Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Great Britain: End of the season for Team Omar

Brechinadvertiser.co.uk - Full Article

Monday 29 October 2012 06:41

With competitive endurance riding now entering the close season, Brechin rider John Thomson and his pure bred Arabian gelding Prince Omar completed the final ride of the year in the hills of Easter Ross.

With a revised layout from last year, the first part of the course was fast before the riders headed into the 40 per cent strenuous climbs. From there it was a gentle gradient into the Kildermorie Estate and Vet Gate One at 31kms. Omar was quickly vetted then set off on the second loop of 32kms, which was covered in just on two hours. At the 63kms Vet Gate there was nothing between the lead riders but Team Omar had quickly bought back time to break their record for the distance.

It has been a remarkably successful year with a course record broken on the first ride of the season, a new course record set on the second ride but in a season remembered for wet weather and cancellations, Omar fell foul of the plague of hoof abscesses that had swept the country and was knocked out of action for four weeks. Many thanks to local vet Lindsay Cameron for working so quickly to produce those ever so important blood tests throughout the season and to ensure that Omar stayed at the peak of conditioning.

On the return to competition, a 44kms nonstop at Clashindarroch Forest saw horse and rider pick up a third fastest time. A few weeks later near Nairn, Omar turned in a remarkable speed during the 53kms. Despite the loss of a shoe seven kms from the end of the second loop and frantic activity by the duty farrier and crew to prepare for the final vetting, Team Omar maintained the fastest time over the distance.

Horse and rider then returned to lay the ghost of last year’s Red Rock Relay Team where an injury had witnessed their elimination. However despite the deteriorating conditions Team Omar went on again to take the fastest time...

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Malaysia: Thai Rider Wins Sultan Mizan Cup Endurance Race For Second Consecutive Year


October 21, 2012 19:03 PM

SETIU, Oct 21 (Bernama) -- Wipawan Pawitayalarp of Thailand swept her male counterparts aside to win the Sultan Mizan Cup endurance race for the second consecutive year at the Terengganu International Equestrian Park (TIEP) in Lembah Bidong here Sunday.

The 38-year-old Thai rider who was a cut above the rest, pocketed USD10,000 (RM30,500) and a watch worth RM25,000 for her effort.

Wipawan, riding Mulawa Angelus, swept aside 51 other local and foreign riders to win the 120km race with a time of 7 hours 18 minutes and 8 seconds while the State of Terengganu Endurance Team (STET) rider Mohammad Fuad Hashim clocked 7'28:38s to finish second ahead of Mohd Bukhari Rozali (7'50:45s).

"The heavy rain yesterday added the level of difficulty in the race because the track was heavy, providing a major challenge for the horses," said Wipawan here today.

The Sultan of Terengganu, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin who also competed in the 120km race on his "RTES Annaversary" horse, later gave away the prizes.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Great Britain: Veteran Grey Medlar clocks up 7,500 kms

Thisiscornwall.co.uk - Full Article

Friday October 19 2012

There can be no greater contrast with the hilly endurance rides here in the South West than last weekend's Royalties Ride in the Fen country of Lincolnshire.

Described by one competitor as "the best going I have ever ridden", the route along flat bridleways and riverbanks, private tracks and quiet lanes is so flat that crews can see their riders coming from several miles away.

This exactly suited the Chisholm family's wonderful old endurance horse, Grey Medlar, now 21-years-old. Ridden by Abbie Chisholm, who lives on Dartmoor, he won the 170 km ER, ridden over three days. First of the competitors out of every vetgate, he averaged a speed of 15.6 kph over the three days.

Medlar has now successfully completed 7,500 kms at competitive endurance rides and has lost none of his enthusiasm for the sport. A wonderful record...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Australia: Wollondilly shire horse riders tackle the Shazahda

Macarthur-chronicle-wollondilly - full article

17 OCT 12

AUSTRALIA'S toughest endurance riding marathon is not one for the faint of heart - but for Wollondilly shire's Tiarna Young and Martin Gregson it's a challenge worth taking on.

In August Tiarna, 15, of Oakdale, and Mr Gregson, of The Oaks, took on the Shazahda - an annual test of horsemanship covering 400km around St Albans.

Tiarna, mentored by Mr Gregson, with just four months of endurance training under her belt, took out the first place prize in juniors, and was the youngest competitor in the marathon this year...

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Mongol Derby: Galloping to Glory

Khaleejtimes.com - Full Article

Moni Mathews / 14 October 2012

Dubai-based Austrian veterinary surgeon, endurance rider, charity worker and adventure specialist Michaela Gradinger finished third in her very first attempt at the Mongol Derby, the world’s toughest endurance race on horse-back.
In many ways, the event, which was into its fourth chapter this year, is a multi-faceted adventure and not just an endurance race.

The lady (Michaela) who is restless when there is no challenge in life, took it upon herself to go through the tough screening process as laid down by the organisers of the 1,000km ride across the Mongolian steppes on semi wild and partially trained horses from the region outside Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital.

Over 800 such horses are taken in by the organisers every year.

About Michaela’s performance and participation, organisers Adventurists, had words of praise about her outlook and personality that makes participating in the Mongol Derby a memorable experience for anyone passing the initial screening and acclimatisation process days before the 10-event begins.

“Michaela was a joy to have on the event and should be very, very proud of herself,” Katy of the organisers said when permission was sought to publish information from their website.

“It’s a life time experience and one for those who want an extra kick out of life. It’s all out there for one to see, feel and learn in total wilderness in a land so alien yet friendly with the people so embracing when it comes to hospitality,” Michaela, who once undertook a ride through all the emirates on a horse to raise awareness for breast cancer, told Khaleej Times.

“The additional feature of the Mongol Derby is not just the detailed screening process, but also the fact that having participated in it, one is part of a process in raising funds for the charity work aimed at improving the living conditions of the people in the Mongolian regions where the Derby takes place. It also makes it eligible for riders to go on a charity project of their choice,” Michaela had said in an interview with another publication during her pre-event months in Dubai.

Prior to the event, familiarisation with the GPS is part of the conditioning period and once the hand picked candidates set foot to the ‘kick-off’ camp in Mongolia, the organisers keep reminding the riders continuously about the life saving electronic device.

Survival equipment of any kind are welcome, such as a sleeping bag, torch and spare clothes, not to forget “the tooth brush and paste,” as Michaela said light heartedly...

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Great Britain: Marlouf de Norvavre makes a 'huge comeback' to win

Thisiscornwall.co.uk - Full Article

12 October 2012

David Yeoman won the Red Dragon 164km two-day endurance race at Builth Wells, in Powys, Wales, last weekend.

David, of North Brewham, Somerset, rode his 12-year-old French part-bred Arab Marlouf de Norvavre at an average speed of more than 15kph in a ride that saw only five of the original 16 starters finish.

"I'm over the moon," said David, who achieved silver in this year's Golden Horseshoe on Exmoor.

"It's been a difficult time because Marlouf de Norvavre was diagnosed with an injury to his annular ligament which is similar to carpel tunnel syndrome. Our vet Neil Brimson, at Garston Vets in Frome, diagnosed him and he was sent for specialist surgery.

"It meant a whole year off but now he's come back and won silver at the Golden Horseshoe and the Red Dragon – it's a huge comeback..."

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

2012 PanAmerican Endurance Championship will be at Pinamar, Argentina

The 2012 PanAmerican Endurance Championship will be held 19-20 October at Pinamar by the sea in Argentina. It is being organized by the Federación Ecuestre Argentina and Club Ecuestre Hipocampo de Pinamar.

The course is relatively flat and will traverse woods, beaches, dunes, and residential areas. 70% is firm level terrain, 10% is sand (seashore), and 20% is firm sand soils along woods.

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Australia: Prince ready to compete at the Tom Quilty Cup

Whitsundaytimes.com.au - Full Article

11 October 2012

WHITSUNDAY rider Tony Laurent and his Arabian horse 'Prince' have qualified for the premier endurance riding event in Australia, to be held in Kilkivan, in southern Queensland next June.

Laurent won the notoriously difficult Denison Creek race to qualify for the Tom Quilty Gold Cup championships.

The prestige associated with competing in the Tom Quilty Cup is huge and it is the goal of Australian endurance riders to attempt the ride in their lifetime.

Laurent is thrilled to have qualified for the event.

"We have been trying to complete a 160km ride in qualifying time for years," Laurent said.

"It takes about two years of training to get a horse that fit.

"Then of course you have to have a horse with a huge heart and willing character.

"All those lonely days and nights out there training in the forest develops a wonderful bond between you and your four legged companion..."

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Scotland: Endurance season ends better than it started

Thesouthernreporter.co.uk - Full Article

Published on Wednesday 10 October 2012 23:52

THE Scottish Borders Endurance Riding Club (SBERC) ended another successful and eventful season by holding their final ride of the year last week.

By all accounts this season has been challenging to say the least, with many rides being cancelled throughout the year due to the extreme weather conditions.

Nevertheless, Peter and Ashley Close of Fishwick Mains Farm near Paxton, managed to pull out all the stops in order to provide a weatherproof route with distances of 80km, 60km, 50km, and 33km as well as a 20km pleasure ride.

Competitors on the day came from as far afield as Cumbria, Durham, and Glasgow, as well as the Borders.

Some of the far-flung horses and riders stayed overnight on the Saturday and made use of the camping and corralling facilities on offer.

Riders witnessed a fantastic route out over the surrounding countryside, which consisted of quiet country lanes, lovely grassy tracks and fields, as well as disused railway line and, of course, some fantastic scenery...

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

France: A seminar to lead the way!



On 25 September, some 115 representatives of local authorities associated with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ 2014 in Normandy, gathered at a seminar arranged by the Organising Committee (OC). The seminar comprised two distinct phases: a first round of discussions at the Regional Council, followed by an initiation into equestrian disciplines at the Caen Equestrian Club.

The seminar’s principal aim was to bring the participants up to date on the project’s progress. It was also the perfect opportunity to allow them to get to know the members of the OC that they work with. « Of the 140 invitations sent out, 115 people participated; this goes to show how much interest there is for the event », adds Dobrina Perrody, the Organising Committee deputy director. « Everyone present was familiar with a small part of the project, either through their professional involvement in a local authority or other organisation. But we wanted everyone to have an overall view of the Games. We felt that they could, in this way, really appreciate the significance of the event. In a sense, the aim was also to say; we need all of you, we need your skills and your help!”

Proceedings were opened by Fabien Grobon, the OC managing director, who was then followed by several members of the Organising Committee. One after the other, they talked about their exact role, the work already accomplished and the priorities they faced in the coming months.The local authorities’ director generals then went on to make a speech (Regional Council, General Council of Calvados, of Orne, the Manche, Urban Councilof Caen la mer and the town of Caen). Finally, Clara Verger, cabinet director for the Calvados prefect, took the floor to reaffirm the French government’s support for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ 2014 in Normandy.

The second half of the seminar saw a special demonstration of the event’s eight official disciplines at the Caen Equestrian Centre (SHUC as it is known). Eric Navet, the 1990 & 2002 world champion, one of the finest records in world jumping, impressed spectators with his minute and fascinating running commentary about the way he jumps his horse. José Letartre, para equestrian dressage multiple-medal winner, Fabrice Martin, French driving champion, Laura Duponchel, reining champion and the vaulting teams of the Petit Dan stables near Caen, led the way as they all shared their passion for equestrian sport.

It was indeed, a festive end to what had been a day true to the spirit of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ 2014 in Normandy.

Monday, October 08, 2012

2013 FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List in Effect from 1 January


2 Oct 2012
The FEI Equine Prohibited Substance List for 2013, which has now been approved by the FEI Bureau, will come into force on 1 January 2013.

Following a period of consultation with the National Federations, the FEI List Group held its most recent meeting during the London 2012 Paralympics and signed off changes to the List for 2013, which include five new substances and other amendments.

The changes, which will be included in the 2013 List and will come into effect on 1 January of next year, are summarised here and below:

 Five new substances have been added to the List for 2013. These are the Controlled Medication substances Cyclosporin, a systemic immunosuppressant; Tropicamide, which affects the central nervous system and has a potential for abuse; Pitcher Plant preparation (Sarapin), which is reputed to have analgesic properties, a potential to affect performance and its use is considered to be a welfare concern; Delmadinone acetate and Chlormadinone acetate, synthetic steroidal progestins that decrease testosterone concentration and have the potential to affect performance;

 Fentanyl and Morphine (analgesics), both of which are currently classified as Banned Substances, will be moved to the Controlled Medication section of the List in 2013 due to their increasingly common legitimate use in equine medicine;

 Suxibuzone, which converts to Phenylbutazone in the body and is currently listed as Phenylbutazone, will be listed separately under Controlled Medications;

 Deslorelin, which was categorised as a Controlled Medication substance in the 2012 List, will be removed from the 2013 List.

“The FEI List Group seeks to use the most up-to-date scientific research and information as part of its ongoing review of the Prohibited Substances List,” said Graeme Cooke, FEI Veterinary Director.

“The National Federations and all the Veterinarians involved in our sport are very much a part of the consultation process and all comments received on the initial suggested changes, which were first proposed in April of this year, were discussed by the List Group prior to the changes being finalised.

“Publishing the changes to the List 90 days in advance, in accordance with our rules, means that the National Federations and their athletes will have plenty of time to familiarise themselves with the changes well in advance of the 2013 Equine Prohibited Substances List coming into force on 1 January next year.”

The 2013 Equine Prohibited Substance List will be accessible prior to 1 January 2013 on the FEI Clean Sport website. Additionally, information is now available on the searchable FEI Equine Prohibited Substances Database, which is free to download for Smartphones.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

South Africa: Endurance ride a big success

Georgeherald.com - Full Article

28 September 2012

SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - The Wynland Endurance Club held a 35km, 90km and a 120km endurance ride in Oudtshoorn on 15 September.

The CANSA auction site, in conjunction with De Zeekoe Guest House and Resort, was used at the venue.

Fifty riders gathered and tested their horses on the course. The pre-vet check was completed at 07:00 and the ride briefing took place at 07:30. The 120km entrants left at 06:00. The first leg of the 35km was ridden through the De Zeekoe Meerkat Reserve.

The second and third leg, of 27km each, took the riders along a dry cement causeway lined with thick thorn trees. Even with the high temperatures and reasonably technical paths, only three riders did not complete the ride.

Seven riders from Mossel Bay participated. Jeni Ferreira on Shadow successfully completed the 35km day ride. Antonet Vorster on her novice Arabian, Mont Blanc Farazz, completed 60km, while Ronell Robertson, a new promising young rider, finished 90km on an Arabian mare called Juliet, belonging to Tiaan Gerber...

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Australia: Olympian embarks on 1,100km charity horse ride

ABC.net.au - Full Article

By Jessica Nairn
Updated Mon Oct 1, 2012 8:11pm AEST

A 24-year-old Olympic pentathlete has left Braidwood, south-east of Canberra, to ride 1,100 kilometres on horseback for charity.

Edward Fernon, originally from Sydney, arrived back from the London Olympics not long ago but is again saddling up, this time for a different reason.

Mr Fernon is riding from the southern New South Wales town through Canberra before following the bicentennial national trail to Melbourne.

"I'm doing a charity horse ride to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute," he said.

"We're riding into Canberra, over the Snowy Mountains, down through Marysville and we finish in Healesville in time for the Melbourne Cup."

The five-week ride follows the steps of famous racehorse Archer.

Legend has it he was led from Braidwood to Melbourne where he won the first Melbourne Cup...

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US Equestrian Announces Team for 2024 FEI Endurance World Championship for Seniors

USEF.org Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the athlete-and-horse combinations that will represent the U.S. at the 2024...