Thursday, October 30, 2014

Qatar to host global Arabian horse gathering next month

October 30 2014

Doha: A variety of guest speakers have been assembled for the 2014 World Arabian Horse Organisation (WAHO) conference in Qatar next month.

A team of internationally renowned experts with specialist knowledge in a wide range of subjects including equine welfare and behavioural studies, genetics and cultural heritage, will speak at the conference, which starts on November 10.

The Qatar Foundation and the Qatar National Research Fund are supporting two presentations to be delivered by Prof. Tadeusz Majda (Poland) and Dr Doug Antczak (USA), who will be joined by speakers from France and the United Kingdom.

Antczak, from Cornell University, will give an overview of the new research project on the genetics of the Arabian horse, while Majda will present the translation of the Count Rzewuski Manuscript into English and Arabic.

Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Chairman Sheikh Mohamed bin Faleh Al Thani said the club was delighted to be hosting some of the world’s leading authorities in their respective fields.

“To complement the conference we will be inviting delegates to visit some of Qatar’s major stud farms and training centres providing a rare opportunity to see such a high concentration of quality Arabian breeding stock, race and show horses anywhere in the world.”

The ten-day event will incorporate racing at Al Rayyan Racecourse, Doha, where the race programme on November 12 will feature the WAHO Conference Qatar Cup, an 1800m contest for Purebred Arabian maidens, and the inaugural running of the Jay Stream Cup, a memorial race named in tribute to the first WAHO President widely acknowledged as the most influential figure in the development of worldwide agreement on the registration and record keeping of the purebred Arabian horse. Other speakers include: Cynthia Culbertson (USA) – Bedouin Traditions and their relevance today, Dr Martine Hausberger (France) -How our perception of horse behaviour affects their welfare, Elizabeth J. Launders (UK) – The rider or trainer’s influence, negative and positive, on horse performance, Dr Jean-Louis Leclerc (France) – Improving the welfare of the endurance horses in training and competition, Dr Clemence Lesimple (France) – Improving horses’ health and welfare through adapted management practices, Roland Owers, World Horse Welfare (UK) – Horse Welfare: A Global View.

WAHO celebrates its 44th anniversary this year. It has held a conference every second year since 1970. It has 65 member and applying member nations, with an additional 19 countries whose Arabians are registered by neighbouring countries.

The 2013 conference in Brazil was cancelled, but 2011 host, the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, stepped in to host WAHO again in 2014.

Full details of the event can be found on a dedicated website at The Peninsula

Great Britain: What a great start to 2015

27 October 2014
Three lucky riders have been invited to ride in an FEI 3* being held in Dubai Endurance city on the 10th January 2015.

The event is the HH SH. MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM ENDURANCE CUP and the lucky three riders are:

Carri Ann Dark
Annette Masterson
Robert Newall

We wish them luck and hope they have a great time!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WEG Heads to Canada in 2018 - Full Article

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA
Oct 26, 2014

The World Equestrian Games will take place in Bromont, Canada, only the second time it’s been held in North America.

That’s right. The World Equestrian Games (WEG) were the Jeux Equestres Mondiaux (JEM) this year. And next time, they’ll be the JEM again, in French-speaking Canada.

Ah, but just because it’s going to be JEM again doesn’t mean it’s going to be JEM Normandy again. The language might be the same (though the French would beg to differ), but the venues are worlds apart...

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Russia: Weaved canvas of history - Full Article

24 October 2014 - 1:23pm

The All-Russian Decorative Art Museum has invited Moscow residents and guests to see a unique Turkmen carpet, the only show-piece at the exhibition. The carpet named “Endurance Riding” was made at the Ashkhabad Carpet Factory in 1937 and dedicated to events of the endurance riding of Turkmen equestrians from Ashkhabad to Moscow in 1935. Organizers of the exposition had every reason to create the exhibition of just one show-piece, the story of the carpet and the events related to it have no analogies in history.

A group of Akhal-Teke and Yomut horse riders left Ashkhabad and headed to Moscow in the summer of 1935. Thirty riders travelled 4,300km in 84 days. They travelled 350km through Karakumy, the Ustyurt Plateau, the crossing of the Kazakh steppes, the Russian forest zones.

The rally had military goals: cavalry was still part of the armed forces then, the endurance and strength of Turkmen horses needed testing. All the participants of the rally succeeded. The Akhal-Teke horses proved their endurance and reliability. Newspapers then had proof of the joyful meeting of equestrians in the capital of the country. Moscow residents were waiting for them at the Abelmanovskaya Zastava, forming a line along the street. People threw flowers to the riders.
The participants of the rally became national heroes. No wonder they were chosen as the story for the carpet made by talented Turkmen weavers using designs of the artist A. Savostin.

77 years later, staff of the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum decided to show the unique Turkmen carpet to the public. The carpet had never been demonstrated to Russians before. It was only seen at the 1939 New York World Fair...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Great Britain: What a year! 14 successes in 14 rides - Full Story

(Published:20 October 2014)

Nicki Thorne has had the most magical year - 'dreams really do come true ! Everyone who rides horses at any level knows how tough it can be and sometimes it's hard enough to get around the smaller distances so I am unbelievably proud of my wonderful horses who are competing over the bigger distances and have given me such an incredible result.

It goes without saying that you cannot do the FEI rides without a amazing team and I have incredible people with me at the rides - my husband Andy Thorne who is always at my side supporting me every step of the way and Michelle Macleod my crew extraordinaire, but also my people at home who enable me to travel with the horses - Daniel Stehlik and Fiona Clark. These people give me the confidence to go out there and concentrate on the horses without distractions...

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Great Britain: Another riding success for Farlington’s Katie Bedwin - Full Article

October 17 2014
by Farlington School

Farlington School’s endurance rider, Katie Bedwin, came second last weekend at the Welsh Championships over a distance of 120km, even though she was the only Junior competing.

Katie has been recognised for her sporting achievements recently when she won an award at the Set4Success Awards Ceremony on Friday September 26 at South Lodge Hotel in Horsham.

Katie, 16, received the award from Commonwealth hockey silver medallist, Lucy Wood, for her achievements in horse riding. She found it inspirational to hear from high profile sports people at the event.

Set4Success aims to support young talented sportspeople from the Horsham District to achieve their potential by awarding funding; Katie plans to spend hers on training, competition entry, travel and stabling costs...

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FEI Endurance Judge/TD Course Level I in Japan

The Japan Equestrian Federation and Japan Endurance Rider Support Association will be holding an FEI Endurance Judge/TD Course (Level I) on November 12-13, 2014.

It will be the last FEI Endurance Course and the only Course in Asia in 2014. The Course will be held in Ito, Shizuoka (JPN) in conjunction with their CEI3*/2*/1* event (November 15, 2014).

For more information, please contact Japan Endurance Rider Support Association or Yuki TANAKA of Japan Equestrian Federation at the following email:

Japan Endurance Rider Support Association (Organizer)

Japan Equestrian Federation (NF)

We look forward to seeing your Endurance officials in November.

Best regards,

Course organizer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Great Britain: Abby and pony Diana team ride Red Dragon - Full Article

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

LYDFORD based endurance rider Abby Chisholm and her small but tough pony Diana of Court, (16) rode a careful and well judged ride at the Endurance GB Red Dragon Ride at Builth Wells.

The first day of the two day 160 kilometre ride saw the moorland and slippery, grassy tracks, which needed careful and steady riding. Out of a class of 10 Abby and Diana finished in third behind top GB riders Tricia Hirst and Lauren Mills...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spain: Emma Rosell deserved win in Ripoll CEI2 **

Last weekend, on 11 and 12 October the Raids "Comte Arnau" of Ripoll were played, with two world-class raids, two and one star respectively, and a territorial zero stars, with a total 55 horse-rider pairs.

The showpiece, the CEI2 **, was played on a total of 140 miles in two days with two stages each day. Since the first phase of the first day, a group of nine pairs almost came together to the finish, where Omar Blanco and SHEER ARIANA took over the top spot in the vetgate, followed by Qatari Falek Nasser al Bughenaim and QUARNIK DU BRUGUET.

The six survivors group head out for the second day in accordance with their vetgate times so the competition was still open. In the final phase Guillem Soldevila with AS JUANITA and Falek Nasser Al Bughenaim with QUARNIK DU BRUGUET as breakaway companions came forward, with Bughenaim and QUARNIK DU BRUGUET reaching the finish line almost 10 minutes ahead of Soldevila and AS JUANITA. These two did not pass the final veterinary check so the win in a sprint finish went to Emma Rosell with LLUDRIGA DE MASFERRER followed by Omar Blanco with SHEER ARIANA. Third place went to Christina Yebra with CALZADILLA.

In the CEI1* played on Sunday 85 kilometers in three phases, Guillem Carol, Josep Tapias and Khalid Al Nuaimi led the test during the first phase, but Carol fell behind in the final kilometers. In the second phase the Qatari Al Nuami came first but his mount QUESBAL DU VERGNET did not pass the vet check. This left Marc Rabeya standing first with IRWIN, followed by Tapias with TREK IRRINTZI in 5 minutes. In the final phase, Rabeya and IRWIN kept their lead but did not pass the final trot out, and the victory went to Africa Pou and AINHOA FLASH who had passed Tapias and IRRINTZI. Third place went to Jordi Pons with CATA DE MONTFLUQ.

On Saturday, on the same route, Josep Roma earned zero stars with ANDROMINA RP ahead of Gil Casallarch with NOBLEMANN and Laia Serra with ASIM NAIDA.

Congratulations to all!


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FEI Young Riders Receive Warm Welcome in Chile - Full Article

by Pamela Burthon

13 October 4, Santo Domingo, Chile ~Two Young Riders recently represented the US at the 120km CEIYJ2** endurance ride held in Santo Domingo, Chile on 4 October. The riders were hosted by Pedro Pablo Gomez and were mounted on horses from his stable, Establos El Shaalan. Chef d’Equipe for USA Endurance Emmett Ross has this report.
Technical Course

“USA Young Rider Emilyn DiBassie finished 11th and did an excellent job along with Christina Kimery, who was pulled going into the last and 5th loop due to a slight lameness. The trainer for Al-Shaalan, Pedro Pablo Gomez, said her horse, CL Isfahan, looked fine the next day.”

“The course was fairly technical with fairly rocky parts in places; very similar to the trail our senior team did at the Pan Am’s in late 2011 and which will be the same for the Jr/Young Riders World’s in 2015...

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South Africa: In Honor of Zulu Liebenberg - Full Story

October 10 2014
by Pamela Burton

We celebrate the life of Derek (Zulu) Liebenberg, (1960-2014), Naval Officer, South African National Equestrian Schools Association (SANESA), Endurance Ride Association of South Africa (ERASA), FEI Endurance Development Officer, Namibia and Botswana, husband and father.

The man the world knew as Zulu was born in Impangeni Zululand in KwaZulu Natal Provence on 28 February 1960. He served in the South African Navy for 12 years, first as a Navigator, then rose to the rank of Commander.

Zulu was instrumental in starting the South African National Equestrian Schools Association (SANESA) and was very involved in endurance riding and opening the door for South African riders on the international scene. He worked with other disciplines and helped to bring in the Brazilian Team of show jumpers who competed at the SANESA International Show jumping Competition held during the SANESA 2013 National Championships.

As an FEI Endurance Official, Zulu traveled to many countries to organize and help promote FEI endurance rides...

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Australia: Wagin Quilty Cup hailed a success - Full Story

October 7 2014

RIDING out at midnight is a feat in itself, riding out onto a foggy dark track, only guided by a mounted helmet headlamp is a venture that only a select few would undertake. Of the 101 riders that started the Tom Quilty Gold Cup in Wagin over the weekend, only 36 successfully completed the 100 miles in 24 hours. This included three from Victoria, five from Queensland, four from Tasmania, four from New South Wales, one adored veteran rider from South Australia and 19 buckle winners from our home soil, Western Australia.

Of course, the most exciting part of the event is who wins the Tom Quilty Gold Cup. And this year Jessica Langridge from Queensland riding Tarrangower Crecendo, an 18-year-old Arabian, won in a time of nine hours, 13 minutes and 25 seconds. This is Langridge's first trip to WA as well as her first Tom Quilty ride, so the whole event makes for a memorable trip...

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Monday, October 13, 2014

New Zealand: Horses in the mist: Endurance and trail-riding action - Full Article

By on Oct 13, 2014

Morning mist was little more than a hiccup for riders in Canterbury, New Zealand, who enjoyed a weekend of endurance and competitive trail riding in the sun.

The fog at the Tamara Farm venue near Cust quickly cleared with the heat of the spring sun, allowing riders to complete rides of up to 80km in near-perfect conditions.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

South Africa: Top endurance official loses fight with cancer - Full Article

By on Oct 11, 2014

South African endurance stalwart Derek Liebenberg, an FEI 4-star judge and technical delegate, chief steward and course director, has lost his battle with cancer. The 54-year-old died on Wednesday.

Liebenberg, affectionately known as Zulu, was appointed as the FEI’s regional development officer for Africa in 1998 and worked tirelessly to develop endurance throughout southern Africa from his home in Johannesburg....

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Australia: Bendigo horse enthusiast is riding high in endurance sport - Full Article

By Raelee Tuckerman Oct. 10, 2014, 2 a.m.

Newspaper ad introduced horse enthusiast to an equestrian test of endurance

HORSE enthusiast Ange Nicholls answered a small “Riders Wanted” newspaper ad, hoping for an inexpensive way of getting back in the saddle after the birth of her first child.

What she got instead was an introduction to the sport of endurance riding - and a high-end industry that sees international buyers pay thousands of dollars for locally bred mounts.

“That’s how I met Vincent,” she says, referring to Campaspe Valley Arabians stud owner Vincent Comer, a veteran with three decades of experience in the endurance riding world.

“He was looking for someone to help exercise his horses. It’s not paid, but I meet him out at One Tree Hill and go for a ride for a couple of hours about once a week and I just love it.”

This arrangement has mutual benefits: Vincent has a dedicated volunteer to lend him a hand and Ange enjoys a regular riding fix without the cost and commitment of owning a horse.

The 35-year-old began competing in endurance events last year and recently completed her first 80km ride - winning the lightweight category on Miss Pasha in just over six and a half hours and also taking out the best conditioned horse in her division...

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

2015 Mongol Derby Filling Up Fast

The 2015 Derby is filling up fast, and with female applicants outnumbering males 2 to 1 it brings the question?

Where are all the boys?

The first four Mongol Derbies were won by the boys, but in 2013 the ladies came into ascendency. The first five finishers were girls, with 19 year old Lara Prior-Palmer taking the crown. In 2014 Sam Jones put her stamp on the derby, with the girls this time dominating the top 15.

Will 2015  be a chance for the chaps to win back some dignity or will the girls ride it home again? Are you a gent determined to wrestle back the title? Are you a lady equally determined to keep the title from their grasps?

Applications are still open...

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Jessica Langridge and Tarrangower Crescendo win Tom Quilty Gold Cup 2014

October 4 2014

Winner of the Tom Quilty Gold Cup for 2014 is Jessica Langridge and Tarrangower Crecendo with a riding time of 9.13.25.

Jessica also received the Shareym Trophy as the first middleweight or heavyweight horse to complete the Tom Quilty Gold Cup and who has the most Quilty buckles to its credit up to and including the current event.

Tom Quilty Gold Cup 2014 Best Conditioned Awards
HW - Alan Mackinder & Jezabelle Sweet Dreams - 460 points
MW - Kristie Taprell & Castlebar Belair - 436 points
LW - Dianne Walsh & Razorback Silver Wings - 447 points
JNR - Colleen Krahnen & Kalkadoon Viva - 435 points

Meydan to back Endurance GB drive - Full Article

Potential partnership would help develop comprehensive programme of activities in UK

WAMPublished: 17:12 October 4, 2014

Dubai: Endurance GB (EGB) is in discussion with the Dubai-based Meydan Group over a package of benefits to back the sport of endurance racing in Britain throughout 2015 and beyond.

The potential partnership between Meydan and EGB would allow the latter to develop a comprehensive programme of activities that promises far-reaching and lasting benefits for EGB and its members.

The proposal includes a number of innovations to aid development of the sport in Britain, aligned to the aspirations of the FEI’s Endurance Strategic Planning Group — to “provide leadership and to drive the necessary culture change in Endurance with regard to anti-doping and horse welfare”...

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Slovakia: Esmail Mohammad: Quality is the key to success - Full Article

Dual World Championship-winning trainer stresses the importance of having qualitative goals

By Leslie Wilson Jr
Racing & Special Features Writer
Published: 17:08 October 4, 2014

Bratislava, Slovakia: One word that keeps cropping up when talking to Esmail Mohammad, the dual endurance world championship winning trainer, is quality.

Achieving good results, he says, has everything to do with quality — from the horse to its training to the execution of the ride.

Esmail is clearly a man driven by the desire to achieve the best results and he purses that objective relentlessly. Which explains how he has been able to find the right balance between training endurance horses and thoroughbred racehorses, simultaneously...

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Australia: Wagin gears up for Tom Quilty Gold Cup - Full Article

By AMANDA RAYNER Oct. 1, 2014, 10 p.m.

IN 1966 Kimberley cattleman Tom Quilty and renowned bootmaker R M Williams had a bet in a pub that a horse could not be ridden 100 miles in one day.

Quilty donated 1000 and a gold cup was commissioned for the first prize.

The first endurance ride was organised as a national ride to perpetuate his wish that we should not lose the ability or pioneering tradition to ride over varying terrain for long distances.

The first ride was held in the Hawkesbury area in New South Wales with 26 riders starting in the event.

Gabriel Stecher, a Hungarian born engineer, won on his purebred Arabian stallion Shalawi. He rode all the way bareback in a time of 11 hours and 24 minutes. The Quilty tradition was born...

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Australia: Endurance rider Brook Sample looking for 10th Tom Quilty Gold Cup win - Full Story

October 1 2014

CHAMPION endurance rider Brook Sample will be looking at claiming his eighth Tom Quilty Gold Cup title in Wagin tomorrow.

The nation's most prestigious endurance ride, the gruelling 160 kilometre event was won in 2013 by Sample in his home state of Queensland in just over nine hours.

His 17-year-old horse Brookleigh Excalibur had previously won with Sample in 2012 at St Helens in Tasmania and in 2010 at Manilla in NSW.

Sample was the youngest rider to win the Tom Quilty Cup at age 16.

He won on a horse bred by his father Bob Sample also a notable endurance rider and from whom the passion of endurance riding was fostered from an early age. Sample began riding at the age of two, competing in his first ride at age four...

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

USA Young Endurance Riders Head to Santo Domingo, Chile - Full Article

29 September 2014, USA
Pamela Burton

Emmett Ross, Chef d’Equipe for USA Endurance, has verified that two riders will compete in the 120km CEIYJ2** endurance ride to be held in Santo Domingo, Chile on 4 October.

Ross: “Yes I am taking two young riders to Chile for October 4 120 km ride. The Chilean Federation has been great and offered to find two horses for the two riders to ride. Pedro Pablo Gomez, who has been a friend for over 15 years, is dedicating two of his horses– Pedro’s wife Ximena is arranging much of the administrative aspects. This event is to allow a few of our top young riders to learn the course in advance of the Junior Young Rider World Championships hosted by Chile in November 2015. The venue location at the beautiful Las Brisas resort is near the town of Santo Domingo nearly a two hour drive from Santiago...

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St. George horseman completes one of the world’s toughest endurance races - Full Story Written by E. George Goold May 10, 2024 ST. GEORGE — The Gaucho Derby is a 500-kilometer horse race throug...