Friday, April 30, 2010

Bahrain: Mirza powers to endurance lead

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ROYAL Endurance Team rider Jaffer Mirza powered to the lead last night after the opening stage of the 120-kilometre End-of-Season Endurance Ride Championship, held at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The event, organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef), continued into the early hours of today morning. It featured five stages in all.

Mirza, riding Sumara, pushed ahead to the front after completing the 30km first leg in one hour 18 minutes 17 seconds. Teammates Ahmed Abdulla Al Hazza and Ahmed Adel Al Gaoud followed not far behind him. Al Hazza, on Tarabic Carl, completed the stage in 1:18:34, while Al Gaoud, on Oak Glen Seacrest, finished in 1:18:56.

Abdulrahman Ibrahim Al Hawas of Kingdom Stables Saudi Arabia, riding Freedoms Grace, was fourth in 1:19:12. Royal Team member Ghazi Al Dossary, riding Waterlea Evensong, was fifth in 1:20:57; and Homoud Salman Al Shammari of Kingdom Stables, on Anwar Almammlakah, sixth in 1:21:13.

Right behind the early leaders was Breef president and Royal Team rider Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Shaikh Khalid, on Kintamani Ragindi, completed the opening stage in 1:21:27, and began to close the gap with the top six from then on.

The night ride was being held under the patronage of Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Shaikh Khalid. It flagged off at 5pm yesterday, with over 60 riders in the fray. The second stage also covered 30km, while the third was over 24km, the fourth 20km, and the last over 16km.

Malaysia: New Horse-pital Opens In Terengganu

April 30, 2010 15:24 PM

SETIU, April 30 (Bernama) -- Staff at a hospital which today begins operations at the Terengganu International Endurance Park (TIEP) here, are horsing around.

Now, hold your horses. It's not what you think. On the contrary, the hospital's intentions are honourable.

The aim of the RTES/UPM Equine Hospital is to provide basic medical treatment to horses.

The first of its kind in the East Coast, the hospital can cater to up to 300 horses at one go, offering facilities which include X-ray, ultrasound and blood tests.

State Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Rahin Mohd Said said that for starters, the hospital would treat horses from the Royal Terengganu Equestrian Stable.

"For the time being, the hospital will operate every Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

"However, operating hours will increase when there is public demand and a mechanism will be devised to determine payment for personal horse owners," he told reporters Friday.

Abdul Rahin said, through the hospital, horses could receive treatment faster and at a cheaper price as compared to sending them for treatment in Kuala Lumpur.

He added that cases which required surgery would be referred to another hospital to be set up at the Terengganu Equestrian Resort in Kuala Ibai, Kuala Terengganu.

"This other hospital is expected to begin operating in June," he said.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

USA: Riders chase ranking points at Texas Bluebonnet Classic


US endurance riders on the USEF Endurance Ranking List continued to chase points this weekend at the Texas Bluebonnet Classic CEI held at the LBJ National Grasslands near Decatur, TX. Riders negotiated very muddy conditions that turned a typically fast course into a real test of endurance.

In the 160km distance, Olivia Matthaei from Namibia bested the field with a ride time of 12:09:20 aboard DJB Boomer, owned by Darolyn Butler of Humble, TX. Steve Rojek and his horse Beaujolais were the highest placing US combination, finishing fourth.

Karen Binns Dicamillo and RGS SHA Strike Two finished the 120km distance in 8:48:52, just one second ahead of her daughter Jessica Dicamillo and RGS Crestwind Premier.

In the 80km distance Young Rider Devan Horn (USA) turned in the fastest time for the course finishing in 4:57:09.

Namibia: Equestrian Sport awards its achievers

by editor on Tue, 04/27/2010

The Namibia Equestrian Federation (NAMEF) held its first ever awards ceremony on Saturday, 24 April 2010. A total of 47 awards were handed over, of which six were for endurance riding.

"We are very excited that we were successful in starting the annual awards. Our riders, officials and support personnel are doing huge amounts of work and this is evident in the results that the sport is achieving on international stages. We have seen an increase in the quality of our sport and are looking forward to a great 2010 season", said Riaan van Rooyen, President of NAMEF.

The Namibian Equestrian Federation, or NAMEF, is the body in Namibia which is responsible to develop and look after the disciplines that are affiliated to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). As such it is then also logical that NAMEF is affiliated to the FEI.

The Namibia Endurance Riding Association (NERA) is an associate member of NAMEF. NAMEF is responsible for all nine disciplines that are part of the FEI, however, six of these disciplines are practiced in Namibia, to varying degrees of success. They are show jumping, dressage, endurance riding, equitation, eventing and vaulting.

The following awards were presented:

Certificate awards in appreciation of constructive and long service:
Betty Alfheim
Herman Falk
Dieter Voigts
Detlev Voigts
Gretel Keding

Certificate awards in recognition of active & committed judging for the 2009 season: Jumping - Sabine Reimers
Dressage - Susanne Hoff
Equitation - Reinhard Voigts
Eventing - Betty Alfheim
Certificate award to the Instructor of the Year for the 2009 season:
Kathrin Shaefer-Stiege

Certificate award to the Best Organized Club for 2009:
Auas View Equestrian Club

Certificate award for Best sportsmanship displayed during the year, 2009’:
Annette Künzle

Certificate award for Most positive representation of the Equestrian Sport in Namibia, 2009:

Michelle Künzle

Breeder with the most horses actively participating in Namibian shows:
Cord Cordes - Bodenhausen

Most successful Namibian Bred Horse:
Bodenhausen Zambezi

Most successful rider/horse combination in dressage - children:
Laura Pflippen & Claratal Bardolino

Most successful rider/horse combination in dressage – junior/adults:
Stephanie Rexrodt & Dynamite Dane

Certificate of achievement - Highest graded horse in jumping:
Midgard Gigant (130cm - 9 points)
Bodenhausen Zambezi (130cm - 9 points)
M&A Stud Jessica (130 cm - 9 points)

Certificate of outstanding achievement to Inter-Africa Team members:
Jumping: Gerhard Kotze, Charl Kotze, Ami Matthysen, Alexa Rack
Dressage: Franziska Leinberger, Stephanie Rexrodt, Alexandra Rohl

Most successful rider/horse combination in jumping:
Alexa Rack & Bodenhausen Carla

Highest graded horse in dressage:
Pirate Prince (EM)

Most successful rider/horse combination overall (Show jumping and dressage) (2009):
Michelle Künzle & Bodenhausen Zambezi

The NERA awards were the following:
Best Performing Club - Otjivero Club Gobabis

Highest Namibian Ranking for Heavy Weight Rider 2009 season - Rudolf Oosthuizen

Highest Namibian Ranking for Senior Standard Rider 2009 season - Bredell Wessels

Highest Namibian Ranking for Senior No Weight Rider 2009 season - Casper Sethibang

Highest Namibian Ranking for Junior Young Rider 2009 Season - Kabous Rossouw

Highest Namibian Ranking for Child Rider 2009 season - Sune Wessels

Most successful eventing horses - Delmanga Hahzan

Monday, April 26, 2010

Malaysia: Equestrian race attracts 130 riders from various nations - Full Article


MALACCA: Endurance riding is becoming increasingly popular not just elsewhere in the world but also in Malaysia, and this was evident when some 130 riders took part in the recent Malacca Grand Invitational Endurance Ride (MGIER) 2010.

It is an athletic event that combines the skill of rider and endurance of horse over a distance of up to 160km.

Held for the third year, the three-day event was organised by the Malacca Government and sanctioned by the Federation Equestrian International (FEI) and Malaysian Endurance Riding Society.

Besides riders from Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Indonesia, New Zealand and Singapore, riders from a host of Malaysia-based riding and equestrian clubs and academies were also in the fray.

A notable absentee was the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, who had graced two previous rides. He finished third in the 80km event last year.

Event technical director Hamdan Mohd said Tuanku Mizan could not compete for a third consecutive year as he had a knee injury and was receiving treatment.

For the uninitiated, endurance riding is an equestrian event with a course over rugged terrain that include hills, rivers and wooded areas.

Besides making the best time under a pre-determined maximum time, the welfare of the horse is also an important determining factor.

MGIER 2010 started from Stadium Hang Jebat and took riders through the surrounding area.

TMKN Endurance Team of Kelan­tan took top honours in the 120km event with riders Mohd Azizie Ismail, Dr Hj Nik Isahak Wan Abdullah and Rosdan Mohd Nor leading the way in an overall time of 17 hours, 19 minutes and 33 seconds.

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Florac is back!

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(translation from French to English by google translate)

Done. The association will organize Equestrian Endurance Lozere, in Florac, the European Championship 2011. A deserved win, after a year of administrative campaign, Crucis organizers candidates for this type of event big size ... First, get the needed support from local institutions. Then, meet the requirements of the French Equestrian Federation (FFE). Finally, seduce the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). Year, then flies. Until last March, where Ian Williams (Technical EIF), Nicky Kennedy (FFE responsible internationally) and Jean-Louis Leclerc (national coach) came up to judge the relevance of a historic nomination . For Florac is history - the cradle of endurance which is now entering adulthood. This is THE race. Hard. The cold, the mountain, the stone. Inevitable. The atmosphere, the glory, pleasure. Race mythical, heroic, anti-arithmetic. The distance does not count it in kilometers, but not, each of which approximates the arrival of the Grail. Perhaps even more than a race, a symbol. He, for Ian Williams, a return to "qualities of yesteryear" endurance. In other words, those of Jean-Louis Leclerc, the return to "a race of riders rather than a race horse." Back to basics, then. Such a discipline that combines sports, adventure and geography. But this version of the endurance is it soluble in the future, focused on racing flat, fast and sand? In terms of message, the choice of Florac is significant. Europe remains the stronghold of endurance. It is she who sets the rules. Not the emerging discipline - Dubai, Qatar, UAE. Yet Tartas has won this year at 26Km / h to 24 Huelgoat ... But the problem here is not who is right, but rather to note this: every race draws its riders, who themselves are responding to different motivations - the passion, money, image classification, habit, aligot. Each race has its place on the international circuit. As against this choice of Florac, which remains a great news and demonstrates the qualities of a permanent organization, shows an evolution. The European Championship seems to forge an identity, a DNA code. A European identity inevitably and naturally, attached to a tradition, values, to a method. But the European personality, strong and engaging, should not come to oppose the more contemporary, a worldwide circuit otherwise covered. In each culture, and to each his nature - the desert does not pass through a pine forest. The World Championship, then, must not resemble the European deadline. Riders to choose one or the other or both. Without hierarchy. Without trial. Unconstrained. And federations can do nothing except respond to the situation, open like never before ... In the meantime, go tomorrow night to celebrate the event Florac through a ritual historically and genetically European French: drink a cup together champagne.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jordan: Local riders dominate endurance race

26 April 2010

AMMAN (JT) - Hussein Abu Shabab on Saturday was crowned champion of the International Wadi Rum Endurance Race after finishing the 80km in 2h49m55s. Mahmoud Mohammad won the second place with 3h00m17s while Mohammad Musalem settled in the third place with 3h01m27s. Eighteen out of 45 riders finished the race which is considered one of the toughest events that tests both the rider and the horse with awards ranging from $5,000 to $500 were distributed to winners and those who finished the race. The event was held under the patronage of HRH Princess Alia, president of the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation. Princess Alia praised this year's participation, saying: "It was a very special race regarding the number of participants and organisation but more preparation and training are needed." The 160km race had only five riders taking part with Haitham Al Souti coming in first place, followed by Haitham Falahat.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Jordan and the Arabian horse - the vibrancy of heritage

Photo by Ruth Sherlock - Full Article

By Ruth Sherlock

AMMAN - At the bottom of a sweeping tree-lined drive lies the archetypal equine fairy tale.

With its freshly painted blue and white archways, horseshoe windows and clean swept yard, the Royal Stables for the Preservation of the Arabian Horse gleams.

Over every stable door hang the majestic, beautifully refined heads of purebred Arabian horses, while in the paddock brood mares attend to their foals.

At only two months old, the seven newborns frolic, spindly legged, around their mothers, pressing for milk and attention. Each holds the promise of classic equine Arabian beauty; the high tail, the delicately sculpted, powerful legs, the intelligent high-strung gaze and the flared nostrils. The best mares are selected in the breeding process and, the sire to many of these newborns is a Belgian Arabian, a prized show horses.

The stables, of which HRH Princess Alia Bint Al Hussein is the director, is home to over 225 Arabian show horses, many of whom are globally renowned. Hlayyil Ramadan, an Arabian stallion who brings together Egyptian and ancient Jordanian lines, won the 2006 World Arabian Horse Organisation trophy and represented Jordan at the 2002 and 2004 World Championships.

The beauty and uniqueness of these horses is exemplified in their value. Some of the Arabians are worth millions of dollars, according to Jihad Shhaltough, who is the stable manager of Prince Ali Ben Hussein's stables and works closely with the Royal Stables.

Beyond the paddocks lies another means of promoting Arabian horses within current society - the Olympic equestrian discipline of endurance horse racing. This section of the stables belongs to Princess Alia’s son Abdul Hamid Mohammad Al Saleh, according to Shhaltough.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Great Britain: Haywood Oaks 2010 – success for British riders

11th April 2010

The first International ride in the EGB calendar saw British riders shine at Haywood Oaks in Nottinghamshire at the weekend.

Haywood Oaks, organised by Sue Broughton, hosted a multitude of International classes on Saturday 11th April 2010. The 3 senior classes were all won by riders currently on the British Endurance Elite Squad aiming for selection for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in September.

Four combinations started the 160km CEI*** class at 6am just after it had started to get light. Tricia and Vlacq Abattarik were the winners at the end of the day, cantering effortlessly over the finish line to win the class at a speed of 15.33km/hr.

Janice Cockley-Adams with Roxanne du bout du Monde came over the line in 2nd after leading for most of the ride with Karen Jones and Macedamia finishing 3rd in the dark at 13.35km/hr.

An exciting racing finish in the 120km CEI** saw Beccy Broughton-Booker and Tawmarsh Muhanram win the class. David Yeoman and Haszar finished 2nd with Lesley-Ann Parker and Velvet Echo finishing 3rd.

Christine Yeoman had a good start to the 2010 season with a win in the 90km CEI* with Midday at a speed of 19.49km/hr. The 90km CEIYR* was won by Louise Rich and Oakleaze Farm Cziko.

Brazil Will be Headquarters of World Juniors & Young Riders 2011

A very important step to achieve the greatest endurance event in the equestrian world was given at the meeting of the Bureau of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), which legitimized the candidacy of Brazil on the last day April 15, Thursday.

FEI Bureau meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, for its spring meeting. Important decisions were taken at the meeting. Look up at the link the decisions taken in various modalities.

Brazil was the only country signed up to host this event, the FEI yesterday to which gave our country the right to do the same. However, now the next step is the Brazilian Confederation of Equestrian manifest announcing date and location for the World Championships Juniors Young Riders.

In it, the event was also confirmed the Panamerican Championship for Young Riders en Santo Domingo - Chile, since it had only been approved for Seniors.

As it was confirmed Florac (France) as hosts for the European Championship in 2011.
Now just wait and hope the best riders in the world 21 years before landing in our country next year and we are able to hold an event of this size successfully.

Um passo muito importante para a realizacoo do maior evento do enduro equestre no mundo foi dado na reuniao do Bureau da FEI (Federacao Equestre Internacional), que legitimou a candidatura do Brasil no ultimo dia 15 de Abril, quinta-feira.
O Bureau da FEI se reuniu em Genebra, na Suica, para a sua reuniao de primavera. Decisoes importantes foram tomadas na reuniao. Veja acima no link as decisoes tomadas em varias modalidades.
O Brasil foi o unico pais inscrito para sediar este evento, ddo qual ontem a FEI deu direito ao nosso país realizar o mesmo. No entanto, agora o proximo passo e a Confederacao Brasileira de Hipismo se manifestar anunciando data e local para o Campeonato Mundial Juniors Young Riders.
Na mesma, tambem foi confirmado o acontecimento do Campeonato Panamericano para Young Riders en San Domingo - Chile, uma vez que so havia sido aprovado para Seniors.
Assim como confirmou-se Florac (Franca) como anfitria para o Campeonato Europeu 2011.
Agora eeso aguardar e torcer para que os melhores cavaleiros ate 21 anos no mundo desembarquem em nosso pais no proximo ano e que sejamos capazes de realizar um evento desse porte com sucesso.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jordan: 55 riders set for endurance race

22 April 2010

By Roufan Nahhas

AMMAN - The International Wadi Rum Endurance Race, one of the toughest and most beautiful forms of horse racing, kicks off on Saturday with the participation of 55 riders representing four countries.

The event, to be held under the patronage of HRH Princess Alia, president of the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation (RJEF), will witness riders from Italy, Spain and Iraq, in addition to Jordan, taking on 160km and 80km of pure desert riding routes that will put the horse and its rider under severe testing condition.

Ghalia Noordein, executive manager of RJEF, told The Jordan Times that all preparations to host the event are being finalised.

"We want to make sure that everything is set according to the directives of HRH Princess Alia and that everything will go smoothly as planned," she said.
"We have a host of professional riders and their horses to compete in the race which we believe will give a competitive edge to the event and create one of a kind event," Noordein added.

The International Wadi Rum Endurance Race has gained popularity due to the calibre of riders taking part in the event who represent the best in the world while their magnificent beasts are trained according to the highest standards.

"We have excellent participation this year especially from local riders who have been training for such a long time for this event and we hope to conquer advanced positions," Noordein said.

According to Noordein, the winning horse in the endurance race is the first one to cross the finish line while stopping periodically to pass a veterinary check that deems the animal in good health and fit to continue.

The event, recognised by the Federation Equestre Internationale, will start early Saturday morning at 6:00am in the Qweira area while the pre-ride vet check will be held Friday.

Aussie Breed Traces Its Roots

Written by IRT, on 21-04-2010

Brumbies join the ranks of Dubai’s many horse imports.

A few years ago Ali Mohammed Al Mohairi - the racing manager for deputy ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum - took a trip to the outback of Australia's Northern Territory. He was looking for a very particular breed of horse and before he knew it, they'd found him.

"There was a mare and a foal and they were galloping from behind and I yelled to go, I was screaming at the driver," he recalled. "Then they crossed in front of us and the sparks were coming off the road. When they came to a lake, they jumped straight in and swam across."

Mr Al Mohairi had finally seen first-hand and in their own environment the dash and daring of Australia's famous "brumbies" and they weren't done yet. After they crossed the lake "There was a rocky hill on the other side and I said: 'Impossible, they will not climb that.' And they did."

It may play like a deleted scene from Jurassic Park, but the brumby breed is not science fiction and like many Australians, their pedigree traces back to the other side of the world. In fact, they are said to come from Arab horses taken to Europe. Now it seems, some of them, are going home. IRT recently transported 14 brumbies to Dubai for the Sheikh, to be trained for the rigors of endurance racing.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Spectators Can Experience All Kentucky Has To Offer

April 13, 2010

LEXINGTON, KY - This fall, visitors from around the world will get a chance to experience all the sights, sounds and tastes that Kentucky has to offer during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, without ever leaving the Kentucky Horse Park.

"Our goal is to immerse visitors in all that is Kentucky so that before they return home, or the next time they travel, they won’t be able to resist seeing the real thing," said Mike Cooper, Kentucky's Commissioner of Travel & Tourism.

While the primary focus of the 2010 Games is eight world championships in equestrian sport, spectators from around the world will be able to enjoy The Kentucky Experience, which will present the multitude of Kentucky cultural, historical and artistic features that make the Bluegrass State such a unique and special place among the world's travel destinations.

Located at the Kentucky Horse Park and grounds of the Games from September 25 through October 10, The Kentucky Experience is a major exposition that will feature the nine tourism regions of the Commonwealth, from the lakes in the west, to the mountains in the east, and even to the caves and Corvettes in the south.

The Kentucky Experience will have three Pavilions to entice visitors. The first stop, though, is The Kentucky Experience Welcome Center. At the Welcome Center, visitors will get a dose of Kentucky hospitality as hosts will provide a list of daily events and provide information on each region represented.

Next, walk through the regions of Kentucky and experience the Bluegrass State in the Exhibit Pavilion. Images, artifacts and audio will combine to present a virtual tour of the Commonwealth. From Ali to Colonel Sanders, horses to houseboats, artists to aquariums, and so much more, the Exhibit Pavilion will present an unbridled Kentucky experience.

The Kentucky Product Pavilion is designed give visitors a taste of Kentucky, literally. Local bourbon distillers will be on hand to show (and let you sample!) the bourbon distilling process, in addition to local wineries and wine tastings. Kentucky ales will also be featured. Visitors will also be able to taste a selection of Kentucky Proud products, such as beer cheese and bourbon balls. Beautiful handmade Kentucky folk crafts and world-famous art will be on display and even available for purchase.

Follow the sounds to the Entertainment Pavilion, where performances will be occurring throughout the Games, all by Kentucky artists. Kentucky is well known for its Bluegrass and Country artists, and will be found at the entertainment pavilion, but so too will the full array and diversity of talent that resides in Kentucky.

The Welcome Center and pavilions will surround a beautiful Kentucky courtyard garden designed by nationally known master gardener and Rockastle County native, Jon Carloftis.

See it, experience it... The Kentucky Experience!

Access to the The Kentucky Experience will be available with a Grounds Pass or a competition ticket. Grounds Pass ticket sales begin April 16 at 10 a.m. at,, at any Ticketmaster outlet, and at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will be on sale at a promotional rate of $20 until May 31. Grounds Pass tickets will be priced at $25 after that time. All children 12 years of age and under will be granted free entry with a paying adult.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Guatemala hosts International FEI Endurance Course for Judges and Vets

Monday, 12 April 2010

Guatemala City.- Fernando Paiz, President of the Organizing Committee of the 4th Edition of the Magdalena Endurance Challenge on 24-25th of April 2010, is also in charge of the organization of the International FEI Endurance Course for Judges and Vet’s to be held in Guatemala on the 22 and 23rd of April 2010. He informs that this is an excellent opportunity for judges and veterinarians of the Central American region to assist and acquire credits as qualified judges and veterinarians according to FEI standards.

Currently there are very few FEI qualified judges and Vets authorized to be directors of FEI Courses. Guatemala has the luck that for this course some of the most distinguished FEI Course Directors will be present. Ruth Carlson is the FEI Chair of the Endurance Technical Committee. Also in charge is Dr. Verocay, FEI Veterinarian from Uruguay, who speaks Spanish.

How to contact the course organizers:

Guatemalan National Equestrian Association: Telephon: (502) 2471 0825. E- mail:
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President of the Organizing Committee, Fernando Paiz: tel: (502) 59000 790.
Already 4 judes and one Veterinarian from Costa Rica have confirmed their asistance for the course.

Contents of the Course
FEI Course for Endurance Judges (Level I and Level II) and Veterinarians. Guatemala City, Guatemala.
April 22nd – 23rd 2010

April 22nd
AM- Registration
Opening and welcome
Introduction of participants
Introduction to FEI – Includes Level I, Level II and Veterinarians
Class splits – Level I and Level II remain, Veterinarians change rooms

Review Endurance Rules
The Course
Assistance/Forbidden Assistance
Dress Code, Saddlery, Weights
Categories of Competition
Eligibility/Qualification of horse and rider

Objectives and Challenges
Promotion of Officials

Officials required for CEI 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*
Code of Conduct / Philosophy of Judging
Duties – Ground Jury, Technical Delegate, Stewards, Appeals Committee
Judging Guidelines
Discussion and Questions

Day 2
Categories of Veterinarians
Promotion of Veterinarians
Responsibilities of Veterinarians
Veterinary Controls
Examinations and Inspections

Passport requirements
Vaccination requirements
Best Condition Judging

Organizing a CEI
Calendar deadlines, fees and organizing dues
The Draft Schedule

Discussion of case studies

Exam (Levels I and II)
Course Evaluation

Bahrain: Shaikh Nasser sets pace in endurance race

ROYAL Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa held the early lead last night in the Endurance Horse Ride Championship for the Crown Prince Cup. Shaikh Nasser, who is also the Bahrain Olympic Committee president, completed the 30-kilometre first stage in first place. He clocked a time of one hour 20 minutes nine seconds in the leg, finishing just one second ahead of fellow-Bahraini Ali Abdulla Al Timimi of Al Asayel Stable.

Bahrain Royal Endurance Team rider and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa completed the stage in third place. He had a mark of 1:20:37.

The top three were well ahead of the rest of the field, with their closest challengers close to a minute behind Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad.

Yesterday's start was flagged off by Breef vice-president Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa at 5pm. All the competitors continued their rides late yesterday and are expected to have completed the 120km event in the early hours of today morning.

The second stage also covers 30km, while the third stretches over 24km, the fourth 20km and the fifth 16km.

The event, sponsored by Batelco, is held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president.

Photos by Osama Mohammed here:

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Malaysia: Terengganu Riders Dominate 80km MGIER

MELAKA, April 11 (Bernama) -- Terengganu dominated the 80km race at the Melaka Grand Invitational Endurance Ride (MGIER) 2010 which came to a close Sunday by taking the top four positions.

Riding "Kerbalanen Amor", Shahruddin Abdullah emerged as the winner by clocking 4 hours 46 minutes 11 seconds followed by Abdul Rahman Mohamad, who mounted "Jq Tuan Junior", a distant second in 5:55:47.

Muhammad Alif Sabidi, who mounted "Jq Tuan Junior" came a close third by a mere one second behind Abdul Rahman.

The trio were from the State of Terengganu Endurance Team (STET).

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin's son, Tengku Muhammad Ismail, who represented the Royal Terengganu Endurance Stable (RTES) finished fourth.

Only 10 of 44 riders completed the race which started at the Hang Jebat Stadium and passed through rubber and oil palm plantations and nearby villages.

In the 120km race, TMKN Endurance Team's Mohd Azizie Ismail, who mounted "Texas", rode into victory in 7:34:01 with STET's Wan Mohd Kamaluddin Wan Yusuff, who was on "M Malon" horseback, in the second spot with 8:39:12.

Astriding ""Ropadi Baltazar", Muhammad Zaini Saad of RTES came in third in 8:56:34.

Only six of 12 riders made it to the finishing line.

TMKN Endurance Team was adjudged the winner of the 120km team race by clocking 17:19:33 while SET took the 80km team title with a combined time of 16:37:46.

Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam gave away the prizes.


Friday, April 09, 2010

New Zealand: Bulfin shows class at trail-riding nationals - Full Article

9 April 2010

A small contingent of Marlborough riders made a successful foray to Culverden for the New Zealand Endurance and Trail Riding Nationals at Easter, winning two competitive trail riding titles.

Heidi Bulfin, riding Stonelea Sparkling Rose, followed on from the South Island Championship success to win the 61-kilometre open ride on Sunday. Riding over two loops with an optimum time of five hours 30 minutes, they accrued 136 faults, taken from three heart rates and time faults.

Runner-up, 13 points back, was fellow Marlborough rider Missy Green, with Xavier Cheerokee, while Lorraine Stratford, on Jay, rounded out a good weekend in third place.

Tessa Wells and Masada Park Maestro were too good for the 32km junior class, winning with 94 faults, accumulated from over-the-line heart rate, final heart rate and time faults. Wells finished just four seconds over the optimum time of 3hrs 15mins.

Marlborough riders Kevin Prangley, riding WD Amir Ibn Kaliph, and Penelope Valk, with BTR Overture, both had successful completions in the three-star, 160km pinnacle endurance ride on Good Friday.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Bahrain: Top riders for Crown Prince endurance ride
Monday, April 05, 2010

THE Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) is organising the Crown Prince Endurance Horse Ride Championship, to be sponsored by Batelco, on Friday.

Taking place at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir, the event will be the season's first ride to be held in the evening and features two rides.

The main ride will be over 120 kms for senior and junior riders while an additional 80 kms qualifying ride is also set on the day.

Friday's rides will be held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president.

Breef's president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa expressed delight in organising this prestigious championship, which consists of five stages.

The first two stages will be over 30 kms, the third will be over 24 kms, the fourth over 20 kms and the fifth and last stage over 16 kms.

The 80-km qualifying ride will be over three stages- 30 kms each for the first and second while the third will be over 20 kms.

Shaikh Khalid thanked the Crown Prince for supporting this event, adding that without his continued backing it would be impossible to organise a championship of this scale.

The Breef's chief also stressed on the significant role of Batelco as official partners.

Malaysia: More Than 100 Riders Confirm Participation For MGIER

April 07, 2010

MELAKA, April 7 (Bernama) -- More than 100 local and international endurance horse riders have confirmed their participation for the Melaka Grand Invitational Endurance Ride (MGIER) 2010 which starts on Friday.

Melaka Stadium Board executive director Mohd Saufi Jaafar said the list comprises 88 local riders from 24 equestrian clubs in the country and 12 riders from the United States, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

"The number of riders may increase by Friday," he told Bernama here on Wednesday.

Mohd Saufi said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, an avid endurance horse rider, would be in Melaka for the MGIER but not as a participant because he had recently undergone an operation.

The MGIER, awarded a two star rating by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), would enable participants to earn qualifying points for the FEI World Endurance Championship, he said.

He added that MGIER, organised for the third time since 2008, would feature three categories, 120km, 80km and 40km.

Spain: Presentacion Oficial del V Kaliber-Andalucia.

El Raid Blog

Esta manana en la sede central de la Cruz del Campo en Sevilla, se ha presentado oficialmente el V Kaliber-Andalucia con la presencia de D. Manuel Jimenez Barrios, Secretario General para el Deporte Consejeria de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucia; D. Diego Antonanzas de Toledo, Director de Sponsoring y Eventos de Imagen de Heineken España y de D. Jose Manuel Soto Alarcon como alma mater del Kaliber-Andalucia.

Empezo el acto con la presentacion oficial del Cartel anunciador del V Kaliber-Andalucia.

Posteriormente tomo la palabra Jose Manuel Soto el cual presento el video del Raid confeccionado con bellas imagenes de Kaliber anteriores. Tambien informo del recorrido por los bellos parajes andaluces y de las dificultades generales que estos ultimos tiempos estamos pasando, pero que a pesar de todo, sigue adelante este bello evento ecuestre.

This morning at the headquarters of the Cruz del Campo in Seville, has officially launched the V-Kaliber Andalucia with the presence of D. Manuel Jimenez Barrios, Secretary General for Sport Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Sports of the Junta de Andalucia, D. Antonanzas Diego de Toledo, Director of Sponsoring & Events Image Heineken Spain and D. Jose Manuel Soto Alarcon alma mater as the Kaliber-Andalucia.

Empezo the event with the official launch of the V Poster Kaliber-Andalucia. Later, speaking Jose Manuel Soto who presented the video of the raid made with beautiful images of previous Kaliber. Also reported the tour of the beautiful places in Andalusia and the general difficulties in recent times we are passing, but nevertheless, keep going this beautiful equestrian event.

Then responsible for Kaliber spoke in Andalucia, as one of the leading proponents of this Raid and meaning the magnificent views of the event.
Cerro the act the Secretary General for Sport of the Junta de Andalucia, reminding the union that unites him with Jose Manuel in the Raid, because since the first Al-Andalus, is supporting the sport, which provides information to Andalucia by worldwide.

At the close of this presentation, they gave us all the wizard with glasses of beer, accompanied by rich viands prepared by Gambrinus school students with a good ham from our friend Maximilian.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Australia: Endurance horse riding test

Matthew Lee | 6th April 2010
photo: Karen Trundell with horse Zac during a break in competition at Imbil

THE Easter long weekend is used by many Australians as a chance to kick back and unwind.

THE Easter long weekend is used by many Australians as a chance to kick back and unwind.

This wasn’t the case, however, for the many members of the Far-A-Way Endurance Riders Club at the weekend.

With a strong membership base drawn from throughout the Sunshine Coast, the club hosted its first ride of the season in Imbil – the 2010 Easter Endurance Carnival.

The competitive line-up included an 84km ride in addition to a 120km challenge and an epic marathon traversing 320km.

The three events were highlights of a schedule involving nine events in total spread across five action-packed days.

Eager spectators gathered in Imbil yesterday as the marathon ride was expected to come to a close at the Imbil Showgrounds.

The course negotiated by riders was largely similar to that of previous years, with hills and undulating countryside.

During these events, horse safety is of paramount importance and all endurance rides were carried out subject to current specifications for the sport in Australia.

Horses were monitored for their condition at various checkpoints, including physical inspections involving the measuring of heart rate.

The event was only possible due to the army of volunteers that donated their Easter long weekend to take part in a sport that captures their hearts.

A highlight of the Easter Endurance Carnival was the social atmosphere, where young and older riders alike were able to assemble together after a day’s riding at the camp grounds and share their experiences.

Organisers thanked competitors for nominating and the many volunteers for their participation.

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Mongol Derby: Riders from 7 countries and an innovative veterinary programme for Year Two

With riders from 7 Countries - UK, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium and Venezuela - the 2010 Mongol Derby is set to be the most hotly contested yet.

Riders include a Martial Arts expert from Texas, an Olympian 'Madonna' from New Zealand, two siblings from South Africa and a brave Brit who previously broke her back riding a horse.

2009 Mongol Derby was a "huge success...a brand new sport tourism variety"
Dr. Orgil, Director of the Ministry of Agriculture's Veterinary Unit and the Chief Equine Vet in Mongolia

The Mongol Derby team have announced an innovative Veterinary Training Programme that aims to leave a lasting equine legacy in Mongolia.

More than 20 local vets will be trained to become part of the international team of equine experts that will ensure the welfare of the 1000 semi-wild horses taking part in the race across the Mongolian steppe.

Led by four star accredited FEI vet Jenny Weston, the specialist training will also leave a legacy that will benefit other events and races in a country renowned for its love of horses.

"The training will cover exercise physiology and the types of conditions that you see in horses involved in endurance riding and the long-distance horse racing that is a part of Mongolian culture," explains Jenny. "This will benefit not only the horses involved in the Mongol Derby but also the many thousands involved in the annual Nadaam festival."

The training is part of a comprehensive horse welfare program including pre-race training for the riders led by Maggie Pattinson, Chef d'Equipe of the British Home International Endurance Team.

Please also see this link for a full veterinary report on the inaugural 2009 Mongolian Derby.

The race format is based on Chinngis Khaan's legendary postal system which could relay messages thousands of miles in a matter of days. Horse stations manned by nomadic families are established at intervals of 40km or less along the course and riders change horses and undergo veterinary inspections at each one.

The Mongol Derby is a joint venture led by British company The Adventurists with Mongolia based Tengri Group and backed by the Mongolian government's Ministry of Agriculture who acclaim the Mongolian Derby as “having great potential to develop our country”.

Applications are open now for 2010 to adventurous riders from around the world. More information about the world's longest and toughest horse and how to apply can be found on the official website:

Fast Facts about the Mongol Derby

25 riders started the 2009 race, 23 finished and they raised £71,000 for official charity Mercy Corps' projects in Mongolia
Aged from 21 to 65, the 2009 riders came from 8 different countries including Argentina, Sweden and South Africa. 12 of the riders were female
Less than 2% of the 700 horses that took part in 2009 required treatment which was all minor first aid
The riders averaged 100 km per day at about 10 km/hr in 2009
On cooler days some riders managed about 140 km in a day on the better days, at an average speed of 14 km/hr
Horses outnumber the population of Mongolia by 7 to 1!
Marco Polo wrote that in the 13th century 300,000 horses were posted at horse stations across the great Khaan's empire

Rider Biographies

The 2010 riders come from the following countries:

South Africa
New Zealand


Hilary Ponti, USA, 47.
US born, Gloucestershire housewife and mother. Hilary ran the 2009 London Marathon and is a member of Cotswold and Heythrop Hunt. She is also an accomplished event rider.

Kat Swigart, USA, late 30s
Seriously tough Californian boasting a number of professions: horse trainer, graphic designer, business consultant, freelance writer and photographer, computer systems engineer and financial analyst. 
Kat lived in Russia after the collapse of Soviet Union building computer systems for the Russian stockmarket. A hugely experienced endurance rider she has completed 5000 miles of sanctioned endurance riding in the USA.

Justin Nelzen, 33, US
Professional endurance rider. Justin has ridden competitively all over the world and runs a professional equine facility in Texas where he breaks and trains horses.
He has raced in Dubai, the Tevis Cup and the Pan American Championships to name a few. Amazingly, he only took up riding a few years ago and previously served in the US Navy and Marine Corps including tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Justin also took part in the World Games for Martial Arts in 1997, where he won one silver and two bronze medals.


Georgina Budge, UK, 28
Incredible determination brings Georgina to the Mongol Derby. In September 2008 she broke her back in a riding accident but has recovered to take part in the 1000km horse race across Mongolia.
Georgina is a martial arts specialist and has trained in North East China for 3 months. A self employed chef, she has also worked in a point-to-point yard and is an experienced rider.

Anna Bradbury, UK
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Richard Dyer, UK
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Susi Saddler, UK
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Rhiannon Thomas, UK
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Tom Welsh, UK
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Camilla Speck
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Camilla Swift, UK
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Anya Campbell, UK
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Madonna Harris, New Zealand, 53
A serious athlete, double Olympian and entrepreneur, Madonna runs her own company manufacturing herbal products.
Since taking up endurance riding she has competed at the World, Pan American and European Championships. Incredibly she has also represented New Zealand at Olympic level in cycling and cross-country skiing.

Netta Burnside, New Zealand
Biography TBC


Saskia van Heeren, South Africa
Saskia took part in the inaugural Mongol Derby in 2009 and enjoyed it so much she's back for the 2010 edition, and has also signed up her sister Alexandra to make up the Derby's first family team.
An international art dealer by trade and life-long horse lover, Saskia grew up in New Zealand where she rode for days at a time across wild terrain on the South Island.

Alexandra van Heeren, South Africa,
Alexandra's adventurous sibling took part in the inaugural Mongol Derby in 2009 and now both sisters are taking part in the 2010 edition to make up the Derby's first family team.
She has climbed numerous mountains in the alps; is a keen sailor having spent six months sailing around Fiji; enjoys kite-surfing and like her sister grew up riding horses.

Gina Abbott, South Africa
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Elsa Post, South Africa
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Alisa Vermay, Australia
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Moises Birnbaum, Venezuela, 61
An engineer and professional endurance 3* FEI accredited rider who competes internationally. He has taken part in the Tevis Cup among other high profile events.

Sophie de Selliers, Belgium
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