Last Chance to Enter Euston Park’s Season FinaleLast Chance to Enter Euston Park’s Season Finale - (Published:08 August 2019)

Last Chance to Enter Euston Park’s Season Finale - HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival

Endurance riders of all levels have just a few days left to enter the wide array of national and international classes at The UK Endurance Festival (15th- 19th August) at the world renowned venue of Euston Park, Suffolk before entries close next week on 12th  August.

Kicking off with The Pony Club Endurance Championships on Thursday 15th August and the largest ever entry of 86 rising young stars, the packed schedule for this year’s Festival includes the excitement of The Meydan FEI Endurance European Championship on Saturday 17th over 160kms.  On Sunday 18th there will be a CEIO2* (Nations Cup) as well as a CEI2*YJ, a CEI1* and a CEI1*YJ and then on Monday 19th there are nine national Graded and Pleasure Rides ranging from 80 – 20kms.

It was announced last week that investment in the UK Endurance Festival in total prize money and participation support will be more than one million pounds sterling. Along with attractive prize funds there will be travel contributions made to overseas competitors and start and finish bonuses, free stabling, hay, bedding, ice and water catering provided for one rider and two grooms.

The national classes on Monday 19th August (80km GER, 64km GER, 40km GER, 40km Novice GER, 32km GER, 32km Novice GER, 32km PR, 20km Novice Foundation GER, and 20km PR) will benefit from free stabling, catering, 2020 Ride Vouchers and entry fees paid to EGB. Prizes are in kind and will include saddles and bridles.

Event Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said: “It’s a huge honour to be hosting riders from 38 nations around the world as well as seeing The Meydan FEI Endurance  European Championship at Euston Park as part of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival. The last two years’ Festivals have been a wonderful celebration of the discipline and for our national competitors to compete alongside European Championship competitors, sharing the same world class facilities will be very special indeed.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone for what will be a truly magnificent Festival of Endurance thanks to the incredible generosity of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum”

A full breakdown of prizes and incentives is available here.

Organisers are grateful to sponsors Meydan, Longines, Azizi, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City - District One  and Mubadala.

For further information please visit www.eustonparkendurance.co.uk or contact info@eustonparkendurance.co.uk.

 
National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence 2019/20 National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence 2019/20 - (Published:31 July 2019)

This is aimed at coaches who sustain and grow participation in equestrian sports - a

12 month personal development programme.

For further details on the application process and to download an application form please click here.

For information about the CPD options click here and for details of Coach Mentoring please click here.

 
EGB Office - (Published:25 July 2019)
Please note the Endurance GB office will be closed on Friday 26th July. All emails and voicemails will be actioned upon our return on Monday 29th July.
 
BREAKING NEWS !!BREAKING NEWS !! - (Published:23 July 2019)

We're delighted that with the support of HPower and Meydan, our Young Rider Committee will be hosting the Young Rider Camp at Euston Park on the 7th to 10th August.

An email will follow shortly with further details.

 

 
Eleven teams line up for hotly-contested Inter-Regional ChampionshipEleven teams line up for hotly-contested Inter-Regional Championship - (Published:19 July 2019)

Organisers of this weekend’s Inter-Regional Championship at Cirencester Park have announced that 11 teams will compete for the title over the next two days of multiple distance classes. Defending champions, the South East are back to take on strong challengers from Cotswolds, Cromwell, South West, North West, Iceni, Leicester Foxes, Wessex, Mid South, Offa’s Dyke and hosts Heart of England.

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

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

 

 

 
Welsh International Ride - LATE ENTRIES OFFEREDWelsh International Ride - LATE ENTRIES OFFERED - (Published:17 July 2019)

Organisers are offering riders an unrivalled opportunity to take part in the first Endurance GB International Ride in Wales for over a decade.

Entries have been extended to the competition taking place at Wentwood Forest from 26th to 28th July. The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) event is an 80km class scheduled to take place on Friday 26th July.

Wentwood Forest is over 1000 hectares of ancient woodland, straddling the boundary between Newport and Monmouthshire. It was once the hunting ground for Chepstow Castle, stretching for 3000 hectares and is home to an ancient oak tree, known as the Curly Oak and is part of the largest block of ancient woodland within Wales.


Classes offered at the ride range from 20km pleasure rides to the 80km international class and the route will take competitors through woodland and forestry with spectacular views over the Severn Estuary and into South Wales.

Organiser Sue Box said: “This is a good ride to develop horses’ fitness. It covers a similar route to the ride we organise at Wentwood in Spring. With a few small streams to cross, no gates and a sheltered venue it is an ideal introduction to the sport for young horses in particular.

“The 80km International competition is the first FEI class we have had in Wales since 2007 and I would urge riders to support it as Endurance GB would like to introduce many more FEI rides over differing terrain. Wentwood is the flagship for those rides.

“Wentwood is very easy to get to from the motorway networks and only 10 miles from junction 24 of the M4 so equally accessible to riders from the south west, south east and midlands as to home-based riders here in Wales.”

Late entries are being accepted and should be downloaded here and sent to the ride entry secretary Nicola Smith at email: nicola.smith@linc-cymru.co.uk.

For more information on the Wentwood Ride and taking part in endurance riding in South East Wales, please go to www.egbdecymru.co.uk.

 

 
British team for CEIO Euston Park August 18thBritish team for CEIO Euston Park August 18th - (Published:16 July 2019)

The following combinations have been selected for the British team in the CEIO 120km competition at Euston Park on August 18th:

 

Linda Cowperthwaite                  Krakatau

Carri Ann Dark                              Bey Sahli or HS Drift

Bella Fricker                                   Spanish Heir

Liz Platts                                         Obeyaan Seldam

Louise Rich                                     Oakleaze Czamak

Fiona Griffiths             Echo


Reserve Annie Joppe              Chiara

 

 
Volunteers needed - September to DecemberVolunteers needed - September to December - (Published:04 July 2019)

Volunteers are needed to transfer the EGB website to a new Content Management System -

 
Senior Summer Camp 24th & 25th August at Oakleaze Farm, BristolSenior Summer Camp 24th & 25th August at Oakleaze Farm, Bristol - (Published:30 June 2019)

Dear EGB Member - A message from Alex Tennant: 

You are invited to attend the Senior Summer Camp on the 24th and 25th of August at Oakleaze Farm in Bristol. This is open to all levels of experience and you can attend with or without your horse!

 

The cost for the weekend is £125 per horse + rider or £25 per day unmounted and this includes all food.  Click here to see poster.

 

Thanks to H Power for their support.

 

Corralling (£10) and Stabling (£15) per night can be reserved on site and secured separately by emailing:  Oakleaze@msn.com

 

The EGB vaccination policy will apply to all attendees.

 

Please reserve your place by booking through the EGB online shop -https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/More/Shop/Store/orderby/name/currentpage/3 

 

Also completing an online booking form - https://forms.gle/fskjT7RdDpuRGend6

 

 

*Limited places available* and the deadline for booking is the 16th of August.

 

Alex Tennant

 

Development Director
T: +447871310221

 

 
On the Field Training' at CirencesterOn the Field Training' at Cirencester - (Published:29 June 2019)

All are invited to join us for 'On the Field Training' at Cirencester Park, host of the Inter Regionals Championships, for 6pm on the 20th July.

Click here for more information!

 

 
Endurance GB names Senior Squad for 2019 FEI European Championships at Euston ParkEndurance GB names Senior Squad for 2019 FEI European Championships at Euston Park - (Published:19 June 2019)

Endurance GB has named its Senior Squad of nominated entries submitted to the FEI for the team that will take part at this summer’s 160km European Championships at Euston Park in Suffolk on 17th August.

The squad includes seven riders from whom a team of five combinations will be selected to represent Great Britain after a final selection weekend next month.

The combinations are;

Kate Atkinson, 22, from Lancashire, with DNS Ronaldo

Rachael Atkinson, 52, from Lancashire, with Tannasg Psyches Realm

Annette Masterson, 50, from Staffordshire, with Shoshana

Lauren Mills, 25, from Suffolk, with HS Jamal

Sarah Rogerson, 32, from Gloucestershire, with Warrens Hill Rubyn

Nicola Thorne, 48, from Norfolk, with LM Bolena

Heather Whiteley, 41, from Somerset, with Distance Oasis.

Chef d’Equipe Liz Finney said: “We are pleased to have a very experienced group of riders to nominate for the European Championships from whom we will select the team and reserves after our final training day at Wolverhampton in July. Most of the riders have already been on a Championship team and we look forward to having some strong combinations to represent Team GB in August.”

 

 
Endurance GB Three Rivers Ride Organisers find missing horseEndurance GB Three Rivers Ride Organisers find missing horse - (Published:17 June 2019)

Organisers of the Endurance GB Three Rivers Ride have announced that the horse missing for nearly 24 hours after parting company with her rider when taking part in a 34km event near Martin Down Nature Reserve in Hampshire yesterday has been found.

The missing 10-year-old 14hh black mare was caught as she was walking back into the car park area at Blagdon Hill close to where she went missing on Sunday morning.

A spokesperson for the Ride Organiser thanked everyone involved in extensive search of the area conducted since 11am yesterday following the incident.

Veterinary checks are being made to establish her condition but early reports suggest she appears unharmed.

 

 
Endurance GB Three Rivers Ride Organisers issue appeal over missing horseEndurance GB Three Rivers Ride Organisers issue appeal over missing horse - (Published:16 June 2019)

Organisers of the Endurance GB Three Rivers Ride have issued an appeal to help find a horse who parted company with her rider when taking part in a 34km event near Martin Down Nature Reserve in Hampshire yesterday.

The missing horse is a 10-year-old, 14hh black mare with a white star on her forehead and a white ‘snip’ marking on her muzzle. She is wearing a purple biothane bridle without a nose band and with leather reins and has a black biothane breastplate with running martingale attachment and a black BUA saddle with a white saddle pad.

A spokesperson for the Ride Organiser said an extensive search of the area had been conducted and the police and local vets alerted. A volunteer drone pilot has also stepped in to help. The incident happened south of Martin Down near BH21 5RZ (Blagdon Farm) around Blagdon Plantation.

She said: “The horse went missing at 11am on Sunday after parting company with her rider who was unhurt but is naturally very distressed and has asked not to be named. We would like to thank everyone who joined the search yesterday and are asking that anyone who sees the horse, please contact the search co-ordinators on the numbers below or the police urgently so that she can be reunited with her owner.”

Anyone who spots the missing horse should contact Simon Richardson on 07971 007315 or  Frances Brayford on 07710 798427  or call the police on 111.

 

 
'Improving the longevity of the endurance horse''Improving the longevity of the endurance horse' - (Published:01 June 2019)

Taken from the welfare conference at Newmarket Equine Hospital, listen to veterinarian Tom Eaton Evans who is based at Newmarket and a 4* FEI Endurance treatment vet discuss the issue and importance of Biosecurity -

 

https://www.buzzsprout.com/278212/1214447-bonus-content-biosecurity-egb-welfare-conference-2019

 

Alex Tennant - Welfare Director

 

 
Dialstone Ride - 16th JuneDialstone Ride - 16th June - (Published:29 May 2019)

Entries close on 3rd June for this fabulous ride across the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors with some amazing views of God's own county!  Get your entries in quickly before it's too late!

 

 
EGB Office - Thursday 30th & Friday 31st May 2019 - (Published:28 May 2019)

Please note the Endurance GB office will be closed on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st May due to annual leave and Kings Forest. All emails and voicemails will be actioned upon our return on Monday 3rd June.

If you urgently require assistance you can either send our Facebook page a message or call Stuart on 07508717162 between 10am and 5pm on Thursday or Friday.
 
Endurance GB Development SurveyEndurance GB Development Survey - (Published:23 May 2019)

Endurance GB is seeking YOUR opinion on what YOU really want from the sport!

 

Whether you are a rider, volunteer, coach, ride organiser, official or an individual with an interest in endurance riding, then we want to hear from you. Your input will help decide the future development of endurance riding in the UK.

 

You can provide all of this information anonymously or if you'd like to be in with the chance to be entered into a free prize draw to win a Endurance GB Full Membership for one year subscription then please provide your email address.

 

Please complete the survey here - https://forms.gle/J3SBsL28X6c77qmY8 and help us improve your endurance riding experience.  

 

Your comments are greatly appreciated. If you have any feedback then please emailalextennant@endurancegb.co.uk

 

(*Closing date 10th June*)

 

 
TRESHAM CANCELLATIONTRESHAM CANCELLATION - (Published:22 May 2019)

It is with regret that Tresham, due to be held on 30 June, has been cancelled in order to allow us to review the venue location and the route for next year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and we anticipate that the ride will be back bigger and better than ever in 2020. Refunds will be processed automatically.

 
Riders celebrate success at Endurance GB Golden Horseshoe Ride on ExmoorRiders celebrate success at Endurance GB Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor - (Published:22 May 2019)

Riders are celebrating coveted completions in Endurance GB’s Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor, which after more than 50 years since it first began, remains one of the most challenging events in the sport’s calendar.


The oldest long-distance Endurance GB ride in the UK is widely regarded as one of the most challenging in Europe and sees competitors tackle classes ranging from 24km to 160km (100 miles) over spectacular moorland terrain.

This year’s top successes came in the Exmoor Stag class which takes competitors over 120km (75 miles) in two days. There were silver awards for Devon-based Karen Jones with Treasured Moonbeam and Kathy Carr who had travelled from Leicestershire to take part with Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle. A third rider, Exeter’s Gillian Mann, earned a completion with HS Parnasse.

Cullompton-based Karen Jones and her 13yr old mare, Treasured Moonbeam, had success over the 160km in 2017 and so stepped down a distance to take on the 120km two-day class.

On top of her Silver award, Karen collected the Exmoor Stag 75-mile Cup and the Exmoor Stag Award together with the Jill Calvert Cup for her crew.

Karen, who won the trophy for the leading rider to finish for the third time, said: “This little horse is amazing – we have differences of opinion sometimes about speed and direction but we get there! The weather for the Horseshoe ride was wonderful and ground conditions on the moor were good but the course was tough and I got off at one point because the track was so steep and I could barely get down.”

Exeter-based Gillian Mann and her 13yr gelding HS Parnasse first attempted the 160km class in 2015 but were unfortunately unsuccessful. They went on, however, to successfully complete the one-day 80km class in 2018 so this year went one better in stepping up to a second day of competition.

Gillian said: “The ride went very well despite getting caught up on one of the many gates and my bit breaking! However, with the camaraderie of riders and help of mine and other riders’ crews we completed.

“Compared to previous years, the northern route was more difficult with less open moor and very steep technical parts - although it did seem better the second time around. The southern loop was a delight with some good sections for cantering and beautiful views.

“I knew I had to be fit as well as my horse for the ride as it is a tough event which requires good pacing along the 120 km. I knew to expect quickly changing weather although this year the weather was perfect for riding.  This is one ride where keeping track of your pace is key, as is allowing your horse time to grab water and a snack on the way if that is what they want.”

“For me this is true endurance riding. I love the challenge, the countryside and the views are just magnificent. You have to be able to read the ground, adjust your speed to the terrain and listen to your horse.”

Grantham-based Kathy Carr with Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle came to the ride with a strong record of success including a silver and bronze over the 160km class in 2018 and 2015. They have also enjoyed multiple successes at challenging rides including a notable 14th place at the European test-event in Brussels in 2016.

Kathy received a glut of silverware for her efforts on Exmoor including the Marcy Pavord Memorial Trophy, the Zayin Arabian Stud Award, the Esprit de Ferzon, the Dunlop Heywood Veteran Rider Award, the Saillard Fuller Silver Trophy the Exmoor Stag Fleur Award.

Kathy said: “That was a really tough one! It was definitely the most challenging Golden Horseshoe Route I've experienced. We just made Silver time on day two with one minute to spare. Paris never ceases to amaze me.”

A completion in the Golden Horseshoe is regarded as being on the ‘bucket list’ for most top level endurance riders and the degree of the challenge registered this year with no completions in the weekend’s top class of 160km in two days. However, there were nine completions in the two-day 80km Exmoor Hind class with first place for Craig Budden from Southampton with GL Gilded Lance, a second place for Karen Wendy Jones on Indian Princess and third place for Charlie Turley and Safiya. Three riders enjoyed success in the one-day 80km Exmoor Fox class, Andrea Champ with Druimghigha Lantana earning first place, Sally McIlwaine and Winnie the Witch coming second and Antonia Milner-Matthews coming third with Clonmore Treasure.

However, one of the features of the weekend was the wide spread of Endurance GB entries from around England and Wales in other shorter distance classes. A total of 15 riders successfully took on the one-day 40km with 33 completions in the novice class. Elizabeth Madell and Twosox collected the Golden Horseshoe Para Award for her grade four completion in the Exmoor Otter Cub 40km Novice class.

In addition, the introduction of a non-competitive pleasure ride, which gave grass-roots endurance riders the chance to sample the Golden Horseshoe route over the stunning Exmoor National Park, saw fifty riders taking part.

Devon-based Jo Chisholm who organises the Golden Horseshoe Ride with husband Andrew said: “Despite low entries in the longer distance classes, the shorter distances were supported well and riders tackled a typical Exmoor course with many hills incorporating steep climbs and rocky tracks, along with some wonderful moorland going, which was in places almost perfect with the recent dry weather.  

“The weather was once again kind to us with ideal riding conditions, not too warm but pleasant in the sun for the numerous volunteers around the course.  The organisers would like to extend their utmost appreciation for the army of volunteers without whom this ride would not be possible.”

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: “On behalf of Endurance GB, I would like to thank the Golden Horseshoe Ride’s amazing team of ride organisers, vets and volunteers, without whom such a major event giving so many riders the opportunity to enjoy this incredible course, would not be possible. We are already looking forward to a great time next year.”


 

 

 
Endurance GB welfare conference in Newmarket Endurance GB welfare conference in Newmarket - (Published:21 May 2019)

Endurance GB welfare conference in Newmarket focuses on improving long term performance of the endurance horse  

Endurance GB’s welfare conference next weekend will bring together experts from the animal health, veterinary and sports science industries to focus on how to extend the careers of long-distance equine athletes.

The Endurance GB conference, taking place on Saturday 25th May at the Newmarket Equine Hospital, features an impressive line-up of speakers including; Dr Sue Dyson of the Animal Health Trust, Dr Roly Owers, from World Horse Welfare, Dr David Marlin, Scientific and Equine Consultant, together with Fran James and Tom Eaton Evans of the Newmarket Equine Hospital who will look at orthopaedic longevity and biosecurity.

Topics being covered range from identifying lameness, to understanding how ridden horse behaviour can predict the presence of musculoskeletal pain.

The conference will also hear findings from a pilot study looking at the weight that a horse can safely carry.

Alex Tennant, Director of Development and Welfare for Endurance GB said: “This day is aimed not only at anyone involved in endurance at all levels from novice to international but anyone interested in finding out more about the performance of the equine equivalent of the marathon athlete. Endurance GB is dedicated to offer education and discussion on improving horse welfare; which is the foundation of our sport and society. The theme of the day is, ‘Improving the longevity of the endurance horse’.

“Our speakers will be offering guidance on how we can plan our horses’ careers, training and competition to maximise health and fitness and minimise injury. There will be opportunities throughout the day for delegates to have any questions answered.

“Thank you to all our speakers, sponsors and guests who have supported this event.”

Welfare Conference sponsors, HPower and Meydan are event organiser and headline sponsor to the FEI European Endurance Championship which take place this summer at Euston Park in Suffolk on Saturday 17th August.

Jo Peck, Marketing and Communications Director of HPower which also organises the Royal Windsor Horse Show and London Olympia Horse Show, said: “We are proud to be associated with Endurance GB’s annual welfare conference and to be involved with building understanding of how long term performance for these incredible equine athletes can be improved. We have also been supporting Endurance GB in widening participation in the sport and are delighted that this summer’s European Championship will sit alongside the UK Endurance Festival featuring both national and Pony Club riders and teams in this popular and growing sport.”

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: “Endurance as a sport has consistently broken new ground in enhancing understanding of how equine athletes can best be cared for both in training and competition and we are proud that, while success is based on the strength of the partnership between horse and rider over long hours in the saddle, as riders we are always open to expanding our knowledge. This day promises both new scientific and research insight of benefit to both endurance and other equestrian sports. We would like to thank the conference sponsors for making the day possible.”

Tickets to the Endurance GB Welfare Conference at the Newmarket Equine Hospital, Saturday 25th May from 9am-5pm are priced £20 including lunch. Some spaces may still be available, to enquire, please contact conference@endurancegb.co.uk.

 


 

 
World-famous Exmoor Golden Horseshoe Ride sets off this weekend in ‘near perfect’ conditionsWorld-famous Exmoor Golden Horseshoe Ride sets off this weekend in ‘near perfect’ conditions - (Published:16 May 2019)

More than 140 horses and riders will set out to take part in the world-famous Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor this weekend.

The oldest long-distance Endurance GB ride in the UK is widely regarded as one of the most challenging in Europe and sees competitors tackle classes ranging from 24km to 160km (100 miles) over spectacular moorland terrain.

The ride was first held in 1965 with The Daily Telegraph newspaper as main sponsor. Starting from the ride venue in Exford, the 100 mile (160km) route includes several well-known Exmoor landmarks. Designed in two loops, one to the north and one to the south, the course takes riders north via  Wheddon Cross to Webbers Post in the shadow of Dunkery Beacon, and then west towards Porlock. The second southerly route sees riders head west towards Withypool and Hawkridge before descending from the moor through woodland to cross the River Barle near Dulverton and then back to Exford via Winsford.

The ride attracts Endurance GB competitors of all levels across a range of classes over the three days. This year, five riders will take on the greatest challenge The Golden Horseshoe Ride itself which covers 100 miles (160km) in two days. The five include three west country-based riders, David Yeoman from Somerset riding Eaunoire Cassie, Gillian Mann from Exeter with HS Parnasse and Kirsty Wiscombe from Dorset riding Yawl Hill Maverick. Travelling further afield are Gillian Talbot from Chepstow with Sa'da Sekora and Sue Cox from Cambridgeshire with Eden El Nyhl.

Five riders will tackle the Exmoor Stag class, which takes competitors over 120km (74.5 miles) in two days. Again the West Country is well represented by three riders, Karen Jones from Cullompton with Treasured Moonbeam, Amanda Tovey from Bristol with Diving Belle and Carri-Ann Dark from Wiltshire with HS Drift. Also lining up in the Exmoor Stag class are Sue Box from Usk with Kazeme El Mystral and Kathy Carr from Leicestershire with Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle.

The most popular class over the weekend is the 24km Pleasure Ride with nearly 50 entries. Horses have to pass stringent vet checks before starting as well as veterinary inspections during the ride to ensure they are fit to continue. Riders and horses are supported during the ride by crew who travel to water points along the route.

Ride organiser Jo Chisholm said after rain and then sunshine this week, the going on the moor for the ride is good and the weather forecast of light cloud and a gentle breeze for the weekend would make for ‘near perfect conditions’.

Devon-based Jo, who runs the ride with husband Andrew along with an army of Endurance GB volunteers said: “We are pleased with the level of entries and both the weather and ground conditions look set to provide the ideal conditions for tackling this spectacular course. The Golden Horseshoe Ride attracts riders from across the country and we are looking forward to welcoming them and seeing a wonderful and enjoyable two-days of competition.”

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: “The Golden Horseshoe and Exmoor Stag classes are two of the greatest classes in the Endurance GB calendar. A completion at this event is regarded as a pinnacle of achievement in our sport but is an achievable ambition with a combination of fit, well-prepared horse and rider, clement weather conditions and a light sprinkling of luck! We wish everyone taking part every success but more importantly, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.”

 

Photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography

 
Kings Forest FEI CEI3* 160km entry feeKings Forest FEI CEI3* 160km entry fee - (Published:14 May 2019)

To clarify: the entry fee for the Kings Forest FEI 3* 160km entry fee is £250 (minus Young Rider discount as applicable), which includes secure stabling for the night of the 1st June. Any additional nights' stabling will need to be booked and paid for with your entry at a cost of £35 per night. 

Any queries about payment should be directed to the Endurance GB office: enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk 

 
Important news about the future of 'Endurance' MagazineImportant news about the future of 'Endurance' Magazine - (Published:30 April 2019)

Endurance GB is currently working with its publishers, Matrix, to review all of our printed media to ensure that it is delivering best value for our members. As you will understand, print media is very expensive to produce, and it is vital that our hard copy publications are sustainable in an increasingly online world.

As a result of this review, some difficult decisions have been made about the future of Endurance magazine. The magazine is a joint venture, equally funded by Endurance GB and Matrix, and up to press has had a single editor contracted directly by Matrix.

Endurance GB and Matrix have decided to move away from this model.

The magazine will remain a joint venture, but rather than having a single editor we will be moving towards forming an editorial team made up of Matrix staff and Endurance GB volunteers.

The professional design, technical and practical side of producing the magazine will be absorbed into Matrix's existing staff, and we will have a team on the Endurance GB side responsible for sourcing content for the magazine.

Unfortunately this means that the single paid editor contractor position no longer exists.

We would like to thank Cindy Russell for her many years of dedication as editor to our magazine, taking the Endurance magazine forwards through many changes to position it where it is today and we wish her every success for the future.

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/News/Magazine

 
25th May - Endurance GB Welfare Conference25th May - Endurance GB Welfare Conference - (Published:24 April 2019)

IMPROVING THE LONGEVITY OF THE ENDURANCE HORSE

CLICK HERE for all the details of this day-long conference with lunch.

 
GOLDEN HORSESHOE RIDE 17th - 19th MAY 2019GOLDEN HORSESHOE RIDE 17th - 19th MAY 2019 - (Published:22 April 2019)

Just 14 days left before close of entries for the Golden Horseshoe - don't miss out on the ride of a lifetime .... get your entries in soonest!!


The 24 km Pleasure Ride takes place on Saturday 18th May alongside Day One for the 2-day 160km, 120km and 80km classes, with 80km and 40km Graded Rides on Sunday 19th - Day Two and the exciting finish of the main classes.

Come and enjoy the magic of Exmoor - see the Golden Horseshoe website for much more information including a list of entries!

 
Endurance GB responds to FEI Sports Forum on future of enduranceEndurance GB responds to FEI Sports Forum on future of endurance - (Published:17 April 2019)

Chair of Endurance GB, Rebecca Kinnarney, has described a day dedicated to addressing challenges faced by the sport of endurance internationally as marking a positive step forward.

Speaking after the FEI Sports Forum presentation given by the Endurance Temporary Committee, Rebecca Kinnarney said: “Change is clearly needed and the Endurance Temporary Committee has worked extremely hard to produce a set of proposals to take our sport into the future.

“A great deal of expertise has been put into this process and the findings will be significant for our understanding of the way forward.

“There have been some interesting recommendations on rule changes, on the management and training of officials and on the qualification process for riders at FEI rides with measures to reduce speeds and take into account completion rates and we applaud the focus on horse welfare.

“Endurance GB will be reviewing all the plans outlined in detail including the proposals for novice qualification through to FEI level and we will be involving members closely in the consultation process which gives us the opportunity to provide feedback to the FEI before November.”



 

 
Endurance GB to attend FEI Sports Forum on 'Reshaping Endurance@Endurance GB to attend FEI Sports Forum on 'Reshaping Endurance@ - (Published:15 April 2019)

Endurance GB has confirmed that the organisation will be represented at this week’s International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Sports Forum taking place in Lausanne (15-16 April).

The entire programme on Tuesday 16 April, the second day of the Forum, is being dedicated to the sport of endurance and Endurance GB will be represented by Chair, Rebecca Kinnarney and International Chair, John Robertson. The Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation, Nick Fellows will also be in attendance.

The Endurance Temporary Committee, which is chaired by former British Team Vet Dr Sarah Coombs, will present over three sessions the work it has done since its creation in October 2018, with what it describes as an emphasis on the Committee’s philosophy for changing the approach of athletes and officials to the sport.

Members of the Temporary Committee include Valerie Kanavy (USA), the former athlete representative on the Endurance Committee, Tarek Taher (KSA), an international Endurance athlete elected by his peers as a member of the FEI Athletes’ Committee last year; Pieter Wiersinga (NED), chef d’équipe of the Dutch Endurance team, a Police Commissioner and former Head of the Mounted Police in the Netherlands; and Dr Tim Parkin (GBR), who was elected onto the FEI Veterinary Committee and who heads up the scientific research conducted at the University of Glasgow as part of the FEI’s Global Endurance Injuries Study (GEIS).

The programme for the day is headed Reshaping Endurance and will cover three sessions between 9am and 3.30pm;

·         Qualification of Horses and Athletes: reducing welfare risks;

 

·         Educating Officials and correct application of the rules and

·         Improvements and innovations to reshape Endurance.

 

There will be a two-hour closing session to allow for contributions from delegates.

In a statement, the FEI has said that open dialogue between the Temporary Committee, the FEI and the audience will be encouraged.

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “We are there to represent our members and the values and ethos upheld at every level by everyone involved in the sport in this country and will be robust in sharing our views on the way forward.

She added: “Endurance GB’s core objective is the promotion of a safe sport bringing health and wellbeing benefits to horse and rider through endurance competition and training and we are here for everyone at whatever level they participate. Central to this, the Society exists to promote and uphold at all times the highest standards of horse welfare and clean sport.”

The FEI Sports Forum sessions will be live streamed here.

 

 
Novice level Competitions and AwardsNovice level Competitions and Awards - (Published:13 April 2019)

Endurance GB run many different awards and competitions for all levels of horse and rider. Over the coming weeks we will be detailing just some of what is available at novice, open and advanced level. We are kicking off with novice level competitions and awards. Our thanks to all of the sponsors and trophy donors who support these awards.  

 

Click here to see the details.

 

If you are interested in any of these competitions and awards, more details can be found on the Endurance GB Website or by contacting your local Endurance GB Group.

 

 
Information from the ride organisers of Royal Windsor EnduranceInformation from the ride organisers of Royal Windsor Endurance - (Published:11 April 2019)

Entries in the 2* are limited to 12 per National Federation. Total entries for the ride are limited to 120 horses, split 80 in 2*, 40 in 1*. Should all 2* places not be taken, these places will be available to entries in 1*.

 

Should Great Britain have more than 12 entries in the 2* class, Endurance GB will be making a live draw in the office on Friday 3rd May at 11am. This draw can be viewed on our Facebook page.

 
A update on Basil, the horse missing at King's Forest Spring RideA update on Basil, the horse missing at King's Forest Spring Ride - (Published:10 April 2019)

We are delighted to report that Basil was found on Sunday safe and well by a member of the public and has now been reunited with Karen. 

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Endurance GB has confirmed that a horse is missing following a rider fall at King’s Forest Spring Ride in Suffolk.

An extensive search is underway across the King’s Forest, an area covering more than 5,000 acres, for Basil de Mulo, a grey gelding, owned by rider Karen Grieg who was taking part in a two-day 80km class on Saturday. Ms Grieg, a member of Endurance GB’s Cotswold Group, was unhurt in the incident.

Police and RAF officers are involved in the hunt for the missing horse who parted company with his rider just under an hour after leaving the venue at Wordwell, north west of Bury St Edumunds. The search, covering 100s of miles of forest tracks and heathland, continued until nightfall on Saturday and resumed at first light this morning.

A spokesman for the ride organiser said that the horse, who is wearing a distinctive bright orange bridle and black saddle, had been spotted on the west side of the forest near Icklingham, by members of the public on Sunday morning.

Any sightings of the horse should be reported to ride organiser Diane Luke on 07909 843958

 

 

 
KINGS FOREST SPRING RIDEKINGS FOREST SPRING RIDE - (Published:26 March 2019)

We are all looking forward to King's Forest Spring ride next week, 5th - 7th April.

If you wish to make a late entry and you will require stabling, please make your entry by Friday 29th at 8am as the stables are being loaded onto the lorry on Friday!

All entries already received who have requested stabling, have an allocated stable.

 

Please also note that vaccination records must be sent to the Ride Organiser, Dianne Luke, by this weekend, 30th March to enable Di and her team to check these well ahead of the ride.

 

 
FOREST OF DEAN BLUEBELL - DATE CHANGEFOREST OF DEAN BLUEBELL - DATE CHANGE - (Published:19 March 2019)

The Forest of Dean Bluebell Ride will now be held on Sunday 21 April.

 

The old venue is not currently safe due to hedge clearing and fencing to make it boar proof in the future and alternative car parks were not really large enough to accommodate us as well as the general public comfortably. The organisers have found a new venue at Speech House fields, which is an excellent venue but it was not available on the original weekend. They have, however, been able to replan with the cancellation of Wentwood.

 

The new venue is Speech House Fields, Speech House Hotel, Speech House Rd, Coleford GL16 7EL

Apologies to anyone whose plans have been disrupted but safety of all must be paramount.

 

Please note: Anyone entered for the original date will be refunded and they will need to re-enter the ride on the new date: click here         

 

Esther Young

Operations Director

 

 
Online entries and flu vaccination records - an updateOnline entries and flu vaccination records - an update - (Published:17 March 2019)

Any entries made through the Endurance GB online entry system from today will be automatically prompted for a copy of their horse's flu vaccination certificate as part of the entry process. 

You will be able to upload your certificate as follows, when prompted by the online software: 

1. Scan or take a photo of your 'flu Vaccination Record, ensuring it includes any 'flu vaccinations given in the past four years.  

2. Save (export) it as a jpeg, gif, png or pdf file of under 4MB in size. 

3.Once saved on your computer, click "Browse" below and find the file you saved. Then click "Upload". 

4. If this works, the system will say "Success" 

Alternatively you may send a copy to the Entries Secretary by post, but your entry will not be accepted unless the record has been received in advance of the ride, and you may be turned away if the record is not received. If you are posting a copy to the Entries Secretary, you must also include a copy of the horse ID page, the name the horse is entered under (if different) and details of the class that you have entered.  

 

Please note: You can only upload one page at a time. If you need to send in more than one page, please upload your first page, complete and pay for your entry, and then go back in to 'edit' your entry to upload the next page.

 

Riders who have entered a ride  before the introduction of the auto-upload facility will be able to “edit” their entry and upload the flu vac certificate retrospectively. 

Riders will also be able to upload a replacement certificate if they change the horse on an existing entry 

You will still need to take your horse's passport and vaccination records to the ride with you, and additional biosecurity measures may be in place. Please read your ride information carefully when it arrives. 

IMPORTANT NOTE RE REFUNDS: Any withdrawals of entries where the entry was made after 18 February 2019 will now be subject to Endurance GB's normal refund policy and refunds after the closing date will not automatically be given if the horse's vaccinations are out of date. This is because at the time of entry it will have been clear to the entrant that up to date flu vaccinations were required. Refunds after the closing date will therefore only be given on receipt of a note from a doctor, vet, physio or farrier, or on receipt of a copy of the horse's mastercard showing that they had been eliminated on veterinary grounds in the 16 days prior to the ride. 

Esther Young - Operations Director


 
EGB SENIOR TRAINING 23rd and 24th MARCHEGB SENIOR TRAINING 23rd and 24th MARCH - (Published:04 March 2019)

Endurance GB Development director Alex Tennant would like to welcome members and non-members to attend this senior training event.

Grateful thanks to HPower and Meydan for their support with Endurance GB training initiatives.

All details may be viewed here.

 

 

 

 
International Competition Grooms Group LaunchedInternational Competition Grooms Group Launched - (Published:24 February 2019)

The International Competition Grooms Group (ICGG) has been launched to support any groom that works at international level competitions, whether in the UK or abroad.

 

With representatives from each international circuit, the Group gives the opportunity for members to share their concerns and important opinions.

 

The International Reps will work with the British Grooms Association (BGA) to collate, represent and feedback to governing bodies, organising committees and competition organisers - this is the smart and professional way to be heard; giving a united voice at this elite level.

 

In addition the ICGG will also offer support to less experienced competition grooms and give them a friendly representative from their sport, who they can contact to get practical advice and support.

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) President, Ingmar De Vos said, “We welcome the creation of the International Competition Grooms Group, which will give a stronger voice to these incredibly dedicated members of our community. The FEI set up a grooms working group in 2017 and we hope this new international organisation will be fully representative of this important group of people and will enable us to have an even better communication channel direct with the grooms. We look forward to a close collaboration with the ICGG.”

 

Alan Davies, Head Travelling Groom to Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester added, “I am extremely proud to be an Ambassador for the BGA. It is informative and supportive on many levels and always striving to improve all aspects of our lives as grooms. The new International Competition Grooms Group adds another dimension, giving even more support for those of us facing the challenges of travelling the world.”

 

Joining Alan on the team of ICGG Reps for dressage is Heidi Troniseck (Richard Davison), for show jumping Daniel Tarpey (Harry Charles), Zoe Herbert (William Funnell) and Sara Shears (freelance) and heading up the eventing grooms is Jess Errington (Harry Meade) and Debbie Carpenter (freelance).

 

To join the ICGG simply go to www.britishgrooms.org.uk, select a membership option and on check out simply select ‘I groom at international level competitions as part of my job.’

For more information and to join go to https://britishgrooms.org.uk/internationalcompetitiongrooms  

 

 
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has been preparing for when the UK leaves the European UnionThe British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has been preparing for when the UK leaves the European Union - (Published:22 February 2019)

 

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has been preparing for when the UK leaves the European Union on March 29th 2019.

Although the conditions of the UK’s departure are not yet clear the BEF has been working closely with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as well as vets and other leaders in the equine industry to make sure horse owners are well informed of the preparations they need to make in the event of the UK leaving with No Deal. The government has today issued guidance to owners here
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-on-the-movement-of-horses-and-other-equines-in-a-no-deal-scenario

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The Government has today issued guidance for owners of horses, ponies and other equines on the preparations they need to made in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Leaving the EU with a deal ...
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The chief concern for owners will be transportation as there will be significant changes to the way that equines are moved to the EU from the UK.


Owners should take steps to prepare for a potential No Deal and should consult a vet at least six weeks before they intend to transport their equine as blood tests will be required to prove the absence of certain diseases.

There will also be changes to the documentation required for an equine to travel from the UK to the EU.

The BEF and DEFRA have compiled a FAQ on what action owners need to take. This can be found on our website under Brexit: https://bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=brexit-horse

As the conditions under which the UK leaves the EU become clearer, the BEF will continue to work closely with government and provide the most up-to-date information to owners.


 

 
EGB Equine Flu PolicyEGB Equine Flu Policy - (Published:21 February 2019)

In consultation with the Animal Health Trust and the British Equestrian Federation, Endurance GB have drawn up the following policy with regard to flu vaccination and vaccination records. This policy remains in place during the current Equine Influenza outbreak but may be subject to change as this is an ever changing issue.

Please click here to view the policy.

 
THE EUROPEAN EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY FOCUSES ON ENDURANCETHE EUROPEAN EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY FOCUSES ON ENDURANCE - (Published:20 February 2019)

 

EEF Working Group has been established to define principles, proposals and a vision for the future

 

The first meeting of the EEF (European Equestrian Federation) Endurance Working Group provided plenty of positive momentum when representatives from a wide range of active stakeholders in the continental Endurance landscape gathered in Paris, France on 19 December 2018.

 

They have come together in a “think tank” that reported to the EEF Board, EEF member NFs and FEI stakeholders. As newly-appointed EEF President Theo Ploegmakers explained in his opening address that their brief is to provide guiding principles with rational solutions that will strengthen the sport across Europe and ensure its credibility worldwide.

 

The EEF Endurance Working Group, chaired by Quentin Simonet, International Relations Coordinator for the French NF, believes that Endurance has a positive future, provided the unacceptable behaviours of a few in the community are addressed and rectified. It is true sport when practiced in a fair way, giving access to all, from beginners to the most experienced and talented athletes, and with the emphasis on the partnership between an educated rider and a well-trained horse. 

On almost all of the most important topics the participants shared the same vision to counter current drifts (doping, corruption and any other kind of cheating) and provide a sustainable future for this discipline. 

 

The core statement was to underline that when the current regulations are applied, as it is the case in most of the European events, there is nearly no room for drifts.

By consequence they first agree on the strict application of these regulations and on the reinforcement of the points which will help to do so: consistent application of sanctions, reinforcement of anti-doping program, limitation of crew members, imposition of strict weight control, certification of timing and heart-rate providers, upgrade of a strong FEI officials monitoring program.

 

Working Group members also addressed veterinarian suggestions, such as: the decrease of intermediate presentation times to 15 minutes, conservation of current heart rate principles and the extension of the rules to avoid horses being transported immediately after competition from 2 Star events. Moreover they agreed upon being against  the eventual reintroduction of  the 2 hours invasive treatment rule.

 

This is a progress report and the EEF Endurance Working Group will come up with more details and new recommendations in due time. The Group is looking forward to cooperating with many other stakeholders who have a similar vision. 

 

The participants list and minutes of the first meeting of the EEF Endurance Working Group are available on: http://www.euroequestrian.eu/documents/wg-endurance

EEF PRESS RELEASE 
20 FEBRUARY 2019

 

 
ENDURANCE GB SENIOR TRAINING 23RD + 24TH MARCHENDURANCE GB SENIOR TRAINING 23RD + 24TH MARCH - (Published:19 February 2019)

Saturday - Grassroots Endurance Rider + Crew Day

 

A mounted or unmounted day that includes:

 

* An introduction to Endurance

 

* Arena polework & gymnastic exercises with UKCC endurance coach Amanda Barton

 

* Session with Confidence Coach Cathy Sirett – confidence building and taking on new challenges

 

*Crew and rider map reading session

 

*Interactive session for your Crews with highly experienced crew.

 

*Mock vetting with 15km training ride in the New Forest. Crews can practice crewing techniques on course with trainer.

 

 

 

Riding place £50 including lunch / Dismounted + Crew Place £15 with lunch

 

 

Sunday - Health, Welfare + Anatomy

 

An unmounted day that includes sessions with experts on a wide range different topics:

 

*Confidence Coach Cathy Sirett  talks about practical steps to achieve your goals for the 2019 season

 

*UKCC Endurance Coach Amanda Barton is running a practical session to review gymnastic exercises to improve your horses way of going

 

*Masterson Method Practitioner Lorraine Dearnley will be showing you how to identify common physical problems in your horses and will be talking about ulcers, hind gut issues and nutrition of the endurance horse

 

*Movement Analyst and Elite Gymnastics Coach Claire Pier will be running a bodywork session on rider balance and symmetry in the saddle

 

*Amanda Barton will be talking about how your horse moves and how to translate good quality movement to distance riding

 

£30 including lunch

 

 

Venue - Tilefield Equestrian, Brockenhurst, New Forest, SO42 7UE

 

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE - Email alextennant@endurancegb.co.uk

 

 
EQUINE FLU OUTBREAKEQUINE FLU OUTBREAK - (Published:17 February 2019)

Endurance GB are following the British Equestrian Federation guidelines in respect of our response to the current Equine Flu outbreak. These can be found on the British Equestrian Federation website: https://www.bef.co.uk/News.aspx  

Currently, the BEF are advising that all horses attending events run by national governing bodies must be vaccinated against Equine Influenza. Yearly boosters are acceptable but six monthly boosters are strongly recommended, at least while the current outbreak is ongoing.  

A newly vaccinated horse requires two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Seven days must have elapsed after the second vaccination before it is deemed to be fully covered and be able to arrive at a venue. The horse will then require a third vaccination between 150-215 days after the second. 

The BEF are also advising that horses do not attend events if they, or any horses they have had recent contact with, are showing signs of sickness. Likewise, horses should not attend events if they have been imported into the UK in the preceding 21 days, and horses who have been in contact with a recently imported horse should also stay away.  

Additional biosecurity measures may be put in place on a ride by ride basis, depending on local veterinary advice. Please read your ride information carefully and abide by any measures in place. 

If you now have to withdraw from a ride because your horse is not sufficiently vaccinated, you will be entitled to a full refund. Please note that refunds will only be given to those who withdraw before the ride. If your horse's vaccinations are found to be insufficient on arrival at a venue, a refund will not be given. 

You will need to provide a copy of your horse's vaccinations with your ride entry. If you have already entered a ride, the organisers will be in touch to explain how they want you to submit a copy of your horse's vaccinations. 

You will need to bring your horse's passport to the ride with you, and it will be checked. Horses who are not sufficiently vaccinated will unfortunately be turned away.  

Thank you for your continued support.  

Esther Young - Operations Director

 

 
15.02.19 UPDATE FROM THE BEF15.02.19 UPDATE FROM THE BEF - (Published:15 February 2019)

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) notes the latest update (14.02.19) from the Animal Health Trust of more positive tests for equine flu in Worcestershire, central Scotland, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. For the latest information follow @equiflunet on Twitter.

The BEF is urging all competition and training event organisers to check the equine ID passports of all horses attending their event to ensure that they comply with vaccination rules. We remind all participants to check the requirements of venues before they set out.

The BEF continues to urge all owners to be vigilant for the symptoms of equine flu and to alert their vet if they think their horses are showing signs. 

All owners MUST ensure their vaccination records are up to date, and if it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we strongly recommend discussing a booster with their veterinary surgeon.

We also remind owners that any contact with recently imported horses represents an increased risk so owners should follow veterinary advice by isolating any recently imported horse for a period of at least 21 days. 

 

 
BEF UPDATE ON EQUINE FLUBEF UPDATE ON EQUINE FLU - (Published:14 February 2019)

Endurance GB and The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) note the latest update from the Animal Health Trust (follow @equiflunet on Twitter for more details) reporting more positive tests for equine flu in Sussex, Worcestershire and Leicestershire.

Endurance GB and The BEF continue to urge horse owners to be vigilant for signs of equine flu and to alert their vet if they think their horses are showing symptoms.

As has been demonstrated in this outbreak, vaccinations are vital in tackling the spread of the disease so all owners MUST ensure their vaccination records are up to date. If it’s been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we strongly recommend discussing a booster with your veterinary surgeon.

Endurance GB and The BEF note that some venues are insisting – as they are perfectly entitled to – that all horses must have received a booster within the last 6 months. This is a decision based on a local veterinary risk assessment so we would remind participants to check the requirements of venues before they set off.

We also remind owners that any contact with recently imported horses represents an increased risk so owners should follow veterinary advice by isolating any recently imported horse for a period of at least 21 days.

 

 
EQUINE FLU - URGENT MESSAGE FROM REBECCA KINNARNEY, EGB CHAIREQUINE FLU - URGENT MESSAGE FROM REBECCA KINNARNEY, EGB CHAIR - (Published:13 February 2019)

Rebecca is currently attending a BEF meeting and has this urgent update:

Current BEF recommendations for managing equines in the home are:

 

1. Strongly recommend vaccination if more than 6 months since last vaccination.

 

2. Do NOT allow vaccinated and unvaccinated horses to mix.

 

3. Isolate any new horses in your environment for 21 days.

 

If there is an update on this following the completion of the meeting, we will post it here.

For current BEF guidelines click here.

 
EQUINE FLUEQUINE FLU - (Published:08 February 2019)

EQUINE FLU: Some of you may have seen that the BEF news website has experienced problems in the last few hours. It’s being fixed as we speak but in the meantime the BEF have migrated their advice and statements on to the horse health and biosecurity page of their website https://bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=Horse-Health-Biosecurity

 
BEF advises horse owners after equine flu outbreakBEF advises horse owners after equine flu outbreak - (Published:07 February 2019)

Following British Horseracing’s decision to cancel all racing today (7 February) the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is closely monitoring the situation. Veterinary experts have advised that it is not necessary to cancel other equine events at this time, but we will issue a further update once the full extent of the outbreak is known.  

In the meantime, we recommend that all owners follow the guidelines below as a precaution and ensure that all vaccinations are fully up to date. If your horse is currently vaccinated, we recommend a booster if it has been longer than 6 months since your horse’s last vaccination.

 

Actions for owners to take:

It is crucial for all horse and pony owners to be vigilant and follow recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease.

Look out for signs of disease which can include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs.

If you see any of these signs, isolate the horse and call your vet immediately.

It is essential that any horses showing signs of possible equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, do not travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses. If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse we suggest that you should take immediate veterinary advice.

We advise that horses are vaccinated with a booster for equine flu with a vaccine that contains the Florida Clade 1. There are two such vaccines currently licensed in the UK, ProteqFlu and Equilis Prequenza. If your horse is currently vaccinated, but it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we recommend that you discuss a booster with your veterinary surgeon.

The BEF also has guidance on its website regarding equine infectious diseases and is urging owners to take the necessary precautions to avoid their horses becoming infected.

Further information

Follow @equiflunet

www.equiflunet.org.uk

www.bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=Horse-Health-Biosecurity

 

 
A Message from the ChairA Message from the Chair - (Published:01 February 2019)

Good morning all!

 

Well, February is here and we're just over 4 weeks away from our first ride of the season. We know that you're all busy training your horses, as we've lots of ride entries coming in every day. For those of you hit by snow today, we're reliably informed (if weather forecasts are ever reliable!) that it won't last and we can all get back to spending more time riding than shuffling around trying to keep upright!

 

As you may know, the Board had a strategy weekend in the middle of January and we just wanted to share with you our strategy, together with our tactics for this calendar year: Endurance GB 2019-2024 Business Plan


We hope and are sure that you will all support us with our vision to tell as many people as we possibly can about the benefits of endurance riding and how we have something to offer to everyone, whether your goal is a 16km pleasure ride or 160km in a day. All are welcome!

 

We also wanted to let you know the current decision re: the vacant position on the Board of Directors. Having carefully examined all of the applications for the role and deliberated long and hard, we have decided, as a Board, to leave the responsibility for that role with Rosemary Henderson. Rosemary will be seeking external help, in particular with the review, and will be having support from the office, as well as from her Board colleagues, obviously.

 

Many of us are off to the first Volunteers conference of the year tomorrow in Corbridge. We hope to see lots of you there and at the Midlands, Southern and Welsh conferences over the coming weeks.

 

Meanwhile, have a great February and roll on Spring!

 

Rebecca Kinnarney



 

 

 
New Clothing Range from Custom Club ClothingNew Clothing Range from Custom Club Clothing - (Published:26 January 2019)

Endurance GB are delighted to announce the launch of its new clothing range which can be purchased through Custom Club Clothing at http://www.customclubclothing.co.uk/shop/index.php?c=328

There are fully personalised options to add, for example, your name, your horse's name, your group name or your team name.  The only thing that will appear as standard is Endurance GB ;)

There are a number of colour combinations to choose from.  Go and have a browse and get yourself kitted out for the new season.  

We'd love to see your photos of you wearing your new kit!

 

 

 
ENGLAND - INVITATION DUBAI CROWN PRINCE ENDURANCE CUPENGLAND - INVITATION DUBAI CROWN PRINCE ENDURANCE CUP - (Published:23 January 2019)

Please see the International News page for information about this invitation for GBR to nominate combinations for this event.

 

 
2019 Volunteer Conferences2019 Volunteer Conferences - (Published:15 January 2019)

The dates for our 2019 Volunteer Conferences are as follows:

 

2 February - Northern Conference @ Corbridge Parish Hall, Hexham

9 February - Midlands Conference @ Kegworth Village Hall, Kegworth

16 February - Southern Conference @ The Radnor Hall, Salisbury

 

Everyone is welcome at these conferences, from ride organisers to technical stewards to gate openers through to anyone who just wants to find out a bit more about volunteering and wants to make new friends.

 

The days will each cover: 

- 2019 rule changes

- Health & Safety

- Volunteering

- Safeguarding

- Technical Steward overview

- An overview of IT project which will deliver a new IT system for Endurance GB in 2020

- Publicising endurance

 

There is no charge for attending and lunch will be provided (one of Kerry Dawson's legendary buffets)

 

We are also running a Welsh ride organiser, volunteer and strategy day on 2 March, at the Henderson Hall, Talybont, LD3 7YQ. This will pick up some elements of the other volunteer days, but will also focus on identifying how Endurance GB can help promote endurance riding in Wales.

 

If you would like to attend any of the conferences please e-mail estheryoung@endurancegb.co.uk

 

 

 
An important communication from the FEIAn important communication from the FEI - (Published:14 January 2019)

Please click here to go to the International News page.

 
Junior and Young Rider Training Day - 23rd FebruaryJunior and Young Rider Training Day - 23rd February - (Published:14 January 2019)

An exciting opportunity for Juniors and Young Riders at a Training Day in the New Forest.  Click here for full details and access to the online booking form.


Senior riders you haven't been forgotten! Please save the date of the 23rd + 24th of March (note amended date please) for a training camp with UKCC Level Two Endurance Coach Amanda Barton in the New Forest. Further details will be released soon!

 
The 2019 ride calendar is now OPEN! The 2019 ride calendar is now OPEN! - (Published:10 January 2019)

We have many rides on offer for every level of horse and rider, from 8km pleasure rides right through to 160km in a day and the European Championships. Why not try one of our new 'Foundation' Novice Graded Endurance Rides which are 20-29km long (12-18 miles)?

 

Visit our ride page to start planning your  season:   https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/List-of-Rides

 

 
Endurance GB Coaching Scheme For AllEndurance GB Coaching Scheme For All - (Published:07 January 2019)

Dear Member,

 The Endurance GB Coaching Scheme for All has now opened for 2019! We will be contributing funding towards five places for a UKCC Level 1 coaching qualification. So we are looking for applications from Endurance GB members, aged 16 or over, who would like to further their own education and the education of their fellow members.

 

Please see below for further details on the application process and the link to the online form. The deadline for applications is the 4th of February.

 

There will be opportunities later in the year for existing coaches to be supported in their move up to the next level. We are grateful to sponsors, H Power, for their support with this scheme.

 

Alex Tennant

Development Director

 
     

 

EGB Coaching for All Scheme

Five places are available with 50% funding towards a UKCC Level 1 coaching course.

These candidates will be supported throughout their training and progression.

Link to application form https://goo.gl/forms/aSNZrCSEaIGFz6dG2

Applications will close on the 4th of February

 

FOR AN APPLICATION FORM AND TO FIND OUT MORE CONTACT:

coaching@endurancegb.co.uk

 
Improving Confidence and Mobility WorkshopImproving Confidence and Mobility Workshop - (Published:21 December 2018)

10am – 4pm Sunday 10th February 2019

TO BE HELD AT

Risley Memorial Hall

111 Derby Road

Derby

DE72 3SS

 

 

This exciting new interactive workshop is open to all EGB Members and Non-Members. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own saddles to the workshop.

 

10th February 2019 – Risley Memorial Hall, Derbyshire – 10am till 4pm

 

The itinerary for the event will include:

 

·      Morning - a number of sessions run by a team of Master Saddlers including an Olympic team saddle fitter. The purpose of these is to increase knowledge around correct saddle fitting, pressure and to discuss tack adjustments to aid mobility.

 

·      Afternoon – a session led by UKCC Endurance Coach Cindy Russell aimed at improving confidence.

 

Lunch is included but places are limited. Free for PARA members, £40 EGB Members, £60 Non – Members.

 

Thank you to the Worshipful Company of Saddlers for their sponsorship of this event.

 

Please complete the booking form (click here) and email paraendurance@endurancegb.co.uk

 

If you have any queries, please contact alextennant@endurancegb.co.uk

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Alex Tennant

Director of Development, Welfare, Young Riders, Futurity and Para Equestrian Endurance.

 

T: 07871 310221

 

 
We need you!We need you! - (Published:17 December 2018)

As you will, no doubt, be aware, the Board of Directors currently stands at 9 members. We are able to have a maximum of 10 Board members and, in order to function as well and efficiently as possible, we are looking to co-opt a member of Endurance GB onto the Board for a period until the AGM on November 23rd 2019. The role which we are looking to fill is that of Director with particular responsibility for Health and Safety.

 

The remit of the Health and Safety role is:

Carry out a review of Health and Safety procedures and policy throughout Endurance GB and draw up new policy documentation, ensuring that this reflects the latest health and safety legislation and best practice.

 

Responsibility for ensuring health and safety compliance of the Endurance GB office and at all events organised by Endurance GB, to include but not exclusive to national rides, training, pleasure and social rides, training events, social events.

 

Lead and advise the Endurance GB Health and Safety Committee

 

Provide advice and support to Endurance GB volunteers around the UK with regard to health and safety issues and queries.

 

Prepare and arrange delivery of suitable training courses for Group Health and Safety officers in order to give an understanding of health and safety requirements within Endurance GB and within their role.

 

Develop and update necessary support and reference materials for volunteers to use to perform their roles (for example, risk assessment templates and guidance on how to complete risk assessments).

 

Work with Endurance GB’s insurers to ensure that incidents/ accidents are accurately recorded for future reference and that the data is available for analysis.

 

Review reported incidents and accidents data and risk assessments to determine patterns which may then be used to shape health and safety policy and training within Endurance GB.

 

Develop a relationship with the health and safety functions of the BEF and its Member Bodies.

 

Where necessary, work with external bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regarding incidents/accidents within Endurance GB.

 

We would welcome expressions of interest from anyone who feels that they have the skills, interest and experience to fulfil this incredibly important role and who would like to help to drive our society forward.

 

Please note that the Board’s Strategy Day and Board Meeting are to be held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January 2019, and we would hope that the successful candidate would be able to attend.

 

Expressions of interest, please, via email to healthandsafetydirector2019@endurancegb.co.uk by 6pm on Sunday 30th December.

 

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB 

 

 
HIGHEST SCORING BRITISH RIDERS IN THEIR CATEGORIES FOR 2018HIGHEST SCORING BRITISH RIDERS IN THEIR CATEGORIES FOR 2018 - (Published:16 December 2018)

The Leading Rider award was designed in conjunction with the British Equestrian Federation as part of the British Protocol for Endurance. The award is designed to reward consistent riding in CERs and FEI rides and takes into account presentation times, vetgate results, and consistent loop speeds. 

 

We are very pleased to announce that the following riders were the highest scoring British riders in their categories for 2018:

 

80km Senior: Sarah Keeley & Autumn Reflection: 90.88% (Cirencester)

80km YR: Katie Bedwin & Elayla: 80.27% (Kings Spring)

90km+ Senior: Ruth Chadwick & Aragorn: 82.79% (Cranwell)

90km+ YR: Ollie Holman & Bronze Nadhir: 73.79% (Cranwell)

 

The winners of the remaining Leading Rider awards from 2018 were: 

Euston Park 2:

80km: MARIJKE VISSER, Castlebar Gameboy: 85.19% (1st in class)

80km: BHOM SINGH CHANAN SINGH, GAIVOTA DA AMEIRA: 67.90% (5th in class)

120km: SHAHEEN YAYHYA SHAHEEN KHALFAN ALMAZROUEI, Upedro: 71.05% (1st in class)

160km: JAAFAR MERZA ABDULNABI HASSAN, As Flor Del Pago: 90.21% (6th in class)

 

Cirencester:

80km: Belinda Stewart, Penny Clawd: 87.10% (3rd in class)

80km veteran: Sarah Keeley & Autumn Reflection: 90.88% (1st in class)

80km YR: Sophie Moorhouse, Crystal Wissam: 71.38% (3rd in class)

100km: Heather Whiteley, Distance Oasis: 78.62% (1st in class)

 

Euston Park 4:

80km: Nicki Thorne, L M ASHIRTA: 88.62% (40th in class)

80km YR: NICO HELTA, HERONIMO OX: 79.84% (6th in class)

120km: BRUNA PUJOLS AUMATELL, JM DIMINUTA:  89.81% (12th in class)

120km YR: SHAHEEN YAYHYA SHAHEEN KHALFAN ALMAZROUE, Zulo: 77.37% (2nd in class)

160km: BHOM SINGH CHANAN SINGH, ANTIPASTI DE SOMMANT: 81.55% (6th in class)

 

Boyton Hall:

80km: Gill Campbell, Pstylistic: 40.82% (1st in class)

 

Red Dragon:

80km: Nicky Sherry, Silver Zourra: 65.63% (3rd in class)

160km: Belinda Stewart, Penny Clawd: 77.68% (4th in class)

 

Royalties:

80km: Sue Box, HS Shaman: 75.17% (3rd in class)

 

The highest scoring rider in each class, where that rider has scored at least 70% of the points available to them, wins a £10 Endurance GB voucher. Congratulations to all.

 

Nb Unfortunately it was not possible to calculate the Leading Rider award for a couple of the events, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.  

 

Esther Young

Operations Director

 

 
Endurance Temporary Committee holds first in-person meeting at FEI HQEndurance Temporary Committee holds first in-person meeting at FEI HQ - (Published:13 December 2018)

Here is the official press release from the FEI covering the first face to face meeting of the Temporary Endurance Committee:

 

FEI PRESS RELEASE
Lausanne (SUI), 12 December 2018

Endurance Temporary Committee holds first in-person meeting at FEI HQ

The Temporary Committee, established by the FEI Board in October to urgently review the Endurance rules in order to address the issues currently affecting the discipline, held its first in-person meeting at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) today.

Dr Sarah Coombs (GBR), who chairs the Temporary Committee, said after the meeting: “Today’s meeting generated really strong and productive debate and, together with input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, we have already drawn up a list of our key focus areas. Your voices are being heard. We are under no illusions about the challenges of the task ahead, but the future of the discipline is under the spotlight and we will do whatever is necessary to rebuild the trust of our community and restore the image of a discipline that has every right to remain a part of the FEI, provided the rules are adhered to and enforced to ensure that our horses are protected and cheating is stamped out.”

The Temporary Committee has already received a huge amount of feedback from the Endurance Community on a number of key areas, including:
• Increased testing of horses for prohibited substances;
• Increased sanctions for horse abuse;
• Review of speeds;
• Reassessment of rules on mandatory rest periods;
• Redefinition of elimination codes (particularly Catastrophic Injury);
• Elite athlete status and “jockey riders”;
• Qualifications, including qualification as a combination;
• Increased completion percentage before allowing upgrade to next level;
• Reinstate and redefine two-hour invasive treatment rule;
• Hyposensitivity screening (the use of the FEI Hyposensitivity Control System (HCS) was voted in at last month’s FEI General Assembly for implementation in 2019);
• Heart rates and presentation times at Vet Gate;
• Definition of and registration of trainers;
• Over-training/over-competing;
• Mandatory medication logbook and out of competition testing;
• Extended provisional suspension for horses testing positive to Banned Substances
• Course design 
• Tack and equipment
• Crewing numbers

This first meeting also provided the Temporary Committee with the opportunity to establish the methodology it will use to fulfil its remit to carry out an in-depth review of the rules that will bring the discipline back to its original roots of Endurance riding as opposed to Endurance racing, with horse welfare and horsemanship at its core, while still maintaining the competitive aspect of the sport. The Temporary Committee also agreed a consultation process that will involve further liaison with stakeholders to avail of their expertise and in-depth knowledge of the discipline.
In addition to the chair Dr Coombs, the other members of the Temporary Committee are Endurance athlete and member of the FEI Athletes’ Committee Tarek Taher (KSA), chef d’équipe of the Dutch Endurance team Pieter Wiersinga (NED), FEI Veterinary Committee member Dr Tim Parkin (GBR), who heads up the scientific research conducted at the University of Glasgow as part of the FEI’s Global Endurance Injuries Study (GEIS), and Valerie Kanavy, a former member of the FEI Athletes’ Committee and the Athletes’ Representative on the Endurance Committee (2014-2018).

FEI Vice President Mark Samuel (CAN) joined today’s meeting and will facilitate communications between the Temporary Committee and the FEI Board. The FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI Endurance Director Manuel Bandeira De Mello, FEI Veterinary Director Göran Akerström and other FEI staff members also attended the meeting.

The Temporary Committee will hold its next in-person meeting on 15 January 2019 and there will be a dedicated Endurance session at the FEI Sports Forum 2019 (15-16 April) during which the Temporary Committee will provide an update to delegates.

FEI Media Contacts:
Grania Willis
Director Communications
grania.willis@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 42

Shannon Gibbons
Manager, Media Relations & Media Operations
shannon.gibbons@fei.org 
+41 78 750 61 46

 

 

 

 
Results of Endurance GB & SERC member consultation on FEI rulesResults of Endurance GB & SERC member consultation on FEI rules - (Published:11 December 2018)
On 1st December Endurance GB and SERC members were offered the chance to feed into the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee review of the FEI rules.

We would like to begin by thanking everyone who took the time to complete the survey. 

Endurance GB and SERC members identified the following as areas that the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee should focus on first: 

64% of respondents cited speeds as one of their primary concerns, and 49% of respondents asked that the FEI review penalties for rule breaches. These two priorities were key for FEI riders, crews and officials alike, and for both Endurance GB and SERC members. Other top priorities were the anti doping rules, types of FEI course, horse and rider qualification processes, and weights. 

The full results of the member consultation have now been sent to the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee in advance of their first meeting on the 12th December. 

Endurance GB and SERC fully support the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee in its stated mission to bring the discipline back to its original roots of Endurance riding as opposed to Endurance racing, with horse welfare and horsemanship at its core, while maintaining the competitive aspect of the sport. 

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair, Endurance GB 

Marina MacArthur, Chair, Scottish Endurance Riding Club 

John Robertson, Endurance GB International Director

 
Join now to have a chance of winning Olympia tickets for Friday 21st DecemberJoin now to have a chance of winning Olympia tickets for Friday 21st December - (Published:10 December 2018)

We've got a cracker for you this Christmas!

The Endurance GB membership year for 2019 will open very soon and we've got a fabulous prize to give away courtesy of our partners, HPower.

Join Endurance GB as a Full or Associate Member by 12 noon on Friday 14th December to be in with the chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets for the Friday 21st December evening show at Olympia The London International Horse Show - starting at 6.15pm.

Evening – ‘Race Night’
6:45pm – Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund - Two teams of champions jockeys compete in a relay race over show jumps. Fast and furious, this is one not to be missed.
7:15pm – The Kennel Club Large Novice Dog Agility Finals
7:40pm – Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National
7:55pm – La Garde Républicaine – Reprise des Douze
8:10pm – Azerbaijan – ‘Land of Fire’
8:20pm – Interval (Shopping Village closes after this interval)
8:50pm – The Longines Christmas Cracker - The leading riders on equal faults go through to a jump off against the clock.
10:20pm – Christmas Finale supported by The Hilton London Olympia
10:30pm – Performance Ends

Please note all timings are subject to change. Due to timetabling, the performances can start earlier than these times so please check the website near the show for exact timings. The shopping village will close after the evening interval.

https://www.facebook.com/2185528488382317/videos/914181218769582/?t=0

 

 
Are you getting excited about the 2019 Endurance season?Are you getting excited about the 2019 Endurance season? - (Published:09 December 2018)

Endurance GB has 23 Groups covering England and Wales - so have a look on the Groups page for links to activities in your local area.

Just to whet your appetite here is the link to the Mid South's website and their plans for next year!  Also check out the Training page and the Social/Pleasure Rides info.

 
4th January 2019 - Dubai International Endurance City4th January 2019 - Dubai International Endurance City - (Published:28 November 2018)

HH SH. MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM ENDURANCE CUP CEI*** - 160 KM

 4 JANUARY 2019 DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ENDURANCE CITY

 

GBR have been invited to nominate a maximum of 2 horse and rider combinations, and one additional rider/horse combination as spare entry, to take part in the above ride.

 

The Organising Committee have detailed the following as their eligibility criteria in the attached invitation

 

Expressions of Interest are invited from suitably qualified combinations not later than 30th November 2018.

Apologies for the short notice but the invitation has only just been forwarded to the Director of International.

Click here to download Expression of Interest form.

The letter of invitation may be downloaded here and further information about expenses etc may be downloaded here.

 

 
A message to the membership from the new Development DirectorA message to the membership from the new Development Director - (Published:26 November 2018)

Dear all,
As the new Development Director my portfolio includes the following responsibilities: 
•Training and Development 
•Young Riders 
•Futurity 
•Para 
•Welfare 
I welcome all applications from the membership to join these sub committees to share ideas and help assist me in serving EGB and the development of our sport. Please get in touch! 
I would also like to inform the members that at any time I am very open to suggestions / ideas regarding EGB and I welcome communication via email, phone or in person at rides and events. 
AlexTennant@endurancegb.co.uk
Alex 

 

 
New Board for Endurance GBNew Board for Endurance GB - (Published:25 November 2018)

On 25 November the new Board of Endurance GB met for the first time to agree their roles following the election of Sue Box, Rosemary Henderson, Alex Tennant and Kerry Dawson to the Board at the Endurance GB AGM on 24 November.  

Nicki Thorne, Chair of Endurance GB for the  2018 season, has very sadly decided to resign from the Board for personal reasons.  

In light of the above, the Director Responsibilities for  2018/19 are now as follows: 

Chair: Rebecca Kinnarney  

Vice Chair & Finance Director: Sue Box 

Governance Director: Ann Dark (Company Secretary)  

Operations Director: Esther Young  

Development Director: Alex Tennant 

International Director: John Robertson  

Groups and Volunteering Director: Rosemary Henderson 

Communications Director: Kerry Dawson  

SERC Director: Constance Newbould 

We would like to thank Nicki for her hard work and dedication to the sport and we wish her well for the future. 

 

 
Vice Chair and Sponsorship DirectorVice Chair and Sponsorship Director - (Published:18 November 2018)

Vice Chair and Sponsorship Director, Harry Ingram will not be present at the AGM this year. Harry was already due to retire on the 24th November, but took the decision to step away from his role on the 8th November. Harry has stood down partly due to personal circumstances but also having some concern over the Society’s current strategy and direction. He is grateful to the sponsors he has worked closely with and wishes the new Board every success.

 

We wish Harry well and thank him for all the time he has given to the sport. Harry has a busy time ahead of him with an impending house move and a wedding to plan! We hope everything goes smoothly for him and look forward to seeing him on the endurance circuit next season.

 

 
Office ManagerOffice Manager - (Published:12 November 2018)

EnduranceGB, the governing body for the sport of endurance riding, is looking to recruit someone to manage all day to day aspects of its busy office.  The suitable candidate must have excellent communication skills in order to liaise with the members of this equestrian society and its large volunteers’ network including the Board of Directors.  


Suitable applicants must be cheerful, enthusiastic, with an active interest in horse sports, and an understanding of volunteer organisations.  Qualifications must include a robust knowledge of IT including the ability to use a bespoke in-house membership package, and to enable the implementation of future IT projects.  Literate and financially adept, you will have proven experience of working in a busy administrative office dealing with a wide range of tasks as required.  You will have the ability to manage and work within a small team on site, and with a wider voluntary team based nation wide. A flexible, hands on and personal approach will be necessary, and the role will include some level of out of hours or weekend working to facilitate handling of members’ queries and occasional attendance at off site events.  This role is based at the British Horse Society Offices at Kenilworth, Warwickshire, and is a full time office based position. Hours approx. 9 to 5pm, 5 days per week,  Salary c £27,000.   Please send your cv and application to suebox@endurancegb.co.uk


Closing date for applications - 5:00pm Friday 16th November 2018.

 

 
Endurance GB take steps to restructure office supportEndurance GB take steps to restructure office support - (Published:04 November 2018)

Endurance GB will be undergoing a restructure of its office support and as a result we are sad to report that Sarah Travers, current Executive Officer of Endurance GB, will no longer be working for the Society. Nicki Thorne, Chairman of Endurance GB, commented that ‘Sarah has been extremely enthusiastic in her approach with the society and we all wish her well for the future’. 


During her time with Endurance GB, Sarah has no doubt become a familiar point of contact for many members and said that she ‘has really enjoyed her time at Endurance GB and is planning to volunteer in the future’, we look forward to seeing her out and about at next year’s events.

 

The Board is currently finalising the new structure and job descriptions and adverts will be published in due course. It is the Board’s intention for the office to be fully staffed once again well ahead of the start of next season. In the meantime, please direct all office queries to ‘enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk’.

 

 
Endurance GB Hexham Welfare Seminar 3rd November Endurance GB Hexham Welfare Seminar 3rd November - (Published:22 October 2018)

We are holding a Welfare Seminar on 3rd November 2018 at Bardon Mill Village Hall, Redburn Park, Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7DX

Ticket Prices:

EGB and SERC Members £30.00, EGB Junior and Young Members £20. Associate, Pony Club and Non-Members add £10.00 to the above relevant rate. Please pay through the EGB website ad hoc payments or by phoning the EGB office (02476 697929) with your credit card stating clearly “Welfare Seminar - Hexham”. Please ensure you give the names of the people you are paying for. 

Places limited so please book asap.

Ticket price includes entrance into our free prize draw, prizes include:

Guided tour of the Bearl Equine Clinic, Stocksfield, kindly donated by the Bearl Equine Clinic

A first aid kit in a holdall, kindly donated by the Bearl Equine Clinic

2 paddock vouchers for 2018/2019, kindly donated by Hexham Racecourse

2 Peter Upton books on the Arabian Horse, kindly donated by Anne Brown

Voucher for a Thermatex Rug kindly donated by Thermatex 

Horse and Rider Assessment kindly donated by Lee Clark

Guided tour of Newmarket Equine Hospital kindly donated by Newmarket Equine Hospital

Speakers Profiles 

Roly Owers MRCVS

Roly joined World Horse Welfare as Chief Executive in January 2008. He already knew the charity well, having led its fundraising and communication teams from 1999 to 2003.

Roly qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University in 1992. Having spent a short time with the Blue Cross, he joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, which included a posting as the Veterinary Officer at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London. After the army, he came to work for World Horse Welfare until 2003, when he left to take up the post of Development Director at the Perse School in Cambridge. He returned to World Horse Welfare in 2008.

Roly has ridden for much of his life, greatly enjoying eventing and team chasing. He rode for his university and says that a highlight was being part of our first Challenge Ride in Jordan, back in 2001. He is married, with three children, and lives in Cambridge.

Mr Alex Ridgeway DipWCF Dist. 

Alex qualified in 2015 from Myerscough College with a Diploma of Worshipful Company of Farriers. Following this he moved to Newmarket to specialise in thoroughbred racehorse shoeing and management of the mare and foal at stud. Having also gained experience in endurance shoeing, Alex has provided farriery care for international team members competing across Europe. Alex has just completed the first year of the BSC Farriery degree course at University of Central Lancashire and is also working alongside some of the Farriery Industries most notable names to share knowledge and promote further education through the use of social media.

Laurence Ridgeway DipWCF ATF (Approved Training Farrier)

Qualified in 2007 from Oatridge college, Scotland Laurence built a successful business in Norfolk. Moving to Newmarket in 2016, Laurence also specialises in shoeing for members of Team GB Endurance racing. Approved Training Farrier of the Year from Myerscough college 2015/2016 he continues to teach the next generations of farriers. 

Laurence has worked with FEI endurance horses for the last 10 years, tailoring every Horses shoeing plan to suit their individual conformation to achieve optimum performance and longevity 

Laurence attends many of the rides with the horses he shoes including being part of the British team at the European and world championships 

Alongside endurance horses, He works with a team of Farriers providing farrier services to racing yards and studs in Newmarket. 

The exposure to the excitement of Endurance has led him to start his own Endurance career.  As currently training two horses with the ambition to reach FEI level 

Tom Eaton Evans BVetMed MRCVS

Tom qualified in 2000 from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He then spent a two-year internship with the referrals team before moving across to join the ambulatory side of the practice. 

Whilst maintaining an interest in racehorse work, Tom has become increasingly involved with the endurance discipline and is a 4* FEI Endurance Veterinary Treatment Official, a role which takes him to competitions around the country. He is also a 2* FEI Endurance Official Veterinarian, team vet for the British Young Riders Endurance team and advises the EnduranceGB Welfare Committee.

Tom is also actively involved with the international movement of horses, advising shipping agencies, providing veterinary training to flying grooms and frequently accompanying horses on flights.

Annamaria Nagy DrMedVet PhD DipACVSMR FRCVS

Annamaria is a senior equine orthopaedic clinician at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, specialising in lameness and poor performance investigations and diagnostic imaging. She is a recognised American and RCVS Specialist in Equine Sports Medicine. Annamaria holds a PhD for her work on epidemiology of endurance rides and was awarded a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Fellowship for a thesis on magnetic resonance imaging on the carpus and proximal metacarpal region. She has published over 25 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has lectured nationally and internationally. Annamaria is a 4* FEI endurance official veterinarian and a 3* FEI endurance veterinary treatment official and has officiated at many countries across Europe and in the Middle East. Annamaria has also worked as a team vet for the British Development Squad and has supported Hungarian horses and riders at several international rides and championships.

Lee Clark MCSP, SRP, BSc (Hons) Degree Physiotherapy Chartered Physiotherapist State Registered Physiotherapist Cat A, ACPAT – Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy 

Lee is a Chartered Physiotherapist qualifying in 1997. He worked in the NHS for 2 years whilst training to become a Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist, graduating in 1999 as a Cat A member of ACPAT. He then completed a 2-year postgraduate course in manual therapy/sports at Glasgow University in 2001. Lee has completed numerous other courses in many different techniques such as Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Neurology, Osteopathic Techniques, Kinesiotaping, Saddle Fitting and Manipulation.

In 2011 Lee was appointed the Official Team Physiotherapist for the British Endurance Team responsible for treating the horses and riders and has worked at numerous European and World Games including WEG 2014.  In 2012 Lee was selected to be one of the Physiotherapists working at the London Olympic Games, providing treatment for horses travelling from all over the world to compete. Lee now continues to combine Human and Equine work, specialising in assessing the horse, saddle and riders as a functional unit rather than separately entities. Lee is currently undertaking his PhD investigating the biomechanics of riders.

 
A very sad message from the Lancashire GroupA very sad message from the Lancashire Group - (Published:21 October 2018)

It’s with deep sadness that we have to advise you that Sue Taylor-Green has passed away peacefully with Alan by her side. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. 

We will inform you as soon as we know the funeral arrangements.

 
Statement on RegumateStatement on Regumate - (Published:19 October 2018)

In September the BHA issued a notice advising trainers to be cautious when using products containing altrenogest, which is the active ingredient in Regumate. This advice was issued as a result of reports from an Australian laboratory that trace levels of an anabolic steroid had been detected in products containing altrenogest.

The use of Regumate in mares has been permitted under FEI regulations for a number of years and altrenogest is not on the Equine Prohibited Substances List. The use of Regumate in mares is, therefore, not currently prohibited.

The BEF has sought clarification from the FEI and the advice received is that it remains permissible to use Oral Regumate in mares in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions, until such time as the FEI confirms that this policy should change.

However, please note that any injectable altrenogest products should not be used.

 
Retiring Directors - AnnouncementRetiring Directors - Announcement - (Published:18 October 2018)

At the AGM in November, two incumbent directors of Endurance GB will retire, Anna Williams and Harry Ingram. 

 

Anna Williams, elected in November 2017, took on the role of Marketing and Communications Director for the last year. She has been a great help to Endurance GB in this time, undertaking a contract review with our suppliers, managing a number of reactive comms and also helping deliver our first ever stand at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Anna has since decided that she needs to focus on her young family and that the demands of the role will not be best served once she returns to work after her maternity leave. 

 

Anna commented "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Board and wish to thank my fellow directors and Endurance GB members for the support they have given me. I'm sorry to be leaving now, but look forward to supporting where I can in the future. The Board are incredibly hard working and I wish them well for the future. I’d like to thank everyone that voted for me last year and I hope there is understanding for my short tenure on the board due to my change in circumstance."

 

Harry Ingram, first elected in November 2014, is due for election after having served his three-year term, but has decided not to re-stand for election. Latterly Harry was Vice Chair and Sponsorship Director, overseeing the partnership with HPG Endurance Ltd. He has previously been responsible for Marketing and Communications, before handing over to Anna in 2017. 

 

Harry commented "I'm very proud of what we have achieved as a Board over the last few years. It has been far from easy, but we have managed to navigate rough seas.  There is no doubt in my mind that the sport has changed in this time and we have made good progress. That said, there is still work to do and I have the upmost respect for those who will continue the charge on our behalf." 

 

Chair of EGB, Nicki Thorne commented "Both Harry and Anna have worked tirelessly for EGB and whilst we understand their decision completely, we are very sorry to see them go. We hope that they will relish some extra time with their horses and family." 

 

Endurance GB elections will be announced on the 24th of November. There are currently eight candidates for four vacancies. 

 

 
Have you been out and about with your camera during the season?Have you been out and about with your camera during the season? - (Published:17 October 2018)

Endurance GB are currently wanting to utilise our members' photography skills by using their photos from our  2018 rides and events in our  2019 handbook and upcoming presentations! 

If you have taken any photos at any of the Endurance GB events this year and would be happy for these to be used in our 2019 promotional material then please send them in to the Endurance GB office at  enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk


We would be extremely grateful for any contributions you may be able to provide, however we do have some guidelines we need to follow – so here is the boring bit…

- You must hold the copyright to the photo, or supply confirmation that the copyright holder is happy for the photo to be used in Endurance GB's publicity materials.

- 'Odd' shaped photos (long and thin, short and fat) are particularly welcome for the handbook.

- If the photo contains anyone who is under 18, confirmation must be supplied from whoever has parental responsibility for the child that they are happy for the photo to be used in Endurance GB's publicity materials.

- With any photos sent in, ideally we would like to have details about the photo such as who took the photo, the location and who is in the photo (horses and humans)

We look forward to seeing your photos from the year and also seeing what our members have been up to through a brilliant  2018 season!

 

 
Awards Nominations 2018 and Ride Proposals for 2019Awards Nominations 2018 and Ride Proposals for 2019 - (Published:05 October 2018)

A reminder to members to put nominations forward/apply for the following awards to be presented at the Awards Dinner in November:

The Unsung Hero, John Yeats Bursary and Young Volunteer nominations (deadline 26th October).

Distance Awards need to be submitted no later than 19th October.

Ride Proposals for 2019 need to be submitted by 12th October and the Groups Meeting will be held on 20th October.

Also please see the item below (2nd October) about the International Riders Day on 14th October.

 
FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List 2019FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List 2019 - (Published:04 October 2018)

The FEI Bureau has approved changes to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List (EPSL) brought forward by the FEI List Expert Group. These changes will be published on our website here so that our National Federations and athletes and their entourage can start the process of familiarisation with the changes.
 
The changes to the EPSL will come into force on 1 January 2019.
 
The consultation process for the 2020 FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List process will commence early in 2019.
 
Please contact caterina.termine@fei.org if you have any questions regarding the changes.

 

 
International Riders Day - Sunday 14th OctoberInternational Riders Day - Sunday 14th October - (Published:02 October 2018)

Book Now For International Riders Day - Sunday 14th October at the EnduranceGB office in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. This day is for anyone interested in joining the international squad including those planning to start competing in FEI classes next year, as well as those aiming for team selection in 2019 and beyond.

Cost £20 Adult members, £15 YR members - all non members £25, please pay via ad-hoc payments on the website stating International Riders Day or via the office by credit card 

10.00   Welcome John Robertson 

10.15   Liz Finney and Jo Chisholm - Intro and squad up dates. 2019 plans 

11.00   Hannah Kelly - Veterinary aspects for measuring fitness of horses and well being leading up to Championship level

11.45   Sam Daplyn - The importance of physio input for training endurance horses

12.30   Lunch break 

13.15   Robyn Dunn - Physio input to keeping rider fit and balanced to improve performance

14.00   Understanding FEI rules 

14.45   Questions/discussions

15.30   Finish

 
An update on the recently published International News Update!An update on the recently published International News Update! - (Published:22 September 2018)

International Squad News

We had a large number of members of the international squad competing at the Festival of Endurance at Euston Park at the weekend of August 17-19th and it was very encouraging to have the British team finish in 4th place, behind the UAE, Spain and France in the CEIO 120km class.

 

Carri Ann Dark with Bey Sahli was the first team member to finish, followed by Bella Fricker with Spanish Heir and Nicki Thorne with Kamilcia. Annie Joppe and Annette Masterson both failed to complete with minor issues.

 

We also had riders successfully completing the 3*160km class, giving them the qualification for next year's European Championships at Euston Park and the 1* 80km.

 

As I write this, I have just returned from WEG. We were all devastated that the endurance competition was abandoned before any riders got to finish. 

 

We are planning now for next year, starting with a Riders' Day on Sunday October 14th at Abbey Park, Kenilworth. The programme will include talks from the team physios and vets, as well as discussing ride plans for 2019. It is for senior and young riders who are interested in starting to compete in FEI classes or who are already competing internationally, together with any crew members who can attend.

 

Full details of the programme will follow with details of cost and how to book.

 

Riders hoping for team selection will need to attend one of the two assessment days in March/April planned for Bristol area and Lancashire. Further training days will be run prior to the final team selection towards the end of June.

 

As always, we welcome anyone is interested in joining  the squad to complete a EOI form which is on the webpage and send it to Lindsay Wilson.  

 

Liz Finney

 


 

 
*** Devil's Dyke EGB ride 23/9 cancelled****** Devil's Dyke EGB ride 23/9 cancelled*** - (Published:21 September 2018)

In light of the yellow weather warning for wind on Sunday and more than 80% chance of thunderstorms in the morning, it is with great sadness that we have taken the decision, on health and safety grounds, to cancel the ride.
The Ride Organiser Brian Floyd Davies will be in touch with entrants regarding refunds.

**Weald Championship Trophy**
We will try to arrange another date in the next few weeks for the finalists to compete for the trophy. Leo will be in touch with qualified riders

Thank you to Brian Floyd-Davis and Miranda Kavanagh for all the hard work they have put into organising this ride

 

 
British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon Festival of Endurance – entries close soon!British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon Festival of Endurance – entries close soon! - (Published:10 September 2018)

Remember everyone that entries close for Red Dragon at midnight on Saturday 15th September.  Late entries are not accepted, therefore enabling us to administer all the entries in time to be able to send out all the information packs on Wednesday 19th September.

We are looking forward to welcoming all levels of rider at the Festival, where we have the following facilities:

• Over 300 on-site stables

• Plenty of room for camping and day-corralling

• Proper loos and showers

• A bar, open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings

• Two course evening meals available on Friday and Saturday evenings

• Megan Lewis, as guest speaker, describing her horse ride round the world (free to everyone)

• Many trade stands under cover in the Ride Office

• A photographer where photos can be purchased on site

All we need now is good weather!  Fingers crossed.

There is full information about the event on the website: Red Dragon.

 
ON-LINE PAYMENTS UPDATEON-LINE PAYMENTS UPDATE - (Published:05 September 2018)
We are aware that there is an intermittent issue with on-line payments that means some transactions will not go through as the authorisation process does not complete. We have spoken to SagePay and they are investigating the problem, which happens when Chrome is the browser used to make online payments. In the mean-time we advise members to first try another browser if they encounter a problem. If any issues persist, please contact the office who will be happy to help.
 
Endurance GB Hexham Welfare Seminar 3rd NovemberEndurance GB Hexham Welfare Seminar 3rd November - (Published:04 September 2018)

We are holding a Welfare Seminar on 3rd November 2018 at Bardon Mill Village Hall, Redburn Park, Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7DX

Ticket Prices:

EGB and SERC Members £30.00, EGB Junior and Young Members £20. Associate, Pony Club and Non-Members add £10.00 to the above relevant rate. Please pay through the EGB website ad hoc payments or by phoning the EGB office (02476 697929) with your credit card stating clearly “Welfare Seminar - Hexham”. Please ensure you give the names of the people you are paying for. 

Places limited so please book asap.

Speakers Profiles 

Roly Owers MRCVS

Roly joined World Horse Welfare as Chief Executive in January 2008. He already knew the charity well, having led its fundraising and communication teams from 1999 to 2003.

Roly qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University in 1992. Having spent a short time with the Blue Cross, he joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, which included a posting as the Veterinary Officer at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London. After the army, he came to work for World Horse Welfare until 2003, when he left to take up the post of Development Director at the Perse School in Cambridge. He returned to World Horse Welfare in 2008.

Roly has ridden for much of his life, greatly enjoying eventing and team chasing. He rode for his university and says that a highlight was being part of our first Challenge Ride in Jordan, back in 2001. He is married, with three children, and lives in Cambridge.

Mr Alex Ridgeway DipWCF Dist. 

Alex qualified in 2015 from Myerscough College with a Diploma of Worshipful Company of Farriers. Following this he moved to Newmarket to specialise in thoroughbred racehorse shoeing and management of the mare and foal at stud. Having also gained experience in endurance shoeing, Alex has provided farriery care for international team members competing across Europe. Alex has just completed the first year of the BSC Farriery degree course at University of Central Lancashire and is also working alongside some of the Farriery Industries most notable names to share knowledge and promote further education through the use of social media.

Laurence Ridgeway DipWCF ATF (Approved Training Farrier)

Qualified in 2007 from Oatridge college, Scotland Laurence built a successful business in Norfolk. Moving to Newmarket in 2016, Laurence also specialises in shoeing for members of Team GB Endurance racing. Approved Training Farrier of the Year from Myerscough college 2015/2016 he continues to teach the next generations of farriers. Laurence has worked with FEI endurance horses for the last 10 years, tailoring every Horses shoeing plan to suit their individual conformation to achieve optimum performance and longevity 

Laurence attends many of the rides with the horses he shoes including being part of the British team at the European and world championships Alongside endurance horses, He works with a team of Farriers providing farrier services to racing yards and studs in Newmarket. 

The exposure to the excitement of Endurance has led him to start his own Endurance career.  As currently training two horses with the ambition to reach FEI level 

Tom Eaton Evans BVetMed MRCVS

Tom qualified in 2000 from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He then spent a two-year internship with the referrals team before moving across to join the ambulatory side of the practice. 

Whilst maintaining an interest in racehorse work, Tom has become increasingly involved with the endurance discipline and is a 4* FEI Endurance Veterinary Treatment Official, a role which takes him to competitions around the country. He is also a 2* FEI Endurance Official Veterinarian, team vet for the British Young Riders Endurance team and advises the EnduranceGB Welfare Committee.

Tom is also actively involved with the international movement of horses, advising shipping agencies, providing veterinary training to flying grooms and frequently accompanying horses on flights.

Annamaria Nagy DrMedVet PhD DipACVSMR FRCVS

Annamaria is a senior equine orthopaedic clinician at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, specialising in lameness and poor performance investigations and diagnostic imaging. She is a recognised American and RCVS Specialist in Equine Sports Medicine. Annamaria holds a PhD for her work on epidemiology of endurance rides and was awarded a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Fellowship for a thesis on magnetic resonance imaging on the carpus and proximal metacarpal region. She has published over 25 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has lectured nationally and internationally. Annamaria is a 4* FEI endurance official veterinarian and a 3* FEI endurance veterinary treatment official and has officiated at many countries across Europe and in the Middle East. Annamaria has also worked as a team vet for the British Development Squad and has supported Hungarian horses and riders at several international rides and championships.

Lee Clark MCSP, SRP, BSc (Hons) Degree Physiotherapy Chartered Physiotherapist State Registered Physiotherapist Cat A, ACPAT – Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy 

Lee is a Chartered Physiotherapist qualifying in 1997. He worked in the NHS for 2 years whilst training to become a Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist, graduating in 1999 as a Cat A member of ACPAT. He then completed a 2-year postgraduate course in manual therapy/sports at Glasgow University in 2001. Lee has completed numerous other courses in many different techniques such as Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Neurology, Osteopathic Techniques, Kinesiotaping, Saddle Fitting and Manipulation.

In 2011 Lee was appointed the Official Team Physiotherapist for the British Endurance Team responsible for treating the horses and riders and has worked at numerous European and World Games including WEG 2014.  In 2012 Lee was selected to be one of the Physiotherapists working at the London Olympic Games, providing treatment for horses travelling from all over the world to compete. Lee now continues to combine Human and Equine work, specialising in assessing the horse, saddle and riders as a functional unit rather than separately entities. Lee is currently undertaking his PhD investigating the biomechanics of riders.

 
Groups Liaison Assistant requiredGroups Liaison Assistant required - (Published:29 August 2018)

The Board of EGB is looking for a Groups Liaison person to actively work with Director Sue Box. 

The role is voluntary and will involve communicating with the various EGB Groups and liaising with the Board of Directors and Sarah Travers in the Office.  

We are looking for someone with proven experience on EGB Committees and within their Group, a solid understanding of EGB, excellent communication skills and a desire to work with all the Groups towards a set of common goals.  

A key requirement will be to organise and run the Groups meeting in October, and this will be a busy and varied role.  

Please apply by email to sarahtravers@endurancegb.co.uk by Wednesday 12th September 2018.

 
ENDURANCE GB NEWMARKET WELFARE SEMINAR 22ND SEPTEMBERENDURANCE GB NEWMARKET WELFARE SEMINAR 22ND SEPTEMBER - (Published:28 August 2018)

We are holding a Welfare Seminar on 22nd September 2018 at The British Racing School Conference Centre, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7NU. There will be a free prize draw for every attendee with the following prizes:

Guided tour of Newmarket Equine Hospital kindly donated by Newmarket Equine Hospital   

Guided tour of Animal Health Trust kindly donated by Animal Health Trust, Newmarket

Thermatex Rug kindly donated by Thermatex 

Guided tour of The British Racing School and a Place on their One-day Transporting Horses course including qualification

Ticket prices:

EGB and SERC Members £30.00, EGB Junior and Young Members £20. Associate, Pony Club and Non-Members add £10.00 to the above relevant rate. Please pay through the EGB website ad hoc payments or by phoning the EGB office (02476 697929) with your credit card stating clearly “Welfare Seminar - Newmarket”. Please ensure you give the names of the people you are paying for. Places limited so please book asap.

Speakers Profiles 

Mr Alex Ridgeway DipWCF Dist. 

Alex qualified in 2015 from Myerscough College with a Diploma of Worshipful Company of Farriers. Following this he moved to Newmarket to specialise in thoroughbred racehorse shoeing and management of the mare and foal at stud. Having also gained experience in endurance shoeing, Alex has provided farriery care for international team members competing across Europe. Alex has just completed the first year of the BSC Farriery degree course at University of Central Lancashire and is also working alongside some of the Farriery Industries most notable names to share knowledge and promote further education through the use of social media.

Laurence Ridgeway DipWCF ATF (Approved Training Farrier)

Qualified in 2007 from Oatridge college, Scotland Laurence built a successful business in Norfolk. Moving to Newmarket in 2016, Laurence also specialises in shoeing for members of Team GB Endurance racing. Approved Training Farrier of the Year from Myerscough college 2015/2016 he continues to teach the next generations of farriers. Laurence has worked with FEI endurance horses for the last 10 years, tailoring every Horses shoeing plan to suit their individual conformation to achieve optimum performance and longevity 

Laurence attends many of the rides with the horses he shoes including being part of the British team at the European and world championships Alongside endurance horses, He works with a team of Farriers providing farrier services to racing yards and studs in Newmarket. The exposure to the excitement of Endurance has led him to start his own Endurance career.  As currently training two horses with the ambition to reach FEI level 

Professor Tim Parkin  

Tim Parkin is Head of the Division of Equine Clinical Sciences, Clinical Director of the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Epidemiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow. He is also the School of Veterinary Medicine Research Convenor.He qualified from the University of Bristol with degrees in Zoology (1992) and Veterinary Science (1998). He immediately took up a position at the University of Liverpool and went on to complete his PhD on the epidemiology of fractures in racehorses in 2002. Since then he has worked on numerous projects with several different racing jurisdictions around the world, including the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, South America and the USA. He gained his Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Public Health in 2006 and has worked at the University of Glasgow since February 2007.He has twice been an epidemiological consultant for Racing Victoria Jumps Race Review Committees (2005 and 2008) and is a member of the Equine Injury Database Scientific Advisory Committee in the USA.Parkin currently serves on: The Veterinary Advisory Committee of World Horse Welfare; the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Petplan Charitable Trust; the Editorial Consultant Board of the Equine Veterinary Journal. He is an Assistant Editor for the Veterinary Record and was until 2015 the Honorary Secretary of the Executive Council of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. He was President of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine from 2012 to 2013.

Annamaria Nagy DrMedVet PhD DipACVSMR FRCVS

Annamaria is a senior equine orthopaedic clinician at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, specialising in lameness and poor performance investigations and diagnostic imaging. She is a recognised American and RCVS Specialist in Equine Sports Medicine. Annamaria holds a PhD for her work on epidemiology of endurance rides and was awarded a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Fellowship for a thesis on magnetic resonance imaging on the carpus and proximal metacarpal region. She has published over 25 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has lectured nationally and internationally. Annamaria is a 4* FEI endurance official veterinarian and a 3* FEI endurance veterinary treatment official and has officiated at many countries across Europe and in the Middle East. Annamaria has also worked as a team vet for the British Development Squad and has supported Hungarian horses and riders at several international rides and championships.

Lee Clark MCSP, SRP, BSc (Hons) Degree Physiotherapy Chartered Physiotherapist State Registered Physiotherapist Cat A, ACPAT – Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy 

Lee is a Chartered Physiotherapist qualifying in 1997. He worked in the NHS for 2 years whilst training to become a Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist, graduating in 1999 as a Cat A member of ACPAT. He then completed a 2-year postgraduate course in manual therapy/sports at Glasgow University in 2001. Lee has completed numerous other courses in many different techniques such as Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Neurology, Osteopathic Techniques, Kinesiotaping, Saddle Fitting and Manipulation.In 2011 Lee was appointed the Official Team Physiotherapist for the British Endurance Team responsible for treating the horses and riders and has worked at numerous European and World Games including WEG 2014.  In 2012 Lee was selected to be one of the Physiotherapists working at the London Olympic Games, providing treatment for horses travelling from all over the world to compete. Lee now continues to combine Human and Equine work, specialising in assessing the horse, saddle and riders as a functional unit rather than separately entities. Lee is currently undertaking his PhD investigating the biomechanics of riders. 

Tom Eaton Evans BVetMed MRCVS

Tom qualified in 2000 from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He then spent a two-year internship with the referrals team before moving across to join the ambulatory side of the practice. Whilst maintaining an interest in racehorse work, Tom has become increasingly involved with the endurance discipline and is a 4* FEI Endurance Veterinary Treatment Official, a role which takes him to competitions around the country. He is also a 2* FEI Endurance Official Veterinarian, team vet for the British Young Riders Endurance team and advises the EnduranceGB Welfare Committee.Tom is also actively involved with the international movement of horses, advising shipping agencies, providing veterinary training to flying grooms and frequently accompanying horses on flights.

 
LIONS TAIL RIDE 15/16 SEPTEMBER - CHANGE OF VENUELIONS TAIL RIDE 15/16 SEPTEMBER - CHANGE OF VENUE - (Published:28 August 2018)

CHANGE OF VENUE : Pears Lodge Farm, Station Road, Whissendine, Oakham LE15 7HG

Unfortunately we have had to change the venue for Lions Tail this year.  This is due to a clash with a wedding taking place on our corralling field which is adjacent to Stapleford Park Hotel!  The new venue is only a couple of miles away and indeed the route has passed through the venue field in previous years, so we will still be riding through Stapleford and Buckminster Estates as before.  The route has however been modified to avoid using the bridleway railway crossing which has concerned some riders in the past.

 

The going is now good after some recent much needed rain, so we are hoping for plenty of entries.

 

Kathy Carr

 
LATE ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR BOYTON HALLLATE ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR BOYTON HALL - (Published:22 August 2018)

Entries are now open until midnight on Wednesday 29th August. We look forward to seeing you there

 
LATE ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR CUMBRIALATE ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR CUMBRIA - (Published:22 August 2018)

Entries are now open until 6.00pm on Friday 31st August. We look forward to seeing you there

 
Closing Date for Qualification for the National Championships 2018Closing Date for Qualification for the National Championships 2018 - (Published:21 August 2018)

The National Championships are being hosted at the British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon Festival of Endurance once again this year, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September.

This is a reminder that qualifying for the Novice, Open and Advanced Championships will close at midnight on Sunday 9th September.

This means that there are now 7 rides remaining at which qualification can be achieved, namely:

• Auriols: 25 / 26th August (still open for late entries)

• Chester Zoo: 26th August (still open for late entries)

• Boyton Hall (The Lavenham Ride): 1st / 2nd September

• The Dartmoor (Brentor) Ride: 2nd September (still open for late entries)

• Cumbria Challenge: 2nd September

• Bonham: 9th September

• Three Shires Way: 9th September

We will ensure that all email invitations to the National Championships that result from these rides and any rides preceding them are issued by Wednesday 12th September at the latest.

Please click here to view the qualification criteria for the National Championships.

Please click here to see the current qualification tables for the National Championships.

All entries to the British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon Festival of Endurance must be made by the closing date of midnight on Saturday 16th September.

Note that late entries to the ride are not accepted.

Please do not hesitate to email us at enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk if you have any queries about the National Championships.

 
CHANGE TO THE 2* 120K FEI RIDE AT ROYALTIESCHANGE TO THE 2* 120K FEI RIDE AT ROYALTIES - (Published:21 August 2018)
Please note, Royalties will now be hosting its 2* 120km FEI class as a 1 day ride, on Saturday October 6th. This will replace the two day FEI class, as we are unable to run it in the proposed format. The remainder of the classes at Royalties remain unchanged.
 
EUSTON PARK’S H.H. SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM UK ENDURANCE FESTIVALEUSTON PARK’S H.H. SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM UK ENDURANCE FESTIVAL - (Published:20 August 2018)

HUGE WEEKEND OF ENDURANCE AT EUSTON PARK’S H.H. SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM UK ENDURANCE FESTIVAL

SUFFOLK UK, 19 AUGUST:

Euston Park in Suffolk, UK, welcomed an incredible 580 horses and ponies from 33 nations over three days of International and National competition this weekend.

The event, the largest held in Europe this year, boasted everything from a Nations Cup CEIO2*120km  to a Pony Club Championships, and everything in between, with prize money and a rider travel and expense allowance totalling £1millon.

Day one of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival saw some fabulous riding conditions and 194 riders taking to the tracks in CEI1* 80km, CEIYJ1* 80km and CEIYJ2* 120km classes. In particular it was a great day for both the UAE and France (one first place and two top placings in Best Condition) but there was a notable British success for Sophie Moorhouse riding Crystal Wissam (Sam) in the CEIYJ1* 80km who scooped second place in both the ride and the Best Condition competition.

Sophie (15) from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire said: “Ride plans and tactics in this sport need to be flexible as lots of things can change throughout the event, but I wanted to start with the main group and maintain a consistent pace during the race. Sam has such great presentation times and I could use this to my advantage at the vet gates. I think his presentation times reflect how happy he was with how we were riding and with the course, which rode superbly, the rain in the days leading up the this event certainly helped the going which was pretty perfect.  The way he went out on the last loop (in 4th place) made me realise that we could possibly catch the two horses in front of us and still be traveling within his comfort zone. 

“Riding into the finish on this wonderful horse and seeing the flags at the finish and venue lying in front of us is a memory I won’t forget.”

On Day Two it was time for the excitement of a CEI3* 160km and the first CEIO2* 120km Team Nations Cup and Individual ride to be held in the UK, with 183 starters in total.

Twelve teams entered the Nations Cup, representing Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and UAE.

The final standings were:

1st UAE - total riding time 15:14:30

2nd Spain - total riding time 17:10:11

3rd France - total riding time 18:19:51

4th Great Britain - total riding time 20:01:23

5th Czech Republic - total riding time 20:13:44

6th Portugal - total riding time 20:18:58

7th Norway- total riding time 21:50:01

8th Sweden – total riding time 23:00:31

The Individual first placed rider was Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan Almazrouei riding Castlebar Tazzani in a total ride time of 04:41:29, and UAE riders took the next five finish places.

Mohammed Essa, Chef D'Equipe of United Arab Emirates Team, said: “Firstly I’d like to thank H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for putting on this amazing event, with the support of Endurance GB and organised by HPower Group in such a beautiful place. Our team performed really well and showed good horsemanship over the 120km course, it’s a very encouraging result as we prepare for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in a few weeks time.”

The highest placed British rider was Carri-Ann Dark, from Devizes, riding Bey Sahli. She said: “I’ve ridden here quite a few times but the course was the best ever, it rode fantastically. We had an amazing time and although he was slow to calm down for vetting he did so well out on the course that we made time up. I did the CEI1* 80km on Friday and a 40k GER on Sunday so it’s been a brilliant and exhausting weekend!”

British rider Katie Bedwin (20) from West Sussex, riding Penhwnllys Samala De Mon, finished the 120km in 63rd place, and in so doing gained Elite Young Rider status and qualified for the World Championships.

Katie said:  “We had a brilliant weekend and the results were the icing on the cake. I had a fall when riding in the CEI1* on Friday (still finished!), so it was touch and go whether I was going to be able to ride, but my horse was fit and ready to go and we were so desperate for the qualification I wanted to at least give it a try. 

“The course rode very well, and Marley felt great all day, she’s very good about getting on with her job, so the atmosphere didn’t worry her. I was very relieved to finish and for Marley to still be sound and happy. It’s great to have the qualification for Pisa already and now we can concentrate on fine-tuning everything before next year. After we finished, we also realised that was my 10th CEI2* completion, which also means I’m now an FEI Elite young rider - an extra special ending to a great weekend!”

In the CEI3* 160km, the first placed rider was Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE) riding Sequinte in a total ride time of 07:01:53, UAE also scooped second place and Algeria third.

Sharon du Plessis, Ground Jury President, said: “We had a busy two days with over 370 horses passing through the vet gates. The infrastructure was excellent and coped well with the numbers of entries, we also had an amazing team of officials and vets and I think we achieved my aim; which is always to stage a fair and equal competition. “Although we as officials are doing everything we can to protect the welfare of the horse the main responsibility lies with the athlete and I was pleased with the quality of horsemanship and the atmosphere around the site.

“The course was in great shape and the weather was really kind to us after so many hot weeks. Euston Park always feels like a very special and unique place to be.”

On Sunday, the third and final day of the Festival, eight National classes ranging from a 20km Pleasure Rider to an 80km GER ran alongside the four Pony Club Championships distances.

A Suffolk Punch, a Mule, Shetland and Coloured Ponies helped make up the 203 ponies and horses riding at this huge celebration of national Endurance. The youngest rider must certainly have been Fred Eaton-Evans (son of Treatment Vet, Tom) who undertook the 20km PR Pony Club Grassroots Championships on his trusty Shetland, Harry, on his eighth birthday!

After his successful completion, Fred said: “It took me about two hours and I’m feeling quite tired and relieved. I think it’s the furthest I’ve ever ridden. I’m going to go home and watch Boss Baby.”

The Suffolk Punch, Whatton Einstein was ridden by Sam Moore. As a registered ‘endangered species’ these rare heavy horses have close ties to Euston Park owing to Clare, Countess of Euston’s dedication to the breed.

Clare Valori, Co-Vice Chairman, Pony Club said: “It has been a remarkable opportunity for The Pony Club to be here through the unbelievable generosity shown by HPower.  Our members have enjoyed it enormously and I wish I could have bottled the stars in their eyes watching them at their briefing on Saturday evening.

“Not only have they all ridden the wonderful course and been scored on a Performance Formula, but they were also scored for their turn out and how they presented to the vets,  it’s been a great learning for them.

“Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and it has been such a positive experience.”

For further details of the Pony Club Championships please visit www.pcuk.org

Nicki Thorne, Chair, Endurance GB, said: “It has been a very special weekend with an incredible, inclusive atmosphere of cooperation between all the nations, and the experienced international and amateur riders and horses. For the GBR team to come fourth in the first ever Nations Cup held in the country was a great result.

“I have loved seeing the amazing variety of horses here, from the highly trained sports horses at the top of their career on Friday and Saturday to every breed variety, shape and size of horse today.  All enjoying the same sport.

“It’s also been so positive to welcome The Pony Club here for their Championships, and they’ve dealt brilliantly with the size of venue and number of people. It’s inspiring to see the next generation of Endurance riders learning from others and enjoying the sport. ”

Event Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said: “It’s been such a huge weekend here and a fitting end to another successful season at Euston Park. I can’t thank all of our stewards and volunteers enough, as well as His Grace The Duke of Grafton, the local landowners and residents and the amazing teams of officials that we have welcomed from across the globe this year. 

“Euston Park couldn’t happen without the huge support of our generous sponsors, but wouldn’t be what it is without the riders and crew who make these events such fun and biggest thanks of all go to all brilliant horses and ponies that are at the centre of what we do.

“Now we can start to plan for 2019 and in particular look forward to hosting the European Championships in 361 days time!”

The first placed rider in each FEI class was:

CEI1* 80km – Khalaf Ahmad Saeed Al Gaith(UAE) riding Mazyoona in a total time of 2:59:38

CEIYJ1* 80km – Auxane Govindin(FRA) riding Almyr Des Eymes in a total ride time of 3:45:11

CEIYJ2* 120km – Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali Almazrouei(UAE) riding Venise Des Ormeaux in a total ride time of 4:53:44

CEIO2*  120km - Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan (UAE) riding Almazrouei in a total ride time of 04:41:29

CEI3* 160km, the first placed rider was Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE) riding Sequinte in a total ride time of 07:01:53

The first placed Best Condition horse in each FEI class was:

CEI 1*  80km  - Billy du Melay ridden by Alice Fabre (FRA)

CEIYJ1* 120km - Venise des Ormeaux ridden by Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali Almazrouei (UAE)

CEIYJ1* 80km - Almyr des Eymes ridden by Auxan Govindin (FRA)

CEIO2* 120km - Castlebar Tazzani riden by Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan Almazrouei (UAE)

CEI3* 160km  - Sequinte riden by Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE)

Full results are available here: www.tawqeet.ae/events

National riders were ranked on a Performance Formula Criteria and full results will be available here: www.eustonparkendurance.co.uk

Follow all the action from this weekend at: eustonparkendurance.co.uk

The H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival organisers are grateful to event sponsors Emirates Airline, Longines, Azizi Developments, Mubadala and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One for their support.

Follow Euston Park Endurance on Facebook, Twitter @EP_Endurance and Instagram @ependurance.

-ENDS-

Notes to editors: 

For further information about Euston Park Endurance, interview or image requests please contact Sarah Hames sarahh@hpower.co.uk

 
EGB HEXHAM WELFARE SEMINAR 3RD NOVEMBEREGB HEXHAM WELFARE SEMINAR 3RD NOVEMBER - (Published:20 August 2018)

Please come and join us for an interactive and educational day with the following speakers confirmed:

Roly Owers of World Horse Welfare

Tom Eaton Evans - FEI4* Veterinarian and YR Team Vet

Lee Clark - Functional Physiotherapy

Annamarie Nagy - Animal Health Trust 

Alex Ridgeway and Laurence Ridgeway – Motion Horse farriery

If you would like to attend the Seminar please email enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk stating that you wish to attend the Hexham seminar (this is important as another Seminar is planned for September in a different location). 

EGB and SERC Members £30.00, EGB Junior and Young Members £20. Associate, Pony Club and Non-Members add £10.00 to the above relevant rate. 

Please pay through the EGB website ad hoc payments or by phoning the EGB office (02476 697929) with your credit card stating clearly it is for the Welfare Seminar and which venue you would like. 

Please ensure you give the names of the people you are paying for. 

We will have tea/coffee mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as well as a buffet lunch.

 
EGB NEWMARKET WELFARE SEMINAR 22ND SEPTEMBEREGB NEWMARKET WELFARE SEMINAR 22ND SEPTEMBER - (Published:20 August 2018)

Please come and join us for an interactive and educational day with the following speakers confirmed:

Timothy Parkin of Glasgow University T

om Eaton Evans - FEI4* Veterinarian and YR Team Vet

Lee Clark - Functional Physiotherapy

Annamarie Nagy - Animal Health Trust 

Alex Ridgeway and Laurence Ridgeway – Motion Horse farriery

If you would like to attend the Seminar please email enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk stating that you wish to attend the Newmarket seminar (this is important as another Seminar is planned for November in a different location). 

EGB and SERC Members £30.00, EGB Junior and Young Members £20. Associate, Pony Club and Non-Members add £10.00 to the above relevant rate. 

Please pay through the EGB website ad hoc payments or by phoning the EGB office (02476 697929) with your credit card stating clearly it is for the Welfare Seminar and which venue you would like. 

Please ensure you give the names of the people you are paying for. 

We will have tea/coffee mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as well as a buffet lunch.

 
Horse fatality at Euston Park todayHorse fatality at Euston Park today - (Published:18 August 2018)

It is with great sadness that Endurance GB has been informed of a horse fatality at Euston Park (GBR) today. The Ride Organising Committee have issued a statement which you can find on the following link:
As this is an FEI event, the situation is being dealt with directly between the Ride Organising Committee and the FEI, as per FEI Protocol. Further details will be released by the Ride Organising Committee following receipt of the Post Mortem report.

 
Great Britain’s nominated entries confirmed for WEG    Great Britain’s nominated entries confirmed for WEG - (Published:15 August 2018)

 The British Equestrian Federation can confirm the equestrian athlete and horse combinations they have submitted to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) as the Nominated Entry Lists for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon, North Carolina (11-23 September).

 

All discipline nominated entry lists are listed in alphabetical order.

 

The dressage and showjumping team selections will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Nominated entries: Dressage

·         Lara Butler with Dr Wilfried and Mrs Ursula Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad

·         Charlotte Dujardin CBE with the Mount St John Stud’s Mount St John Freestyle

·         Emile Faurie with Elena Knyaginicheva’s Delatio, and Hof Kasselmann KG’s Dono Di Maggio

·         Carl Hester MBE with Lady Anne Evans, Ann Cory and his own Hawtins Delicato

·         Gareth Hughes with Mrs Rebecca Hughes, Mrs Julia Hornig and his own Classic Briolinca, and Mr Steve and Mrs Anne Keen’s Don Carissimo

·         Spencer Wilton with Jen Goodman and his own Super Nova II

Nominated entries: Eventing

·         Alexander Bragg with Sally Ellicott’s Zagreb

·         Sarah Bullimore with Chris and Sue Gillespie and Brett Bullimore’s Reve Du Rouet

·         Ros Canter with Caroline Moore and her own Allstar B, and her own Zenshera

·         Laura Collett with Nick How, Keith Scott and her own Mr Bass

·         Tina Cook with Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy The Red

·         Piggy French with Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo, and Trevor Dickens’s Vanir Kamira

·         Kitty King with Diana Bown, Jacqueline Owen and Samantha Wilson’s Ceylor L A N

·         Tom McEwen with Jane Inns, Ali McEwen and his own Toledo de Kerser

·         Harry Meade with Charlotte Opperman’s Away Cruising

·         Gemma Tattersall with The Soul Syndicate and her own Arctic Soul

·         Oliver Townend with Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan’s Ballaghmor Class, Angela Hislop’s  Cooley Master Class and Angela Hislop’s Cooley SRS

Nominated entries: Para-Dressage

·         Natasha Baker MBE, grade III, with the Mount St John Stud’s Mount St John Diva Dannebrog

·         Suzanna Hext, grade II, with the Lady Joseph Trust and Henrietta Cheetham’s LJT Enggaards Solitaire

·         Erin Orford, grade III, with Annabel Whittet’s Dior

·         Isobelle Palmer, grade IV, with Mrs N Wells and Sophie Wells’ Touchdown M

·         Sir Lee Pearson, grade II, with his and Mr and Mrs D Pearson’s Styletta

·         Sophie Wells MBE, grade V, with Charlotte Hogg’s C Fatal Attraction and Jackie and Neil Walker, Valerie Woolford and her own Gladstone

·         Georgia Wilson, grade II, from Conwy, with her own Midnight

Nominated entries: Reining

·         Alison Bucknell with her own Jac Barbee Dream

·         Francesca Sternberg with her own Chic Filay and Rosanne Sternberg’s Spook N Sparkle

Nominated entries: Showjumping

·         Nigel Coupe with Susan Simmons’ Golvers Hill

·         Amanda Derbyshire with Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Luibanta BH and Roulette BH

·         William Funnell with The Billy Stud’s Billy Buckingham

·         Sam Hutton with Equimie BVBA – Sabine Daems’ Happydam

·         Ben Maher MBE with Jane Forbes Clark and his own Sarena

·         Harriet Nuttall with Rupert Nuttall’s A Touch Imperious

·         Spencer Roe with Sally Roe’s Wonder Why

·         Holly Smith with Graham Smith, T J Hall Limited and her own Hearts Destiny

·         Alexandra Thornton with Dunwalke Ltd’s Cornetto K

·         William Whitaker with Ludwig and Yasmine Criel’s Utamaro D Ecaussines

Nominated entries: Vaulting

·         Squad: English Vaulting Squad with Ben Aucott’s Demezza, lunged by Julie Newell, with River of Thyme, owned by Julie Newell, selected as a reserve horse, with reserve lunger Suzi Cusick

·         Individual female: Rebecca Norval, competing on Deborah Bentzen’s Edinburgh 23, Hugo or Naomi Weber’s Azrael, lunged by either Korynn Weber or Saacha de Amborossio

·         Individual female: Lucy Phillips with Ben Aucott’s Demezza, lunged by Julie Newell, with River of Thyme, owned by Julie Newell, selected as a reserve horse

Due primarily to the associated cost of transporting horses and equipment out to America, Great Britain will be unable to send any carriagedriving athletes to compete at the World Equestrian Games this year.

 

Endurance nominated entries were submitted by the BEF to the FEI on 13 July 2018, the combinations who have been selected to represent Great Britain are Rachael Atkinson with her own Tannasg Psyches Realm; Caroline Cowley with her own HS Bellini; Dominique Freeman with either her own Rising Heat, or Carla Eigenauer’s WCF Atillah; and Nicola Thorne with either Heather and Jeremy Reynolds’ Grand Ku, or Heather Reynolds’ Treasured Moments.

 

Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from the British Equestrian Federation Fund and official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, FALPRO England, Musto, NAF and Point Two.

ENDS

 

For all press enquiries, please contact the British equestrian team press officer, Pippa Wade – pippa.wade@bef.co.uk / 02476698877 / 07595763908

 

Connect:

 

www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk | Facebook: EquestrianTeamGBR | Twitter: @TeamGBR | Instagram: @equestrianteamgbr

 

About WEG: eight disciplines will contest their world championships over 12 days at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina (USA). More information can be found at: www.Tryon2018.com

 

-ENDS-

 
Barbury Ride 2018 - a big success!!Barbury Ride 2018 - a big success!! - (Published:13 August 2018)

The organisers of the Barbury ride would like to pass on their sincere thanks to all the helpers who turned out on a wild and windy August weekend to help make Barbury a successful and enjoyable ride.

 

And also a big thank you to the riders and crew who attended the ride and were so respectful to the new venue. The venue owner walked the site during the afternoon and was extremely pleased with what he saw.

 

A BIG thank you from Janet and Maxine!

Photo by True To You Photography - Click here for Barbury photos

 
Team England for the Home InternationalTeam England for the Home International - (Published:11 August 2018)

A week today and the Home International will be underway! Who is excited? This morning, let's say hello to Team England:

Heather Weston and Vlacq Flint Accolade
Antonia Milner- Matthews and Clonmore Treasure
Emma Harris and Feagh Antonio
Anja Brandt and Kaalif
Helen Boston and Burfield Court Appearance
Karen Greig and Gfs Te Amo
Fiona Kearton and Valeo
Sarah O’Neill and Samba B
Jamie Shores and Anderwood Rose
Grace Hurst and Trixie
Rick Ross – Lee and Lougherne Basil
Katie Beckley and Beckendale Mono

 

The Squad Management are:
Maggie Pattinson – Chef d’Equipe
Jo Woodman – Team Vet
Lorna Skinner – Team Physio

 

Chef d'Equipe, Maggie, commented 'The Squad would like to take this opportunity to thank sponsors so far, EGB/H Power, Raid Equestrian and Just Chaps. This is an enormously expensive trip for the Squad so any further sponsorship would be gratefully received.

WISH THEM ALL WELL FOR ENGLAND AND ST GEORGE!'

 

 

 
Welsh Team for the Home International/Celtic ChallengeWelsh Team for the Home International/Celtic Challenge - (Published:08 August 2018)

We are proud to announce that the Team to represent Wales at the forthcoming Home International and Celtic Challenge 2018, hosted by Scotland at the beautiful Brodie Castle is as follows:

Chris Wray; Belinda Stewart; Sue Box; Nicola Smith; Charlotte Fleming; Piers Geddes; Zoe Powell; Jenny Myerscough; Charlie Turley; Julie McKeown; with Chef Steve Smith.


 

(Belinda trying to decide whether Idris would be a better bet than her horse!)


Riders, horses and the hard-working crews will be setting off on their 2 day journey on 14th August.  The committee wish them well on their venture north. 


 

(The Brains Trust - LOL!)

For the first time in many years, our Chair (and more importantly Farrier!!) Eilian will not be able to attend. We hope that he gets back to full health soon and that the Team can do him proud.

 

We held a great team bonding and training day on a beautiful Sunday afternoon under the watchful gaze of Idris our mascot. A truly eclectic group that will have a lot of fun as well as “going for it” in the competition.

(Some of the Team - Scotland Here We Come!!)


(Steve Smith - Chef d'Equipe Wales Endurance Team)

 
ENDURANCE GB REVIEW FINDINGSENDURANCE GB REVIEW FINDINGS - (Published:06 August 2018)

Endurance GB has completed both an internal process and external legal review following the withdrawal of GBR athlete Charlotte Chadwick from the FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders.  

The findings of this review have confirmed that, in cases such as this, primary responsibility for eligibility is placed upon the rider; and Charlotte Chadwick’s entry to the European Championships for Young Riders was accepted and facilitated on the basis she was qualified to compete as per FEI rules. EGB does not therefore bear liability for the events surrounding Charlotte’s withdrawal. 

 The review has also found that no fault lies with the Technical Stewards at any of the events that Charlotte or her mother participated in during the lead up to the European Championships. 

However, the review has also identified that improvements can be made to our systems and procedures to ensure they are helpful and minimise the risks of situations like this happening again. In the interests of responsible custodianship of our sport and our members, the organisation today outlines new measures to support our commitment to ensuring the highest standards of vigilance and to remove ambiguity with immediate effect. These include:

 · Robust eligibility checks to be made mandatory as part of the selection process of international team members by the Team Chef or appropriate member of the Team Management, monitored consistently from selection through to competition.

 · The introduction of a new automated rest period audit process for all ride results, which will enable potential breaches of rest periods to be identified.

· Expanding the results spreadsheets used by Technical Stewards to automatically include the current FEI registration status of the horse, which will reduce the risk of a FEI horse being allocated an EGB rest period. 

It is not possible at this time to automatically calculate rest periods at the entry stage, and the onus remains on the riders to ensure that they are eligible to compete.  

EGB will also take steps to underline that riders are responsible for compliance with all relevant regulations by implementing a new disclaimer on all ride entries, to indicate understanding of rules regarding eligibility, and to accept EGB, BEF or FEI regulations. 

Whilst we reiterate that EGB is not liable for the unfortunate set of circumstances that prompted the introduction of these new measures, we nonetheless welcome the opportunity to review processes across the sport. It is our firm belief that this swift and affirmative response will lead to improved standards for all. 

We would like to underscore our clear understanding that Charlotte, and her family, hold both horse welfare and the rules of Endurance with the upmost of importance and rules were broken completely unintentionally. The EGB Board is immensely proud of all our Young Riders and everything they have achieved and we are hugely disappointed for Charlie, who is a talented ambassador for our sport. 

ENDS 

For any Press Enquiries please contact:

Lizzie Simms                          lizzie@gunghoco.com               +44 121 6046366

Emma Fox-Kaminski              emma@gunghoco.com           +44 121 6046366 www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk | Facebook: EquestrianTeamGBR | Twitter: @TeamGBR | Instagram: @equestrianteamgbrendurancegb.co.uk | Facebook: EnduranceGB | Twitter: @EnduranceGB 

About Endurance GBEndurance GB is the National Governing Body for the sport of Endurance Riding. It encompasses 23 local Groups throughout England and Wales who organise social events and rides from 8km (5miles) which are non-competitive or social/training rides, right up to 160km competitive rides (100 miles) for the most advanced horse and rider - we pride ourselves on offering a full calendar of events for every level and ambition of rider.

 
CEIO 2* at Euston Festival of Endurance on August 18thCEIO 2* at Euston Festival of Endurance on August 18th - (Published:02 August 2018)

The International Squad Management are looking forward to entering a team of International Squad riders and horses in the CEIO 2* at Euston Festival of Endurance on August 18th. This is part of the plan that was set out at the beginning of the year with the aim of building a successful team for the European Championships at Euston Park in 2019.

 

As always, if you are interested in joining the squad and haven’t yet done so, please complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form and return it to Lindsay Wilson copying in Liz Finney. Please stipulate on the form if you wish to be considered as part of the team for this year’s Euston Park. In order to be considered, we will need to have received your Expression of Interest by 5 August 2018.

 

 
HALF YEAR MEMBERSHIP HAS NOW STARTEDHALF YEAR MEMBERSHIP HAS NOW STARTED - (Published:01 August 2018)

Now we are into the second half of the year you can join Endurance GB up until the end of the year at a reduced rate with our half yearly membership. This only costs £36 for a full riding membership and £23 for an associate membership. Or you can register with us as a supporter. The benefits of each can be found here: click here

With over 30 National rides and multiple smaller rides organised by our groups, you have distances of 8k right up to 160k to enter, so there really is something for everyone. It is the perfect time of year to get out and about with your equine friends and enjoy the beautiful British countryside while trying something new, so come on, sign up today. Join here: click here

 
ENDURANCE GB LAUNCHES INTERNAL REVIEW FOLLOWING EUROPEAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG RIDERSENDURANCE GB LAUNCHES INTERNAL REVIEW FOLLOWING EUROPEAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG RIDERS - (Published:30 July 2018)

EGB has taken the decision to launch an internal process review following the withdrawal of GBR athlete Charlotte Chadwick at the FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders. The results and conclusion of this review will be made public and EGB will endeavour to publish its findings as quickly as it is able, bearing in mind the complexity and wide-ranging points that will need to be included.

Until such time it is inappropriate for EGB to comment any further on the situation. 

EGB has already issued a detailed statement on its position and current processes which remain in place. 

-ENDS- 

For any Press Enquiries please contact:

Lizzie Simms                          lizzie@gunghoco.com               +44 121 6046366

Emma Fox-Kaminski             emma@gunghoco.com            +44 121 6046366 

www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk | Facebook: EquestrianTeamGBR | Twitter: @TeamGBR | Instagram: @equestrianteamgbrendurancegb.co.uk | Facebook: EnduranceGB | Twitter: @EnduranceGB 

About Endurance GB

Endurance GB is the National Governing Body for the sport of Endurance Riding. It encompasses 23 local Groups throughout England and Wales who organise social events and rides from 8km (5miles) which are non-competitive or social/training rides, right up to 160km competitive rides (100 miles) for the most advanced horse and rider - we pride ourselves on offering a full calendar of events for every level and ambition of rider.

 
Boyton Hall (The Lavenham Ride) - 1st and 2nd SeptemberBoyton Hall (The Lavenham Ride) - 1st and 2nd September - (Published:29 July 2018)

Don’t miss this lovely ride!!!......please note ride distances have been checked again and again!

 

Ride entries are open; the route distances have been checked (and checked again). Agreed - there have been problems with distances in the past, but I have been round (and round, and round) measuring the distances with my Garmin.

 

The route is looking stunning, mile after mile of beautiful countryside, glowing in the summer sunshine. We have just had rain: who knows what September will bring, but the countryside will still look lovely! It is one of the most inviting routes I have seen. And remember, there is very little roadwork! Shame I can’t enter the ride!

 

And to add to charm of this ride there will be a bit of a party on Saturday night. Food provided free of charge for all, by that charming little caterer, Waitrose, with wine, beer or soft drinks at truly minimal prices.

 

Temporary stabling is available. All the Boyton Hall stables are full, so please ring our ride secretary (Elaine Wallbridge) on 01440 785835 or 07771 770912 to book your stable.

 

If you want information about the ride or need to ask any questions, please look at the Lavenham ride Facebook page. Using Facebook means we can respond to you straight away, and also means that you can post your comments.

 

And lastly, because of an oversight, there is no 80km GER on the schedule. This is being amended as we speak.

 

Look forward to seeing lots of you on either or both the 1st or 2nd September!

 

(Heather Weston – RO)

 

 
Free Entries to Euston Park 4 on 17th, 18th & 19th AugustFree Entries to Euston Park 4 on 17th, 18th & 19th August - (Published:24 July 2018)

We are sorry that Euston Park 4 (17th, 18th & 19th August) has not been available on the website for online entries recently.  We withdrew online entries as a temporary measure to enable us to ensure that free entries were accepted for all the classes.

 

Online entries for Euston Park 4 will be made available again at 9.00am on Wednesday 25th July.

 

Members and Supporters will be able to enter any class at the event in the normal way, where the usual costs for the selected class will be shown on the entry form.  These costs will then be credited against an open voucher automatically when payment is selected, so that entry will be free of charge.

 

 

 
BARBURY ENTRIES NOW CLOSED - but there is a waiting listBARBURY ENTRIES NOW CLOSED - but there is a waiting list - (Published:23 July 2018)

Barbury ride is now full due to restrictions on numbers. However we are running a cancellation list and if you would like to be put on the list then please email the secretary stating your EGB details and the class you would like to be considered for.

 
Young Rider European Championship Entry Withdrawn for Charlie Chadwick and Hazelcroft Gosens TsarYoung Rider European Championship Entry Withdrawn for Charlie Chadwick and Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar - (Published:23 July 2018)

Endurance GB is saddened to confirm the withdrawal of Charlie Chadwick and Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar from the 2018 European Young Rider Endurance Championships due to take place on the 25th and 26th July.

 

Endurance GB was made aware of a potential rule violation in relation to rest periods and a horse Charlie had competed with at the CEI Kings Forest (GBR) on the 7th July. The horse in question, Aragorn, had been ridden by Charlie’s mother, Ruth Chadwick, in a National Ride some two weeks beforehand where the horse had been judged to have an irregular gait at the finish. As Aragorn is registered with the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), he is subject to FEI rest periods even whilst competing at a National Level. Under FEI rules this would entail an enforced rest period of 12 days had the horse completed successfully however, in this case, an additional 14 days must be added to the imposed rest period due to the irregular gait decision, which ends after the date of the CEI Kings Forest (GBR). This means that as per FEI Art. 815.3.3 and 815.3.6, Charlie will receive 100 penalty points and a consequential suspension of two months (to be implemented from the day of the CEI in question). Endurance GB carried out its own due diligence as quickly as possible in relation to the information, bearing in mind the timings and the seriousness and required escalations of the situation.

 

Endurance GB is very clear that this was a genuine mistake on behalf of the athlete. Charlie has, and will continue to be, an exemplary ambassador for the sport of Endurance within Great Britain and she, and her family, have the full backing of EGB at this very difficult time. At no point was there any intention to break the rules and we must make it very clear that Charlie, and her family, hold both horse welfare and the rules of Endurance with the upmost of importance.

 

Ruth Chadwick, Charlie’s mother, commented ‘This has been incredibly hard for us. Charlie, and the rest of the team, have received so much support and encouragement and we are just so sad to be in the situation we are now. Charlie has worked so hard to get herself and her horse ready for this Championship. However, we accept that we broke the rules and this should never have happened. The timing of this whole thing though has been particularly unfortunate as had we realised earlier we would never have taken the decision to travel Tsar overseas.’

 

Nicki Thorne, Chair of Endurance GB, stated ‘We are, of course, incredibly sad for Charlie, Tsar and her family. We are all fully aware of the amount of work and dedication it takes to get your horse to this level. We admire the maturity and attitude of both Charlie and her family in this situation and they have our full support. The Chadwick Family is held in very high regard within the Endurance GB family, but we also recognise that the rules, in this instance, were broken and we must therefore accept the consequences. We are in regular contact with all those concerned and we are ensuring that the right levels of support and safeguarding are in place not just for Charlie, but the other members of the team who will continue on their Championship journey’.

 

Kate Atkinson and Ollie Holman will now represent Great Britain as individuals at the European Young Rider Endurance Championships. Pre-Ride vetting takes place on the 25th July and the Championship itself starts at 6am on Friday 26th July. Endurance GB wishes the very best of luck to Kate and Ollie and we are extremely confident that they will do us proud and be excellent representatives for Great Britain.

 

 
Emerald Green Feeds Lindum Spirit - ride cancelledEmerald Green Feeds Lindum Spirit - ride cancelled - (Published:20 July 2018)

We are very sorry to inform those riders wishing to attend the Emerald Feeds Lindum Spirit Ride from the 25th to the 29th July that we have taken the hard decision to cancel the ride. Unfortunately the ride has not received enough entries to make a five-day event such as this viable to run. The Endurance GB Board has been working closely with the ride organiser and despite the best efforts of both and offers of additional funding, the entries have just not met a critical mass needed to fund the ride.

 

This also means that Junior Camp will be postponed - with alternative arrangements currently being sought. More information on this will follow to those booked onto the camp.

 

Refunds will he processed over the course of the next week.

 

Thay Stephenson, ride organiser, commented, “Lindum Spirit has something for everyone and has been a major ride on the calendar for over 28 years. This was to be my last Lindum Spirit, at least for a while, as I take a break from organising and I am sorry we couldn't celebrate all the great memories that Lindum holds for me and so many others.”

 

Nicki Thorne, EGB Chair, commented “It is very disappointing to lose Lindum Spirit this year. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Thay for all the work she has devoted to EGB and in particular to Lindum this year and in the years previously. A plea to all riders, we are seeing a trend of later entries and this can have severe implications for budgeting rides and allocating resources, adding to the challenge of organising a ride. Please try to get your entries in as early as possible for upcoming rides.”

 

 
RIDES - News updateRIDES - News update - (Published:20 July 2018)

For those disappointed by the loss of Lindum, we have the following rides over the next three weekends which are still taking entries:

22 July: Wellow are taking very late entries. A new competitive ride for this year, and building on an established and popular social ride, it takes in a Farm Ride and surrounding bridleways. There is a social ride on the Saturday for those wanting to make a weekend of it. Online entries will shortly be extended to noon on Saturday.

29 July: Graffham are taking late entries. This beautiful ride over Graffham Down was rescheduled from earlier in the year when it was too wet to go ahead.

29 July: Wentwood are taking late entries, and have a social ride on the Saturday for those wanting to make a weekend of it. The route takes you round ancient Welsh woodland and hills, with some stunning views

4-5 August: Euston Park’s first weekend with National Classes, including the imminent addition of an 80km CER. Anyone who wishes to sample the famous tracks of Euston Park would be made more than welcome

4 August: Harwood Dale. This hidden gem near Scarborough boasts some lovely going (yes, even in this dry spell) and some of the best sea views in the country.

5 August: Hanslope: This popular ride near Milton Keynes and its extremely welcoming and friendly organising team would very much encourage new entries

5 August: Hexham: The organisers have re-routed to make use of the opportunities afforded by the dry spell, and have some beautiful going over stunning grassy moorland for you to enjoy. Don’t miss out!

All these rides need volunteers too, so if you are free please contact the respective organisers and offer your time.

Esther Young, Director of Operations

 

 
INTER-REGIONAL RESULTS FROM CIRENCESTERINTER-REGIONAL RESULTS FROM CIRENCESTER - (Published:18 July 2018)

We are delighted to be able to share with you the results from the Inter-Regional Championships held at Cirencester Park this passed weekend. A huge, huge thank you to Steve Bates and the rest of the Cirencester OC for ALL their efforts both over the weekend and getting all of these results recalculated manually after an IT issue on Sunday afternoon.

So... Inter-Regional results as follows:
The first three teams, including their chefs all win medals (Gold first, silver second and bronze third).
1st South East (SE) - 219
2nd Offas Dyke & de Cymru (ODDC) - 200
3rd South West (SW) - 190
4th North West (NW) - 184
5th Wessex (Wex) - 174
6th Mid South (MidS) - 141
7th Iceni, Leicester & Rutland (ILR) - 139
8th Cromwell (Crom) - 130
9th Welsh Dragons (WD) - 124
10th Cotswolds (Cot) - 103
11th Heart of England (HoE) - 76

Special congratulations to Offas Dyke and South East who had all 12 horses complete their classes!!

In addition, rosettes are awarded to the following:
Top Young Rider : Emily Cooke riding Lady’s Man (Welsh Dragons)
Veteran Horse : Autumn Reflection ridden by Sarah Keeley

And rosettes are also awarded to the following:
Class 16-18 80km CER
1) Emily Cooke and Lady’s Man (Welsh Dragons)
2) Sally McIlwaine and Mahbubti (Wessex)
3) Lorna A Mccarthy and Sheer Bliss (NW)

Class 20 80km 2 day GER (Performance Formula)
1) Bethan Lewis and Merlin (Welsh Dragons)
2) John Illingworth and Cloughwood Gold Charm (NW)
3) Judy Holloway and Nuraletta (SW)

Class 21 64km GER (Performance Formula)
1) Craig Budden and G L Gilded Lance (Mid South)
2) Christine Nicol and Druimghigha Shimoni (Wessex)
3) Rachel Judson and Bryneos Alexus (Iceni, Leicester, Rutland)

Class 37 40km Open / Advanced (Performance Formula)
1) John Black and Ca Jalmeer (NW)
2) Victoria Smith and Silvretta Grand Marnier (HoE)
3) Larissa Whiley and Equiloan Phoebes Gold (Iceni, Leicester, Rutland)

Class 38 40km Novice (Performance Formula)
1) Suzie Todd and Dutchdream Spetter (Cromwell)
2) Juliet Crosby and Warrens Hill Johara (Mid South)
3) Julia Holtom and Jaaristo Spritzer (SW)

Class 40a 32km Novice Horse and Rider (Performance Formula)
1) Charlotte Noel and El Gringo (SW)
2) Violet-Mae Murch and Star Chaser (SE)
3) Lara Williams and Sasha (Cromwell)

Class 40a 32km Novice Horse and Rider (Performance Formula)
1) Vanessa Woodhouse and Elmo (Cromwell)
2) Nuccia Lipscombe and Aurora Forta (Mid South)
3) Caroline Jacobs and Aryzona (SE)

 
RETIREMENT OF CIRENCESTER ORGANISERS - LONG SERVICE RECOGNISEDRETIREMENT OF CIRENCESTER ORGANISERS - LONG SERVICE RECOGNISED - (Published:18 July 2018)

Alan and Jacqui Brown have been associated with the organisation of the Cirencester Ride for many years, initially with the Leicester Group when the ride was called the Avon Valley Ride and was run with Brenda Campbell and Sue Oakes: the Campbells and the Browns also ran the Monks Kirby Ride for a number of years.  


In due course the Cirencester Festival of Endurance evolved and they took over as sole organisers. After many years of dedicated service to the ride and to Endurance generally, they are now taking a well-earned retirement. 

 
At the end of yet another successful event last weekend the Heart of England Group presented Alan and Jacqui with a retirement gift of a decanter and bottle of wine while EGB presented them with a bottle of champagne and a bouquet of flowers.  Alan and Jacqui will be missed but have more than earned their retirement!  

 
ANNE NEWTON - Rest in PeaceANNE NEWTON - Rest in Peace - (Published:18 July 2018)

A message from Anne's son, Richard:  "Anne died at home on Saturday 14th July, peacefully following a very long illness. She had lived with me since moving to Cardiff in November 2010 – and we were fortunate to be supported by two amazing live in carers who have been with us throughout this journey. Mum deteriorated following a stroke in October 2013 – and to be honest since that point her quality of life was significantly compromised. That said we kept her at home surrounded by many pictures and other memories of her Endurance days.

The funeral will  take place next Tuesday (24th July) at 14.15 at Thornhill Crematorium in Cardiff in the Briwnant Chapel -https://cardiffbereavement.co.uk/getting-to-a-funeral/ - and the invitation is open to all who knew Mum.  There is then an invite to guests back to the family home in Cardiff.

It's family flowers only - but donations to Cancer Research Campaign –

c/o Green Willow Funerals - Eclipse House, Coronation Road, Birchgrove, Cardiff,

 

CF14 4QY

Mum used to be a very active member of a Cancer Research Fundraising group in north Devon – so we are directing the donations to that group – rather than the general fund."

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100% Completion at Cirencester Park for  Offa’s Dyke and De Cymru IR Team100% Completion at Cirencester Park for Offa’s Dyke and De Cymru IR Team - (Published:17 July 2018)

80km CER Belinda Stewart Penny

      Sue Box Kazeme el Mystral

 

 

64km GER PF Sue Loveridge Bright Dawn

 

          Nicola Smith Sharloam

BelBel

 

 

40+40 2day GER PF Maureen Jessica Langham Granby Sting

 

    Mary Stubbs Indygo

 

 

   Ann Marie

Pelc  Bordesley Golden Iman

 

 

40km open/adv GER PF Abbi Tennant Djelanza

 

      Karen Jones Indian Princess

 

 

40km Novice GER PF Sara Williams Mrs Tiggywinkle

 

 

30km Novice GER PF Lauren Thorp Northashariella

 

      Leanne Davies Farmways Autumn Gold

 

 

Note from the Chef:

 

Congratulations on an amazing performance at the weekend. Hats off to each and everyone of you. Under testing conditions you looked after your horses, rode as a Team, followed my instructions to the letter and  with luck on our side delivered the result we wanted. A big  gold star must also go to your wonderful crews and Vet gate  Manager/Team Assistant Delwyn Hall. None of this would of course have been possible without the hard working team from  Heart of England for RO this major ride, a big Thank You  from us all. It was great also to see so many other  competitors/teams having such fun over the weekend. You are  the Dream team, a pleasure to be part of, well done.

 

Jane Tennant

 

 
Endurance Nominated Entries for WEGEndurance Nominated Entries for WEG - (Published:16 July 2018)

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has today confirmed the nominated combinations selected by EnduranceGB, which have been submitted to the FEI, for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina (USA), 11-23 September 2018.

The nominated combinations are (in alphabetical order);
 
Rachael Atkinson with her own Tannasg Psyches Realm
Caroline Cowley with her own HS Bellini
Dominique Freeman with her own Rising Heat, and Carla Eigenauer’s WCF Atillah
Nicola Thorne with Heather and Jeremy Reynolds’ Grand Ku, and Heather Reynolds’ Treasured Moments

Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from the British Equestrian Federation Fund, and official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, FALPRO England, Musto, NAF and Point Two.

 
The Leading Rider Award updateThe Leading Rider Award update - (Published:14 July 2018)

The Leading Rider award was designed in conjunction with the British Equestrian Federation as part of the British Protocol for Endurance. The award is designed to reward consistent riding in CERs and FEI rides. The highest scoring rider in each class, where that rider has scored at least 70% of the points available to them, will win a £10 Endurance GB voucher, to be awarded after the ride 

The Leading Rider results for Three Rivers, Boconnoc, Euston 1 & Kings Summer are as follows:

Three Rivers 80km CER

1 136.42 Ella Bunting Alys Estrella De Rock GBR 73.74%

2 101.42 Katie Bedwin   Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz  GBR 54.82%

Boconnoc 80km CER

1 133.98 Nicky Sherry Silver Zourra GBR 72.42%

2 133.15 Carina Kane Evermore Artistic GBR 71.97%

Euston Park 1 80km 1*

1 189.56 VISHVALINGAM MOGANADAS PATTO LEONINO LKA 94.78%

2 160.56 Bella Fricker Spanish Heir GBR 80.28%

Euston Park 1 120km 2*

1 195.81 MARIAM ADNAN ABDULKARIM AL RAIS AFREET UAE 75.31%

2 160.32 MOHD MATAR RASHED AL MAZROOEI DAVLYN PARK THROB UAE 61.66%

Euston Park 1 160km 3*

1 272.29 SAIF AHMED MOHAMMED ALI ALMAZROUE QUETZAL ARVORIG UAE 85.09%

2 241.91 SAEED SULTAN SHAMES AL MAAMRI MAGIC GLENN CHISEL UAE 75.60%

Euston Park 1 120km YR 2*

1 193.11 SALIM SAID AL OWAIS DJI'NHA DE FIGNOLS UAE 74.27%

2 180.14 ABDULLA ALI MOHAMED ALI ALAMRI OCTOBER SKY 09 UAE 69.28%

Euston Park 1 80km 1*

1 180.6 RAED MAHMOOD BEDUINA MT NOBY BRN 90.30%

2 175.25 KHALIFA JAMAL KHAMIS AHMED ALSENDI ZLOTY WIATR BRN 87.63%

Kings Summer 80km 1* (Sat)

1 185.38 FATMA JASSEM SAEED AL MARRI LASCANO UAE 92.69%

2 180.07 MOHD AHMED BIN SUROOR AL MAZROOEI IDAHO RIO UAE 90.04%

Kings Summer 80km 1* (Sun)

1 118.05 JO CHISHOLM ROE ATHEER GBR 59.03%

2 101.22 NICK TWEEDIE SMITH SPIRANTHES GBR 50.61%

Kings Summer 120km 2*

1 279.44 ABDULLA GHANIM AL MARRI ADJAR DU MANBA UAE 87.33%

2 262.04 SHAHEEN YAYHYA SHAHEEN KHALFAN ALMAZROUEI MAISON BLANCHE VENGAI UAE 81.89%

Kings Summer 120km YR 2*

1 258.57 HAMDAN AHMAD MOHD AL MARRI EL HAJJEJ UAE 80.80%

2 229.56 ELLA BUNTING Alys Estrella De Rock GBR 71.74%

Kings Summer 80km CER (Sat)

1 106.07 SALLY ANNE FARRALL Sirius Os GBR 53.04%

2 59.49 KATY MELLOR KRAYAAN NASSER GBR 29.75%

Kings Summer 80km CER (Sun)

1 175.32 Chris Wray Peponi GBR 87.66%

2 150.67 Christine Ryan Talek Des Godets GBR 75.34%

Unfortunately we have been unable to calculate the results for Keysoe due to incomplete vetgate records.

 

 
Changes to Closing Dates for the Wellow and Emerald Green Feeds' Lindum Spirit RidesChanges to Closing Dates for the Wellow and Emerald Green Feeds' Lindum Spirit Rides - (Published:12 July 2018)

Please note that the closing date for The  Wellow Ride has been moved out to Wednesday 18th July, but with no late entries.  Also, the closing date for the Emerald Green Feeds' Lindum Spirit Ride has been moved out to Monday 16th July, with late entries accepted until 23rd July.

 
Endurance GB confirms resignation of Board Member Kerry DawsonEndurance GB confirms resignation of Board Member Kerry Dawson - (Published:11 July 2018)

Endurance GB is saddened to confirm the resignation of Kerry Dawson, who at the time of her resignation held the positions of Groups Director, Para-Equestrian Director, Director of Volunteering and Health & Safety Director.

Kerry was a very active member of the EGB Board for more than three years, initially starting as IT Director and then moving to Groups Director where her portfolio continued to grow. There is no doubt that Kerry’s commitment to the sport and the improvements and changes she achieved as a Director have been second to none and have had a hugely positive impact on so very many of us. During her time on the Board, Kerry, amongst other things, had forged forward with a Volunteering Strategy, reviewed and revised the Para-Equestrian Endurance rules improving the accessibility of the sport and was also hugely influential in increasing the number of qualified first aiders across the organisation. Kerry has confirmed that she won’t be going far; she will continue to act as a Ride Organiser and volunteer and will no doubt continue to be an extremely familiar face within our Endurance family. The Board, on behalf of Endurance GB and its members, wishes to extend its sincere thanks to Kerry for everything she has given to the sport and wishes her well for all her future endeavours. Kerry’s committees and workload will be split across the Board and alternative resources until the 2018 AGM where the vacant Board Position will be open for nominations in addition to the other end of term vacancies as per standard protocol.

 
Lowther Castle (Ullswater) ride cancellationLowther Castle (Ullswater) ride cancellation - (Published:11 July 2018)

Endurance GB is saddened to have to announce the cancellation of the Lowther Castle (Ullswater) ride. Unfortunately, due to prior commitments for the tenancy and occupation of the land we have just been informed by the Estate Operations Director that we are no longer able to use the land that had been put aside for the ride venue.

The Cumbria Ride Committee and many others working behind the scenes have tried extremely hard to make this work, negotiating with the Estate and trying to find an alternative venue but to no avail. We are acutely aware of the importance of this ride, from both a National and FEI perspective and as such we are now focusing our efforts on finding another suitable Northern venue to host the same level of classes on an alternative date. Endurance GB would like to extend its sincere thanks to those who have put in so much effort to date to try and get this exciting ride off the ground – we are hopeful it may still be a possibility for the 2019 Calendar. Refunds for all those who have already entered will be processed over the coming week.

 
ENDURANCE GB CROWNS 2018 YOUNG RIDER NATIONAL CHAMPIONENDURANCE GB CROWNS 2018 YOUNG RIDER NATIONAL CHAMPION - (Published:11 July 2018)

PRESS RELEASE: ENDURANCE GB CROWNS 2018 YOUNG RIDER NATIONAL CHAMPION 10 July 2018. The British Young Rider National Championships took place this past weekend at Kings Forest, Thetford, in some of the toughest conditions seen so far this year.

Endurance GB is extremely proud to announce that the 2018 Young Rider National Champion is Endurance GB Spotlight Scholar, Ella Bunting, who rode Emma Daniel's Aly’s Estrella de Rock to victory last Saturday. The combination successfully completed the CEIYJ2* 120km ride at King’s Forest (GBR) in what can only be described as extremely challenging conditions. With temperatures well over 30 degrees centigrade, excellent horsemanship and understanding were required by all riders competing across the entire field of classes.

The Young Rider Championships was a closely fought affair throughout the day. Five of the entrants in the CEIYJ2* were eligible to compete for the coveted title. In the initial stages the British contingent was dominated by Charlie Chadwick (GBR) partnered by Aragorn, Charlie’s mother’s 14 year old Arab gelding. Chadwick sat in second place behind the class leader Hamdan Ahmed Mohd Al Marri (UAE) with a comfortable nine minute lead over 3rd and 4th placed Bunting and Katie Bedwin (GBR) respectively.

As the day progressed the extreme conditions took their toll with two combinations failing to qualify for their next respective stages. British rider Keighley Pomroy’s ambitions were dashed at Vet Gate Two where her horse Hathek was judged to have an irregular gait. Despite Chadwick’s early success her day was cut short at the fourth Vet Gate, just 16km from the finish, where Aragorn also failed to qualify for the final stage due to an irregular gait. This left the competition wide open between the three remaining British riders. Bunting left on to the final loop with a two minute lead over Bedwin, with Harry Ollis (GBR) riding Kirsty Wiscombe’s homebred bay mare, Yawl Hill Pollyanna, a further nine minutes behind. 

Bunting and Bedwin rode the last loop together, as they had done the entire ride leading up to that point, ensuring their horses had company and were well motivated for the final stage. However, it was Ollis who put in the quickest final loop at 15.4kph – he successfully created a four minute lead over his compatriots, crossing the finish line in 2nd place behind 1st placed Al Marri (UAE), who had completed the course nearly two hours beforehand. However, Ollis’ joy was short lived as Yawl Hill Pollyanna was judged to be lame at the final vetting. Bunting and Bedwin crossed the finish line together, hand in hand, having tackled the tough course together all day – the perfect display of camaraderie, sportsmanship and support with just one second separating the pair’s final result. Both combinations passed the final vetting and the 2018 National Champion and Reserve Champion were crowned!

Various other classes took place over the weekend at the popular Thetford venue. Nicki Thorne, Chair of Endurance GB, said: “Special thanks to all those involved in ensuring a smooth and successful event despite the extremely testing conditions; the ride organising committee, the volunteers and officials, and of course, ongoing support from HPower Endurance and event sponsor Meydan.” 

Amongst many other things participants were treated to, top class veterinary services, unlimited ice and a very tasty barbeque for all in attendance on the Saturday evening.

ENDS

Full results are available via Tawqeet (app & website) and Endurance GB (website).

For more information, please contact GUNG HO Communications: 

Lizzie Simms   lizzie@gunghoco.com  +44 121 6046366

Emma Fox-Kaminski  emma@gunghoco.com  +44 121 6046366

Notes to editors

About Endurance GB

Endurance GB is the National Governing Body for the sport of Endurance Riding. It encompasses 23 local Groups throughout England and Wales who organise social events and rides from 8km (5miles) which are non-competitive or social/training rides, right up to 160km competitive rides (100 miles) for the most advanced horse and rider - we pride ourselves on offering a full calendar of events for every level and ambition of rider.

About Spotlight Scholarship Scheme

This year Endurance GB introduced the inaugural Spotlight Scholarship Scheme as well as the first 10 scholars. The ethos behind the Spotlight Scholarship Scheme is welfare of the Young and Junior Rider and their horse/s through training and education. Education is the route to both welfare and success. The scholarship provides a riding lesson every month with a UKCC coach or BHS Accredited Professional Coach. It gives the scholars the opportunity to pursue the BHS Complete Horsemanship qualification or, in the case of Juniors, start/continue their education through the Pony Club. The scheme was designed to support all levels of rider.

 
BEF invites applications for second Young Professional ProgrammeBEF invites applications for second Young Professional Programme - (Published:29 June 2018)

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is inviting applications for the second cohort of its Young Professional Programme. The 12 month programme is made up of eight workshops and covers a range of areas including business management, business operations, media awareness, personal development and career enhancement.

Funded by Sport England, and in collaboration with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, the Young Professional Programme supports young athletes who are looking to develop and acquire skills that will help them to continue working in the equine industry. Head of Performance Pathways at the BEF, David Hamer says: “After the first cohort having completed their year on this new programme, we are looking forward to welcoming more athletes onto the next intake this Autumn. We have had a very confident group this year who have all gone on to develop business plans that will help them focus on the areas they would like to develop as they go out into the industry.“The aim of this Programme is to help guide young athletes through what can be an uncertain time in their sporting career, particularly as they set themselves up in business. The Programme builds on the great work that has already been done by the Olympic disciplines in this area to support them to go on and hopefully have a thriving future.”Re-capping on his experience on the Programme, eventer Alexander Tordoff said: “Over the last 12 months we have covered pretty much every aspect of running a yard; from the financial side to the performance related area, it’s really helped improve my business.”Showjumper, Georgia Leader-White added: “Being on the Programme has allowed me to meet new people from different industries and pick up ideas that I can take back and try out. I am in the middle of doing my UKCC Level 3 and I would now like to push my coaching even further.”Outlining her plans for the future, dressage rider Amy Schiessl said: “Thanks to the Young Professional Programme I am now looking to set up a yard on my own which I probably wouldn’t have done without this support before. I am really aware of what I need to do around insurance and health and safety and I can’t wait to put my new skills into practice.”The Young Professional Programme is open to athletes aged 19-26 who are not in full-time education.  Applications will open on 1 July and will close on 31 July 2018. More information can be found on the BEF website under the Young Professional Programme Page

 
BE AN ENDURANCE GB SUPPORTERBE AN ENDURANCE GB SUPPORTER - (Published:28 June 2018)

Whether you are crewing for a rider, supporting a child or spouse who is riding at one of our events or just a fan of endurance riding, we would love you to register as an Endurance GB Supporter, and the best thing - it won’t cost you a thing!

Show your support for the sport and receive an e-version of our bi-monthly magazine. You can even take part in one of our pleasure rides if you feel you want to, or as part of our TBYB (try before you buy) scheme,  you could enter a novice Graded Endurance Ride (GER) up to 40k before applying to become a full EGB member and registering your horse. So, let the fun begin by registering here: https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Joining

 
2018 IR Team for Offa’s Dyke and De Cymru2018 IR Team for Offa’s Dyke and De Cymru - (Published:27 June 2018)

2018 IR Team for Offa’s Dyke and De Cymru :  

80km CER Belinda Steward Penny                

Sue Box HS Shaman or Kazeme el Mystral                

Penny Rawnsley Psyzan

64km GER PF Sue Loveridge Bright Dawn                    

Nicola Smith Sharloam BelBel

40+40 2day GER PF Maureen Jessica Langham Granby Sting                       

Mary Stubbs Indygo

40km open/adv GER PF Abbi Tennant Djelanza

40km Novice GER PF Sara Williams Mrs Tiggywinkle

30km Novice GER PF Lauren Thorp Northashariella                               

Leanne Davies Farmways Autumn Gold

30km Novice H&R GER PF Alex Powell Brokedydd The Duke

Reserves Rebecca Stapley             

Ann Marie Pelc 

Note from the Chef: 

Well done to all those selected you have earned your place. 

Each competitor has competed in an EGB national ride in 2018 prior to selection. 

Members were recruited for the Team in a few ways : by using social media adverts, by emailing all our group members and by myself and assistant Delwyn chatting to competitors directly at events and by word of mouth. When we had expressions of interest in I then asked individuals what distance they would prefer. With this information in hand I study form using the EGB website, both current and previous years of both riders and horses. I prioritise completions, experience over that specific distance, type of class e.g. CER or GER / one or two day and use my experience to put together a team that I believe can deliver a solid result, have some fun and encourage novice competitors in the sport. 

In it to win it, no pressure Team 😎 

Jane Tennant.

 
Home International England Squad AnnouncementHome International England Squad Announcement - (Published:26 June 2018)

2018 England Home International Squad

The 2018 Home International Squad travel to Scotland  for this year’s competition – 3 days of celebrations at the Scottish Endurance Festival.  Hosted at the magnificent  Brodie Castle, Forres, way up North. 

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

Heather Weston

Vlacq Flint Accolade

Antonia Milner- Matthews

Clonmore Treasure

Emma Harris

Feagh Antonio

Anja Brandt

Kaalif

Helen Boston

Burfield Court Appearance

Karen Greig

Gfs Te Amo

Fiona Kearton

Valeo

Sarah O’Neill

Samba B

Jamie Shores

Anderwood Rose

Grace Hurst

Trixie

Rick Ross – Lee

Lougherne Basil

Katie Beckley

Beckendale Mono

 

The Squad Management are:

Maggie Pattinson – Chef d’Equipe          

Jo Woodman – Team Vet                                          Lorna Skinner  – Team Physio

The Squad would like to take this opportunity to thank sponsors so far, EGB/H Power, Raid Equestrian and Just Chaps.  This is an enormously expensive trip for the Squad so any further sponsorship would be gratefully received.

WISH THEM ALL WELL FOR ENGLAND AND ST GEORGE!

 

 
HALF YEAR MEMBERSHIP – TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDSHALF YEAR MEMBERSHIP – TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS - (Published:25 June 2018)

It is getting towards that time of year again, 1st July is the date when you can join Endurance GB up until the end of the year at a reduced rate with our half yearly membership.

This only costs £36 for a full riding membership and £23 for an associate membership. Or you can register with us as a supporter. The benefits of each can be found here: click here
 
With over 30 National rides and multiple smaller rides organised by our groups, you have distances of 8k right up to 160k to enter, so there really is something for everyone.
 
It is the perfect time of year to get out and about with your equine friends and enjoy the beautiful British countryside while trying something new, so come on, sign up today.
 
Join here and select Half Year: click here

 
BHS Ride Out UK MonthBHS Ride Out UK Month - (Published:25 June 2018)

We know that many of you were following the BHS Ride Out UK Month, and we have great news! Firstly, the campaign has raised almost £9,000 this year for Paths for Communities and still have a few events to come! More than 2,000 people have taken part in the events and sponsored hacking challenges which is over double the number of people who took part last year. A brilliant step forward.
 

And, as if that wasn’t enough, Endurance GB is very proud to announce that two of the winners from the campaign are EGB members! Megan Seedhouse, an EGB young rider, won the ‘most kilometres ridden in May’ competition, completing 251.39km with her pony Daisy. Secondly, Vicky Hodgkiss was not only the first rider to complete the 70km challenge but she was also the winner of the highest fundraiser (18 years and over) competition. Both will be receiving a Thorowgood saddle! Well done to Daisy and Vicky!
 
The BHS are pleased to announce that they are extending their 70km challenge to run for the rest of this year, so the challenge remains to saddle up and ride 70km and raise £70 for Paths for Communities. If any of you are looking to ‘give back’ to the bridleways you love to ride then this is a great challenge to have a go at, as the donations go directly towards improving or creating equestrian routes throughout the UK.

 
Northern Championships result from New Marske today!Northern Championships result from New Marske today! - (Published:24 June 2018)

News now in from the Northern Championships at the New Marske ride:

1st David Yeoman & Abu Rukomet (photo courtesy of West End Photophotography)
2nd Colin Sykes & Vlacq Irresistible
3rd Emma Harris & Feagh Antonio

It has been an extremely hot day today so well done to everyone who took part. Our thanks to the organising team and all of the volunteers.

(Photo courtesy of West End Photography)

 
FEI AWARDS EUROPEAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 TO EUSTON PARK (GBR)FEI AWARDS EUROPEAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 TO EUSTON PARK (GBR) - (Published:22 June 2018)

The FEI Bureau has confirmed that the FEI European Endurance Championship 2019 will take place at Great Britain’s 200-acre Euston Park venue, set in Thetford Forest from the 15th to 18th August 2019.

Endurance GB is delighted to confirm that the application for Euston Park (GBR) to host the European Endurance Championships 2019 has been announced as the winning bid. The FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) issued a Press Release on Wednesday 20th June confirming various Championship allocations in 2019 and 2020 following the decision of the FEI Bureau. Full details on the FEI Press Release can be found here.

Hosting the European Championships will present a unique opportunity for the sport of endurance riding in Great Britain and the Championship Organisers, HPower Endurance. EGB is confident that this will deliver a strong and concrete legacy for the sport going forward. Having this Championship ‘on the doorstep’ will make competing at such a level tangible for the many EGB members, both Senior and Young Rider, looking to step up on to the International scene.

Event Director, Nick Brooks-Ward, commented “We are delighted with this announcement.  We are about to start our third summer of rides at Euston Park and we believe that the previous two years have given us the opportunity to bring together a team which has the experience, knowledge and expertise to get the very best out of this stunning venue.  We have already started work on the Championships”.

Nicki Thorne, added, “We look forward to giving a very warm welcome to endurance nations from across Europe who will send their elite athletes to compete in the European Championships in what will be the highlight of a spectacular festival of endurance in an iconic location”.

Euston Park is set within the beautiful Suffolk countryside and will give riders from across the continent the chance to take in magnificent historic parkland, ancient forests, woodlands and river crossings – all on well-maintained tracks with minimal roadwork. An incredible experience for athletes, spectators and endurance fans alike.

As well as the 2019 European Endurance Championships, other Endurance Championships confirmed by the FEI Bureau are:

  • FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses - Madrid (ESP), 21-24 May or 4-7 June 2020
  • FEI Endurance European Championship for Young Riders & Juniors – Vic (ESP), 25-27 September 2020

 

Endurance GB and HPower Endurance is look forwarding to welcoming Europe’s Endurance Elite next year… the countdown has begun!

 

 
International Endurance Seminar - Saturday 14th JulyInternational Endurance Seminar - Saturday 14th July - (Published:22 June 2018)

Venue - Euston Park Endurance, Euston Park, Thetford IP24 2QH - Price - Members - £30 / Young Riders £20, Non members £40 (includes tea/coffee breaks and lunch and a bespoke folder with all you will need for the day).

 

We would encourage anyone interested in endurance to attend this very informative day - it is open to everyone, rider, crew, ride organiser, vet, owner, breeder, ride official, supporter, and friends (you do not need to be at International level to attend).


The Seminar will be run under the direction of Ian Williams and John Robertson, both Senior Endurance Officials for many years.

Ian was the FEI Director for Non Olympic Sports from 2002 to 2014 during which time the Endurance Discipline grew by over 900% across the World. He is a 4* Judge, Technical Delegate, Course Designer and a Level 3 Steward.

John is the EGB International Board Director and has Officiated at World Equestrian Games, World & European Championships and events across the world. He is a 4* Judge, Technical Delegate, Course Designer and a Level 2 Steward.

The facilities during the day together with Coffee, Tea and Lunch for all attendees is being kindly provided by HPG Endurance at their International Level Endurance Venue at Euston Park

The timetable at this time is:

  8:30 Registration

  9:00 Session 1 FEI - History and Responsibilities

  9:45 Session 2 FEI - General Regulations Overview

10:30 Coffee/Tea Break

10:45 Session 3 FEI - Endurance Rules Overview

11:30 Session 4 FEI - International Sport - Legal Implications

12:15 Lunch

13:00 Session 5 (A) Organiser's/Official's working Group

          Session 5 (B) Athlete's/Owner's  working Group

14:00 Session 6 Competition Day(s)

14:45 Coffee/Tea Break

15:00 Session 7 Working Scenarios/solutions

16:30 Session 8 Q&A

17:00 Close

 

Please pay either through the EGB Office or through Ad Hoc payments through the EGB website, please state your name(s) and also that the payment is for the seminar.

 

Payments must be received before Wednesday, 11th July. Please note the date of this event has had to be changed to Saturday, 14th July 2018 and there will be a FEI 80km class taking place on that day at the same time as the seminar.

 

The event is organised and supported by Endurance GB and HPower.

 

More information on endurance and the venue can be found:

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main

https://eustonparkendurance.co.uk<https://eustonparkendurance.co.uk/>

 

Any questions please email anndark@endurancegb.co.uk<mailto:anndark@endurancegb.co.uk>

 

 
Piddle Ride - date change to 22nd JulyPiddle Ride - date change to 22nd July - (Published:17 June 2018)

Unfortunately, due to a last-minute issue arising with the venue field we are unable to run the Piddle Ride on the 1st July. We will now be running the ride on Sunday 22nd July instead.

 

All entries for the 1st July will be refunded and if you are able to attend the new ride date entries are now open via this link: https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/EGBRideDetails/Auto_ID/1235/Ride_Year/2018

In light of Piddle being postponed, the organisers of Tresham (24 June) have kindly agreed to extend their 'last entry date' until Wednesday 20 June, giving you an extra chance to get a late entry in for Tresham.

Sam and Amanda

piddleride@gmail.com

 

 
GBR CONFIRM NOMINATED ENTRIES FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPSGBR CONFIRM NOMINATED ENTRIES FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - (Published:16 June 2018)

Endurance GB is delighted to confirm the submission of Nominated Entries for the Junior and Young Rider Championships due to take place in San Rossore, Pisa (ITA) on the 25th and 26th July 2018. The following combinations have been selected to represent Great Britain:

 

Charlie Chadwick on Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar

Kate Atkinson on DNS Ronaldo

Ollie Holman on Bronze Nahdir

 

Chef d’Equipe, Jo Chisholm, commented “All being well, the Definite Entries (which will be submitted on 19th July 2018) will constitute all three of our selected combinations. We are really happy with team for this Championship – we have a great mix of experience and new combinations to this level”.

 

Athletes must be aged between 14 and 21 and horses must be a minimum of 8 years old in order to compete at the Regional Championship. The 120km course is made up of four loops of 33km, 28km, 31km and 28km respectively. Pre-Ride vetting takes place at 4pm on the 25th July and the ride itself will start at 6.30am on the San Rossore Race Course (Pisa, ITA). FEI Medals are on offer for both team and individual podium placings with a prestigious Best Condition Trophy also to be won.

 

This will be Kate Atkinson’s third Championship, her second with selected mount DNS Ronaldo. The pair unfortunately failed to complete at their previous Championship, the Junior and Young Rider World Championships last year, also held in Italy. They will be looking to better their result this year and continue the excellent form we are used to seeing with this talented pair.

 

Charlie Chadwick with Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar will be tackling their second Championship course together. This combination was selected to represent Great Britain in 2016 where they travelled to Portugal as part of the British Team. An unlucky result saw their dream end at the second vet gate – so another combination with some demons to put to bed! Charlie and Tsar have been competing at International level together since 2014 so they know each other well and are sure to put in a great performance this time round.

 

A new combination in 2018 is Ollie Holman and Bronze Nahdir – that said, they’ve certainly arrived with a bang! Ollie has been competing in FEI competitions for just two years, but partnered with Bronze Nahdir, they have a perfect record this year competing two CEI2*, both in first place. Whilst they may be a new combination, Bronze Nahdir is more than used to the International scene having been competing in FEI Competition since 2014.

 

The GBR Young Rider team is being supplied team kit by sponsor Musto so they will be looking super smart to represent their country at this prestigious event. Horse and Rider profiles will be shared shortly and definite entries confirmed on the 19th July 2018. Further information on the event itself can be found on www.endurancelifestyle.it.

(Charlie Chadwick photo courtesy of C A Dark)

(Kate Atkinson photo courtesy of Indie Pics)

(Ollie Holman photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography)

 
Tresham Ride (re-scheduled) - new informationTresham Ride (re-scheduled) - new information - (Published:15 June 2018)

The rescheduled Tresham Ride (Sunday 24th June) is taking late entries up until Wednesday. We have extended the route this year to include some nice big fields at the top of the route . The organiser rode the route on Wednesday and lots of gates should be open as there were no sheep around.

This is lovely area of the Cotswolds: there is only one vet hold on the 80km this year, and the route is ridden mainly the opposite way round this year so most riders will go through Ozleworth Park twice.

Thank you to everyone who has offered to help at the ride, and if you are not riding and wish to help please get in touch.

 

 
Barbury Castle Ride - Sunday 12th AugustBarbury Castle Ride - Sunday 12th August - (Published:14 June 2018)

You may be wondering why we have delayed the opening date for entries for the Barbury Castle Ride and why we haven’t been asking people to help yet.  About a month ago we heard that the usual venue will not be available this year.  However, the good news is we got confirmation yesterday evening that we have secured a new venue, we would like to thank Andrew Tuckey very much for offering us his field from which to run the ride.  The route will be similar to previous years and Barbury Castle Estate have kindly agreed to let us use the field margins we have used in the past on the 40km loop.

As it is our first year of working from the new venue we have decided to run a 1 day ride, on Sunday 12th August.  We hope to be able to offer a full range of GERs and PRs and will be working hard over the next few days to confirm we can get the distances we need – these will be on the website by the time entries open at the weekend. We will not be able to offer camping or corralling at the venue this year.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Barbury Castle Ride in August and hope the ride will be as successful and enjoyable as it has been in the past.

 

 
Payments Now Working AgainPayments Now Working Again - (Published:13 June 2018)
We are sorry that the website had been unavailable today (13th June 2018).  This was due to an industry wide change to the security required to make online payments. Unfortunately on the switchover, we encountered an unexpected low level protocol error on our server which meant we were not able to communicate with SagePay. This has been resolved.  If you encounter any problems making payments, please contact the office.
 
More Helpers needed for Birling Gap - Sunday 8th JulyMore Helpers needed for Birling Gap - Sunday 8th July - (Published:10 June 2018)

More helpers are needed for Birling Gap Ride.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far - I have had a brilliant response.  However, I still need a few more.  So, if you're an old hand and haven't booked a help this season, or a newbie who'd like to learn the ropes please get in touch.  miranda_kavanagh@yahoo.com or 07563 351724.

 

 
National Volunteers' WeekNational Volunteers' Week - (Published:08 June 2018)

This week we have been celebrating National Volunteers' Week, and we have been sharing feedback from some of our amazing volunteers about why they volunteer. Read about what motivates our volunteers in these blog articles :

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Blog

Thank you to everyone who volunteers for Endurance GB, in whatever form you do so. Our organisation would not function without you.

If you would like to volunteer with us, please email volunteers@endurancegb.co.uk or fill in this online form: https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Joining/Volunteers

Kerry Dawson

Director of Volunteers

 

 
Lindum Spirit entries now open online !!Lindum Spirit entries now open online !! - (Published:07 June 2018)

Entries for this years Emerald Green Feeds Lindum Spirit are now open and exciting news is that entries can now be made online! 

Any queries - contact thalia.stephenson@sky.com

 
A message from Val Mapp - (Published:06 June 2018)

Bevis Glover, Aged 70, died peacefully at home on the 3rd June.

Cherished husband of Margaret. Love blossomed between them when Margaret was in the British Team on Wyere Lad.

They travelled together to America and Italy.

Bevis did so much for EGB including organising rides and opening bridleways in his beloved Wales to name but a few.

RIP Bevis

 
Birling Gap Needs You!!Birling Gap Needs You!! - (Published:06 June 2018)

With just over a month to go to this stunning ride, set in the iconic Sussex landscape, entries are starting to fill up nicely.  Ride Organiser Miranda Kavanagh appeals to riders to get their entries in soon - she has a limit of 120 across all classes.  Entries close at midnight on June 25th, but late entries are also possible online up to July 6th.  This is a hilly course over the South Downs, which takes in some famous landmarks such as the Belle Tout Lighthouse, the Long Man of Wilmington, the White Horse of Litlington, charming downland villages, Friston Forest, and the Seven Sisters near Beachy Head.  It also includes some wonderful grassy tracks for cantering, and only two per cent roadwork.  There are classes for all including 16 km and 32 km pleasure rides, and 32 km and 64 km graded rides.  

 

Miranda says: "As a competitor, I've often waited until the last  minute to get entries in, so I could see how my horse was going.  Now as a first time solo ride organiser, I see this from the other side, and administratively, it is a challenge!  So please get your entries in."  She continues: "I could also do with about half a dozen more helpers to make sure the ride goes smoothly.  As we all know we can't run our sport without them, so please, if you are not riding, could you spare a few hours to help out?  It would be much appreciated."

 

Please contact Miranda directly on 07563 351724 or miranda_kavanagh@yahoo.com, or via Facebook Endurance GB Birling Gap

 

 
LEADING RIDER AWARD UPDATE - amendedLEADING RIDER AWARD UPDATE - amended - (Published:05 June 2018)

The Leading Rider award was designed in conjunction with the British Equestrian Federation as part of the British Protocol for Endurance. The award is designed to reward consistent riding in CERs and FEI rides.

The results for Cranwell are as follows:

80km CER

1st - 177.95 points - Laura Graham - Warrens Hill Farah - GBR - 88.98%

2nd - 174.93 points - Jo Woodman - Almaak - GBR - 87.47%

FEI 80km 1*

1st - 189.81 points - DAMODAR SINGH BANNE SINGH - ALOHA QUEEN - IND - 94.91%

2nd - 186.41 points - JETHU SINGH NATHU SINGH - BANZAI DE L'AULNE - IND - 93.21%

FEI 120km 2*

1st - 232.61 points - SUHAIL ALI RASHED ALI AL GHAILANI - BAHIA CABIRAT - UAE - 89.47%

2nd - 222.82 points - HASAN MOHD HASAN AL HAMMADI - MARIU NERO - UAE - 85.70%

FEI 120km 2*YR

1st - 191.86 points - Ollie Holman - BRONZE NAHDIR - GBR - 73.79%

The Leading Rider Award League Table has been updated: https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/Championships/The-Leading-Rider-Award

Esther Young

Operations Director

 

 
Endurance GB Coaching For All SchemeEndurance GB Coaching For All Scheme - (Published:04 June 2018)

UK Coaching is celebrating a week of #GreatCoaching this week from 4th - 10th June. To coincide with this, Endurance GB are delighted to announce a new initiative to bring more coaches into our sport. We will be contributing funding towards a number of UKCC Level 1 coaching qualifications and we are looking for applications from Endurance GB members, aged 16 and over, who would like to further their own education and the education of their fellow members.

 

There will be opportunities later in the year for existing coaches to be supported in their move up to the next level.

 

For full details on the application process for this exciting scheme, please contact Development Director, Rebecca Kinnarney, at rebeccakinnarney@endurancegb.co.uk.

 

We are grateful to sponsors, HPower, for their support with this initiative.

 

 
BHS Ride Out Month BHS Ride Out Month - (Published:31 May 2018)

EGB member Vicky Hodgkiss is the first rider to complete the BHS 70km Platinum Challenge. Please see the link to the BHS news article about her success. Click here to view.

 
Three Rivers Ride late entriesThree Rivers Ride late entries - (Published:30 May 2018)

The Three Rivers ride is now accepting late online entries

 
PHOENIX RIDE - CANCELLEDPHOENIX RIDE - CANCELLED - (Published:30 May 2018)

We regret to confirm that the Phoenix Ride, scheduled for 29th July, has been cancelled.

The ownership of private land over which the current route passes has changed,so we are unable to secure a large proportion of the southern loop to Wimbleball Lake this year. We are working hard to find a new route for the 2019 season. Regards John & Jane Hudson

 
International Squad UpdateInternational Squad Update - (Published:28 May 2018)

There is news of the International Squad's upcoming Training Day 
and plans for the future on the International pages. 

 
Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) outbreak in FranceEquine Herpes Virus (EHV) outbreak in France - (Published:16 May 2018)

Please see the Biosecurity Precautions below from T Eaton-Evans MRCVS 

A recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) in France has caused concerns for ride organisers and competitors across Europe.  Whether it is EHV, Strangles or ‘flu, the risk of infectious disease is something that should be borne in mind whenever competing horses. 

Vets at rides are always vigilant for symptoms of infectious disease but unfortunately horses can be contagious without showing clinical signs, when incubating the infection or, for some diseases, as silent carriers. 

It is sensible to minimise your horse’s contact with others at events either directly or indirectly through hands, tack or use of communal water troughs.  Some big rides will provide hand sanitiser gel for you to use in the stable area to help you protect your horse. 

On returning home after a competition, keep a close eye on your horse for several days – clinical signs of influenza can appear quickly (in 1-3 days) but some diseases (such as Strangles) could incubate for up to 3 weeks. 

Clinical signs to watch out for can include raised temperature, inappetence, nasal or ocular discharge, coughing, swollen glands or incoordination.  If you are concerned, talk to your vet – they will be able to advise on appropriate testing and further biosecurity precautions. 

And finally, if you horse has been in contact with sick horses, please do not take him to a competition until appropriate clearance testing has been done – again, your vet will be able to advise you further.

 
URGENT PLEA FOR HELP AT THREE RIVERS 9/10 JUNEURGENT PLEA FOR HELP AT THREE RIVERS 9/10 JUNE - (Published:12 May 2018)

If you can spare a few hours over the weekend of 9/10 June to help at the Three Rivers Ride at Rockbourne, near Fordingbridge, Hampshire, Pauline Beach would love to hear from you - 07855 678697.

 

No helpers means no rides, so please get in touch with Pauline as soon as possible.

 

Thank you!

 
LEADING RIDER AWARD UPDATELEADING RIDER AWARD UPDATE - (Published:12 May 2018)

The Leading Rider award was designed in conjunction with the British Equestrian Federation as part of the British Protocol for Endurance. The award is designed to reward consistent riding in CERs and FEI rides.

 The results for Woodbridge and Windsor are below:

 Woodbridge 80km CER

1st: 92 points - Pam James - HS Azraf - GBR - 49.73%

2nd: 91 points - Christine Smyth - GBR - 49.19%

 

Windsor 80km FEI 1*

1st: 159.17 points - Nicola Chappel - VINICULTURE - 79.58%

2nd 143.82 points - Carri Ann Dark - HS DRIFT - 71.91%

 

Windsor 120km FEI 2*

1st: 191.97 points - SH RASHID DALMOOK AL MAKTOUM - ALANDAR - 73.83%

2nd: 182.40 points - MOHD AHMAD MOHD GH AL MARRI - LC MENTA - 70.15%

 

The Leading Rider league table has been updated: https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/Championships/The-Leading-Rider-Award

 Esther Young

Operations Director

 

 
FEI OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONFEI OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION - (Published:08 May 2018)

VETERINARY - Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) - Important notice to Athletes, Organising Committees and National Federations.

 

The FEI Veterinary Department draws your attention to the ongoing outbreaks of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV).

 
Please find relevant information and advice related to the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) outbreak in western France and also general biosecurity information that is applicable at all times everywhere, by clicking on the name of each document.
 
By following this advice you will make a very important contribution to the protection of horse health and equestrian sports.

If you enter any French rides you must check for any additional requirements with the Organising Committee of that ride. 

 

 
Darren Butler - EGB's new administrative officerDarren Butler - EGB's new administrative officer - (Published:04 May 2018)

We are delighted to have a new administrative officer on board and would like to wish Darren all the best in his new role.

 

Darren Butler has joined us from Nuffield Health in Warwick, where he worked for nearly three years as the site administrator and repairs coordinator carrying out a range of tasks and working with their 7 hospitals.

 

He also volunteers on the Whitnash Sports and Social Club as the Membership Secretary and the Events Manager, where he attends regular meetings, puts on a variety of events as well as manages their Facebook page and other social media. In the past year they have managed to turn the club around from losing around £2000 a month, to making its first profit last month!

 

Darren is looking forward to his new chapter and has already got off to a flying start. Please be sure to welcome him when you speak to him.

 

 
GOLDEN HORSESHOE RIDE - IMPORTANT REMINDERGOLDEN HORSESHOE RIDE - IMPORTANT REMINDER - (Published:30 April 2018)

The closing date for Golden Horseshoe is given as Monday 7th May, but this is May Day and therefore there will be no postal collections or deliveries on that day!  However, as entries for Classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 MUST BE made on the postal entry form downloadable from the Golden Horseshoe website, I should be grateful if you could ensure that your entries are posted by Friday 4th or Saturday 5th at the latest. 

If you post an entry on Saturday 5th, could you please also send me an email or phone me to let me know which class you are entering, so that I can deal with the mailing on Tuesday 8th.  Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you down on Exmoor very soon!!

Liz Hinings (Entries Secretary)

 

 
Forest of Dean - Bluebell Ride - Sunday 29th AprilForest of Dean - Bluebell Ride - Sunday 29th April - (Published:28 April 2018)

***Update: To make up for the Bluebell Ride disappointment the Cerne Giant organising team have agreed to take late competitive entries for Saturday 5th May. The ride has therefore reopened for the competitive classes only and will remain open until 1800hrs on 30 April***



The organising team has this morning reviewed Bluebell Ride venue, and I am sad to say it is wet and slippery after all the rain yesterday, and around a third of the parking has been again affected by wild boar digging. Today’s weather is cold with no significant breeze, so we do not expect much drying up of the ground.

 

We have only 1 tractor, and to avoid a long backup of vehicles coming into the venue, and long waits for the tractor to leave, we have made the following decisions:

 

-    We will run the competitive GER classes, but we cannot accept horseboxes onto the venue – only trailers please, preferably with 4x4 tow vehicles. If you have no access to a trailer, please ask me today to withdraw your entry online in order to trigger a refund.

 

-    We will not be able to run the Fun Ride, and I have contacted those who have entered in advance.

 

Chris Wray, Entries Secretary.

 

 
EGB Woodbridge & Cranwell Ride UpdatesEGB Woodbridge & Cranwell Ride Updates - (Published:26 April 2018)

Endurance GB regret to confirm the cancellation of the CEI1* 80km Class at the Woodbridge Ride taking place on the 6th May. Despite the hard work and input from the Ride Organisers and local ICENI Group, it has not been possible for the FEI requirements to be met at this stage. With just under 2 weeks to go, it was felt better to cancel and allow riders the opportunity to make alternative plans in good time rather than subject members to another last-minute cancellation.

 

The Ride Organiser is extremely keen however, to ensure that this ride is able to host a CEI1* next year and is working to ensure this is a possibility. In the meantime, the National Entries have been reopened so, you’ve not missed your chance if you’d still like to enter!

 

We are also able to confirm that the FEI have now officially added the CEI1* 80km, CEIYJ1* 80km, CEI2* 120km and the CEIYJ2* 120km to take place at Cranwell on the 26th May to the FEI Calendar. Entries for these classes are available to enter via the EGB website. The schedule will be published on the FEI website as soon as possible. A big thank you to the Cranwell Ride Organisers for facilitating this addition!

 

 
Information on Royal Windsor CEI2* EntriesInformation on Royal Windsor CEI2* Entries - (Published:24 April 2018)

As per the FEI schedule, all National Federations are limited to 10 entries for the CEI2* to be held at Royal WindsorEndurance 2018.  Different to previous years, where GBR have been allowed a higher number of entries, this year the FEI have asked that all National Federations are provided an equal opportunity for entry numbers – in line with their General Regulations.

 

Should Endurance GB receive more than 10 entries to the CEI2* ahead of the closing date for Definite Entries then the following process will be applied:

   *  Priority will be given to Young Riders who are seeking their final qualifications for the Young Rider Junior Championships in Pisa (ITA) on the 25th/26th July 2018 based on recommendations from the International Committee (athletes in this position need to inform the Office);

  *  Places thereafter will be awarded on a draw basis – all other qualified combinations will be drawn at random to fill the remaining places up to and including the 10th entry;

  *  A further 3 names will be drawn, in order, as Reserve 1, Reserve 2 and Reserve 3 in the case that a definite entry be withdrawn any time from close of entry up until 1 hour prior to the first horse inspection;

  *  Any athletes having submitted an entry for the CEI2* but are subsequently unsuccessful and not within the 10 entries will be automatically offered an entry in the CEI1* (note – this includes the 3 reserve places) – it will be the athlete’s decision if they choose to confirm the CEI1* entry or not.

 

The draw detailed above will take place at 12pm on Friday 27th April to allow for the Office to make the required Definite Entries as per the deadlines within the published FEI Schedule. Any entries received for the CEI1* will be processed in the usual manner. For those wishing to read the published schedule and for full details on the entry process, it is available on the FEI website via this link.

All GBR FEI Registered athletes will also receive this information by email tomorrow morning.

 

 
2018 Spotlight Scholarships announced2018 Spotlight Scholarships announced - (Published:23 April 2018)

Endurance GB are delighted to announce the 2018 Spotlight Scholarship Award recipients.

 

Ella Bunting - Advanced Rider, South

Abigail Gant - Novice Rider, South

Lily Gibbons - Open Rider, North West

Ollie Holman - Advanced Rider, South

Annabelle Lyndon - Open Rider, South

Katy Mellor - Advanced Rider, West

Olivia Morris - Novice Rider, North East

Harry Ollis - Advanced Rider, South West (was Open at time of application)

Ella Pomroy - Open Rider, East Anglia

Suzie Todd - Novice Rider, Central

 

These were fiercely contested places and we were overwhelmed by the response. Without exception, everyone put a huge amount of effort into their applications and we would like to thank all applicants. Endurance GB, the Development Committee, the Spotlight Scholarship Scheme Team and the Development Director wish all Young and Junior Riders a successful and fun 2018 and offer particular CONGRATULATIONS to our inaugural Endurance GB Spotlight Scholars. Well done to all!

 

With thanks to David Saunders Photography, West End Photography, LRG Photography and families of the scholars for the photos.

 

Rebecca Kinnarney

Director of Development

 
UPDATE TO URGENT APPEAL FOR EXTRA STEWARDS AT HARDY'S RIDE ON SUNDAYUPDATE TO URGENT APPEAL FOR EXTRA STEWARDS AT HARDY'S RIDE ON SUNDAY - (Published:18 April 2018)

IN VIEW OF THE MOTORBIKE RIDE (see below) WE HAVE DECIDED TO DELAY THE START FOR ALL RIDERS BY TWO HOURS SO, IF YOUR VET TIME WAS 0800-0830 IT WILL NOW BE 1000-1030 ETC.  PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO IS DUE TO COMPETE ON SUNDAY, BUT WE ARE ALSO TRYING TO CONTACT ALL WHO HAVE ENTERED!

 

The Organisers have just been notified of a motorbike ride from Weymouth to Exmouth along the coast road which involves a little bit of the Hardy's ride route to which there is no alternative.  PLEASE if you can spare some time to help steward this area can you get in touch with Liz Ashmead on 07803 827457. 

 

Having already had to cancel the original date for the ride because of the waterlogged venue and then re-scheduling to cover the loss of the Quantocks Ride, this year's organisation has proved quite a challenge!!  However, the forecast is looking promising for Sunday 22nd in Winterbourne Abbas, so please come and help if you can!

 
TRESHAM RIDE POSTPONEDTRESHAM RIDE POSTPONED - (Published:17 April 2018)

Tresham has, unfortunately, had to be postponed until the 24th June. This is because the venue owner has been unable to fertilise the venue field until now because of the wet weather, meaning that the venue will not be ready in time for the original May date. Online entries for the May date will be refunded and you can re-enter for the new date online

 
CEI2* 120km and a CEI1* 80km at the Cranwell ride on 26th MayCEI2* 120km and a CEI1* 80km at the Cranwell ride on 26th May - (Published:16 April 2018)

We are very pleased to announce that we are provisionally able to offer a CEI2* 120km and a CEI1* 80km at the Cranwell ride on 26th May. These classes are now open for online entries

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/EGBRideDetails/Auto_ID/345/Ride_Year/2018 We know that many of you were extremely disappointed at the removal of Belvoir from the 2018 Ride Schedule. Please know that all those involved are working extremely hard and are currently investigating options for a replacement venue in an effort to offer an alternative Leicestershire ride on the weekend of the 9th and 10th June. We will keep you updated with any information as soon as it becomes available.

 
An International Endurance SeminarAn International Endurance Seminar - (Published:14 April 2018)

With the Support of  HPower Endurance Ltd

 

An International Endurance Seminar

Date: Friday, 13th July 2018

Venue: Euston Park, Near Thetford IP24 2QP

on

  FEI Rules & Regulations - Endurance 

Presenter: Ian Williams (FEI 4* Judge, Technical Delegate, Course Designer and Level 3 Steward)

 

A full day conference examining all aspects of FEI regulations governing Endurance Competitions at International Level

The programme is designed to support and assist all those existing and prospective International Endurance Athletes, Horse Owners, Trainers and Competition Officials.

Those attending will have the opportunity to actively participate in theory, practice and scenario content sessions.

Lunch and coffees will be provided and conference attendees will each receive a 'take home’ Conference Pack that can be used as a reference source going forward. 

Places will be limited and so early booking is recommended.

Enquiries:

anndark@endurancegb.co.uk

 

 

 

 
BELVOIR RIDE WITHDRAWNBELVOIR RIDE WITHDRAWN - (Published:13 April 2018)

It is with regret that EGB must confirm that the Belvoir Ride has been withdrawn from the Ride Schedule following a review of viability by the Board. The Board recognises the input from the Ride Organising Committee and the Estate to date and is thankful to all those involved who have tried to deliver this event. This was not an easy decision to come to, but the viability of events must be taken in to full consideration. The Board will now be working towards securing an alternative venue/date to ensure that Members have the possibility of an alternative FEI Event.

 
The Leading Rider Award: Haywood OaksThe Leading Rider Award: Haywood Oaks - (Published:13 April 2018)

The Leading Rider award is just one part of the British Protocol for Endurance, and is an initiative devised by a working group set up by the British Equestrian Federation and Endurance GB. The aim was to provide an award that could be used in FEI rides and in Endurance GB Competitive Endurance Rides (CERs) that would reward consistent riding and good horsemanship over the course of the whole ride.

The results have been calculated for the CER and FEI classes at Haywood Oaks: 

120km FEI 2* 

1st: Mary Stubbs & Sachiya - 141.42 points - 58.93% (placed 2nd in the ride) 2nd: Charlie Chadwick & Sky's the Limit - 138.53 points - 57.72% (placed 1st in the ride)

80km FEI 1* 

1st: Ian Paeterson & TANNASG PRIMO DANCER - 162.37 points - 87.77% (placed 7th in the ride)

2nd: Fiona Griffiths & Echo - 153.45 points - 82.95% (placed 4th in the ride)

80km CER

1st: Lauren Mills & Crystal Magic Star - 138 points -74.59% (placed 1st in the ride)

2nd: Linda Cowperthwaite & BHA Sultan - 125 points - 67.57% (placed 2nd in the ride) 

The highest scoring rider in each class, where that rider has scored at least 70% of the points available to them, will win a £10 Endurance GB voucher.  More details about the Leading Rider Award can be found here: 

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Blog/Post/4637/The-Leading-Rider-Award

 
BEF announces new Chair appointmentBEF announces new Chair appointment - (Published:06 April 2018)

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mohamed Elsarky as its new Independent Chair, succeeding interim Chair, Ed Warner.

 

Mohamed brings a wealth of experience in industry, sport and not for profit organisations including most recently as President and CEO of Godiva Chocolatier, the leading global premium chocolate company. Previously, he was operating partner at Lion Capital, a leading private equity firm; President of United Biscuits Northern Europe; CEO of Jacobs Bakery (Danone) UK & Ireland; and Chair and CEO of Kellogg Australia/ New Zealand.

 

Recently, Mohamed served as the Independent Chair of British Canoeing (2013-15), overseeing improved governance and developing relationships between its funding organisations. He also holds a number of non-executive board positions, including with NOMAD Foods (NYSE) and East India Company, and has served on several not-for-profit boards focusing on children including Kids Help Line and Australian Council for Children and Parenting.

 

Mohamed says: “I am delighted and honoured to serve as Chairman of the BEF and look forward to working with the board and all stakeholders, particularly our member bodies, to advance the interests of equestrian activity in all its forms. Much has been achieved through the hard work and commitment of many yet we recognise we have more to do to make equestrianism the best it can be as a leading activity in the UK. I look forward to supporting our collective effort in the weeks and months to come. I take this opportunity to welcome our new CEO Nick Fellows and to thank Ed Warner for serving as interim Chair during a critical period for the BEF.”

 

Nick Fellows, Chief Executive of the BEF, adds: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to develop the future of equestrianism with our new Chair, given his global strategic and commercial experience. I and the BEF team look forward to working with him, the board and our members as we deliver on the recommendations of the Independent Review.”

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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UPDATE - International Squad Regional AssessmentUPDATE - International Squad Regional Assessment - (Published:03 April 2018)

We have now confirmed the final April regional assessment day which will be held at Leyland Court EC Winterbourne, Bristol on Sunday 29th April. Please contact Lindsay Wilson and copy in Liz Finney if you wish to book this date. The cost will be £30 for the day.


 
The Leading Rider AwardThe Leading Rider Award - (Published:30 March 2018)

In 2017, Endurance GB piloted the Leading Rider award in conjunction with the British Equestrian Federation as part of the British Protocol for Endurance. The award is designed to reward consistent riding in CERs and FEI rides. 

 

More details about the award, and the criteria, are available here:

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Blog/Post/4637/The-Leading-Rider-Award

 

The award will run again in 2018, as follows: 

 

- The award will be calculated for each FEI class run under the Endurance GB banner, and, where possible, each CER class 

 

- The highest scoring rider (any nationality) in each class, where that rider has scored at least 70% of the points available to them, will win a £10 Endurance GB voucher, to be awarded after the ride 

 

- A league on the Endurance GB website will be kept throughout the year showing rankings displayed using points scored as a percentage of points available to the rider at that ride 

 

- At the end of the year a trophy will be awarded in the following categories, calculated using the percentage of points available to the rider at each ride: 

 

1) Highest scoring British rider in a ride over 90km 

 

2) Highest scoring British rider in a ride of 80-90km 

 

3) Highest scoring British young rider if they are not the winner of (1) or (2) 



Please contact Esther Young with any queries about the award.

 

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

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

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

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

Any questions please email us.

Lorraine & Carole

 

 
TRAINING FOR ADULT MEMBERSTRAINING FOR ADULT MEMBERS - (Published:27 March 2018)

Endurance GB would like to invite Members to our first training event of the year for Adult Members. The training day will take place on Sunday 29th April at:

 

BEWERLEY RIDING CENTRE

Bewerley Old Hall Cottage, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5JA.

 

The day will include:

 

-  A mounted biomechanics clinic focusing on rider balance and asymmetries.

 

-  A talk from the Society of Master Saddlers about the importance of saddle fit and what to look for between visits from your saddler.

 

-  A workshop on Dealing with Setbacks, be they illness, injury, weather…. This will focus on the physical and mental impact if these on both horse and rider.

 

Our apologies for the late notice for this event. Finding a venue at this time of year was quite tricky; however, we are extremely grateful to all at Bewerley for opening their facilities to us.

 

If you have any queries or would like an application form, please do not hesitate to contact rebeccakinnarney@endurancegb.co.uk.

 

We look forward to seeing you all there,

 

Rebecca Kinnarney

Director of Development

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 
Cheshire Frolic Ride - Young and Junior Riders Training opportunityCheshire Frolic Ride - Young and Junior Riders Training opportunity - (Published:25 March 2018)

All Young and Junior Riders should have received an invitation to and application form for our next exciting training event, which is being held at the Cheshire Frolic Ride at Kelsall Hill Equitation Centre. We are incredibly grateful to Pat Guerin and her team of helpers for welcoming us to the ride.

 

Plans for the weekend include:

 

- A training discussion on how to care for the endurance horse after an event.

- A talk and training from the ride organiser and ride officials on how to organise and run a ride

- A full morning’s introduction to assessing musculature and condition of the equine athlete.

- Fun evening activities

 

For further information or if you have not received your email, please contact Rebecca Kinnarney

 
Office UpdateOffice Update - (Published:25 March 2018)

The Board of EnduranceGB would like to express our thanks to Emma Darwood who is leaving to pursue an exciting new opportunity with the Pony Club. Many of you will have dealt with Emma personally over the time she has worked for us, and will join us in wishing her well in her new endeavours. We are working through the recruitment process and look forward to announcing a new office member in due course.

In the meantime we are happy to advise that Olwen Bryer will be assisting us. Olwen can be reached on the enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk email, and the usual office phone line will be diverted to her.  As many of you will know Olwen recently had a baby daughter and will be working from home. We do hope that you will be a little patient as the office will not be staffed from Tuesday 3rd April until 10th April whilst Sarah Travers is on holiday.

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

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

 
Endurance GB publishes Social Media PolicyEndurance GB publishes Social Media Policy - (Published:21 March 2018)

Social Media can be an excellent platform for sharing knowledge, seeking advice and generally supporting one another. It can however, also be a negative space. Endurance GB aims to use Social Media to promote positive news stories about our Society and our Sport. We wish to engage with our members and followers in an encouraging and promotional manner, highlighting interesting stories, articles for discussion, information on our sport and news from Endurance GB. We do not seek to quash participation or opinion provided that comments remain productive and constructive. Endurance GB will not accept or allow any post, share or comment (either from a member or follower) submitted on one of its social media platforms which is malicious, misleading, threatening, derogatory, obscene, indecent, seditious, offensive, pornographic, abusive, disparaging, racist, discriminatory, menacing, inflammatory, blasphemous, intimidating or defamatory.

We expect all members of Endurance GB to be respectful of the Organisation, its members and its Governing Bodies. Whilst Endurance GB only has control of its own Social Media pages, we would also request that members posting on any other Social Media pages also consider how other people reading a post, or who may be the subject of said post, might react before they publish any remarks. It is important to remember that social media carries the same obligations as any other kind of publication and should follow the same ethical and legal standards.

Any members referring to, or otherwise disclosing, their Endurance GB membership status in any way on social media must make it clear that they are speaking on their own behalf and that their views do not represent those of Endurance GB. Endurance GB may remove posts, threads and any other form of submissions from its own Social Media pages which are in breach of this Policy without explanation.

Any breach of this Policy by any member may result in procedures relating to misconduct and complaints contained within our existing disciplinary policy. If you as a user identify potentially damaging content, or content that is in breach of this Policy, or have any concerns in this regard, please contact Endurance GB (socialmedia@endurancegb.co.uk) directly.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR REQUIREDOFFICE ADMINISTRATOR REQUIRED - (Published:12 March 2018)

Job Summary:  We are currently looking to recruit an office administrator, based at Abbey Park in Kenilworth. This is a full-time position. Job sharing would be considered. 

Responsibilities and duties: 

- answering the telephone and dealing with enquiries that come via email 

- processing memberships and posting the relevant information to members 

- FEI registrations and last-minute entries 

- processing payments over the telephone and processing of cheques 

- updating the database where necessary 

- occasional weekend working (ride attendance/board meeting attendance and minute   taking) 

- monitoring the Facebook page and answering any queries 

- assisting the directors with basic administration 

- posting of relevant information to ride organisers 

- collation of information and processing or payment for ad-hoc events 

- mass mailings 

The ideal candidate: 

- will have a confident and polite telephone manner 

- be immediately available 

- have excellent attention to detail 

- have a flexible approach to undertake duties and training as required 

- have good IT literacy including use of all Microsoft packages 

Please send a CV to sarahtravers@endurancegb.co.uk

 
HOME INTERNATIONAL 2018 - Calling all applications!HOME INTERNATIONAL 2018 - Calling all applications! - (Published:09 March 2018)

CALLING ALL APPLICATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S HOME INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

AUGUST 17,18,19TH

 

It’s going to be an amazing journey and I am looking for some amazing people to join this year’s squad. This is a Squad for all levels of Endurance Riders and Horses, supported by a top Management Team, who guarantee you will come away full of the pride of representing your Nation, full of knowledge and new ideas and having made some wonderful friends along the way.

Classes:

2 day 160 km CER

 

2 day 120 km CER/GER

 

1 day 80 km CER

 

2 day 80 GER

 

50 km GER (Junior Rider)

 

40 km GER (Horse AND Rider in their first season of endurance)

 

So come on if you are interested, email Maggie Pattinson Chef d’Equipe – onthehoofdt@hotmail.co.uk - a little bit about you and your horse and the journey so far, your aspirations and why you would like to be part of the Squad. 

DON’T be shy or think you’re not good enough, this is the place to develop and make your dreams come true.

 
Three-Day First Aid Course run by Medi-KThree-Day First Aid Course run by Medi-K - (Published:03 March 2018)

We are offering some funded places on a three-day first aid course being run by Medi-K. The course includes not only the HSE ‘First Aid at Work’ syllabus but also an additional Rider Specific module. You will learn vital life saving skills and receive a recognised ‘First Aid at Work’ certificate, valid for three years. 2018 dates are 24-26 March (Abbey Park) and 19-21 May (venue tbc, likely a bit further north).

 

The course is being generously supported by HPower, so is free to attend if you are an EGB volunteer. If you take a funded place on the course we will ask that you agree to act as an EGB first aider, or assistant first aider, at two EGB events in 2018 - these can be rides, training events, etc. The aim is to increase the number of first aiders on the endurance circuit over and above the bare minimum required.
The cost for those who are not eligible for a funded place is £140.
If you would like to take up a place on one of the courses, please let Kerry know ASAP by emailing her: kerrydawson@endurancegb.co.uk
Reasonably priced local accommodation can be arranged, but you will have to fund this yourself.

 
Young Riders' Training Weekend Hailed a Huge Success !!Young Riders' Training Weekend Hailed a Huge Success !! - (Published:01 March 2018)

The first of five training weekends specifically dedicated to Endurance  GB’s Junior and Young Riders took place in Horsham, Sussex this past  weekend. The weekend was open to athletes and horses of all levels  and there was a great turn out with riders aged 8 to 21!

The weekend involved schooling sessions with UKCC Level 3 Coach Rosemary Attfield, a talk from ACPAT Registered Human, Equine and Canine Physiotherapist Fiona Bloom (a former EGB Young Rider herself), a pole work session, rider fitness training, capturing personal goals and working on training plans, discussions on vet gate and vetting procedures including practice on taking heart rates – and of course an awful lot  of fun in the form of bowling, ice breaker activities, unicorn birthday  cake and even a quiz to close the weekend!   Reports back from attendees have been tremendously positive –  Katie Bedwin did a sterling job in organising the weekend, the  first in her new position as Chair of the Juniors and Young Riders.    The next training weekend  is due to take place at the  Cheshire Frolic Ride on the 12th and 13th May. Keep an  eye out so as not to miss  your chance to secure your  spot! And Seniors, don’t  panic – you’ll have your  chance too! There are three  training dates in the pipeline,  details of which will be  announced very soon.    Read some of the feedback  below and make sure you read the next issue of the Endurance GB  Magazine for a full report! For any questions in relation to training  or development please contact Rebecca Kinnarney (rebeccakinnarney@endurancegb.co.uk).   If you learned something new, what was it: "About physio, a new jumping exercise and more about electrolytes" "Joint supplements at longer distances" "About fitness, the horse's health and physio stuff and lots more" "What to do in a vet gate" "What to take on an endurance ride, how to trot up a horse  properly, general endurance knowledge" "Where to specifically look when trotting up, during Fi's  talk/demonstration." "That weight is a natural aid. That you have to carry lead  if you are doing 160." "New jumping exercise" "You've got to sit before you canter"   Write about what you enjoyed most: "The riding" "Food" "The hack and jumping. Food. Everything" "The hack on Saturday and the bowling" "Meeting new friends, overcoming my fear of jumping, being able  to relax and learn at the same time, being able to go on the training  ride. Food." "Jumping!" "Mucking out, dinner on Saturday." "How chilled and packed with activities it was." "My pony did not buck"   Other comments: "Thanks so much, it was super fun" "Make it 7 weeks long" "I don't want it to end!!!!!!" "I liked it a lot 😊"  

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

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

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

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

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

 
International Updates for Spring 2018International Updates for Spring 2018 - (Published:26 February 2018)

There are updates for both the International Squad and the Young Rider Squad on the International pages.

 

Important Key Dates are as follows:

 

Key Dates

INTERNATIONAL SQUAD

Date(s)

Location

Purpose

11th March

Solihull

Assessment day

22nd April

Edinburgh

Assessment day

28th April

Hartpury [tbc]

Assessment Day

14th April

Kings Forest

Viewing ride

21st June

Euston Park

Squad training day

18th August

Euston Park

Team competition

10-16th September [ tbc]

Tryon, USA

World Equestrian Games

14th October

Abbey Park, Kenilworth

Squad rider day

 

Key Dates

YOUNG RIDER SQUAD

Date(s)

Location

Purpose

14th April

Kings Forest Ride

Viewing ride

22nd April

Edinburgh

Assessment Day

21-23/6/2018

Euston Park

Viewing and final selection ride

23-27/7/2018

Pisa, San Rossore, Italy

European Championships

18 August

Euston Park

Team competition

14th October

Abbey Park, Kenilworth

Squad rider day

 

And for Key Contacts see below:

Jo Chisholm (YR Chef D’Equipe): jochisholm@endurancegb.co.uk

Liz Finney (International Chef D’Equipe): lizfinney@endurancegb.co.uk

Lindsay Wilson (International Committee): lindsaywilson@endurancegb.co.uk

John Robertson (Director of International):   johnrobertson@endurancegb.co.uk

 

 

UPCOMING EVENT:

 

 With the Support of 

HPower Endurance Ltd

 

An International Endurance Seminar

Date: Friday, 13th July 2018

Venue: Euston Park, Near Thetford IP24 2QP

on

  FEI Rules & Regulations - Endurance 

Presenter: Ian Williams (FEI 4* Judge, Technical Delegate, Course Designer and Level 3 Steward)

 

A full day conference examining all aspects of FEI regulations governing Endurance Competitions at International Level

The programme is designed to support and assist all those existing and prospective International Endurance Athletes, Horse Owners, Trainers and Competition Officials.

Those attending will have the opportunity to actively participate in theory, practice and scenario content sessions.

Lunch and coffees will be provided and conference attendees will each receive a 'take home’ Conference Pack that can be used as a reference source going forward. 

Places will be limited and so early booking is recommended.

Enquiries: anndark@endurancegb.co.uk

 


 
Change of Saturday Venue for the Cheshire Forest Frolic 12/13 MayChange of Saturday Venue for the Cheshire Forest Frolic 12/13 May - (Published:26 February 2018)

Due to works being carried out in the Forest, this year both days of the Cheshire Forest ride will start from Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre. This has resulted in a slight change to class distances:

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/EGBRideDetails/Auto_ID/31/Ride_Year/2018

Our thanks go to Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre for allowing us to use their amazing facilities for an extra day.

 

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

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

 
The Forest of Dean March Hares Ride is CANCELLEDThe Forest of Dean March Hares Ride is CANCELLED - (Published:25 February 2018)
It is with great regret that we have had to cancel this ride, due to very bad weather forecast at the end of the week, which will render the already compromised venue conditions, simply too hazardous.
A lot of hard work has gone into this ride, in particular from Chris Wray who has spent hours reccying routes and liaising those routes with the Forestry Commission.
We were also very happy to get the TRF back on board - this is a hugely frustrating decision for us to make.
Our apologies. 
The ROC
 
An International Endurance SeminarAn International Endurance Seminar - (Published:23 February 2018)

Endurance GB International Committee Upcoming event: 
Date: Friday, 13th July 2018 
Venue: Euston Park, Near Thetford IP24 2QP   
With the Support of  HPower Endurance Ltd  

 

An International Endurance Seminar

 

Date: Friday, 13th July 2018
Venue: Euston Park, Near Thetford IP24 2QP 
on   FEI Rules & Regulations - Endurance  
Presenter: Ian Williams (FEI 4* Judge, Technical Delegate, Course Designer and Level 3 Steward)    

 

A full day conference examining all aspects of FEI regulations governing Endurance Competitions at International Level The programme is designed to support and assist all those existing and prospective International Endurance Athletes, Horse Owners, Trainers and Competition Officials.

 

Those attending will have the opportunity to actively participate in theory, practice and scenario content sessions. Lunch and coffees will be provided and conference attendees will each receive a 'take home’ Conference Pack that can be used as a reference source going forward. 

Places will be limited and so early booking is recommended.

Enquiries: anndark@endurancegb.co.uk

 
Announcement following Snowdrop PR Announcement following Snowdrop PR - (Published:21 February 2018)

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

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

 

 
Golden Horseshoe Trophies from 2017 - (Published:17 February 2018)

Please could I ask all Trophy Winners from 2017 Golden Horseshoe Ride to return their trophies as soon as possible, either by post to: Andrew Chisholm. Map Marketing Ltd, Unit 4-6, Hatherleigh Industrial Estate, Hatherleigh, Okehampton, Devon EX20 3LP.               
Or please bring to one of the following rides:   Haywood Oaks 31st Mar-1st Apr, Wentwood Ride 25th Mar, Wadebridge Ride 25th Mar, Hardy's Ride 7th April, Kings Forest 14-15th April.

Many thanks, Jo Chisholm

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

-       Complete a monthly blog promoting their progress

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Deadline for return of forms is Wednesday 21st February.

 

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

 

Please contact me, should you have any further enquiries.

 

Good luck everyone!

 

Rebecca Kinnarney.

Director of Development.

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

9.00am                  Opening Address

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

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

11.15am               Tea/Coffee break

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

1.00pm                  Lunch

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

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

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

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

5.30pm                  End

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 
DEVELOPMENT AND TRAININGDEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING - (Published:30 January 2018)

Please check out the Development page on this website for details of upcoming events all over the country!

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Expenses & privileges, extended by the Organising Committee:

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

2.        Further :-

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

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

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

Eligibility criteria set out by the organising committee:

3.       Riders:

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

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

4.       Horses

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Shipment of Horses - Guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

The decision of the IC is final.

 

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

·         Form 2 – rider message of intent

·         Form 3 – rider form CPCup

·         Form 4 – performance record

·         Form 5 – Rider profile

 

 2. Attachments

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

Important – please read carefully

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Rider Name

Nominated Horse

List qualifying rides – including dates and placing

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

Name of your crew who would travel with you

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

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

 

Form 2          Form 3          Form 4          Form 5

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

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

 

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

 

3rd February 2018 – International Performance and Welfare Seminar

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

 

9.00am                  Coffee and registration

9.25am                  Welcome and introduction

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

10.45am               Coffee/tea break

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

12.45pm               Lunch

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

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

2.30pm                  Endurance Farriery (Dr Mark Caldwell – FWCF)

3.15pm                  Coffee/tea break

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

4.30pm                  Open Q&A           

5.00pm                  End

 

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

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

 

9.00am                  Opening Address

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

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

11.15am               Tea/Coffee break

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

1.00pm                  Lunch

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

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

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

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

5.30pm                  End

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 
Equine and Human MedicationEquine and Human Medication - (Published:22 January 2018)

To check the status of equine medications for national and international competition, please use the FEI Prohibited Substances Database found at www.fei.org/fei/cleansport/horses/prohibited-substances.

 

To check the status of human medications for national and international competition, please use the Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) found at www.globaldro.com.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

International Squad

Young Rider Squad

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

The dates for the 2018 volunteer conferences are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Our championships are planned as follows for 2018:

 

  *  National Championships: Red Dragon, 28-30 Sept

  *  Young Rider Championships: Kings Forest Summer, 7 July

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

  *  Pony Club Championships: Euston Park 4, 19 August

  *  Northern Championships: New Marske, 24 June

  *  Southern Championships: Three Rivers, 9-10 June

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Veteran Championship - Bizout (Hannah Lydon) - 1716 Points 

Novice Championship - Mistletoe (Caitlin Birkitt) - 670 Points

 


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

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

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

Chair - Nicki Thorne 

Vice Chair & Sponsorship Director - Harry Ingram 

Finance Director - Sue Box 

Company Secretary and Policy & Governance Director- Ann Dark

Operations Director - Esther Young 

Development Director - Rebecca Kinnarney 

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

Marketing & Communications Director - Anna Williams

International Director - John Robertson 

SERC Representative - Constance Newbould 

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

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

 

 

Gold Awards:

 

1st Peponi ridden by Chris Wray with 84 FEI points

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

1st          LVA Troy owned by Susan Scarborough                                1114 points

2nd     Silver Zenif owned by Rachael Claridge                                  889 points

3rd      Grecian Moon owned by Larrissa Burnett                               596 points

4th     Bordesley Golden Ayanna owned by Camilla Mascall                 588 points

5th      Kaalif owned by Susan Hawes                                                 569 points

6th     Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz owned by Susan Higgins                        476.5 points

 

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

1st              Nahzira Bint Chatanz ridden by Katie Bedwin                346 points

2nd              Sylvan Illusion owned by Carol Chapman                      64 points

2nd tied      Crystal Heartbeat owned by Ruth Whitby                        64 points        

 

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

*** Online Tickets No longer Available ***

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

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

 

Starters

Chicken Liver Pate, Red Onion Marmalade, Toasted Brioche

Plum tomato and Mozzarella Salad, Ciabatta Crisp

 

Mains

Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Apple Galette, Cider Cream Sauce

Filo Basket filled with Wild Mushrooms, Tarragon Cream

 

Desserts

Chocolate Brownie, Dark Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Pod Ice Cream

White Chocolate & Raspberry Panacotta, Raspberry Coulis, Red Berries

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Odd shaped photos are particularly welcome!

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

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

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

J/YR Committee Positions

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

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

·         update the EGB YR facebook page

·         send news items to the EGB website and magazine

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

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

·         help organise J/YR Camp

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

 

Regional Representatives (North, Midlands, South and Wales)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Saturday 18th November 10am - 4pm

Refreshments included 

UKCC Level 3 Coach Rachael Claridge

Equestrian TV producer Claire Barry

Louise Rich Equine Sports Massage

Other guest speakers TBC

£10 young riders £20 adults 

 

rjclaridge@yahoo.co.uk

www.rachaelclaridge.com

 

Rachael Claridge

01454 238942 or 07789641014

18 Berthas Field, Didmarton, Badminton GL91EB

(Photo by David Saunders)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st Fiona Griffiths & Balishla: 171.24 points

2nd Charlie Chadwick & Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar: 144.68 points

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Saturday:

 

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

Best Condition went to Tracey Sawyer's Miracle.

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

Sunday:

 

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

2nd Sarah Rogerson and Warrens Hill Ruben

3rd Rachael Cratchley and Open t’ Offers

4th Ginny Gidley and Desert Kudoss

5th Andrea Champ with Druimghigha Lantana

6th Charlotte Saunders with Fantasia IV

7th Nikki Brown Tinkerbell’s Image

 

Best Condition: Open t'Offers

Leading Rider: Ginny Gidley

Top Young Rider: Nikki Brown

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

Winner of the Golden Dragon: Silver Tariba and Sue Speed

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Here are the full results:

 

1st                          Susan Horne                       Bblack Kashmira

2nd                         Stephanie Allum                  Dunbann Garrand

3rd                          Kate Curry                            Orel

4th                          Sarah Mitchell                      Justin Lagden Lane

5th                          Karen Ash                             Casiphia

6th                          Lesley Wilson                      Grey Squire Pearl

7th                          Andrea Newby                     GS Almera

8th                          Marie Bennett                      Kirmali

9th                          Charlotte Roberts                Marcychna

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jane Alexander

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The results for Euston 5 are as follows:

80kms

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

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

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

120kms YR

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

120kms

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Here is some feedback from last year:

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Kings Forest Summer

 

160km:

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

 

Euston Park 3

 

80km:

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

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

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

 

120km YR:

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

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

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

 

120km:

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

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

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

 

160km:

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

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

 

Belvoir Castle

 

120km:

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

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

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

 

120km YR:

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

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

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

 

80km:

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

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

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

 

80km YR:

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

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

 

Euston Park 4

 

80km:

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

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

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

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

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

 

120km:

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

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

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

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

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

 

120km YR:

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

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

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

 

160km:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 National Championship Series

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

 

Level

 

Qualification Criteria

to be completed as a horse/rider combination during 2017

Finals

Novice Championship

3 x Novice GERs, 30-45km

One to be 11kph+

50km Novice GER (Performance Formula)

Open Championship

3 x Open GERs, 40-68km

One to be 12kph+

One to be over 56km

65km GER

(Performance Formula)

Advanced Championship

2 x rides of 63-80km

One to be 80km

80km CER

The National Championship

1 ride of 80km+

160km CER

(over two days in 2017)

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

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

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

The Novice Championship (Class 16)

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

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

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

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

The Open Championship (Class 13)

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

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

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

The Advanced Championship (Class 8 or Class 9)

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

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

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

 The National Championship (Class 7)

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

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

                

 

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

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

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

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

Winners from the event were :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 John Hudson

 

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes

Janet and Maxine

Ride Organisers 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

John & Jane Hudson

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The future 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Vet Writers

Vet Steward

Vet Runner

Check Points 

Gate openers

Venue Marshalls parking

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

 

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

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


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

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

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

     

    Enter the ride here

     

     

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

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

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

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

    Caroline Cowley    HS Bellini

    Harry Ingram         Warrens Hill Chayze

    Lorna Kidson          Sheer Bliss

    Annie Joppe           Fantom

    Carri-Ann Dark      HS Drift

    Rachael Atkinson  Tannasg Psyches Realm

    Nicola Thorne        LM Bolena

                                     LR Bold Greyson

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

    - Visit to Newmarket Equine Hospital

     

    - Visit to the British Racing Museum

     

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

     

    - Talks from international endurance vet, Tom Eaton-Evans

     

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

     

    - Talk from GB International Endurance Squad farrier Harvey Lymer

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

    For full details please click here!

     

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

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

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

    A full list of criteria can be found here.    

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (Heather Giles)

     

     

     


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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Bring on Golden Horseshoe 2018!

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

    Full details can be found here

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

    The results were:

     

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

     

    2nd: Harry Ingram/Bronze Nahdir (GBR)

     

    3rd: Taher Tarek/Taori R (KSA)

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

     

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

    Course Directors: Ian Williams, John Robertson

    Venue - Euston Park, Thetford, Norfolk

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

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

    Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation

    Applications to:

    Emma Darwood (EGB) &

    Anna Orgeas (FEI)

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Details of the new league tables can be found below:

    Open                          

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

    Intermediate           

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

    Novice

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

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

     Photos from the 2016 Pony Club Endurance Championships by IndiePics

     

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

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

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

     

    :General

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Register to becomme a Supporter here. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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


     
    GOLDEN HORSESHOE TROPHY WINNERS FROM 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)