Q. Why do I need to register my horse?
A. When you join EGB you must register your horse as a competitive horse if you wish to do endurance rides as opposed to pleasure rides. When you register your horse competitively for the first time you receive a log book and a green master card. All the results for Graded Endurance Rides (GERs) and Competitive Endurance Rides (CERs) will be recorded on your horse’s master card. If your horse is not registered you will only be able to enter Pleasure Rides. Only competitively registered horses are eligible for national trophies.
Q. Can I try a competition without joining EGB?
A. Non members can register for our Try Before You Buy scheme. By registering on line for TBYB you will be able to enter two GERs online. You will have to enter as a non member and the class must be a novice class with a maximum distance of 40kms. This will introduce you to competitive riding and allow you to see if Endurance is your new sport! For full details see TBYB
Q. Can a non member ride my registered horse?
A. Non members can ride a registered horse in novice classes (40km max). A non member pays temporary day membership to compete in the novice class and if successful then the distance and points count and are added to the horse’s trophy record
Q. I belong to the Pony Club. Can I do Endurance rides?
A. Endurance is a Pony Club discipline and so Pony Club members can enter GERs. The Pony Club have developed a series of rides and championships which involve entering EGB rides of various distances at members rates. Junior riders (less than 14yo ) must be accompanied by an adult, Junior riders must be 8yo or over to ride. For more details see the Pony Club.
Q - What is a Green MasterCard?
A - When you register your horse for the first time you get a first season master card – this is the green master card. Your first season starts when you present for vetting at your first GER. The card is a record of all your endurance rides. At the end of your first season the green master card MUST be returned to the EGB office – even if you only do one ride! The Office will then send you a yellow master card. Please remember that First season horses can only do a maximum of 450kms of competitive rides. This green master card is used for the whole of the first season - even if you upgrade to Open level during your first season.
Q - Do I need a green MasterCard to do Pleasure Rides?
A - Both members and non-members may enter pleasure rides. Your horse does not need to be registered to enter these rides. You do not need a master card for pleasure rides and you do not record pleasure rides on the master card.
Q - What if I want to stay as a Novice for a second season?
A - At the end the first competitive season for your horse, you must return your green master card, even if you have only entered one ride, to the EGB office and request a new one – the Office will send you a yellow master card. You must do this even if you plan to continue competing at novice level. In your second or subsequent seasons there is no limit on the number of rides you can enter or the number of kilometres – but you will not be eligible for the Mira Novice Trophy. As long as you only enter novice classes your horse will continue to be a novice horse.
Q - What information do I need to fill in on the MasterCard?
A - Before each ride you must complete the first four columns of the card. You must enter your rider number, name of ride, date and class (including distance). If these columns are not completed then the Ride Secretary will not accept your card. You must not write in any of the other columns as they are for use by the TS. If you think the information is not correct then please discuss it with the TS at the ride.
Q - What happens if I upgrade my horse to Open Level?
A - The green master card is used for the whole of your first season. If you upgrade from novice to Open during that time, the TS will make a note on the card and you then continue using the card until the end of the season.
Q - Can I upgrade my horse to Advanced in the first season?
A - During your first season you can upgrade from Novice to Open (subject to qualifying). You can complete your qualifications at Open level but you cannot upgrade to Advanced until the start of your second season. Your horse must also satisfy the age criteria for each level, as well as completing the rides successfully.