Eleven teams line up for hotly-contested Inter-Regional ChampionshipEleven teams line up for hotly-contested Inter-Regional Championship - (Published:19 July 2019)

Organisers of this weekend’s Inter-Regional Championship at Cirencester Park have announced that 11 teams will compete for the title over the next two days of multiple distance classes. Defending champions, the South East are back to take on strong challengers from Cotswolds, Cromwell, South West, North West, Iceni, Leicester Foxes, Wessex, Mid South, Offa’s Dyke and hosts Heart of England.

The aim of the Inter-Regional Championships is to create teams with a good cross-section of members from within each regional group and to encourage participation from all ages and all levels of experience.  The competition introduces individual riders to the concept of a team and also introduces individuals to the role of Chef d’Equipe. It is expected that teams will, where possible, include juniors, young riders, para riders and Pony Club members.

The event itself takes place over two days and a maximum of twelve horses/riders form a team from each regional group, or combination of two groups.  Team members then compete over a range of distances from Novice 30kms to Advanced 80kms and results are calculated using Endurance GB’s Performance Formula.



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)


Welsh International Ride - LATE ENTRIES OFFEREDWelsh International Ride - LATE ENTRIES OFFERED - (Published:17 July 2019)

Organisers are offering riders an unrivalled opportunity to take part in the first Endurance GB International Ride in Wales for over a decade.

Entries have been extended to the competition taking place at Wentwood Forest from 26th to 28th July. The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) event is an 80km class scheduled to take place on Friday 26th July.

Wentwood Forest is over 1000 hectares of ancient woodland, straddling the boundary between Newport and Monmouthshire. It was once the hunting ground for Chepstow Castle, stretching for 3000 hectares and is home to an ancient oak tree, known as the Curly Oak and is part of the largest block of ancient woodland within Wales.

Classes offered at the ride range from 20km pleasure rides to the 80km international class and the route will take competitors through woodland and forestry with spectacular views over the Severn Estuary and into South Wales.

Organiser Sue Box said: “This is a good ride to develop horses’ fitness. It covers a similar route to the ride we organise at Wentwood in Spring. With a few small streams to cross, no gates and a sheltered venue it is an ideal introduction to the sport for young horses in particular.

“The 80km International competition is the first FEI class we have had in Wales since 2007 and I would urge riders to support it as Endurance GB would like to introduce many more FEI rides over differing terrain. Wentwood is the flagship for those rides.

“Wentwood is very easy to get to from the motorway networks and only 10 miles from junction 24 of the M4 so equally accessible to riders from the south west, south east and midlands as to home-based riders here in Wales.”

Late entries are being accepted and should be downloaded here and sent to the ride entry secretary Nicola Smith at email: nicola.smith@linc-cymru.co.uk.

For more information on the Wentwood Ride and taking part in endurance riding in South East Wales, please go to www.egbdecymru.co.uk.


British team for CEIO Euston Park August 18thBritish team for CEIO Euston Park August 18th - (Published:16 July 2019)

The following combinations have been selected for the British team in the CEIO 120km competition at Euston Park on August 18th:


Linda Cowperthwaite                  Krakatau

Carri Ann Dark                              Bey Sahli or HS Drift

Bella Fricker                                   Spanish Heir

Liz Platts                                         Obeyaan Seldam

Louise Rich                                     Oakleaze Czamak

Fiona Griffiths             Echo

Reserve Annie Joppe              Chiara


Changes to the published calendarChanges to the published calendar - (Published:10 July 2019)

The Operations Committee have approved some requested changes to the 2019 Ride Schedule.

 For reasons outside of the Organiser's control, the Chester Zoo ride has moved to 22nd September. All classes remain the same.

 HPower have moved the national classes at Euston Park 4 to the Monday 19th August. This is to help reduce damage to the tracks at Euston Park over what will be a very popular event. HPower apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 An additional Euston Park date has been added to the calendar. There will be 40km and 80km GERs on the 3rd August with a local group social ride run by the Iceni group on the 4th August.

Esther Young - Operations Director

T: +447454 929919

E: estheryoung@endurancegb.co.uk



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


Volunteers needed - September to DecemberVolunteers needed - September to December - (Published:04 July 2019)

Volunteers are needed to transfer the EGB website to a new Content Management System -

Senior Summer Camp 24th & 25th August at Oakleaze Farm, BristolSenior Summer Camp 24th & 25th August at Oakleaze Farm, Bristol - (Published:30 June 2019)

Dear EGB Member - A message from Alex Tennant: 

You are invited to attend the Senior Summer Camp on the 24th and 25th of August at Oakleaze Farm in Bristol. This is open to all levels of experience and you can attend with or without your horse!


The cost for the weekend is £125 per horse + rider or £25 per day unmounted and this includes all food.  Click here to see poster.


Thanks to H Power for their support.


Corralling (£10) and Stabling (£15) per night can be reserved on site and secured separately by emailing:  Oakleaze@msn.com


The EGB vaccination policy will apply to all attendees.


Please reserve your place by booking through the EGB online shop -https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/More/Shop/Store/orderby/name/currentpage/3 


Also completing an online booking form - https://forms.gle/fskjT7RdDpuRGend6



*Limited places available* and the deadline for booking is the 16th of August.


Alex Tennant


Development Director
T: +447871310221


Why we should all care about Horse WelfareWhy we should all care about Horse Welfare - (Published:25 June 2019)

If you missed the EGB Welfare Conference at Newmarket Equine Hospital last month then listen to this talk from Roly Owers of World Horse Welfare who discusses why we should all care about Horse Welfare.

Endurance GB names Senior Squad for 2019 FEI European Championships at Euston ParkEndurance GB names Senior Squad for 2019 FEI European Championships at Euston Park - (Published:19 June 2019)

Endurance GB has named its Senior Squad of nominated entries submitted to the FEI for the team that will take part at this summer’s 160km European Championships at Euston Park in Suffolk on 17th August.

The squad includes seven riders from whom a team of five combinations will be selected to represent Great Britain after a final selection weekend next month.

The combinations are;

Kate Atkinson, 22, from Lancashire, with DNS Ronaldo

Rachael Atkinson, 52, from Lancashire, with Tannasg Psyches Realm

Annette Masterson, 50, from Staffordshire, with Shoshana

Lauren Mills, 25, from Suffolk, with HS Jamal

Sarah Rogerson, 32, from Gloucestershire, with Warrens Hill Rubyn

Nicola Thorne, 48, from Norfolk, with LM Bolena

Heather Whiteley, 41, from Somerset, with Distance Oasis.

Chef d’Equipe Liz Finney said: “We are pleased to have a very experienced group of riders to nominate for the European Championships from whom we will select the team and reserves after our final training day at Wolverhampton in July. Most of the riders have already been on a Championship team and we look forward to having some strong combinations to represent Team GB in August.”


Nikki Malcolm wins Endurance GB RiderCise® Southern Championship at Three RiversNikki Malcolm wins Endurance GB RiderCise® Southern Championship at Three Rivers - (Published:16 June 2019)

Endurance GB’s new RiderCise® Southern Champions are Dorset-based Nikki Malcolm and Oso Spiralling Wind.

Nikki, whose training base, Stride Ahead is based near Dorchester in Dorset, won the 80km Championship held at Endurance GB’s Three Rivers Ride near Fordingbridge on Saturday, 15th June.

Nikki Malcolm (left) with Oso Spiralling Wind and crew Annette Hansford

The Championship, sponsored by the rider fitness and conditioning specialists RiderCise®,  was one of 24 classes held at Three Rivers over a route covering grassy tracks, downland and bridleways.

Nikki who competed the Australian-bred grey on behalf of the Oso Arabians team based in New South Wales, at an average speed of 12.7 kilometres per hour with a finishing pulse of 52 beats per minute ahead of second placed Sally Mcilwaine and Winnie The Witch who completed at an average speed of 12.6km/hr with a finishing pulse of 60bpm.

Nikki said: “This was a lovely win for a deserving team on the other side of the globe who have bred and produced such a lovely boy.

“Spiral came over from Australia last March to train with me with the ultimate goal of Australian young riders being able to qualify for the YR World Championships.

“OSO stud and its owner Linda Mars have shown great faith in the sport of endurance in the UK to give me this chance to produce the horse and make their dreams come true using EGB rides.  Of course it’s a pressure but also a privilege for me and we are blessed with some great ride organisers and venues within Endurance GB. This year we have successfully qualified 20 year old Australian rider Emzy Dimech using Royal Windsor 120 as her qualifier for the Young Rider World Championships in Pisa, Italy later this year. Although it’s unlikely Australia will be able to host a full team it’s all good progress towards future goals.

“The Southern Championship was a chance to keep Spiral mentally in tune as he enjoys his ‘away days’. As a team we were experimenting with presentation times in vet gates, trying to save valuable minutes that could make all the difference in a close race, we took a lot of valuable lessons away from yesterday and it gave us a two min lead out onto the last loop which he breezed round and cantered on the bridle all the way to the line with excellent recoveries.

“Spiral will probably have one more outing possibly at Euston Park to soak up a busier atmosphere and deal with all the flags and vetting marquees that he will come across at a championship but the majority of training will be done onsite using our two top class gallops  and excellent Dorset countryside.”

Nikki had previously won a 130km race at Three Rivers at its old venue on Salisbury Racecourse, but this was the first time she won at this venue, formally known the Breamore Ride

Clare Gangadeen founder of Championship sponsor RiderCise® said: “Nikki is an inspiring rider and trainer and her partnership with Oso Spiralling Wind made them worthy winners of the Southern Championship.”

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: ““We are delighted to have a new Southern Champion in Nikki and would like to thank ride organiser, Pauline Beach, and her incredible team of volunteers at Three Rivers for a fantastic event as well as Clare and RiderCise® for their generous support.”

The Ridercise® Southern Championship is the first in a series of three rides. The RiderCise® Northern Championships are being held at the Cumbria Challenge Ride on Sunday 15th August while the new Welsh Championship is being held at Pen Ddol Y Gader, Carmarthenshire 31st Aug-1st Sept.


Irish riders enjoy clean sweep at 25th anniversary Endurance GB FEI King’s Forest RideIrish riders enjoy clean sweep at 25th anniversary Endurance GB FEI King’s Forest Ride - (Published:03 June 2019)

Tom MacGuinness, the 67-year-old founder of Horseware, has won his first FEI CEI-3* 160km contest, with his 11-year-old chestnut gelding Horseware Sasha D'Aillais. The pair completed the route over grassland and soft sandy tracks at just over 18km/hr ahead of Spain’s Maria Alvarez Ponton (JM Bucefala) and Omar Blanco Rodrigo (Twyst Maison Blanche).

The Endurance GB Young Rider National Championship saw Madison (Maddie) Pomroy, with Angel’s Twilight Spirit on loan from Roz Plail, and Katie Bedwin, riding Sue Higgins’ Aberllwyd Ibn Phariz take the well-deserved titles of Champion and Reserve Champion respectively.

In the CEI-2*, Horseware HLM Iguazu, owned by Tom MacGuinness and ridden by Martin McNamara set a record for Ireland – the first time riders from the Emerald Isle have won an FEI double.

Tom, who heads up Horseware and also plays polo in his spare time, said: “As Sasha is trained in Spain, I think he was acclimatised to the conditions and this might have helped. It was warm and humid at times but there was a breeze in the forest itself. This horse is amazing, I’m very happy with how he went. He is just so generous, even when we got lost he just turned round and retraced our steps and got going. I didn’t have to dig into the well at all - he was just on the bridle and there was a lot more left in him which is exciting. After this he will have two weeks relaxing in the field and then come back into work with lots of walking out before he begins his training again. We will aim to do an 80km ride and then if we feel he is fit and ready to go, we will be at the European Championships.”

Tom’s entry at the 25th anniversary FEI King’s Forest Ride is part of the build up to the European Championships taking place over similar terrain at Euston Park in Suffolk in August. He also hopes to field an Irish team in the Nations Cup at the same event.

Mr MacGuinness said: “I thought I would give endurance a go and initially I thought I would find it boring but the more I discovered, it is anything but. I play polo but I am not born to it like I am to endurance. I love every aspect of it – the sense of adventure of riding one horse into the ‘unknown’ and the real team side of things behind the horse and crewing.”

Helen McFarland, Chairman of Ireland’s Long Distance Riding Association (ILDRA) said: “ILDRA is an incredibly small organisation and we greatly value all our athletes whether they are achieving their dream of completing their first 30km ride or as in Tom’s case realising their first 3* 160km win. An Irish sweep of the 2* and 3* at the prestigious King’s Forest Ride is a real tribute to the hard work put in by Tom, his trainer Jordi, by Martin and the rest of the team.”

Dianne Luke, who together with husband Paul supported by Karen Collier, has been organising King’s Forest for 25 years, said: “I certainly didn’t think in 1994 that I would still be running this ride today. Yet over the years despite all the hard work, so much fun has been had and so many true friendships have been formed.”

Paying tribute, Endurance GB Chair, Rebecca Kinnarney, said: “Well done to all those who achieved their goals here and particularly to our fantastic Young Rider champion Maddie Pomroy and Reserve, Katie Bedwin. It’s unfortunate that there were no finishers in the 160km Senior National Championships but endurance is a tough sport, particularly in a country with such changeable weather.

“Thanks to Dianne and the team, King’s Forest has become one of the high points of the Endurance GB calendar. The ride is not only renowned for its stunning course and fantastic organisation, but also the hospitality and real sense of camaraderie that epitomises our sport. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the team here for that and look forward to seeing the ride prosper into its next quarter century.”

Horseware's Tom MacGuinness on course for victory

Maddie Pomroy with Roz Plail's Angel's Twilight Spirit

Horseware's Tom MacGuinness with Endurance GB Chair Rebecca Kinnarney

(Photos courtesy of David Saunders Photography)

Endurance GB statement on Vencedor A’ DiamondsEndurance GB statement on Vencedor A’ Diamonds - (Published:02 June 2019)

Endurance GB announces with great regret the death of Vencedor A’ Diamonds, a 10-year old grey gelding owned and ridden by Switzerland’s Urs Wenger, 69, while competing at the FEI King’s Forest Ride on Saturday 1 June.

Vencedor A’ Diamonds, who was bred by Mr Wenger, had previously completed two CEI-2* rides coming second at Babenhausen CE1-2* in 2017 and seventh at Costaros in 2018. This was his second attempt at a CEI-3* with his rider, an experienced competitor who represented the Swiss team at the World Endurance Championships at Euston Park in 2012.

A spokesperson for the ride organiser said: “Vencedor A’ Diamonds performed consistently through the ride and passed the stringent veterinary parameters in place without any concerns.  Vencedor A’ Diamonds and Mr Wenger were travelling within 11 minutes of the leading horses in the CEI-3* 160km event and were 3km from home when the horse stopped. Veterinary services were immediately in attendance, but unfortunately the horse collapsed and died. Medics were called to the scene to treat Mr Wenger for symptoms of severe shock. We would like to express our condolences to him over this tragic event.”

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled in the coming days.


'Improving the longevity of the endurance horse''Improving the longevity of the endurance horse' - (Published:01 June 2019)

Taken from the welfare conference at Newmarket Equine Hospital, listen to veterinarian Tom Eaton Evans who is based at Newmarket and a 4* FEI Endurance treatment vet discuss the issue and importance of Biosecurity -




Alex Tennant - Welfare Director


Riders celebrate success at Endurance GB Golden Horseshoe Ride on ExmoorRiders celebrate success at Endurance GB Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor - (Published:22 May 2019)

Riders are celebrating coveted completions in Endurance GB’s Golden Horseshoe Ride on Exmoor, which after more than 50 years since it first began, remains one of the most challenging events in the sport’s calendar.

The oldest long-distance Endurance GB ride in the UK is widely regarded as one of the most challenging in Europe and sees competitors tackle classes ranging from 24km to 160km (100 miles) over spectacular moorland terrain.

This year’s top successes came in the Exmoor Stag class which takes competitors over 120km (75 miles) in two days. There were silver awards for Devon-based Karen Jones with Treasured Moonbeam and Kathy Carr who had travelled from Leicestershire to take part with Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle. A third rider, Exeter’s Gillian Mann, earned a completion with HS Parnasse.

Cullompton-based Karen Jones and her 13yr old mare, Treasured Moonbeam, had success over the 160km in 2017 and so stepped down a distance to take on the 120km two-day class.

On top of her Silver award, Karen collected the Exmoor Stag 75-mile Cup and the Exmoor Stag Award together with the Jill Calvert Cup for her crew.

Karen, who won the trophy for the leading rider to finish for the third time, said: “This little horse is amazing – we have differences of opinion sometimes about speed and direction but we get there! The weather for the Horseshoe ride was wonderful and ground conditions on the moor were good but the course was tough and I got off at one point because the track was so steep and I could barely get down.”

Exeter-based Gillian Mann and her 13yr gelding HS Parnasse first attempted the 160km class in 2015 but were unfortunately unsuccessful. They went on, however, to successfully complete the one-day 80km class in 2018 so this year went one better in stepping up to a second day of competition.

Gillian said: “The ride went very well despite getting caught up on one of the many gates and my bit breaking! However, with the camaraderie of riders and help of mine and other riders’ crews we completed.

“Compared to previous years, the northern route was more difficult with less open moor and very steep technical parts - although it did seem better the second time around. The southern loop was a delight with some good sections for cantering and beautiful views.

“I knew I had to be fit as well as my horse for the ride as it is a tough event which requires good pacing along the 120 km. I knew to expect quickly changing weather although this year the weather was perfect for riding.  This is one ride where keeping track of your pace is key, as is allowing your horse time to grab water and a snack on the way if that is what they want.”

“For me this is true endurance riding. I love the challenge, the countryside and the views are just magnificent. You have to be able to read the ground, adjust your speed to the terrain and listen to your horse.”

Grantham-based Kathy Carr with Aberllwyd Femme Fatalle came to the ride with a strong record of success including a silver and bronze over the 160km class in 2018 and 2015. They have also enjoyed multiple successes at challenging rides including a notable 14th place at the European test-event in Brussels in 2016.

Kathy received a glut of silverware for her efforts on Exmoor including the Marcy Pavord Memorial Trophy, the Zayin Arabian Stud Award, the Esprit de Ferzon, the Dunlop Heywood Veteran Rider Award, the Saillard Fuller Silver Trophy the Exmoor Stag Fleur Award.

Kathy said: “That was a really tough one! It was definitely the most challenging Golden Horseshoe Route I've experienced. We just made Silver time on day two with one minute to spare. Paris never ceases to amaze me.”

A completion in the Golden Horseshoe is regarded as being on the ‘bucket list’ for most top level endurance riders and the degree of the challenge registered this year with no completions in the weekend’s top class of 160km in two days. However, there were nine completions in the two-day 80km Exmoor Hind class with first place for Craig Budden from Southampton with GL Gilded Lance, a second place for Karen Wendy Jones on Indian Princess and third place for Charlie Turley and Safiya. Three riders enjoyed success in the one-day 80km Exmoor Fox class, Andrea Champ with Druimghigha Lantana earning first place, Sally McIlwaine and Winnie the Witch coming second and Antonia Milner-Matthews coming third with Clonmore Treasure.

However, one of the features of the weekend was the wide spread of Endurance GB entries from around England and Wales in other shorter distance classes. A total of 15 riders successfully took on the one-day 40km with 33 completions in the novice class. Elizabeth Madell and Twosox collected the Golden Horseshoe Para Award for her grade four completion in the Exmoor Otter Cub 40km Novice class.

In addition, the introduction of a non-competitive pleasure ride, which gave grass-roots endurance riders the chance to sample the Golden Horseshoe route over the stunning Exmoor National Park, saw fifty riders taking part.

Devon-based Jo Chisholm who organises the Golden Horseshoe Ride with husband Andrew said: “Despite low entries in the longer distance classes, the shorter distances were supported well and riders tackled a typical Exmoor course with many hills incorporating steep climbs and rocky tracks, along with some wonderful moorland going, which was in places almost perfect with the recent dry weather.  

“The weather was once again kind to us with ideal riding conditions, not too warm but pleasant in the sun for the numerous volunteers around the course.  The organisers would like to extend their utmost appreciation for the army of volunteers without whom this ride would not be possible.”

Rebecca Kinnarney, Chair of Endurance GB said: “On behalf of Endurance GB, I would like to thank the Golden Horseshoe Ride’s amazing team of ride organisers, vets and volunteers, without whom such a major event giving so many riders the opportunity to enjoy this incredible course, would not be possible. We are already looking forward to a great time next year.”



Endurance GB responds to FEI Royal Windsor Endurance Ride resultEndurance GB responds to FEI Royal Windsor Endurance Ride result - (Published:12 May 2019)

Commenting on the FEI Endurance 80km CEI-1* and 120km CEI-2* at Royal Windsor, Endurance GB Chair Rebecca Kinnarney said: “The opportunity to compete at a major FEI ride here at Windsor gives British riders a wonderful experience at a showcase venue and we were delighted that 14 of our riders completed the CEI-1*  class successfully.

“The work of the veterinary commission was exemplary throughout the course of this ride and the Technical Delegate and organising team adapted to difficult conditions at the start in the mist to ensure safety.”

Commenting on the disqualification of the first rider to cross the line in the 120km CEI-2* for breach of a sport rule in respect of use of the reins as a whip, she added: “Endurance GB welcomes the application of the rules by the Ground Jury at Royal Windsor Endurance in respect of this rider. While most other equestrian disciplines allow whips and their rules accordingly pertain to excessive use, FEI Endurance rules simply don’t allow whips to be used. Something being used as one was witnessed by the Ground Jury in this case, and so the rider was subject to a strict liability test.

“In the light of the current FEI investigation into the ‘reshaping’ of endurance, the outcome of the Ground Jury’s deliberations at Windsor sends a clear signal to all those involved in the sport as riders, trainers and crews as well as those watching the sport closely from the side lines that the welfare of the horse is paramount.

“Endurance GB are grateful to the Ride Organisers, HPower, and to the Crown Estate for enabling this event to go ahead.”

The top six British riders to complete the FEI CEI 1* were; 8th, Lauren Mills (HS Jamal), 19.272km/hr;  10th, Anna Bridges (Crystal Wissam), 19.254 km/hr; 11th, Louise Rich (Oakleazefarm Czamak) 19.106km/hr; 12th, Georgina Vaughan (Polaris) 16.661km/hr; 13th, Nicola Chappell (Viniculture) 16.615km/hr; 14th, Sarah Ainsworth (LB Armanii) 16.614km/hr.



Unfortunately the Cwm Sirhowi ride (2 June) and the Dambusters ride (22 September) have had to be cancelled. 

Cwm Sirhowi has been affected by an increase in forestry works in the area, which has made the route unviable this year. Ride Organiser Sue Box has asked us to stress that Wentwood in Summer will be going ahead, however, as the forestry work will be finished by then. 

The Dambusters ride organiser has been unable to source a suitable venue for a national ride. The local group are currently reviewing whether a smaller social ride might be an option. 

Refunds for both rides will be processed shortly. 

Esther Young - Operations Director
Important news about the future of 'Endurance' MagazineImportant news about the future of 'Endurance' Magazine - (Published:30 April 2019)

Endurance GB is currently working with its publishers, Matrix, to review all of our printed media to ensure that it is delivering best value for our members. As you will understand, print media is very expensive to produce, and it is vital that our hard copy publications are sustainable in an increasingly online world.

As a result of this review, some difficult decisions have been made about the future of Endurance magazine. The magazine is a joint venture, equally funded by Endurance GB and Matrix, and up to press has had a single editor contracted directly by Matrix.

Endurance GB and Matrix have decided to move away from this model.

The magazine will remain a joint venture, but rather than having a single editor we will be moving towards forming an editorial team made up of Matrix staff and Endurance GB volunteers.

The professional design, technical and practical side of producing the magazine will be absorbed into Matrix's existing staff, and we will have a team on the Endurance GB side responsible for sourcing content for the magazine.

Unfortunately this means that the single paid editor contractor position no longer exists.

We would like to thank Cindy Russell for her many years of dedication as editor to our magazine, taking the Endurance magazine forwards through many changes to position it where it is today and we wish her every success for the future.


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