Endurance GB Supreme Champion 2019 named as Devon-based stud owner Judy HollowayEndurance GB Supreme Champion 2019 named as Devon-based stud owner Judy Holloway - (Published:03 December 2019)

Endurance GB annual gala dinner saw more than 50 awards saluting achievement across the sport in 2019.

The event, held at the Village Hotel Club in Coventry, was attended by more than 200 members from across the country with Devon-based rider Judy Holloway taking the Supreme Championship (Manar Trophy) for the second time in three years. The Supreme Championship is awarded to the overall high point horse / pony of the year gaining the most points in all types of rides. Judy took the title ahead of Saffron Bishop and Ty Shute Golden Savannah, and Ella Bunting and Aly's Estrella De Roc (Rocky) in third place.

Judy (pictured left) who first started endurance riding as part of the East Cornwall Riding Club team back in 1995, took the Supreme Championship in 2016 with Aurontes. This time the win was all the more special as the 2019 title was earned with Nuraletta, the first horse she and her husband VJ bred at their stud near Okehampton. Judy who stands her 56% Crabbet Psaracen stallion at the stud said: “I am still on cloud nine having won this award three years ago with Aurontes. Starting this season with my homebred Nuraletta in her first season as an advanced horse, we did not know what the future held for her and I am so proud that she has become the 2019 EGB Supreme Champion. I owe this both to my horses and my very good crew, my husband VJ – we do this as a team together.”

Asked for the secret of her success, Judy said the reward of building a bond and developing mutual trust motivated her to train and compete: “I also firmly believe that if you want to succeed the groundwork has to be done to enable your horse to cope with the requirements placed upon them in competition.”

Judy worked for the late Mrs Beatrice Paine at her Bowdell Stud in Kent who generously gave Judy her first top endurance horse Bowdell Diplomat as an unbroken three year old. Together they went on to develop a formidable partnership with a Gold in the 160km Golden Horseshoe Ride among their many achievements. To cap a good evening for Team Holloway, VJ was awarded the Borthwick Back-Up Crew Award.

The Senior Grand Prix awarded to the horse / pony & rider combination gaining the most points in Competitive Endurance Rides in the current season were Nikki Malcolm and Oso Spiralling Wind while Katie Bedwin and Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz clinched the Young Rider Grand Prix.


Nikki Malcolm (right with Acting EGB Chair Ann Dark) said: “The awards evening was a well organised night full of celebration of the horse. That’s definitely my kind of night and I’m very grateful that our sport has people willing to put in all the hard work behind the scenes to pull a night like that together. It is a chance for us all to catch up, have a good time and no one gets ‘vetted out’. The 2019 season worked out well considering we were down on horses to campaign due to a couple leaving us, one to go back to her stud as a broodmare and one to be trained in Spain. The challenge was to look at what the horses were capable of, as a couple of them are still very new to the game and still learning the ropes, and to make sure we brought our ‘A game’ to every outing, keeping the horses sound, fresh and not over campaigned so they could deliver results the entire season. We were pleased to score a 100% pass rate in the 16 x 80km-160km rides we entered. Also, it was great to send a ‘Pearl Island Arabians’ horse out to both the Inter Regionals and Home Internationals with successful runs. Nathan’s campaign with ARO racehorse Hamdaany was well executed to secure the G Putnik trophy while Spiral’s consistency with his race rides hopefully earned me the chance to continue training him for his connections at OSO Arabians.”


Katie Bedwin (left) said: “The 2019 endurance season has been a blast and the national awards dinner continued in the same way. What the horses have achieved is just incredible and I’m one lucky girl, to have such a supportive team around me. The Young Volunteer of the Year award means a huge amount; endurance is a wonderful sport with wonderful people and I’m glad I’m able to give something back, especially to our young riders.”

The Young Rider Championship Award (Nippa Trophy) was won by Ty Shute Golden Savannah ridden by Saffron Bishop. The Junior Champion Award (Merrie Trophy) went to Redwings Milky Way ridden by Ella Pomroy.  The Novice Champion (Mira Trophy) was Janthea Newman with GL Destiny’s Angel. Veteran Champion (Silverling Flint Memorial Trophy) was named as Magic Powers ridden by Valerie Bradshaw. The Endurance GB FEI Championship awarded to the horse / pony and rider combination gaining the most points in FEI classes run under the auspices of Endurance GB went to Antonia Milner Matthews and her Connemara Pony Clonmore Treasure.

The Alec McGuinness Memorial Trophy is the special award presented by the Board of Directors to someone who has given unfailing service to Endurance GB by way of help at rides or assistance in any other way. This year it was presented to Stevie Martin. Stevie, who has retired this year, has been a Technical Steward for many years and has trained and mentored most of the Technical Stewards currently on the circuit. Over her long career as an Endurance GB volunteer, she has also organised several rides and has served on the Board of Directors. Although she is taking a step back from here on in, she will still be found helping at her local rides.

For a full list of results, please follow this link.

(Photos courtesy of David Saunders Photography)

 

 
Implementation of New FEI Endurance RulesImplementation of New FEI Endurance Rules - (Published:28 November 2019)

The new FEI Endurance Rules, incorporating the additional amendments approved at the FEI General Assembly held in Moscow (RUS) on 19 November 2019, have now been published and can be accessed here for your attention.

 

Implementation of New FEI Endurance Rules

 

The 2019 FEI General Assembly voted to give a mandate to the FEI Board to decide:

 

(i)                   which provisions will take effect on 1 January 2020;

(ii)                  which provisions will be implemented on 1 July 2020; and

(iii)                 the final wording of the transitional provisions.

 

The FEI will issue a communication by Monday, 16 December 2019 to inform NFs and other stakeholders of the FEI Board’s decision and to explain the transitional arrangements that will apply until 1 July 2020 when the new Endurance Rules will come into force in full.

 

 

https://inside.fei.org/fei/disc/endurance/rules

 
Update on Endurance GB’s New Computer SystemUpdate on Endurance GB’s New Computer System - (Published:27 November 2019)

Dear EGB Member or Supporter

Update on Endurance GB’s New Computer System

At last week’s AGM, the IT team confirmed that Endurance GB will be moving to a new computer system in December this year.

Since its formation, Endurance GB has used a tailor-made computer system, the first version of which was developed in 1995.  As you can see, this software is definitely showing its age and is in urgent need of replacement.  It uses very old technology, so is becoming more and more difficult to maintain.

Clubhouse

Endurance GB has selected a product called Clubhouse to replace the out-going computer system.  This product is already in use by over 60 clubs and membership organisations, including the Scottish Endurance Riding Organisation (SERC).

Twelve months of preparation will now culminate in a transfer of EGB’s database from the old in-house computer system to Clubhouse.  The transfer of the membership and horse data will be carried out automatically during the next three weeks.

Closure of Online Access

As a result of the data transfer, it will be necessary for us to close online access to your membership data on the morning of Friday 29th November 2019 (this coming Friday).  You will still be able to access the EGB website to read the latest news, to access information within the website pages and to view the results archive.

If you need to make changes to your membership information, horse records or request any other action associated with your membership during the closure, then you should contact the EGB Office by email at enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk or by phoning 02476 697929.  Members living and / or competing overseas wishing to enter FEI rides abroad should also contact the EGB office if they need any assistance.

The Expected Timetable

The transfer to Clubhouse will be completed by Monday 16th December 2019.  We will open Clubhouse to all our members and supporters during the course of 16th December.  We will publish further updates by email and on Facebook during the fortnight commencing on Monday 2nd December 2019.  The updates will include details of how to:

·         Find the new website

·         Login to your transferred membership account

·         Renew your membership subscription (if applicable)

·         Add new or renew existing horse subscriptions (if applicable)

Event Calendar

You will be able to view some of the Event Calendar for 2020 from 16th December when the new Clubhouse system is opened.  The early events in the calendar will not open for entries until the second half of January (the exact date to be announced).  The full Event Calendar will be completed during the course of January 2020.

Further Updates

Please keep an eye on your email, the EGB website and Facebook for further updates on the new computer system.

Any questions

Please feel free to raise any questions about the above announcement by emailing the EGB Office at enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk with “New Computer System” in the subject line of the email.

Kind regards

John Hudson

EGB’s IT Team

 

 

 
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR JUNIOR AND YOUNG RIDING MEMBERSIMPORTANT NEWS FOR JUNIOR AND YOUNG RIDING MEMBERS - (Published:26 November 2019)

From the 2020 season, the cut off dates for the move from Junior Riding Member to Young Rider Member will be changing. 

  • Junior Riders will be deemed to be Junior Riders up to and including the year in which they turn 13.
  • Young Riders will be deemed to be Young Riders from the year in which they turn 14 through to and including the year in which they turn 25.
  • Senior Riders will be deemed to be Senior Riders from the year in which they turn 26.

This brings Endurance GB's domestic criteria in line with some of the other BEF disciplines, and will enable riders up to the age of 25 to enjoy Young Rider discounts and to take part in Young Rider activities.

 

Please note that the FEI will have different criteria, and that anyone entering an FEI event will need to comply with the new FEI rules to be published shortly by the FEI.

 

 
Resignation from the EGB BoardResignation from the EGB Board - (Published:25 November 2019)

The Board of Directors of Endurance GB regret to inform you that Ann Dark has made the decision to resign from the Endurance GB Board with immediate effect. 

 

Ann has worked incredibly hard for Endurance GB over the past eight years, not least over the past six weeks, and will be a massive loss to the Board. Ann has served on the PR and Marketing Committee, Health and Safety Committee, International Committee and as Young Rider and Development Director, Governance Director, Company Secretary and laterally as Acting Chair. The Board are very much saddened by this decision but are extremely grateful to Ann for her contribution over the years.

 

Ann is succeeded as Chair of Endurance GB by Phil Nunnerley, with Esther Young as Vice Chair.  We will issue a full notice of the changes to the Board of Directors following the Annual General Meeting in due course.

 

 
Press Release following 2019 Annual General MeetingPress Release following 2019 Annual General Meeting - (Published:25 November 2019)

Endurance GB annual meeting hears membership and competitive ride entries rose during successful 2019 season

Endurance GB has seen both membership and competitive ride entries increase from 2018 and interest in the sport continues to grow. The governing body for the sport in
England and Wales reported back to members at its annual meeting held at the
Village Hotel Club in Coventry on Saturday, 23 November.

 

Esther Young, Endurance GB Operations Director, outlined how membership as a total across all categories had risen during the year by six per cent on 2018, from 1831 in
2018 to 1943 in 2019. Members’ online accounts with EGB, who include registered
‘supporters’ as well as members, rose by 46 per cent from 2594 in 2018 to 3776
in 2019. While in Wales, which played host to the Home International at Red
Dragon, as well as staging a Welsh National Championship at Pen Ddol y Gader,
and for the first time an FEI competition at Wentwood Forest, membership went
up by 50 per cent from 88 members in 2018 to 132 members in 2019. However, the
impact of the early season ‘flu outbreak was seen in a 25 per cent fall in pleasure ride entries and a 16% drop in associate members. This was focused on the first quarter of the season with entries picking up in the latter part of the year. There was increased participation across Endurance GB’s social media channels. Meanwhile the sport in the UK attracted positive attention from the successful hosting by Euston Park of the first FEI European Endurance Championships in the UK for 23 years, at which the British team came fifth, one of only two teams to get four horses round.

 
Esther Young said: “Encouragingly, active participation in the sport grew despite a poor start to the year due to the ‘flu outbreak which hit many early season rides. What was most encouraging was the success of the new Foundation Graded

Endurance rides which provided growth at grass roots level and demonstrated
that there is a healthy future for endurance in England and Wales. The link
between joining and taking part is strong underlining the clear pathway and
support offered to new riders across our community, this also bears out the
sport’s reputation in this country as friendly, welcoming and inclusive from
grassroots to senior level.”

 

Graded Endurance Ride (GER) entries were up fifteen per cent on 2018, rising from 3308 in 2018 to 3799 in 2019, with Competitive Endurance Ride (CER) numbers growing by two per cent. The largest increase being for entries to novice rides which
were up by 33 per cent.

 

Acting Chair until the close of the AGM, Ann Dark, told the meeting: “The ‘flu
outbreak was handled well at every level through the sport and there was great
teamwork throughout what could have been a disastrous period of uncertainty. We
complied in full with the BEF and Animal Health Trust requirements. Everyone
pulled together and our ride organisers, ride secretaries and IT team have been
amazing.”

 

Members heard that a new IT system will come on board for 2020 and the focus will be on building a sustainable financial organisation through a new sponsorship model
shortly to be unveiled. The additional challenge of ‘volunteer burnout’ at all
levels is something experienced across amateur equestrian sports but the
arrival of ‘fresh legs’ at board level to take the sport forward into a new decade was welcomed at the annual meeting.

 

Two rule change proposals were accepted for the 2020 season. Novice riders will now
be required to complete five novice rides before they upgrade to advanced,
which will enable them to increase their knowledge and experience before asking more of their horses. The other change involved removing a mandatory elimination
from the outside assistance rule, which will now enable a set of penalty guidelines to be produced for technical stewards, enabling them to take mitigating or aggravating circumstances into account when considering rule breaches.

 

There were five nominations from members to become Directors for the five places on the board available. The new Board of Directors will be Rosemary Attfield,
Kerry Dawson, Rosemary Henderson, Antonia Milner-Matthews, Phil Nunnerley,
Chris Wray, Esther Young and Constance Newbould (SERC appointee). The Chair of
Endurance GB for 2019/2020 will be former Lloyds Bank Director Phil Nunnerley who was chosen by fellow board members at the first meeting of the new board held on Sunday 24th November, with Esther Young as Vice Chair. Ann Dark very sadly stepped down at the board meeting.

 

New Chair Phil Nunnerley said: “I am honoured and delighted to take the Chair of Endurance GB. I recognise the challenge that goes with the role in leading EGB and do not underestimate the responsibility both I and the Board have in ensuring we continue to offer the support which allows our members to enjoy their sport at all levels. I would like to express my thanks to Ann Dark for stepping into the role of Chair over the past six weeks.

 

“We are a membership organisation and I, and what is a talented Board, recognise
that we are accountable to the membership and this underlines the importance of
two-way communication.

 

“I have been involved with endurance for many years as crew, principally to my
partner Rosemary Henderson. I have also helped at many rides in a variety of roles and appreciate we all depend on the many volunteers, without whom we would struggle to provide the wide ride programme which we offer.

 

“Understandably, with a long career in financial services, I realise that we must ensure we balance our books to be financially strong and sustainable.

 

“I am excited about the future and look forward to meeting many more of you in
2020.”

 

 

 
Endurance GB responds to FEI rule changesEndurance GB responds to FEI rule changes - (Published:20 November 2019)

Endurance GB has issued a response to the new FEI Endurance Rule Changes voted in by an overwhelming majority at the FEI General Assembly in Moscow yesterday.

Esther Young, Endurance GB Operations Director said: “Endurance GB is extremely
pleased that the new FEI rules have been passed with such a strong majority, as
it shows the level of support worldwide for a real culture change in the sport.

 

“We are disappointed that the compromise position on Young Rider weight was not
agreed, but we are very glad to see that there is now more emphasis on the
horse and rider progressing as a partnership, and that there are increased
penalties for excessive speed. We also welcome the increased clarity on rest
periods.

 

“Our thanks go to Endurance GB member and vet, Sarah Coombs, who has chaired the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee to reach this point, to Iain Graham, Acting Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation, who represented the Endurance
GB position in Moscow, and to the Endurance GB and SERC members who provided
such valuable feedback and opinion on the proposed rules.”

 

 
Positive test for 'bute' is a timely reminderPositive test for 'bute' is a timely reminder - (Published:15 November 2019)

Endurance GB says positive test for ‘bute’ in horse competing at National Ride is timely reminder to all competitors

 

Endurance GB has confirmed a positive test for Phenylbutazone in a horse competing at a National Ride in the UK this summer.

The positive test occurred as part of the British Equestrian Federation’s ongoing programme of spot checks. The horse was competing in a 40km Novice Graded Endurance Ride (GER).

 

The Person Responsible in the case has accepted the administrative penalty and this is now being processed by the BEF.

 

Esther Young, Endurance GB Operations Director said: “In line with the other BEF competitive disciplines, Endurance GB is signed up to the BEF's Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Rules (BEFAR). The BEF, under BEFAR, carries out spot checks and regular testing across BEF affiliated events.

 

“This case serves as a reminder to all riders competing in our sport that they must understand and comply fully with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) guidelines on medication. Clean Sport is an Endurance GB priority at all levels.”

 

The BEFAR guidance can be found by following this link.

 

 
Endurance GB NoticeEndurance GB Notice - (Published:24 October 2019)

The Board of Directors of Endurance GB hereby inform you that there were five nominations from members to become Directors of the Board of Endurance GB at this year's Annual General Meeting; there will therefore not be an election for Board Directors this year as there were five places available. The new Board members will take up their posts on Sunday, 24th November 2019.

 

Your 2019/2020 Board of Directors will therefore be Rosemary Attfield, Ann Dark, Kerry Dawson, Rosemary Henderson, Antonia Milner-Matthews, Phil Nunnerley, Chris Wray, and Esther Young.  The SERC representative is currently Constance Newbould. 

 

Sue Box has now made the decision to resign from the Endurance GB Board of Directors with immediate effect in order to concentrate on her degree studies. We wish Sue well in her future endeavours.  Sue will remain an active ride organiser and member of the Operations Committee.

 

Ann Dark will take up the post of Temporary Acting Chair and Esther Young will act as Temporary Vice Chair as of 24.10.19, until the above take up their new posts in November.

 

 
NINETEENTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF ENDURANCE GB NINETEENTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF ENDURANCE GB - (Published:11 October 2019)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE NINETEENTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE COMPANY IS TO BE HELD AT THE VILLAGE HOTEL, DOLOMITE LANE, COVENTRY BUSINESS PARK, COVENTRY CV4 9GZ  ON SATURDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2019 AT 12:15PM 

 

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ENDURANCE GB Ann Dark, Company Secretary, Endurance GB, October 2019 Registered office: Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2RP
 
To vote at the AGM you will need your membership card in order to obtain a voting card which must be shown each time a vote is called. Your attention is drawn to your right to appoint a proxy to vote at the AGM on your behalf. Please see paragraphs 7.3 to 7.4 of the Articles of Association (which may be found in the Members' Handbook) for details of the procedure to be followed when appointing a proxy.
The instrument appointing a proxy must be received at the Endurance GB office at the Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2RP, no later than 48 hours before the start of the AGM.
Please refer any questions to Ann Dark, Company Secretary email anndark@endurancegb.co.uk
Voting for both Board and Members proposals may be carried out online, in person at the AGM, or by post.
On the 14th October all eligible members with valid email addresses will receive notice of the AGM and details of how to vote.
On the 25th October an invitation to vote on the nominations and the proposals will be sent.
On the 11th and 18th November a reminder will be sent unless a vote has been received.
For those with no valid email address, the information will be forwarded by post at the end of October. All postal votes must be received before close of voting at noon on 19th November.
Those attending the AGM may vote for the proposals online, by post or in person. Those unable to attend the AGM may vote for the proposals online, by post or by proxy.
Please ensure that the email address on your membership record is correct and please check your spam/junk box if no email arrives!
If you have any queries regarding this please contact Ann Dark, Company Secretary

 
A vintage season finale at the British Horse Feeds' Red Dragon Festival of EnduranceA vintage season finale at the British Horse Feeds' Red Dragon Festival of Endurance - (Published:09 October 2019)

Endurance GB’s British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon Festival of Endurance serves up vintage season finale

Victories for England in Home International, Scotland in Celtic Challenge and Yorkshire in British Horse Feeds’ Riding Clubs Endurance Team Final while Nikki Malcolm is popular winner of Red Dragon title event


Nikki Malcolm (pictured above by Kerry Dawson) and Oso Spiralling Wind capped a superb season with an outstanding win in the feature event, the two-day 160km Speedi-Beet Red Dragon Ride at the British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon Festival of Endurance at Builth Wells. The pair conquered one of the toughest tracks in the Endurance GB calendar at an average speed of 12.7km/hr ahead of Chris Rendle with Druimghigha Shatish who completed in second place at 12km/hr. Ella Bunting with Aly’s Estrella De Rock (Rocky) took third spot at an average of 11.7km/hr. Remarkably, this was Nikki Malcolm’s fourth 160km win at Red Dragon.

Owned by Linda Mars and being trained and ridden in the UK at Nikki and her partner Nathan Sweeney’s Stride Ahead yard in Dorset, Oso Spiralling Wind (Spiral) was bred at Oso Arabians Stud which is managed by Amanda Kettlewell in New South Wales, Australia. The eight year old demonstrated his consistency and versatility by winning the RiderCise Southern Championships as well as romping around Royal Windsor and Euston Park with strong completions.


Nikki and Spiral coming up the hill - Photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography

Primed to perfection for his end of season foray over the spectacular Welsh mountains, at one point the talented grey was a full hour ahead of the field.

Nikki said: “The forecast had been for heavy rain on Saturday night so we thought we would kick on during the first day – we did the second day bar 5km all on our own. He just feeds off his rider – you have got to keep him interested and let him know that the race is still on. He definitely knew he was coming in for a win at the end when he galloped over the line.

“He has really proved himself as an 80km horse with 100% success rate this season and the logical progression for him next season will be a one-day 160km but we will regroup with Linda his owner and Amanda at Oso Arabians at the end of the season. For now we have a field at home which we rest for the winter and it is shoes off time and a chance for them all to graze as a herd for three months which they love.

“I didn’t think this was a particularly hard Red Dragon. John and Jane (Hudson) have done a lot of work to improve the route over the years and it rode really well. I just love this event, the whole organisation is brilliant and with the showground at Builth Wells as an amazing venue you certainly don’t feel like the sport is a poor relation in any way. On top of it the Home International there this year gave it a great atmosphere.”

Spiral took Best Condition in the Red Dragon and as a further dollop of icing on the cake for Team Stride Ahead, Nikki’s partner Nathan Sweeney earned a completion in the 80km Saddle Exchange Dragon’s Egg, riding for Ireland in the Home International with Jenny Lees’ Pearl Island Arabians’ six year old Hamdanieh Farhah, the only pure-bred Bahrain Arab mare competing in the UK.


Sam Mowatt and Terminators Dream in the fog - photo by David Saunders

In the other big class of the Festival, the British Horse Feeds’ Little Dragon 80km CER, another Dorset-based rider, Ylva Samantha Mowatt emerged the winner with Terminators Dream at 13.4km/hr from Kathy Carr with Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle in second place at 13.4km/hr. Abigail Chisholm took third place with Mellway Royalblue Diamond at 12.8km/hr. Kathy Carr’s Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle took the Best Condition Award.

With the added bonus of the Home International which is hosted annually by either England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland, as well as the Celtic Challenge, contested by teams from Ireland, Wales and Scotland plus, for the first time in many years, a squad from Cornwall entries to the Festival were high.

Achieving the fantastic feat of getting six riders home, England won the Home International ahead of Scotland with Ireland in third and Wales fourth. The Celtic Challenge went to Scotland.

England’s Chef d’Equipe Maggie Pattinson said: “I am proud of my stewardship as Chef for the England Home International team but in particular this year bringing the cup home makes the glow of pride even brighter!

“Following a couple weeks of wet weather I think we all knew we were in for a tough Dragon although we did largely get away with mostly dry weather in riding hours.

“John and Jane Hudson once again pulled together an amazing team of stewards, vets and helpers of all sorts to once again put on a fantastic event for which I speak from every national Chef to say a huge thank you – they are all amazing!”

Among highlights for the winning England squad were three notable ‘firsts’, a third place in their first 160km for Ella Bunting and ‘Rocky’, a completion at their first CER for Rebecca Parsler and Shade while in the 48km Home International Junior Class, Beth Stanley-Whiteley with Tiny was the youngest ever junior at eight years old achieving a remarkable second place.

ILDRA’s Helen McFarland announced that Ireland would be hosting the 2020 Home International at the St Patrick’s Coastal Ride over the first weekend in September. Like the British Horse Feeds’ Red Dragon Festival, this is another tough ride but with the promise of seal watching whilst cantering along miles of beach in the shadow of the mountains of Mourne.

A total of 265 horse and rider combinations took part in more than 30 classes at the British Horse Feeds' Red Dragon Festival of Endurance taking in the iconic mountain grassland and heather track from the venue at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

Sunday’s action featured The British Horse Feeds’ British Riding Clubs Endurance Team Final with nine Riding Clubs vying for the top prize in the 36km Novice Graded Endurance Ride. The hotly contested competition was won by Yorkshire RC, which numbers riders from across area 4 (Yorkshire). Ellen Valley followed in second place with the Wessex Wanderers in third.

Linda Birkitt who competed for Yorkshire RC in the 36km GER with Mistletoe said: “Our team was formed after a chance conversation and has grown over the last three years.  We started the season this year at Wootton in Lincolnshire and have had team entries in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire rides which were all qualifiers for the championships.

“Our team members have a mixed experience of endurance with a couple of advanced riders and a pony club champion who provide us with invaluable advice but most team members are novice endurance riders, some of whom have had their first competitive season this year.”

The Yorkshire RC team’s horses are of varying breeds including Welsh cobs, part-bred Irish Draught, ISH, Arab, PBA and TB. Some of the team compete at dressage and show jumping and there are former event horses on the squad.

Linda explained: “We train individually most of the time but some riders do manage to meet up in between rides and train on the North Yorkshire Moors, Pennines or Yorkshire Wolds for hill work with some beach rides if possible. On ride days, our crews are an important part of our team with some riders crewing if they are not able to ride.

Linda added: “We had a fantastic time at Red Dragon with our win topping the weekend. John and Jane are brilliant supporters to all the riding club teams throughout the year and our thanks go to them.”

The other Riding Clubs who reached the final were; East Mendip, Hampshire Combined, New Forest Hunts, National Forest, Angels of the North and Red Kite.

Acting Chair of Endurance GB, Sue Box, who competed successfully for Wales in the Speedi-Beet Red Dragon 160km class said: “As ever it was a great privilege to ride over this amazing course and we are very grateful to all our sponsors especially headline sponsor, British Horse Feeds and the organising team led by John and Jane Hudson with their wonderful team of volunteers as well as all the landowners without whose support access to the spectacular terrain would not be possible. In the build up to the ride the organisers had to contend with really wet conditions and it was a feat to ensure that so many horse and rider combinations would be able to get round safely. However, the skies cleared for the ride itself, hosting the Home International and Celtic Challenge this year was a bonus and with record entries plus some memorable performances over the weekend, this was a vintage Red Dragon.”

John Hudson said: “We are delighted with the level of entries and would like to thank both our fantastic headline sponsor British Horse Feeds who have been hugely supportive as ever and we  simply could not do all this without them, as well as all the other companies who get behind the ride. We also work with more than 30 landowners and large sections of the route are across private land. We cannot praise them enough for their friendly welcome and level of cooperation.  We are very grateful to the three external teams who help to run the event: The Gloucestershire TRF led by Jacky German who mark the route so brilliantly, the medics from SARA led by Merv Fleming and RAYNET led by Evan Jones.

“A great team of hard-working volunteers worked together to steward the event brilliantly and our thanks also go to the Showground staff at Builth Wells for whom nothing was too much trouble. All in all, it added up to the best Red Dragon yet in our view.”

Will I'Anson, Sales Director for British Horse Feeds said: “We are delighted with our long and successful association with this prestigious ride and team behind it and so pleased that the weekend went so smoothly and produced some excellent competition. The British Horse Feeds’ Riding Club Endurance Championships is also going from strength to strength and this bodes well for the future.”

 

 
Endurance GB Chair steps down for health reasonsEndurance GB Chair steps down for health reasons - (Published:23 September 2019)

It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of Endurance GB announce the resignation with immediate effect of Chair, Rebecca Kinnarney, on health grounds. 

Rebecca took over as Chair in November 2018 and had steered the governing body for Endurance in England and Wales through a new chapter with a remit to broaden support for the sport from the grass roots level upwards while giving a strong lead on international welfare issues.  In her time as Chair, membership across all categories has risen by 6% on last year and registered supporters are up 139% on 2018 and 53% on 2017. Ride entries have also increased in 2019.

Rebecca will be succeeded by Finance and IT Director, Sue Box, who steps up from Vice Chair. No new Chair will be chosen until after the annual meeting to be held on 23rd November at The Village Hotel, Coventry. 

Communications Director Kerry Dawson said: “Rebecca has been a superb Chair and it was a privilege to work with her this year. She has given a clear lead in presenting Endurance GB’s voice on all issues with transparency and clarity and I am personally very sorry that she has had to step down at this point when so much had been achieved but also with an exciting season ahead in 2020.”

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “It was a great honour to step into the role of Chair of Endurance GB in November and it has been wonderful to assist the Board of Directors and members in representing the sport and welfare-focussed values that we all hold so dear as competitors in the UK. I have huge admiration for the ethos and energy of my fellow board members who are all working so hard on the members’ behalf to provide a platform for the kind of excellent competition and sport, whatever your goal, that we all want to be part of. I wish my successor as Chair every success and want to thank the board for all their support and hard work – I take my hat off to them. I will still be involved as a member and very much hope to be back in the saddle and competing soon.”

Sue Box said: “Both the Board of Directors and the wider membership will join me in expressing both our heartfelt thanks as well as great sorrow and our fullest support for Rebecca in putting her health first at this time. She has given a fantastic lead to the sport over the past eleven months and worked tirelessly and with great integrity as a fantastic ambassador and adroit Chair to take Endurance GB forward. I think it is fair to say that she has left the sport stronger and more united as we approach the end of the 2019 season and look forward to celebrating all that is good about endurance riding at next month’s iconic Red Dragon Ride. We wish Rebecca all the very best in focussing on her health and hopefully joining us back on the trail before too long.”

 

 

 
Results from the National Championships at Boyton HallResults from the National Championships at Boyton Hall - (Published:17 September 2019)

The following are the results from the National Championships at the Boyton Hall Ride:


80km 2 day Boudicca Challenge

1st Dominic Smith & George Bush - 34.5 points

 

66km 2 day Boudicca Shield

1st Kate Curry & Orel - 37 points

2nd Marie Bennet & Kirmali - 32.6 points

3rd Lesley Caswell & Reba - 28.1 points (Best Shod)

4th Sally Jones & Shiny An I Know It - 26.8 points

 

Novice Championships

1st Jenny Newby & Nicsar Diamond Jubilee - 45 points - Novice Champion

2nd Charlotte Noel & El Gringo - 43.4 points (lower pulse than 3rd place) - Highpoint novice/novice combination

3rd Emma Harbison & Samarai - 43.4 points

4th Sophie Pickard & Elfine - 40.5 points

5th Aaron Kelly & Gotnalon Denzel - 39.5 points

6th Amanda Mackin & Kochanski - 35.8 points

7th Carolyn Robinson & De Ffanaria - 33.8 points

8th Annette Monument & Brownbread Seagull - 33.8 points

9th Nicola Randle & Llandderfel Princess Elen - 31.3 points

10th Tracy Chilvers & Drifter of Coral - 28.7 points

11th Georgia Brenton & Shabanah Sabreah - 28.2 points - Highpoint Young Rider

12th Antonia Milner Matthews & Rosie's Diamond - 24.4 points

 

Open Championships

1st Emma Martin & Lowmilbourne Earl - 37.9 points - Open Champions

2nd Charlotte Purkis & SG Haneesh - 27.1 points

 

Advanced Championships

1st Ca Jalmeer John Black 04:56:01 - Advanced Champions & FEI 1st place

2nd Warrens Hill Zhaheen Liz Ashmead 04:56:01 (CER)

3rd Dizzy Miss Lizzy Wendy Ellen Everson 05:36:51 (CER)

4th Cd Bellatrix Georgina R Vaughan 05:57:47 (FEI)

5th Mellway Royalblue Diamond Abigail Chisholm 06:14:50 (FEI)

6th Hs Emerillon Sue Box 06:24:49 (FEI)

7th Kaalif Anja Ward 06:32:08 (CER)

 

Our thanks to Baileys Horse Feeds, Performance Equestrian and Kerry Dawson for the prizes.

 

 
Rosemary Attfield joins BEF's Programme for Coaching ExcellenceRosemary Attfield joins BEF's Programme for Coaching Excellence - (Published:10 September 2019)

Endurance GB is delighted to announce that UKCC Level 3 coach, Rosemary Attfield has been awarded a place on the British Equestrian Federation's National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence. Places on the programme are strongly contested and we congratulate Rosemary on gaining a place on the course, following her presentation and interview last week.

Rosemary has been involved in endurance riding for more years than most of us can remember and is passionate about coaching all ages but particularly focuses on young and junior riders.



To find out more about the programme follow the link

Aimed at coaches who sustain and grow participation in equestrian sports, the National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence is aimed at coaches working with adult and young people who participate in equestrian sport for competitive recreation motives. Coaches wanting to join this programme will be ambitious in improving their own performance and will already have success in getting more people participating in equestrian sport and retaining them in the sport by creating enjoyable coaching environments. This is a cross discipline programme involving; British Showjumping, British Dressage, British Eventing.


 

 
Endurance GB statement following FEI announcement Endurance GB statement following FEI announcement - (Published:04 September 2019)

Endurance GB statement following FEI announcement of new adverse analytical findings (AAF) involving equine prohibited substances and FEI Tribunal Final Decision involving a prohibited substance

Endurance GB has been notified of new adverse analytical findings (AAF) involving equine prohibited substances in a case involving Atenolol, a Banned Substance under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs), found in the horse Feline X (UAE), taking part in the CEI1* 80km class at Euston Park on 16 June 2019. Both the athlete (PR), Pane Singh Amar Singh (UAE) and trainer, Fadhl Manea Saleh Al Mathil (UAE), have been suspended in relation to the AAF.

The FEI has also today published its FEI Tribunal Final Decision regarding the athlete Saeed Mohd Khalifa Al Mehairi (UAE), who competed with the horse Shaddad (UAE) at the CEI3* 160 at Euston Park on 13 July 2018. Samples taken from the horse tested positive for the Banned Substance Testosterone. The athlete and the trainer Ismail Mohd (UAE) were suspended for two years. The period of provisional suspension, effective from 8 August 2018 for the athlete and from 13 August 2018 for the trainer, has been credited against the period of ineligibility imposed in this decision. Therefore, the athlete will be ineligible until 7 August 2020 and the trainer until 12 August 2020. Additionally, the athlete and trainer have each been fined CHF 7,500 and ordered to pay costs of CHF 2,500 each. The athlete/horse combination was disqualified from the event.

Endurance GB Chair Rebecca Kinnarney said: “The FEI’s anti-doping rules are clear and must be understood by all those taking part in endurance.

“Endurance GB condemns unreservedly any attempted or actual breach of anti-doping rules in respect of horses participating in rides both in the UK and also abroad. As the UK Governing body our priority is the safety and welfare of horses participating in rides held in the UK and the provision of clean sport and we will do all that we can as a body to uphold these values.”

 

 
STRENGTH OF ENDURANCE GB AND SERC MEMBERSHIP’S VIEWS ON WELFARE CHANGES TO GET A HEARING STRENGTH OF ENDURANCE GB AND SERC MEMBERSHIP’S VIEWS ON WELFARE CHANGES TO GET A HEARING - (Published:23 August 2019)

STRENGTH OF ENDURANCE GB AND SERC'S MEMBERSHIP’S VIEWS ON WELFARE CHANGES TO GET A HEARING IN FRONT OF FEI GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The views of Endurance GB and SERC members on vital rule changes to the sport at international level are to be presented at the FEI General Assembly in Moscow (16-19 November).

Chair of Endurance GB Rebecca Kinnarney has been invited to represent the British Equestrian Federation at the pivotal meeting for the sport on changes to improve welfare proposed by vet Dr Sarah Coombs and the FEI’s Temporary Endurance Committee.

The move comes after Ingmar De Vos, President of the FEI, met with Rebecca Kinnarney on behalf of Endurance GB and SERC, and representatives of the other equestrian disciplines at the BEF on 14th August, the eve of the FEI European Endurance Championships

The FEI General Assembly acts as a platform for discussions and voting on the major decisions of the FEI and the governance of equestrian sport. Invitation and attendance at the annual General Assembly is restricted to National Federations, stakeholders and guests

The invitation by the BEF to Endurance GB confers speaking rights at the meeting and will enable Rebecca Kinnarney to represent the strongly expressed views of members articulated through a consultation process undertaken by Endurance GB and SERC with its membership this summer.

Rebecca said: “This consultation process has drawn an impressive and detailed response from across Endurance GB and SERC’s membership with a great deal of knowledge and expertise underpinning a desire from us all in the UK to see changes implemented internationally to protect horse welfare and safeguard the future of the sport.

“The feedback we have had from members underlines the desire among all riders for greater transparency in the FEI’s governance of the sport including in disciplinary matters relating to welfare at rides and for future participation in decision making. Dr Sarah Coombs and her team are to be applauded for their hard work and for pinpointing areas of concern and showing leadership where there is need for change. It is a great honour for Endurance GB to be invited to attend the General Assembly and I will do my utmost to give voice to the strength of opinion in our endurance community in the UK at this crucial time.”

Kerry Dawson, Communications Director for Endurance GB said: “The Board of Directors of Endurance GB fully support the drive for more stringent measures to reduce competition speeds and increase horse welfare controls, working with both the BEF and FEI with a view to facilitate meaningful change. The board and membership are working together on this and we will all be wishing Rebecca well in Moscow.”

In total, 21 of the rule changes proposed by the Temporary Endurance Committee are agreed or agreed in principle by Endurance GB and SERC members and proposals to decrease speed and increase welfare are welcomed, however Rebecca Kinnarney said “These new rules, like any previous rules, will only work if they are applied and proposed changes on the appointment and rotation of officials should go some way to ensuring that happens.”

Rule changes proposed by Sarah Coombs’ committee include reducing the minimum athlete weight to 70kg for senior CEI2* and above. The Temporary Endurance Committee acknowledges that currently, the minimum weight is seen as a means of reducing the risk associated with excessive speed. Feedback from Endurance GB members suggests that 59% of people who responded to the consultation were in favour of a proposal to reduce the weight however many UK riders want weights abolished altogether, or perhaps just restricted to championships. Some have suggested that weight divisions of the kind operated in the United States, may solve the issue, while some Endurance GB and SERC riders would like there to be a maximum weight.

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “While 59% of members who took part in the process are in favour of this change, Endurance GB and SERC members are voicing increased concerns about excessive speeds and while we welcome the spirit of this rule change, there are suggestions that there are better and more ethical ways of slowing horses down than applying weight to solve the problem.”

On other issues, nearly 90% of respondents were in favour of increased penalties for removing a horse from the field of play without veterinary inspection. The new rule will say that a horse must be presented for inspection within 20min of removal. The reasoning according to the Temporary Endurance Committee is that currently there are insufficient consequences for horses being removed from the Field of Play without presentation to the Veterinary Commission or treatment vets. The Committee found this was being done in order to avoid designations for metabolic problems or gait abnormalities and associated Mandatory Rest Periods or even sanctions for Serious or Catastrophic Injury. The Committee has voiced concerns that this potentially risks seriously injured horses not receiving veterinary treatment as well as the under-reporting of injuries, including subsequent fatalities. The new rule would see both the rider and trainer of the horse each receiving 100 penalties if a horse is not presented for veterinary inspection before being removed from the competition.

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “We will be making clear there is strong agreement from UK riders with this proposal with some suggesting it should lead not just to penalties but to an automatic ban.”

Endurance GB and SERC members have also agreed in principle to rule changes governing the number of loops with 77 per cent of respondents in favour of a suggestion that an increased number of phases will reduce horse welfare risks associated with excessive speed. The proposal will also ensure that horses are inspected more frequently by the Veterinary Commission so that problems can be detected at an earlier stage.

Dr Coombs’ committee has raised concerns that continuous crewing of horses, pouring cold water on them throughout the later stages of a ride in particular, encourages athletes to push their horses further and faster than they are capable of.

One Endurance GB competitor however, wrote: “Personally I feel multi short loops returning to the same vet gate is a welfare issue in itself - get back to vet gates on course and more technical courses (or endurance rides ) re-introduce the no crewing rule within certain distances from the vet gates and many of our issues will disappear.”

A new rule setting heart rate parameters to 64 beats per minute in a presentation time of 15 minutes at all vet gates and 64 bpm in 20 minutes at the final Horse inspection, sees 71 per cent responding in favour.

The new rule will also mean that at the first vet gate after the halfway point in a ride (based on distance covered), horses that present with a heart rate greater than 68 bpm at the first presentation will not have the opportunity for a heart rate re-presentation and will be designated FTQ-ME.

One Endurance GB rider observed “This is evidence-based and in the interests of horse welfare,” while another said: “I agree with the shorter presentation times. I do not agree with 68bpm at first inspection is an elimination. It will only slow people’s presentation times not their speed out on course.”

Changes to rules on qualification through the ranks from CEI1* to Championship level with capped speeds and completion percentages used to enable riders to step up, saw members voice some concern.

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “The proposed changes are in response to requests from National Federations for a more robust qualification system and areas of concern over horse and rider combinations and the system where the new European Champion had not ridden the winning horse in FEI competition before, need to be looked at, however this will need some adaptation to make it feasible for all nations competing in endurance.”

Plans to reduce the number of crew in the crewing area from five to three found favour but proposals to bring permitted tack and equipment into line with other disciplines and to reduce the use of barrier creams drew a mixed response with just 59 per cent in favour.

To see a summary of Endurance GB and SERC responses to the rule change proposals please go to www.endurancegb.co.uk/…/Down…/FEIrulechangesummaryFinal.docx

 

 


Photo shows Endurance GB Chair Rebecca Kinnarney, front row, third from left with Ingmar De Vos and other members of the BEF gathered on 14th August 2019.

 

 
SUMMARY OF 2019 RULE CHANGESSUMMARY OF 2019 RULE CHANGES - (Published:05 January 2019)

We are very nearly ready to open the calendar for the 2019 season. Please find below a summary of rule changes for 2019 and a few clarifications.

1) Ride organisers can now offer 20-29km Novice 'Foundation' GERs. These will not attract conventional trophy points, although a special trophy may be offered for this category of ride at the end of the season. These new GER distances were brought in following a member vote at the AGM. Please note: First season novice restrictions also apply to Novice Foundation rides. 3 x novice GERs of 30km or above will still be required to upgrade to Open level.

2) Escorts of junior riders in Graded Endurance Rides can now elect to enter hors concours at half the normal entry fee. Escorts entering hors concours must be qualified for the class entered and will not receive trophy points for their ride, but the distance completed will still be added to the horse's lifetime distance. This change was brought in following a member vote at the AGM.

3) Pleasure rides of more than 34km in a day are no longer permitted on welfare grounds. Riders wishing to ride in longer distance classes should enter a Graded Endurance Ride with a full vetting.

4) Donkeys and mules have been officially brought into the rule book. We have a number of donkeys and mules already riding with us, and it was time to regularise their status in the rule book.

5) Hat standards are remaining as per 2017 and 2018 until the new European hat standard has been approved by the EU.

6) Novice horses can now only take part in GERs of over 45km if they have already successfully completed three Novice GERs of between 30 and 45km.

7) Team physiotherapists. Rule 3.7.10 has been clarified: A British Team competitor at a championship event will only be financially responsible for the cost of accommodation, food and travel expenses for the vet, Chef d’Equipe, physiotherapist and farrier.

8) Hold times. Any ride of 80km or more should have at least one vet hold which is at least 40 minutes in length. This change has been made on welfare grounds.

9) Vetting procedures in GERs. No examination likely to irritate or distress the horse should take place until after the pulse has been taken. This change was brought in following a member vote at the AGM.

10) Responsibilities of ride organisers. For clarity, a reminder has been inserted into the rule book that ride organisers must ensure that signed hard copy entry forms for all entrants who did not enter through the Endurance GB online entry system are forwarded to the Endurance GB office after the ride. Please note, this applies to national rides and FEI rides, and is particularly important for day members. If the rider on the day is not the rider who originally entered, a fresh entry form must be completed and signed and evidence of qualification for the class entered must be provided. This is not a change to the current process.

Note: If local groups are using a bespoke online entry provider for their social rides, these electronic entry forms must include the appropriate disclaimer for each individual as per the paper ride entry forms. Copies of the completed online ride entry forms must be sent to the office after the ride along with any paper entry forms.

11) Escorts of junior and Para-Equestrian Endurance riders. The procedure for agreeing a suitable escort and managing mid ride changes of escort has been clarified. Escorts will need to sign either an Escort Agreement Form (juniors) or a Para Escort Form (Para-Equestrian Endurance Riders). This change has been brought in on safeguarding grounds.

12) Hatcams. Our insurance company have relaxed their restrictions on hatcams. Hatcams are no longer completely banned, and can be used at the rider's own risk.

 

 

 
Concerns over anabolic steroids in RegumateConcerns over anabolic steroids in Regumate - (Published:03 October 2018)

Please see the attached memo from the British Horseracing Authority concerning the use of Regumate. This has been prompted by some anabolic steroid positives in Australian racing. Testing of Regumate in the UK has revealed the presence of an anabolic steroid, trendione. 

Although trendione is not itself on the FEI prohibited substance list it is a metabolite of the banned substance trenbolone. Therefore, until further clarification from the FEI, the use of Regumate in competing horses should be viewed as extremely risky. We are waiting to hear further from the BEF on this matter.

BHA Notice - Regumate 2009181.pdf

 
Graffham Down - POSTPONEDGraffham Down - POSTPONED - (Published:07 April 2018)

Graffham Down is very sadly postponed due to a waterlogged venue; a rather soggy route; and yet more heavy rain forecast for this week.
We will be running the ride later in the year and a new date will be announced in the coming days. 

Suz Crichton-Stuart

 
International Seminar - Saturday 3rd February 2018International Seminar - Saturday 3rd February 2018 - (Published:26 September 2017)

*Date for your Diary*
International Seminar - Saturday 3rd February 2018
Venue:  Woodside, Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2AL
More details to follow