blakeswater Wilfred

     

    44K Novice GER- rosettes will be sent shortly

    1st Rebecca Stapley on Purple Ransom

    2nd Susannah French on Cf Matilda

     

    Hope to see you all and more next year- for those of you who didn’t come because you thought there would be lots of gates, we managed to keep many open and bypassed quite a few. We can open the ride to more people next year and I think all agreed that the scenery is stunning!

    Thank you

    Liz Ashmead

    Lynn Harvey

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    Bluebell Ride on 24th April cancelled - Offa's Dyke GroupBluebell Ride on 24th April cancelled - Offa's Dyke Group - (Published:18 April 2016)

    It is with great regret that the Offa's Dyke Group of Endurance GB is forced to announce the cancellation of the Bluebell Ride scheduled for Sunday April 24th.

    We submitted a map to the Forestry on March 13th, which was the same route as approved in 2015 (the majority of which has been used for several years), apart from the addition of the new tracks introduced to acclaim on the March Hares ride this last February 28th. However, Forestry advised us on Friday 15th April that they could not approve the route - following which we urgently explored several options with them, the only one acceptable to Forestry being a route they suggested - which has a total distance of 10km. This is inadequate for the 130+ entries that we have. Subsequently Forestry have withdrawn even this offer.

    We are extremely disappointed, and will make contact in the coming weeks with senior managers at the Forestry Commission to ascertain whether they have a change in policy or emphasis, or whether the refusal is inconsistent with their policy.

    All web entries will have automatic refunds of entry fees in due course, for all postal entries no cheques have been banked so please contact the Entries Secretary and advise whether you want your cheque returned or just destroyed.

    We will advise at a later date what future options are possible.

    Chris Wray, Ride Organiser.

    Category:General :UK Rides

     
    EGB Chairman takes on the London Marathon, again! EGB Chairman takes on the London Marathon, again! - (Published:17 April 2016)

    John Hudson confesses to be hooked on running the London Marathon, and runs the 2016 course in aid of Spinal Research.

    Show your support for our chairman as he pounds 26 miles of the capital’s streets on 24 April in what will be his twelfth trip around the course.


    John explains: “I chose to support Spinal Research because I spend a significant proportion of my life doing two things that are most likely to cause spinal cord injury - horse riding and driving cars. I count myself as being very privileged to have the good health and well-being to be able to tackle yet another London Marathon. So once again I ask you to give generously for an extremely worthy cause, especially if like me you ride horses or drive cars – or, to live dangerously, you do both!”

    To pledge your support, please visit Virgin Money Giving

    Category :General


     
    Concrete Cows had something for everyone, including Sport Relief Concrete Cows had something for everyone, including Sport Relief - (Published:15 April 2016)
    130 riders enjoyed the unique setting of Campbell Park in Milton Keynes as the Cromwell Group’s ride was run as a national calendar ride, for the first time. 

     

    Organiser Nikki Parsler was thrilled with the support for the event that required entries to close a month prior. With classes for veterans, Pony Club and pleasure riders, as well as up to 80km GER, there was something for every level. And back at the venue the cake stall raised over £200 for Sport Relief too. Sponsors included The Parks Trust (Milton Keynes), Equidgel, Equiform, Feedmark, Performance Equestrian and Barber Sports, and the route took riders past roller coasters, along horse tracks and past the iconic aggregate bovines of course!

    Positive feedback soon came washing in after the event, including: “It was our Pony Club team’s first time ever at endurance and they all had a wonderful time! My 11 year old daughter was slightly nervous this morning in case she got anything wrong, but it is fair to say she has now definitely caught the endurance bug!” A great testament to the efforts of all the officials involved.

    Novice Team winners were the Cherwell Valley Chargers: Lisa Chawner and Dax, Gillian Ruth Hensley and Herbert Sherbert, Kerry Lloyd and Nicomacheus Goa, Heather Whittington and Dulas Total Eclipse, Vanessa Woodhouse and Elmo, and Gillian Hasberryand St Flannans Niamh. They were followed by Beds South Pony Club in second, and Chiltern Distance Riders Jumping Jacks in third.

    The winning Open Team was The Allsorts: Hannah Maskell and Joyces Choice, Rebecca Northover and Kal, Rachael Spinks and Bellaboolou, Samantha Hunt and Draghi Warrior, Emma Taylor and Cool Dude, and Diane Gillings and Exclusive AM. Second places were The Maresketeers, ahead of Cromwell EGB in third.

    Emma Daniel rode Yawl Hill Pollyanna to win the 80km performance formula class. Hannah Maskell and Joyce’s Choice picked up the win in the 66km performance formula class. Carol Fricker and 21 year old Silver Linnet topped the veteran section, although the oldest equine entered, Jane Alexander’s Shatzar, is 26!  Well done everyone.

    Nikki’s full report can be seen at by clicking here

    (Photos to follow shortly)

    Category:General :UK Rides

     
    COMPETITION! Win tickets to Royal Windsor Horse ShowCOMPETITION! Win tickets to Royal Windsor Horse Show - (Published:14 April 2016)
    Today we have launched a photo contest competition via Hoof social media, encouraging participants to share their favourite horsey moment for a chance to win tickets to the Royal Windsor Horse Show.


    We would appreciate your support in pushing the competition out across your channels, below is the messaging for the competition;

     

    COMPETITION! Win tickets to Royal Windsor Horse Show, the UK's largest outdoor equestrian event, featuring world-class competition and birthday celebrations fit for a Queen.

     

    To enter, share a photo of your favourite horsey moment with us! http://bit.ly/1MtBMcY

     

    Tell your friends using #JointheRide


    Category:General

     
    Hardy's Ride - ENTRIES RE-OPENED - Saturday 16th AprilHardy's Ride - ENTRIES RE-OPENED - Saturday 16th April - (Published:09 April 2016)

    In view of the cancellation of the South Downs Ride, we are happy to accept 15 to 20 additional entries, especially for Classes 1 and 2 (82 and 64km). 


    The ride map and all rider information, including a list of entries is now available from the Wessex website - click here.

    Category:General :UK Rides

     
    FEI World ChampionshipsFEI World Championships - (Published:09 April 2016)

    Statement from the FEI Bureau. 

    The FEI Bureau acknowledged the efforts that have been made by the United Arab Emirates National Federation (UAE NF) in Endurance since the reinstatement of the National Federation in July 2015. However, despite the hard work and progress to date, the FEI Bureau is of the opinion that the UAE NF is not currently in a position to guarantee that horse welfare would be fully protected at an FEI World Endurance Championship in the UAE this year. 

    As a result, the Bureau decided to remove the FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 from the UAE. The Championships, which were scheduled to take place from 10-17 December 2016 at the Dubai Equestrian Club (DEC), were originally allocated to the EEF by the Bureau in December 2014. 

    The bid process will now be reopened to find a replacement venue outside the UAE for the Championships. The deadline for receipt of bids is 18 May and the allocation to a new host will be made during the Bureau teleconference on 14 June. It is expected that the Championships will now take place in September or October, so the qualifying period will be moved back by two months and results starting from September/October 2014, instead of December 2014, will now count for qualification. 

    At the same time, there was also unanimous agreement among the Bureau Members that rule breaches are absolutely unacceptable and that the FEI must work even more closely with the UAE NF to guarantee the National Federation’s full implementation of FEI Rules and Regulations as well as on the July 2015 agreement which will guarantee the welfare of the horse in National and International events. Additionally, and until further notice, the FEI will not sanction any events organised by the DEC. 

    Category: International 

     
    Ride the Wight entries close this weekend! - (Published:06 April 2016)

    Don't forget Ride the Wight entries close this weekend to make sure the ride is a success the organisers would like a few more entries.  Late entries are accepted, There are discounts with the ferry companies, you need to make direct contact with them to see what deal you can get as they differ depending on the time of travel and length of vehicle.


    Contact details for the ferries are as follows:

    Ferry Travel Wightlink, Ferries, Portsmouth or Lymington please contact the Freight desk to obtain prices, Tel no 02392855260

     

    For their Website please click here. And ask for equestrian rate for competitions on the Island.

     

    There is also Red Funnel Ferries from Southampton to East Cowes - ask for the special discount travel offers including Trailers and Horseboxes.

    Phone - 0844 844 2699

    Red Funnel Website – click here or Email them by clicking here!


    Or Ride Organiser Karen Whittington has a few other 1 or 2 night discount codes to share.

    Category:General :UK Rides


     
    RoR and Endurance GB Launch New Competition for Ex-RacehorsesRoR and Endurance GB Launch New Competition for Ex-Racehorses - (Published:04 April 2016)

    Members of Retraining of Racehorses are now eligible for free 'Club Membership', allowing combinations to enter up to 40km at members' rates. RoR are also offering a new competition for those racehorses trying endurance for the first time.

     

    The new competition for 2016 is aimed at pleasure riders. It is designed to introduce ex-racehorses to riding in some of the country's most beautiful places with lower speeds and distances than the competitive rides, so it gives the horse some real brain food as part of a holistic retraining programme.

     

    Find out more here.

     

    For more advance ex-racers there is still the RoR Elite Endurance Award, which in 2016 will offer a first prize of £2500 and a second prize of £500. Please click here for more information. 

     

    We are delighted that RoR continue to support endurance riding and look forward to seeing more racehorses adapt to the challenge of long distance riding.

     

    Category: General

     

     
    Poplar Park Ride – additional GER class on Saturday 7th May - (Published:04 April 2016)

    This ride will now also offer a 64km GER on Saturday 7th May. For full details please click here.


    Category:General :UK Rides

     
    International Seminar – Another Speaker AnnouncedInternational Seminar – Another Speaker Announced - (Published:03 April 2016)
    The theme for this year is about reaching for and achieving your POTENTIAL and will be designed to give you food for thought over the winter.


    We hope that you’ve got the 5th November in your diaries for this year’s International Seminar to be held at the NAEC, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

     

    We’ve already announced to you that the world renowned consultant equine cardiologist, Dr LESLEY YOUNG, BVSc DVA DVC DipECEIM PhD MRCVS, will be joining us as a key speaker.  Her talk will be focussed on ‘Training the Heart to its Potential’

     

    We are also very excited to give you details of another key speaker, GEMMA PEARSON, BVMS Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS.  Not only is Gemma a vet but she is also an eminent Animal Behaviourist.  Her talk, 'Nature or Nurture' will intrigue and inspire you.  She will look at the mental attributes that are desirable in the Endurance Horse and how an understanding of equine learning can maximise a horse’s potential.

     

    The Seminar is aimed at those interested in future team participation but will be open to (and relevant for) all levels of competitor.  Everyone is welcome. Register your interest by emailing the Endurance GB office:  enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk


    Category:General :International

     
    Changes to Silk Willoughby - Lindum Group - 17th AprilChanges to Silk Willoughby - Lindum Group - 17th April - (Published:03 April 2016)
    We have a new route for Silk Willoughby this year that excludes the A15 road crossing but includes two new bridleways we have not been able to use in the past. This has resulted in changes to some distances. 


    The 65 km is now 67 km, the 41 km is now 42 km and the 18 km is now 19 km. All other classes remain the same.
    Val Wattam
    Lindum group


    Category:General :UK Rides

     
    FIRST EVENT FOR NEW ENDURANCE GROUPFIRST EVENT FOR NEW ENDURANCE GROUP - (Published:31 March 2016)
    The first major endurance ride of 2016 took place last weekend at Haywood Oaks in Nottinghamshire. Held over three days, the event welcomed all levels of rider starting from 8km Pleasure Riders at their first event up to 120km FEI Riders hoping to gain much needed International qualifications.

    The first major Endurance ride of 2016 took place last weekend at Haywood Oaks in Nottinghamshire. Held over three days, the event welcomed all levels of rider starting from 8km Pleasure Riders at their first event up to 120km FEI Riders hoping to gain much needed International qualifications. The weekend saw a total entry of approximately 150 horses.

     

    The two FEI classes – CEI 2* 120km and CEI 1* 90km – took place on Saturday, together with the main national class of the weekend set over 80km.

     

    There were just four combinations starting the 120km. It’s early in the season to have horses fit enough for this distance but three combinations were successful, covering most of the route as a team and finishing together with an average speed of 14.07 kph.  First to cross the line was 16 year old Charlotte Chadwick with her 9 year old gelding, Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar.  Charlie was over the moon with her horse, “I cannot put into words how proud and pleased I am with my one in a million horse, Taz. It makes me cry to know that I trained him to be the horse he is today.  Everything I have done from early mornings to late night trainings has now paid off.”

     

    There were ten entries in the CEI 1* 90km class, with six finishers.  The early leaders set a brisk pace into the first vetgate. However, three horses were eliminated here for gait irregularities, leaving the eventual winner, Harry Ingram, to set the pace for the remaining phases.  Harry and Bronze Nahdir won by 25 minutes at an average speed of 16.75 kph.  The 13 year old Arab gelding is following in the footsteps of his sire, Chatanz, who was also victorious in this class 12 years previously.  Harry said of his win, “We were delighted to successfully complete the course, and even better to have come away with such a good result. ‘Ali’ has come back from a year off due to injury and so the result was extra special. This course can sometimes be challenging with deep sand, stones and mud, but this year it rode better than ever. A special thanks to the organisers and helpers who braved the cold and windy weather to put on such a seamless event.”

     

    The main national class of the weekend was an 80km Competitive Endurance Ride ridden against the clock and all four starters successfully finished with young rider, Hannah Maskell riding Joyce’s Choice, taking first place at 15.53 kph, just 9 minutes ahead of Kathy Carr with Aberllwyd Femme Fatale.

     

    This is the first time this long-running Endurance GB ride has fallen under the organisation of the newly reformed Nottinghamshire Group of Endurance GB.  In spite of the extremely rough weather blown in by Storm Katie, the new Committee excelled themselves and the weekend went off without a hitch, “A huge thank you to our band of volunteers. It was a challenging time weather wise but you all rose to it and were utterly amazing!!!! Our sport is run almost entirely thanks to volunteers giving up their time to make the rides happen“.

     

    Results (subject to FEI and EGB ratification):

     

    CEI 2* 120km 

    1st Charlie Chadwick and Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar 

    2nd Nicki Thorne and LM Ashirta

    3rd Andrea Champ and Drumghigha Luxor

     

     

    CEI 1* 90km

    1st Harry Ingram and Bronze Nahdir

    2nd Caroline Cowley and HS Bellini

    3rd Christine Smyth and Al Raad Bin Jesra

    4th Ruth Chadwick and Aragorn

    5th Katie Bedwin and Burfield Goodie Two Shoes

    6th Charlotte Strang and Shermans Riva

     

     

    CER 80km

    1st Hannah Maskell and Joyce’s Choice

    2nd Kathy Carr and Aberllwyd Femme Fatale

    3rd Janice Cockley-Adams and HS Echo

    4th Nikki Brown and Tinkerbell’s Image

     

    Competitors in the CEI 1* 90km out on the first loop. 
    Photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography

    Full results of GER classes for the rest of the weekend will be published in the results section in due course.

     

    Category:General :UK Rides :International

     


     
    CHANGE OF VENUE - Hardy’s Ride – Saturday 16th April 2016CHANGE OF VENUE - Hardy’s Ride – Saturday 16th April 2016 - (Published:30 March 2016)
    We are pleased to announce a venue change for this year’s ride. The new venue is Longlands Dairy Field: Post code DT2 9HF: Grid Reference is 596 893. It is actually the location of the old CP1. It is a large flat field accessed immediately off Longlands Lane which itself comes directly off the A35 so it is easy to get to and parking will be very easy. 

    This means we are no longer restricted to 80 entries and we are able to offer camping in horse boxes and trailers and corralling. The charge for this is £10 a horse and £10 for each trailer or lorry. Please email Liz Ashmead or ring 07854 312707 if you would like to book this.

    This has also enabled us to improve and simplify the route especially for the Pleasure Riders who will have many more cantering opportunities than before. The routes are now as follows:-

    82k split into two loops of 41k with vetgate at the venue.

    66k split into one loop of 41k ; vetgate at venue and one of 25k

    41k

    30k

    25k

    There are performance formula prizes to third place in the 82 and 66k classes.

    The route is less complicated and will have good signs where routes converge and diverge and we have also got lots of help so we hope to have as many gates open as possible.

    The map, instructions and distance table will be uploaded on the Wessex website very shortly and also posted out a week before the ride.

    Lynn and I very much look forward to welcoming you to the ride and hope you all have a lovely time. Do bring warm clothing as the venue is on top of the hill and quite exposed to the wind – we will have good caterer on site – The Tasteful Lunch Box- to provide delicious hot food and drink.

    Do please keep the entries coming in – the closing date is Monday 4th April, but we are able to take some late entries!

    Liz Ashmead: 30.3.2016

    Category:General :UK Rides
     
    Royal Windsor Horse Show - Endurance Royal Windsor Horse Show - Endurance - (Published:29 March 2016)

    ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN - 120km CEI 2* - 13th May 2016

    The process below should be followed for submitting entries:

    • All entries should be made via the athlete’s National Federation
    • GBR entries should be made by email to the EGB office (olwenbryer@endurancegb.co.uk) using the International Ride Entry Form (downloadable from the forms section of the website). One horse per rider. 
    • GBR entries will close on Sunday 24th April, and a ballot will be run on Monday 25th April. 
    • The EGB office will contact successful entrants with details of how to secure their place, and will notify those who have been put on the waiting list. 

    More information will be available here in due course.

     
    Endurance horses flying the flag high in the AHS performance horse awardsEndurance horses flying the flag high in the AHS performance horse awards - (Published:27 March 2016)
    The 2015 Arab Horse Society (AHS) Performance Horse Awards, sponsored by Sheer Versatility, were presented recently and unsurprisingly, endurance horses are topping the podium.


    CF Winter Amadeus - West End Photography

    A healthy field of pure-bred entries was headed by Pat Guerin’s CF Winter Amadeus (Rumak x Winter Persephone) some 200 points clear of their nearest rivals. Pat and the 10 year old Amadeus enjoyed a wonderful second season together, including multi-day rides at Cranwell (2 day 72km) and Lindum (4 day 129km), with grade ones and twos across the board.

    Pat aims to upgrade this term, saying: “I would like to attempt some 80km rides and ultimately upgrade to Advanced but I will start with 40km at Cannock Chase and see where that leads. Mo, as he is known to his friends, is a strong and generally calm horse who benefits from a low heart rate and the ability to switch off after an endurance event. On most occasions he is a pleasure to ride and a delight to be around. I count myself very lucky to own him. He also shows promise in dressage, if our weekly lessons and the few unaffiliated competitions we’ve done are anything to go by. He also appears to enjoy jumping. I don’t think I am brave enough to attempt a competition, but who knows?”

    Pat is as busy as ever; as an integral part of the Cheshire Group committee, she continues to bring people into the sport of endurance with her enthusiastic attitude.  

    Joint second-placed Arabians were Elayla (Nisar Ibn Estopa x Elegance), ridden by Katie Bedwin, and Binley Prince Salim (Prince Sadik x Silvern Image), who also picked up the Coed Y Foel accolade for his breeder, Caroline Sussex. The striking and talented Crabbet stallion, owned by Anne Brown of Gadebrook Stud, clocked up his points in British Dressage and ridden showing, including the race/endurance horse to riding horse class at the AHS national show. Partnered by Emma Thomas, he is working at Advanced Medium and will continue to compete; he was previously ridden by Susan Hawes to FEI 2* level endurance and his merits in both sports saw him win the overall PHA title in 2013.

    Katie and Elayla had an action packed 2015 season, including 160km FEI 3* at Haywood Oaks, 120km 2* at Hanslope and the gruelling 160km class at Red Dragon. Katie also stood second in the junior championship, with the results from her two horses. She said, “I'm so proud of Layla for coming second and grateful to the AHS for running the scheme; it really does show the versatility of the Arabian. We have another busy season ahead of us with Layla aimed at the European Young Riders Endurance Championships in Portugal in September, so 2016 will be concentrated on making sure she's fit and ready to compete.”

    Alison Ainsley’s Guisburn Haneef (Hussain x Shimsha) picked up the versatility award for competing in three disciplines, including novice endurance; he stood fifth in the pure-bred section overall.

    With all sports represented, the horses contesting the PHAs really are a credit the versatility of the breed and the drive of their owners. From the show jumpers and eventers, national and FEI endurance horses, to the retrained racehorses and show-ring stars, the leader board featured WAHO Trophy winners, Premium Performance Scheme horses as well as their progeny, and some exciting young rider talent. The full results can be downloaded here

    Keep it up – and to those of you wanting to know more and take part in 2016 visit here to learn more. Participants must be Bronze members of the AHS (which costs just £25) and entry to the PHAs is free!

    Come on all you riders of Arabian derivatives, get involved; Anglos in particular are thin on the ground, so don’t miss out, and good luck!

    Category:General :UK Rides :YR
     
    BHS ‘Dead Slow’ campaign to educate drivers about passing horses on roads. BHS ‘Dead Slow’ campaign to educate drivers about passing horses on roads. - (Published:24 March 2016)

    The British Horse Society (BHS) has launched a campaign aimed at educating drivers about how to act when they meet horses on the roads.  Pass wide and slow, <15mph


     

    Statistics disclosed by the charity on 24 March 2016, on the launch of the campaign urging drivers to slow down to 15mph when they meet a horse and rider on the road, revealed that in the five years since the launch of its horse accidents website, there were over 2,000 reports of road incidents involving horses. Of these, 36 caused rider deaths, and181 resulted in a horse dying from their injuries or being put to sleep.


    75% of accidents happened because the vehicle passed the horse without allowing enough space, while over a quarter of respondents said that they also had to deal with driver road rage during the incident.

    The majority of these incidents happened on a minor road and in a rural area. Nearly half of the horses involved were used to riding on the roads more than once a week.


    • 90% of respondents were female
    • 1,799 of respondents were involved in an accident in England, 146 in Wales, 115 in Scotland, and 10 in Northern Ireland.
    • The counties with the highest number of accident reports are Essex, with 155 reported road accidents; Kent, with 89 reported road accidents; and Lancashire, with 81 reported road accidents.

    The launch of the campaign, Dead Slow, follows a number of high profile petitions calling for greater protection for horse and rider on the roads following the injury of horse carriage master Mark Evans and the death of his horse Wil, who was hit by a car in Wales last month as he pulled a funeral cortege. Read and sign the petition here.

     

    Lee Hackett, BHS Director of Policy, said: “We are asking drivers to slow down to 15mph when they see a horse on the road. A lot of people aren’t sure how to safely pass a horse when driving, and so we have produced a video showing exactly how it should be done.


    “It's worth remembering that these statistics are just the accidents reported to us, there will be countless others. Almost everyone who rides horses can recount a story about a time they had a near miss on the roads. We are campaigning for legislative change, but that can take a long time. That is why we are asking for this instant change in behaviour from drivers.”

     

    Kevin Clinton, Head of Road Safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “Horses are large, powerful animals and they can easily panic and bolt if startled. This is dangerous for the horse, the rider and other road users. All drivers should be aware that they may come across horse riders at any time, especially in rural areas. If you see one, slow right down as you approach and pass it slowly and smoothly, without revving your engine or sounding your horn. If there’s not room to pass it safely, wait until there is.”

     

    The video demonstrating how to safely pass a horse on the road can be seen here.

     

    Horse accidents can be reported to the BHS via the website: www.horseaccidents.org.uk

     

    The BHS encourages horse riders to wear hi-viz gear at all times on the road; even in bright sunlight it can be hard for a driver to see a horse. The charity also asks equestrians to ensure that they thank any drivers that pass them responsibly


    Category: General

     

     
    Endurance GB Office - a message from OlwenEndurance GB Office - a message from Olwen - (Published:21 March 2016)
    Due to adverse weather conditions preventing staff getting to work and problems in the building affecting phones, some of you may have had difficulty getting through to the office lately. Please accept our apologies.
    Normal office hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm. Please leave a message if you don't get through as I may be busy on another call, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Alternatively, members can email olwenbryer@endurancegb.co.uk

    Thank you!


    Category:General

     
    Further Appointments to the International Squad Management TeamFurther Appointments to the International Squad Management Team - (Published:20 March 2016)

    Endurance GB are pleased to announce that they have recruited another very experienced Endurance rider to the International Squad Management Team.  Jo Chisholm has agreed to take on the role of Chef d’Equipe for the Young Rider Squad.  Plus Harvey Lymer joins the SMT as Team Farrier to the Development Squad.

    Jo Chisholm and Keryel Lotois competing at Windsor 2015

    We are very pleased to share with you the news that we have recruited another very experienced Endurance rider to the International Squad Management Team.  Jo Chisholm has agreed to take on the role of Chef d’Equipe for the Young Rider Squad. 

     

    Jo lives on Dartmoor and is a very active contributor to Endurance.  Amongst the many positions she has held, she was joint Chef d’Equipe for the GBR Senior Team in Dubai in 2005.  "I am very honoured to be asked to act as Chef d'Equipe to the Young Riders for 2016. I know most of the riders from competing on the circuit myself, and have seen many of them competing from a young age alongside my own daughters.  I very much look forward to working with them and the rest of the Squad Management Team".

     

    Jo has been a prolific competitor for over 30 years and has completed a staggering 11,492 kms at all distances, including FEI classes. Many of you will remember her horse, Grey Medlar, who received many accolades during his 15 year career, including Overall Champion in 2000.  Jo and Grey Medlar were also part of the Intermediate Team that competed in Belgium in 2002.  

     

    The major fixture on the calendar this year for Jo’s Squad will be the Young Rider European Championships being held in Portugal at the beginning of September.  She’ll be focussing her attention on preparing and selecting a team for Portugal with the help of Team Vet, Tom Eaton-Evans and Team Farrier, Glyn Trundle. 

     

    Endurance GB are also pleased to welcome Harvey Lymer DipWCF as Team Farrier to the Development Squad.  Harvey is known to many Endurance riders as the son of our long-standing Senior Squad farrier, Kelvin Lymer.  Harvey was introduced to Endurance at a young age but is an accomplished farrier in his own right.  In 2013 he won the European Championship for apprentice farriers held in Denmark.  He has been working with the EGB International Squad for some years, including travelling to France with the Development Squad in 2014.   Harvey’s promotion to Team Farrier is well deserved and he says of his appointment, “I’m happy to be part of the Team!”.

    Harvey Lymer DipWCF of Sandpitt Forge

    International Committee, Endurance GB

     Category:General :International

     
    The Golden Horseshoe is saved and returns for 2017The Golden Horseshoe is saved and returns for 2017 - (Published:19 March 2016)

    The iconic Golden Horseshoe ride, held in Exford, Somerset, celebrated its 50thanniversary in 2015 but with ride manager Barbara Wigley stepping down and no new organiser found, the future of the ride looked in serious doubt and it is not running in 2016.  However In the nick of time Jo and Andrew Chisholm of Watervale Endurance, from Lydford, Devon, have come forward to take on the mantle and restore this ‘must-do’ ride to its rightful place in the endurance calendar. Both Jo and Andrew are active within Endurance GB at local and national level however as Jo Chisholm says

    “We appreciate the size of the task we have undertaken, but felt we owed it to the sport of endurance to keep this wonderful ride going, given that we’ve had so much enjoyment from it over the years.  With Andrew’s duties on the Endurance GB board, mine on the EGB South-west committee, and our own horses, we will be kept fairly busy over the next 15 months!

    We are very grateful to Barbara for organising the ride over the last 9 years, and also for offering us help with her vital local knowledge of Exmoor for future routes for the ride.  We would also like to thank the Exmoor National Park for their continued support, along with the local landowners and people of Exmoor.  The one major change we will be making is to run the ride over a weekend, whereas previously the ride has been run during the week, and we are hoping this will encourage more riders to participate. As well as this the ride will run with some of the original format along with a modern twist.”

    The Golden Horseshoe ride currently offers broad-based appeal to riders due to its wide range of classes as well as significant advertising and sponsorship opportunities due to its 2-day duration and its location in the prime tourist setting of the beautiful Exmoor National Park.

    The Golden Horseshoe website will be re-launched in the near future along with its own Facebook page where news and progress will be updated regularly.

    Category:General

     
    Vacancy:  Team Logistics Co-ordinator for our International SquadVacancy: Team Logistics Co-ordinator for our International Squad - (Published:17 March 2016)

    Our International Committee is looking to add to the Squad Management Team and need the expertise of a Logistics Co-ordinator to help plan, organise and manage the logistical needs of the International Teams. 

    Applications are invited by the 31st March.

    Full details are available here.

    Application form available here.

    Category: International

     
    Rides at Euston ParkRides at Euston Park - (Published:14 March 2016)

    The British Equestrian Federation [BEF] has today announced that Great Britain will host four new endurance events at Euston Park. The FEI events, which will include rides over 80, 120 [junior and senior] and 160 kilometres will take place on 28 May, 19 June, 16 July and 13 August.

    There are undoubtedly still challenges that face endurance riding at international level, and the Board of Endurance GB is committed to take a proactive role in shaping our global discipline. The Euston Park rides, announced today by the BEF, offer Great Britain an opportunity to restore the reputation of the discipline by enforcing our key values of endurance riding. Under the skilled direction of HPower, working closely with the BEF and the FEI, we look forward to a series of technical rides with a focus on the ability of horses to complete the course in the best condition possible.
     
    The Board of Endurance GB will continue to speak out about any welfare issues that arise in the sport, and look to the FEI to ensure the highest standards are upheld the world over.

    Click here to see the full release.

    Category:International

     
    Early season rides filling up fast! Early season rides filling up fast! - (Published:14 March 2016)

    Our first rides of the season are filling up fast. The following rides are NOW FULL:

    28 Feb - Wootton

    06 March - Tilford 

    12 March - Cannock Chase

    20 March - The Concrete Cows

    03 April - Wentwood in Spring

    Enter early to avoid disappointment, click here to see the full list of rides. 

     
    Emerald Green Feeds sponsor the Lindum GroupEmerald Green Feeds sponsor the Lindum Group - (Published:11 March 2016)

    The Lindum Group of Endurance GB are very excited to announce that the group and its events will now be sponsored by Emerald Green Feeds.

    The Lincolnshire-based company says, “The Emerald Green Feeds Team is pleased to announce that we are now the proud sponsors of the Lindum Endurance Group. It is our pleasure to be able to support such a great group of people with huge passion and knowledge for their sport. As this is our local group we will see first-hand the assistance our sponsorship will provide.

    “Many endurance riders already know the benefits of feeding a forage based diet and with our area of expertise being 100% natural forage feeds we are sure our partnership will be beneficial for both ourselves and the Lindum Group.”

    Emerald Green Feeds grass and alfalfa feeds are grown and produced on the family farm in the heart of Lincolnshire. They take enormous pride in the feeds they produce being of the highest quality, fully traceable and containing all natural ingredients.

    All the group’s events and participants will benefit from this sponsorship; look out for the added goodies that will be provided as a result of this generous sponsorship

    Category:General :UK Rides :YR Squad

     
    The 4 for the North Series - are you in?The 4 for the North Series - are you in? - (Published:10 March 2016)

    If your ride diaries include some of the following not only will you enjoy some of the best scenery and riding the UK has to offer, but your points could put you in the running for the 4 for the North trophies:



    The Northumberland and Tyneside (N&T) Group launched the “4 For the North Series” a few years ago with the aim of rewarding the forward-thinking rider and promoting good preparation. The winners will be those skilled at riding at a speed, suiting the terrain, avoiding elimination and finishing with a low heart rate; in essence the skills essential to true endurance riding.


    The committee select and publish a list of qualifying rides before the start of the season. The series works on a variation of the French Formula to ensure a level playing field and each rider’s four best results are used to calculate their final score, hence ‘4 for the North’.

    The series is split into two trophies. The first is the Cottee Trophy, donated by Mrs Doreen Cottee in memory of her husband Ken who himself enjoyed the sport of endurance riding with his Arabian Ashraaf. Doreen sadly passed away last year and so the Trophy continues to be sponsored by their daughter Viv Knight and her husband Graham. The Cottee Trophy is aimed at riders competing at shorter distances and open to Northumberland and Tyneside members only.   

    The photo shows Sarah Wilkinson (rider), Kate Cassidy (owner) with Leo III and their ‘4 For the North’  trophy.  It was Leo’s first season of endurance; he followed the fast track route and had a very successful first year.

    Category: General :UK Rides :YR Squad

     
    Important news about the 2016 TopSpec Lindum Spirit event: Change of date! Important news about the 2016 TopSpec Lindum Spirit event: Change of date! - (Published:09 March 2016)

    Due to circumstances totally out of our control, this year's Lindum Spirit will now have to run 3-7 August. Please join us for the usual Lindum Spirit experience!

    The Jockey Club has rescheduled a race meeting on to what should have been Lindum Sunday. We are really sorry to disrupt everyone's original plans but it was a choice of cancelling or moving and we hope that this will be the best decision. Rest assured, we are already discussing dates for 2017 to ensure this mix up doesn't happen again!

    Please join us for the usual Lindum Spirit experience!

    Schedule available soon  

    Category:General :UK Rides :YR Squad

     
    Online payment forms will soon look a little differentOnline payment forms will soon look a little different - (Published:08 March 2016)

    As part of improvements to the EGB website, members will notice a new layout when paying their subs and ride entry fees from 8th March onwards. It should make the whole process quick, easy and secure from all manner of devices.

    Once you have added the items you require and your intended payment method, select ‘Make Payment’ as you would usually.

    You will then see the SagePay payment form, with all of the credit and debit card options available, and any relevant surcharges.

    Select your card type and you will then see the form to enter your card details and review the total amount payable.

    Select ‘Confirm Card Details’ and SagePay will take you through the purchase process just like other online stores. You can go ‘Back’ whenever you need to make changes.

    You can review your basket, personal details and order reference before completing by selecting ‘Pay XX GBP Now’

    We look forward to a smooth changeover but if you have any concerns, please get in touch with the office. 

    Category:General :UK Rides

     
    Tilford Ride offered Performance Formula for all its GER classesTilford Ride offered Performance Formula for all its GER classes - (Published:08 March 2016)

    At Sunday's Tilford Ride prizes for all the GER classes were generously sponsored by LRG Photography, Rokers Animal Feed and Tack Shop and Performance Equestrian.  The results can be found here.

    Photo of Christine Smyth on Al Raad Bin Jesra courtesy of LRG Photography

    Category:General :UK Rides

     
    The Pony Club brushes up its image The Pony Club brushes up its image - (Published:05 March 2016)
    The Pony Club, a British organisation with an incredible 86 year heritage in teaching young people to ride and care for horses and ponies, has introduced a fresher, cleaner and brighter version of its brand along with a renewed vision.

    Many of us grew up in the Pony Club vein – hacking jackets neatly pressed for rallies, perfect plaits and hours spent in stable management sessions, practising bandaging, assembling and fitting tack or swotting for tests. The recent PC review launches a new look, a more modern outlook, as chief executive Pip Kirkby explains:  

    “The Pony Club is an icon of British society. Its timeless values and history are loved by all who are a part of it. At its core, the Pony Club is about young people having fun. Refreshing our ‘brand’ allows us to represent ourselves in a more modern way, while respecting our heritage and remembering what makes the Pony Club ‘great’. We need to move forward in order to continue to be inviting to both our current members as well as potential new recruits.

    “The review emphasises everything that is wonderful about the Pony Club, our traditions such as camp, our amazing alumni, many of whom are household names, and our incredible volunteers.”

     Still a largely volunteer led organisation, The Pony Club is for anyone aged from four to 25 years, including those with and without their own horses and ponies. As well as incredible opportunities for riding and care of horses and ponies, it also offers social development and the chance to make friendships; as well as forming part of the rider pathway up into the Olympic disciplines.

     

    Pony Club endurance is thriving with badges and mileage awards available as riders progress along the pathway from introductory rides to open competition. The 2016 season looks to be an exciting one with plenty of rides on offer in order to qualify for the Championships which will be held on Sunday 16th October at Campbell Park, Central Milton Keynes. Organiser, Nikki Parsler has the help of The Whaddon Chase Branch of Pony Club and The Cromwell Group of EGB for the event. To learn more, please visit

    Pony Club Endurance Events

    Or

    Pony Club What is Endurance

    Category:General

     
    The Welsh Team needs a new Chef d'EquipeThe Welsh Team needs a new Chef d'Equipe - (Published:04 March 2016)

    Wales is looking for a new Chef d'Equipe for its Endurance team - a Job Description is available here and anyone interested in being considered for this 'honorary' post should contact Charlotte Fleming.

     
    Even more sponsorship agreed for Kings Forest!Even more sponsorship agreed for Kings Forest! - (Published:29 February 2016)

    More good news for Kings Forest in spring, with additional sponsorship agreed with Kestrel Liner Agencies, courtesy of Andrew and Nicki Thorne. 

     

    The additional sponsorship will cover a marquee, lights, generator, tables and chairs and heating to keep everyone comfortable during the day. On Friday night, Kestrel Liner Agencies are also inviting all those in the FEI classes  including 2 crew per rider to Dinner in the heated marquee. Nicki Thorne will talk about her experiences in Dubai, where she recently competed in the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup. She will cover the ride from start to finish, touching on the many aspects of the competition from flying the horse from the UK, the quarantine stables to the ride itself. In particular she will touch on the challenges of training a horse during British winter to successfully compete in desert conditions. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A.

     

    Along with the generous prizes provided by Science Supplements for all participants, we are sure this is an event not to be missed! 

     

    Thank you to all the sponsors, who have been so very generous. 

     

     
    Cannock Chase full - (Published:26 February 2016)

    As of today the ride is full, although entries postmarked today will be accepted.  A waiting list will be kept for any others received up until close date on Monday and if there are withdrawals next week, the waiting list will be used.

     
    Just 5 days left to take part in British Endurance Health SurveyJust 5 days left to take part in British Endurance Health Survey - (Published:24 February 2016)
    The British Endurance Horse Health Survey is closing on the 29th February - only one more week to go! If you haven't completed the survey or have done it for only one of your horses, please visit the following link: surveymonkey.com/r/endurancehealthsurvey
     
    Science Supplements® Sponsor two of the UK’s Prominent FEI Endurance RidesScience Supplements® Sponsor two of the UK’s Prominent FEI Endurance Rides - (Published:24 February 2016)

    UK brand Science Supplements® has sponsored the Kings Forest FEI Endurance rides for 2016.

    Kings Forest are two of the main rides in the UK Endurance calendar and take place on 15-17 April and 8-10 July and host rides from 16km to 160km FEI.

    As part of the sponsorship package, each competitor will receive a prize for participation plus prizes for the top placed combinations in each CER class making it one of the best supported rides in the UK.

    Victoria Mitson, Commercial Manager of Science Supplements® said “We are delighted to sponsor these fantastic rides. We wanted to ensure that we rewarded not only the combinations who perform well on the day, but by giving each and every competitor a prize specifically beneficial for Endurance, we hope that everyone will have fond memories from the day”

    Di Luke, Kings Forest Ride Organiser added “It’s fantastic to receive such generosity and I’m delighted that each rider will benefit from this sponsorship”

    All products are manufactured in the UK under UFAS, FEMAS and NOPS certification and can be used for horses competing under FEI rules. 

    For more information visit www.sciencesupplements.co.uk

     

     
    Handbooks are on their way!Handbooks are on their way! - (Published:23 February 2016)

    The Board are very sorry that there has been a delay to the distribution of this years member's handbooks. Initially there was a delay due to the addition of the rest period rules, but we have also incurred additional logistical delays. This is unacceptable, but we are reassured that they will start to arrive from tomorrow. 

    The Board will review what has gone wrong and put measures in place to ensure this doesn't happen again. 

    We hope you are looking forward to the season ahead!

    To access more information about Endurance GB's rides, please click here.

     
    Statement from the Board of EGBStatement from the Board of EGB - (Published:18 February 2016)

    “The Board of Endurance GB is in full support of the FEI in taking prompt action to continue improving horse welfare in Endurance riding in the UAE.

    "Whilst we acknowledge that a change in behaviour does not happen overnight, we believe the FEI are working hard to implement best practice and find solutions through dialogue and education. It is clear, rightly, that the issues we have seen recently will not be tolerated by the international equestrian community. 

     "We hope that the FEI will continue to work closely with the EEF to create a sustainable sport in the region with horse welfare placed centre stage.

     "We are confident that the BEF will continue to apply pressure to the FEI on our behalf, to ensure the values of horse welfare in Endurance riding are upheld.”

    Category:International

     
    Membership is up!Membership is up! - (Published:18 February 2016)

    Thank you to everyone who has spread the word about riding with Endurance GB, we are delighted to report that membership is up 3.5% on this time last year. We still have work to do but this is a good early indicator.

    Catergory:General

     
    Endurance GB appoints Chef d’Equipe for International SquadEndurance GB appoints Chef d’Equipe for International Squad - (Published:16 February 2016)

    Endurance GB is very pleased and excited to share with you the news that Sally Hall has agreed to join the International Squad Management Team as a Chef d’Equipe.  

     

    Sally will be known to many as a previous member of Endurance GB’s International Team, representing Team GBR a total of 7 times at both European and World Equestrian Games, winning Gold and Silver medals along the way.  She has ridden an incredible 7,000 Endurance kms over the years and continues to compete regularly.  

    (Sally Hall (second from left) pictured with her fellow team mates Pat Fowler, Jo Trego and Jill Thomas after winning the Team Gold Medal at the European Championships in Morlaix, France, in 1995.)

     

    Sally is a UKCC Level 3 Endurance Coach with a great skill set to bring to the Squad.  She runs the Urchinwood Manor Riding and Event Centre near Bristol and is an accomplished rider and instructor in several disciplines. In addition to her Endurance successes, she has competed at the Burghley Horse Trials and also at Grand Prix level dressage.

    Sally says of her appointment, "I am much looking forward to working with the Squad.  I have had a lot of fun with Endurance GB and riding around the world and feel I am privileged to be able to look at it from the other side of the fence".

    Sally’s experience is hard to beat and the International Committee of Endurance GB look forward to working with her.  Her first role will be to join the other members of the Squad Management Team at a meeting later this month to finalise plans for the year ahead

     

    (Sally Hall and Barn Owl on their way to achieving the only Gold Award in the Golden Stag class on Exmoor in 2008.  Photo Credit:  Eric G Jones )


    Category:International

     
    Arab Horse Society Bursary Scheme - three packages are available.Arab Horse Society Bursary Scheme - three packages are available. - (Published:16 February 2016)

     

    The Arab Horse Society are offering three bursaries of £250 each to selected members riding registered Arabian, Anglo or Part-bred horses, in any discipline, in order to celebrate the breed's performance credentials.  

     

    Arab Horse Society Bursary Scheme: for the encouragement and promotion of the Ridden Arabian.  

    There are three bursaries of £250 each available. You must be an AHS member to be eligible to apply for the bursaries, competing with a horse registered in either of the AHS Stud Books or the Part Bred Register. 

    The bursaries will be paid to assist with training costs, specific challenges, or competitions. The successful winner will recognise that the intention of the Bursary is to enhance an individual’s skills and help development of the Arabian profile. 

    If a bursary has not been used within 12 months of the offer of the bursary the offer will be withdrawn.  The financial prize will be paid by The Arab Horse Society following a receipt for the funding which can include training, education, equipment or any other cost approved by the Committee. Extensions may be agreed in exceptional circumstances (e.g. injury or a specific training opportunity).  

    To apply: 

    Candidates should detail their experience and their aspirations and plans and submit, by email, to treasurer@arabhorsesociety.org no later than 30th April 2016. 

    Applications will be distributed to the AHS Shows and Events Committee and all application forms will be considered and evaluated against the potential positive exposure of the Arabian. The committee will base their decision on the contents of the nomination statements. There is no charge to submit entries for the bursary. Nominations are open to all UK residents and there is no age limit. Applicants should include photographs, with copyright, that they agree to make available for publication by the AHS, irrespective of whether they are successful or not.  Presentations will be made at the Arab Horse Society National Show and recipients should make themselves available, if requested (28-30 July). Winners are also to provide future short progress reports to update the Arab Horse Society on activity. All applicants will be informed by the 31st May 2016 whether they have been successful or otherwise.  

    All bursaries will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Committee on behalf of the Arab Horse Society. Any application made for bursaries may be rejected for any reason whatsoever and any decision made by the Committee will be final. AHS Employees, Council and Committee Members and their immediate families will not be eligible.  

    Category:General :YR Squad 

     
    FEI and EEF agree Endurance measures for 2016 season  FEI and EEF agree Endurance measures for 2016 season - (Published:15 February 2016)

    The FEI, as part of its continued efforts to ensure strong measures for Endurance in the UAE are taken, has today held talks with the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF) in Abu Dhabi (UAE). 

     

    FEI Endurance Director Manuel Bandeira de Mello met with EEF Vice President Mohammad Alkamali, EEF Secretary General Taleb Dhaher Al Mheiri and EEF Executive Board Member Faisal Al Ali to work through the exact measures that will be implemented at international (CEIs) and national (CENs) Endurance events in the UAE for the remainder of the current season, which runs until early April. 

    These talks follow recent meetings between the FEI and the EEF in both Switzerland and the UAE, after which the EEF postponed four Endurance events so that agreement could be reached on proposed measures to urgently address a number of serious issues in Endurance in the region. The CEI1* in Dubai on 8 February was postponed, along with national events on 4, 5 and 6 February. In addition, the EEF took further action, suspending five riders and five trainers for a six-month period and imposed fines following what they termed “gross offences” at the national junior and young rider 120km ride at Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, on 30 January. 

    The FEI had set the deadline of 11 February for the EEF to come back with an agreement on the proposed measures, with the caveat that no further events would be held in the region until agreement on these measures had been reached. 

     The CEI 3* 160km HH The President of UAE Endurance Cup, attended by Mr De Mello, took place today in Al Wathba, following agreement with the FEI on the measures. The event, held at the Emirates International Endurance Village, was well organised with the winning combination averaging a speed of 26.3 kph and all horses crossing the line in good health.

    The twelve approved measures, which will be applied for the rest of the UAE Endurance season, are: 

    1. Reduced number of events for the rest of the season. *Events for the rest of the international season will be confirmed on the FEI Calendar; the EEF will confirm its national events in due course 

    2. Limit the number of horse and rider combinations entered into each international and national event to 150. 

    3. Heart rate presentation times reduced to between 56 and 60 bpm for all loops in one-star competitions, and in the final loop for two- and three-star CEIs and CENs.

    4. Recovery time reduced to between 10 and 15 minutes for all loops in one-star and in the final loop for two-and three-star CEIs and CENs. *Heart rates and recovery times will be monitored closely by the FEI and EEF, with action taken where needed (if athletes exceed these limits they will be eliminated) 

    5. Rest periods between loops will be reviewed by Veterinary Officials to determine whether 50-minute holds will be more beneficial to the horses. 

    6. The last 2-5 kms of the final loop will be designated and controlled so that no cars or crews can access. 

    7. In the final loop, crewing in the form of offering cooling water bottles will only be allowed at designated crewing points every 2-5 kms - no other crewing will be allowed. 

    8. In all CEI 3* and CEI 4* events, all horses will be confined in Secure Overnight Stabling, in accordance with FEI Regulations. 

    9. The Official TV Broadcasters have been named; as such the film/video recordings are the official record of the event and hence legal actions may be taken against the violators of any regulation viewed on this footage. 

    10. Crews will be identified with numbered bibs that match the number of the horse to enable easy identification; should a horse be eliminated from the competition, the bibs will be surrendered immediately; only those people with a numbered bib matching that of the horse still in competition will be allowed to crew or to accompany the horse at any time during the event. 

    11. A ride briefing will be held at each event to review regulations, and to update everyone involved of any changes in regulations for the event; attendance will be compulsory; failure to attend shall result in immediate elimination from the event. 

    12. All officials will now be appointed by the EEF instead of Organising Committees; no non-EEF appointed officials will be able to officiate at international and national events. 

    “We need to change hearts as well as minds, and the solution lies in education and dialogue, as well as taking a tough line with sanctions,” explained FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez. 

    “The Emirates Equestrian Federation has been bold, taking stringent action as seen recently with the suspension of events and sanctioning athletes and trainers, clearly demonstrating their commitment to work together with the FEI to eradicate the incidents that have tarnished the sport. We will continue to work together to ensure progress. 

    “Protecting horses comes first and we are determined that this specific value is upheld at international and national level Endurance competitions. While the FEI does not have jurisdiction over national events, we will continue to do our utmost to ensure that changes at an international level are also felt nationally. 

    “It is clear for everyone what is at stake, and the FEI is working closely with the EEF to make sure that any challenges to run the sport within the FEI’s clearly mapped rules are overcome, and that everyone in the sport understands the importance of standing by the measures implemented for the rest of the season. 

    “By continuing to work together we feel we can greatly impact the sport in the region long term.”

    Category:International

     
    Marathon endurance in Perth, Australia - (Published:14 February 2016)

    An Ideal opportunity exists for an experienced UK rider to conduct a 3 day 120 K/m ride in Perth Australia over the Easter weekend.


    Horse and all equipment will be available free including transport to & from ride base
    Free accommodation and food pickup and drop off to airport
    All nominations to be paid for by the successful rider.
    Horse is a beautiful  Tom quilty / state champion  winner, a beautiful quite bomb proof Arabian mare.
                                                               Why ?


    In exchange for an endurance ride in UK by the end of the year same deal as above.
    Contact Anton Reid 
    endurowest@gmail.com<mailto:endurowest@gmail.com>

    Anton’s ride profile
    2007 TOM Quilty winner both Anton’s  horses =1st  & 3rd  also 3rd  place getter.
    USA Tevis cup 14th from 400 horses.
    7 time W.Aus State champion.
    Malaysian endurance ride experience.

    Category:General

     
    Clare Salmon appointed new chief executive of British Equestrian Federation. Clare Salmon appointed new chief executive of British Equestrian Federation. - (Published:12 February 2016)

     

    British Equestrian Federation (BEF), the national governing body for equestrian sports in Great Britain representing nineteen member organisations and over four million riders, is delighted to announce the appointment of Clare Salmon as its new chief executive.  

     

    An experienced commercial head, Clare joins the BEF having previously worked at Royal London where she was Group Brand Director for two years and successfully led a high-profile rebrand. Prior to this, she held a number of global, board-level posts at ITV, Royal & Sun Alliance, Prudential and the AA.  

    Clare will arrive at the BEF in June, after the retirement of current chief executive Andrew Finding following his exceptional seventeen-year tenure. Under Andrew’s guidance, together with the BEF board, executives and member organisations, British equestrianism has achieved remarkable success and continues to thrive both at home and internationally.  

    On her appointment, Clare remarked: "It is a great privilege to take on the leadership of the BEF, given the international stature and achievements of the organisation – a legacy owing much to the determined and tenacious efforts of Andrew Finding.  

    Equestrianism plays a unique role in the British psyche, attracting diverse audiences and capturing the imagination of a range of participants and spectators. Sustaining this legacy, and building on it, will be a compelling challenge. As a committed sportsperson and a passionate equestrian, I am honoured to have the opportunity to use my commercial and leadership skills to drive the next stage of equestrian growth in Great Britain." 

    Keith Taylor, Chairman of BEF, said: “As Andrew Finding retires, my Board and I are delighted to welcome Clare Salmon as his successor.  She brings a depth of commercial experience.  

    She has a deep passion for the horse and knows what it takes to be a high performance athlete. Clare embodies our values of professionalism, performance, passion and partnership; we extend a very warm welcome to her.”

    Clare will guide the BEF, and its new-look executive team, as it seeks to uphold its enviable record at Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio and looks forward to a promising future as it strives to engage and excite new and particularly younger audiences with equestrian sports. 

     
    Technical Steward WorkshopTechnical Steward Workshop - (Published:12 February 2016)

    Have you ever wondered what is involved in becoming an Endurance GB Technical Steward? Our Technical Stewards ensure that our rides and riders comply with the Endurance GB rules, offering help and advice if needed. They also calculate the results on ride day. 

     

    Whether you are an experienced Technical Steward or whether you are just curious as to what the role involves, you are more than welcome to attend our 2016 Technical Steward Workshop on 26th March at Abbey Park, Stoneleigh. Come and meet other Technical Stewards, learn more about the rules, run through some case studies, and maybe add another dimension to your endurance career by taking on this vital role. 

    Please email suebox@endurancegb.co.uk if you would like to come along.

    If you cannot make this workshop but you are interested in becoming a Technical Steward, we will run another workshop later in the year, so please register your interest with Sue Box.

    Category:General

     
    Statement from the FEIStatement from the FEI - (Published:06 February 2016)
    The FEI is extremely concerned about recent Endurance competition images emerging from the UAE.  

     

    You have probably seen that our Endurance Director Manuel Bandeira de Mello has been quoted in the media stating that it is abundantly clear that speed is a major factor in these incidents and that it is necessary to introduce measures to slow down the horses in order to reduce the number of catastrophic injuries. We are working on this as a matter of urgency with the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF). 

    Following meetings between the FEI and the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF), both in Switzerland and the UAE over the past week, the EEF has postponed four Endurance events so that agreement can be reached on proposed measures to urgently address a number of serious issues in Endurance in the region. The CEI1* in Dubai on 8 February has been postponed, along with national events on 4, 5 and 6 February.  

    The FEI has set a deadline of 11 February for the EEF to come back with an agreement on the proposed measures. No further events will be held in the region until agreement on these measures has been reached. 

    In addition, the EEF has taken further action, suspending five riders and five trainers for a six-month period and also imposing fines following what they termed “gross offences” at the junior and young rider 120km ride at Al Wathba on 30 January (see EEF press release here). 

    We have very stringent rules and values which place the horse and the welfare of the horse above and beyond any sporting ambitions and are working tirelessly to ensure that these values are upheld at both international and national level competitions. Although the FEI does not have jurisdiction over national events, we are absolutely against all forms of equine abuse. 

    We have made some progress in recent times but clearly there is still a lot of work to do to ensure the welfare of the horse in sport globally. This will not happen overnight. Changing perceptions and practices requires not only sanctions but also education and dialogue. We are doing this and we will continue to do so.  

    Please rest assured that we are committed and dedicated to eradicating horse abuse in competition.

    Category:International

     

     
    Letter from EGB regarding UAE Letter from EGB regarding UAE - (Published:04 February 2016)

    The Board has been closely following with interest the progress of the FEI in improving horse welfare in the UAE, in accordance with the agreement put in place with the EEF (Emirates Equestrian Federation). Whilst there have been reports of numerous improvements, especially at the Bou Thib venue, we are deeply concerned and shocked by the video that has emerged from a CEN event at Al Wathba on the 30th of January.   

    We have today (Feb 4th) written to the BEF to share our concerns and have asked that they are passed to the FEI. We have requested that further action be taken and that this is made public as soon as possible. 

     

    The FEI have a duty to address a culture of riding horses beyond their means in the sport of endurance.   

    The Board fully support the FEI to intervene and implement new measures that protect horses and the sport worldwide.  

     
    Cromwell Group has a new look websiteCromwell Group has a new look website - (Published:04 February 2016)

     Bella Fricker has been busy working on a brand new website for Cromwell EGB group. Take a peek here

     

    The new website has taken on a turquoise colour scheme in line with the group’s brand recognisable strategy, to match their Inter-Regional Team colours. The group, which covers Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire is small and eager to increase membership hence the need for a more approachable and attractive website.

    Bella said: “I’m really pleased with how the new website has turned out. It’s really colourful and hopefully easy to use and informative. I’ve tried to include as much as I could think of to attract a range of members from the happy hacker, to the riding club or pony club member, through to the Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) owner.

    “I’ve worked a lot on the membership pages and the first ride pages. Over the next few weeks I want to add a ‘Helpful Articles’ section with lots of advice from a range of sources for new members. Our sport is so friendly and approachable in real life and I think that gets lost sometimes when it is written down. I must also say a big thank you to Sarah Robins who previously designed and looked after our website. I seriously appreciate the work involved now!”

    The Cromwell Group’s next ride is the Milton Keynes Concrete Cows ride on 20 March. Entries are open, and there are prizes on offer from Equidgel for the Team Challenge and Veterans.

    Visit The Concrete Cows for all the information.

    Category:General

     
    British Grooms Association (BGA) invite applications for new Board DirectorsBritish Grooms Association (BGA) invite applications for new Board Directors - (Published:04 February 2016)

     The British Grooms Association (BGA) is searching for skilled and interested professionals to join the Board of Directors.

     

    As a social enterprise and membership association the BGA aims to make a difference to the world of grooms, and in addition offer support and education to equestrian employers. For a small organisation, the BGA has a big agenda and even bigger aspirations. 

    With a refreshed vision and mission, underpinned by a set of loyal sponsors, a growing membership and new website, the BGA now has the opportunity to become a thriving business. 

    Applications are invited for non-executive Director positions to join the current Board from Spring 2016. Applicants are required to be proficient in one of these skill areas:

    ·                     Financial planning

    ·               Marketing – in particular digital media

    ·                     Strategic planning and implementation

    Directors must all have:

    ·                     Knowledge of the Equine Industry and the working role of a groom

    ·                     A good understanding and preferably experience of the not-for-profit sector

    ·                     Diplomacy, ability to work in a small team and excellent communication skills.

    The roles are voluntary positions but where relevant, reasonable travel expenses will be paid in line with the BGA expenses policy.
     
    Your application letter and CV, detailing your interest in the role and how your experience and skills meet the specifications set out above, should be sent to
    info@britishgrooms.org.uk

    The closing date for applications is 29 February 2016 

    For more information on the BGA visit www.britishgrooms.org.uk 

     

    Enquiries to:

    lucy.katan@britishgrooms.org.uk or tel: 0345 331 6039

    Category:General

     
    International Endurance Squad - 2016International Endurance Squad - 2016 - (Published:01 February 2016)

    The International Committee are looking for our British talent to express their interest in joining the International Squad, with a view to being selected for Team GBR.  Have your received your invitation?

     

    There are just a few short weeks until the start of Endurance GB’s ride season.  Most of you will have your training well underway and have probably already put your entry in for your first event.   

    The International Committee have their focus on those of you that are FEI riders and interested in representing your country at International events this year and beyond.  

    Click here for more information. 

     
    REST PERIODS - UPDATEREST PERIODS - UPDATE - (Published:30 January 2016)
    Following on from the Endurance GB Annual General Meeting in November, the Board undertook to look into rest periods with the aim of implementing them prior to the start of the 2016 season. This involved discussions with the FEI to determine whether their rest periods applied to national horses as well as those registered for FEI competition. The FEI confirmed that their rule was only applicable to those horses registered to compete with the FEI. Endurance GB has therefore implemented the original proposal, which was presented to members during the 2015 AGM. This has been implemented by the Board on welfare grounds and therefore is effective immediately.    

     

    The full rules are available here: http://endurancegb.co.uk/main/restperiods   

    The compulsory rest periods will be monitored by the Technical Stewards (TS) at each ride. Following each ride, the TS will mark on your master card when the horse is next able to compete. On arrival at the next competition the TS will confirm you are not in breach of the rest period criteria. For Graded Endurance Rides, EGB has recommended rest periods, which follow a similar structure to those applied to CERs. We hope that those taking part in GERs will adopt a common sense approach to rest periods following rides. Any concerns about your horses’ fitness or ability to compete should always be discussed with your vet, especially when returning to work or competition. 

    For both CERs and GERs, if the horse is eliminated for lameness or metabolics, an additional rest period will be applicable.   

    If you require more information, please email ridesandrules@endurancegb.co.uk  

    Category:General

     
    EGB hits 5000 likes on FacebookEGB hits 5000 likes on Facebook - (Published:28 January 2016)

    Endurance GB set up its Facebook page in 2012 and it has slowly been building momentum on the number of ‘likes’ ever since. We hit the 5000 ‘likes’ milestone on 14 January 2016.

     

    What’s more important though, is page engagement. Of course the more likes the page has, the bigger the audience, and so more opportunity for engagement. But EGB’s level of engagement, measured on likes, comments and shares, is significantly higher than comparable pages. In just the last seven days we have managed to post 22 times, generating an engagement level 458 people. Compare this to British Showjumping and British Dressage that both have considerably more likes than EGB, yet have not posted a single time in the last seven days, and thus have engagement levels of zero.

     

    When comparing net likes across these three pages, EGB is on par with British Dressage with a +0.5% net likes in the last seven days and ahead of British Showjumping which only has +0.2% this week. These may seem small figures but they are actually quite significant. The British Carriage Driving Association’s Facebook page has 2.1k total likes; they have posted just once in the last seven days and yet only generated an engagement level of seven people.

     

    Compared to the pages of some of the other equestrian disciplines we may be small, but our social media presence is mighty. We are on par for net like growth and surpassing engagement level hugely. All positive steps forward for EGB! We also set up an Instragram account in December 2015 that has managed to reach over 2000 followers already.

    We will hopefully start to see these virtual figures turning into real members soon!

    https://www.facebook.com/EnduranceGB/?fref=ts

     

    Category:General

     
    FEI Level I and II Endurance Judge CoursesFEI Level I and II Endurance Judge Courses - (Published:28 January 2016)

      Do you compete at FEI level and would you like to get to grips with the FEI Rules?  Are you interested in working as an Official at an FEI Ride?  Endurance GB are hosting FEI Level I and II Endurance Judge Courses at Abbey Park, Warwickshire on the 5th and 6th March.

     

    Do you compete at FEI level and would you like to get to grips with the FEI Rules?  Are you interested in working as an Official at an FEI Ride?  Endurance GB are hosting FEI Level I and II Endurance Judge Courses at Abbey Park, Warwickshire on the 5th and 6th March.

     

    Sign up for a Level I course to broaden your knowledge and take the first step to becoming an FEI Official. 

     

    Level II Course for existing officials:  You must do a course every 4 years to maintain your status or risk being demoted or removed from the FEI register.  Are you ready for promotion to the next level? 

     

    These courses are open to members of all National Federations.  Further details of how to join us can be found on the FEI Calendar: 

    https://www.fei.org/node/3246

     

    We would also like to draw your attention to the FEI General Veterinarian Course being held at Hartpury on the following weekend on the 12th and 13th March.  This is the first course that vets need to take in order to act as an Official Veterinarian at an FEI event. 

    http://www.fei.org/fei/your-role/veterinarians/education/courses

     

     Category:General

     
    New Wessex Group Website!   New Wessex Group Website! - (Published:24 January 2016)

     The Wessex group have a vibrant new website where members and visitors can easily access forthcoming events, contact the organising team, and read helpful articles.

    If you weren’t already chomping at the bit for the season to start, a quick tour of the Wessex group’s fresh new website will remind you that the sun will shine again, and you could soon be out there enjoying the rides put on by this sizeable group. The group covers Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire and offers members 10 rides during the year, as well as social events, including the end of season awards.

     

     

    A peek at the Who’s Who page lets you ‘meet’ the committee and glimpse into their experience and enthusiasm, while elsewhere you can find practical tips and support to help newcomers feel more confident about map reading, ride procedure and vetting.

    Webmaster Sarah Davenport has done a superb job and is really pleased with the overall look, saying: I worked on it for approximately three months to get the look of the site right, which is the part I found most enjoyable, being the creative butterfly at that I am. We wanted to make it appealing to look at, easy to navigate and hopefully entice non-members to not be intimidated by the word 'endurance' and come along, enjoy the Pleasure Rides and hopefully join EGB. Time will tell.

    “I am really looking forward to the start of the new season and getting my pony out on course, which I think can be said for him as well. I'm particularly interested to see how my little New Forest pony does in a whole season, as last year we only joined half way through the year and he did amazingly well. I cant’ wait!”

     

    Check it out for yourself at:   www.wessexendurancegb.com

     

    The next Wessex group event is the Stourton Snowdrop pleasure ride on 14 February.

    The ride is full, but helpers are always welcomed. Contact organiser Claire Richards to discuss clrichards@btinternet.com

     

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    Details of the 2016 Volunteer Conferences - (Published:16 January 2016)

    Southern Volunteer Conference - 31 January at Chisledon Village Hall, near junction15, near Swindon, M4. Northern Volunteer Conference - 20 February at Woodkirk Valley Country Club, near junction 28, near Leeds, M62

    These workshops, aimed at EGB ride organisers and volunteers, welcome all volunteers to come along, swap ideas and to find out about the rule changes for the coming season. It is strongly recommended that all ride organisers attend either the Northern or the Southern Volunteer Conference. (Please note the unavoidable change of date of the Southern event.)

    The events are free to attend and include lunch which is likely to be soup and sandwiches. If you are intending to come, please email the relevant address below, stating your name, your EGB group, which ride(s) you are ride organiser for (if any) and whether you have any special dietary requirements.

     

    For the Southern Conference please email suebox@endurancegb.co.uk

    For the Northern Conference please email kerrydawson@endurancegb.co.uk

     

    We hope to see you there.

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    Applications are invited for the position of Chef D’ Equipe Applications are invited for the position of Chef D’ Equipe - (Published:14 January 2016)

    Applications are invited for the position of Chef D’ Equipe to join the Team Management of the Endurance Team GB squad.

     

    Endurance Team GB currently operates a single squad system to encourage an ethos of developing and supporting each other – this includes riders and team management.

    This approach also allows for a movement of combinations between levels and a wider selection of teams/squads.

    Team management officials are assigned on a ride by ride basis which facilitates mentoring, shadowing and development. 

    Currently there is a need to increase the number of Chefs D’ Equipe in the Team Management pool. 

    Terms of office: January 2016 – 31st December 2016 

    Appointment process: Written application and interview conducted by International Committee [IC]

     

    Key Responsibilities of an assigned Squad/Team Chef D’ Equipe: 

    ·         Leads and inspires the management team, squad and final selected team

    ·         Keeps the Chairman of the IC and all relevant squad personnel fully informed on all team activities with regular reports.

    ·         Establishes and maintains ongoing personal contact with all the members of the squad as soon as they are qualified for the squad.

    ·         Collates Rider Fitness programmes.

    ·         Records any medication in use by the rider.

    ·         Attends selection panel for his/her Team.

    ·         Attends Championship or competition Team Chefs meetings and is present for all ceremonies

    ·         Consults with the WCSMT on their tasks whenever a Team is assembled in connection with a Championship or competition.

    ·         In consultation with the Team/Squad Vet specifies a horse exercise programme whenever a Team is assembled at a Championship or competition

    ·         Is present at the ride for the entire day, marshals all available resources, acts as a focal point for communication, and provides leadership.

    ·         Communicates status and results on the day of the ride to the Chair of the IC (or their nominated delegate).

    ·         Within two weeks of the competition, provides a written report to the Chair of the IC on the competition and any lessons learned.

    ·         Attends training, review, performance management and planning days as required by the International Committee.

     

    From the moment a Team assembles to travel to a competition, with the exception of veterinary matters, the Chef has absolute authority for all aspects of the team's participation.

     

    The Chef may delegate responsibilities to the Logistics Coordinator but remains responsible for ensuring that the responsibilities are carried out.

     

     

    Qualifications and Experience

     

    Essential:

    International or relevant competition experience as team member, official or crew

    Excellent organisational, leadership and communication skills

    Sound understanding of FEI procedure

    Understanding and use of IT

    Have attended or be willing to attend relevant Safeguarding training

     

    Additional information

     

    You would be required to consent for a disclosure to be sought.

    Applicants must be members of Endurance GB/SERC

     

    This is an honorary position but reasonable, pre-approved, expenses may be met from the annual budget agreed by IC and the Finance Committee. 

    How to apply: 

    1.    Applications for either post must be made in writing using the attached pro forma 

    2.    Closing date for applications is Midnight on Monday 25th January, 2016 

    3.    Completed applications should be emailed to Chairman of IC –John Robertson -   jw.robertson@virgin.net

    Interview date/s will be advised to successful applicants and may be conducted face to face or via telephone/skype etc. Interviewees will be expected to give a short talk, maximum of 5 minutes, covering their understanding of the role of the Chef D’ Equipe in achieving international team success.

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    Successful trip for British riders in DubaiSuccessful trip for British riders in Dubai - (Published:14 January 2016)

     The 9th January saw the 9th running of the HH Sh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup at the Dubai International Endurance City in the UAE.

     

    There were three British riders taking part; Alice Beet who is based in the UAE and rode a locally trained horse, and Nicki Thorne and Carri Ann Dark who both travelled their horses 4,000  miles from the British winter to enter the CEI3* 160km ride over the deserts of Dubai.  They joined a total of 227 riders from 41 countries in this truly International event, held under FEI rules. 

     

    Things did not go according to plan ahead of ride day when several of the British contingent came down with suspected food poisoning, Carri Ann being the worse affected and needing hospital treatment.  They all rallied for the main event but regrettably Carri Ann had not sufficiently recovered to cope with the major demands of this level of competition.  Incredibly, she managed to ride 140 km before she finally admitted defeat.  “It was not an easy decision by any means but I could not continue the ride knowing I was not well and not in a fit state for HS Drift, and as we all know the horse comes first no matter what.” 

     

    Alice Beet and Nicki Thorne fared better both completing the ride in great form in 60th and 80th place, respectively.  As Alice admitted when she congratulated Nicki, her local horse, Chupa Chupa, was used to the tough conditions.  “I can only take my hat off to Nicki. Bringing her own horse over here and completing this distance in such tough conditions is incredible. Absolutely inspirational.”

     

    Nicki was thrilled with her horse, LM Bolena.  “I knew it would be terribly hard to prepare a horse through the British winter, especially to contend with high winds and flooding and to come to the deep sand of the desert.  So many factors from the travelling, to the heat and above all the deep sand made this ride so difficult. My amazing mare Bolena has taken the whole experience in her stride and proven yet again how exceptional she is.  We have all been treated with such courtesy and kindness from every person at every level and in particular what has stood out to me is that this is much more than a race - it is more of an endurance convention where people with a passion for this sport and the horses who compete in it have all been brought together in one place.”  

     

    Understandably, locally trained horses and riders with a knowledge of the terrain were dominant in the top placings.  1st place went to HH Sh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (UAE) on Ajayeb at an average speed 24.4 kph. His horse was a previous winner at last year’s European Championships in Slovakia under the Spanish rider Jaume Punti Dachs.  2nd was Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE) on Quran El Ulm and 3rd Saeed Mohd Khalifa Al Mehairi (UAE) on Nabi Du Cassou.

     

    The course consisted of five loops of 40km, 35km, 35km, 32 km and 18 km.  Between each loop the horse has to pass a strict veterinary inspection and have a rest break before being allowed out again.  Minor lameness, a high heart rate, metabolic problem or any sign of distress will result in the horse being stopped from continuing by the vets.  Over this distance it is normal for two-thirds of the field to not finish the full course.  The horses’ welfare is paramount at all times.  At this ride 81 horses were successful.

     

    John Robertson, Chair of Endurance GB’s International Committee, was pleased with the performance of the British riders.  “They rode very sensibly given that they had come from very different conditions in the UK to the heat of the desert.  Their results showed that they had prepared well.  Endurance GB is very grateful to the Dubai Equestrian Club for this opportunity for members of our International Squad to gain experience of riding under similar conditions to the forthcoming World Endurance Championships at the same venue in December.”

    Photo:  Nicki Thorne with LM Bolena (left) and Carri Ann Dark with HS Drift at the pre-ride vetting

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    International Seminar 2016International Seminar 2016 - (Published:13 January 2016)

    Endurance GB’s International Seminar has become a popular annual event on the calendar and we have a bumper day planned for you. It has proved difficult to put everything in place for a pre-season Seminar so this year it will be held in the Autumn.   For details please see under International

     
    British Endurance Horse Health SurveyBritish Endurance Horse Health Survey - (Published:07 January 2016)
    The Animal Health Trust, in collaboration with Endurance GB, is conducting a new research study to investigate veterinary problems of British endurance horses. The study will document common illnesses, training and management practices and will assess whether horse, rider or management-related risk factors are associated with specific health problems.You are eligible to participate if you are registered with Endurance GB and are the main rider of one or more endurance horses currently registered with Endurance GB. 

     

    All information will be handled with strict confidentiality and no personal information on either horses or riders will be published. A summary of the main findings will be published on the Endurance GB website and in the Endurance GB magazine and therefore will be available to all Endurance GB members. If you would like to participate, please click here.

    The survey will be open until the 29th February 2016.

    Thank you in advance for your contribution to this study and if you have any questions, please contact Annamaria Nagy by email on annamaria.nagy@aht.org.uk. 

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    EGB has a new Executive OfficerEGB has a new Executive Officer - (Published:25 January 2018)

    If you have rung the office recently you may well have heard an unfamiliar voice! Endurance GB is excited to welcome a new member to the office team in the form of Sarah Travers who, after a stringent application and interview process, has been appointed as the new Executive Officer. 

     

    Sarah has a wide breadth of professional experience having previously worked in the equestrian world, in tourism and more recently in accounts where she spent four years as the accountant to the CLA Game Fair. As well as a professional background in horses, Sarah has been involved in riding and competing for a substantial part of her adult life. She bought her first horse about 25 years ago and has taken part in show jumping, some one day eventing and has even had a go at Endurance too!

     

    Whilst equestrianism now plays a smaller part in Sarah’s spare time she keeps very busy with cycling (a lot!), running (a lot less than she used to), dancing, going to the gym and to the cinema. Over the next few weeks Sarah will be gaining a thorough understanding of Endurance GB and its processes and will also be attending some of our upcoming Volunteer Conferences and Seminars, so please be sure to introduce yourselves and say hello!

     

     

     
    Barbury Castle Ride cancelled - this coming weekend!Barbury Castle Ride cancelled - this coming weekend! - (Published:09 August 2017)

    We are very sorry to tell you that the Barbury Castle Ride this weekend has been cancelled.  This is not a decision which has been taken lightly.  We have worked closely with the owners and managers of the Estate and others to consider the options.  As you may be aware, the parking at the venue is on quite a steep slope, so getting on and off the venue will be difficult.  We don’t want to risk any accidents to humans, horses or vehicles .

    We have permission from a number of landowners to use the field margins rather than the Ridgeway or roads if it is dry, provided we won’t ‘poach’ the land.  These options are not be available to us this year because it has been so wet.  This has been made worse by the heavy rain today and more rain expected on Friday. 

    We don’t want to compromise anyone’s safety, the quality of the route, or the landowners’ property.  It is disappointing to have to cancel the ride after all the planning and preparation everyone has put in whether as a rider, crew, a helper, a ride official or providing backup.  All we can do is apologise and reiterate what one of the land owners I consulted with today said, when he heard the outcome: ‘I think you have made the best decision, see you next year’.

    We hope the rest of your season is successful and we will see you at Barbury Castle in 2018.

    Best wishes

    Janet and Maxine

    Ride Organisers 

     

     
    Some changes to Pilgrim's Trail - 24 July - (Published:15 June 2016)

    A  New Class has been added to the Pilgrims Trail Ride on Sunday 24th July 80km GER (Class 9).  

    Allen and Page (Quality Horse Feeds) have generously agreed to sponsor Class 1 80km CER at Pilgrims Trail 24th July - Feed Voucher Prizes – 1st £35, 2nd £25, 3rd £15.  

    Allen & Page will have a representative attend the Pilgrims Trail ride with the  weigh bridge.

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