Tuesday, October 04, 2022
4th October 2022 4:00 am
The owner of a horse-riding school in Llangattock has qualified for the Equestrian Endurance World Championships in Verona, Italy with her horse, Balishla.
62-year-old Fiona Griffiths from Bwlch has run Golden Castle Riding School for 30 years but has always enjoyed competing in endurance as well.
She has spent the last 18 years training a horse to be fit enough to represent Great Britian.
Fiona and Balishla needed to gain many qualifications and win competitions to qualify including completing two gruelling 160km rides in one day...
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3 October 2022
His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has written another chapter in the history of Bahrain by winning the title of the FEI World Endurance Championship for eight-year-old horses in Spain, outclassing 57 elite riders representing 20 countries in the 120km race.
Shaikh Nasser clocked 6 hours, 20 minutes and 10 seconds on his way to victory...
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Monday, October 03, 2022
September 28, 2022
KILMURRY MCMAHON native Martin McMahon has been selected as one of only 40 riders to compete in the 2023 Mongol Derby, the longest and toughest equestrian race in the world.
He has accepted the challenge as a means of raising funds for three charities close to his heart, Pieta House, the Irish Cancer Society and MS Ireland, and is now embarking on a major fundraising drive to enable him to partake in this gruelling race and by doing so to assist his chosen charities.
This 1,000-kilometre race, which takes place in August annually, has no marked course, no packed lunches, and no beds to sleep on, with each race participant required to navigate and survive on their own, relying on their life and horsemanship skills to steer 25 semi-wild Mongolian horses during the entire race...
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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
2nd September 2022
Brasília, Brazil. Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August 2022
On the weekend of August 19th and 20th the XXXI Brazilian Endurance Championship was held in Brasília, capital of Brazil. The Championship took place in Brasília’s Country Club facilities with the tracks going through Brasília’s University Farm (Fazenda Água Limpa – FAL – UnB), with breathtaking views and a perfect windy dry weather. Distances offered included the 20 and 40 km in the Graded Endurance Ride and 40, 60, 80, 100, 120 and 160 km against the clock.
The championship united people from different states from Brazil, including Paraná, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Distrito Federal and Rio de Janeiro. In total, there were 92 riders, of which 19 were disqualified. This was the first Brazilian endurance competition with live broadcast and where all competitors were equipped with a GPS tracking device during the race...
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Tuesday, September 20, 2022
NoosaToday.com - Article and photos
Victoria Barber proves to be a champion in the true sense of the word, as ERLE LEVEY reports.
“I’m still learning from horses … they teach us every day.’’
Wondai rider, trainer and endurance horse breeder Virginia Barber is a champion in the true sense of the word.
Not only does Virginia encourage other riders to participate in the sport, she is now Queensland Endurance Riding Association (QERA) State Champion 2022...
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Tuesday, September 13, 2022
8 September 2022
On 8 September 2022, the FEI Board confirmed the termination of the Host Agreement for the FEI Endurance World Championship 2022 that had been set to take place in Verona (ITA) from 19 to 23 October. The decision, taken during the Board’s monthly teleconference, also includes the provision to reopen the bid process in order to find a new host for the Championship.
The resolution puts an end to a lengthy preparation process, which began after the event’s allocation by the FEI Board in December 2020. It also confirms a formal notice of termination of the Host Agreement sent to the Verona Organising Committee on 26 August 2022, reflecting the FEI’s concerns including but not limited to track readiness, athlete safety, and the lack of detailed planning schedules in the lead up to the Championship. Following the notice of termination, the Organising Committee was given 10 days to remedy the situation and address the issues raised.
During the teleconference, the Board reviewed the documents and responses received from the Organising Committee as well as the feedback from the Technical Delegates on the latest information provided. The FEI Board also took note of the tight deadlines for the completion of the track due to the delays in planning and necessary upgrades, as well as the constraints on carrying out the necessary work during the month of September until early October due to the Fiera del Riso taking place at the same venue. The FEI Board could only conclude that, regretfully, the information and details provided by the Organising Committee were insufficient to justify maintaining the Championship.
“This was not a decision we took lightly, as we fully understand the ramifications it will have, but we had to take our responsibilities and respect the assessment of our technical experts,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “We waited until now, because we had genuinely hoped that the issues that had been previously raised with the Organising Committee would have been resolved following several site visits and meetings, but unfortunately, this was not the case. To cancel earlier would have been premature, and to cancel any later, would have been even more disruptive.
“There is no doubt a lot of hard work and commitment, both from the Organising Committee and the FEI, as well as numerous experts have gone into the planning of this event.
“This is really unfortunate for everyone involved but if the experts are of the opinion that the safety of the athletes - both human and equine – cannot be guaranteed, the Board has no other option but to follow their recommendations.
“Athletes around the world, as well as National Federations have been preparing for this Championship, and we are extremely conscious of the impact the cancellation will have on their plans. However, previous experiences have taught us that there is no room for compromise when it comes to athlete and horse welfare. We will now focus all our attention on finding a new host for the FEI Endurance World Championship.”
The Board decided that the rescheduled Championship should take place no later than 30 April 2023 to allow organisers from all regions of the world to bid and given that other FEI Endurance Championships are scheduled to take place later in 2023. The bid process for the Championship will be reopened on Monday, 12 September when the application criteria and allocation deadlines will be announced.
The qualification obtained for the FEI Endurance World Championship 2022 will remain valid and the nominated entries will be reopened with an extended qualification window.
11 September 2022
By John Hislop
TWO Borders women known as Doddie’5 Dazzlers have pushed their bodies to the limit in the world’s longest and toughest horse race.
And in the process they have raised around £40,000 to help find a cure for MND.
In 1224 Genghis Khan set up the world’s first long-distance postal transmission system, using a massive network of horse stations known as Urtuus at 35km intervals.
And for ten days each August, the Mongol Derby recreates this legendary system along the entire 1,000km course.
Riders use semi-broken Mongolian horses which are only 12-14 hands high, but they are the toughest and most fit-for-purpose partners imaginable.
Last month Alice Gully, 46, from Heriot and Kate Mactaggart, 46, from Jedburgh took part in the race, riding in temperatures which ranged from freezing to 38 degrees centigrade. The pair survived ‘brutal’ conditions along the 1,000km route across mountains, rivers and desert through the Mongolian Steppe, living on a diet of offal and mutton...
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