Welcome to



                                      THE BRITISH HORSE FEEDS'                   


28th, 29th & 30th September 2018

About this Website

Welcome to the website for the British Horse Feeds' Red Dragon Festival of Endurance.


Below on this home page you will find (just scroll down to find them):

  • Information about off-site Overnight Corralling
  • Information about the National Championships
  • Videos of the Ride
  • A Summary of the Special Classes
  • The Opening and Closing Dates for Entries
  • A List of Sponsors and Awards
  • A list of Trade Stands
  • Details of Dragon Food and Bar (including a list of local pubs)

Under Classes you will find an overview of the classes for each of the three days followed by the rules and scoring methods for each of the Special Classes.

Under Entries and Results you will find the Entries and Results for the ride listed under the three separate days.  We will do our best to update these as regularly as possible, the entries in the run up to the event and the results during the course of the ride, although delays may occur subject to workload!!  We will also post updates on Twitter during the course of the three days.

Under the Ride Info menu item you will find:

 Under the Accom / Catering menu item you will find details of B&B, camping and food at the venue.  There is also a list of offsite B&B, stabling, hotels and self-catering establishments at the bottom of the page, with links to the relevant websites when known.

Under the Merchandise menu item you will find details of the branded clothing that is available either by pre-order for collection at the ride, or for purchase during the weekend.

Under Sponsors you will find additional information about our main sponsors with links to their website(s).  The logos on the right hand side of the home page also link to the relevant website.

Under the Downloads menu item you will find:

  • An Entry Form in Word format
  • An Entry Form in pdf format
  • The route map with distances to each checkpoint
  • A Google Earth image of the venue
  • A diagram of the venue

Postal entries can be made by sending the completed entry form and the appropriate cheque payable to "Endurance GB" to the Entries Secretary, whose address can be found by clicking on Contact Us.

If you have any questions about the British Horse Feeds' Red Dragon then please do Contact Us.  The organisers will be more than happy to answer any question, give advice or just have a chat about the event.

___________________________________Off-site overnight corralling is available___________________________________

Overnight corralling is not allowed at the venue.  However there is overnight corralling and camping available at off-site locations that are close to the venue.

We now have three farms that are offering camping and overnight corralling.

Click here to go to the Accommodation and Catering page to view the farms offering overnight corralling, which are highlighted in GREEN in the list.

____________________________Hosting Endurance GB's National Championships___________________________________

British Horse Feeds and the Organisers of the Red Dragon Festival of Endurance are extremely pleased to host Endurance GB's National Championships this year.

Click here for details of the National Championships or on the "Champs" item in the menu bar.

Please check the "Champs" page regularly for updates.


Title Sponsor - British Horse Feeds

The organisers are pleased to announce that British Horse Feeds have continued their long association with the Red Dragon by agreeing to be Title Sponsor for another two years.  Will I'Anson, Sales Director for British Horse Feeds said “I am so pleased that we are continuing our long association with this prestigious ride.  We look forward to the event continuing to grow and become even more popular as a celebration of endurance riding at all levels”.

British Horse Feeds supplies the Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet products.

British Horse Feeds are not only Title Sponsors but are also supporting the three main classes as follows:



The Speedi-Beet Red Dragon (2 x 80km CER)

The Fibre-Beet Dragon's Tail (80km CER + 42km GER)

The British Horse Feeds' Little Dragon (80km CER)


The prizes for EACH of these classes will be:


1st - A year's supply of feed (Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet vouchers)

2nd - A six month supply of feed (Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet vouchers)

3rd - A six month supply of feed (Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet vouchers)

  We very much welcome the sponsorship and support offered to the Red Dragon Festival of Endurance by British Horse Feeds.  
Ride Dates, Location and Thanks

Friday 28th September, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2018.

Please see below for more details of the opening & closing dates for entries.

Builth Wells, Powys, Royal Welsh Show Ground, LD2 3SY, OS Map Nos 147 & 148, Grid Ref SO040520.

The Organisers wish to thank all the landowners over whose land the ride runs; without their cooperation the ride would not be possible.

Thank you to all our sponsors and trade stand exhibitors for their support over the three days of the event.

Finally, our sincere gratitude goes to the army of volunteers and other workers that all come together to help run this ride year after year - your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Summary of the Special Classes

Six Special Classes are listed in the table below:

Class 8  Dragon's Tail Saturday: 80km CER, Sunday: 42km GER
Class 10 Golden Dragon      Saturday: 80km GER, Sunday: 42km GER
 Class 11 Dragon's Flame 130km GER (65+65), Saturday and Sunday
Class 1 Dragon's Days Friday: 42km GER, Saturday: 48km GER, Sunday: 36km GER
Class 14    Dragon's Egg Saturday: 42km GER, Sunday: 36km GER.  See note below.
   Dragon's Teams See below for more details

Dragon's Tail: The 80km CER on Saturday and the 42km GER on Sunday are separate classes and so distance and national trophy points are attributed to each separately.  However, the combination must complete both classes successfully to be eligible for the Dragon's Tail competition.

Golden Dragon: The 80km GER on Saturday and the 42km GER on Sunday are separate classes and so distance and national trophy points are attributed to each separately.  However, the combination must complete both classes successfully to be eligible for the Golden Dragon competition.

Dragon's Flame: A two day class, 65km GER + 65km GER, 130km in total, so both days must be completed successfully for distance and national trophy points to be attributed for the 130km distance.

Dragon's Days: A combination can pass the first class (on Friday) and be eliminated on the second day (on Saturday) - OR - pass the first two individual classes (on Friday and Saturday) and fail the third (on Sunday), but still have the distance and national trophy points attributed for the class or classes that were completed successfully. However, the combination must complete all three classes successfully to be eligible for the Dragon's Days competition.

Dragon's Egg: When entering this class as a NOVICE combination the online entries system will claim that you are not qualified for the class.  Please ignore this message and continue to pay for and therefore enter this class as it is definitely available to NOVICE combinations.  The 42km GER on Saturday and the 36km GER on Sunday are separate classes and so distance and national trophy points are attributed to each separately.  However, the combination must complete both classes successfully to be eligible for the Dragon's Egg competition.

Red Dragon's Teams: Dragon's Teams are made up of any four combinations regardless of class but only from those competing in classes on Saturday and Sunday.  Declarations of Teams are to be made by completing a form available from the ride office and can be submitted on the Friday of the event  or at the latest by 9.00am on Saturday.

More Information

More information about the Special Classes can be found on the Classes page.

Opening and Closing Dates for Entries



All entries open on Wednesday  1st August 2018

Postal entries close on Saturday 15th September 2018 (postmarked)

Online entries close at 23:59 on Saturday 15th September 2018



Late entries are not being accepted, either postal or online, so late entry fees do not apply.


Apologies if these dates seem a little far in advance of the first day of the ride.  The Organisers and Entries Secretary are taking this approach so that we can administer all the entries in time to be able to send out all the information packs on Wednesday 19th September.  In turn this means you will all receive your pack by the weekend BEFORE the event, giving the competitors plenty of time to digest the information and plan their weekend in Wales with their crews and supporters.

We much prefer online entries (click here) but are more than happy to accept postal entries using the special entry form that can be downloaded by clicking here (Word or PDF version).  Click on Contacts tor the name & address of the entries secretary.


We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in submitting your entries on time - and please spread the word to your friends who might not look at this website!

Sponsorship and Awards

We are grateful to the following companies and supporters of the British Horse Feeds' Red Dragon Festival of Endurance for their sponsorship:


British Horse Feeds: Title Sponsor

Performance Equestrian: Sponsors of the Golden Dragon

   TORQ Fitness: Sponsors of the Dragon's Days

  Saddle Exchange: Sponsors of the Dragon’s Egg


Prizes are also being donated by ALL OF THE OTHER TRADE STANDS (see separate list of Trade Stands below).



The Pioneer Endurance Presentation and Handling Award will be awarded for the Red Dragon and Little Dragon classes (which also applies to the first part of the Dragon’s Tail).  Presentation and handling will be judged at the initial vetting of both classes on the afternoon of Friday 29th September.

Thanks to everyone for their support.

Trade Stands

The following trade stands have booked space in the main office at the British Horse Feeds' Red Dragon Festival of Endurance this year.

Don't forget we also offer free tea & coffee in the Ride Office before, during and after the ride, so come and help yourself and browse the trade stands.  The bar will be open later in the afternoon too!!

British Horse Feeds


Performance Equestrian


Reactorpanel / Saddle Exchange



Hawthorn's Gift Shop

No Website

David Saunders Photography


Plas Equestrian www.plas.equestrian.co.uk

Pioneer Endurance


Dragon Food and Bar

Beverages and Meals during the Evening

As usual we have made arrangements for the Neuadd Henllan Residential Centre on the Showground to make a two course evening meal available for Friday and Saturday between 6.00pm and 8.30pm.  The bar will be open from 6.00pm to 11.00pm on Friday and Saturday evening.


Please click here or go to the "Accom / Catering" page for more details of accommodation and catering, including a sample menu at the Neuadd Henllan Residential Centre.


The Neuadd Henllan has a brand new extension / conservatory at the front of the building that makes much more restaurant space.  Photos of the new extension can be seen by clicking here or by clicking on "More Info" on the menu bar.  This year some improvements have also been made to the accommodation.


Meal tickets at £15.00 each or £8.50 for children under 10 years old.  Meal tickets can be purchased in advance only with your entry (not on the day) and should be collected by requesting them from the ride office.

If you are entering the ride online, then you should pay for the required number of meal tickets by entering the correct amount in the “Other Fee” box and specify the number of tickets needed for each night in the “Comments” box.  If you are entering by post, then please enclose a note to indicate the number of tickets for each night.   In both cases please make clear the number required for children (if any).

And yes there will also be a bar open in the main office building (Hafod A Hendre) from 17.00 to 23.00 on Friday and Saturday; 14:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. 

Beverages and Meals during the Day

Meals, snacks and beverages will also be available during the day from Hollywood Hotstuff.  You will find them easily just outside the main office Hafod A Hendre Building.

Please click here or go to the "Accom / Catering" page for more details of what is available, including a sample menu.

Local Pubs

Sadly The Seven Stars pub in Aberedw, a favourite watering hole for some riders / crews, is still closed.

However, the Lion Hotel in Builth Wells has been completely refurbished.  The Llanelwedd Arms, (on the right just before the bridge as you drive from the venue into Builth Wells) is under new ownership and serves excellent Thai food as well as traditional English.

If you are prepared to go further afield to Erwood (7 miles), then you are always assured of a warm welcome from Dave at the Wheelright Arms.  Other pubs include The Hundred House Inn at Hundred House (4 miles), The Fountain Inn (Builth Wells) and The Prince Llewelyn in Cilmeri (3 miles).  The Roast Ox Inn is also very good, but is in Painscastle (12 miles) and is adjacent to the on-course vet gate!!

Failing all those, there is always the Little Chef on the first roundabout as you head into town!!