Pony Club Endurance

Club Membership is now available for Pony Club Members, allowing you to become part of the Endurance GB community, and enter rides at members rates. 


BLOG - Iola Chapman

"Hi, my name is Iola Chapman, I am 15 years old and have been riding for as long as I can remember. I got my first pony, Angel, when I was nine and I still ride her now although we only do mounted games because I’m too tall to do anything else on her! I also own a 15.2hh Anglo-Arab called Pinky who has made it very clear she doesn’t think jumping is any fun at all (every pole is a dragon lying in wait apparently) and so I started doing some dressage with her last year and now I am hoping to start doing some endurance too.

I went along to an introductory evening run by the Leicestershire and Rutland Endurance Group in March and they gave me lots of helpful advice.  Pinky and I did our first pleasure ride a few weeks ago at Prestwold Hall which was an 11 mile ride, so  a good length for our first time, and it was nearly all around fields and on tracks. I went my friend from the Quorn Hunt Pony Club, Molly on her Welsh Section C. We were both a bit nervous beforehand because we didn’t know what to expect but we both LOVED it! All the stewards and other riders were really friendly and helped us find the way when we took a wrong turn (we cantered straight past the gateway into another field) and we both even got a rosette at the end!

Pinky hardly sweated up at all and she felt like she could have gone twice as far.  It made me decide that I really want to do some more pleasure rides and build up to doing some competitive rides in the future. Molly and I are planning to go to another pleasure ride in a few weeks at Tugby, Leicestershire. Another friend of ours from Pony Club, Jess, thinks it sounds so much fun she wants to join us too. When I was thinking about trying some rides I was told that they’re addictive – it looks like that might be true!”



Getting Started

  1. Apply for an Endurance MasterCard from the Pony Club. Click here to email the Endurance Secretary
  2. Apply for Club Membership from Endurance GB. Click here to apply online. 
  3. Enter your chosen ride - and write Pony Club member on your entry for, or on the notes section online. Click here to see a full list of competitive rides, or for shorter training rides, contact your local group here. 


Download the PC FAQ for more info. 


What is Endurance?

Endurance riding is an adventure of horse and rider, setting out on a set distance with the aim of completing the course at a certain speed with your pony judged ‘fit to continue' at the end. Pony Club endurance has 5 different levels of competition ranging from 10km to 49km. Are you and your pony fit enough to take on the challenge? 


Click here for the Pony Club’s ‘Pathway to Success in Endurance’. 


Endurance GB organise rides across the country ranging from 8km pleasure rides to 160km competitive endurance rides. Most rides fall into three categories - pleasure, graded or competitive rides. Graded rides are run from 32km and grade the horses recovery using the heart rate at the end. Competitive endurance rides for advance horses place combinations 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc on who crosses the line first and successfully passes the vet inspection. 



Why do Endurance? 

Do you enjoy hacking out with your pony? 

Do you think you and your pony are reasonably fit? 

Do you like the idea of ditching the showing jacket? 


If you said yes to any of these questions, then you might just love endurance! An endurance ride is a fun day out with your pony, away from the arena. 


You will learn to ride at speed across various terrain and judge when you need to go faster and when to slow down. As you progress through the levels you can really start to call yourself and your pony athletes of the horse world! 


As you start to progress in Endurance it will become a real team effort. So Mum and Dad will have to part from the butty van and get involved. Similar to formula 1, as you become more advance you will learn how to cool a horse quickly and get it’s heart rate down. Often this is a real team effort to move quickly and calmly to achieve the desired beats per minute. 


Things you will learn from doing endurance:

  • How to take your pony’s heart rate
  • How to trot your pony up for the vet
  • How to get your pony fitter for endurance riding, or any other competition in another discipline
  • What speed it is safe to cover different terrain and going 
  • How to cross obstacles, such as water crossings safely 


Finally you will have the chance to work towards a number of Pony Club badges for the discipline and ultimately qualify for the Pony Club Endurance Championships. 


Endurance GB

Endurance GB offers over 100 competitive rides and even more pleasure rides during the riding season. Going to your first ride can be daunting, but worry not, there is always someone who will offer assistance and guidance. For some tips on getting started and going to your first ride please click here. 

Don't forget to 'Like' our Facebook page to stay up to date with Endurance news and make new friends in the Endurance world. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch at enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk

Information for Parents


  • Safety - the route is checked and is always well marked, with check point stewards along the way. Riders under the age of 14 must also be accompanied at all times. 
  • Road crossings - where the road crosses busy junctions, there are often stewards placed there to ensure that rides cross the road safely. 
  • Education - Endurance riding is a fantastic discipline to lay solid foundations in good horsemanship. There are a number of techniques to learn about getting horses fit and understanding the health of ponies that will benefit your son/daughter in whatever equestrian discipline they end up doing. 
  • Vet care - At an Endurance GB ride, there is always a vet on site. They check the horses over before and after the competition.

There’s lots of tips that can be useful for other PC disciplines that can be picked up from doing endurance riding. Local groups are a wealth of information and often run training days and talks on different topics. If you are unsure where to start, it is probably best to speak with your local group who can direct you to someone who is local to you who can help.

Pony Club Endurance Championships

The Endurance Championships 2019 will be held on Thursday 15th August at Euston Park, near Thetford. 


56km GER Pony Club Open Championships (inc vetgate)

40km Intermediate GER Pony Club Intermediate Championships (inc vetgate)
32km Novice GER Pony Club Novice Championships
20km PR Pony Club Grassroots Championships


Read how to qualify here.