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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


International Squad

Young Rider Squad




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

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


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


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


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



The dates for the 2018 volunteer conferences are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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


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

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

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

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

Veteran Championship - Bizout (Hannah Lydon) - 1716 Points 

Novice Championship - Mistletoe (Caitlin Birkitt) - 670 Points


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

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

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

Chair - Nicki Thorne 

Vice Chair & Sponsorship Director - Harry Ingram 

Finance Director - Sue Box 

Company Secretary and Policy & Governance Director- Ann Dark

Operations Director - Esther Young 

Development Director - Rebecca Kinnarney 

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

Marketing & Communications Director - Anna Williams

International Director - John Robertson 

SERC Representative - Constance Newbould 

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

*** Online Tickets No longer Available ***

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

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



Chicken Liver Pate, Red Onion Marmalade, Toasted Brioche

Plum tomato and Mozzarella Salad, Ciabatta Crisp



Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Apple Galette, Cider Cream Sauce

Filo Basket filled with Wild Mushrooms, Tarragon Cream



Chocolate Brownie, Dark Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Pod Ice Cream

White Chocolate & Raspberry Panacotta, Raspberry Coulis, Red Berries


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


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

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

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


All queries should be directed to or contact Anna Williams<>.


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

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

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

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

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

Odd shaped photos are particularly welcome!

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

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

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

J/YR Committee Positions

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

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

·         update the EGB YR facebook page

·         send news items to the EGB website and magazine

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

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

·         help organise J/YR Camp

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


Regional Representatives (North, Midlands, South and Wales)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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



Saturday 18th November 10am - 4pm

Refreshments included 

UKCC Level 3 Coach Rachael Claridge

Equestrian TV producer Claire Barry

Louise Rich Equine Sports Massage

Other guest speakers TBC

£10 young riders £20 adults


Rachael Claridge

01454 238942 or 07789641014

18 Berthas Field, Didmarton, Badminton GL91EB

(Photo by David Saunders)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st Fiona Griffiths & Balishla: 171.24 points

2nd Charlie Chadwick & Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar: 144.68 points


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





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


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



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

Best Condition went to Tracey Sawyer's Miracle.

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




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

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

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




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

2nd Sarah Rogerson and Warrens Hill Ruben

3rd Rachael Cratchley and Open t’ Offers

4th Ginny Gidley and Desert Kudoss

5th Andrea Champ with Druimghigha Lantana

6th Charlotte Saunders with Fantasia IV

7th Nikki Brown Tinkerbell’s Image


Best Condition: Open t'Offers

Leading Rider: Ginny Gidley

Top Young Rider: Nikki Brown

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

Winner of the Golden Dragon: Silver Tariba and Sue Speed

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


Here are the full results:


1st                          Susan Horne                       Bblack Kashmira

2nd                         Stephanie Allum                  Dunbann Garrand

3rd                          Kate Curry                            Orel

4th                          Sarah Mitchell                      Justin Lagden Lane

5th                          Karen Ash                             Casiphia

6th                          Lesley Wilson                      Grey Squire Pearl

7th                          Andrea Newby                     GS Almera

8th                          Marie Bennett                      Kirmali

9th                          Charlotte Roberts                Marcychna


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jane Alexander

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The results for Euston 5 are as follows:


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

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

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

120kms YR

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Here is some feedback from last year:


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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Kings Forest Summer



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


Euston Park 3



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

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

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


120km YR:

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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


Belvoir Castle



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

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

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


120km YR:

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

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

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



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

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

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


80km YR:

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

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


Euston Park 4



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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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


120km YR:

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

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

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



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


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


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

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

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


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


You can enter these and our other rides online:



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

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

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

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


EGB Rides on 26th and 27th August – Auriols and Boyton HallEGB Rides on 26th and 27th August – Auriols and Boyton Hall - (Published:13 August 2017)

At Auriols there will be a £10 EGB ride entry voucher for 2018 for all those that start .. don’t miss this offer!



Entries are coming in slowly and we are looking forward to receiving lots more for both days, but remember the closing date is tomorrow, Monday 14th August.  All entries are to be received by the closing date unless by prior arrangement with the Ride Organiser.  Camping (£5), corralling (£5) and Saturday Supper (fish and chips, with mushy peas and various desserts, £7.50).
We have a superb route again, undulating bridleways, tracks, quiet lanes and good verges; ridden clockwise on Saturday and anti-clockwise on Sunday – so come for two days!  Distances from a 16km pleasure ride up to 106km over two days.
Please note that the venue is at Tetford / Salmonby, postcode LN9 6PY (and not at the location stated in the Members’ Handbook).
For further information please email Sheila Ludlow, the Ride Organiser, via this link or phone her on 07761 100461.

At Boyton Hall in addition to a £10 EGB ride entry voucher for 2018 there will be a £5 Performance Equestrian voucher for every rider who enters!  Thank you to Steve Beresford for his offer of vouchers, he will be at the Boyton Hall Ride, supporting us as usual.
As with Auriols, entries are coming in slowly and we are hoping for lots more!  There is camping, corralling, stabling, and the going is fabulous - newly cut margins for miles! And only an infinitesimal amount of road work! Definitely a ride not to miss! Late entries will be accepted, but enter before tomorrow night and you will save the £10 additional fee! Hope to see you there!
For further information please email Heather Weston the Ride Organiser.


Don't forget the new National Championships!!Don't forget the new National Championships!! - (Published:12 August 2017)

 National Championship Series

This year Endurance GB is piloting running Novice, Open and Advanced Championships to sit alongside the existing 160km National Championships. In this pilot year, the qualification criteria are as follows:




Qualification Criteria

to be completed as a horse/rider combination during 2017


Novice Championship

3 x Novice GERs, 30-45km

One to be 11kph+

50km Novice GER (Performance Formula)

Open Championship

3 x Open GERs, 40-68km

One to be 12kph+

One to be over 56km

65km GER

(Performance Formula)

Advanced Championship

2 x rides of 63-80km

One to be 80km

80km CER

The National Championship

1 ride of 80km+

160km CER

(over two days in 2017)

 We would welcome your feedback on the pilot, as we hope to develop and expand the concept in future years.

The championship finals will be held at the Red Dragon ride on 29th September-1st October, to coincide with the ride’s 40th birthday. Horse and rider combinations who complete the requisite number of rides will have received or will receive a formal invitation to take part in the finals.

You can see a list of those members who have already qualified here.

The Novice Championship (Class 16)

The Novice Championship will be the 48km Novice GER on Saturday the 30th September.

Placings will be determined by the Performance Formula scores of all the qualified participants in that class.

Please note in the event of excessive demand, an entry limit may be put in place, with Novice/Novice combinations given priority

It is most important to insert the words "Novice Championship" in the Comments box of the entry form please, to indicate that you are entering the Novice Championship.

The Open Championship (Class 13)

The Open Championship will be the 65km GER on Saturday the 30th September. Placings will be determined by the Performance Formula scores of all the qualified participants in that class.

Please note in the event of excessive demand, an entry limit may be put in place, with Open/Open combinations given priority

It is most important to insert the words "Open Championship" in the Comments box of the entry form please, to indicate that you are entering the Open Championship.

The Advanced Championship (Class 8 or Class 9)

The Advanced Championship will be awarded to the highest placed qualified combination in the 80km Little Dragon CER (Class 9) on Saturday the 30th September.

The 80km Little Dragon CER forms part of the Dragon's Tail (Class 8: 80km CER on Saturday and 42km GER on Sunday), so you can also enter the Dragon's Tail to be eligible for the Advanced Championship.

It is most important to insert the words "Advanced Championship" in the Comments box of the entry form please, to indicate that you are entering the Advanced Championship.

 The National Championship (Class 7)

The title of National Champion will be awarded to the highest placed qualified combination in the 160km Red Dragon CER held over the weekend of the 30th September/1st October.

It is most important to insert the words "National Championship" in the Comments box of the entry form please, to indicate that you are entering the National Championship.



Belvoir Castle International Endurance CompetitionBelvoir Castle International Endurance Competition - (Published:11 August 2017)

This month Belvoir Castle proudly hosted Belvoir Endurance in their first International Endurance competition, which saw 114 riders take part in competitive classes at the Leicestershire castle and the surrounding Vale of Belvoir.

The successful event, held at the castle’s Lakeside venue, saw attendees take part in International Classes CEI 2* 120km and CEI 1* 80km and National Classes, attracting a world class International field with entries from Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, India and the United Arab Emirates.

(Photo from the FEI competition courtesy of David Saunders of Saunders Photography)

Winners from the event were :

CEI 2* 120km
1. Maialen Calvo Ibañez ESP                                      Takin De Jansavis                  17.38 kph
2. Essa Ismail Othman Khalifa  UAE                           Tasheinit Des Eymes             16.92 kph 
3. Meile  Fickenscher GER                                            Griff                                        16.981 kph 
4. Laura Graham GBR                                                    Warrens Hill Farrah                13.81 kph  

CEI YJ 2* 120km
1. Saeed Abdulla Bin Huzaim UAE                              Protocol De Lafon                  19.85kph 
2. Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Almuhairi  UAE          Un Atout De Rouaisse            19.85kph 
3. Naroa Calvo Ibañez  ESP                                         Ainhoa Kesdor                        19.85kph 

CEI 1* 80km 
1. Fakir Ali IND                                                             Jozami Shalom          18.31kph 
2. Jahan Perlyasamy  SRI                                             Octavia                       17.25 kph 
3. Mohamed Aida  ALG                                                Lauralyn Kasey           17.25 kph 

CEI YJ  1* 80km 
1. Tess Wheldon GBR                                                     Tannasg Sovereign    15.31kph 
2. Ollie Holman GBR                                                        Reena Screena Star  13.14kph 

(Pleasure Ride photo courtesy of Will Turner: pictures may be purchased from the website)
A further 107 riders participated in a Pleasure Ride and Pony Club Ride with distances from 20km to 5km, providing an opportunity for every one of all ages a chance to enjoy the stunning route through the Belvoir Estate’s English countryside.

The organisers of Belvoir Endurance worked closely with the local community to ensure the race route could pass through local land, including Belvoir Fruit Farms who also supported the event with Elderflower Pressé drinks. Belvoir Fruit Farms, alongside Harry Dabbs Saddler, Equerry KBF 99 and TopSpec, all generously provided prizes for those taking part in the event. Speaking of the event, Peverel Manners, Managing Director Belvoir Fruit Farms, said: “Belvoir Fruit Farms was delighted to support the Belvoir Endurance ride, made all the more special with the first event being held on the beautiful Belvoir Estate, right on our doorstep. The buzzing event was pleasure to be a part of and we are sure everyone who took part in the amazing ride enjoyed participating in such a picturesque area.” The Belvoir Endurance event was hosted at Belvoir Castle courtesy of Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland. The castle was given the French name Belvoir – meaning beautiful view – now pronounced ‘beaver’, and remains as one of the most magnificent and beautiful Regency houses in England. Belvoir Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland and the family has lived at Belvoir in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years. 

Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland said: “We feel so very fortunate to be acting as custodians for what is a short time in Belvoir’s many centuries of history – to this splendid historic home and estate. We were delighted to share Belvoir’s many treasures with the riders and visitors to Belvoir Endurance and it is our aim to preserve and cherish Belvoir to enable future generations to enjoy for many more centuries to come.”

The organising committee for the event is now working on plans to expand the event further in 2018 based on the success of the inaugural event and will be announcing details later this year.





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

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

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

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

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

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

 For more details of these rides and all the others available in the coming months, see:

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


 John Hudson


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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes

Janet and Maxine

Ride Organisers 


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

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


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


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


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

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


John & Jane Hudson


Foreign horse qualifications for EGB National Rides (CENs)Foreign horse qualifications for EGB National Rides (CENs) - (Published:02 August 2017)

In a move to ensure consistency with our rules and qualification criteria, Endurance GB has looked to confirm whether FEI qualification criteria or Endurance GB national qualification criteria applies to foreign horses and/or riders riding in Endurance GB national level rides. 

Endurance GB has been working closely with the FEI and can confirm that Endurance GB qualification rules do apply to all entrants in national level rides, regardless of their nationality. 

As a result we are aware that a limited number of overseas visiting horses, whilst legitimately qualified for the class under FEI rules, have ridden in national level rides without the appropriate Endurance GB qualifications. We have reviewed our ride archive for this year and we have given the owners of any horses who may be affected the opportunity to submit evidence to prove that they were qualified to compete in the class under national rules. This review has resulted in one of these outcomes for each of the horses concerned: 

a) They were able to prove that the horse was qualified, so their result will stand 

b) They were not able to prove that the horse was qualified, and so depending on their individual circumstances they have either been downgraded to a completion or eliminated. 

The future 

Going forwards, the following will apply, in accordance with our current rule book: 

• All horses competing in national level GERs and CERs must be registered with Endurance GB (or SERC/ILDRA), and must have a mastercard. The only exception to this are horses entered under the ‘Try Before You Buy’ scheme. 

• Horses will, on first registration with Endurance GB, be deemed to be ‘novice’. If a rider or trainer wishes Endurance GB to take into account a horse’s prior competitive history when Endurance GB sets the horse’s Endurance GB entry level, they must provide evidence of the horse’s prior competitive history and their National Federation must sign to authorise that the evidence is correct. If the evidence provided turns out at a later date to be incorrect, Endurance GB reserves the right to annul the results of any competitions completed on the back of those qualification rides. 

• Overseas visiting horses will now have a new pink mastercard to track their competition history. 

• If a mastercard is not presented on arrival at the ride for a horse who entered in a national level competition in the UK, the Technical Steward has the right, after considering the case in the round, to prevent that horse from competing. Alternatively, they can allow the horse to compete on deposit of £25 + £5 admin fee, if they consider that the circumstances warrant it, and the rider will be required to send the mastercard to the Technical Steward after the ride for checking and signing. 

• Once a horse’s Endurance GB entry level has been set, it must then qualify through the published Endurance GB qualification criteria or provide further evidence of qualifying rides abroad before competing in longer rides. 

These process improvements have been met with enthusiasm by our Technical Stewards as they will now be able to treat all national competitive entrants in the same way. We have also made some IT changes so that it will be easier for Technical Stewards and Ride Organisers to check qualifications in advance of the ride for the majority of entrants. 

We have also worked with all of the larger endurance trainers in the UK who train overseas visiting horses, to ensure that all of their horses have log books and are registered at the correct level with Endurance GB. 

A guide for foreign riders wishing to enter Endurance GB rides is available here.

Long Mynd cancelledLong Mynd cancelled - (Published:01 August 2017)

The Long Mynd ride, due to be held on the 3rd September, has unfortunately had to be cancelled because of the loss of access to a section of the route. The organisers would like to pass on their apologies to those who were hoping to attend.

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

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


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


Endurance GB statement - BEF governanceEndurance GB statement - BEF governance - (Published:27 July 2017)

As has been widely reported this week, there have been a number of challenges arising from the proposed changes to governance, leadership and structure of the BEF.  Last week it was confirmed by the Chair of the BEF Board, Joanne Shaw, that the CEO, Clare Salmon, had resigned from the Federation.


The founding members of the BEF, which include BE, BD, BS and the BHS, have now formed a Governance Steering Group, which is being co-chaired by Lynn Petersen, CEO of the BHS, and Deborah Smith, a BEF non-executive director and includes representatives of the other Member Bodies. This group is now working collaboratively towards a governance structure to comply with the requirements of the UK and Sport England governance code by 31 October 2017.


On her departure, Clare Salmon raised some concerns about the culture and behaviour within the Federation. The BEF Board is commissioning an independent organisation to lead a review prompted by those concerns.


EGB has been kept informed throughout the process and wishes to continue to work closely with the BEF and the Governance Steering Group, supporting them in the work that they are undertaking to move forward with the right governance, strategy and structure in place to meet the long term needs of all member bodies of the BEF and equestrian sport in general.


Clare Salmon was particularly supportive of EGB and of promoting endurance in the UK. The Board of EGB would like to express its thanks to Clare and wishes her well for the future.  

The Cumbria Challenge - 2nd/3rd SeptemberThe Cumbria Challenge - 2nd/3rd September - (Published:24 July 2017)

Please can you help at the Challenge this year 2/3rd September?  We are at the Orton, Tebay venue again - so handy from M6 Junction 38 a few miles down the Appleby road and we need helpers!!


If you can help for one or both days please e-mail me with your preference for jobs which are:


Vet Writers

Vet Steward

Vet Runner

Check Points 

Gate openers

Venue Marshalls parking

You can view the ride schedule here.  Thank you in anticipation …. Penny Pearce



Endurance GB is delighted to announce the team of riders and horses who will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming European Endurance Championships to be held in Brussels in Belgium on the 17th of August:

  • Rachael Atkinson with Tannasg Psyches Realm
  • Caroline Cowley with HS Bellini
  • Harry Ingram with Warrens Hill Chayze
  • Annie Joppe with Fantom
  • Nicola Thorne with LM Bolena
  • Reserve: Lorna Kidson with Sheer Bliss


    Chef d’Equip, Liz Finney, commented, “Following a very positive training day held at Euston Park, courtesy of HPower, we have made the difficult decision as to which horses would be selected. We have a strong team of riders who all have international experience and we are looking forward to competing in the European championships in Brussels.”


    The Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters takes riders from the Bois de la Cambre park in central Brussels out towards the Sonian Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 5 loops of the 160km course can be found here.  

    Each rider will have their own support crew who will assist them in vet gates and out on course, along with Endurance GB’s Senior Management Team, who consist of:  Chef d’Equip - Liz Finney Vet - Hannah Kelley   Farrier - Kelvin Lymer  Physio - Katie Dorman 

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

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

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


    Enter the ride here



    Boyton Hall Ride - 26/27 AugustBoyton Hall Ride - 26/27 August - (Published:11 July 2017)

    Entries are open for the Boyton Hall ride. We do hope you are coming this year. Different venue field this year, but the post code and grid reference are the same. More on the website soon. This is a fabulous ride in lovely Suffolk countryside with almost no road work.

    We are short of help this year and would welcome anyone who can come along and support this ride. Or if you are riding and can spare one of your supporters, do let the ride organiser know!
    European Championships - Long list European Championships - Long list - (Published:04 July 2017)

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

    Caroline Cowley    HS Bellini

    Harry Ingram         Warrens Hill Chayze

    Lorna Kidson          Sheer Bliss

    Annie Joppe           Fantom

    Carri-Ann Dark      HS Drift

    Rachael Atkinson  Tannasg Psyches Realm

    Nicola Thorne        LM Bolena

                                     LR Bold Greyson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


    - Visit to Newmarket Equine Hospital


    - Visit to the British Racing Museum


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


    - Talks from international endurance vet, Tom Eaton-Evans


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


    - Talk from GB International Endurance Squad farrier Harvey Lymer


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


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


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


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


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


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

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



    For full details please click here!


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

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

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

    A full list of criteria can be found here.    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (Heather Giles)




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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


    Bring on Golden Horseshoe 2018!


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

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


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

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

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

    Full details can be found here


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

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

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

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

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


    Bumper turnout for Royal Windsor Endurance -12 May 2017Bumper turnout for Royal Windsor Endurance -12 May 2017 - (Published:16 May 2017)

    There were three endurance classes at the Royal Windsor Endurance kindly supported by the Kingdom of Bahrain today. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) scooped the top four places in the CEI2* with winner Saeed Hamoud Saeed Al Khayari riding Dahi and finishing in a time of 04:47:48. Bahrain’s Ali Abdulla Mohamed Al Subaie took the top place in the CEI1* on Henham Romeo in 03:46:24.

    Saeed Hamoud Saeed Al Khayari said: “I had a really good ride today and it was a great result for UAE in the CEI2*.  It’s a real honour to ride on this lovely course in Windsor Great Park and to win at Royal Windsor is very special.”

    This was the fifth edition of the Royal Windsor Endurance event, but the first to include both a CEI1* 80Km and a national 40Km ride, alongside the regular CEI2* 120Km. An overall field of 101 horses (exactly double that of last year) from 12 nations rode through Windsor Great Park, taking in Ascot Racecourse and a number of famous landmarks.

    Great Britain was extremely well represented at the event, with a total of 64 starters including 17 out of 21 riders in the 80Km. Beth Langley finished second in that class on HS Ametista in 04:25:22 and said of her result:

    “I’m really pleased with my result, she’s a great horse so I was hoping for a good ride. The course is lovely but deceptively difficult and technical to ride. There has been an amazing atmosphere here and it was really nice to have the graded riders (who were really good) and see them out on the course. Luckily my boyfriend and family have all been here helping today so they will all get to see my presentation from the Queen tomorrow – but I do feel like I need a showing groom to help get her ready!”

    Ground Jury President, Ian Williams (GBR), said: “Today we’ve seen a true picture of endurance across all levels with the opportunity for international riders to compete at the highest level and for national riders to experience the thrill of these first class facilities. The wonderful cooperation of people across all levels of experience and ability and between nations is a great marker for the future of the sport.”

    Endurance GB Chairman, John Hudson, said: “It was fabulous to have our national ride included in this now prestigious event and such a wonderful opportunity for our riders to ride in this setting. The feedback has been very positive and it’s a day that will live long in the memory.”

    Royal Windsor Endurance Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said: “We had a really good ride here today. The rain overnight meant the going was perfect and welcoming the novice riders enhanced the already very special atmosphere. As ever we are hugely grateful to the Crown Estate for allowing us to ride through Windsor Great Park, to the Kingdom of Bahrain for their support and to the volunteers, officials and everyone who makes this event the success it is.”

    Of the starting field of 103, 54 horses completed the rides (53%), with the remainder either retiring or failing to meet the stringent vetting criteria required to qualify for their next phase of the competition.

    Presentations will take place at the Royal Windsor Horse Show tomorrow and all results can be found here.



    The Good Horsemanship Award was trialled in the CEI 2* ride at Royal Windsor Endurance last weekend. This was the first time the award had been trialled at a large FEI competition with full electronic timing.


    The results were:


    1st: Nicolas Garcia Maria/As Flor Del Pago (ESP)


    2nd: Harry Ingram/Bronze Nahdir (GBR)


    3rd: Taher Tarek/Taori R (KSA)



    The award is designed to complement the existing competition structure and reward good horsemanship over the course of the competition. At each vetgate and at the finish, presentation times were scored as 20 points minus the presentation time. A 20 point bonus was given for each Cardiac Recovery Index (CRI) result where the second pulse was lower than the first. Scores were also awarded for the other veterinary criteria (gut sounds, gait and dehydration) up to a maximum of 15 points at each vetgate and at the final vetting.


    The trials to date have been particularly useful in working out an effective way for the data to be collected and analysed. A further trial will take place at the first Euston Park after which the final proposal will be put before the Board of Endurance GB. This award is just one element of the 'British Protocol' which will be announced in due course.


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