Wednesday, July 18, 2018

GBR Team All Set for the Meydan FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors

July 18 2018

Endurance GB is delighted to confirm the entries for the Meydan FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors, due to take place in San Rossore, Pisa (ITA) on the 25th and 26th July 2018. The following combinations have been confirmed to represent Great Britain:

Charlie Chadwick on her own Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar
Kate Atkinson on DNS Ronaldo, owned by Kate’s mother Rachael Atkinson
Ollie Holman on Bronze Nahdir, owned by Harry Ingram

Athletes must be aged between 14 and 21 and horses must be a minimum of eight years old in order to compete at the Regional Championship. The 120km course is made up of four loops of 33km, 28km, 31km and 28km respectively. Pre-Ride vetting takes place at 4pm on the 25th July and the ride itself will start at 6.30am on the San Rossore Race Course (Pisa, ITA). FEI Medals are on offer for both team and individual podium placings with a prestigious Best Condition Trophy also to be won.

This will be Kate Atkinson’s third Championship, her second with selected mount DNS Ronaldo. They will be looking to better their result this year and continue the excellent recent form seen with this talented pair.

Charlie Chadwick with Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar will be tackling their second Championship course together. This combination were selected to represent Great Britain in 2016 where they travelled to Portgual as part of the British Team. An unlucky result saw their dream end at the second vet gate – so Charlie will be keen to put some demons to bed. Charlie and Tsar have been competing at International level together since 2014 so they know each other well and are sure to put in a great performance this time around.

A new combination in 2018 is Ollie Holman and Bronze Nahdir and they’ve certainly arrived with a bang! Ollie has been competing in FEI competitions for just two years and has only been partnered with Bronze Nahdir since the end of last season. They have a perfect record this year competing two CEI2*, both finishing in first place. Whilst they may be a new combination, Bronze Nahdir is more than used to the International scene having been competing in FEI Competition since 2014.

Chef d’Equipe, Jo Chisolm, commented: “We are really happy with the team for this Championship – we have a great mix of experience, up and coming riders and new combinations to this level”.

The GBR Young Rider team is being supplied team kit by sponsor Musto so they will be looking super smart to represent their country at this prestigious event. Further information on the event itself can be found on

Great Britain: First international call-up for Soham endurance rider - Full Article

Katie Beckley loving the friendliness of her new horse-sport

By Tim Street
17:43, 15 JUL 2018

She got lost in Thetford Forest in her first attempt at endurance riding – but this summer will see Katie Beckley become an international in the sport.

The 46 year from Soham, who works as a nurse at the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge, has always been a horse-lover and spent many years competing in the somewhat elite world of showjumping.

But she now feels far more at home in the rather more friendly world of endurance riding – which is more about camaraderie and helping out your rivals as horse and rider battle through mud, sweat and tears.

In fact, so much has Beckley and her horse – a nine year old black and white cob called Bear – taken to their new sport that they have been picked to represent England at the Home Internationals in Scotland next month...

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Australia: Tweed Heads’ Matthew Gadsby and horse Maximus Ra win 2018 endurance state title in Gympie - Full Article

Staff writers, Gold Coast Bulletin
July 16, 2018 3:00pm

TWEED Heads’ Matthew Gadsby has defended his Queensland Endurance Riders Association state title following a gruelling 12-hour journey in freezing Gympie conditions.

Gadsby and horse Maximus Ra sealed a second-straight crown on Saturday after completing the 160km event at Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex in 11 hours and 48 minutes.

More than 150 riders took off in icy conditions at midnight on Friday night, with Gadsby also taking out the Best Conditioned Heavyweight prize after finishing 48 minutes ahead of second-placed Brook Sample and horse Brookleigh Dylan...

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Australia: Megan Finn hopeful of Tom Quilty Qualification - Full Article

Jarryd McGuane
July 12 2018

Elliott endurance horse rider Megan Finn will be trying to qualify for this year’s Tom Quilty Gold Cup event when she takes on the Queensland Endurance Riders Association State Championships this weekend.

Taking place at the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex at Imbil, Finn will copmpete in the 160km race with the goal of completing the distance for the first time in competition.

Finn said finishing the 160km race was crucial in her hopes on earning her way to the 2018 Tom Quilty Gold Cup at Scottsdale in Tasmania on October 6.

“I doing it to try and qualify for the Tom Quilty, which is down in Tasmania in October,” Finn said.

“I haven’t had as long to qualify as everyone else and you need to have finished a 160km race to qualify and I missed out in my last two tries.

“The Tom Quilty moves around every year and next year it is in Queensland and the year after it is in WA, it is pretty hard for me to take a horse across, so this year is my best chance of doing Tom Quilty...”

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South Africa: Free State junior tops the log in Fauresmith endurance ride - Full Article

By Sabrina DeanJuly 12, 2018 8:34 am

A 14-year-old Free State girl, Marjulyn Myburgh of Bethlehem and her Arabian mare, Rasheeq Amor, left the competition in the dust during the first week of July to come home in the fastest time in the annual Fauresmith 200 endurance race.

A 14-year-old Free State girl, Marjulyn Myburgh of Bethlehem and her Arabian mare, Rasheeq Amor, left the competition in the dust during the first week of July to come home in the fastest time in the annual Fauresmith 200 endurance race.

The three-day ride covers a distance of about 200km across mountainous terrain in the area around Fauresmith.

Myburgh, who is a member of the Free State Endurance Union, finished top of the log after completing the race in a time of about eight hours and seven minutes...

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Patagonia: The Gaucho Derby

A new world-class horse race in Patagonia.

We here at The Adventurists created the Mongol Derby a staggering 10 years ago. Not content with running the world's longest and toughest horse race for so long, we thought we should take our equine expertise across the pond. Behold, the Gaucho Derby.

The Institute of Adventure Research shouted 'Gaucho Derby' at us quite loudly, then disappeared into their cave of intention. This can mean only one thing. Soon, they'll reemerge glorious, sweating and full of ideas that we'll then craft into an adventure that will redefine horse racing. Yet again.

It's going to be a long-distance, endurance event on horseback, in one of the most eyeball-meltingly brilliant spots on this planet.

Mr Tom initially wanted to do it in the North Pole, but we reminded him it was a bit chilly, had no horses and didn't really go with the name. So Patagonia it is. The Institute is investigating racecourse options in the mountains, deserts, pampas and grasslands of the southern section of the Andes.

Plans are being crafted as we speak, with a Institute of Adventure Research-led pioneers edition penned for later in 2018 and the first full edition targeted at October 2019.

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High-Speed Test for Three-Year-Old Sport Horses Scrapped Amid Outcry - Full Article

July 13, 2018 | Comments
by: Pippa Cuckson

A 5km test for three-year-old sport horses at speeds, which could exceed 30km/h (18.6m/h), has been scrapped by organisers of the FEI World Endurance Breeding Championships after outcry from riders and Arabian horse breeders.

The Samorin Equestrian Centre in Slovakia were the organizers of the event which was to featured speed trials for three-, four- and five-year-olds as detailed in this promotional flyer. The tests were intended to provide a supporting attraction during an Arabian Horse Festival starting September 29, which incorporates the official FEI 130km endurance championship for seven-year-olds. It is understood the FEI was unaware and had not been asked to approve the additional program, but it has intervened in recent days.

Astonished horsemen took to social media to call for a boycott. Others queried the “sanity” of any producer attempting to break-in and then prepare young horses for these onerous tests in just 10 weeks. All categories would have been required to achieve a heart-rate recovery of just 56 beats per minute within 10 minutes...

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Great Britain: Endurance Nominated Entries for WEG

July 16 2018

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has today confirmed the nominated combinations selected by Endurance GB, which have been submitted to the FEI, for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina (USA), 11-23 September 2018.

The nominated combinations are (in alphabetical order);

Rachael Atkinson with her own Tannasg Psyches Realm

Caroline Cowley with her own HS Bellini

Dominique Freeman with her own Rising Heat, and Carla Eigenauer’s WCF Atillah

Nicola Thorne with Heather and Jeremy Reynolds’ Grand Ku, and Heather Reynolds’ Treasured Moments

Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, Falpro England, Musto, NAF and Point Two Air Vests.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Endurance GB Crowns 2018 Young Rider National Champion

11 July 2018. The British Young Rider National Championships took place this past weekend at Kings Forest, Thetford, in some of the toughest conditions seen so far this year.

Endurance GB is extremely proud to announce that the 2018 Young Rider National Champion is Endurance GB Spotlight Scholar, Ella Bunting, who rode Emma Daniel's Aly’s Estrella de Rock to victory last Saturday. The combination successfully completed the CEIYJ2* 120km ride at King’s Forest (GBR) in what can only be described as extremely challenging conditions. With temperatures well over 30 degrees centigrade, excellent horsemanship and understanding were required by all riders competing across the entire field of classes.

The Young Rider Championships was a closely fought affair throughout the day. Five of the entrants in the CEIYJ2* were eligible to compete for the coveted title. In the initial stages the British contingent was dominated by Charlie Chadwick (GBR) partnered by Aragorn, Charlie’s mother’s 14 year old Arab gelding. Chadwick sat in second place behind the class leader Hamdan Ahmed Mohd Al Marri (UAE) with a comfortable nine minute lead over 3rd and 4th placed Bunting and Katie Bedwin (GBR) respectively.

As the day progressed the extreme conditions took their toll with two combinations failing to qualify for their next respective stages. British rider Keighley Pomroy’s ambitions were dashed at Vet Gate Two where her horse Hathek was judged to have an irregular gait. Despite Chadwick’s early success her day was cut short at the fourth Vet Gate, just 16km from the finish, where Aragorn also failed to qualify for the final stage due to an irregular gait. This left the competition wide open between the three remaining British riders. Bunting left on to the final loop with a two minute lead over Bedwin, with Harry Ollis (GBR) riding Kirsty Wiscombe’s homebred bay mare, Yawl Hill Pollyanna, a further nine minutes behind.

Bunting and Bedwin rode the last loop together, as they had done the entire ride leading up to that point, ensuring their horses had company and were well motivated for the final stage. However, it was Ollis who put in the quickest final loop at 15.4kph – he successfully created a four minute lead over his compatriots, crossing the finish line in 2nd place behind 1st placed Al Marri (UAE), who had completed the course nearly two hours beforehand. However, Ollis’ joy was short lived as Yawl Hill Pollyanna was judged to be lame at the final vetting. Bunting and Bedwin crossed the finish line together, hand in hand, having tackled the tough course together all day – the perfect display of camaraderie, sportsmanship and support with just one second separating the pair’s final result. Both combinations passed the final vetting and the 2018 National Champion and Reserve Champion were crowned!

Various other classes took place over the weekend at the popular Thetford venue. Nicki Thorne, Chair of Endurance GB, said: “Special thanks to all those involved in ensuring a smooth and successful event despite the extremely testing conditions; the ride organising committee, the volunteers and officials, and of course, ongoing support from HPower Endurance and event sponsor Meydan.”

Amongst many other things participants were treated to, top class veterinary services, unlimited ice and a very tasty barbeque for all in attendance on the Saturday evening.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Germany: Close fight for victory in the Endurance Festival Bavaria - Full Article

10 July 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Ilka Fichtel

Babenhausen, Germany. 16 June 2018. The Endurance Festival Bavaria comprises a series of international endurance competitions combined with national rides and is organized by Endurance Team Klingbeil, headed by international rider Ursula Klingbeil.

The German Championships for Seniors and Juniors and Young Riders were also held at the event at the Riding Club Babenhausen.
The area meets all requirements for international events with a high number of competitors. Since April 2018 the timing system ERTZ has been used at the Endurance Festival.

The most discussed subject during the weekend was who would be the champion this year.
Would it be Melanie Arnold for the sixth time, or Bernhard Dornsiepen who was vice-champion for the past two years and victorious in 2003?...

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Monday, July 09, 2018

Australia: Anti-Vaxxers Are Targeting a Vaccine for a Virus Deadlier Than Ebola - Full Article

The vaccine for Hendra, a virus that can spread from horses to humans, has pitted owners against vets—revealing that science alone can't prevent the next global pandemic.

July 9 2018

Cedars ernest was a certifiable goofball. He was a purebred Shire, a type of British draft horse that once specialized in hauling carts of ale. Nicknamed Ernie, he tipped the scales at more than a ton, and had a chocolate-brown coat with luxuriant white hair feathering his hooves. His owner, Nicole Carloss, a horse trainer in Queensland, Australia, adopted him in 2013, when he was 7 years old, and he immediately found his place in her family.

“He would burst open the screen door and try to do the dishes with you,” Carloss said. When her children played in their sandbox, Ernie would plop his front hooves down next to them. Carloss took Ernie to compete in shows throughout the state, where he would strut around with a sequined browband. “He stole everybody’s heart,” she said.

In August 2016, Carloss came home from work and headed out to the fenced pasture to visit Ernie. He lifted his head dolefully, like Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh. His eyes were empty, his breathing was strange, and he wobbled when he walked. Carloss suspected he might have been bitten by a snake, but she saw no fang marks on his legs.

She called a local veterinarian and described Ernie’s symptoms. The vet asked Carloss if her horse had been vaccinated for Hendra.

“No,” she replied.

Carloss had anticipated the question, but that didn’t make it any less unsettling. Hendra is a deadly virus that is endemic in Australia and is spread by bats. Since the first documented outbreak in horses in 1994, Hendra has killed 102 of the animals. It kills people, too: On seven occasions, it has crossed from sick horses to the veterinarians and other professionals attending them, leading to four excruciating deaths...

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The Timid Rider Takes Mongolia


Equestrian Author and Photographer to Attend the Gobi Desert Cup

[Red Bank, New Jersey July 9, 2018] Small business owner Heather Wallace is known as an animal massage therapist, author, equestrian blogger at The Timid Rider, and photographer. With a varied skill set and strong work ethic, she is most recently known for her best-selling book, Confessions of a Timid Rider, which is an Amazon bestseller in three categories.

While no stranger to hard work, Heather will be challenging herself this August as the Media Consultant for the second annual Gobi Desert Cup taking place this August in Mongolia. Serving as a writer and photographer to document the journey, she is also acting as liaison for international riders and the global press.

Co-founded in 2017 by FEI 3* Endurance Rider, Camille Champagne and leading Mongolian veterinarian Naranbataar Adiya, the Gobi Desert Cup is a 480 kilometer multi-stage endurance race through the Gobi Desert, riding Mongolian horses every day for 6 days over 80 kilometers (approximately 50 miles). This challenge is the only one of its kind to combine endurance while positively supporting Mongolian culture and their horses.

To follow her journey or learn more about the Gobi Desert Cup, contact Heather Wallace at 1+732-784-7195; email; or

South Africa: Mongol Derby is Neigh big deal for Drummond biker - Full Article

Samantha Anderson is one of the lucky few who were chosen to tackle the intense Mongol Derby in late July.
July 7, 2018

SAMANTHA Anderson has swopped her 1909 Humber pedal cycle for ponies to tackle the gruelling 1 000km Mongol Derby.

The reason is, “Motorbikes can’t love you back,” joked Sam.

She took a leap of faith by adding her name to the pool of entrants wanting to take part in the Mongol Derby.

Sam said being accepted was a wake-up call as she had never ridden endurance on a horse and was faced with the exciting and stupidly daunting challenge of riding 1 000kms in 10 days on semi-wild Mongolian ponies with no comforts or support.

To go from zero to hero she enlisted the help of her family and friends.

“I owe a life time debt of gratitude to a number of people who have been amazingly generous to me,” said Sam. Her partner, Kevin Tebbutt, Dube Pricemoor, Craig Gillespie, Craig Egbrink, Pete Dommit, Mark and Elsa Fraser and Wiesman Nel have all helped. She said there were three she owed a special thanks to who have helped shape her abilities in preparation for the event.

“The first is Glynn Redgrave, an extremely talented horse whisperer who had the terrible job of trying to teach me to ride unbacked race horses at Summerveld in the hopes that I would learn to handle semi-wild ponies.”

After breaking three ribs in her first couple of weeks of training, Sam was undeterred and still trains with Glynn every Friday...

Bermuda's Endurance Pioneer - Full Story

09 July 2018
Text by Stacey Stearns

Marvin Brangman of Bermuda will become his country’s first-ever Endurance entry in the FEI World Equestrian Games™ when he travels to Tryon in September.

Although a Bermuda resident, Marvin Brangman moved to the USA in 2000. He is a horse trainer in LaGrange, Georgia and an ordained minister at the Fellowship Christian Center International of Newman, Georgia.

His first Endurance ride was as recently as 2015, while he also trains in Dressage, Jumping, young horses and western. In May he completed the two-year process of qualifying for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG), where he will be riding MM Godiva Chokalat, who is owned by Lori Shifflet and Vicky Stanislawski...

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Australia: Stirling’s Crossing to host endurance state Championships

5 July 2018

The 2018 Queensland Endurance Riders Association (QERA) State Championships will be hosted in Imbil next week and has attracted riders from as far afield as Scotland and Japan as part of the 180-strong contingent of riders tackling the course at Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex.

Hosted by Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club, the event is expected to bring over 600 people ― including riders and their support crews ― to the Mary Valley town from 13-15 July, as the riders take on the diverse forestry terrain around the complex over 80km and 160km distances.

Event host and owner of Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex, Matthew Sample said those tackling the challenging 160km ride ― including riders as young as eleven ― would set off at midnight on Friday with many riding most of Saturday to complete within the 24-hour cut-off time.

“There’s a reason why our motto in endurance riding is ‘to complete is to win’ as even those who take out the championships will spend at least ten hours in the saddle to complete the 160km ride,” Mr Sample said.

“This event is truly unique and will give endurance riders the opportunity to take on a great challenge while bonding with their horses on one of Australia’s best endurance courses.”

“We anticipate we will have many riders who will be taking on their first 160km at this event, QERA has offered free entry to all Junior QERA members and the Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club has offered free entry for all open riders who wish to attempt this distance for the first time.”

“Anyone who has not yet completed this distance can use this ride as an opportunity to qualify for next year’s prestigious Tom Quilty Gold Cup which will be hosted at the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex in July 2019. All riders must have completed a 160km to participate in the Tom Quilty Gold Cup and as there aren’t many of these rides on the annual calendar, the State Championships is a perfect opportunity.”

Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club President Kim Moir said that amongst the first-timers were several eleven-year-olds looking to qualify now in preparation for the 2019 Tom Quilty Gold Cup, as the ride also has a minimum age requirement of 12 years.

“It’s a real coming of age for our young riders to tackle a 160km, particularly when it’s an opportunity to qualify for the sport’s most prestigious ride which is expected to attract over 300 riders from across Australia to our Imbil complex next year,” Ms Moir said.

“These kids have completed 80km and 120km rides but a 160km ride requires a whole new set of skills and incredible commitment, so there will be a high level of excitement for both horse and rider which really adds to the energy of the event.”

“Endurance riders have the utmost respect and admiration for their horses as the sport is only suited to horses that have exceptional athleticism, intuition, intelligence and a very competitive nature.”

“The ride course sees riders return to the complex for vetting every 30-40 kilometres so vets can check on the horses’ wellbeing and ensure they are in a good condition before they set off on their next leg.”

Mr Sample said the course for the QERA State Championships was very similar to that for next year’s Tom Quilty Gold Cup so this event provided an excellent opportunity for all riders to get a feel for the terrain.”

“We have a fantastic field coming to this event, both for the 160km and for the 80km ride which starts at 6am on Saturday morning so we can expect to see very competitive times and a great day out on the track,” Mr Sample said.

“At Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex we are lucky to have unique trails through the Imbil State Forest; camping onsite for riders, their teams and their horses and facilities that are unmatched at any other endurance venue so these events are always a fantastic experience for the whole family.”

The list of competitors in the QERA State Championships includes the current Queensland Champion, Matthew Gadsby (Tweed Heads, NSW), the 2017 Pat Slater Cup winner Kaylea Maher (Imbil) and previous Tom Quilty Gold Cup winners Brook Sample (Kenilworth) and Jessica Langridge (Imbil).

The event is open to the public. To find out more please visit the website of the Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club

Haras La Perseverancia race was a tough event in Uruguay - Full Article

6th July 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Lucia Olascoaga.
Photo Credit: Pio Endurance

Haras La Perseverancia, Costa Azul, Canelones, Uruguay. 22-24 June 2018. The midpoint of the season arrived recently in Uruguay, bringing with it the last chance to qualify for the next World Equestrian Games.

Some riders/trainers focused specifically on the next world championship and others on qualifying the new and interesting horses that appear in all the 1star races, dreaming of the next opportunity to show the quality of the horses in international events, and of course representing the country with “La Celeste”.

A CEI3* 160km, the most important race, began at 7am on the Saturday. The competition was divided in 5 loops of 40km, 36.5km, 36.5km, 31.2km and a final loop of 16km.

The race was led in the first three loops by Pedro Sosa riding AM Fartak. Participants consistently arrived together, but AM Fartak’s team along with a good heart rate held the best formula to start the next loop in front.

The best horses in the track were Vice Pan American champion Caetec CSM with Monica Pinto Lima and the promising LG Sajj with Fernanda Villar. This horse is the brother of LG Moneera, the mare who had a great performance in the last World Championship in Slovakia...

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Great Britain: Disabled riders show endurance - Full Article

July 4 2018

Riders from Fairlight Hall Riding for the Disabled Group competed at the RDA’s South East Region’s sixth annual Endurance Ride.

The event enjoyed splendid sunshine and saw 1km, 2km and 3km rides on paths and tracks across the gorgeous setting of fields and woodland on Underriver Farm near Sevenoaks, courtesy of Sophie and Charles Honnywill.

Joanna Sale, from Riding for the Disabled, said: “Feedback from the day was very positive, particularly given the wonderful Kent countryside that the riders were able to appreciate at its best..."

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Australia: WEG Endurance Team Announcement

July 5 2018

Equestrian Australia (EA) is pleased to announce its Team for Endurance at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, in the USA.

Australian Endurance legend Penny Toft heads the list of athletes, and, remarkably, it will be the fifth occasion that she has represented Australia at an FEI World Equestrian Games.

“I am honoured to represent Australia at what will be my fifth World Equestrian Games. I have never been more ready for this big event,” said Toft.

“I am also especially proud of the fact that I will be competing on one of our home-bred horses, Dream Dancer te.”

The selected team is:

Penny Toft and Dream Dancer te
Naomi O’Shaughnessy and Castlebar Party Girl
Jodie Salinas and FLF Go Flight Leader
Stella Harbison and Magical Mikada

Samantha Jones and Wallace Hill Sundance
Congratulations to both riders and horses, we wish them the best of luck.

Horse of the Month: Nobby Stories - Full Article

July 3 2018

In our latest Horse of the Month feature, we get to know more about this WEG Endurance legend...

Nobby and his rider Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton are the most successful Endurance partnership of all time.

They are the only horse and rider combination to ever have held World and European titles simultaneously.

In 2008, Nobby won the World Endurance Championship in Malaysia, and then In 2009, he won the European Endurance Championship in Italy. Nobby then went one to win the World Equestrian Games Endurance title in the USA in 2010.

This impressive horse then won his fourth major title in a row in 2011 when defending his European title in France...

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Monday, July 02, 2018

FEI WEG 2018: Preparations in Full Swing - Full Article

27 June 2018

How Mark Bellissimo's dreams are becoming a reality at Tryon International Equestrian Center ahead of FEI WEG 2018...

It’s one of sport’s great events and it’s now just over two months away… yes, the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) is getting ever closer.

For those who can’t quite wait until WEG gets under way on September 11 to see the magnificent Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in all its glory, the Equestrian World cameras recently visited the venue for the successful test events.

Equestrian World also caught up with American tycoon and TIEC chief executive Mark Bellissimo, whose vision of creating one of the world’s leading equestrian centres will be realised when the sport’s stars travel to North Carolina in September...

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

IVEC II: Veterinary Endurance Conference close to WEG

International Veterinary Endurance Conference taking place September 9, three days before the WEG endurance competition and only 30 minutes drive away from the WEG venue. Veterinarians and endurance professionals are invited to join the conference. Tickets will be available from August 1st at a price of $175 including lunch. Accommodation packages are also available.

Please click on "interested" on this facebook event to be kept up to date and share this invite with anyone else who might like to join the conference.

The first IVEC conference, two years ago at the World Endurance Championships in Slovakia, was attended by more than 80 professionals. This year's IVEC will have some of the foremost experts in endurance veterinary science discuss the latest scientific research. Topics include treatment during competition, pre-purchase exams, genetics, doping, ride strategy and much more.

For more information:
Monica Mira
Shanti Roos

Lorie Duff to Represent Canada in the Gobi Desert Cup - Full Article

June 28, 2018
by: The Gobi Desert Cup

Lorie Duff of Lorie Duff Horsemanship has been invited to represent Team Canada for The Gobi Desert Cup in Mongolia August 22-31. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Duff is a professional horsemanship coach and trainer now based at Liberty Lane Farm in Ottawa, Ontario.

Duff was the first western performer at the RCMP sunset ceremonies in Ottawa to showcase Liberty Horsemanship. She has been a featured demonstrator at the Can-Am Horse Expo; a guest performer at the Calgary Stampede; and recipient of the NEA Showmanship and NEA Sportsmanship Award...

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Friday, June 29, 2018

South Africa: Fauresmith prepares for toughest endurance race

11:32 Fri, 29 Jun 2018

People are making their way to Fauresmith in the Free State for one of the toughest endurance races of its kind.

Known as the Fauresmith International Endurance Race, over 500 riders and their horses enter each year, coming from all over the equestrian world. President of the Free State Endurance Ride Association of South Africa, Ronell Coetzer, says the distance of the race is 200 kilometres.

“Most of the people are going tomorrow. However, the race starts on Tuesday. It’s a 200 km race done over three days,” says Coetzer.

Coetzer says the riders and their horses will race for 75km on Tuesday, 75km on Wednesday and 50km on Thursday. She says they are expecting over 3000 people to attend this event, and most guest houses in the town have already been fully booked.

Euston Park 1 Flies High Following Championship Announcement

The first Euston Park event on the Endurance GB 2018 Calendar took place this past weekend with the venue and participants buzzing at the recent news that the 2019 European Championships has been awarded to Euston Park (GBR).

27th June 2018 – for immediate release

The first of four instalments of the Euston Park Endurance events on the Endurance GB Calendar took place this past weekend in glorious sunshine. The ever-popular venue saw a total of 75 combinations from nine different nations competing across distances from 80km to 160km over two days of competition. With the very recent announcement that Euston Park has been awarded the 2019 European Endurance Championships, the venue was buzzing with excited talk of things to come.

Saturday’s CEI1* saw 15 successful finishers from 24 starters and some very impressive performances despite the testing conditions. British rider Carina Kane took third place with her horse Evermore Artistic, competing in their first ever FEI event. Kane stated ‘I can’t believe that we finished third, I came here with absolutely no expectations and just wanted to get round. We came all the way from Cornwall but it turns out it was definitely worth it!’

British riders competing in the CEI2* had a 75% completion rate, with 7th placed Chaminda Manjula Rodrigo’s ride Bahia Du Cambou having the fastest recoveries of the class – a total of just 10 minutes and 10 seconds, including the finish.

There were three classes taking place on the Sunday; the CEI3*, CEIYJ2* and a second CEI1*. First place in the CEI3* went to Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al Mazrouei (UAE) who’s horse, Quetzal Arvorig, took an average of just under 2.20mins to present at each vet gate, an impressive result given the extremely hot weather. There was one British entrant in the CEI3*; Kirsty Wiscombe with her stallion YawlHill Billy. Unfortunately, their day was cut short when ‘Billy’ was judged to be lame at the first vet gate and subsequently failed to qualify for the next phase. Better luck was bestowed upon the only other two British entrants, both of whom were competing in the CEI1*. This class had an extremely impressive 82% completion rate with Nicola Thorne (riding LM Bolena) and Charlotte Strang (riding Bolero Phantastik) finishing in 8th and 9th positions respectively.

A huge amount of effort went in to ensuring the very best for horses and riders alike with such testing conditions. Unlimited ice was available on both days helping to cool the horses as efficiently as possible. A number of improvements have been made to the tracks since last year, with the ground more forgiving, despite there only being 7mm of rain in the seven weeks running up to the event. Tracks were watered on a regular basis to minimise the dust and some crew points had been moved to ensure crews had more consistent and better access to their horses out on course.

As is now customary with Euston Park events, the main focus is the Best Conditioned Award presented for each class. The entire prize money fund is dedicated to this prestigious accolade as judged by the Members of the Veterinary Commission. Winners of the Best Condition Award were:

CEI1* (Sat) – Bon Jan Na’Do ridden by Rashid Mohd Ibrahim Al Baloushi (UAE)

CEI2* (Sat) – Afreet ridden by Mariam Adnan Abdulkarim Al Raid (UAE)

CEI1* (Sun) – Beduina Mt Noby ridden by Raed Mahmood (BRN)

CEIYJ2* (Sun) – Dji’nha de Fignols ridden by Salim Said Al Owais (UAE)

CEI3* (Sun) – Alandar ridden by Ghaith Abdul Wahid Khamis Saqer (UAE)

Event Director, Nick Brooks-Ward of HPower Endurance, said: ‘This was a great start to what promises to be a fabulous summer at Euston Park culminating in the H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival on Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August—a celebration of all things Endurance. There’s huge excitement around the venue with this week’s news about us winning the bid to host the European Championships here in 2019. As ever huge thanks go to the Duke of Grafton for allowing us to use Euston Park for another year, to local land owners and all of our stewards and volunteers.’.

Euston Park Endurance - (Sat) CEI1 athletes

Euston Park Endurance - Best Condition (Sun) CEI1 Beduina Mt Noby ridden by Raed Mahmood (BRN)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Oman's Royal Cavalry wins in Paris

June 25, 2018 | 9:00 PM by ONA

Dalila from the Royal Cavalry secured first place in the 2-Star Endurance horse race held in Paris, which was organised by the International Equestrian Federation over 120km. The race saw a participation of 41 horse riders from different countries. The Royal Cavalry are preparing for the 2018 World Equestrian Games to be held in USA.


Cambodia: Makara, Narith top endurance in Siem Reap - Full Article

Tue, 26 June 2018
H S Manjunath

National riders Phat Makara and Sim Narith, representing the Phnom Penh Equestrian Club, won the 30km and 20km events respectively in the inaugural Royal Angkor Endurance competition, hosted by Happy Ranch Siem Reap under the patronage of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni on Sunday.

Several riders from the Thai Equestrian Federation and Thai Polo Club joined more than a dozen Cambodian riders, including members of the bronze medal-winning national squad at last year’s SEA Games in Malaysia.

Among the clubs sending entries were the Cambodian Country Club, Phnom Penh Equestrian Club, Areyksat Club and Siem Reap’s Happy Ranch.

“We were greatly honoured by His Majesty King Sihamoni granting us his patronage for this first edition, one which will chart a new path for this exciting branch of equestrianism we are determined to excel in,” said president of the Cambodian Equestrian Federation Mona Tep...

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Bahrain Royal Endurance Team’s achievements hailed


Manama, June 25 (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, confirmed that Bahrain Royal Endurance Team is maintaining their momentum thanks to the high spirits surrounding the team following their victories from one race to another.
HH Shaikh Nasser’s remarks were made in a comment of Bahrain Royal Endurance Team’s triumph in the Euston Endurance Ride, held in Britain, winning the first five spots in the 80 km category which featured broad participation from world’s top competitors in this sport.

HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa said, “The team has accomplished the goals for which they participated in the British race, which is reaping honourable sports achievements for the Kingdom, in addition to preparing for upcoming endurance racing championships, in hopes of further victories.”

HH added, “Bahrain Royal Endurance Team had greatly benefited from this outstanding participation in terms of training, performance and the enthusiasm of the riders to win. The British race was a place to confirm the superiority of Bahraini capacity and its development in different aspects, enhancing the achievements made in various sports tournaments.”

It’s of worth noting that Bahrain’s Khalifa Mubarak won first place in the race clocking 04.04.21 hours; in second place came the compatriot Khalifa Jamal clocking 04.04.22 hours; in third place Khalid Yusuf clocking 04.04.23 hours; in fourth place Yacoob Al Hammadi clocking 04.04.36 hours; in fifth place Raed Mahmood, who posted a time of 04.04.36 hours. The training of horses was supervised by the trainers Abdulrahman Abdullatif and Sumaya Jassem.

Bahrain’s Abdulrahman Al-Zayed won the fifth place for the distance of 160 km, and his horse was ranked among the elite horses, alongside HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Raed Mahmood, qualifying him to participate in the world championship which will be held in Tyron, USA.


FEI Releases 2017 Endurance Report

FEI has released its annual Endurance Report for 2017. The report includes statistics on the growth of the discipline of endurance, key performance indicators of 2017, independent governance advisors, endurance official statistics, and information on the FEI coaching system.

The report can be viewed and downloaded here:

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Brazil: André Vidiz wins in Jaguariúna and completes his 24th 160km race - Full Article

23 June 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Cidinha Franzão

Fazenda Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, Jaguariúna, São Paulo, Brazil. Saturday 16 June 2018. Third Stage of the São Paulo Championship also featured the National Endurance Competition of 160km (selection ride for WEG in Tryon), 120km and 80km.

At 5:30am on 16 June, the competitors of the CEI3* 160km (divided in six stages of 34 km, 32 km, 27 km, 27 km, 23.5 and 17 km), gathered for the most important ride of the day because it was the last opportunity to get selected for the 2018 WEG Brazilian Team.

André Vidiz riding the mare Bondgirl Endurance dominated the race since the start and completed the 160km in a total ride time of 07:41:40 and an average speed of 20.86 km/h, setting a speed record for a Brazilian three-star race. With this victory he completed his 24th 160km race...

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Friday, June 22, 2018

FEI Awards European Endurance Championships 2019 to Euston Park (GBR)

22 JUNE 2018

The FEI Bureau has confirmed that the FEI European Endurance Championship 2019 will take place at Great Britain’s 200-acre Euston Park venue, set in Thetford Forest from the 15th to 18th August 2019.
Endurance GB is delighted to confirm that the application for Euston Park (GBR) to host the European Endurance Championships 2019 has been announced as the winning bid. The FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) issued a Press Release on Wednesday 20th June confirming various Championship allocations in 2019 and 2020 following the decision of the FEI Bureau. Full details on the FEI Press Release can be found here.
Hosting the European Championships will present a unique opportunity for the sport of endurance riding in Great Britain and the Championship Organisers, HPower Endurance. EGB is confident that this will deliver a strong and concrete legacy for the sport going forward. Having this Championship ‘on the doorstep’ will make competing at such a level tangible for the many EGB members, both Senior and Young Rider, looking to step up on to the International scene.
Event Director, Nick Brooks-Ward, commented “We are delighted with this announcement.  We are about to start our third summer of rides at Euston Park and we believe that the previous two years have given us the opportunity to bring together a team which has the experience, knowledge and expertise to get the very best out of this stunning venue.  We have already started work on the Championships”.
Nicki Thorne, added, “We look forward to giving a very warm welcome to endurance nations from across Europe who will send their elite athletes to compete in the European Championships in what will be the highlight of a spectacular festival of endurance in an iconic location”.
Euston Park is set within the beautiful Suffolk countryside and will give riders from across the continent the chance to take in magnificent historic parkland, ancient forests, woodlands and river crossings – all on well-maintained tracks with minimal roadwork. An incredible experience for athletes, spectators and endurance fans alike.
As well as the 2019 European Endurance Championships, other Endurance Championships confirmed by the FEI Bureau are:
• FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses - Madrid (ESP), 21-24 May or 4-7 June 2020
• FEI Endurance European Championship for Young Riders & Juniors – Vic (ESP), 25-27 September 2020
Endurance GB and HPower Endurance is look forwarding to welcoming Europe’s Endurance Elite next year… the countdown has begun!

Australia Announces WEG Endurance Short List

June 15 2018

Equestrian Australia (EA) is pleased to announce its Endurance short list for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, in the USA.

The successful combinations are:

Penny Toft and Dream Dancer te
Naomi O’Shaughnessy and Castlebar Party Girl
Jodie Salinas and FLF Go Flight Leader
Stella Harbison and Magical Mikada
Samantha Jones and Wallace Hill Sundance

Congratulations to both riders and we wish them the best of luck with their preparations over the coming months.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Mongol Derby: Aussie Cousins race to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis - Full Article

By Jennifer Browning
June 20 2018

Fancy sitting on a horse for 10 days, travelling 1,000 kilometres through gruelling terrain with temperatures ranging from -5 degrees Celsius to 35C?

Crazy right?

Not for one Australian family.

Henry Bell and his three cousins, Rob, Ed and Jack Archibald are gearing up to race the Mongol Derby in August.

They are doing it to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis, a disease that has left Henry's dad, Rob Bell, wheelchair-bound.

"The concept of the ride was the Archibald boys, they were the ones who decided to do it and Ed's been the big pusher of raising money and awareness for Dad on behalf of MS," Henry said.

Mr Bell, speaking from his property south of Goulburn, said his son's and nephews' efforts were "flattering".

"For me it was very heartening to know young people are so keen to get rid of this terrible disease," he said...

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Brazil: First Stage of Chevaux Endurance Cup Crowns Champion - Full Article

Text: Cidinha Franzão
Photos: J.C. Markun for Chevaux

15 June 2018

Brasilia Country Club, Brasilia DF, Brazil. Saturday 26 May 2018. First Stage of Chevaux Endurance Cup also featured the Brazilian National Championship of 160km and 60km in Brasilia Country Club.

Less than a month after winning the Brazilian National Championship in the 120km, with Al Saida Larzac, Pedro Stefani Marino, this time riding RG Komo, dominated the 160km race which was divided into six loops. Pedro Marino became the first Brazilian to win two important titles in the 30 years of endurance racing in Brazil.

At 5:00 in the morning, eight combinations left in pursuit of the most important national title of the year. In addition to claiming the Brazilian champion title in the 160km, (total ride time of 08:19:04 and average speed of 19.47 km/h) the representative of São Paulo, Pedro Marino and RG Komo also won the Best Condition Award. During the six stages the dispute was fierce with Jose Caio Vaz Guimarães and Chambord Endurance, but the young Caio’s horse was eliminated in the last veterinary inspection by irregular gait, in this way the second place and the runner-up was for Felipe de Azevedo Morgulis and Saiph SBV...

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Botswana: De Graaff commends Ghanzi endurance horse riders

June 14 2018

A trustee of the Lady Khama Charitable Trust (LKCT), Christian De Graaff has applauded the Ghanzi Horse Endurance Relay (GHER) riders for their commitment and sacrifice.

De Graaff, who is also the co-founder of the GHER, said the riders had ensured a successful relay since inception in 2009.

He said the main objective of the initiative was to raise awareness on horse endurance riding as well as helping disadvantaged members of the society.

He was speaking at this year’s GHER stop-over in Sekoma on Wednesday, which started in Ghanzi and will end in Gaborone.

The relay, which covers a distance of over 700km in four days, is intended to raise funds for the LKCT.

“These young men and women that you see here today, embarked on this four day long endurance relay from Ghanzi to Gaborone to raise awareness on endurance horse-riding in Botswana, and more importantly, to raise funds for the Trust. For their efforts and sacrifice, we will forever be grateful,” he said.

A representative of the GHER riders, Seeiso Maine said their journey was a mixed one where they encountered challenges along the way.

He said even though the relay was fun, they were faced with challenges such as wild animals, especially dangerous snakes.

He urged young people to come forth and join them to keep away from the streets and also play a role in contributing to helping the less-advantaged members of the society.

GBR Confirm Nominated Entries for European Championships

- (Published:16 June 2018)

Endurance GB is delighted to confirm the submission of Nominated Entries for the Junior and Young Rider Championships due to take place in San Rossore, Pisa (ITA) on the 25th and 26th July 2018. The following combinations have been selected to represent Great Britain:

Charlie Chadwick on Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar

Kate Atkinson on DNS Ronaldo

Ollie Holman on Bronze Nahdir

Chef d’Equipe, Jo Chisholm, commented “All being well, the Definite Entries (which will be submitted on 19th July 2018) will constitute all three of our selected combinations. We are really happy with team for this Championship – we have a great mix of experience and new combinations to this level”.

Athletes must be aged between 14 and 21 and horses must be a minimum of 8 years old in order to compete at the Regional Championship. The 120km course is made up of four loops of 33km, 28km, 31km and 28km respectively. Pre-Ride vetting takes place at 4pm on the 25th July and the ride itself will start at 6.30am on the San Rossore Race Course (Pisa, ITA). FEI Medals are on offer for both team and individual podium placings with a prestigious Best Condition Trophy also to be won.

This will be Kate Atkinson’s third Championship, her second with selected mount DNS Ronaldo. The pair unfortunately failed to complete at their previous Championship, the Junior and Young Rider World Championships last year, also held in Italy. They will be looking to better their result this year and continue the excellent form we are used to seeing with this talented pair.

Charlie Chadwick with Hazelcroft Gosens Tsar will be tackling their second Championship course together. This combination was selected to represent Great Britain in 2016 where they travelled to Portugal as part of the British Team. An unlucky result saw their dream end at the second vet gate – so another combination with some demons to put to bed! Charlie and Tsar have been competing at International level together since 2014 so they know each other well and are sure to put in a great performance this time round.

A new combination in 2018 is Ollie Holman and Bronze Nahdir – that said, they’ve certainly arrived with a bang! Ollie has been competing in FEI competitions for just two years, but partnered with Bronze Nahdir, they have a perfect record this year competing two CEI2*, both in first place. Whilst they may be a new combination, Bronze Nahdir is more than used to the International scene having been competing in FEI Competition since 2014.

The GBR Young Rider team is being supplied team kit by sponsor Musto so they will be looking super smart to represent their country at this prestigious event. Horse and Rider profiles will be shared shortly and definite entries confirmed on the 19th July 2018. Further information on the event itself can be found on

Friday, June 15, 2018

Voting Rights and Wrongs Revisited - Full Article

Cuckson Report | June 14, 2018

A “record” 52 riders are contesting the upcoming athlete elections: so gushed a recent FEI press release. Well, it wouldn’t exactly be difficult to create a record: it is only the second time these elections have been held and – like any other new concept that people didn’t quite get at the outset – awareness first time round was inevitably muted.

Still, you can only applaud that so many active international riders want to shape the future by serving as athlete representatives on the FEI sports technical committees for the next four years. Despite the FEI’s random efforts to engage a more diverse population in policy-making, turn up at any FEI forum and you’ll quickly notice that 95 per cent of equestrian politicians are gray-haired and gray-suited.

So, in view of the surge in interest for the 2018 renewal, I hope the FEI doesn’t regret slashing voting rights to the elite few hundred riders, drivers and vaulters that have competed at recent Olympics and/or world championships. This mass disenfranchisement is a total contradiction of everything done – some of it arguably to the detriment of sporting prowess – to embrace the emerging equestrian nations.

The voting change was suggested last summer by the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) Their opposite numbers in dressage and eventing knew nothing about it till the ink was dry, and tell me they would have opposed it, had they realised in time. The FEI’s rationale for implementation was that very few people voted in 2014 – just 431 of 10,855 eligible riders.

That decision was surely premature, and the voting system should have been re-evaluated only if there is an equally poor response in 2018. Heaven help us, though, if the relative proportions do remain the same – there will more candidates than voters!...

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Canada's Wendy Benns: Going the Distance - Full Article

A veteran of the Canadian endurance team, Wendy Benns is no stranger to championship competition. She’s competed in three Pan American Games, the UAE World Cup in Dubai and the World Equestrian Games in Malaysia during her 20 year career. But with no seasoned horse in her stable and a wedding to plan in 2018, qualifying for this year’s WEG is an entirely new breed of challenge. Benns takes us on her whirlwind journey to qualify for Tryon 2018. As told to Carley Sparks.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend trying to qualify for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) and plan your wedding in the same year—unless you like to take on a challenge!
Each of those things on their own require a tremendous amount of planning and preparation. Put them together and, well, let’s just say there were moments when my fiancé, Jeremy Dupuis, probably thought I was a little on edge. (Or crazy. There’s a good chance that crossed his mind…)

But, in the end, I wouldn’t change a thing. It all came together just perfectly for us!

Jeremy and I were planning our wedding for March in Mexico. It was a destination wedding, so it was a little easier than planning a traditional one at home but it’s still a lot of work. As exciting and fun as it is to dream about your wedding day, a lot goes into pulling all the different pieces together, especially when you have a full-time job—I’m an animal control officer—and a stable full of horses on your property to manage.

I was consumed with all that and really wasn’t concerned about this year’s WEG.

Plus, I didn’t have a horse to do it.

I’ve been competing in endurance or over 20 years. As with any horse sport, always you’re looking to the next horse. For me, that’s usually meant breeding.

We bred my top mare, Flirt with Fyre (an offspring of my Pan American Games mount Flirt with Ecstasy) last year. She just had her foal in June, a chestnut filly that is the first ever Canadian-born/Asgard-bred Arabian. (And gorgeous, if I do say so myself!) Competition-wise, that left me with my upcoming horse Egalite. He only started competing in FEI last year, so my focus has been bringing him along. I figured either the stars would align and I’d qualify or I’d sit out this WEG.

Then the ride on a top endurance horse just sort of materialized...

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Estonia: Dubai based riders dominant in Padise Endurance Festival - Full Article

9 June 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of PEC Team
Photo Credit: PEC Team

Padise Equestrian Centre, Padise County, Estonia. Thursday 24 and Thursday 31 May 2018.
In 2017 Padise Equestrian Centre hosted two FEI Endurance international events, this year Padise Equestrian Centre will host six endurance events under the Padise Endurance Festival.

The Padise Equestrian Centre is the brand-new capital of equestrian sports in Northern Europe located in beautiful Padise County, Estonia, near the cost of the Baltic Sea.

The third and fourth edition of the Padise Endurance Festival were held on 24 and 31 May 2018. These events gathered riders from dozen of European countries as well as from the UAE., including the Crown Prince of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who won the competition for 160 km at Padise Endurance Festival IV.

It was the first time in history of the Republic of Estonia that horses arrived by several planes and landed at Tallinn Airport. 24 horses came from Spain, Italy and Great Britain to compete in the championship level distance of 160 km...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mongolia: The Gobi Desert Cup challenges riders, body and soul - Full Article

4 June 2018

Race Preview made with the assistance of Heather Wallace.
Photo Credit: The Gobi Desert Cup.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 4 May 2018. The Gobi Desert Cup is a 480 kilometer endurance ride beginning outside Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. The challenge is focused on teamwork, horsemanship and immersion in the Mongolian culture as well as completing the marked course safely.

Now in its second year, this life-changing experience accepts no more than 20 riders from around the world to compete from 22 to 31 August 2018.

Each participant arrives at camp and is trained for two days on the tack and horses in preparation for the race to begin. This also gives the participants the opportunity to meet officials and discuss the rules and safety guidelines. Each rider has six horses for the length of the trip, one per day. Ride Director and Co-founder Camille Champagne notes: “The challenge focuses on testing your endurance and horsemanship by managing the horses over 80 km in one day.” Throughout the course there are two veterinary exams: one at 40 kilometers and the second at the end of the day’s ride, at approximately 80 kilometers.

“You may have what it takes, but it will take everything you’ve got.” Camille Champagne...

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Australia: International riders compete at The Rock - Full Article

June 13 2018
Nikki Reynolds

RIDERS from as far away as France and Sweden have competed in a world class endurance ride in the Riverina.

The ride holds significance on the world stage due to the fact it was affiliated with Federation Equestrian International (FEI).

For ride director Col Lewis the event, which used Bullenbong Station at The Rock as a base, was a big success.

He said 147 competitors entered and despite the international interest there was plenty of support from southern NSW. In fact, 60 per cent of the riders were from the local area...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The secret to the man against horse race that brings thousands to a small Welsh town - Full Article

By Will Hayward
8 JUN 2018

At some point everyone has had a debate in the pub about something completely random.

Would Muhammad Ali beat Bruce Lee in a fight? Who is the greatest footballer of all time? One of these very conversations was happening in the Neuadd Arms Hotel, Llanwrtyd Wells , in June 1980.

The then landlord, Gordon Green, overheard two men discussing the relative merits of men and horses running over mountainous terrain. And from that, the Man v Horse race was born.

Almost 30 years on, the race has grown and grown with a dedicated following and people travelling from all over the UK.

“We don’t really know what has made it so popular,” said 72-year-old Bob Greenough who is part of the organising team. According to Bob the event is a welcome boost to the area.

“It is very well attended, a lot of people come out to watch it. People will come here from a long way away. The runners will come from all over the UK and people come with them...

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New Zealand: Waikato man gears up for the 1,000km Mongol Derby, the world's longest and toughest horse race - Full Article

It's "one hell of a ride" but Waikato horse rider Eion Kemp says he's looking forward to competing in the world's longest and toughest horse race, the Mongol Derby.

It's raced over 1000 kilometres of some of the world's most gruelling terrain in Mongolia in August.

TVNZ1's Seven Sharp found Eion Kemp breaking in yearlings and two-year-olds at a farm at Matamata before they go on to a trainer.

In much the same way, Mr Kemp is about to be broken in, in the biggest riding challenge of his career.

"The Mongol Derby. The world's longest and toughest horse race. It's raced over 1000 kilometres through the steppes of Mongolia," he said...

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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Two-Year Ban for Endurance Rider in 'Feed Contamination' Claim - Full Article

June 8, 2018
by: Pippa Cuckson

A young Uruguayan endurance rider has been suspended for two years and fined 3,000 Swiss francs by the FEI Tribunal after her horse tested positive to a substance associated with lowering the heart rate.

Victoria Goni, 22, argued vehemently that the presence of banned substance ergonovine in El Mate’s sample was caused by contaminated feed. Uruguay has a known problem with an arable fungus which can cause a disease called ergotism linked with alkaloids including ergonovine. In worst cases, ergotism leads to gangrene of the limbs.

However the FEI argued that as “one of the side-effects of ergonovine was that it lowered the heart rate” and “it could therefore be abused in endurance.”

El Mate was sampled at a 120km ride in Trinidad in February 2017. (FEI results show there were just three starters, with El Mate the only finisher at an average speed of 18.7kph)...

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Endurance GB launches Coaching For All scheme

Endurance GB, the National Governing Body for the sport of Endurance Riding, has launched Coaching For All, a new initiative to attract more coaches into the sport.

Endurance GB members aged 16 and over who are keen to further their own education and that of their fellow members, are encouraged to apply to the scheme where EGB will fund 50% of the cost of a UKCC Level 1 coaching qualification.

Applicants are invited to submit a 500 word personal statement, including details of why they would like to pursue the coaching qualification and what they, as individuals, will be able to contribute to Endurance GB with their qualification. From the applications, five aspiring coaches will be selected by an expert panel to benefit from this unique opportunity.

Nicki Thorne, Chair of Endurance GB, said: “Coaching has welfare at its heart. The greater the education, the better the horse's and rider's well-being. We are passionate about educating and training our riders and horses in Endurance and excited to be able to offer the support to provide future coaches with the best start possible. We are grateful to sponsors, HPower, for their support with this initiative.”

The announcement of the initiative coincides with a celebration of #GreatCoaching, spearheaded by UK Coaching, taking place this week 4th - 10th June. Maintaining their commitment to the education of coaches, later this year EGB will provide further opportunities for existing coaches to be supported in their move up to the next level.

The closing date to apply for the UKCC Level 1 coaching qualification supported by EGB is Friday 1st July; to find out more about the application process visit

Monday, June 04, 2018

Aussie family taking part in the world’s toughest race - Full Article

June 4 2018

Four Australians are preparing to take part in the annual Mongol Derby, a 1000km trek labelled the world’s toughest horse race.

Henry Bell and his three cousins are raising money for Multiple Sclerosis, riding for Henry’s father Rob who suffers from the worst form of the disease.

When Rob was younger he was a fine horseman, so his son and nephews are hoping to do him proud and help find a cure.

Rob joins Alan Jones and says his diagnosis in 2011 came as a complete shock.

“It was five years before I knew something was wrong…spent the next five years finding what was wrong… it’s so cruel because it’s so slow...”

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Ireland: A ride on the wild side for jockey who won biggest race of his life - Full Article

Donie Fahy won a gruelling horse race through Mongolia - 10 months after breaking his back, writes Hilary A White

Hilary A White
June 3 2018 6:30 PM

In order to get back in the saddle and win the most meaningful race of his entire life, jockey Donie Fahy had to go to the ends of the earth.

Mongolia, to be specific.

In August 2012, Fahy took part in the Mongol Derby, an equine endurance race fashioned after the postal route used by Genghis Khan in the early 13th century. While simply crossing the finishing line of this gruelling 10-day and 1,000km-long marathon is a feat in itself, the unassuming Meath man won it.

What's more, his triumph happened 10 months after breaking his back...

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

Bermuda: Brangman Qualifies For World Equestrian Games

June 2 2018

The Bermuda Equestrian has received official confirmation that Marvin Brangman and Arabian horse MM Godiva Chokalat have qualified for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in the Discipline of Endurance Riding, which will mark the first time the island will be represented in the genre.

Endurance is a long-distance competition against the clock, which test the speed & endurance of a horse. It challenges the riders on their effective use of pace, knowledge of their horses’ capabilities as well as the ability to cross varying terrains. Throughout the lengthy rides, there are periodic veterinary check stations to ensure the horse is fit to continue.

This will mark the first time that Bermuda will have a competitor in the discipline of Endurance Riding.

A delighted Mr Brangman said that qualifying for the 2018 World Equestrian Games was a challenge & commitment.

It required entry into numerous endurance competitions culminating in the recently held 160k competition in Ashville where this team successfully placed 1st place in a speed of 14.37 [km/h]. The World Equestrian Games will be held in the USA from 11th – 23rd September.

An ordained Minister, Mr Brangman gives thanks to his faith, as well as the dedicated support from his wife, Mary and the continual encouragement from his coach, Christo Dinkelmann.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Great Britain: Royal Winner at Royal Windsor Endurance

Photo credit: Royal Windsor Horse Show - Full Article
31st May 2018

Royal Windsor Horse Show, The Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire, Great Britain. Friday 11 May 2018. Royal Windsor Endurance, kindly supported by the Kingdom of Bahrain, provided another memorable day of sport, and 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 and to be able to shake hands with her Majesty the Queen. What a pleasure…. not only to win, but to come here, and raise my flag and perform. I’ve now won three out of six races here so I’m at 50%!”...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Inside story from Heather Reynolds participating in the WEG 2018 test event - Full Article
29th May 2018

Tryon International Equestrian Center, Tryon, North Carolina, United States of America. Saturday 28 April 2018. Heather Reynolds was one of the riders participating in the WEG 2018 test event. Here’s her story.

The Test event for this year’s WEG was held at Tryon Equestrian Center in North Carolina. My husband and I had a big undertaking to prepare and manage 8 horses through this event. We made the 10-hour drive on Wednesday before the ride. It was an uneventful trip, the best kind.

When we arrived at the venue we had all 8 of the horses’ paperwork inspected as well as having their microchips and passport inspections. The stabling was absolutely beautiful. The stalls were a nice size and everything was clean and in working order.

At this event my husband Jeremy and I were both riding as well as leasing out six other horses. Originally, we were both crewing but a little less than three weeks before the event the OC allowed for more riders and our federation extended both of us invitations. With this new arrangement we had two more horses and two less crew. In the end we had 13 crew members, and they were the best.

After getting the horses settled we took a look around. Tyron is an amazing venue. There are so many arenas and shops, including a well-stocked tack store. The restaurants were really good as well. We had the luxury of having the place to our own discipline, I am not sure we will be able to eat at the venue restaurants come WEG as I can imagine the crowds making this venue very full...

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Austraila: The Mudgee Ray Gooley Memorial Ride took place on May 12-13 - Full Article

May 13 2018

It was a cold start to the Mudgee Endurance ride this year as entrants were honouring Ray Gooley across the two-day event on May 12-13.

On the Saturday, 32 riders set off gamely for a 20km event, while eight riders took part in the 10km ride half an hour later.

The weather improved for the Sunday morning ride which was 80km and featured 76 entrants with 11 juniors.

A pair of riders crossed the finish line at the same time as heavyweight John Robertson (riding Karabil) and middleweight Ellie Maddick (riding Prince Emani) clock times of four hours 19 minutes...

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Great Britain: Annie Joppe’s endurance blog: what is wrong with people? - Full Article

Annie Joppe
10:55 - 30 May, 2018

Chiara is now on a three-week break whereby she enjoys her time in the field with regular grooming and pampering in the form of massages and physio.

One serious issue came to light at Windsor which was that neither her numnah nor her girth was doing her any favours with rubs in strategic places. This is not as easily rectified as it might seem; everything will now have to be checked, the saddle refitted, new numnahs (pure orthopaedic wool, of course) and establishing why her very expensive girth rubs and what the solution would be. She is so fine skinned that perfection is really the only option and these issues only show up after she has covered a considerable distance...


Thursday, May 24, 2018

WEG 2018 Tryon organisers look back after test event - Full Article
23rd May 2018

Tryon International Equestrian Center, Tryon, North Carolina, United States of America. Saturday 28 April 2018. Riders from the United Arab Emirates swept the podium at the 120km CEI2* competition and FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 Endurance Test Event held at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC).

The event served as the official test event ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, which will be held from 11 till 23 September 2018.
The endurance race which will be run over 160km is scheduled on Tuesday 11 September.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, aboard 9-year-old Upedro, won the event over the region’s diverse terrain in a time of 74:21:44, followed closely behind by Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum taking second, Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum finishing in third, and Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri securing fourth place...

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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...


GBR Team All Set for the Meydan FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors

July 18 2018 Endurance GB is delighted to confirm the entries for the Meydan FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juni...