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 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.
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