Monday, May 21, 2018

ENDURANCE: Victory for Irish Tom MacGuinness in Spain - Full Article

By Irish Field Contributor on 21 May 2018

AN outstanding performance from Irish endurance rider Tom MacGuinness saw him win his first ever international endurance race at the weekend, after he led from start to finish to take victory in the CEI2* 120kms race at Olot in Catalunya, Spain.

MacGuinness (66), Ireland’s top-ranked endurance athlete, is founder and CEO of Irish company Horseware Ireland which employs over 172 people in Dundalk, 47 staff at Kinston in North Carolina, and 514 people in their factories in China and Cambodia.

Having previously enjoyed success in eventing, show jumping and polo, MacGuinness took up the demanding sport of endurance racing in 2013, aged 60 and has since recorded impressive results at venues all over the globe...

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Estonian riders dominant in Kõrvemaa Endurance Ride 2018 - Full Article

18 May 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Merike Udrik

Kõrvemaa, Estonia. Saturday 12 May 2018. The international Kõrvemaa Endurance Ride also included the Estonian endurance junior championship. The title went to Lilian Schönberg on Fix, the winners of CEI1* were Kaisa Keerd and Nella.

In the Kõrvemaa competition participants from both Estonia and Finland put themselves to test in the beautiful and varied nature reserve.

According to organizer Katrin Liiv the trails were made with a view to next year’s competition where they plan to host the Nordic Endurance Championships...

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

María Álvarez crowned new Spanish Champion in Tordera - Full Article
12th May 2018

Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona. Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April 2018. The Meydan Raid of Tordera SportHG was held in the Barcelona town Tordera.

Endurance World Tordera. The winner.The event consisted of 4 races of different distances, where more than 150 combinations of 15 different nationalities participated. The great attraction of the weekend was for sure, the celebration of the Spanish Raid Championship, which crowned María Álvarez as the best Spanish rider of 2018.

In the days leading to the event, the Raid promised great expectation due to the high number of registered riders. A Meydan sponsored event, which attracted the attention of dozens of international riders, especially from France. Nevertheless, the Spanish were the big winners of the weekend, which made the Raid de Tordera become one of the best European Endurance events.

On Friday, short tests were held. Carlos Pacheco won the CEI* 85km with Guda, beating Alex Luque and Elshir in the final sprint, while Julia Montagne with Saprina de Bozouls finished third.

The junior category CEIYJ** 123km was dominated by Jana Oms with her Valkiry la Coudrelle, and was accompanied on the podium by Juma’s Team mate Bruna Pujols with SW Duo (3rd) and Júlia Serrabassa with For Trampes (2nd). The Juma’s Team comfortably dominated the CEI** 123km. Former world champion María Álvarez entered first with Shagya Endurance, Alejandra Dachs with Elfie Salvert was second and Omar Blanco with Aiglon de la Crois came third.

On Saturday, all eyes focused on the 27 combinations participating in the CEI*** 160km...

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Bahrain Royal Endurance team achievement hailed - Full Article

18 May 2018

Manama, May 18 (BNA): HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of Bahrain Olympic Committee, Captain of Bahrain Royal Endurance Team hailed the tremendous performances showcased by Bahrain Royal Endurance Team in France, where they participated in a major international endurance horse race.

The event included a 160km course, and the Bahrainis dominated the top places, clinching second, third, fourth and fifth positions thanks to the instructions and constant follow-up by HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa...

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Friday, May 18, 2018

New Zealand: Philip Graham: Endurance rider ready to go the distance - Full Article

May 18, 2018
by Robin Marshall

Any thoughts of easing gently into retirement have completely bypassed North Canterbury’s Philip Graham, who at the age of 63 is preparing to take his horse to the USA to compete in a hundred-mile endurance competition.

Philip and his horse, Sefton-bred Rosewood Bashir, are one of just two Kiwi combinations selected to represent New Zealand at September’s World Equestrian Games in North Carolina. The other is Jenny Champion from Masterton, riding the 20-year-old Barack Obama.

Endurance is a sport where riders are in it for the long haul, both on the day and in training. Riding 160km in a single day is no easy task, but the best in the sport can do it in well under a dozen hours.

And Philip, from Glentui, shows no signs of slowing down just yet: “We won’t be running this race and coming home to retire,” he said...

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Australia: 10-year-old completes his first 80km endurance ride in 8.5 hours - Full Article

Ben Freeburn, 10, completed his first 80km endurance ride in 8.5 hours and he's keen to saddle up again as the Colbrook Challenge comes to town

May 18 2018
by Michelle Smith

When you saddle your horse and head off on an 80km endurance ride before dawn, you quickly realise you’re not the only thing moving through the forest as your head lamp picks up the reflective eyes of all the other creatures active in the dark.

Some might find it creepy but 10-year-old Blakeville rider Ben Freeburn finds it calming.

The Ballarat Grammar pupil recently completed his first 80km endurance ride in 8.5 hours, including a five minute nap while his horse Teddy continued on the course.

To qualify for the 80km distance, Ben and Teddy had completed two 40km rides earlier in the year...

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Northern Ireland: An evening to entertain, educate and enjoy with Sally Toye - Full Story

By Bree Rutledge -May 16, 2018

MOST people don’t associate endurance riding with a bundle of laughs – an evening spent in the company of Sally Toye on Wednesday, May 23 will soon put that right!

Sally is an experienced endurance rider (and was a commercial airline pilot in a past life), who has successfully competed in some of the longest, toughest and most spectacular endurance rides in the world – including our very own St. Patrick’s Coast Ride. She has an inexhaustible fund of funny (and sometimes hair-raising) stories of her exploits on the trail and the struggles experienced in her training regime – come and hear about nights spent on the open Steppe with a half wild pony in the 1,000km Mongolian Derby or negotiating No Hands Bridge in the dark on an unknown mount in the Tevis Cup or learning how to fall safely from a rearing horse!...

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ENDURANCE: Victory for Irish Tom MacGuinness in Spain - Full Article By Irish Field Contributor on 21 May 2018 AN outstanding performance from Irish endurance rider Tom Ma...