Endurance GB International Seminar - (Published:31 December 2014)

Endurance GB International Seminar – Improving Performance – The Road to Montreal 2018

Open to all International Squad riders, crews, EGB members and SERC members

The Derbyshire Hotel, South Normanton, Derbyshire DE55 2EH (J28 M1)

25th January 2015.



From 8.45am Coffee and registration

9.30 Welcome and introduction                                              IC

10.00 Creating a Winning Formula                                         Mr Yogi Breisner

11.00 Coffee

11.20 Continuation                                                                    Mr Yogi Breisner

12.20pm Transporting horses                                                 Mr Henry Bullen

1.15 Lunch Restaurant

2.00 Feeding – pitfalls and opportunities                             Dr Cath Dunnett

3.00 Pro – activity in a vet gate                                                Mrs Sarah Coombes

3.30 Coffee

3.45 Prohibited substances in feed and supplements      Dr Mark Dunnett

4.45 The Pathway to Montreal                                                IC

5.00 Finish

Your speakers:

Yogi Breisner is the World Class Performance Manager and Chef d'Equipe to the British Eventing team appointed in 2000. Yogi is also British Eventing's National Coach.

Mr Henry Bullen joined Peden Bloodstock in 1992 and leads all aspects of day to day shipping for the UK office. In 2011/2012 Henry was seconded full-time to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games to advise, and lead the establishment and execution of the Logistics for the Equestrian Venue at Greenwich Park.

Dr Catherine Dunnett is a world renowned equine nutritionist and the founder of Independent Equine Nutrition (I.E.N) based near Newmarket, Suffolk.

Mrs Sarah Coombes is a respected FEI Commission and Treatment endurance vet, has officiated as Assistant team vet at several Championships and has supported many previous medal winning teams at Championships.

Dr Mark Dunnett is a forensic chemist and has a wealth of experience on prohibited substance testing of feeds and supplements.

EGB and SERC Members £45.00/Non Members £50.00 Please pay through the EGB website ad hoc payments or by phoning the EGB office (02476 697929) with your credit card stating clearly what your payment is for.

Places limited to 100


Endurance GB Membership Vote on Sponsorship Package - (Published:29 December 2014)

In order to reassure Members that highest standards of horse welfare and the integrity of endurance in the UK will be paramount, the EGB Board has appointed an independent Review Panel



Between 22nd December 2014 and 5th January 2015, all Endurance GB Members will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed sponsorship package from Meydan, via an online and postal ballot.


All eligible Members have received objective information regarding the proposed sponsorship agreement. The Board of Endurance GB is recommending a yes vote, in the belief that it offers significant benefits to EGB Members and will contribute to the long term development of the sport of endurance in Great Britain.


In order to reassure Members that highest standards of horse welfare and the integrity of endurance in the UK will be paramount, the EGB Board has appointed an independent Review Panel that includes Roly Owers, CEO of World Horse Welfare; Lynn Petersen, CEO of The British Horse Society; Iain Graham, CEO of British Showjumping and the respected endurance vet Rod Fisher.


The Review Panel, which will be operational in the event of a ‘yes’ vote, will review performance against the agreed sponsorship contract focusing on standards of horse welfare and fair play, working to clearly defined terms of reference.


The result of the ballot will be announced on the Endurance GB website as soon as possible after the votes have been ratified by the Mi-Voice online voting system.


John Hudson

Chairman EGB

Endurance GB Board


Golden Horseshoe versus Tevis by Sally ToyeGolden Horseshoe versus Tevis by Sally Toye - (Published:27 December 2014)

Sally Toye (who calls herself an ‘almost Wessex member’ as she enjoys the routes and atmosphere of Wessex rides so much) writes about her Exmoor Extra (3 days of 40km) experience. She came to the Wessex 2013 BAM to talk about her Tevis Cup experiences in USA – fascinating – and she has attempted to draw parallels between GHS and Tevis.


Sally writes:  With an excellent third endurance season so far, I entered my 9 year old mare into the Exmoor Extra class. 120k over three days. I wasn’t sure how it would go or if “we” were fit enough and after last year’s 80k over 2 days. Exmoor can throw at you curved balls and I hoped our preparation work on a variety of hills and with gates would all come together. This ride is a great test for any combination and we had come away from the previous year having so learnt. Time to see if she was a three day horse.

At the venue before the start there was a bit of time to hang out before the evening briefing. Here some people asked if I was going to the Tevis Cup again after my previous successes (and failures!) And then I get the inevitable question, “is Golden Horseshoe as hard as Tevis?”


These two rides are very different and also very similar. These rides both involve terrain and a time limit and yet there is no fog, sleet, wind or sideways rain in California and no mountains in Somerset!

At Tevis you will see your crew just twice for an hour and it will be over in one day, albeit a very long one. Plus mentally doing 50 miles then having a break overnight before doing another is hard: with Tevis you just keep going on this linear ride! At GH you are vetted every 40k whereas at Tevis it is almost every 10 miles sometimes less. Both rides have a huge number of helpers and how the organisers make it look so flawless has to be down to a huge amount of work and dedication on their part. That takes a lot of work.

For me endurance is about a tough ride and riding my horse to those conditions that the day dictates with our combined strengths. I hope to start fit for purpose and to take care of my horse using whatever water and doing whatever pace for the terrain which means that we both finish in good condition. This means I do get off my horse and sometimes “tail” up the hills and jog down them with her, she loves this as if alone this means I take the lead from her which will give her a break.


Both rides test me and both rides I love.

So back to Exmoor and Day 1 started with a hilly south loop of 40k. This had lots of water and chances to use my sponge to cool her down in between the hills. The winds were so strong a few gates had to be shut on foot, the noise of the wind above the moor seemed to stop my brain from thinking! Just prior to the venue was a rather concave hill which we tailed up before arriving at the venue and vetting with a nice 44 pulse on silver time. Crew and rider had done well. Another briefing and bed for all of us. 

Next day a fresh looking mare and we set off to the north and some staggering views of Porlock, the moor and yet more sloshing water from many sources. The devastation in the forest we had seen from previous winters making a great recovery and riding on old paths and quintessential English countryside. Due to some rather heavy going we went slower and this I paid for in a vetting where she was not tired enough and shivered with so much excitement at the fun we were having. We got a pulse penalty and our precious silver time dropped to a bronze. Bother! Briefing and bed though and happy to be still in the game. We would see how the morning trot up would go.

A great trot up for the vets and away on Day 3. Back to the south route with a hotter day….. and a much fresher pony who cantered out of the start! I was glad of the lower ring on the bit to calm that pace down and we had a lovely day just enjoying ourselves knowing we could, as this was the final day and the finish was not far away. On this loop we saw the bravery of an Exmoor Stag Class rider who had a crashing fall and she just got on again and continued. She never showed her pain and the pair went on to finish to well-deserved accolades. Meanwhile we just jogged around and cantered over the finish, this time to a better vetting of a 50 pulse and a calmer pony.


I learnt so much about my mare and the work it takes to bring a pony out for 3 days of  competition. The aftercare, stretching and massages she gets seemed to really help. I wish I got the same…

(Photos courtesy of Judy Phillips)


And finally a view from one of the lovely ladies helping at the Horseshoe (Claire Ryall)…


I was a helper on the Sunday of Golden Horseshoe in 2014. I got to the field at 7.30, having stayed the night at Porlock with a good friend. The wind was blowing a gale and as soon as I opened my car door a MVF bag launched itself out and across the field, much to my embarrassment!


I helped with some car/4x4 parking, mostly waving my arms frantically to keep my hands warm as I had forgotten my gloves, and another helper (very nice gentleman) did the actual 'very organised space allocation'. Everyone was really friendly and could make sense of our multi-lingual sign language, I was rewarded by a much appreciated hot drink and very tasty pasty at 10am, then drove off to my next stop.


Comer's Gate was just down the road and I was protected from the wind by a lovely hedge! I actually found it really exciting, waiting for the riders to come into sight as I am hoping to start doing PR's this year. I managed to hold open the gate, whilst taking some photos, and sometimes stopping traffic from clattering over the cattle grid whilst horses and ponies were walking alongside all at the same time! I religiously closed the gate after letting riders through - just in case some crafty sheep were waiting to charge through behind me, and this was mostly because I was having such a great time, enjoying being outside, the sun was shining and it was stunning Exmoor.


Later in the afternoon, my good friend and host came to keep me company - and took over whilst I wandered across the moor looking for a suitable clump of bushes......I didn't like to ask the horsebox drivers behind me....After the last...and then the proper last riders (I think) had come through, I went back to the car park and was again offered a very welcome hot drink and a huge torpedo roll (thank you very much), before a walk around the stalls then back to Porlock to gather my overnight bag, then a drive back to the Yeovil area, with suntanned cheeks and wind weary bones, I cannot imagine how the competitors felt!


I can honestly say that it was a brilliant day for me, really inspiring and the riders and crews showed their appreciation continuously. It was a really fantastic energy to be around, such positive attitudes, people doing what they love and people helping each other too. I didn't get to see so much of the longer distance endurance riders and horses … maybe next time.


I have a smile whilst writing this, it really was an enjoyable day for me, as I am desperate to be able to ride across fields and open moorland, and this is my summer goal, to build confidence with my pony to take part myself.

(Photos and article courtesy of Claire Ryall)

Category:General :UK Rides

Have a great holiday everyone!Have a great holiday everyone! - (Published:24 December 2014)

From all at Endurance GB - Happy Christmas

 Photos by Kerry Dawson and Esther Young

Enjoy the rest of 2014 and our 2015 rides open Friday 2nd January.

The Endurance GB office reopens on the 5th January 2015.

All young riders and juniors will pay reduced ride fees in 2015!!!!!


Is your riding hat up to date?Is your riding hat up to date? - (Published:23 December 2014)

For full details of the change please read the press release below. For riders at Endurance GB events it means that for 2015 hats marked as BS EN 1384 hats will be accepted in 2015 but not after 2015. As more info becomes available it will be reported.


It has been announced by the EU Commission that the European Equestrian Riding Helmet standard (BS)EN1384 is to be withdrawn from the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) at its next publication. 


This means that hat manufacturers will no longer be able to CE mark their hats using this standard and will need to recertify to a specification currently being developed. 

 The withdrawal of the standard has no effect on riding hats already on the market.  Once a hat has been manufactured to a standard it will not become "non-standard" after withdrawal and can continue to be sold and worn.  If riders have hats certified to the EN1384 they can continue to use them unless stated otherwise by rules of competition.

The existing EN1384 standard is currently in the process of revision. The withdrawal is due in part to the European working group responsible for the hat standard failing to reach an agreement on this overdue revision and subsequently causing the Commission to take this drastic step.


The draft proposal for the revision to EN1384 has to go through the laborious procedure of comment and review and it is still unclear when the final version will be published. An interim specification is being developed by a group of EU test houses and notified bodies (VG1) that will span the gap with a new specification. We expect to have this confirmed within the next few days.


In the future, CE marked riding hats will have to be successfully tested and certified against an alternative specification to allow CE certification to continue. Companies can choose which they use and could include the new VG1 specification, the revised EN1384 once published, PAS015. Riding hats cannot be CE marked solely to Snell, ASTM F1163 or the AS/NZ3838(2006) without additional testing.


The EN1384 and thus the BSEN1384 specifications have proved to be a popular standard throughout Europe with a wide appeal and have saved many riders from head injury, or death. 


Whilst initially being promised a period of transition by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the industry has now received news that this option has been retracted.  This means that manufacturers will need to re-certify their (BS)EN1384 hats to the revised specification sooner than anticipated.   

As a result of these recent changes, the disciplines and riding bodies within the UK will be reconsidering their hat rules for the future.  Full details of the changes currently available are listed below.  

British Eventing                                                                                                                                               

British Eventing will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter.

All hats will be retagged in 2016 at which stage no hats made solely to (BS)EN1384 will be tagged or permitted for use.

 Riding Clubs – British Riding Clubs will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter.

All hats will be retagged in 2016 at which stage no hats made solely to (BS)EN1384 will be tagged or permitted for use.

 The Pony Club - will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. Full details of the revised Hat Tagging procedure will be communicated out to the Membership and Volunteers shortly.  

British Dressage – will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter

 British Showjumping - will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter

 British Horse Society – will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. From 1 January 2016 hats made solely to (BS)EN1384 will not be permitted for use in BHS Approved Centres.


The perfect last minute present - an EGB voucherThe perfect last minute present - an EGB voucher - (Published:16 December 2014)

All I want for Christmas is a voucher!
The perfect present for every rider, give your favourite person an endurance GB voucher. It will guarantee them hours and hours of fun!


Vouchers can be bought on line and can be used for any EGB service or product eg membership, ride entries, courses, throughout the year.

For more details see here



FEI Bureau meeting decisionsFEI Bureau meeting decisions - (Published:12 December 2014)

The in-person FEI Bureau meeting, organised ahead of the FEI General Assembly 2014, took place today in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan


The main decisions taken by the Bureau are outlined in this document.

Category :International


The Board of Endurance GB (EGB) has decided to proceed to a vote for all eligible Members regarding the proposed sponsorship agreement with Meydan.


The change of process comes further to initial responses to the EGB Members survey, which has provided relevant feedback regarding the proposal, along with a move for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) by some Members. The EGB Board recognises that Members on both sides of the discussion are in favour of holding a vote.


Details of the voting process will be issued to eligible Members on December 16th 2014.



FEI statement on investigation into 2012 FEI World Endurance ChampionshipsFEI statement on investigation into 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships - (Published:02 December 2014)

The FEI has announced today that, following completion of an in-depth investigation into allegations of a switch of horses for the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships in Euston Park (GBR), no legal action can be taken for procedural reasons and due to a lack of conclusive evidence.


The FEI has announced today that, following completion of an in-depth investigation into allegations of a switch of horses for the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships in Euston Park (GBR), no legal action can be taken for procedural reasons and due to a lack of conclusive evidence.


Following receipt of the findings of the investigation last month, the FEI has now evaluated the legal and procedural aspects of the case and it has become clear that, under the rules applicable at the time of the incident in 2012, essential deadlines were missed. Without legal proceedings being initiated within the specified timelines and through the correct channels, the FEI is unable to proceed with the case.


“It is very disappointing that it took such a long time to come to this conclusion”, FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said, “but this thorough investigation has allowed us to identify some loopholes in our own procedures with regard to the identification of horses through microchips and documents such as FEI passports, recognition cards and duplicates. I have asked our Legal Department to look at our procedures to identify how we can avoid similar issues occurring in the future.”


Prior to receiving the final report, the FEI had already initiated a detailed review of its administrative processes, putting mechanisms in place that now provide much greater control over the registration and identification of horses. Further proposed changes to the Veterinary Regulations to improve traceability and accurate verification of horses’ identity will be voted on at next month’s FEI General Assembly.


The FEI is to conduct a full review of its legal system in 2015, including its rules and sanctions. Proposals for change will go to the FEI Bureau for consideration prior to being voted on by the National Federations at the 2015 FEI General Assembly.


Category :General :UK Rides :International :WEG :YR squad



FEI level I and II Course 21/22nd February - (Published:01 December 2014)

An FEI Level I and level II Judges course will be held on February 21/22nd 2015. The course is open to all existing FEI officials and those wishing to become involved.

The course will be held at the Derbyshire Hotel, South Normanton, Derbyshire DE55.

Course Director(s) : Ian Williams, John Robertson

Language / Langue : English / anglais  

Participation : All FEI Judges and those wishing to train  

Applications must be sent to :

Olwen Bryer
+442746 697929  

Deadline for applications : 1st February 2015  

Programme & Time table : Will be sent to participants after receipt of their application

Participation Fee : £150.00 Course only to include tea and coffee throughout the two days, lunch on both days and course dinner on the Saturday evening.  

Payments by bank transfer:  

Account name: Endurance GB
Account number: 00233101
Bank name: LLoyds
Branch name & address: 23 Fore St, Williton, Taunton
Sort code: 30-19-57

Alternatively call the office on +442467 697929   

Accommodation available at

The Derbyshire Hotel (Principal Hayes Company)
DE55 2EH  
+44 1773 812000

A number of rooms have been reserved - quote FEI Course. Remember Saturday evening Course dinner is included in course fee price so make sure you only order B&B.  

Alternative accommodation at the Premier Inn 3min walking distance to venue. DE55 2DY www.premierinn.com  

Or at Travelodge Mansfield NG17 4HG 3 milesNorth East on A38 to venue  

Or Travelodge Alfreton DE551HJ 3 miles South West on A38 to venue www.travelodge.co.uk East Midlands Airport (EMA) 23 miles south on M1 Alfreton Rail Station 2.3 miles  

Participants will be responsible for their own transport, accommodation and meal costs not provided as stated in the course fee.  

The above information serves as an official invitation.   


Staff changes at FEI HeadquartersStaff changes at FEI Headquarters - (Published:27 November 2014)

Manuel Bandeira de Mello (POR) has been appointed as FEI Endurance Director to replace Ian Williams, who is due to retire at the end of December. The new Director takes up his post at FEI Headquarters next Monday, 1 December 2014.


Bandeira de Mello was selected following an intensive assessment process led by Odgers Berndtson Switzerland (OBS), a top international recruitment consultancy company in both the private and public sectors. OBS screened 30 applicants for the post prior to the final interview stage.


Manuel Bandeira de Mello, 54, served as Secretary General of the Portuguese Equestrian Federation for 13 years. Since 2001 he has been chef d’équipe for the Portuguese team at numerous FEI championships and was also chef de mission for the Portuguese team at three editions of the FEI World Equestrian Games™: in 2002 in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP), in 2006 in Aachen (GER) where Portugal won team bronze in Endurance, and in 2010 in Lexington, KY (USA). Before joining the FEI he was also Deputy Chair of FEI Regional Group I and Executive Board member of the European Equestrian Federation.


He has strong knowledge of equestrian sport through his work at the Portuguese Equestrian Federation and of Endurance as organiser of the FEI Endurance Open European Championship 2007 at Barroca D’Alva (POR).


Bandeira De Mello competed nationally and internationally in Jumping for 25 years, from 1972 to 1997, and was a member of the Portuguese team at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Juniors 1974 in Lucerne (SUI). He is married and has three children.


“I am very much looking forward to welcoming Manuel to the FEI,” Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General, said. “I have known and worked with him for many years and I am convinced his extensive experience in equestrian sport as an administrator, competitor, and organiser will be important assets for our organisation. We were looking for a candidate with deep understanding of the sport who would be able to take over the Endurance discipline for the long term and clearly we have found that in Manuel.


Photo caption: Manuel Bandeira de Mello (POR) who has been appointed as the new FEI Endurance Director. Photo Hugues Siegenthaler/FEI


“Our new colleague will work closely with the outgoing Endurance Director Ian Williams in December and will take over the role fully in the New Year. I wish Manuel every success as the new FEI Endurance Director and am confident he will be a great addition to the team at Headquarters.”


“I am really delighted to join the FEI as Endurance Director,” Manuel Badeira De Mello said. “It is an honour and a privilege to serve equestrian sport at this level. I am looking forward to this exciting new step and to fulfilling this challenging role to the very best of my abilities.”


At the same time as the FEI welcomes its new Endurance Director, it is also saying goodbye to a member of staff following the announcement by Veterinary Director Graeme Cooke that he is leaving FEI Headquarters for personal reasons after more than five years with the organisation.


Cooke’s main goal since joining the FEI in August 2009 has been to improve the international movement of horses and he has been instrumental in not only creating the High-Health High-Performance horse (HHP) concept, but also getting it accepted by the World Organisation for Animal Health, the OIE.


“Graeme was brought in to the FEI with the key objective of opening up borders for competition horses and his tireless lobbying of the OIE has resulted in huge improvements,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said. “It’s a very difficult balancing act between promoting the free movement of horses while assuring governments that sanitary barriers are still in place.


“As our sport becomes more global, the movement of horses across continents takes on even greater significance, so the work that Graeme has undertaken and what he has achieved are extremely important and we are indebted to him for it. We are of course sad to see him go, but we have to respect his decision and wish him well for the future.”


“The FEI has been my home for the past five years and I’m going to miss it enormously, but I am leaving so that I can spend more time with my ageing parents,” Graeme Cooke said. “I feel we’ve really made a big breakthrough in international horse movements and I’m proud that the FEI has led the way on that. It’s an important chapter in equestrian sport history and I’m happy to have played a role in it.”


Category :General :International :WEG :YR Squad



Invitation to ride in India - (Published:27 November 2014)

An invitation from the Equestrian Federation of Assam, under the aegis of Equestrian Federation of India, to the National Championship 2015 at  Dibrugarh, Assam, India.

Venue: Dibrugarh, Assam, India 

Date: 11th Jan-2015 

Organizer: Equestrian Federation of Assam, under the aegis of Equestrian Federation of India 

Confirmed entries: by 4th Dec-2014

Category: Individual competition one entry per NF, under the FEI rules, Ride schedule will be sent shortly.

Distance: 60 km on borrowed horses. 

Leasing Fee: No charges, suitable horses will be made available free of cost by host NF/OC 

Accommodation: Complimentary accommodation and local hospitality will be provided by the OC. For the competitor and accompanying chef d quipe / crew member. (for two persons) 8th Jan to 12th Jan-2015.


Flight Connections: Dibrugarh is well connected to Delhi and Kolkata by daily flights. Indigo, indigo’s largest domestic carrier flies daily. Jet Konnect also flies from Delhi to Dibrugarh, both of these connect with international flights, therefore it is possible to reach Dibrugarh the same day, conveniently by lunch time. Most European Airlines fly Delhi. Emirates, Singapore and Qatar airways fly in to Kolkata. Flight details for reaching Dibrugarh and appended below.


·         Delhi to Dibrugarh:     Indigo 6E-175, Departs  Delhi at 10.40 am  (Non stop direct flight)

·         Delhi to Dibrugarh:     Jet Konnect,      Departs  Delhi at  09.50 am  (Via Guwahati)

·         Kolkata to Dibrugarh  Indigo 6E-523   Departs Kolkata at 09.15 am (Non stop direct flight)

·         Kolkata to Dibrugarh  Indigo 6E-205   Departs Kolkata at 12.40 pm (Non stop direct flight)


Flight costs: will have to paid by participants



: Entry to India requires a Visa. Although it is fairly easy to obtain, the issue of these may require a lead time of three weeks. Therefore early application is


Weather: Early Jan weather in Dibrugarh could be cold with temperatures varying between 10 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius. Although the weather is generally dry, but waterproofs and woollens are advisable.


Information/Assistance: Equestrian Federation of Assam has a website: www.assamequestrian.org which has some visuals of earlier International event under the caption Himalayan ride. Or kindly contact us at jalanind@gmail.com 


Category :General















ENDURANCE GB ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD - (Published:26 November 2014)

Endurance GB (EGB), the governing body for the sport of endurance riding in Great

Britain, has announced its new and returning members of the EGB Board for 2014/15,

including the re-election of John Hudson as EGB chairman.


The new Board was announced at the EGB AGM on Saturday 22nd November, with the highest number of EGB  members on record participating in the vote for the elected team. The EGB Board for 2014/15 comprises 15 members, including Sue Box, Kerry Dawson, David Hirst, Harry Ingram and Jane Tennant being welcomed to the Board. John Hudson and Jo Claridge have both been re-elected.


As an accomplished rider, Sue Box has been involved in endurance for 16 years and is keen to encourage new EGB membership at all levels and riding ability. Kerry Dawson, from West Yorkshire, has a wide experience of endurance and wants to help improve the sport for everyone from grass-roots to international level. Businessman David Hirst has worked as a TS, FEI Steward and helper in endurance over the past 16 years, and crewed to international level. At 22, Harry Ingram is the youngest member of the Board and a vehement supporter of young riders. He served as Chair of the Young Rider committee in 2013 and having been involved in endurance for the past decade is keen to give something back to the sport he loves. Former rider Jane Tennant, mother of international rider Alex Tennant, is a life member of EGB and wants to help drive the expansion of the EGB membership. Re-elected member Jo Claridge has been part of the development of EGB from the outset and returns to the Board as Groups Chairman with a clear vision to further contribute to the growth and success of EGB.


Returning chairman John Hudson has been involved in endurance since 1988 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the sport. John recognises the potential for the growth of endurance and will continue to use his expertise to lead EGB and the sport for its members and for Great Britain.


John Hudson, EGB Board Chairman, said: “Each member of the Board shares the same passion for endurance and together we can actively work towards our strategy to enable more people and horses at all levels to enjoy the sport of endurance to the highest standard of excellence.”


The full EGB Board includes:


John Hudson,                                                  EGB Chairman

Pete Claridge,                                                 EGB Vice Chairman / Financial Director

Ann Dark,                                                        Company Secretary

Sue Box

Sue Broughton,                                             Chair of International

Jo Claridge,                                                     Chair of  Groups

Kerry Dawson,                                                Chair of Technology & IT

Brian Floyd Davis,                                          Chair of Health & Safety

Jeni Gilbert,                                                     Chair Rides & Rules

Kevin Hawes

David Hirst

Harry Ingram

Constance Newbould,                                    SERC Representative

Jane Tennant

Fiona Videla,                                                    Chair PR & Marketing

Category :General

ENDURANCE GB ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD - (Published:26 November 2014)

Endurance GB (EGB), the governing body for the sport of endurance riding in Great Britain, has announced its new and returning members of the EGB Board for 2014/15, including the re-election of John Hudson as EGB chairman.



The new Board was announced at the EGB AGM on Saturday 22nd November, with the highest number of EGB  members on record participating in the vote for the elected team. The EGB Board for 2014/15 comprises 15 members, including Sue Box, Kerry Dawson, David Hirst, Harry Ingram and Jane Tennant being welcomed to the Board. John Hudson and Jo Claridge have both been re-elected.


As an accomplished rider, Sue Box has been involved in endurance for 16 years and is keen to encourage new EGB membership at all levels and riding ability. Kerry Dawson, from West Yorkshire, has a wide experience of endurance and wants to help improve the sport for everyone from grass-roots to international level. Businessman David Hirst has worked as a TS, FEI Steward and helper in endurance over the past 16 years, and crewed to international level. At 22, Harry Ingram is the youngest member of the Board and a vehement supporter of young riders. He served as Chair of the Young Rider committee in 2013 and having been involved in endurance for the past decade is keen to give something back to the sport he loves. Former rider Jane Tennant, mother of international rider Alex Tennant, is a life member of EGB and wants to help drive the expansion of the EGB membership. Re-elected member Jo Claridge has been part of the development of EGB from the outset and returns to the Board as Groups Chairman with a clear vision to further contribute to the growth and success of EGB.


Returning chairman John Hudson has been involved in endurance since 1988 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the sport. John recognises the potential for the growth of endurance and will continue to use his expertise to lead EGB and the sport for its members and for Great Britain.


John Hudson, EGB Board Chairman, said: “Each member of the Board shares the same passion for endurance and together we can actively work towards our strategy to enable more people and horses at all levels to enjoy the sport of endurance to the highest standard of excellence.”


The full EGB Board includes:


John Hudson,                           EGB Chairman

Pete Claridge,                           EGB Vice Chairman / Financial Director

Ann Dark,                                  Company Secretary

Sue Box

Sue Broughton,                       Chair of International

Jo Claridge,                               Chair  of Groups

Kerry Dawson,                        Chair of Technology

Brian Floyd Davis,                  Chair of Health & Safety

Jeni Gilbert,                             Chair Rides & Rules

Kevin Hawes

David Hirst

Harry Ingram

Constance Newbould,         SERC Representative

Jane Tennant

Fiona Videla,                         Chair of PR & Marketing

Category :General


At our AGM on Saturday 22nd November, Endurance GB (EGB) members were provided with an overview of our long term strategy and vision to enable more people and horses at all levels to enjoy the sport of endurance to the highest standard of excellence.  


As part of this strategy, the Board of EGB has identified that sponsorship will enable us to achieve our goals for growth more quickly.

EGB members were also presented with details of the proposed sponsorship package that has been developed with Meydan, which has been deliberately constructed to offer opportunities and benefits to all our members, and the sport as a whole.

The EGB Board believes the proposed agreement would significantly enhance our ability to realise our vision and reinforces the implementation of the revised FEI rules in international competition.

All EGB members have been asked to submit their feedback regarding the proposed sponsorship agreement through a survey, which the EGB Board intends to have considered by mid-December, when we will confirm our final decision regarding the sponsorship.

 John Hudson

Chairman Endurance GB


For all press enquiries please contact Fiona Videla Tel : 02476 697929 fionavidela@endurancegb.co.uk PR & Communications, Endurance GB



Saddle Research Trust International ConferenceSaddle Research Trust International Conference - (Published:24 November 2014)

The 2nd Saddle Research Trust International Conference on Saturday 29th November 2014 at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.


The Trustees and Organising Committee invite you to attend the Saddle Research Trust International Conference 2014.

The 2nd Saddle Research Trust International Conference is the only event of its kind to be held, worldwide. It will bring together leading veterinary and scientific experts to examine the latest research on saddle-related equine welfare and performance issues and hear how results of new research affect horses and riders.

It’s a unique opportunity for vets, therapists, trainers and riders, as well as horse owners themselves to gain collective access to the knowledge and opinions of internationally renowned experts and to participate in panel debate.

The conference is supported by The British Equestrian Federation, World Horse Welfare and Horse & Hound, Albion and Amerigo and is approved by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

For further details attached.


Please email me by return with:

·         Name (only one representative per publication please)

·         Publication

·         Anticipated coverage of the event and any areas of particular interest


I look forward to hearing from you.


Sarah Shephard, Bright Bay


07768 958911, 01986 784562

Honorary PR Consultant, SRT

Category :General


Map Reading for all......Map Reading for all...... - (Published:12 November 2014)

The Ordnance Survey have produced a series of guides to map reading. 'Being able to read a map will help you get so much more out of your time outdoors – whether it is walking, cycling, horse riding or touring.


Our guides and videos will help you develop your map reading and navigation skills'.

 Map reading videos with Simon King

Renowned film-maker and naturalist Simon King presents a series of map reading videos that take you through the basics of understanding how to read one of our maps and how to use a compass.

Follow this link to see the video guides that explain all!


Category:General :UK Rides


Bring your Ponies to the Golden Horseshoe by Nesta OliverBring your Ponies to the Golden Horseshoe by Nesta Oliver - (Published:10 November 2014)

When you decided to go into Endurance riding and started to think of what kind of horse to have, was your first thought, ‘I need an Arab’? or was it, ‘My cob/pony/hunter/shire or anything else I’ve got can do that’?  

Back in the nineteen-eighties ‘my cob (etc) can do that’ is what most of us thought. The Arab as the ideal endurance horse had not been thought of. And those who thought ‘my cob can do that’ were right. In those days the Golden Horseshoe Ride was what everyone aimed for there was only one class, the one that is now called the Exmoor Stag: eighty/forty kilometers over two days. We worked in miles in those days so it was fifty/twenty five: it sounded easier with smaller numbers. In the eighties there were consistently between eighty and a hundred starters for that one class and everyone rode whatever horse or pony they had and knew how to get them fit. 

So what happened? How did we get to entries of four or five horses for a competition that used to be thought of as the pinnacle of Endurance riding, available to all riders and all horses, not just the super brave and the elite?  A lot has changed between then and now. There are far more competitions available nowadays so that is one reason perhaps, but here are a few others, and perhaps I can show you some reasons to come instead of not.

In the early nineteen-eighties, the minimum qualification for the Horseshoe was to complete one forty mile ride (sixty-four kilometers) and that was it. Nowadays we have to do more than just one ride to qualify, and sensibly so, because that makes sure that horses are fit enough by proving it in competition instead of just putting the miles in training on our own. But there is a difference in how we think of it. Now we call it ‘upgrading from Novice to Advanced’, and ‘Advanced’ sounds like something only the top people do: those with racing or international competition in mind. Remember those eighties? When anyone with any pony aspired to do the Horseshoe? Let’s look at the reality of upgrading because it’s not really so awesome. To get to Open you need three Novice completions; to get to advanced you only have to do two more rides, one of over sixty-four kilometers and one of eighty or more. That progression to advanced doesn’t sound huge when put like that, but we get frightened by that word ‘Advanced’, and we think it is.

The other side of why people don’t upgrade is reflected in a question often asked by EGB members: ‘What advantages are there in moving up to Advanced if I’m not going to do CERs?’ Let’s start with the disadvantages: that’s easy, there aren’t any! At Advanced level the speed and pulse parameters are exactly the same as when you compete at Open, so you don’t have to go any faster or hope you can get your horse’s pulse down further than you did before. But the advantages are huge if you want to take them: you have the chance to do longer rides if you want to and, much more important, you can enter the Exmoor Eighty, the Exmoor Stag and the Golden Horseshoe itself. If one of those is the only ride you ever do that you need that Advanced qualification for, it will be worth it.

Do we need Arabs to achieve that exalted, Advanced status? Of course not. To get there you only need successful completions in your qualifying rides, not Grade Ones, so you don’t have to fly around at CER speeds and go to the vet with the same pulse that your horse has at breakfast time in the stable. Arabs are fast, versatile and gutsy but on Exmoor they have no advantage over any other breed or type of horse. And that brings us to the second reason for the drop off of entries in the longer classes on Exmoor.

Approximately half of Advanced horses are pure-bred Arabs and I suspect that a large proportion of the rest are either part-bred or other similar breeds.**  Of those Advanced horses the majority have qualified in order to do CERs and many, not all of course, are trained to do only that, with winning races in mind. Some of them are going to be international team members and their focus is on training to go far and fast over easy, flattish ground. The Horseshoe is different. It requires slower speeds and a different attitude, it is not a race and there is even a prize for the horse who achieves his grade nearest to the optimum time: an award designed to discourage excess speed. So, many Advanced Arabs don’t come: they have not had the right type of training and their owners are reluctant to take the risks that have become associated in people’s minds with the rough terrain of Exmoor.

The results at the Golden Horseshoe show that Arabs on Exmoor have no advantage over other breeds in the way that they do in CERs where their effortless speed is such a huge advantage.

And here is the last reason: Exmoor has gained a fearsome reputation and people have been frightened off. Yes, Exmoor has hills that are longer and steeper than in most of the rest of the country, and the ground is hummocky and spongy and in places stony and very wet – deep ford kind of wet. And sometimes the weather sees us coming: just bring your waterproofs and woolly jumpers. But it’s not scary. It’s a better marked course than any I have ever seen: up on the high moor where the tracks are not so obvious, you are never out of sight of the next marker flag. You can’t get lost; the ground is rough but no worse than many people have to train on. All that matters is that you have a sound horse or pony who wants to see what’s over the next horizon and can look where he’s putting his feet at the same time. If the Arabs are race horses who do best on level grass where they can complete a CER at 16kph, then the ponies are the keeper goers, over any terrain, with an ‘I’ll go anywhere’ attitude.

So let’s make next year’s fiftieth anniversary Golden Horseshoe Ride, and possibly the last one ever, one to remember. Let’s fill those longer classes. Take the plunge (the rivers on the moor will help with that) and get up there. Bring your ponies, your cobs, shire horses, hunters, spotties, skewbalds, hairies, Haffies (Oh, you do it already, I’m preaching to the converted!), Icelandics (I’d love to see them on Exmoor), and of course, bring your Arabs to where they can compete on equal terms with all the others.


**The fifty percent advanced Arabs is correct, but other figures are assumed. I hope to look at it in more detail to confirm (or not) the realities and perhaps do another article where I can try to make boring statistics be interesting and useful looking to the future of EGB.

And from Jane Greatorex about Horseshoe….

Rusty and I first went to the Golden Horseshoe in 2010, the year after I bought him. We got a bronze in the Exmoor Experience (40:40) and I found out then that he was something of a bog specialist. In 2011 we did the Exmoor Stag (80K) in horrible conditions, lost a shoe, ran a couple of miles to reach the farrier (Rusty wearing a shoof) and got a bronze again – we’d been on silver time before the shoe came off. So, Development Squad and 2* qualification later we returned to try the real thing – the Golden Horseshoe (80:80). What can I say? We had a blast, great company consisting of Rebecca Kinnarney and Ellie, fantastic crewing and a marvellous ride. The views were stunning, the hills were as steep as ever and I enjoyed virtually every stride apart from the end when we ran out of steam and the odd really deep bit of bog. Exmoor is about really challenging yourself and your horse. It’s about getting it absolutely right and knowing when to call it a day. My horse is fighting fit and even better for his trip. I know he can do it and with some ideas in our heads we’ll return next year. Roll on 2015!

Photos courtesy of David Saunders

 Category:UK Rides :General

Welsh Championship Results 2014Welsh Championship Results 2014 - (Published:10 November 2014)

The Welsh Championship was re-launched in 2014 and was a competition

comprising all rides held in Wales and based on National points. 


The Results are as follows:


Mynydd Class- High Point Rider and Horse Combination

Winner – Janet Kenward and Orion's Firefly

Runner-up- Emily Cooke and Lady's Man


Coed Class- High Point Horse and Rider Combination counting Rides up to 50km


Winner- Emily Cooke and Lady's Man

Runner-up- Lise Cooke and The Red Viscount


Afon Class-High Point Young Rider and Horse Combination

Winner-Catherine Rawnsley and Aberllwyd's Astoriz


Cwm Class-High Point Junior Rider and Horse Combination

Winner-Emily Cooke


Cymraeg – awarded to Welsh Rider and Horse Combinations :

Junior Rider-Emily Cooke and Lady's Man

Young Rider-Catherine Rawnsley and Aberllwyds Astoriz

Senior Rider-Hilary Cuming and Benzuga


A total of 111 riders competed in rides in Wales other than Red Dragon with 34

being eligible for the Welsh Championship Classes. 


The Haddon Training British Grooms AwardsThe Haddon Training British Grooms Awards - (Published:06 November 2014)

Haddon Training has just announced its sponsorship of the British Grooms Awards. Last presented in 2009, these two esteemed awards have been revitalised with fantastic prizes for the winning grooms, and presentations being made at the prestigious British Breeders’ Awards Dinner early in January 2015.


Grooms can be nominated by employers, friends, family and even by themselves.  Nominations will set out the reasons why the nominee deserves the award and ask for an example of a situation where the groom has shown that they should win the title of either:


The Haddon Training British Grooms Award, which is open to all grooms in the equestrian industry; those working in competition yards, riding schools, welfare centres, trekking centres and studs will be equally eligible.


The Haddon Training Team GBR Grooms Award, which will be open to any groom who was part of Team GBR at the Alltech World Equestrian Games 2014 and supported any Team GBR athlete in the following disciplines:- Dressage, Eventing, Showjumping, Driving, Endurance, Reining, Vaulting and Para-Equestrian Dressage.


Chris Hewlett, Managing Director of Haddon Training says, “Haddon Training are delighted to be supporting the British Grooms Awards as we recognise what a valuable contribution skilled grooms make to the welfare of horses. We all benefit from their successes in the equine world.”


Jan Rogers, BEF Head of Equine Development said, “The British Grooms Awards always used to play an integral part in the Awards presentation and with Haddon Training’s generous support we are thrilled to have been able to reinstate them to recognise these extremely dedicated and hardworking people whose contribution is so valuable”.


Two well-respected independent equestrians will act as judges, who with the assistance of Chris Hewlett will select the winners from the short-listed candidates in each category. The two winners plus partners will be invited to the Awards ceremony where they will receive a trophy and selection of prizes.


Nominations are now open and to nominate a candidate for the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards, follow this link to download a form:http://www.bef.co.uk/Breeders-Awards-Dinner/ - nominations close on Friday 28 November 2014.


The awards will be presented at the annual British Breeders’ Awards Dinner, hosted and organised by the British Horse Foundation in London on 10 January 2015.



Further Information:


The Breeders Awards Dinner takes place on Saturday 10 January 2015, at the Grange City Hotel, London EC3N 2BQ


To buy tickets, please visit:  https://bbdinner2015.eventbrite.co.uk/


If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please contact Rebecca Rawson (rebecca.rawson@wallacepr.co.uk)


To find out more about Haddon Training, please visit their website:www.haddontraining.co.uk


We need more photos!We need more photos! - (Published:01 November 2014)

Now the nights are drawing in, relive your rides this year by sorting through your photos..... We need lots of photos to show off in our 2015 handbook.


Please forward your photos to jeni2012@hotmail.co.uk together with a completed authorisation form which can be downloaded here

We want to show off all our fantastic rides and show what a great time we have enjoying our horses, our rides and meeting friends. Pictures should ideally be landscape and permission must be given.


All photos will be acknowledged and if selected all photos will be credited.




PLEASE PLEASE use your vote............PLEASE PLEASE use your vote............ - (Published:01 November 2014)

All members should by now have received an invitation to vote either online or by post. If neither have arrived please contact MiVoice on 0845 241 4148 or  E-Mail: support@mi-voice.com and they will investigate.



You will receive reminders as we approach the end of the voting period unless you have already voted and  voting closes at 12noon on Tuesday 18th November.

Please remember you can only vote for Board nominations online or by post, you can not vote at the AGM for the candidates for the Board.

However votes for the proposals can be made in advance online or by proxy or on the day in person. You can only vote for proposals using one of these methods!

Hopefully lots of people will be able to come to the AGM and have a great time at the awards dinner - please don't forget your tickets or your membership card..........



New Performance Director for the British Equestrian Federation New Performance Director for the British Equestrian Federation - (Published:01 November 2014)

After an extensive search the British Equestrian Federation's (BEF) Chief Executive, Andrew Finding OBE, has today, 31 October 2014, named Dan Hughes as the organisation’s new Performance Director.


Dan will take on the responsibility for the coordination and delivery of the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme for the disciplines of eventing, dressage, showjumping, and para-equestrian dressage and with it the hopes of the nation to deliver championship success for Great Britain’s equestrian teams at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.   

A senior serving Army officer, Dan will start in post on completion of his military service in the spring of 2015. He brings with him a breadth of experience, shaped through a lifelong involvement in equestrian sport as well as from within his 24 year military career, having served as Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry.  


Before joining the Army Dan initially trained with Olympic medallist Ian Stark and was a product of the junior and young rider development system.  He competed to 4* level in eventing and was a member of the successful British European Young Rider squads in 1989 and 1990, continuing to compete up to 2* level whilst in the Army, until the demands of his career took over.  He has served in a wide variety of leadership, planning and operational roles including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and also commanded the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment during the 2011 Royal Wedding, the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Games in 2012.



In his new role Dan will be responsible for fulfilling the mission of the BEF’s World Class Programme; identifying talent, maximising potential and delivering success. The aim will be to develop systems that will win more medals for Great Britain now and in the future on the international stage through a ‘no compromise’ approach. In doing so he will lead a dedicated team of athletes, staff and consultants and work closely with the three British Equestrian Federation Olympic Member Bodies; British Dressage, British Eventing and British Show jumping as well as British Carriage driving, British Reining, British Vaulting and Endurance GB when their teams compete on the world stage.   

Commenting on his appointment Dan said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Army but always wanted to return to the equestrian world; the opportunity to take up the role of BEF Performance Director was impossible to resist.  I am extremely excited about the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of working with such a talented group of athletes, coaches and support staff.  I look forward to building on the outstanding success achieved by them, and my predecessor, to further develop and drive that success forward to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and beyond."


Chief Executive Andrew Finding commented: “We have undertaken the most intensive global search in history for our new Performance Director. Supplemented by the team at UK Sport and the British Olympic Association we put the shortlisted candidates through a highly rigorous selection procedure. Dan Hughes showed us that he has the talent, fortitude, managerial and leadership skills worthy of our finest athletes. We will vest in him responsibility in leading the British Equestrian team to the Games in Rio and beyond. We will welcome him with warmth and open arms. Until he joins us we will continue in our drive to achieve success with Gordon Burton, Head of Performance, and Sarah Armstrong, Head of Administration and Logistics.”


Dan will see out his remaining commitments to the Army over the winter and will join the BEF full time in the spring of 2015.  An exact date for his arrival will be announced shortly.


Nominations Open For The South Essex Insurance Brokers Meritoire Award Nominations Open For The South Essex Insurance Brokers Meritoire Award - (Published:29 October 2014)

The prestigious South Essex Insurance Brokers Meritoire award is presented to the person who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the performance sport horse and pony breeding industry.


Previous winners have been the Louella Stud for their contribution to sport horse breeding; Johanna Vardon, founder of the National Foaling Bank, for her contribution to the health and wellbeing of orphaned foals and Archie Smith Maxwell, breeder of Jumbo, one of the highest ranking event sires of all time.  In 2014 Professor Graham Suggett was the recipient of this award in recognition for a lifetime’s contribution to the breeding industry.


Nicolina Mackenzie, Marketing Manager of South Essex Insurance Brokers says “Our Company is proud to sponsor the Meritoire, we pride ourselves on customer service, which is in keeping with the philosophy of this award.   SEIB understands that quality and longevity must be a priority when considering how valuable any contribution has been to the horse world which we all value so much”.


If there is someone you believe has made, or is making a valuable contribution to this sector of the British breeding industry and would be a worthy recipient of this esteemed award, visit http://www.bef.co.uk/Breeders-Awards-Dinner/ to download a CONFIDENTIAL nomination form.  Nominations close on 28 November 2014.


The award will be presented at the annual British Breeders’ Awards Dinner, hosted and organised by the British Horse Foundation in London on 10 January 2015.


For more information on this and other awards being presented on the night and to buy tickets please visit: https://bbdinner2015.eventbrite.co.uk/


For further information, please email Rebecca.rawson@wallacepr.co.uk




Breeders Awards Dinner Sat 10 Jan 2015, Grange City Hotel, London EC3N 2BQ


What a great start to 2015.............. - (Published:27 October 2014)

Three lucky riders have been invited to ride in an FEI 3* being held in Dubai Endurance city on the 10th January 2015.


The event is the HH SH. MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM ENDURANCE CUP and the lucky three riders are:

Carri Ann Dark
Annette Masterson
Robert Newall


We wish them luck and hope they have a great time!




Nominations Go Live For The Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award Nominations Go Live For The Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award - (Published:21 October 2014)

As we near the end of another successful season of equestrian sport with added boosts for British bred horses, what better than to celebrate by recognising the top mares that produced the horses giving us all this success?


The nominations for the 2015 Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award are now open.  The award is to be presented to the breeder or associate of the mare who, in the opinion of the relevant discipline and the Awards committee, has made the greatest contribution to British bred success.


A nominated mare may have had an outstanding competition career herself or have bred a dynasty of progeny that have gone on to succeed in sport, or both. If you think you know of a mare that has made a valuable contribution to British breeding – we’d like to know about her!


The award will be presented at the annual British Breeders’ Awards Dinner, hosted and organised by the British Horse Foundation in London on 10 January 2015.





Breeders Awards Dinner Sat 10 Jan 2015, Grange City Hotel, London EC3N 2BQ


Details of this and other awards being presented, and nomination forms: http://www.bef.co.uk/Breeders-Awards-Dinner/


Mares do not need to be alive to be nominated. All mares nominated previously will need to be re nominated and past nominees are welcome to re submit their nominations, even if they didn’t make the shortlist in previous years


Nominations close Friday 21 November 2014


Buy tickets  https://bbdinner2015.eventbrite.co.uk/

Liaise with a member of the team jan.rogers@bef.co.uk



Gates, glorious gates..........Gates, glorious gates.......... - (Published:21 October 2014)

Gates are of interest to all endurance riders, so here is your chance to improve things? Natural England is supporting the BHS in a new gates trial, and we need your help!  


We want to find an improved self closing bridle gate that will not only reduce the chance of injury to horse and rider, but also meet the needs of the less able and remain stockproof. If you know of any self closing gates that you think are particularly good and ought to form part of the trial, please let us have the following details: ... 1. The name of the gate and manufacturer 2. The closure system - one way/ two way/ latch system 3. A place where the gate is installed and could be inspected Following inspection of those put forward, a number would be selected for inclusion in the trial next year. If you think you know a gate worthy of being in our trial, please email the details above to access@bhs.org.uk or get in touch with us using our Facebook page. Category:General

International Seminar - the road to MontrealInternational Seminar - the road to Montreal - (Published:21 October 2014)

The International Committee would like to announce that there is an International Seminar, open to all EGB members and friends on the 2nd November 2014.

The Seminar will be held at the Derbyshire Hotel, J28 M1. This is the second in a series of seminars to plan our way forward Internationally.

For details of the day and the speakers please see the Agenda

The charge for the day is EGB and SERC Members £45 / Non-Members £50

Please pay through the EGB website by following the link to the shop

Please remember to quote your name and what you are paying for in the PayPal notes box


Now is the time..............Now is the time.............. - (Published:20 October 2014)

to send in your green first season master cards and your distance award claims. Also if you only have a couple of spaces left on your yellow cards they should be sent in as well.


Green master cards must be swopped for a yellow card before the start of 2015 unless you have not done ANY graded rides this year.

Both green cards and nearly full yellow cards should be sent to the EGB office with a SAE.

Distance claims can be made by email, see here for details


Meydan to invest in Endurance GB sport initiatives for 2015Meydan to invest in Endurance GB sport initiatives for 2015 - (Published:06 October 2014)

Endurance GB (EGB) is currently in discussion with Meydan Group over a package of benefits to back the sport of endurance in Britain throughout 2015 and beyond.

The potential partnership between Meydan and EGB would allow EGB to develop a comprehensive programme of activities that promises far-reaching and lasting benefits for EGB and its members.

The proposal includes a number of exciting innovations to aid development of the sport in Britain, aligned to the aspirations of the FEI’s Endurance Strategic Planning Group - to ‘provide leadership and to drive the necessary culture change in Endurance with regard to anti-doping and horse welfare’

A bespoke training and coaching programme would support and raise standards in the sport at all levels and include open training seminars with influential speakers to expand technical knowledge of the discipline; a schedule of national and FEI officials training courses would be run to put further resource into this vital area; young rider bursaries would help to develop up and coming talent by assisting those wishing to compete at national and FEI level.

In addition the sponsorship would provide a range of support facilities to be offered at all FEI Rides in the EGB schedule that would include electronic timing, veterinary treatment, venue and route logistics, ice, water and catering to prioritize care and monitoring of human and equine athletes. Alongside this, three competitions at Euston Park would be added by EGB to the FEI calendar. 

Commenting on the proposal EGB Chairman John Hudson said:

“We are committed to improving endurance sport at every level, in championing horse welfare and in nurturing top quality sport throughout our competition structure for Endurance GB. With the strong partnership of Meydan, we have been able to develop a proposal that would significantly enhance our ability to deliver against our goals and to support the implementation of the revised FEI rules in international competition.

“Our work with Meydan represents an unrivalled opportunity for EGB to develop and grow the discipline for the benefit and enjoyment of all its existing and prospective future members, and to contribute to the long-term development of the sport.”

Gabriel Hanania, Spokesperson for the Meydan Group added:

“We place great value on our collaboration with Endurance GB. We are highly optimistic of the role that Meydan Group can play in aiding the development of this sport, both within our borders and abroad. Our partnership with EGB allows us to help secure a strong future for endurance in Great Britain.”

For all press enquiries please contact Claire Shand 02476 698877 claire.shand@bef.co.uk


Category:General :International

Welsh Championship - updateWelsh Championship - update - (Published:01 October 2014)

Don't forget that the last 2 Classes for the Welsh Championship will be held at the Red Dragon! Come and have a great weekend.


If you want to check your points Hilary Cuming (Administrator) will be available on the Saturday  . Due to the cancellation on Mynydd Machen the eligibility criterion has been altered to 2 rather than 3 Wesh Rides- one must be completed however prior to the Red Dragon


Category:UK Rides

Results from the Lions TailResults from the Lions Tail - (Published:28 September 2014)

The new 2 day format for the ride proved to be very popular with a good turnout both days. The 2 day classes attracted a strong entry with the 2 day 82km class proving to be the most popular.

Thank you to the sponsors and especially to all the volunteers who helped make the ride an enjoyable and relaxed weekend for the competitors. 

-and next year: Bigger and better, but still with the same welcome for all comers, from the shortest distance pleasure rider to the longest distance competitive rider. 

Photos by Anne Browne


Saddlers award, best rider under 25 sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers

Alexandra Tennant 

Class 1, 2 day 105km sponsored by Plas Equestrian

1st: Emma Martin

2nd Ann Harrison

3rd Richard-Bradley Hancock 

Class 21, 1 day 82km PF sponsored by Aloeride

1st Antonia Hardwick

2nd Alexandra Tennant

3rd Gillian Hensley 

Class 22, 1 day 64km PF sponsored by Aloeride

1st Victoria Davies

2nd Rachel Judson

3rd Larissa Whiley

Category:UK Rides

We can see clearly now..........We can see clearly now.......... - (Published:24 September 2014)

Thanks to the kind generosity of Liz Hinings, all registered para riders and their escorts have special new blue bibs!


The blue bibs have a number and a prefix  P for Para or E for escort. Please can all riders seeing these please give special consideration to the riders.

 Any registered para rider may receive their bib by contacting Julie Martin

When entering a ride, a para rider must let the Ride Sec know that they wish to use their special bib and what number it is, so it can be recorded for the ride paperwork.



Only FOUR rides to the end of the season!Only FOUR rides to the end of the season! - (Published:17 September 2014)

Only 7 more riding days until the end of the 2014 season! Make the most of them and have a great time at the last 4 rides.


Ullswater and Devils Dyke, are next weekend, they are  still accepting entries, but hurry please and contact the Ride Sec.

For all those who have entered Red Dragon - have a great time!

And as a grand finale to the season we have Royalties - three days of riding, socialising and eating cake!


For more details please follow link

 category:General:UK Rides


and the sun shone on Long Mynd........and the sun shone on Long Mynd........ - (Published:15 September 2014)

For the third year in a row the sun shone on the Long Mynd for this popular ride. 
Although a hilly challenging ride, horses love it and this year was no exception with some really good speeds and heart rates. 


This year the the 64km class was sponsored by Torq Nutrition and so was judged under Performance Formula. 
Although there was very little in the points, the winner by a narrow margin was Fiona Valentine and Arranbeg Mai. 
Fiona was thrilled with her tough little mare especially as the Longmynd was the first ride they did together.  It was a big step up from 32km but Mai rose to the challenge and gave Fiona a wonderful ride. 

This ride was also part of the series of rides where a prize, kindly donated by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers is presented to the best Young Rider .  The prize of a lovely leather headcollar was won by Emily Cooke on her lovely pony Lady's Man who were also placed in the 64km class.  This combination travelled to Scotland just 3 weeks ago to represent Wales in the Home International & Celtic Challenge.  Emily is a very talented young lady and is sure to go far in the sport. 


Category:General :UK Rides

Isuzu joins EGB at the RED DRAGON Festival of EnduranceIsuzu joins EGB at the RED DRAGON Festival of Endurance - (Published:12 September 2014)

The Organisers have a full and varied program for the Red Dragon Festival of Endurance. Three days of competitive and pleasure ride classes gives all the option of enjoying this fabulous weekend and challenging themselves and their horses - if they wish!


We are pleased to announce that Isuzu have generously agreed to transfer their sponsorship fom Mynydd Machen to The British Horse Feeds Red Dragon Festival of Endurance by funding the cost of our two farriers for the duration of the event.

Paul Lewis and his team will be bringing a hospitality trade stand and four demonstration vehicles to the venue at the Royal Welsh Showground.  They are looking forward to meeting as many riders, crews and volunteers as possible during the course of the weekend.

The weekend also includes a talk by Rod Fisher, Para-Equestrian Team Vet who has kindly agreed to give a presentation on how the Para-Equestrian Team was prepared for the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Equestrian Games.  Everyone will be welcome to attend in the Ride Office at 8.30pm on the evening of Saturday 4th October.  Admission will be free but will be subject to seating space for what we believe will be an absorbing evening for all.


We have also decided this year, that the Red Dragon class should be an elevator class.  This will we hope encourage more competitors to give The Red Dragon 2-day 160km CER a try. This means that combinations will be able to retire from the class at Vet Gate 4 (114km) or Vet Gate 5 (140km) once they have passed the vetting successfully at that point in the competition.Riders should note that both the above vet gates are on course at Painscastle, so they will be responsible for arranging collection of their horse from the vet gate.


category :UK Rides




The Lions Tail has TWO days of competition and pleasure rides!The Lions Tail has TWO days of competition and pleasure rides! - (Published:12 September 2014)

The Lions Tail ride on 20th and 21st Sept is taking late entries until 17th September. This year the ride includes 2 day classes as well as a range of Pleasure and Graded distances on each day.  Come and join us for the weekend


Come and enjoy riding the bridleways and byways in this lovely part of Leics. The route also uses private land on Stapleford Estate.  

Camping and corralling available at the venue. 

Don't forget also that on Saturday there will be group social ride classes (unvetted) of 21kms, 17kms, 9kms.
Entry fee £7 for members and assoc members, £15 for non-members.
The Saturday social ride classes can only be entered using a postal entry. To download an entry form and details please use the link to the website.

The closing date for Saturday entries is Monday 15th September.
For more information visit the ride website

Category:UK Rides

Successful weekend for the Brits abroad!Successful weekend for the Brits abroad! - (Published:11 September 2014)

A successful trip was had by the British contingent competing at Monpazier in the South of France on the 5th and 6th September over what can only be described as a tough, technical course with steep climbs and descents, hard stony tracks, deep sand, mud and lots of twists and turns.


All the classes had large entries with a lot of professional riders competing from a variety of nations making it a truly International competitive event. Over the weekend the temperatures reached 30 degrees with very high humidity.
In the CEI 3* 160km class Tricia Hirst with Madjin des Pins finished 8th at a speed of 17.36kph. The first loop was completed in complete darkness in the forest creating a challenging start to the day.

Nikki Malcolm was competing in the CEI 2* 130km class on Radja Al Mels where they finished 4th at a speed of 19.43kph and completed the last loop at 25kph winning a racing finish with five other horses to claim 4th place.
Carol-Ann Smith Van Blerk was also competing in the same class and finished 51st at a very creditiable 15.98kph.
On the second day of the competition Georgina Hirst competed on Vlacq Bronze Image in the CEI 1* 90km class and finished 25th at an average speed of 17.4kph having completed the last loop at 21kph.       


Category:General :International

Pony Club Endurance Success !Pony Club Endurance Success ! - (Published:04 September 2014)

From March - July 2014 3 EGB junior and young rider members Archie Moffat, Charlotte Vickery and Ollie Holman rode  distances of 90-120km over 3 rides to try and qualify for the Pony Club  Endurance Championships. 


The children had to successfully complete distances of c. 30-39km  (intermediate) and 40-49km (open) respectively at 2 rides to be  eligible for the area qualifying rides (which they all did).  The  children rode brilliantly all qualifying at their chosen level. Riders, horses, adults escorts and rider's crew all made the 6 hour  journey to the venue, then corralled/stabled the horses to rest for the  night. 

Unfortunately over night the weather wasn't kind with strong  wings and heavy rain.  The winds eased by morning, but the rain had  made parts of the course very wet and heavy through long sections. The  heavy terrain made an already challenging course for many adult riders,  much harder. But the riders had clearly looked after their horses as they all past  the final vet check and achieved some admirable final placings.

Senior Open class 52km - Charlotte Vickery and Blaze were 2nd, just  missing first place by less than 1 point ! This was their first 50km +  ride and first time with a vet gate in the middle of the ride.

 Junior Intermediate class 42km - Ollie Holman and Desya 1st place,  with Desya only 5 years old in his first season.

Senior Intermediate 42km - Archie Moffatt and Solli 3rd Place, with  Archie and Solli, showing what a formidable partnership they have  become looking very relaxed and enjoying themselves throughout the  ride.

What wonderful horses and children, together with adult escorts and  crew that all contributed to such a fantastic endurance championships  for these 3 young people.


Congratulations to Beth Langley and HS Ametista 28th of 166 ridersCongratulations to Beth Langley and HS Ametista 28th of 166 riders - (Published:03 September 2014)

 Beth said afterwards: It’s amazing to have got round my first WEG together. That was the toughest 100 miles I’ve ever done. She led the Brits the whole way, this is her 15th WEG competition back to back. She’s a horse of a lifetime.

It’s taken dedication and I’ve sacrificed my social life to get here but it’s so worth it. We knew at one point we were in the bronze medal position, we tried to bring Annie [Joppe] with us but if we’d stayed we wouldn’t have made the cut off. Mentally it’s tough to ride out on your own.”  

Anna Williams (with tears in her eyes) This has been the hardest ride of my life but I’m so proud of my horse! He’s young, this was only his second 160km and that was flat and sandy, we’ve never trained on mud like this. He just kept plugging away through all the mud though and absolutely gave his heart. Beth and I rode the whole way together which gave him a real boost. His day will come, he was awesome. When we presented his heart rate was well under at 56b/m but that’s endurance for you.  

Andrea Baker, Endurance Chef d’equipe They’ve done well over a tough course; we would have loved to see a team home – to briefly be in bronze medal position was amazing - but there was so much attrition due to the conditions that our performance has definitely been in line with other nations. After the rain the course was very different from the one we saw earlier in the week and didn’t ride as well as they promised.   Anna’s horse looked fantastic coming into the finish so we were all shocked by the outcome. It was disappointing in the end but I’m not sure there are any specific  lessons to be learned, we have to move on and take the positives. The team have ridden together and supported each other really well through all of this which hasn’t happened for a good few years.  


Category :World

Anyone else for Boyton Hall ?Anyone else for Boyton Hall ? - (Published:03 September 2014)

The new Boyton Hall ride closes on Thursday, so get your entries in NOW so that you too can enjoy this lovely new ride.


Lovely rain!! After rain last week and a day of heavy drizzle yesterday, the ground is lovely. The tracks are no longer dry and hard (as in the photo) but very inviting. Come along - the weather forecast looks great, not too hot, cold or rainy! and its all go to get the route marked and everything absolutely ready.

Online entries are open until Thursday at 6.00pm or if you miss that, why not come along and enter on the day.

Routes from 16km to 40km on Saturday (including 2 day rides) and from 16km to 80km on Sunday. Do you need to upgrade to advanced. Take the opportunity of ride this 80km route.

Category:UK Rides :General


Great Britain’s John McEwen MBE to run for FEI PresidencyGreat Britain’s John McEwen MBE to run for FEI Presidency - (Published:26 August 2014)

The International Equestrian Federation’s (FEI) First Vice-President, John McEwen MBE, is to run for presidency of the FEI when the position comes up in December 2014. 

Currently the FEI’s Veterinary Committee Chairman, a role he has held for 8 years, John has supported current incumbent HRH Princess Haya of Jordan and the FEI as First Vice-President since his election at the General Assembly in Taiwan in 2000. During this time he has also served as the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) World Class Performance Programme’s Director for Equine Sports Science and Medicine.

The presidential race will be strongly contested following Princess Haya’s decision not to run for a third term. However, having been at the sharp end of the FEI’s work over a time of expansion - throughout the period of its “clean sport” campaign and over a period of unsurpassed sponsorship acquisition - John is well versed in both sport and commercial decisions of the organisation.

Known for his diplomacy, his integrity, modesty and strong sense of fair play John is well very well connected within the sport. He has chaired the FEI’s Bureau and its General Assembly in Princess Haya’s absence.


John commented:

“I have been delighted to play my part in support of the FEI and of our current President, HRH Princess Haya.  I have no illusions about the challenges for this election and the work that needs to be undertaken in the future.  I run because I know I have the confidence and support of my own Federation and because I am committed to the direction our current president has forged.  There is clearly more work to do but we have good people in place and a sound executive team led well by its Secretary General, Ingmar De Vos.  If elected, I will seek to run a steady course and a period of further evolution.”


BEF’s President and Chairman, Keith Taylor, added:

“We were geared to support HRH Princess Haya in her campaign to run for another four years. Her withdrawal from the race a couple of weeks before nominations close has caused us to move quickly.  But, we took no time in citing John McEwen for our nomination.  He is hugely experienced and electable. He knows the FEI inside out and he knows what needs to be done to build on Princess Haya’s outstanding legacy.  He is very well respected throughout the international community as a man of integrity.  We support him fully.  John McEwen will go forward to the election at the FEI General Assembly (Baku) on 14 December with a very strong recommendation from the British Equestrian Federation.


Riding the Mongol DerbyRiding the Mongol Derby - (Published:26 August 2014)

Riding the Mongol Derby has been an ambition of mine for the last few years. I first heard about the Derby when Holly Budge talked about her experience of it at The Daily Telegraph Adventure Show in Earl's Court. At the time, I had not learned to ride but I remember turning excitedly to my friend and saying, 'That sounds like insane amounts of fun. I am going to do that one day.'

Fast forward to this Easter and I had learned to ride via a six month sabbatical in Argentina on a polo estancia followed by two years of amateur polo in Ascot. I wanted to take a break from polo and was looking to experience other equestrian sports. Reminded of the Mongol Derby, I thought to test my luck in getting a place at short-ish notice and to my surprise, was accepted. 

My second stroke of luck was in finding FEI endurance rider, Rachael Claridge to be my Mongol Derby coach. Rachael had been recommended to me by a riding instructor. Before I met Rachael, I did not know of endurance riding nor the phenomenal partnership between horse and rider needed to compete in the distances, across the terrains, at the national and international levels that Rachael had achieved.

Rachael did not seem at all fazed by my request that we try to prepare me for the 1000km horse race with, at most, 20 training days. My London city job meant that I would only be riding on weekends (Rachael is predominantly based in Badminton and Cornwall) so I supplemented this with at least an hour's cardiovascular workout every weekday. As a UKCC level 3 accredited coach, Rachael advised me on nutrition and the psychology of long distance riding.

Rachael put together a training programme which included various geographies and terrains (beach, moorland, woods, river crossings) in official Endurance GB rides as well as privately scripted rides. Hours in the saddle was key but given the time constraints, we also felt it important to spend time improving my seat in flat and jump work.

The other critical factor was to train on a variety of different horses since, in Mongolia, if I successfully completed, I would be riding on 30 different horses in quick succession. Rachael's training programme included riding her stunning endurance competition horses Maarhabi, Prince Meliodas and stallion Silver Zenif. We also spent several weekends training at Jo and Peter Claridge's Phoenix Field Arabian Stud Farm in Cornwall where we rode out on the beautiful, honest, bomb proof horse that is Zar (Azaraell) as well as training on Ali Shahrif testing my balance on an unbacked youngster. 

Rachael was also generous and thoughtful in extending her equestrian network to me - Her other clients allowed me to have a sit on their horses and I would also like to say thanks to Selaine from Less Bounce for her donation of supremely supportive Berlei sports underwear!

Four weeks before the Derby, whilst on a pleasure ride in Kent, I fell off a horse and suffered a spiral fracture on my index finger metatarsal. My race ambitions were put on hold whilst I tussled as to whether or not to withdraw from the race. Rachael was fantastic - not putting any pressure on me to continue nor withdraw but allowing me the headspace to work out my own decision. Ultimately I decided to go ahead with the Derby. After taking medical advice on best precautions to protect my hand whilst riding, we rejigged the training programme to help me regain my confidence whilst continuing to maintain the riding stamina we had built. 

I travelled to Mongolia knowing that within the time limitations that we had been under, Rachael's training programme had put me in the best position I could be in to complete the Derby. 

On starting the race, I realised that having trained in Cornwall had been absolutely ideal. The geography in Mongolia, at least the parts that we rode through, was quite similar to the geography of moorland. In the valleys there are large sections of grassland with low scrubby vegetation which was generally soft on the horses' feet. Notwithstanding the marmot holes, riders would make up time in these sections by galloping through. There were a couple of sections of steep craggy uphill climbs - Rachael and I had spent some time on hill work so I felt confident in navigating my horse through these sections, even though the horse seemed less sure! Rolling hills meant that we could canter up but trot and jog downhill. During these sections, I let the horse dictate the speed it was comfortable trotting/jogging/walking down. On occasion I would ride a maniacal horse who insisted on galloping down at full pelt. 

Rachael had incorporated some water crossings in our rides and this proved invaluable. Despite the hot weather resulting in many of the lakes and rivers shrinking/drying up completely, there were still several water crossings to be made. Apart from one incident where we got a bit stuck in a bog (!) we successfully crossed various rivers and streams without too much drama. 

Rachael's last pep talk to me was to remind me that in a tricky situation, the best thing I could do was to sit deep, breathe, talk to the horse and if the horse continued to bully me, pull dead tight on one rein. I estimate of 30 horses, I ended up riding concentric circles with five of them before we compromised on a riding partnership.

I completed the race in ten days. I came 23rd out of 48 riders which to my mind, is a solidly average placing. However I am extremely pleased with this solidly average result. Not having truly considered myself a 'rider' beforehand, I do consider myself one now. My best advice for anyone considering riding the Mongol Derby is to research the physical, logistical and emotional demands which will be demanded of you during those ten long days. Nothing will completely prepare you for the experience, which will, at various times, be amazing and terrible in equal measure, but with the right preparation and training, it has a very high likelihood of being the ride of your life.


Boyton Hall Ride on 6th and 7th SeptemberBoyton Hall Ride on 6th and 7th September - (Published:26 August 2014)

More riders are needed at the Boyton Hall Ride on 6th and 7th September. Don’t miss this lovely, varied ride in the rolling Suffolk countryside. The ride includes a Team Challenge with a difference, sponsored by Feedmark.

The provisional ‘West route’ has been improved. Don’t be deceived by Google maps! For most of the short part of the route across the airfield there are grass verges beside the concrete tracks or grass on the tracks. It is also an opportunity to see a little WW2 history! The rest of the route includes  lovely bridleways and grass margins with a little roadwork.

Category:UK Rides

Pilgrim’s Trail Ride and Pilgrim’s Team Challenge - 24th AugustPilgrim’s Trail Ride and Pilgrim’s Team Challenge - 24th August - (Published:26 August 2014)

(Photo courtesy of Sal Moden) A really great day for all involved in this ‘new’ ride from the venue at Beachamwell in Breckland, Norfolk. Ride Organisers Ellie Head and David Rogers together with a willing and efficient team thanked the Gods for the perfect competition weather.

Competitors came from far afield to this lovely area and all are hoping to return next year!

Brett Corcoran attended with Harry Ingram who was riding one of Brett’s young horses.  Alice Beet riding her new novice horse Alfi Moon came up trumps with a grade 1 (first outing) and a win as part of the Pilgrim’s Team Challenge accompanied by Katie Bedwin (Burfield Red Dragon)  Many Yarnold (Penhwnllys Samala De Mons) T Herriot (Red House Shalim).

The going was good and it was really quite a fast route for those that required it. The fine weather and camaraderie at this ride will certainly make this ride memorable for those lucky enough to attend.

Category:UK Rides:General

The South East storms through!The South East storms through! - (Published:23 August 2014)

Over the weekend 9th and 10th August a large number of riders, crews and horses converged on Barbury Castle to take part in this year’s interregional championships.


This year saw the organisation of the competition being taken on by Jo and Peter Claridge. A new format was introduced this year with up to 8 riders representing their regions. The classes are chosen to represent the wide range of experience and ability levels within the Groups. This means that EGB gives the opportunity for junior and young riders to ride against adult riders; novice riders and horses completing 32km GER to be in a team with advanced riders & horses who were competing in 101km CER. Is there any another equine discipline which offers this type of competition?

Saturday saw the IR competitors riding in the CER classes and the 2 day 80 GER riders doing their first loop with an overnight vet hold. The weather was just perfect dry with a light breeze and not too hot. The very generous sized hold areas and the segregation of the FEI and National classes meant that crewing in the vet holds was largely a stress free event. 

Katie Bedwin on Burfield Red Dragon

The arrival of former tropical storm Bertha early on Sunday morning at the venue had been widely predicted but we escaped the worst of the weather. We had periods of persistent rain in the morning interspersed with dry spells and the brisk breeze ensured that by lunchtime the worst of the weather had passed through.  The venue was much quieter as the FEI participants had gone home.  The 2 day 80 GER riders went out and rode their second loop and the final shorter distance three GER classes took place. 

The groups then had a nail biting wait for the results to be calculated and checked. This wait however gave an opportunity for friends from different groups to renew acquaintances.  Finally the wait was over and Jo Claridge announced the winners for the Interregional trophy and various class specific awards.  The South East team came first, the South West second and Offa's Dyke third. These two teams were tied on points and their final position decided by the results of Class 4. The South East group’s Kate Curry was the highest points rider in Class 11 65km GER and her fabulous horse Doyenne won the best veteran.  Also representing the South East Katie Bedwin won the highest points Junior/young rider award 

Huge congratulations to everyone that took part and a big thank you to Jo and Peter Claridge for organising the competition.

Category: General


Endurance GB needs YOUEndurance GB needs YOU - (Published:21 August 2014)

Dear Members
Your Board is constantly seeking to improve how best to deliver your needs as Members of Endurance GB, and we’re now writing now to explain how we believe you can help.

As you know the Board comprises 15 Members; currently there are four vacant positions and three existing Directors are due to retire at the AGM in November having completed their 3 year terms. Consequently we have an urgent need to attract experienced and skilled new blood to continue the valuable and challenging work that the Board is doing on your behalf.

One significant change that we have been debating for some time is the size and function of the Board. We feel that the interests of Endurance GB, our sport and yourselves might best be served by a smaller number of 10-12 Directors responsible for more specifically defined functions and responsibilities, supported closely by an enhanced Committee structure with greater involvement of our Members. A closer connection and involvement with the Regional Groups is also seen as highly desirable. Clearly any major change in our governance would require our Constitution to be modified, so it is something that the Membership would need to debate and then vote upon at an Extraordinary General Meeting if thought appropriate.

In the meantime, with the approaching need for nominations and elections for the Board prior to the AGM, we thought it would be helpful to Members if we outlined the qualities and skills needed by your Board Members, and especially those that we would like to attract and strengthen for the coming year to help deliver the Endurance GB Strategy and Operating Plan. This is not intended to frighten people off, but to encourage suitably qualified Members to put themselves forward, or have their arms twisted, to stand for these important roles and responsibilities.

Being a Board Member represents a significant commitment and demand on people’s time and one not to be taken on lightly. However it is not beyond the reach of any Member with the necessary skills and can be most enjoyable and personally rewarding. As well as having their own specialised business, professional and life skills and a good knowledge of endurance at all levels, your Directors need to be flexible, committed to hard work and driven to meet tight deadlines, shouldering their fair share of Board duties. They also need to generate and be receptive to new ideas, improvements and change so that our Organisation continues to develop and grow. Experience of strategic thinking, team working and reaching sound corporate decisions within a professional Board/Committee environment is essential, as is the ability to listen, communicate rationally and be diplomatic.

Specifically this year we feel that the Board needs to attract people who can contribute significantly towards the following four specific roles:

·         National and International rides and rules;

·         PR, marketing , communications and sponsorship;

·         IT systems development and implementation;

·         financial strategy and fundraising.

Members will have the opportunity to assess how individual candidates contribute towards these different roles before voting by reading their election manifestos.

So if you would like to help Endurance GB and think you have some of the qualities and skills needed to be a Board Member, or know someone who has, please start preparing your nomination now. Clearly not every candidate will have all of the above qualities, skills and experience. The key to the future success of Endurance GB is to have a well balanced, proactive and forward thinking Board with the professional skills needed to develop our Organisation and sport at all levels. We look forward to seeing a healthy crop of Members willing and able to take up this important challenge for the behalf of all.

Board of Directors of Endurance GB: 20 August 2014


Don't Forget Three Rivers 6th and 7th SeptemberDon't Forget Three Rivers 6th and 7th September - (Published:20 August 2014)

The Three Rivers ride this year is on the 6th and 7th September. Entries close on the 25th August. Please support his long standing ride.


Come and enjoy the three counties - the best of Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire will be seen and enjoyed by all. The spectacular views, the great uninterrupted going, lovely venue and warm welcome makes this ride so special.

Don't miss it - enter now and have a great weekend.

Category:UK Rides

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Home International 2014CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Home International 2014 - (Published:19 August 2014)

Congratulations to ENGLAND (Chef d'equipe Maggie Pattinson) - winners of the 2014 Home International and WALES (Chef d'equipe Sue Higgins) winners of the 2014 Celtic Challenge.


Every year the four nations battle it out at the Home International and
Celtic Challenge competition. 2014 was no exception and teams travelled to
the borders of Scotland to see who could win the prestigious trophy.

It was an exciting but busy weekend had by all, with combinations competing
in classes from 40km Novice all the way up to the 2day 160km CER. The aim is
for each team to get all their horses home and sound in the quickest time
The course was by no means easy but was excellently marked and showed
competitors some amazing views across the borders of Scotland and
After a lot of hard work by everyone, the results were announced on the
Sunday evening and they were as follows;

Home International

1st England
2nd Wales
3rd Scotland
4th Ireland.

Celtic Challenge
1st Wales
2nd Scotland...
3rd Ireland.

Best Turned Out
1st Scotland
2nd England
3rd Wales
4th Ireland

There were also many individual successes that included Katie Bedwin and
Elayla coming 2nd in their first 2day 160km class and being first Celtic
Challenge/ Home International Horse home. Jackie Lloyd and Zim Nazka winning
the 2 day 120km class and Jessica Sedgwick winning the Novice 40km class.

Katie Bedwin and Elayla
Thanks to SERC for running such a brilliant championships. It was a great
weekend and well done to everyone that competed!
Category:General :International

Social Ride with excellent crewing opportunities! - (Published:15 August 2014)

Cotswold EGB will be running a social ride on Sunday 14th September 2014.

Starting between 11.00 and 12.30 pm.



From Woolstone Farm, Woolstone,  Faringdon, SN7 7QW, up and across The Ridgeway and on and on……….. You will be given a map and talk-round and be counted out and back.


An approximately 16 mile route will include the chance to call in 2 top class hostelries for refreshments.


A shorter, approximately 10 mile route, will return via The White Horse Inn, Woolstone for refreshments. 


If you would like to join us please contact Chris Wensley by phone on 01235 751426 or 07766 280114, or e-mail: Wensley_chris@yahoo.co.uk.


The cost will be:


£11.00 for EGB members (and for Woolstone Farm livery people).


£16.00 for EGB non-members.


We hope to see you there.

Category:Whats On

Good Luck to all at the Home International!Good Luck to all at the Home International! - (Published:15 August 2014)

The 2014 Scottish Championships are based in the village of Yetholm which has the advantage of giving riders extended access to the wonderful routes through the Cheviots.


The Home International and Celtic Challenge Team Events have been incorporated into the Championships and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the Borders .




For more information from the HI website click here 

Category:General :International


WEG  Endurance Team GBR Definite Entries WEG Endurance Team GBR Definite Entries - (Published:14 August 2014)

Endurance GB are pleased to announce that the following riders have been chosen to represent EGB at WEG:

Annie Joppe                                       Dilmun

Beth Langley                                      HS Ametista

Annette Masterson                          Millennium Chorus

Catriona Moon                                  Leila

Anna Williams                                   Crystal Wissam

Reserve is Carri Ann Dark and Kate’s Mate

Please support your team #supportingTeamGBR 


Category:General :Internationa :World

Letter from FEI 1st Vice President John McEwen on Endurance‏ Letter from FEI 1st Vice President John McEwen on Endurance‏ - (Published:12 August 2014)

Please find below a National Federation Update issued by John McEwen, 1st Vice President of the FEI.  The update covers the changes to the FEI rules that have been made in line with the recommendations of the Endurance Strategic Planning Group (ESPG).  Some of you will know that Andrew Finding, CEO of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), chaired the Endurance Strategic Planning Group (ESPG) on behalf of the FEI. 

The update also highlights a number of initiatives that have been put in place over and above the normal protocols at the World Equestrian Games later this month.    

Over the last few months the Board of EGB has been working closely with the BEF to ensure that EGB plays its part in implementing the excellent work undertaken by the BEF, the ESPG and the FEI.  We applaud the recommendations of the ESPG and the resultant strengthening of the FEI rules.  The update from John McEwen includes a link to a brochure that will help to spread awareness of the rule changes.

Dear colleagues, 

I am writing to you in my role as 1st Vice President of the FEI with responsibility for the discipline of Endurance. You will recall that in June this year, the FEI Bureau, in order to more formally recognise HRH Princess Haya’s previously stated potential conflict of interest with regard to the discipline, voted unanimously to grant responsibility for overseeing Endurance to me, as 1st Vice President, during HRH Princess Haya’s term of office. 

As you are all well aware, Endurance is a discipline that has had its share of challenges in recent times and I wanted to write to all those involved in the sport on the back of the important new rule changes that came into effect on 1 August 2014 and ahead of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy.   

The rule changes which include athlete penalties for equine injuries, extended rest periods and the involvement of independent governance advisors, are in line with the recommendations made by the Endurance Strategic Planning Group (ESPG) and are a great step forward for horse welfare and fair play. We strongly believe they address the key issues that the discipline has been facing.  

Established over a year ago in July 2013, the ESPG was independent of the FEI and included officials, vets and athletes with international experience in Endurance. As part of its in-depth review of Endurance, the ESPG consulted extensively with the discipline’s participants and National Federations worldwide. The result of the Group’s work was 41 recommendations together with a five-year strategic plan. The ESPG was disbanded on completion of its final report and its recommendations formed the basis of new rules that came into effect on 1 August 2014. 

The FEI and the National Federations have consistently stressed the importance of putting the new rules in place as soon as possible rather than waiting for a vote at the FEI General Assembly in December, which would have meant delaying implementation until 1 January 2015. So, under Article 20.3 of the FEI Statutes and bearing in mind the positive implications for horse welfare of the changes, the Bureau exercised its right to pass resolutions that are normally voted on at the General Assembly. 

The values of horse welfare, clean sport and integrity were prioritised throughout the ESPG report. The FEI strongly supports the ESPG in its call for all those involved with Endurance, from the FEI, to National Federations and the participants, to recognise our individual and collective responsibilities towards horse welfare and the integrity and reputation of the sport. 

I ask that each of you, as your national governing body, share this letter with the Endurance athletes registered with your Federation, the officials and all involved with the discipline in your region.

 Not only is it important that these rule changes are now in place, it is also critical to the future health of the discipline that there is greater awareness of the commitment to address the issues that Endurance has faced and our determination to overcome them. To help spread awareness, we have produced a brochure – Endurance 2014-15, Delivering a safe and fair sport – which can be viewed online here. Print versions are available on request and will also be readily available at the Games in Normandy. The brochure outlines not only our commitment to horse welfare but also how Endurance is one of the fastest growing equine sports and a discipline we should be proud of.

 We have also put on the website a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions which are designed to address both general and specific issues raised with the FEI regarding Endurance in recent months.

 The eyes of the equestrian world will be on us at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy and we also hope to attract a much wider audience, both onsite and across global media, so it is our joint-responsibility to ensure that we have a safe and a fair Games across all our disciplines.

 In addition, and specifically for Endurance, a number of initiatives have been put in place, over and above the normal protocols, to help each of your athletes achieve their goals in an open and transparent environment.

 Here are the main items we have introduced for the competition at Sartilly:

 ·         Fixed and roving video surveillance of the Endurance Stables (24/7), the cooling area and rest areas on competition day.

·         Fixed video surveillance on the entrance to the Vet inspection area and each of the 12 trot-up lanes.

·         All video recordings will be in high definition, recorded continuously and with the possibility to produce individual, HD and colour pictures from the recordings.

·         The Control Unit for the video surveillance is manned continuously and there will be radio contact between an FEI 4* Judge positioned in the Control Unit and the FEI Officials on the Field of Play.

·         Tamperproof GPS units on both the athlete and the horse to provide FEI Officials with a record of the route and distances covered by a combination during the day of competition.

·         Approved FEI Vet Gate Timing system that sends horses to Vet Lanes in strict order of arrival time into the Vet Inspection area, removing any perceived conflict of interest as horses will be automatically diverted away from own nation Veterinary Officials.

·         Approved Heart Rate System programmed to comply with the new Heart Rate Protocol, in the rules from 1 August 2014, to ensure equal timed assessment across all horses.

·         Additional FEI Officials, in excess of those required per the rules.

·         The FEI will be testing more horses in Normandy across all disciplines than at any previous edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™.

·         The FEI is also offering a Pre-Arrival Testing facility for all horses in the run-up to the Games in Normandy, as we did for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.


I am confident that these measures will ensure a safe and fair sport in Normandy, and am greatly looking forward to being with you in Sartilly. I know that together we will produce a really wonderful day of Endurance sport on 28 August, and beyond.



John McEwen

FEI 1st Vice President

Category:General :International :World

Another fabulous Lindum over for another year!Another fabulous Lindum over for another year! - (Published:09 August 2014)

Congratulations to all the Lindum winners! Classes from 5k to 170k meant there was a class or two for everyone! The weather was warm - so was the welcome.

The highpoint winner over five days was Ruth Chadwick and the lovely Aragorn they were also the runner up in the Topspec Spirit.

 Lauren Mills and Oakleaze Czarko who was the winner of theTopSpec Spirit - 170kCER over 3 days. Lauren also was the highest placed young rider and so was the winner of a voucher from the Worshipful Company of Saddlers.

The winner of the 3day Lindum Trekker was again Julie Martin but this year she was riding  Silva Quartz, owned by Emma Martin.

Amber Sole and Basford Showman completed the Lindum Epic, their first 120k in a single day, both looked as if they could go round again!

The event was enjoyed by riders from all over the country and was supported by many generous sponsors, which was appreciated by all the winners.


Lauren's first visit to Lindum left her rather overwhelmed!

'The prize giving was rather phenomenal and we nearly had to leave Czarko behind in order to pack our winnings! Huge thanks to TopSpec and TORQ for a lovely selection of prizes including a Thermatex rug, TopSpec feed/supplements and the delicious TORQ energy/recovery products that help me survive all of my competitive kilometres.

 Thank you to all the volunteers and organisers for giving us a great weekend.


Category:UK Rides

EGB member Wendy is on her way!EGB member Wendy is on her way! - (Published:09 August 2014)

Wendy Chung has been training with UKCC Level 3 coach Rachael Claridge for the past 3 months ahead of the 1000km, 10 day Mongolian Derby ride which started last week.

Wendy, a former polo player from London contacted Rachael during the Golden Horse Shoe ride and asked if she could train along alongside her each weekend until the race. Riding Rachael's horses on the Beaufort Estate and Jo & Pete Claridge's on Bodmin Moor Wendy was put through a challenging training regime to prepare her for 120kms each day on up to 25 horses over the duration of the event. Wendy competed at Boconnoc and Penpont as part of her training as a 'novice' rider and hopes to qualify to 'open' upon her return with aspirations for CERs in the near future under Rachael's guidance.

To follow Wendy's progress please log onto http://www.theadventurists.com/mongolian-derby/ and http://www.rachaelclaridge.com/blog to view Wendy's training blog




Congratulations to our new Northern Champion for 2014Congratulations to our new Northern Champion for 2014 - (Published:08 August 2014)

The Northumberland and Tyneside group first ran the Northern Championships  in 2002, it was  a 123km Endurance ride, run over one day and had 10 starters.  The class continued to be run as part of The Hexhamshire Trophy Ride.

But in 2014 it was the group’s turn to host the Northern Championships once again.  Once again it was part of  the Hexham Ride but for the first time the ride was over 2 days  and  the Championship class was a 110km CER.

The class was kindly sponsored by GLB Wood fuels who provide wood pellet bedding and Torq who provided a wonderful selection of  their energy drinks and bars.

There were  5 starters:

Sue Headland and Al Masa,
Julie Martin and Ghalib Zafir,
 Karen Corr and Delfyw Squwiggle,
Robert Newall and Loti du Caussanel
Rachel Sykes and Djoval.

From very early on Sue and Robert opened up a lead on the first day and came into the overnight hold at 45km together.  Followed by Julie,  Karen and Rachel. 

Al Masa and Loti were presented at the same time which gave almost a 20 minute lead for Sunday morning’s start.  Unfortunately Julie had to withdraw on the Sunday morning as she had been unwell overnight.

 The midway vet gate on day 2 saw Sue and Robert arrive together with Al Masa being presented 20 seconds ahead.  Both horses were safely through the vet gate with Squwiggle about 12 minutes behind and another 10 minutes to Djoval.

A racing finish was expected back at the venue but Sue held back to let Northumberland & Tyneside member Robert Newall and French bred Loti du Caussanel  take the glory.  This was Al Masa’s first attempt at a CER and Sue didn’t want to push her luck racing to the line. 
Karen and Rachel came over the line shortly afterwards to take 3rd and 4th place.

Hexham is a true endurance ride but the sometimes demanding terrain did not prevent these four horses completing successfully and finishing well.

Photo by m-n-g photography


Category:UK Rides

Welcome to the New Endurance GB WebsiteWelcome to the New Endurance GB Website - (Published:05 August 2014)

We hope you like what we have done, but as with anything new, please be patient until you have found your way around. Here are a few hints and tips:

1. If you previously had a log on to the old site, the same password will work here. Simply click on the "login" link in the menu bar. If you have forgotten your password, click on the reset link on the login form and follow the instructions. If you are still unable to login, please contact us on admin@endurancegb.co.uk

2. Once logged in you will have access to your account as before and can edit your details, manage your horses and entered rides through the familiar membership forms.

3. To access the Forum, you must first login here - you will then find the forum on the "Members" menu. You will automatically be signed into the forum. All previous threads and conversations have been brought over to the new site.

4.One of the major changes is the introduction of a site wide search facility. So if you can't find what you are looking for via the menus, try the search box at the top right of every page.

5. The new site is designed to be mobile device friendly. Much of the site will work well even on small screen smart phones. However, there are some areas of the site that we have had to bring in from the older site, such as the  membership management forms and these still require a larger screen to use properly. We will be working to make more of the site mobile friendly over the coming months.

6. The new website takes advantage of several modern web technologies to deliver a good user experience. In order to use the site, please make sure that your browser is up to date as we cannot guarantee it will work in older browsers.

Please post any comments, ideas for improvements or minor issues with the site in the Forum and we will address them as quickly as we can. If you have a major issue, such as being unable to enter ride, please contact us on admin@endurancegb.co.uk.

Calling Junior and Young Riders.......Calling Junior and Young Riders....... - (Published:30 July 2014)

Applications are now being accepted for this years Junior and Young Rider Camp. This event is open to all full Endurance GB Junior and Young Riders between the ages of 12-21 years.


Event: Young Rider Endurance Summer Camp
Date: 11th August 2014- 15th August 2014
Venue: Willowcroft Equestrian, Sandpit Lane, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN15 9JG

Riding instruction and coaching for the endurance competition with Endurance Level 3 Coaches
Veterinary input will be: getting the best out of your vetting and most common metabolic problems in the endurance horse
Nutrition and weighing
Farriers session on foot balance
Training techniques and equine massage workshop
Evening activities will include games (weather dependent of course)
The cost per horse and rider will be £175 which will include all camping, corralling, food, coaching sessions and activities. If horses require stabling then this will be an additional cost, with the venue 

For an application form please email Ann Dark - YR Liaison Email anndark@endurancegb.co.uk

Category:General :YR Squad

Welcome back!Welcome back! - (Published:30 July 2014)

The EGB Board of Directors would like to welcome back the two YR's who represented Great Britain at the recent European Endurance Championships in Verona, Italy.


Alice Loten and Brett Corcoran both did themselves proud, Alice and Warrens Hill Kismet came a creditable 20th and Brett deciding to pull out at VG3 when his horse, Bashir Shamyr, did not quite feel himself. A full report to follow. Many thanks to all concerned who supported both these riders, parents, SMT and crews

Category:YR Squad :General


Wessex YR Alice Loten was competing in the YR European Championships in Verona, Italy last weekendWessex YR Alice Loten was competing in the YR European Championships in Verona, Italy last weekend - (Published:30 July 2014)

Many congratulations to Alice and Warren's Hill Kizmet, who completed successfully in 20th place.  Alice has sent this report on her experience ........


Kizmet and I finished 20th in the Young Rider European Championships on Saturday. It was a very enjoyable ride but tough as many horses were vetted out. The temperature rose to 33 degrees during the last couple of loops and we rode the last loop completely alone. The start at 5:30am just as it was getting light was amazing and it felt wonderful to be a part of it. Kizmet was fantastic, she took everything in her stride, she travelled all the way there and back with no issues at all. We had a superb team supporting us and we couldn't have done it without them. My parents got held up crewing a couple of times so when we came into the vet gate everyone got involved to help us through. It was an incredible experience to compete in an international ride and at Championship level, it has also given me a greater appreciation for Kizmet, she performed exceptionally but also was a pleasure to handle and travel. 

 Category:YR Squad :International



The revised Tripartite Agreement (TPA) governing the movement of certain categories of horses between the UK, Ireland and France comes into force on 18 May 2014.


What is the TPA?
The TPA is a derogation (agreement to amend) to the European Community Regulation governing the movement of horses. The agreement is between the Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) of the three signatory countries, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland. The CVOs must be assured that it is effective in managing and tracing movements of horses to control the spread of disease.

The TPA enables horses which are of demonstrably higher health status than the general horse population, and therefore at lower risk of transmitting disease, to travel under the TPA without veterinary health certification.

TPABriefing Notes


GBR Endurance squad announced for World Equestrian GamesGBR Endurance squad announced for World Equestrian Games - (Published:30 July 2014)

Endurance GB has today announced their squad for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which takes place in Normandy, France (23 August – 7 September, with the endurance competition taking place 27-28 August in Sartilly).


The selected team comprises (in alphabetical order):


· Annie Joppe (56) from Goonhavern, Cornwall riding her own Dilmun

· Beth Langley (23) from Uttoxeter, Staffordshire riding Mrs Cate Langley’s HS Ametista

· Annette Masterson (44) from Staffordshire Moorlands riding Mrs Ann Harrison’s Millenium Chorus

· Catriona Moon (32) from Howardian Hills, North Yorkshire riding her own Leila

· Anna Williams (29) from Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire riding Mrs Jane Williams’ Crystal Wissam

The non-travelling reserves are (in ranked order):


· Abigail Tennant (24) from Holme Lacey, Hereford riding Delwyn Hall’s Barik

· Carri Ann Dark (23) from Near Devizes, Wiltshire riding her own Kates Mate

· Annette Masterson riding her own El Sabio

Chef d’Equipe Andrea Baker, commented; “This year sees a complete mix of experienced riders and those progressing on from Young Rider level. It’s exciting for some of the young riders selected as this will be there first senior championships; whilst all five boast previous championship experience for GBR. There’s a great team network behind the squad and we’re looking forward to the final push to this summer’s competition.”


Chef de Mission, Will Connell commented; “Equestrian Team GBR were well represented at the Test Event in 2013 so they will have a good understanding of what lies ahead of them. They have prepared professionally and I wish the riders, their crews and the team staff an enjoyable and successful Games."


Endurance GB is also pleased to welcome two Team Sponsors. 

Pioneer Endurance (www.pioneerendurance.com) have supplied five endurance bridles, one for each of the selected horses at WEG (see the Pioneer website for a photo).  TORQ Fitness (www.torqfitness.co.uk) are also supporting the riders with their nutritional performance products.  Sue Broughton, Chair of EGB's International Committee commented : "We are extremely grateful to Pioneer Endurance and TORQ for their generous support.  Their contribution will further enhance our contribution to WEG as a team".  The details of other sponsors will be announced in due course.


The riders commented on their selection;


Annie Joppe: “It’s like a dream come true, I’m just over the moon. It’s been a whole team effort; I’ve known my crew for a long time and we’ve been working as a team for several years now, so huge thanks to them and especially to my husband. Dil [Dilmun] is an absolute superstar, I’ve brought him up through the ranks and he really is a horse of a lifetime and it will be my second Championship with him. We’ve been working for so long and training so hard and it’s all come together – now we just have to do the job.”


Beth Langley: “It’s my pony’s sixth championships having come up through Young Riders with her, but it’s our first senior Championships so I’m so pleased. It feels completely different to Young Riders but what I’ve been preparing for; really excited about being part of the bigger GB team, I’m definitely going to try and watch other sports out there. My family [who are also Beth’s crew] have never missed a ride and will be out at WEG with me; it’s great to have such great support and backing, and from my sponsors as well.”


Annette Masterson: “Very pleased and honoured to be selected and I’m really looking forward to representing Great Britain out in Normandy. It will be my third championships but I think it will be very special because it’s a WEG. Lenny is a half-brother to El Sabio [Annette’s reserve horse] and will be competing at his second championships, after the Europeans last year.”


Catriona Moon: “I am absolutely thrilled; I’d been shortlisted for Jerez (2002) and Aachen (2006), and had to pull out before Kentucky qualifying so for fourth time round, to make it is indescribable. This is the one I’ve been trying for, it’s just amazing. To have mum there [Jackie Moon, who is head crew for Catriona] is just going to be extra special, and also to be alongside my best mate from university, who’s been crewing for me since 2001, Zofia [also part of Catriona’s crew], is going to be amazing.”


Anna Williams: “I’m absolutely chuffed to bits, it’s been a long journey and I’m really very, very happy. It’s my first senior championships; it’s always something you strive for, to represent your country, and WEG does have a special atmosphere. To see it from a riders take will be a whole different thing; last year we decided to move back to the UK from Switzerland, it definitely feels now that we made the right decision. I owe a huge thanks to my parents, how they’ve supported my move back to the UK and my aim for WEG, and to the whole of my crew. It doesn’t get better than this, it’s the pinnacle, it’s breath-taking.”


All riders compete as individuals at the Championships, as well as representing Great Britain in the team competition. The one-day competition is set over a distance of 160km and sees five vet checks during the course - horses must be declared fit at the pre-ride vetting and each vet gate in order to progress.

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 official Team GBR suppliers Dodson and Horrell, Land Rover, Mears Country Jackets, NAF, NuuMed, Point Two Equine, Tagg Equestrian and Toggi.


For all press enquiries please contact Pippa Wade (pippa.wade@bef.co.uk / 07595 763908 / 02476698877) or Fiona Videla of EGB (fionavidela@me.com / 07841 143032)


Images of selected riders are available on request. Athlete biographies can be located on the Equestrian Team GBR website.


Rider & Horse detail:

*Denotes British bred


Reserve Rider & Horse detail:


W: www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk

F:  EquestrianTeamGBR

T: @TeamGBR


W: www.endurancegb.co.uk

F: Endurance GB

T: @EnduranceGB


Further information about the athletes and the competition format at the World Equestrian Games can be located on the Equestrian Team GBR website.


The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) takes place in the region of Normandy, France from Saturday 23 August to Sunday 7 September 2014. Eight disciplines (dressage, eventing, jumping, para-equestrian dressage, vaulting, driving, reining and endurance) compete at a World Equestrian Games, which this year takes place across three locations – Caen, Sartilly and Haras du Pin.


For more information about the 2014 World Equestrian Games visit: www.normandy2014.com


PHOTOS, photos , we need your photos!PHOTOS, photos , we need your photos! - (Published:30 July 2014)

Once again we are on the hunt to find photos that capture the atmosphere and spirit of Endurance.


So please send in your photos over the season and let us all enjoy them. 

Photos need to be landscape preferably and the file should be 1 - 2mb jpeg files.

All photos will be acknowledged, 
all photos selected will be credited, 
all photos will need a signed T&C document (see below) 

Please forward to jenig2012@hotmail.co.uk 

Thank you - look forward to seeing the fabulous photos!

T's and C's


Category:General :International

It's never too early to start planning for next year!It's never too early to start planning for next year! - (Published:30 July 2014)

Endurance rides come in all shapes and sizes, but for very good reasons Golden Horseshoe stands out as ‘something special’ to aim and train for.


Challenge and joy at Golden Horseshoe 2014

Endurance rides come in all shapes and sizes, but for very good reasons Golden Horseshoe stands out as ‘something special’ to aim and train for. Traditionally staged in mid-May on a Monday and Tuesday, many members ask why it isn’t just a usual weekend ride, run in the summer when the weather is better, and horses fitter?

Set in the heart of Exmoor at Exford – to showcase the best of challenging Exmoor- there is no fast main road in or out. Historically many riders have decided to make a holiday break, staying on after the ride. Renting a holiday cottage/stable/turnout for the week (Saturday to Saturday) can be more cost effective, and give more freedom, than B&B (or youth hostel) for rider/family/crew for the duration of the ride. Camping at this time of year is only for the very hardy, and only permitted at certified locations within the National Park – so no camping/corralling at the venue – as one of the highest and most exposed points you wouldn’t want to anyway! The month of May has been judiciously chosen – between winter hunting/shooting and summer holiday makers.

For those who just can’t stay on Exmoor/take time off work’ Sunday 11th May 2014 offered both the 25km Pleasure Ride, 40km GER (including Novice and ‘Try Before You Buy’) – as well as the first day of Exmoor Extra (3x40km). The ever-popular PR continues to attract big numbers of local riders, and EGB members and non-members from further afield in the South West. All really enjoy the chance to ride parts of the Golden Horseshoe route – the easier bits of course

For those with novice horses, or from flatter parts of the country, the PR, or 40km, are a useful introduction to the steep hills, stoney and boggy going of Exmoor, together with river crossings, wild cattle, sheep and ponies - sorting out if rider/horse have the resilience and resourcefulness to be a ‘successful Horseshoe competitor’ in subsequent years.

Exmoor is a challenge in itself, as Organiser Barbara Wigley will attest. Renowned for its high rainfall, rain/mud/vehicles at the venue, 2014 was no exception! But every cloud has a silver lining…. riding from stable to venue proves good protection against tying-up, high heart rates and initial stiffness…

The table below shows final results after penalty points of this year’s Golden Horseshoe with a good numbers of entries in the Exmoor Experience (40+40) and the 40km classes but disappointingly few riders in the ‘big classes’ – The Golden Horseshoe 2x80km, The Exmoor Stag 80+40km and Exmoor Extra (40+40+40). The awards, unique to GHS (Gold/Silver/Bronze/ Completion) are based on riding speed (lower for Novices) with a penalty for pulse over 55bpm which reduces the award level (Gold to Silver, Silver to Bronze etc).

As Becka Northover tells below - Joy was shared by the vast majority of those involved (competitors, crew, helpers and spectators alike) who for their own reasons enjoyed GHS – in parts or whole – not necessarily those who went away with awards. We hope those without the ‘hoped-for’ awards this year, together with those who want ‘to go further’ will be back in 2015 for the 50th iconic Golden Horseshoe.

Becka says “I love riding at GHS, not only the scenery and route challenges but the camaraderie and support from the organisers and all the helpers is amazing (also the Church ladies’ cakes are amazing - take some pennies!). The route has the most wonderful views, although you do have to remind yourself to look up at times! The route is tough, challenging but not impossible, I was warned off attempting the GHS as the route would be 'too challenging' for me, and yes it's great if you can hop on and off for gates, but it is achievable, even for a disabled rider! The sense of achievement for having made it round (pass or fail, gold, silver or bronze) is immeasurable; I am still glowing inside from the ride. You make great friends at GHS on the route and off, your crew really are made to feel part of it as well. But don't treat it like any other ride, it deserves respect! Try and make a holiday out of it if you can, go down for a week, a few days beforehand to acclimatise and a few days to recover before going home and you will enjoy it even more. Train at home as best you can, stony tracks, steep up and downhill’s, river crossings, gates with rope over them, wet, deep ground will all help to get you and your horse as ready as possible - then go there and enjoy, breathe the fresh moor air, take in the stunning scenery and be at one with your horse”.

Category:General :UK Rides


News from the Iceni Group about the remaining rides this seasonNews from the Iceni Group about the remaining rides this season - (Published:30 July 2014)

The last competitive rides offered this season by the Iceni group are running fun team challenges within the published schedule.


They are taking place at the PILGRIM'S TRAIL at Beachamwell,Norfolk on 24th August and at the BOYTON HALL ride 6/7 September Boyton Hall Equine Centre, Monks Eleigh.

More information on the PILGRIM'S TEAM CHALLENGE can be found on the EGB Iceni website where the rules appear in full for your consideration.

Why not have a go and give your GER an added dimension? Link up with others to form a team and give yourselves a 'Team Name'.If you are entering the ride anyway a team may be formed on the day.

Special team rosettes and awards. We hope to see you there.


Category:UK Rides

Come and enjoy a weekend at BonhamCome and enjoy a weekend at Bonham - (Published:30 July 2014)

Come and enjoy the last weekend of August on the beautiful Wilts/Dorset/Somerset borders close to A303 near Mere!

From Bonham airfield - on Saturday we have a 16km ‘Pink’ Pleasure Ride – maybe 2 circuits for the fit horse? (organised by Claire Richards) in the fabulous Stourhead woodlands. See Wessex Group website for details/entry form. And on Sunday the magnificent Bonham ride with a range of classes. Bonham is renowned for its lovely mix of woodland tracks and grassy downland with plenty of cantering opportunities – a real gem in the EGB calendar.

We’re aiming to have different routes for 16km on Saturday and Sunday, and the longer routes are substantially different. 

Five star camping facilities - with flush loos, shower and kitchen – come and join the party! 

Enter early to avoid disappointment as entries are strictly limited.


Category:UK Rides

The Wolfgar Vet Group has sent another update on Hugh SalmonThe Wolfgar Vet Group has sent another update on Hugh Salmon - (Published:29 July 2014)

Excellent news in the link below about Hugh's recovery from his heart surgery - all the best to Hugh, Ruth and family from all at EGB!!

Hugh, Ruth, David and Charlie are very grateful for your support and good wishes, but respectfully ask for privacy at this time.

Wolfgar Vets


2014 England Home International Squad2014 England Home International Squad - (Published:29 July 2014)

The 2014 Home International Squad travel to Scotland for this year’s competition – 3 days of celebrations in Town Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.



The Squad Management are:

Maggie Pattinson – Chef d’Equipe          Lorraine BrownAsst Chef d’Equipe

Jo Woodman – Team Vet           Liz Hadland – Team Physio

The Squad would like to take this opportunity to thank sponsors so far:

Akala Arabians (Andy & Nicky Thorne), EGB, Raid Equestrian and 2Point Air Jackets

Alison House/Aberllyd Briar Rose                   Katie Bedwin/Elayla
Tracy Thompson/Just Giles                               Jackie Lloyd/Zim Nazka
Sally Toye/Emira bint Latifa                              Bridget Brown/Murphy
Carol Chapman/Silver Prince Sadik                Catherine Hood/Silvretta Athlete
Ann-Marie Pelc/SA Sacred Spirit                      Sarah Thompson/Teadies Spirit
Jeanette Hopkins/Rannoch of Stanford          Tara Barker/Country Dooly Mixture
Rebecca Kinnarny/Seren Capella                     Katy Mellor/Sahir Opulence
Izzy Wilson/Gizmo                                              Carol Portlock/Kilbeg Flash




Want to try Endurance and make the most of the glorious weather and countryside with your horse ?Want to try Endurance and make the most of the glorious weather and countryside with your horse ? - (Published:29 July 2014)

This fantastic offer of a reduced half year membership from 1st July 2014 is a great way to get started.

The half year membership fees are: 

·         Full (senior) membership: £33 (full year is £55)

·         Non-Riding: £18 (full year is £30)

·         Young people (14 to 21): £27 (full year is £45)

·         Juniors (8 to 13): £21 (full year is £35)

·         Associate Members(AM) : £21 (full year is £35)


Log books are still £15 per horse (one-off) and horse registration is £15 per horse.


Half Year membership commences on 1st July, that is a half year member . You can enter rides on or after 1st July .  You will also receive the Endurance GB magazine.


“Full” half year members (excluding AM’s) receive all the other benefits such as entering rides at membership rates, access to the Forum  and voting at the AGM (if over 18), etc. 

Application can be made online or by post  . Please note all postal membership applications are subject to a £5 surcharge except for AM’s. 

Details and application forms can be found online  


The sad loss of the Chisholms' Grey MedlarThe sad loss of the Chisholms' Grey Medlar - (Published:29 July 2014)

It is with a very heavy and sad heart that I have to announce that my lovely Grey Medlar has lost his battle with an on going problem with colic and other complications over the last 2 months.

 We have been managing it but it has been heart-breaking to watch him lose condition and his joie de vivre that he always had. I was hoping for him to enjoy his retirement for many years as at 23 he was still relatively young. Hard to believe that it was only 2 years ago that he was EGB National Champion and a year ago I won my very last ride I did on him in the Veterans 80k ER at Three Rivers. He was truly a horse of a lifetime and touched many people’s hearts over the years. I will have a very sad heart for a long time to come.
 Jo (& Andrew) Chisholm



 Well done Steph Brown and Thay Stephenson's Simeric Smooth Criminal Well done Steph Brown and Thay Stephenson's Simeric Smooth Criminal - (Published:28 July 2014)

Linconshire based Steph Brown and Simeric Smooth Criminal (Reggie) recently completed their first two day 80km at North Norfolk. and, despite very hot conditions, the pair finished successfully with a completion at 11.1kph and received the Young Rider award from The Worshipful Company of Saddlers.

Steph, 22, has been riding Reggie for owner Thay Stephenson since he was 5 and last year took  him through his novice season. This year, his first as an open horse, he has already completed a couple of 64km rides, with the aim of upgrading to advanced at the end of the season. Reggie is a 16.2hh 7yo homebred PBA, and not the typical endurance model.  However, he loves his job and both Steph and he are tackling all their challenges with enthusiasm.


Nick's Demo - (Published:29 May 2014)

This is a summary of Nick's Demo

Successful weekend for the Brits abroad - (Published:08 September 2014)


A successful trip was had by the British contingent competing at Monpazier in the South of France on the 5th and 6th September over what can only be described as a tough, technical course with steep climbs and descents, hard stony tracks, deep sand, mud and lots of twists and turns. All the classes had large entries with a lot of professional riders competing from a variety of nations making it a truly International competitive event. Over the weekend the temperatures reached 30 degrees with very high humidity. 

In the CEI 3* 160km class Tricia Hirst with Madjin des Pins finished 8th at a speed of 17.36kph. The first loop was completed in complete darkness in the forest creating a challenging start to the day. 
Nikki Malcolm was competing in the CEI 2* 130km class on Radja Al Mels where they finished 4th at a speed of 19.43kph and completed the last loop at 25kph winning a racing finish with five other horses to claim 4th place.
Carol-Ann Smith Van Blerk was also competing in the same class and finished 51st at a very creditiable 15.98kph.
On the second day of the competition Georgina Hirst competed on Vlacq Bronze Image in the CEI 1* 90km class and finished 25th at an average speed of 17.4kph having completed the last loop at 21kph.     

General :International