|FEI 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
Emma Darwood (EGB) &
Anna Orgeas (FEI)
|Kings 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We hope you will join us in welcoming them.
|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.
|Annie 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...
|Endurance 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) - (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 - 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
|GOLDEN 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
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 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 - (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 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 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 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 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
|Statement 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 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 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 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
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 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 - (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.
|Supporter eMembership - Now available! - (Published:22 December 2016)|What?
Entry level e-membership, free of charge
Crew, officials, fans, ex-members, occasional pleasure riders
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! - (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 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! - (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 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 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with some brief details of your story.
|Endurance 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 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 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 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! - (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 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! - (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 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 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 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 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 email@example.com 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
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 - (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.
|RED DRAGON CLOSE OF ENTRIES - (Published:11 September 2016)|
quick reminder that online entries for Red Dragon close at 23:59 TODAY Friday 16th
September and postal entries close on 16th
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
|Spanish 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]
|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!
|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 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 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 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
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 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
Entries: Members £13 Riding Clubs £16 Non members £19
|Euston 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 - 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 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
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.
|Results of the Inter Regional Championships from Lindum - (Published:15 August 2016)|
1ST PLACE NORTH
17 Penalty points
2ND PLACE SPIRIT OF
YORKSHIRE 27 Penalty points
3RD PLACE HEART OF
ENGLAND 52 Penalty points
4th PLACE MID
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
3 - JOHN BLACK/DIAMOND FLIGHT
Class 4 - JILL THORBURN/LEESVIEW TOBIAS
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 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 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!) - (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 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! - (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.
|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 ! - (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
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
Congratulations to all on the Team.... You all deserve
to be there !
Category:General :UK Rides
|Endurance 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 Announcement - (Published:31 July 2016)|
|Helpers 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
Text 0750 394 5251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Category:General :UK Rides :International
|Endurance 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 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 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 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.
|160km is just not enough! - (Published:14 July 2016)|
Carri Ann Dark completes 240km at Kings Forest International
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.
|A 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 email@example.com
|Free 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 - (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 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.
|Don'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 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."
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
|Inter-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! - (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Category:UK Rides :International
|The 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
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.
|Euston 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.
|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
We had "old " helpers- Meg
and Anita as ever- Sheila and John (again -how would we manage with out
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
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
Category:General :UK Rides
|Latest 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
|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 email@example.com
|Emirates 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.
|Stewards 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your full details including mobile number and whether you have a 4 x 4 and are happy to steward off road.
|Ashdown 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 - (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.
|Cheshire 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 email@example.com 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 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
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
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|South 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!) - (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 - 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
Ist Nicky Sherry on Silver Zourra
2nd Alison House on Aberllwyd Briar Rose
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!
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|Bluebell 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.
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|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
|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)
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|COMPETITION! 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
|Hardy'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.
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|FEI 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.
|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.
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|RoR 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.
|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.
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|International 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Changes 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.
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|FIRST 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
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.
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|CHANGE 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
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
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|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 (email@example.com) 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 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!
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|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
|Endurance 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Further 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
|The 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.
|Vacancy: 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.
|Rides 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.
|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 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? - (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! - (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 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 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 - (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
Pony Club What is Endurance
|The 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! - (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 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 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! - (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 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.”
|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.
|Endurance 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 )
|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).
Candidates should detail their experience and their aspirations and plans and submit, by email, to email@example.com 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 - (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.”
|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.
In exchange for an endurance ride in UK by the end of the year same deal as above.
Contact Anton Reid firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.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.
|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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
|Statement 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.
|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 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.
|British 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 email@example.com
The closing date for applications is 29 February 2016
For more information on the BGA visit www.britishgrooms.org.uk
firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0345 331 6039
|International 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 - 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 email@example.com
|EGB 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!
|FEI 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:
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.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|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 email@example.com
For the Northern Conference please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there.
|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
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
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 - email@example.com
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.
|Successful 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
|International 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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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