Monday, May 21, 2018

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

By Irish Field Contributor on 21 May 2018

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

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

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

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Estonian riders dominant in Kõrvemaa Endurance Ride 2018 - Full Article

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bahrain Royal Endurance team achievement hailed - Full Article

18 May 2018

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

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

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Friday, May 18, 2018

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

May 18, 2018
by Robin Marshall

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 18 2018
by Michelle Smith

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

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

By Bree Rutledge -May 16, 2018

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

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

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New Zealand: Horse Racing: Trudi tackles Mongol Derby - Full Article

16 May 2018
By: Janine Baalbergen

Levin grandmother of four Trudi Thomas-Morton has been in the grip of adventure for a while now.

She loves horse riding and has been a long distance and an endurance rider both on horses and camels, but her latest venture is truly epic. She plans to ride the 1000km Mongol Derby in August.

That is no mean feat. Travelling from station to station, changing horses each time, with rider and horse undergoing check-ups at each station, each leg of the journey is 40km long and is travelled at speed...

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Great Britain: Annie Joppe’s endurance blog: the sky is the limit - Full Article

Annie Joppe
10:55 - 15 May, 2018

My life over the past couple of weeks seems to have consisted to a large degree of packing and unpacking the trailer and Jeep and cleaning mountains and mountains of kit. My washing machine (and the husband!) has been complaining loudly as yet another heap of grubby horsey kit has been rammed in and the door jammed shut. All the labour, careful planning and intense action however paid off. What a good couple of weeks we have had.

First up was Fantom with a graded ride of 42km aiming to up his fitness levels. This was another ride in beautiful Dorset situated just below the Cerne Giant etched into the hillside. I thought the previous ride we went to in Dorset was hilly, but this one was even hillier and to add to that, it was a hot day for so early in the season, and of course we weren’t used to seeing much sun at all.

We had pretty much cracked the packing for this ride and managed to arrive with all the essentials for an overnight stay for both humans and horses. The ride itself went absolutely perfectly with Fantom maintaining a good speed quite effortlessly and finishing with a pulse of 40bpm...


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

American Eventers to Contest 2018 Mongol Derby

Devan Horn in the 2015 Mongol Derby. Photo by Richard Dunwoody/Mongol Derby - Full Article

By Leslie Wylie on May 15, 2018

Eventers have historically fared pretty well in the Mongol Derby, not because we know the first thing about endurance riding but because as a lot we’re generally tough, scrappy and just psychotic enough to think we can pull it off. Lucinda Green’s niece, Lara Prior-Palmer, won the race in 2013, and several more have found their way to the finish line over the years including (by the skin of my teeth) yours truly.

The 10th annual race, a sort of 1,000-kilometer Hunger Games on horseback, takes place Aug. 5-18 somewhere in Mongolia and will be contested by 45 riders from 13 countries. North America is sending its biggest ever contingent — a whopping 13 riders from the U.S. and two from Canada — and once again there will be a few eventers in the mix.

Let’s break down the American field!...

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

New Zealand: WEG Endurance Representatives Announced

By Diana Dobson

Equestrian Sports New Zealand has announced the first of its team to compete at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in the United States later this year.

Endurance combinations Jenny Champion (Masterton) aboard Barack Obama and Philip Graham (Oxford) on Rosewood Bashir will wear the silver fern at the event which is being held in Mill Spring, North Carolina at the Tryon International Equestrian Centre.

Graham, a beef and cattle farmer from Canterbury, rode at the 2006 WEG and is chuffed to have once again made the team. “It is marvellous,” says the 63-year-old. “It is not as if we haven’t been trying between now and 12 years ago but it is all about the horses falling into place and doing the right thing at the right time.”

Champion is on début and is also very excited. “It is so special to be named,” said the 53-year-old who will compete aboard Barack Obama who at 20 will possibly be the oldest horse in the field.

Both Champion and Graham say one of the biggest challenges will be preparing their horses through the New Zealand winter.

“Barack will be as fit as he has ever been in preparation for the ride of his life,” says Champion. “We will be chasing the best we have ever done.”

She trains on a neighbouring farm that is near ideal. “It is nice rolling country with good contours and is great underfoot,” she says.

Both will need to raise around $80,000 for the Games if they want to bring their horses home with them, but that cost has Champion and Barack’s owner Mark Round considering leaving him in the US. “It will be just terrible to leave him behind but what do you do?”

Graham plans to bring his 15-year-old horse home. He bought the horse as a foal from breeder Helen Chambers and Rosewood Bashir holds a special place in the hearts of him and his wife Helen Bray. His bloodlines trace back to the stallion Sky Hawk who Bray imported from England many years ago and Rosewood Bashir’s dam was out of a mare she bred in the 1980s.

New Zealand expects to also have representatives in showjumping, dressage and eventing.

The Games are held every four years and are expected to attract around 500,000 people over the two-weeks. The eight core equestrian disciplines of showjumping, dressage, para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining will all be represented at the Games. The 2014 WEG attracted 984 athletes with 1234 horses, from 74 nations and was covered by 1900 accredited media from 52 countries.

The horse details:
Rosewood Bashir owned by Philip Graham
Barack Obama owned by Mark Round

Great Britain: Royal Winner at Royal Windsor Endurance

May 11 2018

Royal Windsor Endurance, kindly supported by The Kingdom of Bahrain provided another memorable day of sport. Bahrain itself celebrated a win in the CEI2* with HH Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, riding Vipper De Luriecq coming in first in a time of 05:04:48.

Portugal took top honours in the CEI1*; Rui Pereira rode a sublime three laps on Bloodie Mary finishing in 03:33:13. Twenty British horses completed the 40Km GER.

HH Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be able to ride in Windsor Great Park today and to be able to shake hands with her Majesty the Queen. What a pleasure! Aside from winning, to come here and raise my flag and perform. I’ve now won three out of six races here so I’m at 50%!”

This was the sixth Royal Windsor Endurance event, and for the second year running a CEI1* 80Km and a national 40Km graded endurance ride ran alongside the regular CEI2* 120Km. A record 125 horses from 18 nations set off in near perfect conditions to take on the challenging tracks of Windsor Great Park, and the FEI classes started with a dash along the iconic home straight of Ascot Racecourse.

Great British riders were out in force today, and 68 were entered across the three classes. One notable success was Carri Ann Dark from Wiltshire, who finished a brilliant third in the CEI1* on former Team GB Gelding, HS Drift.

“I came because I love riding here at Windsor and I had absolutely no expectation of doing so well. He led for a while on the second loop but always presents slowly and we set out for the final loop on our own and I hardly saw anyone out there. I was glancing at the statues around the Park (and I’d even filmed us riding through Ascot Racecourse first thing!) I am absolutely delighted with our result and can’t believe I’m going to be in the Castle Arena at Royal Windsor Horse Show tomorrow for the presentation!” said Dark...

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Equestrian election fever: FEI President stands unopposed for re-election and over 50 athletes target eight sport posts

8 May 2018

Ingmar De Vos, who was elected as President of equestrian sport’s global governing body, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) in 2014, is the sole candidate for this year’s Presidential election, which takes place at the FEI General Assembly in Bahrain’s capital Manama on 20 November.

A total of 52 athletes from 26 countries on five continents will also be standing for election as Athlete Representatives for the FEI’s eight Committees for the Olympic sports of Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Paralympic sport of Para-Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Reining and Vaulting.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to stand for re-election”, Ingmar De Vos said. “While I would have expected other candidates, I take the fact that I am unopposed as recognition of all the important work that has been done by the FEI over the last four years.

“This could not have been achieved without the wonderful team at FEI Headquarters under the leadership of our Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez, and the support of the National Federations and our community, for which I am extremely grateful.”

Shaping the future

Sabrina Ibáñez, who initiated the sports-specific Athlete Representative role four years ago in her previous role as Director of Governance, highlighted the significance of the massive athlete turnout for the upcoming Athlete Representative elections:

“We have a record number of athletes wanting to play a role in helping to shape the future direction of equestrian sport, and these include Olympic and Paralympic medalists and current world champions.

“Equestrian sport is unique in the fact that our athletes have such long competitive careers, and many also want to give back to the sport and forge the right future for the next generations of athletes. These are voluntary positions for our athletes, who already spend every waking moment in this sport, so we fully appreciate just how strong a message this is sending to our global community.”

See which athletes are running as Athlete Representatives here.

More about FEI President & Athlete Elections

FEI President Ingmar de Vos, who was elected as an IOC Member in 2017, will stand unopposed following the expiry of the deadline for receipt of candidacies at midnight on 1 May 2018.

It is the first time since 2002 that there has been an uncontested election for the FEI’s top role. The FEI Presidential term is four years, with the possibility of re-election for up to three consecutive terms for a maximum term of 12 years in office.

The Athlete Representative online voting process will open on 29 July. Athletes over 18, who have competed in one of the last two senior FEI World Championships, Olympic Games or Paralympic Games can vote for an athlete in the same sport as themselves and have until the last day of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (23 September) to do so.

To be eligible as a candidate, athletes must have a clean anti-doping record since April 2010 when the new FEI anti-doping system came into effect. The elected Athlete Representatives will be announced on 24 September.

The Athlete Representatives, who are members of their own discipline-specific Technical Committee, also form the Athletes Committee. The Chair of the Athletes Committee, who is nominated by the President, automatically takes a seat on the FEI Executive Board.

About 2018 wider elections

On 15 June, the FEI will announce here the remaining 16 positions that will be elected and appointed during the FEI General Assembly 2018. These will include Members of the FEI Bureau - which is responsible for the general direction of the FEI - FEI Group and Committee Chairs, and Standing Committee Members.

Notes to Editors

All applications for the positions voted on at the FEI General Assembly will be vetted by the FEI Nominations Committee on 7 June 2018.

In addition, an Independent Election Committee established under Article 36.1 of the FEI Statutes was approved by the FEI Bureau on 24 January 2018. The main duty of the IEC is to oversee the election process in 2018, preserve its integrity and avoid any potential conflict of interests.

Full information on the election process is here.

Endurance in Casablanca, Chile - Full Article

8th May 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Andre Alvarez and Ivan Nunez Prado

Casablanca, El Cuadro, Region Valparaiso, Chile. Saturday 28 April. Internationally renowned for its vast wine production, the Casablanca Valley is nestled between the coastal mountain range and the Pacific Ocean in the valleys of central Chile.

Just 45 minutes from Santiago and Valparaíso, this fertile valley is characterized by a refined production of white wine and its Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc varieties.

The races, from 40 to 160 km, were carried out near the Perales dam, a natural source of water for the wildlife of the area and for our horses; a magical rural setting surrounded by vineyards and native trees such as Maiten (Maytenus magellanica), Quillay (Quillaja saponaria), Peumo (Cryptocarya alba) and Boldo (Peumus boldus)...

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

New Zealand: Weber horse trek helps pave way to Mongol Derby adventure - Full Article

10 May 2018

The hills of Kereru Farm will echo to the clip clop of many hooves this weekend, as a two-day horse trek takes in the sights of the area.

Alongside the trekkers will be Levin-based grandmother of four Trudi Thomas-Morton, who is in training to ride in the Mongol Derby - said to be the world's longest, toughest horse race - in August this year.

The trek - on the Hales family's Weber farm - is to raise funds for international charity Cool Earth . . . as part of the conditions of Trudi's Mongol Derby entry...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Australia: Missing horse rider, Narelle Davies found alive, along with horse, after four nights - Full Story

May 8, 2018

A WOMAN who went missing after she set out for a solo horse ride near Mount Buller on Saturday was today found safe and well.

Narelle Davies spent four nights lost in rugged, freezing conditions and was forced to use her horse’s blanket to keep warm as temperatures dipped below zero.

The experienced horse rider lived off minimal food, including muesli bars and other items in an emergency pack.

The 52-year-old was last seen on Saturday by fellow campers at a campsite on Howqua Track, Howqua Hills when she left for a horse ride.

Ms Davies was riding her horse, Depict, in the area — about 220km from Melbourne, near Mount Buller — when she failed to return to the campsite.

The alert was raised and local police, air wing and SES crews started their search.

At 8.30am, volunteers found Ms Davies, along with her horse, Depict, close to the camp site where they went missing.

Senior sergeant Damien Keegan said police were investigating whether Ms Davies had a fall and hit her head causing her to be disorientated...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Cheryl Van Deusen's Long Road to Glory - Full Article

4 May 2018
Text by Stacey Stearns
Images by Favio Lorenz

Cheryl Van Deusen and Hoover The Mover have a busy Endurance year in store...
This year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ may seem a long distance away, but it’s much further for some riders than others.

Endurance riders and their horses take on courses of up to 160km in one day, and they’ll be putting in the miles in the lead up to Tryon and during the North Carolina event in September itself.

One of the stars of the discipline is Cheryl Van Deusen, a professor at the University of North Florida who began in Endurance in 2000 after years competing Arabian show horses, and at 60 years of age, still going strong!

We spoke to Cheryl about this fascinating discipline and Hoover The Mover, one of the incredible horses that she partners with in these epic long-distance races...

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Australia: Search for horse rider missing for three nights in Victorian mountains - Full Article

May 8 2018

Concerns are growing for an accomplished horse endurance rider from Victorian who has been missing for three nights after setting off for a weekend of riding in the mountains around Howqua Hills, north-east of Melbourne.

Narelle Davies, 52, left home in Mansfield, about 200 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, on Saturday.

She had planned to camp overnight near her car and horse float, which were found at Tunnel Bend, an area where people often camp when they're riding in the mountains...

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Monday, May 07, 2018

Italy: Third Trofeo Bassa Padovana - Full Article

6 May 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Valentina Raisa

Vighizzolo d’Este, Padua, Italy. 29 April 2018. During the Third Trofeo Bassa Padovana, the fresh and dynamic Soleada Endurance Team in Northern Italy, organised for the first time an FEI event, a CEI1* of 82.2 km, along three other categories on Sunday 29 April as well as pony classes on Saturday 28 April.

The weather conditions remained optimal during the whole day, sun covered and ventilated so as to guarantee the ideal temperature; and just a light drizzle during the awards ceremony.

The Trofeo Bassa Padovana event took place inside the sports complex and a car cross tracks of the small town of Vighizzolo d’Este, the race route was entirely flat and ran most of the 27km alongside the river.
More than 70 entries were on the starting line, 15 horses and riders in the CEI1* coming from all over Italy, Switzerland and Germany...

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Saturday, May 05, 2018

Tryon International Equestrian Center Hosts Endurance Test Event in Preparation for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

by US Equestrian Communications Department | May 4, 2018, 9:43 AM EST

Mill Spring, N.C. – Last weekend, the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), host of the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018, welcomed top endurance riders from around the world as they hosted the WEG Test Event CEI2*, TIEC’s first-ever endurance ride. Nearly 75 horse-and-rider combinations contested the 120 kilometer distance, with 24 combinations completing the race.

Of the combinations that completed, four were Americans, including Heather Reynolds (Dunnellon, Fla.) and Dublin Hart’s 11-year-old Arabian mare RTR Rimfires Etta; Ellen Olson (La Motte, Iowa) and her seven-year-old Arabian gelding Noslos Tuff Enuff; Kelsey Russell (Williston, Fla.) and Wendy MacCoubrey and Valerie Kanavy’s eight-year-old Arabian gelding Fireman Gold; and Melody Blittersdorf (Morriston, Fla.) and her 18-year-old Arabian gelding Synthetic. Full results can be found here.

“The venue is wonderful and a lot of forethought has gone into the planning for our discipline,” said U.S. Endurance Team Chef d’Equipe Mark Dial. “We know aspects of the endurance portion [of WEG] will change between now and September, but we look forward to seeing those improvements. For being a new course, it is extremely doable, but the degree of difficulty will be affected by the weather and the footing.”

The sport of endurance, including the WEG Test Event CEI2*, focuses on ensuring that the equine athletes are sound, healthy, and able to compete following each of the four loops contested in the race. A vet check at the end of each loop ensures that the horse trots sound, his metabolic functions are responding properly to offered food and water, and close attention is paid to how quickly the horse’s heartbeat returns to normal. The U.S. Endurance Team applicants for WEG are conditioning and preparing their horses for the Games’s 160 kilometer race.

“Our horses are used to terrain that is similar to what we rode here at the test event,” said Dial. “We have been working with the WEG applicants to identify areas near them to train. The applicants will continue to train on similar terrain in an effort to prepare and condition their horses for WEG. We want to make sure that these horses are sound and properly prepared to compete come September – our goal is to finish as a team, with the welfare of these horses as a top priority.

“We are looking forward to the Games and being able to compete at home,” continues Dial. “Thank you to the organizing committee, the officials, Jan Stevens, Sue Phillips, and their team, as well as all of the volunteers for putting on a great test event!”

The final observation event for the U.S. Endurance Team applicants will take place during the Biltmore Challenge, May 3-6. Combinations will have the opportunity to attend Ft. Howes in Montana, June 8-11, through a waiver process, if additional qualification is needed. View the complete list of selection requirements for the U.S. Endurance Team.

The U.S. Endurance Team will be named no later than July 13, 2018.

Stay up to date on the U.S. Endurance Team by following USA Endurance on Facebook and US Equestrian on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use #USAEndurance and #Tryon2018.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Canadian Endurance Team Sets Up for WEG Success - Full Article

May 3 2018

Canadian endurance athletes have continued to position themselves as strong contenders for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) following a successful CEI 2* 120km ride at the WEG Endurance Test Event, held April 26-28, 2018 in Mill Spring, NC.

Robert Gielen of Flesherton, ON was the first North American to cross the finish line on April 28, taking eighth place. He and his nine-year-old Arabian gelding, More Bang For Your Buck (Doran x Forty Thieves) had a total time of 08:52:29, riding at an average speed of 13.54km/hr. Gielen was supported by grooms, Misha Green and Sylvia Gillies, and crew members, Martin Gillies, Dina Riddick and Mike Bostic.

“I’m happy with the results,” said Gielen. “I set out to be somewhat competitive, but didn’t expect to be as high as I was..."

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First race of the season in Kristinehamn, Sweden - Full Article

4 May 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Linnéa Engblom

Kristinehamn, Sweden, Saturday 21 April 2018. In early spring, 24 riders – mostly from Sweden – started the CEI1* 80km, the second of three international races in Sweden this year.

The organizers, Värmlands Distansryttare, also offered some shorter distances, so the venue was filled with horses and riders of all levels, many of them waiting to start the first race for the season. The track is well known by the national riders and has been used to determine both Swedish and Nordic champions in the past. The race track runs on a variety of roads, and this time several riders commented that the grounds were softer than usual.

Marie de Jong on Baltazar, doing their first international race, surprised all the competitors by leaving them behind on the first loop...

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

FEI, WEG and New Rules That Affect Veterinarians - Full Artice

This year has brought—or will bring—many changes to the FEI rules governing international equine sports that affect veterinarians and their clients. EquiManagement and Kindred Bio will bring you behind-the-scenes health and veterinary news leading up to and during WEG Tryon 2018.


Top competitors in every discipline are focused on advancing to the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The event will take place September 11-23. Veterinarians who care for horses at this level need to be aware of changes in regulations that occurred January 1, 2018, or that will take effect July 1, 2018.

Mike Tomlinson, DVM, MBA, is president of the Veterinary Commission I for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. He also is a Course Director for the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). He teaches the veterinary courses. Every veterinarian who serves as an official for the FEI must take this course every four years.

This is also true for endurance veterinarians as of early 2018. “Endurance vets used to have to take the test every two years,” he explained. “As of the last couple of months, they only have to take it every four years. The FEI hasn’t been able to get that word out very well yet...”

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Tickets Now on Sale for FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018

By: WEG Admin
Oct 16, 2017

Games Boast a Variety of Ticketing Options and Regional Adventures

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Tryon, NC – USA – October 16, 2017 – Tickets for the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM Tryon 2018 (WEG) are now on sale. Set for September 11 through September 23 in the scenic Carolinas region of the United States, spectators can choose from a variety of ticket types to experience the world’s largest equestrian championship. With all competitions happening onsite at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, N.C., attendees can come for the day, a week, or the entire Games. Tickets are available online at Select “Buy Tickets” from the menu. Please like the @Tryon2018 Facebook page to stay informed on late breaking news.

Held every four years alternating with the Olympic Games, the FEI World Equestrian Games™ crowns the world’s best athletes and horses as the ultimate world champions in the equestrian disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Reining, Vaulting and Endurance. Horse and rider combinations from more than 70 nations are expected to compete in the massive 12-day event.

Click here to watch the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM Tryon 2018 promo video.

The initial sale of tickets for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 includes the following options: All Games Pass, Week 1 Pass, Week 2 Pass, and then All Session Passes for all of the eight disciplines. Individual Discipline-Specific day sessions will be sold, subject to availability, following sales of all multi-session discipline tickets.

Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies tickets will be sold separately. General Grounds Day Passes will be sold that allow access to the venue to experience the trade fair, event expo, as well as equestrian demonstrations and will be sold three months prior to the event.

VIP tickets and hospitality packages will also be released this winter and customers can trade up their purchased tickets toward these higher value ticketing/hospitality options.

Due to the high demand for ticket packages, those ticketing types are being offered first to ensure that those who want to purchase ticket packages can receive the same seats for all events. Seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis according to the date and timestamp of the ticket purchase. The earlier your purchase, the better your seats.

All Day Session Passes are currently SOLD OUT. We will re-evaluate the release of additional All Day Session Passes at the time of Individual Discipline Session ticket sales.
We anticipate a sold-out event, as pre-purchase ticket sales were significantly above estimates
Ticket prices outlined below are the advanced public ticket prices which are discounted from prices for sales, subject to availability, on the day of the event,
Prices below do not include tax and 8.5 percent processing fee, which will be applied upon check out.

All Session Full Games Pass

The All Session Full Games Pass grants ticket holders access to all of the competition sessions during the full two weeks of competition from Tuesday, September 11, through Sunday, September 23. Full Competition Individual Sessions are valued at $1,600.00 USD, while the All Session Full Games Pass offers a discount of 8% for $1,380 USD.

Total Cost: $1,380.00 USD

All Games Pass – Week 1

The All Games Pass – Week 1 grants ticket holders access to all of the competition sessions during the first week of competition from Tuesday, September 11, through Sunday, September 16. Week 1 Individual Session totals are valued at $840.00 USD, while the All Session Week 1 Pass offers a discount of 8% for $750.00 USD.

Total Cost: $750.00 USD

All Games Pass – Week 2
The All Games Pass – Week 2 grants ticket holders access to all of the competition sessions during the first week of competition from Tuesday, September 18, through Sunday, September 23. Week 2 Individual Session totals are valued at $760.00 USD, while the All Session Week 2 Pass offers a discount of 8% for $675.00 USD.

Total Cost: $675.00 USD

All Session Jumping Pass
The All Session Jumping Pass grants ticket holders access to all sessions of Jumping competition hosted at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

Individual Jumping session tickets are valued at a total of $425.00 USD while the All Session Jumping Pass offers a discount of 8% for $375.00 USD.

Total Cost: $375.00 USD

All Session Eventing Pass
The All Session Eventing Pass grants ticket holders access to all sessions of Eventing competition hosted at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

Individual Eventing session tickets are valued at a total of $245.00 USD while the All Session Eventing Pass offers a discount of 8% for $225.00 USD.

Total Cost: $225.00 USD

All Session Dressage Pass
The All Session Dressage Pass grants ticket holders access to all sessions of Dressage competition hosted at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

Individual Dressage session tickets are valued at a total of $375.00 USD while the All Session Dressage Pass offers a discount of 8% for $345.00 USD.

Total Cost: $345.00 USD

All Session Para-Dressage Pass
The All Session Para-Dressage Pass grants ticket holders access to all sessions of Para-Dressage competition hosted at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

Individual Para-Dressage tickets are valued at a total of $120.00 USD while the All Session Para-Dressage Pass offers a discount of 8% for $110.00 USD.

Total Cost: $110.00 USD

All Session Reining Pass
The All Session Reining Pass grants ticket holders access to all sessions of Reining competition hosted at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

Individual Reining session tickets are valued at a total of $210.00 USD while the All Session Reining Pass offers a discount of 8% for $193.00 USD.

Total Cost: $193.00 USD

All Session Driving Pass
The All Session Driving Pass grants ticket holders access to all sessions of Driving competition hosted at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

Individual Driving session tickets are valued at a total of $90.00 USD while the All Session Reining Pass offers a discount of 8% for $82.00 USD.

Total Cost: $82.00 USD

All Session Vaulting Pass
The All Session Vaulting Pass grants ticket holders access to all sessions of Vaulting competition hosted at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

Individual Vaulting session tickets are valued at a total of $115.00 USD, while the All Session Vaulting Pass offers a discount of 8% for $105.00 USD.

Total Cost: $105.00 USD

Opening Ceremonies & Closing Ceremonies Passes: Pricing Coming Soon
The two-week event begins with a captivating tribute to the Tryon 2018 theme of “Celebrate the Horse, Celebrate the Sport” at the Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The Opening Ceremonies for the 2018 WEG will feature theatrical, crowd-engaging entertainment, renowned performers, and sensational surprises. The final event of the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM will end on Sunday, Sept. 23 with a festive closing ceremony. Tickets for both events will go on sale following the public sales launch of Games tickets.

Complementing the unparalleled opportunity to watch the world’s top riders and horses compete is the chance to discover the distinct culture and adventures within the Carolinas region. TIEC is centrally located within an hour of some of the United States’ top destinations including Asheville and Charlotte in North Carolina and Greenville in South Carolina. WEG attendees are encouraged to plan excursions to experience the collection of small towns and dynamic cities that surround the venue. For a preview of TIEC and the region that houses it, watch the “Destination Tryon” video.

Click here to watch the Destination Tryon video

To start planning a trip to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, visit

For media inquiries, please visit or contact one of the following press officers:

National Media – Carly Weilminster at or (828) 863-1144.

International Media – Niki McEwen at or 0044(0) 203 176 0355.

For more information from the FEI, please contact Leanne Williams or 0041-21-544-1178.

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG), which are administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. For more information, visit and

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

United Arab Emirates riders win WEG Endurance trials - Full Article

By Catherine Hunter
May 2 2018

GREEN CREEK — Languages from around the world flowed out across a grassy field glistening with dew Saturday morning.

The tense feeling of anticipation hung in the cool morning air.

“Horses!” an FEI Steward called out, as hoof beats muffled on pine needles drifts to the waiting crowd.

Sleek Arab horses with red-rimmed nostrils and steam rising from their haunches slowed to a walk, as they entered a corridor marked by white tape. Crewmembers dressed in red and yellow vests handed the riders bottles of water to pour over the horses as they walked by.

The horses did not stop as half empty bottles plopped to the ground and riders gathered their reins. Before the ground crew knew it, the horses were off again at a ground-eating trot as they headed out for the next checkpoint.

Last Saturday, 73 horses from 24 nations descended on Green Creek by way of the Tryon International Equestrian Center for the Endurance test for the World Equestrian Games...

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Adventures on Horseback: Horses from around the world, in our backyard - Full Article

By Catherine Hunter
May 2, 2018


This weekend, I met people from Denmark, Dubai, Guatemala, Japan, Ireland, Oman, Lebanon, Iraq and other places from around the world. They were all speaking different languages and all working to help each other.

It occurred to me again what an amazing place we live in. Here, in Tryon and the Foothills, we welcome horse lovers from all over the planet. We take in those fleeing hurricanes and we open our very doors to volunteers coming here for the World Equestrian Games.

On Saturday, I was able to witness a checkpoint for the Endurance qualifying event for the World Equestrian Games. It was amazing to see these riders and horses from all over the world. Hot blooded Arabs on the muscle, slender riders making sure their horses get water, stewards and volunteers directing the horses and riders onto the right trail.

I was especially appreciative of the Columbus Fire Department who was on duty from early in the morning until late in the evening. They stood out in the sun all day, handling the traffic to be sure the horses could cross the roads safely.

There was a film crew from Dubai with a cameraman from Lebanon and an assistant from Asheville, working on a documentary. Just think, people on the other side of the globe will be seeing pictures of Green Creek...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Home to FEI World Equestrian Games, WNC's horse culture runs deep - Full Article

Dillon Davis,
Published 8:25 a.m. ET April 30, 2018

MAGGIE VALLEY — The morning fog settles over the mountains surrounding Maggie Valley's Cataloochee Ranch. It's the last week of April and Judy Sutton is readying the property for the onslaught of visitors certain to make the summer trek there.

Sutton's family has called this property at the peak of Fie Top Mountain home for 80 years. It's part of her, just as it was for her grandparents, Tom and Judy Alexander, who first purchased the property from Haywood County's "Potato King," Verlin Campbell.

They've built a memorable life there, a steep and winding jaunt from the town's main drag. It consists of numerous trails adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, cabins for visitors as well as more than two dozen horses on-site.

The horses, in particular, have played a huge role in Sutton's life...

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Road To The Mongol Derby: The Guru - Full Article

Sunday, April 29, 2018

By Kelsey Riley

TDN International Editor Kelsey Riley will be riding in the Mongol Derby in August 2018, and will be regularly blogging about her preparations and ultimately, her 1000-kilometer, 10-day ride across Outer Mongolia. Every rider chooses a charity for which they raise money as part of the process. Kelsey has chosen the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program at the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, KY. To learn more about Blackburn, click here.

“Don’t worry, you won’t even notice how bad you smell until you get back to the city.”

That was just one of the pearls of wisdom afforded me last week by 2013 Mongol Derby veteran Shelley Bates, shortly after she informed me that my plan of three clothing changes over my 10 day, 1000 kilometre journey across the Mongolian steppe was far too many–one at most, maybe none, but a change of socks every day, she suggested. What luxury.

While in England last week for the event of the year–no, not the Craven meeting, but rather the wedding of my friends Matt and Amanda Prior–I took the opportunity to travel down to Surrey to meet the woman known simply among Derbyists as The Guru: endurance trainer Maggie Pattinson, who operates On The Hoof Distance Training and has been at the forefront of the Derby organization and crew since the event was inaugurated nine years ago...

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Waikato man Eion Kemp prepares for world's toughest horse race in Mongolia - Full Article

Last updated 12:00, April 30 201

Waikato man Eion Kemp is always up for a challenge.

And in August he'll leave his home in Matamata to compete in the world's toughest horse race, the Mongol Derby.

The 1000 kilometre derby, in Mongolia, is run across high valleys and open passes, semi-arid dunes, wetland and river crossings.

Temperatures can drop to -8 degrees Celsius and soar to 50deg C in one day.

In the past, riders had suffered dehydration, hypothermia, broken bones and concussion...

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Tryon 2018 World Equestrian Games Endurance Test Event Held

April 29 2018

73 starters representing 24 nations tackled the 120-km CEI 2* endurance event Saturday April 28 at Tryon, North Carolina. It was the Test Event for the World Equestrian Games 160-km endurance event to be held on September 12.

The UAE took the top 4 places, all finishing together in a group, with Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum taking first aboard Upedro, a 10-year-old gelding, in a ride time of 7:21.44. Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum was second aboard Toumani Eureka, an 11-year-old gelding.

Former multiple European and World Endurance Champion Maria Alvarez Ponton of Spain finished 5th riding Upsala El Saad, a 10-year-old gelding, in a ride time of 7:40.41.

Canadians Robert Gielen (riding his 9-year-old gelding More Bang For Your Buck) and Wendy MacCoubrey (riding her 9-year-old mare Black Barts Louta) finished 8th and 9th, in 8:52 and change.

USA's Heather Reynolds was 10th aboard the 11-year-old mare RTR Rimfires Etta. Ellen Olson was 12th riding the 7-year-old gelding Noslos Tuff Enuff. Kelsey Russell finished 17th riding the 8-year-old gelding Fireman Gold. Melody Blittersdorf finished 20th aboard the 18-year-old gelding Synthetic.

The other USA riders who were eliminated were Cheryl Van Deusen riding Nazeefs Flashy Rose, Gwen Gall riding TA Kwik Dance, Jeremy Reynolds riding Treasured Moments, Erin Lemmons-Innes riding Highh Treason, Tracy Hofstrand riding FLF Forever Champion, Erin Champion riding Landroval, Meg Sleeper aboard Syrocco Madrigal, and Holly Corcoran riding Authentika.

24 finished the race, and 49 were eliminated, and consensus is that the trail was tough and the vetting very strict.

USA rider Gwen Hall commented: "The hills are relentless and the rains as recent as Thursday evening made footing challenging in areas. Many eliminations due to lameness and despite our riding “back of the pack” the trail beat us today. This trail reminded me of another certain 100 – never hurry, never tarry. I learned a lot on this ride and am thankful for the opportunity to have participated."

Crew person Devan Horn commented: "So it turned out to be about a 32% completion rate. I truly feel in this case the vets were demanding perfection. Not 100% perfect and fresh, you were out. Also, the footing was rough being a newly cut trail, which effected a lot of riders." 

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Monte Hermoso celebrates 20 years of endurance in Argentina - Article & Photos

27 Apeil 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Debbie López for Equestrian Federation of Argentina

Monte Hermoso, Argentina. Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April 2018.

The Argentinean Equestrian Federation celebrated 20 years of endurance with several international racesin the city of Monte Hermoso. Two days of racing was on the agenda and more than a hundred combinations participated. Argentinian entries were joined by riders from Belgium, England, Slovakia, Chile and Uruguay who raced with local horses.

On Friday at 6.30 the start for the 160km race was given and an hour later in was the turn for those riding in the 80km juniors and seniors. The beach was the main attraction of the event and also proved the most difficult part of the different loops.

Saturday also started very early, with first the young riders and seniors for 120km race followed by the participants of 100km. In the afternoon a race for the locals was scheduled over 20km to encourage sports in the area...

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

South Africa: Three local riders to tackle endurance ride

THREE local sportswomen are set to put their endurance and horse riding skills to the ultimate test.

Riana Griebenouw, Kirsty Masterson and Anri Wolmarans will compete in the 160km South African International Endurance Riding Challenge at the Bona Bona Nature Reserve near Klerksdorp in North West Province.

The 160km ride will be divided into six legs: two legs of 40km each and four legs of 20km each. After each leg the horse will be thoroughly inspected by international accredited veterinarians, who decide whether the horse is fit to continue.

“This is not only a fitness challenge, but also a test of mental strength for both horse and rider,” says Wolmarans.

Masterson will ride Delmar Nadra, an 8-year-old mare bred by Daan Landman from Tsitsikamma, while Wolmarans will saddle up 8-year-old gelding Delmar Hasan - also bred by Landman. Griebenouw will take on the challenge on the back of Welbech Hurst Lienka, a 7-year-old from the Welbech Stud in Middelburg.

They will, along with seven other riders, represent the Eastern Cape at this annual challenge. Other team members are Leanne Wels, Antoinette van Zyl, Peet Diedericks, Megan Botha, Nicara Diedericks, Marti Geldenhuys and Xander Diedericks - all from different areas in the Eastern Cape.

Prohibited substance cases under FEI anti-doping rules

24 Apr 2018

The FEI has announced the provisional suspension of a Trainer as an Additional Person Responsible in the case involving the horse Sohair de Bruyere:

Horse: Sohair Des Bruyere (FEI ID 104VK62/QAT)

Person Responsible: Elizaveta Minina (FEI ID 10140497/RUS)

Date of notification: 5 March 2018

Additional Person Responsible: Hassan Khamis Mohammed A Al Shahwani (FEI ID 10131286/QAT)

Date of notification: 23 April March 2018

Event: CEI2* 120 - Doha, Mesaieed (QAT)

Date of Event: 20/01/2018

Prohibited Substance(s): Testosterone

The FEI has also announced adverse analytical findings involving equine prohibited substances. The cases involve the use of *Banned Substances under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).

The athletes have been provisionally suspended from the date of notification until the FEI Tribunal renders its decisions. The horses have been provisionally suspended for two months:

Horse: Thiyya Du Moriter (FEI ID 104KB15/UAE)

Person Responsible: Abdulla Rashid Al Naqbi (FEI ID 10032577/UAE)

Event: CEI2* 120 - Dubai (UAE)

Date of Event: 17/03/2018

Prohibited Substance(s): Trendione

Date of notification: 19 April 2018

Horse: Al Baaz (FEI ID 105KZ27/QAT)

Person Responsible: Hamad Fahaf A A Al Marri (FEI ID 10072903/QAT)

Event: CEI1* 100 - Doha, Mesaieed (QAT)

Date of Event: 17/03/2018

Prohibited Substance(s): Diisopropylamine

Date of notification: 19 April 2018

Details on these cases can be found here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Omani Royal Cavalry win endurance race in Germany - Full Article

April 23, 2018 | 9:54 PM by Times News Service

Berlin: Oman’s Royal Cavalry won the first and third positions at International Babenhausen Endurance race in Germany.

It was a 160 km race and included 6 phases, which was held under the supervision of International Equestrian Federation.

Adil Said Al Bulushi secured the first position on mare Toscane owned by Royal Cavalry, while Rayan Al Mubte from Saudi Arabia came second on the mare Victoire, and Hisham Saleh Al Farsi came third on mare Un Dia owned by Royal Cavalry.

The race was launched at 6am before sun rise which caused some vision difficulty for riders.

The instructions from French trainer Romaine was not to jeopardize by going at high speed lest the horses get limp...

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Australia: Ravensthorpe Equestrian Club hold Endurance Event

April 21 2018

THE Ravensthorpe Equestrian Club will be hosting a two-day endurance ride over the June long-weekend (June 1-4) for distances of 160 kilometres, 80 kilometres, 40 kilometres, 20 kilometres and 10 kilometres.

Experienced and novice riders and their horses alike will be taking to the Ravensthorpe ranges to conquer the hills and take in the views riding on well-marked, dedicated tracks.

Based at the newly refurbished Ravensthorpe Equestrian Club grounds, participants will ride out on both the Saturday and Sunday on a number of different tracks, most of which will head towards and around the range.

Endurance riding is an equestrian sport embodied by the motto “to complete is to win”.

Although the sport awards prizes and trophies, these are minimal and the biggest prize for winners and all competitors is very well-earned bragging rights...

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Friday, April 20, 2018

France: On the way to a new endurance season - Full Article

19 April 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Clémence BAUDIN

La Voulte sur Rhône. France. Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018. Every year, the ‘La Voulte’ endurance ride marks the beginning of the Rhône-Alpes district endurance season with a national and international ride held in the southeast of France.

The ride of La Voulte becomes more and more known and attracts riders from every level. This year was the 21st edition, and the second at the international level. In the past this event took place in the Ardèche mountains, yet for several years it offers completely flat loops along the Rhône river. It is a real great pleasure to see many horses doing their first ride in La Voulte and becoming future champions in endurance...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Canadian Endurance Riders Announced for 2018 WEG Test Event

March 6, 2018
by: Equestrian Canada

The following Canadian athletes have been invited to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Test Event – Endurance CEI 2*, to be held April 26-28, 2018 in Mill Spring, NC:

• Robert Gielen – Flesherton, ON
• Wendy MacCoubrey – Sainte-Justine-de-Newton, QC
• Kimberley Woolley – Finch, ON

The three athletes were chosen to compete in the 120km race based on their standings in the 2017 FEI Open Riders World Endurance Rankings, in which MacCoubrey was the highest placed Canadian, followed by Gielen and Woolley as the second- and third-highest Canadians.

MacCoubrey had an exceptional 2017 season that included multiple top-three finishes on her nine-year-old part Arabian mare, Black Bart’s Lolita (sired by Vondar Black Bart). The duo ended the year strong, earning fourth in the FEI Open Combination World Endurance Rankings.

Gielen was close behind in the FEI Open Combination World Endurance Rankings in eighth with his horse, More Bang for Your Buck (Doran x Forty Thieves). The nine-year-old Arabian gelding and Gielen have won six consecutive endurance races together at the FEI level since 2016.

The final athlete competing in the WEG Test Event, Woolley, has competed with her 12-year-old Arabian mare, Schakka Khan (Sambors Destiny x Hesa Champ), at the FEI level since 2013. The duo came in second at the 2017 Coates Creek Challenge, covering the 120km distance at an average pace of 12.14km/hr.

More information on the 2018 World Equestrian Games can be found here.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

How will the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Mill Spring, NC, impact the Upstate? - Full Article

By Trevor Anderson - April 11, 2018

Upstate business leaders aren’t putting the cart before the horse, but they are champing at the bit to see what kind of impact one of the world’s largest equestrian events will have on the region.

The Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, N.C., will host the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) Sept. 11-23.

TIEC officials said the event could attract more than 1,000 riders, 1,500 horses, and 500,000 spectators from 70 countries, and have a $400 million economic impact in Western North Carolina and the Upstate.

“We’re excited for our neighbors in Tryon [N.C.] to host the World Equestrian Games late this summer,” said John Lummus, president and CEO of Upstate SC Alliance. “While the core action will occur in North Carolina, the event’s location within the greater ‘Charlanta’ region is a great testament to the transportation connectivity, beautiful climate, and hospitable environment this area has to offer.

“We anticipate a great deal of eyes will be on Tryon and nearby communities like Asheville [N.C.], Greenville, Spartanburg, and the surrounding retreats. The event draws 500,000 attendees from throughout the globe,” Lummus added. “Because the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is the designated airport of entry for the games, we anticipate a great deal of economic impact as visitors explore our region’s additional amenities...”

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Clean Endurance slams limited welfare progress in Middle East - Full Article

April 11, 2018

Desert endurance racing in the Middle East continues to exact a heavy toll on horses, four years on from what should have been a watershed moment for the sport, according to the group Clean Endurance.

The group says it is dismayed that, four years after the Endurance Strategic Planning Group (ESPG) set out a blueprint for change, there have been no concrete signs of improvement in the FEI’s Group 7 region, in the Middle East.

The FEI formed the ESPG in 2013 amid growing concerns about horse welfare, doping and rule-breaking. Delegates included representatives from Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the European Equestrian Federation, the FEI Endurance Committee and FEI headquarters.

All had agreed, according to Clean Endurance, that, globally, all efforts had to be made to reduce the numbers of horses testing positive for prohibited substances and suffering injuries.

On November 6 that year, ESPG chairman Andrew Finding opened his presentation to the FEI General Assembly session on Endurance in Montreux, Switzerland, with the words: “President, ladies, gentlemen, friends: we have a serious problem to resolve for Endurance sport and thus for all equestrian sport. We may not like the nature of the media coverage, we may feel that it is not all correct, but we cannot deny the fact that the levels of doping and the incidence of catastrophic injury to horses are unacceptable.”

The ESPG, after months of consultation, presented 41 recommendations to the FEI Sports Forum in April 2014.

“The ESPG’s clear-cut approach gave campaigners cautious hope,” Clean Endurance said.

Four years later, Clean Endurance has revisited the recommendations. It believes that half of them were never adopted. Others, it says, have been only partially executed so far.

“In some respects, the situation has worsened in the desert rides since 2014,” it says...


Gallops of Morocco a view from participant Michèle van Kasteren - Full Story

10 April 2018

On 7 March 2018 we reported about the Gallops of Morocco. Read the inside story of Michèle van Kasteren one of the participants.

I have bred Akhal-Tekes for over 20 years with whom I do compete almost quite as long in endurance. I have competed up to international level, but the Gallops of Morocco…? No, I must admit, I never heard about this concept before. It was my friend Clothilde, a polo player, who introduced me to the Gallops.

So what are the Gallops? It is an adventure combining equestrian tourism with competition. The aim is to achieve 200 km on a horseback in 6 days within a fixed time frame together as a team of 5 persons. Due to some circumstances, horses have been a little in the background for the past three years. Needless to say, I am a little out of shape when it comes to physical condition.

But the idea to participate into a «soft» endurance team ride and meanwhile discover Morocco, where I have never been to, was an idea I immediately got hooked on. Exploring the Sahara on a horseback! What a fabulous challenge to take. 200 km in a week should be ok…I’ve done 160 km in a day in the past. The program sounded fantastic, so it didn’t take much effort for Clothilde to persuade me to participate. But this was 3 weeks before the start of the Gallops!...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

China: Over 100 compete in equestrian endurance in Anhui - Full Article
Photos by: China News Service/Han Suyuan
Published: 2018/4/9 15:05:20

The 2018 China International Equestrian Endurance Competition opens in Dangshan County, East China's Anhui Province, April 8, 2018. More than 100 jockeys from more than 10 countries and regions took part in the race, the highest level of its kind in China, held along the old riverway of the Yellow River...

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KER Brings Unique Expertise to FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 - Full Article

Kentucky Equine Research will coordinate feed, forage and bedding for the FEI's World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 as the Official Equine Nutritionist.


Kentucky Equine Research has been named the Official Equine Nutritionist of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 (WEG). This is a familiar role for the company, which has coordinated the logistics of importing, controlling and distributing feed, forage and bedding at major international equestrian competitions for more than 20 years.

Horse owners know that consistency is key to feeding and managing healthy horses, especially in the midst of travel and competition. When show schedules take horses across international borders, biosecurity concerns and import procedures make staying on familiar feed a challenge. Kentucky Equine Research has a long history of helping national federations and athletes navigate this process at events around the world.

“Competition support is a little-known aspect of Kentucky Equine Research’s services to the global equestrian community,” said company founder and president Joe D. Pagan, PhD. “We have feed-manufacturing partners on six continents and are familiar with the sources and processes necessary to ensure the world’s top horses continue to receive their proven diets in Tryon...”

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Road to the Mongol Derby: Why the Derby? - Full Story

April 3 2018

By Kelsey Riley

TDN International Editor Kelsey Riley will be riding in the Mongol Derby in August 2018, and will be regularly blogging about her preparations and ultimately, her 1000-kilometer, 10-day ride across Outer Mongolia. Every rider chooses a charity for which they raise money as part of the process. Kelsey has chosen the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program at the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, KY. To learn more about Blackburn, click here.

If, after wrestling with a wayward 2-year-old Thoroughbred that has bolted on you for a mile, you finally pull him up–with legs, arms and back screaming in pain–and the first thought to cross your mind is, ‘that was a great workout!’…you may be meant for the Mongol Derby.

I don’t know what exactly possesses around 40 riders from across the world each year to take up the challenge of riding half-broke horses across the outer Mongolian steppe for 1000 kilometres (4,960 furlongs), but I have a much better idea after learning recently about the 42 riders from 13 different countries that I’ll be saddling up (and likely, on a few occasions crashing down) with come August.

Reasons for taking on the world’s longest and toughest horse race?...

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Shipping in 900 horses from around the world - Full Article

By Catherine Hunter
Published 8:00 am Wednesday, April 4, 2018

People learn more about WEG equine transport plans

TRYON — Five hundred thousand people and 900 horses are coming to the area in September.

While the sheriff’s office, the state troopers and local fire and rescue departments are working to figure out traffic, local horsemen and equine vets are talking about the horses.

Tryon Equine held an informative discussion about the transport, care and quarantine of the horses coming to the area for the World Equestrian Games in September. Tryon Equine co-owner Anne Baskett, a veterinarian, spoke to a crowd of 50 or more who attended the talk last Wednesday.

“I did not realize all the pieces that had to come together,” Baskett said.

There are more than 100 vets and 75 volunteers involved in assuring the horses’ health and safety during the two-week event in September...

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Monday, April 02, 2018

New "Endurance Horse Podcast - Every Mile a Memory" Launches

April 2 2018
by Merri

"Endurance Horse Podcast - Where you get to share your adventures of riding good horses through beautiful country"

Taking advantage of the growing popularity of podcasts, Christina Hyke, an endurance rider from the Midwest region launched the new Endurance Horse Podcast on March 14.

Inspired by a running podcast that she listens to, The Extra Mile, Chris thought it would be nice if there was a similar podcast for horse people. "Specifically endurance horse people," Chris said, "where we could keep track of each other's success and challenges, and encourage each other."

As a photographer, Chris is good with Photoshop and Lightroom, so she thought she might be able to figure out how to put a podcast together. Her first recording, which became her first introductory podcast, was recorded while on horseback in the Wisconsin woods.

As a 'newbie' endurance rider, Chris has less than a thousand miles, so considers herself a Green Bean. ("I think I'm a cooked bean, or a baked bean - I'm not sure on the Green Bean thing.")

Chris's first full episode, released March 27, features short stories from a variety of endurance riders, from beginners to a World Champion (Becky Hart); riders from the US, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand; Arabian riders to other riders of other breeds (Palomino, Morgan, Mustang, Quarter horse, Appaloosa, Thoroughbred, Miniature); and riders with old horses and young horses. The episode also includes a piece from a distance driver. "16 people, 8 horse breeds, and 4 countries is a great start," Chris said.

Would you like to participate? Endurance riders from around the world are encouraged to submit an audio recording. "Tell us about yourself and your horse and what you're doing, and if you're conditioning, what techniques you're using, what tips you might have on electrolyting, hauling long distances, anything related to camping. What your hopes are. Doing your first LD? Stepping up to 50's or 100's?" Share your experiences on the trail or about the rides you've done.

Chris describes herself as an equine photographer, wife, mother, friend, and lifelong horse woman. Her first introduction to endurance riding was a clinic called "A Taste of Endurance Riding" - which was a 5-mile intro ride that she won on her horse. "I know, that's not even a conditioning ride… but it definitely was a taste of endurance riding because of the people. It was a potluck, it was educational, everybody was friendly, it was fun, it was wonderful. It gave me this overall feeling for the vibe that the sport gives here in the Midwest, which is super supportive. That's how I knew I was going to get into endurance riding.

"The reason I'm doing this podcast isn't so much because I'm qualified to do so, though I wanted to do some good in the world and bring our endurance family closer together."

New episodes of the podcast will be released once a month.

If you'd like to send Christina your story, or would like more information, send her an email at

Listen to the first podcast at

and subscribe to "Endurance Horse Podcast" on iTunes.

The First WEG: A New Endeavor, To The Tunes Of ABBA - Full Article

By: Beth Rasin
Mar 29, 2018 - 3:05 PM
Sponsored by the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina

If you’re a fan of the award-winning Netflix series “The Crown,” you probably think of HRH Prince Philip as, at best, merely tolerating the horses so adored by his wife Queen Elizabeth. But in reality, the Duke of Edinburgh, a rider and carriage driver, presided over the Fédération Equestre Internationale from 1964-1986 and is credited with developing the concept of a World Equestrian Games in 1982. In 1984, the FEI General Assembly chose Stockholm to host that first WEG, which would take place in 1990.

It’s fitting that the idea came from royalty, as nothing like it had been attempted before.

“The organization of World Championships in six disciplines within the span of two weeks in a small country like Sweden is more than a major undertaking,” said Princess Anne, FEI president from 1986-1994, according to the Chronicle report in 1990. “It is an unprecedented endeavor.”

The Swedish Equestrian Federation established a staff of 30 people who worked for five years in preparation for the Games, and they were aided by more than 2,500 volunteers, many of whom were set up to guard the horses. The event was deemed the “Horse Festival of the Century,” and a huge clock pillar in Stockholm counted down the days until the Games.

With the exception of parts of the endurance, the entire event was held within city limits...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Denmark: Icy winds and warm hearts in Feldborg - Full Article

27 March 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Mette Holm Halvorsen

Feldborg. Denmark. Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March. Every year, the Feldborg endurance ride marks the beginning of the Danish endurance season, held in a large pine tree plantation in the western parts of the country.

A very popular two day event with riders from the Scandinavian and other European countries, due to the long stretches and good footing which allows a steady speed and a good way to start the new season.

This year the effects of a special weather phenomenon over the Arctic, leading to wintery conditions unusually late in the season, challenged the riders with frozen ground and very icy winds blowing, even snow at times. The cold could not dampen the spirit of the hardy endurance riders and their horses, however, and the mood was happy and relaxed throughout the event as is the norm at Feldborg. As many as 20 riders started on March 17, in the longest 120 kilometre CEI2* with participants from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Holland...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Australia: Riders to tackle 320km in the Mary Valley this Easter - Full Article

27th of March 2018

One of the longest endurance horse riding events in Australia will again take place in the Mary Valley over the Easter weekend, with riders taking on the challenging 320km marathon as part of the Far-A-Way Easter Endurance Carnival being held at Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex.

The event will see over 200 competitors put their riding skills to the test across the program of eight rides ranging from the ‘tiny tots’ 5km ride to The Far-A-Way Marathon – a four-day, 320km event.

Far-A-Way Riders Club Secretary Saasha Grogan said riders competing in The Far-A-Way Marathon would cover approximately 80 km per day over four days, with the ride renowned for its technically challenging course in the forestry and hills of the Mary Valley.

“Depending on conditions, marathon front runners usually finish the ride after around 30 hours of riding time, so the level of commitment and endurance from the horse, the rider and their support teams is phenomenal.”

“While the marathon is timed and the leading rider awarded line honours, the focus of endurance riding is very much on the bond between the horse and rider, and both parties finishing in good condition..."

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The Foolproof Way to Reduce Doping Violations: Stop Testing! - Full Article

Cuckson Report | March 26, 2018

The endurance “round table” at the 2012 FEI sports forum was the first time stakeholders started to openly shame the desert sport.

The evening before I was introduced to the UAE delegate Dr Hallvard Sommerseth. Perhaps anticipating the next day’s debate, he told me the only reason the UAE recorded far more doping violations than anyone else was because the UAE had far more horses and did far more sampling than anyone else.

While this had a simple logic, I am always sceptical when people justify their position to someone they’ve only just met. That is sometimes a good instinct; three years later the FEI suspended Dr Sommerseth for faking ride results on an industrial scale.

Dr S might, of course, have given me 100% bona fide information about the UAE’s anti-doping measures in 2012, though I wouldn’t have been able to check it out independently; back then the FEI only divulged anti-doping returns from competitions staged in Europe.

In 2012, though, you could at least get a snapshot of Dubai’s attitude to doping from a decade’s worth of sampling returns from Euston Park, Sheikh Mohammed’s satellite venue in the UK. Sampling was undertaken at just 11 (40.7%) of Euston’s 27 FEI fixtures, and the only time horses ridden by Sheikh Mohammed himself were sampled there was the 2012 world championship – compulsory testing because it was a FEI medal ride and he won it...

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Spain: Llanes Endurance Cup 2018 - Full Article

25 March 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Alejandro Asensio.

Porrua, Principado de Asturias, Spain. Sunday 11 March 2018. XVII Raid club Montañas y Caballos. Llanes Endurance Cup 2018.

Porrúa, a small village of the LLanes region, located between the northern Spanish coast and the Picos de Europa national park, was headquarters of the 17th equestrian endurance race organized by the “Club Montañas y Caballos”. The 85km CEI1* event had 22 registered, along with other qualifying races (at controlled speed) of 80km, 60km and 40km.

The loops were conducted on the tracks of “Camino de Santiago”, coastal paths and the Mañanga and Cuera forests. Spring weather for much of the day, gave a respite to the previous’ weeks’ rains, and an optimal soil for the horses. This race, although without significant altitude differences, can be considered technical, since it crosses beaches, rivers and villages in the area...

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Four adverse drug findings in horses announced, three of them in endurance - Full Article

March 26, 2018

Prohibited substances have been found in four horses, three of them competing in endurance, according to the FEI.

The horse Flor Del Caribe, ridden by Argentina-registered Federica Rossi, tested positive to GW1516 Sulphone after competing in a CEI3* 160km endurance contest at Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, on February 10 this year. GW1516 is listed on the FEI drugs database base as an anabolic agent and is said to increase a horse’s exercise capacity. It is a banned substance.

The horse Bolota De Alcantara, ridden by Portugal-registered Rodrigo Picão Abreu, tested positive for O-Desmethyl Venlafaxine after competing in a CEI2* 120km endurance race in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal, on February 17 this year. Venlafaxine is listed on the database as an antidepressant agent. It is a banned substance.

The third endurance case involves a horse named Sohair Des Bruyere, ridden by Russian-registered Elizaveta Minina in a CEI2* 120km endurance race in Doha, Qatar, on January 20 this year. The horse tested positive for the banned anabolic agent testosterone...


Friday, March 23, 2018

Brooke Becomes Official Charity for FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 - Full Article

March 22, 2018
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The Organizing Committee of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) is proud to announce the non-profit organization Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, has been chosen as the “Official Charity for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018” taking place at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina, USA this September 11 through 23.

The WEG, which takes place every four years, is the major international championship event for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) regulated-disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. This year, the WEG will be held at the 1,600-acre Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, co-founded in 2014 by the Tryon Equestrian Partners, which is comprised of six equestrian families who are all committed to the long-term development and growth of equestrian sport: Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, Roger and Jennifer Smith, Lisa Lourie, Jenji and Diana Mercer, Howard and Gwen Dvorkin, and Joe and Cindy Mitchell.

Headquartered in the UK, Brooke is an international charity that protects and improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules, whose labour keeps millions of poor families in developing countries around the world out of poverty.,,

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

First Edition of E-Magazine Arabian Horse Int'l Published

March 13 saw the release of the first edition of Arabian Horse Int'l Magazine, an online monthly magazine which focuses on the global sport of endurance riding, Arabian flat racing, and Arabian horse shows in order to promote and disseminate the breeding of Arabian horses.

Publisher Cidinha Franzão of Brazil is an equestrian journalist and publisher since 2000, having traveled around the world following her passion of covering main events concerning the Arabian horse.

The first issue of Arabian Horse Int'l features an interview with World Champion Becky Hart, 10 years of the HH Shaikh Mansoor Festival, Germany's Sabrina Arnold's 2017 European Endurance Championship win, touring the island of Sardegna, and much more.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ESNZ Nationals at Springfield the FEI Championship Series Decider

by Daryl Owen

The ESNZ Endurance Championship series comes to a close over Easter weekend with the ESNZ Endurance Nationals, being held at Springfield, Canterbury. It’s also the final event of five in the FEI series. With only one ride to go Naomi O’Shaughnessy and Castlebar Party Girl hold a commanding lead in the FEI series, this year sponsored by Mitavite. In the Championship series the competition is much closer, with only point between leader Alison Higgins on Northwinds Apollo and Naomi. Mistakes or misfortune by any one of those on the leader board could change the allocation of trophies tremendously. This region is renowned for challenging conditions and rocky ground so riders will need to be vigilant.

There are strong entries for this year’s Nationals. With a matter of days before competition starts just less than 100 horses are entered. Almost a third of those are entered in CTR classes, testament to the great work being done by host club, Canterbury Endurance and Trail Riding Club, in promoting the sport and encouraging new riders...

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