Annual General Meeting documentation now availableAnnual General Meeting documentation now available - (Published:14 October 2019)

Members can now login to download the documentation for the Annual General Meeting on 23rd November.  It can be found by clicking on Members and then Annual General Meeting.

 
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.”

 

 
Get in the Christmas Spirit with Cotswold Group’s MINCE PIE RIDE on 8th December Get in the Christmas Spirit with Cotswold Group’s MINCE PIE RIDE on 8th December - (Published:07 October 2019)

Commencing from Barbury Castle Car Park nr Chiseldon, Swindon, Wilts, by kind permission of Swindon Council.


The ride will include bridleways, byways over Smeath’s Ridge and Barbury Castle and returning via parts of the Old Ridgeway. The route is in glorious Wiltshire countryside with some stunning views. After your ride enjoy a Mince Pie and collect your rosette of course!


Entries will be limited due to parking. Strictly on a first come first serve basis so PLEASE ENTER EARLY. 

 

See The Cotswold website for more information: www.cotswoldendurance.com, or contact Margo Barry: 01666 577633 before 9.00 pm please.

 

 

 
Awards nominationsAwards nominations - (Published:03 October 2019)

Nominations are welcomed from EGB members for the following awards - these must be received in the Ride Office by 25th October:

The Rosettes Direct Award

The National Assistance Award

The John Yeats Memorial Bursary (this is the final year of this award)

Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Full details of the award categories and how to nominate can be found in the EGB members' handbook 2019.

 
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.”

 

 

 
Venue Change for the Hanslope rideVenue Change for the Hanslope ride - (Published:21 September 2019)

There has been a change of venue for our final competitive ride of the season. The Hanslope Ride (20th October) will now be taking place from the Milton Keynes Eventing Centre, Castlethorpe Rd, Hanslope, Milton Keynes, MK19 7HQ.

 

The new venue has better facilities and will also improve the route by cutting out some roadwork. There is excellent stabling onsite at £30 per night. Unfortunately there is no corralling at this venue, but there are a limited number of permanent paddocks available at £30 per night - please contact the ride organiser/secretary for more details. There is no charge for sleeping in lorries/trailers, but camping in tents is no longer allowed. If you have already paid for camping/corralling/camping and now need to pay a different amount, please contact the ride organiser/secretary

 

The ride route will be mostly grass headlands and bridlepaths with the odd arable field to cross, and now has even less roadwork. Enter the ride here:

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Rides/EGBRideDetails/Auto_ID/1004/Ride_Year/2019

 

We will seek to ensure that all gates are manned and road crossings will be stewarded. Additional helpers are also needed, so please contact the ride organiser/secretary if you can spare a few hours on ride day. 

 

 
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.


 

 
You are invited to attend the Endurance GB Annual General Meeting.You are invited to attend the Endurance GB Annual General Meeting. - (Published:05 September 2019)

The AGM will start at 12.15pm on Saturday 23rd November in the Inspiration Suite at the Village Hotel, Dolomite Lane, Coventry Business Park, Coventry CV4 9GZ.
Please arrive early for the AGM to allow time for registration, and don’t forget your EGB membership card!
There will be tea and coffee provided in the breakout area throughout the day.
The timings of the AGM may be subject to change, but any changes will be notified beforehand at our earliest convenience.
For full details please click here.

 
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.”

 

 
Outcome of Disciplinary CaseOutcome of Disciplinary Case - (Published:03 September 2019)

A complaint was referred to the Disciplinary Committee by the Technical Steward of the Poplar Park ride stating that Jane Girling had: 

1. Made false and defamatory statements to others about the professional status of the ride farrier, Mr Gary Cook, and declined to make amends by apologising to Mr Cook when it was proven that the claims were false.

2. Posted on Facebook unacceptable comments about officials at an EGB ride. 

A Disciplinary Panel was convened which upheld the first part of complaint and required Ms Girling to write a suitably worded apology to Mr Cook. It also decided that Ms Girling should not be permitted to enter or attend any EGB event or FEI ride in the UK in any capacity for a period of 9 months commencing 3 September 2019 and ending on 2 June 2020. 

The Panel also upheld the second part of the complaint and required Ms Girling to write a suitably worded apology to the officials via the Ride Organiser. It also decided that Ms Girling should receive a written warning in respect of her poor conduct. 

Without ride officials there would be no competitions so it is very important that members act in a courteous manner towards the officials at all times.

 

 
HanslopeHanslope - (Published:29 August 2019)

For personal reasons, Hanslope will now be a one day ride instead of a weekend ride. It will now run on Sunday 20th October only, with the following classes:

80km CER, 80km GER, 64km GER, 40km & Nov GER, 34km & Nov GER, 22km Nov GER & PR, 16km PR.

 

This means that, unfortunately, the planned FEI classes will not run. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and our thanks go to Sam Hunt and Coralie Holman for stepping in and helping Bella Fricker run the remaining classes.

 

The 1* and 2* FEI classes at Revesby Park on 27-29 September will be taking place and are currently open for entries.



 

 
The Pony Club Endurance Championships 2019The Pony Club Endurance Championships 2019 - (Published:28 August 2019)

The major team prize was taken by the Hampshire team, and Caitlin Birkitt of the Bedale and West of Yore won the hard fought Open, which is even more commendable as Caitlin is a Para rider.

The high standard of horsemanship and care achieved by the participants could be seen by the faster times and lower heart rates provided by most of the competitors, proving that this year they had really concentrated on getting their horses fit.

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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.

 

 
Resignation of Alexandra Tennant, Director of Welfare, Para and DevelopmentResignation of Alexandra Tennant, Director of Welfare, Para and Development - (Published:22 August 2019)

The Board of Directors of Endurance GB inform you that Alexandra Tennant, Director of Welfare, Para and Development, was temporarily suspended yesterday pending further investigation by the British Equestrian Federation.

 

This was on the advice of the British Equestrian Federation and the local authority, and is in connection with a historic matter unrelated to her Endurance riding activities. Nor is this investigation in connection with her roles as Welfare, Para and Development Director for Endurance GB but may have had a material bearing upon those roles.

 

We cannot comment further as the investigation remains ongoing.

 

Alexandra Tennant has now made the decision to resign from the Endurance GB Board of Directors with immediate effect. We wish Alexandra well in her future endeavours.

 

 
British team celebrates strong team performance at FEI European Endurance ChampionshipsBritish team celebrates strong team performance at FEI European Endurance Championships - (Published:19 August 2019)

Great Britain’s Senior Endurance team posted its best result in nearly a decade by registering its first successful team finish since the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 at this weekend’s FEI European Endurance Championship.

The gritty performance saw four out of the five British riders complete the 160km championship distance, a feat only equalled by Spain, who took team Gold. With the top three riders from each team counting to the final team score, Great Britain took fifth place behind Bulgaria in fourth, a resurgent German team, bronze medallists in third and France taking silver in second place.

The last British team success back in 2010 saw the team of Christine Yeoman, David Yeoman, Beccy Broughton and Sarah Rogerson, finish sixth of 18 nations. Eleven countries lined up in this weekend’s European team competition.

Rachael Atkinson with Tannasg Psyches Realm and Annette Masterson with Shoshana were the first British riders home in 23rd and 24th place, completing at an average speed of 16.6km/hr. Rachael’s daughter Kate Atkinson followed closely behind completing in 26th place with DNS Ronaldo at an average speed of 16.13km/hr. The final completion went to Sarah Rogerson who crossed the line shortly after 9.15pm with Warrens Hill Rubyn, the pair notching up an average speed of 14.84km/hr. Nicola Thorne whose LM Bolena had been moving forward well, slightly ahead of the other team members, suffered the disappointment of elimination at vet gate three.   

Chef d’Equipe Liz Finney said: “This was a fantastic team effort with everyone, riders and crews working so well together to achieve what we set out to do. It was disappointing for Nicki and we all felt for her as all the riders had worked so hard to get here but everyone gave of their best for the team.”

Team Farrier Kelvin Lymer, who first began working with the team back in 1992 said: “This is one of the best team performances I have seen in my years of involvement in terms of pulling together and bringing a positive attitude to the challenges of the ride. Every single person involved without exception got stuck in and helped each other. There was a really good atmosphere.”  

Team Vet Georgina Vaughan said: “I feel really proud to be part of this fantastic team effort – the crews were amazing.”

Endurance GB Chairman Rebecca Kinnarney also paid tribute to the management team.

“Everyone has played their part in this success, which is now something for Team GB to build on for the future. Not only was the high standard and attitude of our riders, preparedness of their horses and professionalism of the crews clearly outstanding, the team management were pivotal. The lead up to any Championship requires an immense amount of work from all involved and we thank Team Vet, Hannah Kelly, Team Farrier, Kelvin Lymer, Team Physio, Sam Daplyn, and Chef d’Equipe, Liz Finney, for their hard work and dedication. The day of the Championship is a tough one and we were incredibly lucky to have the skill and expertise of Georgina Vaughan who stepped in as Team Vet at the last minute and worked so well with Liz Finney, Kelvin Lymer and Sam Daplyn. We send our congratulations to all of them on behalf of the membership – you have done us proud. In particular, the support for Sarah Rogerson and Rubyn, who finished after dark after a mammoth effort, said everything about our sport.”

Sunday’s FEI CEI 2* 120km Great Britain Nations Cup team also saw team success completing in seventh place, Carri Ann Dark taking 19th place at an average speed of 18.64km/hr with her mother Ann’s HS Drift, Bella Fricker, standing in 40th place with Spanish Heir and Linda Cowperthwaite taking 47th place with Evelyn Helme’s Krakatau. Fellow team members Fiona Griffiths and Annie Joppe were sadly eliminated.

Rebecca added: “While we were not in the medals this time, the way in which all the team members on both days conducted themselves as ambassadors for the sport was inspiring and as we saw from the reaction of the Pony Club riders who were at Euston Park for their Championships and who see our top riders as role models, this can only lead to growing participation.”

One of the highlights of the weekend was the performance of Ireland’s Tom MacGuinness, 69, who finished in 11th place in the European Championships with Siglavy Bagdaddy but went on to take 21st place in Sunday’s CEI 2* 120km ride with Chamaille Des Aubus, while Ireland took fourth place in the Nations Cup.

Rebecca Kinnarney said: “This was a great result for Ireland and we all have huge admiration for Tom’s achievement.”

Kate Atkinson

Sarah Rogerson and Rachael Atkinson

Annette Masterson

Nicola Thorne

 
Information regarding the contract between Endurance GB and HPower:Information regarding the contract between Endurance GB and HPower: - (Published:13 August 2019)

Further to the signing of 2 twelve month contracts between Endurance GB and HPower Group, the 2nd of which came to a conclusion on 7th August 2019, Endurance GB and HPower are in talks with respect to the anticipated 3rd year of the agreement between the organisations.
  

 
Dr Sue Dyson on the effect of rider weight on horses.....Dr Sue Dyson on the effect of rider weight on horses..... - (Published:30 July 2019)

If you missed the EGB Welfare Conference at Newmarket Equine Hospital in May then click on the link to listen to this talk from Dr Sue Dyson on her study into the effect of Rider Weight on Horses:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/278212/1452625-bonus-content-pilot-study-into-the-effect-of-rider-weight-on-horses-egb-welfare-conference-2019

 

 
Changes Coming to SagePay Payment PagesChanges Coming to SagePay Payment Pages - (Published:22 July 2019)

Due to EU Regulations (Secure Card Authentication or SCA) all card transaction will soon be subject to secondary verifications called "3D Secure" also know as "Verified by Visa", "Mastercard SecureCode" etc. This requires some changes to the SagePay payment forms which have been implemented. The SagePay forms remain secure and your card details are never recorded by Endurance GB.

As these changes are introduced you may be prompted for a secondary password or code provided by your card issuer or be required to set one up.  This process is outside of the control of EGB and if you have any difficulties you need to contact your card issuer.

You should only contact EGB if at the point of secondary authorisation you see a BLANK form. In this case please contact the office with details of the browser you are using, and the card issuer. 

 
Endurance GB Young Rider Champion sets sights on British team for 2020 European ChampionshipsEndurance GB Young Rider Champion sets sights on British team for 2020 European Championships - (Published:17 July 2019)

Endurance GB’s new Young Rider Champion, Suffolk-based Madison (Maddie) Pomroy, has spoken of her dream of representing her Team GB at next year’s Young Rider European Championships.

The teenager landed the title after a strong performance riding Roz Plail’s horse Odie in the 120km class at The King’s Forest Ride near Thetford.

Maddie, 17, has been competing in the sport for the past six years after completing her first endurance ride, covering 64km in two days with her pony Milky Way, aged just 11.

“My grandmother Jane Girling got me involved as she has been competing in endurance for a long time. I was slightly thrown in at the deep end doing a two-day ride and I kept saying, ‘I’m really tired’, but my grandma wouldn’t let me give up. It was a real eye-opener and I was hooked.”

The King’s Forest is a happy hunting ground for Maddie as she completed her first 120km ride there the day before her 16th birthday with her grandmother Jane’s horse Zaferan back in 2017.

“We train over similar countryside around the forest tracks near the Suffolk coast so Odie has got used to the going in East Anglia having moved here from Devon last autumn,” she says.

“It was my first International 2* (120km) ride and I wasn’t sure how we would get on. I misjudged things slightly at the start as we went off quite strongly. But helped by my crew of my grandmother, Jane, my father Chris and sister Ella and with assistance from Bella Fricker who pitched in to help at one of the crew points, he was soon back on track. On the first loop, I was leading the UAE riders but let them go past as Odie was getting wound up. On the second loop I caught them up again. I rode the last loop with Martin McNamara, [the race winner from Ireland], but let him go on ahead as I didn’t want a racing finish and wanted to make sure we completed safely to secure the title.”

“Odie is just a fantastic horse and it is such a great opportunity to be able to ride him. I learned a lot from this ride to help us for the future and our plan is to compete next at Euston Park in August and then if things go well, we will try for the British Young Rider team going to the European Championships in Spain next summer.”

Odie’s owner Roz Plail said: “A huge thanks must also go to Tim and Sarah Dennis for taking Odie into training at their racing stables in Cornwall, whilst I was pregnant and then poorly, and getting him in such fabulous race ready condition for when Maddie started loaning him in October. All credit to Maddie too for maintaining his fitness levels over the winter months. I am excited to see how they progress over the rest of the season.”

Katie Bedwin, 21, from Rudgwick in West Sussex was named Reserve National Young Rider Champion with Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz, owned by Welshpool-based Sue Higgins.

Katie is currently in her final year of a paediatric nursing degree from the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. She has represented Great Britain in Young Rider teams previously and is aiming for the Young Rider World Championships in Italy this year.  She was also introduced to the sport by her grandmother Rosemary Attfield, a renowned trainer and former team selector and coach.


Katie (pictured above) explained: “What a weekend we had at King’s Forest, with 2nd in the CEI 2* for Magdy and 3rd in the CEI 2* YR for Phariz. Sue asked me to take the ride on Phariz at endurance competitions for the 2018 season. But in May 2018, Sue sustained an injury, so we arranged for Phariz to come to live and be trained by me. We haven’t looked back since. King’s Forest was Phariz’s last qualfier for this year’s World Young Rider Championships at San Rossore in Italy in September.”

She added: “None of this would be possible without the amazing support I receive both from my family and from sponsors and professionals involved in keeping my horses in peak condition. The horses are fuelled by Baileys Horse Feeds, their daily supplements and electrolytes come from Feedmark, they have biomechanics assessments from EquiLaterals, regular physiotherapy from PhysioFi and amazing saddles and fitting from The Bespoke Saddle Co LTD and KM Elite Products.

“Thank you also to ride organiser Dianne Luke, her family and the volunteers who make King’s Forest happen. It was very special to be part of the 25th anniversary and I will treasure our awards.”

Phariz’s owner Sue Higgins said: “A big thank you to Katie Bedwin for looking after my boy so well and helping him on the way to achieving his full potential. It’s even better because I can be part of it without all the hard work - except on the ride day! Thanks also to Katie’s crew – what a great team.”

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: “This was a brilliant achievement by both Maddie and Katie, who are both talented endurance riders with a great future ahead of them.”

Endurance GB Young Rider Chef D ’Equipe Jo Chisholm, who is stepping down from the role after three years due to family business commitments said: “I have huge admiration for our Young Riders. It is very tough financially and also logistically sometimes for them to go through the qualifiers alone with three FEI level rides to complete at 1* and 2* level and the horse they are aiming to qualify having to do two 2* rides, and at the same time they are doing these rides as well as all the training involved, they are usually at college or university and doing exams or placements so the pressures are great. We do have a talented pool of riders bidding for places at next year’s Championships and so Maddie is in great company. Gaining a place on the team is a fantastic achievement and good experience and preparation for moving on to compete internationally at senior level and I wish Katie, who will be moving up to senior level competition next season, and Maddie every success in their quest for team honours.”

Paying tribute to Jo Chisholm for her  stewardship of the Young Rider Squad during her time as Chef D’Equipe, John Robertson, Endurance GB’s Chair of International said: “Jo has been a superb Chef D’Equipe and given a great lead and support to our Young Riders both as someone who has enjoyed considerable success in the sport herself but also through her calm manner which has enabled every member of the teams she has managed to give of their best. Endurance GB is grateful to her for her hard work and support for these Young Riders.”



Endurance GB's Young Rider Champion 2019 Suffolk's Madison Pomroy (Photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography)

 

 
Additional water points at ridesAdditional water points at rides - (Published:04 July 2019)

The welfare committee encourages ride organisers to offer (where possible) additional water points at rides; especially in light of the recent high temperatures the U.K. has been experiencing. 

 

The use of communal water points for sloshing and drinking is a valuable resource at endurance rides but does not come without risk. Competitors are advised that the risk of transmission of an equine disease such as Equine Influenza, Strangles and Equine Herpes Virus is increased with the use of shared water buckets. Therefore the decision to allow your horse to drink from a shared bucket or trough remains solely with the rider. 

 

For further information on biosecurity measures or welfare concerns email: welfare@endurancegb.co.uk

 

 
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