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

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

 

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

Saturday 18th November 10am - 4pm

Refreshments included 

UKCC Level 3 Coach Rachael Claridge

Equestrian TV producer Claire Barry

Louise Rich Equine Sports Massage

Other guest speakers TBC

£10 young riders £20 adults 

 

rjclaridge@yahoo.co.uk

www.rachaelclaridge.com

 

Rachael Claridge

01454 238942 or 07789641014

18 Berthas Field, Didmarton, Badminton GL91EB

(Photo by David Saunders)

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jane Alexander

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The results for Euston 5 are as follows:

80kms

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

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

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

120kms YR

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

120kms

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Here is some feedback from last year:

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 National Championship Series

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

 

Level

 

Qualification Criteria

to be completed as a horse/rider combination during 2017

Finals

Novice Championship

3 x Novice GERs, 30-45km

One to be 11kph+

50km Novice GER (Performance Formula)

Open Championship

3 x Open GERs, 40-68km

One to be 12kph+

One to be over 56km

65km GER

(Performance Formula)

Advanced Championship

2 x rides of 63-80km

One to be 80km

80km CER

The National Championship

1 ride of 80km+

160km CER

(over two days in 2017)

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

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

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

The Novice Championship (Class 16)

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

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

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

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

The Open Championship (Class 13)

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

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

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

The Advanced Championship (Class 8 or Class 9)

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

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

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

 The National Championship (Class 7)

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

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

                

 

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

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

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

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

Winners from the event were :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 John Hudson

 

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes

Janet and Maxine

Ride Organisers 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

John & Jane Hudson

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The future 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Vet Writers

Vet Steward

Vet Runner

Check Points 

Gate openers

Venue Marshalls parking

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

 

 
ENDURANCE GB ANNOUNCES BRITISH TEAM FOR EUROPEAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS ENDURANCE GB ANNOUNCES BRITISH TEAM FOR EUROPEAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS - (Published:23 July 2017)

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

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

     

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

     

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

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


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

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

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

     

    Enter the ride here

     

     

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

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

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

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

    Caroline Cowley    HS Bellini

    Harry Ingram         Warrens Hill Chayze

    Lorna Kidson          Sheer Bliss

    Annie Joppe           Fantom

    Carri-Ann Dark      HS Drift

    Rachael Atkinson  Tannasg Psyches Realm

    Nicola Thorne        LM Bolena

                                     LR Bold Greyson

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

    - Visit to Newmarket Equine Hospital

     

    - Visit to the British Racing Museum

     

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

     

    - Talks from international endurance vet, Tom Eaton-Evans

     

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

     

    - Talk from GB International Endurance Squad farrier Harvey Lymer

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

    For full details please click here!

     

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

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

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

    A full list of criteria can be found here.    

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (Heather Giles)

     

     

     


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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Bring on Golden Horseshoe 2018!

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

    Full details can be found here

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     
    GOOD HORSEMANSHIP AWARD - WINDSORGOOD HORSEMANSHIP AWARD - WINDSOR - (Published:16 May 2017)

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

     

    The results were:

     

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

     

    2nd: Harry Ingram/Bronze Nahdir (GBR)

     

    3rd: Taher Tarek/Taori R (KSA)

     

     

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

     

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

     

     
    Three Rivers Ride, Hampshire on 3rd and 4th June - (Published:16 May 2017)
    Three Rivers closing date is 22nd May - entries are urgently needed to keep this lovely ride going!!
     
    A Call to Arms for the Home International England Squad !!A Call to Arms for the Home International England Squad !! - (Published:15 May 2017)

    Maggie Pattinson, the England Chef d'Equipe is hoping to hear from you - click here for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

     

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

    Course Directors: Ian Williams, John Robertson

    Venue - Euston Park, Thetford, Norfolk

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

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

    Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation

    Applications to:

    Emma Darwood (EGB) &

    Anna Orgeas (FEI)

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

     
    BRITISH ENDURANCE PROTOCOL TAKES SHAPEBRITISH ENDURANCE PROTOCOL TAKES SHAPE - (Published:13 April 2017)

    Following agreement in February that Endurance GB and the British Equestrian Federation would work together to develop a new British protocol for all future international rides in Great Britain, significant progress has been made.

     

    A working party, led by Dr. Tim Watson, BEF Board Director, have met and discussed developing a protocol that not only helps build a long-term UK strategy regarding horse welfare, but further enhances our UK offering with an ultimate goal of increasing participation in international and high-level competition.

     

    Following a number of meetings, a period of consultation was launched to seek the views of a random selection of FEI riders, ride organisers, officials and those aspiring to ride at that level. On analysis of the results, and a substantial amount of historic ride data, the working group are now in a position to test the new protocol at the Kings Forest ride. The results of the 80KM Competitive Endurance Ride class at Kings Forest will be analysed using the parameters that the working group are recommending, and the criteria will then be further assessed for their suitability to be introduced at all FEI and CER rides in England and Wales. Results of the analysis will be available on the Endurance GB website following the ride, at which time a summary of the criteria will also be available.

     

    The objectives of the new protocol are to reward good horsemanship at our competitive and FEI rides in this country, devise a transparent method for appointing FEI officials, suggest ways to increase participation and recommend improvements to publicise clean sport. The process of refining a British Protocol that works for all is an interactive one and will be refined over the coming weeks, taking into account the information presented at the FEI’s Sport’s Forum.

     

     
    Endurance GB and The Pony Club collaborate over new Endurance LeagueEndurance GB and The Pony Club collaborate over new Endurance League - (Published:05 April 2017)

    Pony Club Members who take part in Endurance GB rides at Novice (20-30km), Intermediate (31-39km) and Open (40km+) levels can now benefit from a new league where they will receive points for each kilometre completed.

    The 2017 Pony Club Endurance League is now open, closing on 20 August when one lucky Member will be the first to receive a trophy kindly donated by Pony Club Endurance Chairman Robert Blane in memory of his horse, Pink Floyd.

    Eligible rides can be found all over the country, and to take part Pony Club Members must either be a full member of Endurance GB (EGB) or they can register for free as an EGB Club Member which entitles them to compete up to 40km whilst paying member’s rates.

    John Hudson, EGB Chairman, said: “We hope that the new league table will help reward those Pony Club Members taking part in Endurance GB rides, and increase the number of young people who enjoy the challenge and adventure of taking part in Endurance riding.”

    This new league is also welcomed by The Pony Club as a benefit to its Members, and to help strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship the organisation has with EGB; with whom they are collaborating to increase participation amongst younger Endurance riders.

    Robert Blane said: “We’re really excited about the new league, and we’re grateful to Endurance GB for their support. The league will offer a new level of safe competition for Pony Club Members taking part in Endurance GB competitions, and it is hoped that together we and Endurance GB can continue to increase the number of riders discovering the exciting sport of Endurance Riding.” 

    The three highest ranked combinations at each level will be presented with a sash, and the overall winner will receive The Pink Floyd Trophy which Robert Blane feels is a fitting tribute to his horse. Described by Robert as a true all-rounder, Pink Floyd was a 17hh Advanced Endurance horse who also competed to a high level in Dressage and Show Jumping. 

    Details of the new league tables can be found below:

    Open                          

    Horse and Rider combinations who receive the most EGB points in rides of 40km or above (GERs or CERs using normal EGB trophy points).  Best ten rides to count.

    Intermediate           

    Horse and Rider combinations who receive the most EGB points in rides between 31 and 39km (Vetted Pleasure rides and GERs using normal EGB points) Best ten rides to count.

    Novice

    Horse and Rider combinations who receive the most EGB points in rides between 20 and 30km (Vetted Pleasure rides getting one point per kilometer and Novice GERs using normal EGB points). Best ten rides to count. EGB Open/Advanced horses or riders are not eligible for this section.

    The League tables will be available for viewing on the EGB website, where a list of rides and details on how to enter can also be found.

     Photos from the 2016 Pony Club Endurance Championships by IndiePics

     

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

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

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

     

    :General

     

     
    Important Safety Notice - K'vall Stirrups  *updated*Important Safety Notice - K'vall Stirrups *updated* - (Published:22 March 2017)

    We would like to notify you of issues concerning the safety of K'vall type stirrups, with dual fixings, which the Board has decided should not be permitted at EGB events due to the danger of the foot not releasing and causing injury to the rider and the horse.  This decision was made further to information received by EGB concerning their lack of acceptability by other BEF disciplines and the FEI. We have a duty to protect our members' safety and well-being when an issue is raised with us.

    We appreciate that those using the stirrups may be concerned about what alternative they can use. We welcome a discussion with all the Riders affected and ask that you email Emma Darwood by the 31st March, to let us know you are using them at EGB events.  We will be in contact with the members concerned to understand their needs and create a plan that can be implemented by the 30th June.

    Safety of our competitors will always come first, but it is certainly not our intent to impede our members' enjoyment and progression within our wonderful sport.

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

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

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

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

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

    Register to becomme a Supporter here. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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


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

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

     

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

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

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

    We are welcoming applications for the Lead Safeguarding Officer. 

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

    Full job description here.

     Any interested parties should apply to Nicki Thorne.

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

     

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

    For more details please see the International pages

     
    Update on Hat StandardsUpdate on Hat Standards - (Published:13 February 2017)

    Permissible hat standards no longer include BSEN1384. In line with the other major equestrian disciplines, all riders must wear one of the standards listed below.

     

    - British PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kite marked

    - European VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kite marked

    American ASTM F1163: 2004a or 04a onwards provided they are SEI marked

    - SNELL E2001

    - Australian and New Zealand AS/NZS 3838: 2006 onwards provided they are SAI global marked

     

    Click here to see an infographic from the British Horse Society that details these standards in pictorial form.

     

    However, we are also aware that several popular brands of Endurance Riding Helmets are aimed at a European market rather than a UK market, and although they carry the VG101.040: 2014-12 standard they do not carry an accompanying UK Kitemark. Having reviewed the situation, and in view of the number of Endurance GB members who already have these hats, we are also prepared to accept VG1 01.040: 2014-12 hats without the Kitemark at Endurance GB rides for the 2017 season.

     

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Agenda: 

    9.45 Introduction 

    10.00 Safeguarding 

    12.30 Buffet Lunch and networking 

    13.30 – 15.45 Choose two breakout sessions: 

    Volunteering for EGB, Ride Organising, Technical Steward Workshop 

    15.45 – 16.00 Wrap up

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nicki Thorne with LM Bolena  

    Carri-Ann Dark - Bey Sahli 

    Kate Atkinson - HS Prosper    

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

    Category:International

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

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

    A good way to stay in touch while taking a break

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)

    • VG1 01.040 (2014-12)

    • ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)

    • NELL E2001

    • AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards)

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

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

     

       - click here to buy! 

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

     


     

     

     

     

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

    Endurance GB Gala Dinner - Award Winners

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

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

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

    Here's some of the photos from the evening:

     

     

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

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

    Chairman - John Hudson
    Vice Chairman - Andrew Chisholm

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

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

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

     
    Monthly StarsMonthly Stars - (Published:16 November 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Closing:  5.00 pm Wednesday, 2nd November.

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

    Nominations and applications to be received by the 31st. 

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     


     

     

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

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

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

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

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

     


     

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

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

    Date: 19 November 

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

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

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

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

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

    We look forward to seeing you there!

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

    EGB Young Riders

     

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

    Photos courtesy of David Saunders

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

    The results for the Speedi-Beet Red Dragon are:

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

    5th Gillian Mann riding HS Parnasse (10.05kph)

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    •Director of Groups 

    •Director of Welfare and Quality 

    •Director of International 

    •Director of Information Technology 

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


     

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Live timing will also be available here.

     

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


    Category: General

     

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

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

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

    Category:General

     

     



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Onwards and upwards

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

    Category: General

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For more information, visit the website - click here!

     

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

    SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Lambourn, Oxfordshire

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

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

    Email: enquiries@endurancegbcotswold.co.uk

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     


    Category:General


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

     1ST PLACE       NORTH WEST                      17 Penalty points

    2ND PLACE      SPIRIT OF YORKSHIRE        27 Penalty points

    3RD PLACE      HEART OF ENGLAND          52 Penalty points

    4th PLACE        MID SOUTH                         53 Penalty points

     

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

    VETERAN HORSE: DIAMOND FLIGHT

    TURN OUT AWARDS: Class 1 - ALLY SOLE/TAQUIB

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

                                           Class 3 - JOHN BLACK/DIAMOND FLIGHT

                                           Class 4 - JILL THORBURN/LEESVIEW TOBIAS

                                           Class 5 - SAM BOWKETT/SYRUS

                                           Class 6 - GAYNOR JONES/ORLANDO

    INDIVIDUAL CLASS WINNERS:

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

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

                                           Class 3 - NO COMPLETIONS

                                           Class 4 - JILL THORBURN (North West)

                                           Class 5 - SAM BOWKETT (Spirit of Yorkshire)

                                           Class 6 - GAYNOR JONES (North West)

     

     

     

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

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

     

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

     

    Category:General :UK Rides

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Ride organiser, Thay Stephenson, reports: “I have to say I am absol