Thursday, January 31, 2019

Australia: Teenager Jaz Hutchins is bucking the trend for girls at the rodeo - Full Article

SARAH HUDSON, The Weekly Times
January 29, 2019

AT THE age of nine, Jaz Hutchins competed in her first 160km endurance horse riding race.

At 14, she hopped on her first bull ride at a rodeo.

Now the 17-year-old from Sassafras in northern Tasmania has shattered most age and gender barriers, becoming one of only two female bullriders in her home state and one of only a few in Australia.

In the past year she has made the national finals in Queensland in steer riding and was the only female in the top 10 steer riders from across Australia. This year she was invited to represent Australia at a US rodeo, but cannot afford to fly over.

And she came first against 300 competitors in the Tom Quilty Gold Cup last year — the peak endurance competition in Australia — taking nine hours and 46 minutes to complete the 160km ride.

“But the heartbreaking thing was that I couldn’t officially win because I was under 18,” Jaz says...

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Prohibited substance cases under FEI anti-doping rules

28 Jan 2019

The FEI has announced two adverse analytical findings (AAF) involving two equine prohibited substances.

The cases involve two *Banned Substances under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).

The first case involves Ergonovine, which is also designated as a **Specified Substance.

As Specified Substances may enter a horse’s system inadvertently, due to a credible non-doping explanation, the FEI and/or the FEI Tribunal have more flexibility when prosecuting a case or when making a sanctioning decision.

Horse: Su Rai (FEI ID 105IR91/ITA)
Person Responsible: Antonello Mulas (FEI ID 10115574/ITA)
Event: CEI2* 120 - Follonica (ITA), 16-18.11.2018
Prohibited Substance: Ergonovine
Date of Notification: 7 January 2019

In this case, the athlete was not provisionally suspended at this stage of the procedure. The horse has been provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification until 6 March 2019.

In the second case the athlete has been provisionally suspended from the date of notification until the FEI Tribunal renders its decisions. The horse has been provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification until 14 March 2019:

Horse: Soda (FEI ID 104PY45/UAE)
Person Responsible: Ayed Sauod Alosaimi (FEI ID 10048137/KSA)
Event: CEI1* 80 - Al Qaseem (KSA), 01.12.2018
Prohibited Substance: Boldione, Boldenone
Date of Notification: 15 January 2019

Details on both cases can be found here.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Great Britain: Donkeys and mules officially welcome in endurance after rule change - Full Article\

Eleanor Jones
13:20 - 25 January, 2019

Donkeys and mules are officially welcome at Endurance GB (EGB) rides this year, thanks to a change in the organisation’s rules.

In a summary of confirmed changes for 2019, EGB said it was time to “regularise” the long-eared mounts’ status in the rule book.

“We’ve had some riding with us for years with no issue, and we thought it was time to legitimise them,” Esther Young, chair of the EGB operations committee, told H&H...


Friday, January 25, 2019

FEI to Host Clean Sport Seminar During Asia Horse Week - Full Article

With the two-day seminar, taking place Feb. 14-15 in Hong Kong, the FEI will explain equine and human anti-doping regulations and procedures and more.

Posted by Edited Press Release | Jan 19, 2019

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) will host a Clean Sport seminar in Hong Kong during the second edition of the Asia Horse Week. With the two-day seminar (Feb. 14-15), the FEI said it hopes to provide a clear understanding of the equine and human anti-doping regulations and procedures.

“Increasing awareness and education is a major part of our work towards a doping-free environment in equestrian sport,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “The Asia Horse Week brings together an impressive cross section of the equestrian community, making it the perfect opportunity to educate athletes and their support staff.”

Speakers will include FEI Veterinary Director Göran Akerström, DVM, and FEI Veterinary Advisor Caterina Termine, BSc (Hons), BVSc, Cert. AVP, MRCVS, as well as and other industry experts. The plenary sessions will be open to all Asia Horse Week participants and technical discussions will be reserved for veterinarians...

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Sweden: Second year in a row successful snow racing in Rättvik - Full Article

25 January 2019
Race report made with the assistance of Linnéa Engblom

Rättvik, Sweden. Saturday 19 January 2019. Last year was the first trial to do a winter endurance race in a cold and snowy Sweden, and it turned out to be a successful one. This year riders from seven different countries came to Rättvik to experience riding in the winter wonderland, and there were about 50 participants starting in the CEI2*120, CEI*80 or one of the national classes.

A lot of snow had fallen during the week which made for a good base for the horses, and the vet gate and resting area was prepared inside the big hall at the venue. A chilly morning was followed by a sunny day – even though the sun is only up for a few hours this time of year in the middle of Sweden.

It was minus ten degrees in the morning as the riders went off in the glow of the headlamps...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Great Britain: Suzie Rides to Success - Full Article

Year 9 BMS student Suzie Todd has had a successful year in competitive endurance horse riding, receiving multiple awards during the season and moving from novice to open status at the end of 2018. She has also been named Endurance Great Britain’s Young Volunteer of 2018 for her voluntary services to endurance riding.

In her competitive riding Suzie was named Endurance GB’s Reserve Junior Champion and winner of the Harvey Trophy, which involved completing ten competitive rides with a total distance of 417km. She took first place in her 40km novice class representing the Cromwell Group (Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire) at the Inter-Regional Championships, who awarded her novice highest points winner for the season. She was also awarded the Endurance Open Shield by her own pony club, Whaddon Chase...

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Great Britain: Inspirational Horses - Barbara Austin and Bonnie Lass - Full story

19 January 2019
by Barbara Austin

This week saw the Branch Annual Meeting for Northumberland and Tyneside group. It was an emotional evening for me as in August last year I had lost my mare Bonnie Lass . At the BAM I was presented with a special Rosette with Bonnie's final mileage total on it, 5422 kilometres, wow what an incredible journey we have had.

We had started in Endurance in 2006 with a handful of pleasure rides and soon became hooked. So the following year decided to try some competitive rides. Bonnie was not your typical endurance horse, being Welsh Cob cross, but that did not deter her. We progressed from Novice to Open Level mainly at the lower distances, 30k and 40k rides, but we also did a handful of 50k rides as well. Living in Northumberland most of our rides were done in the northern part of the England and southern Scotland. The terrain can be challenging at times, but the countryside is incredible. It could be described as true Endurance country. Most years we managed in the region of 10 competitive rides and a handful of pleasure rides and gradually over the years the mileage crept up...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Endurance Temporary Committee continues work at second in-person meeting

15 Jan 2019

The Endurance Temporary Committee, which has continued to receive a vast amount of feedback from the Endurance community, held its second in-person meeting at FEI Headquarters today to continue working on its remit of carrying out an in-depth review of the discipline rules.

The Committee, which was established by the FEI Board in October last year, has been tasked with bringing the sport back to its original roots of Endurance riding rather than Endurance racing.

FEI President Ingmar De Vos opened today’s meeting, and commended the Committee members on their dedication, both to the discipline and to the task in hand.

Topics discussed included mandatory rest periods, number of entries and staggered starts, crewing outside water points, the appointment and rotation of FEI Officials and rules enforcement.

“I am really encouraged by today’s meeting”, committee chair Dr Sarah Coombs said. “It was extremely productive and, with the combination of the hugely experienced individuals on the committee and the input from the community, I feel we have already made and will continue to make strides towards our goal of improving horse welfare in Endurance.”

The Committee had its first meeting in mid-December last year and has already received Board approval for a change to the Endurance rules to introduce the concept of Severe Injury, with the same sanctions as for a Catastrophic Injury which requires euthanasia. This has been extremely well received throughout the Endurance community and will be implemented from 1 February 2019.

A proposal to test a reduction in maximum heart rates and presentation times at Endurance events held between 1 February and 1 April 2019 has met with mixed reactions from Organising Committees and National Federations hosting events during the two-month test period. Participating organisers would be asked to implement heart rates of 64 bpm for the first vet gate and 60 bpm thereafter, including the final inspection, within 20 minutes.

The Temporary Committee members are Dr Sarah Coombs (GBR), Tarek Taher (KSA), Pieter Wiersinga (NED), Dr Tim Parkin (GBR) and Valerie Kanavy (USA). FEI Vice President Mark Samuel (CAN) also attends the Temporary Committee meetings to facilitate communications between the committee and the FEI Board.

The Temporary Committee will hold its next in-person meeting on 22 February 2019, following a full day of previously scheduled stakeholder consultations. There will be a dedicated Endurance session at the FEI Sports Forum 2019 (15-16 April) at which delegates will be provided with an update by the Temporary Committee as part of the full consultation process prior to voting on proposed Rules amendments at the FEI General Assembly in November.

Separately, the FEI has this week sent out a reminder to Endurance Trainers that significant changes to the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Rules (EADCMRs) came into force on 1 January 2019. Under the new Rules, automatic provisional suspension will be imposed on the registered Trainer of any horse that tests positive to a Banned Substance or two or more Controlled Medication substances. During the provisional suspension, Trainers would not be able to train or enter horses under their direct or indirect care for either national or international Endurance events.

About the Endurance Temporary Committee

Information on the Endurance Temporary Committee first in-person meeting is available here.

Endurance Temporary Committee looks to trial lower heart rates - Full Article

January 16, 2019

The Endurance Temporary Committee, appointed last year in bid to tidy up undesirable aspects of the discipline, has scored a win in respect of major injuries, but is reportedly finding more headwind as it looks at the possibility of lowering heart rates, with a presentation time of 20 minutes.

The committee was formed by the FEI Board last October. It is carrying out an in-depth review of the rules to identify the most effective way of bringing the discipline back to its original roots of Endurance riding as opposed to Endurance racing.

The committee held its second in-person meeting at the FEI’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, this week.

Topics discussed included mandatory rest periods, number of entries and staggered starts, crewing outside water points, the appointment and rotation of FEI Officials, and rules enforcement...

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Abu Dhabi: M7 Endurance Stables power to victory in Al Reef Cup

Photo credit: Morhaf Alassaf for Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club - Full Article
15th January 2019

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 12 January 2019. For the CEI2* 120km Al Reef Cup, organiser Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club kept the rule of 60kg for the riders (with saddle). As mentioned earlier, this is a move that has been welcomed by the teams.

Some considered this race as a final test for the HH The President of United Arab Emirates Endurance Cup scheduled for 9 February. It was true that the very best horses were not entered, but nevertheless there was a high level of quality on the start list.

Coming in first after the opening loop was Miriam Mala – SVK (Kynnum Park Shahkira – Hadaybit Asalem 2 Endurance Stables), who was able to hold a top three place after a longer recovery, but sadly to no avail as, after an even longer recovery at the second gate, she was vetted out for irregular gait.

The leader of the first hour was Amy McAuley – IRL (Moondarra Maher – F3 Stables), but she was also out of the race by the end of the second loop...

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Lowering the Heart Rate - Solution or Heresy? - Full Article

Sunday 13 January - 19h03 | Muriel Judic

Lowering the heart rate is a topic that has divided the endurance world since the announcement this week of a trial to test lowering of the recovery threshold to 60 beat per minute instead of 64 bpm. The organizers of the CEI at Fontainebleau on March 22nd and 23rd, have attracted the wrath of a large number of French riders but also the staff of the National Federation. But the subject has merit throughout the sport of endurance and not only in France.

Anxious to contribute to the efforts aimed at the well-being of endurance horses, the team of Gilles Cabardos, had these last two years already experimented more strict principles in the field of recovery with the reduction to 10 mn max (against 20 mn) presentation time at intermediate veterinary checks. Why change the rules? At the end of each ride loop, the horse goes through a series of metabolic examinations, but all too frequently - especially on fast races running for the first 22 or even 25 km / h - exhausted horses pass the examination, but fail to complete the next loop. Some have legitimately mentioned the results of the Sheikh Mohamed Cup in Dubai, which had, in early January, only 89 couples who completed the ride and 250 who didn't during this 160km event...

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Endurance Organizers Sought for Urgent Heart-Rate Study - Full Article

January 11, 2019
by: Pippa Cuckson

Organizers of upcoming FEI endurance rides worldwide are being urged to take part in a trial of lower heart-rate parameters, in a bid to reduce attrition rates.

The trial will take place from February 1 – April 1, giving the FEI’s new “temporary” endurance committee time to review results before the FEI Sports Forum from April 16-17.

But there has already been a setback with the major ride in Fontainebleau, France, declining to participate after “taking into account the many comments of the riders.” The organizer – who has no title-sponsor this time – faced a boycott. Fontainebleau also notes that veterinarians have always had the opportunity to request a re-examination if the horse’s recovery time is too long...

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

First Issue of Arabian Horse Int'l Endurance


Publisher Cidinha Franzao has released the first issue of Arabian Horse International Magazine has been released. Contents include an interview with World Champion Valerie Kanavy, a profile of the endurance horse legend Nobby, a recap on international rides in Europe and South America, and more.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Spain's Alex Criville a motor bike legend turned horse rider - Full Article
5th January 2019

How do you introduce Alex Criville, the Spaniard who took his Repsol Honda to the title victory in the 1999 MotoGP World Championship? From the glamorous high-octane life of motor bike racing, he is now a competitive horse man. An interview with a legend.

Why horses?

Well it’s kind a life’s philosophy where I love nature and in some kind of way I still compete even though it’s now with the horse and not at 300km/h like I used to go with motorcycles. Yet this phase of my life pleases me a lot.
What does it mean in Spain, first winning races and then the ultimate title in racing?

Winning the 500 title with the maximum category meant a lot to me as we were thinking why not winning it and we finally demonstrated it. 10 years later Lorenzo and Marquez won it and now we are dominating the category...

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Saturday, January 05, 2019

UAE: Al Marri completes HH Shaikh Mohammad Cup hat-trick - Full Article

More than 340 riders from 35 countries participate in 160km challenge

Published: January 04, 2019 18:42
Leslie Wilson Jr, Racing & Special Features Writer

Dubai: Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri underlined his class once again as a leading endurance athlete by winning the 12th edition of the CEI 3* 160km HH Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Presented by Longines on Friday.

This is the third time he has won the coveted title, on this occasion aboard the 2009-born Lockelea Starwood Comet.

Al Marri, who is ranked No. 1 in the FEI Endurance Open Riders World Ranking, first won the Cup in 2012 as a 17-year-old when he became the youngest ever to win the title. He repeated the feat in 2013. Al Marri was representing the F3 Stables under trainer Khalifa Ghanim Al Marri, his brother...

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Friday, January 04, 2019

Gallops Of India: Coming March 2019

Save the date: March 2nd to 10th.

In 2019, the new edition of the Gallops will take you deep into the colorful and sumptuous eternal Rajasthan in India!
The registrations are now open!

The Gallops it is a combination of a great ride, a passionate challenging race, a unique human experience, a very entertaining scope and a rich touristic discovery in beautiful natural settings. More than an equestrian adventure, a human adventure!

This unique “Paris-Dakar style” concept is an orienteering and endurance equestrian race in teams of 5 riders, for 6 days endless desertic spaces in faraway lands.

Without being strictly a competition – the quest of performance is not a vital goal –, the « Gallops » will draw from the horse riding qualities of the competitors, from their stamina, their spirit of solidarity, as well as the self-discipline.

The Gallops of Oman, the first edition which took place in 2014, we have experienced international success gathering 110 horse riders – that is 22 teams of 10 different nationalities – over a 180 kilometers long trail in 5 stages in the sands dunes of the majestic Wahiba Sands desert in the Sultanate of Oman.

In 2018, the adventure has taken place in the Moroccan desert, where the beauty of the arid landscapes of Merzouga, is renowned for its Hollywood movie productions. The fantastic epic around the theme of the cinema has fulfilled its promises and the 90 riders from 15 countries around the globe have had their eyes full of stars.

The third edition of the Gallops will take you deep into the colorful and sumptuous eternal Rajasthan in India on March 2019.

In teams of 5, the riders will take part in this exclusive equestrian trail on the Marwaris horses with their cute curved ears. The old mansions and palaces will open their doors to host you majestically and to let you discover the Land of the Maharadjahs.

This international event, which gathers 100 horse riders from all over the world and from all equestrian riding backgrounds, is above all a pretext to discover, by means of our close companion – the horse -, a country with a great variety of breathtaking landscapes and a nation with ancestral equestrian traditions.

The journey is also open to accompanying « non riders » persons (spouse, kids or friends) who will explore simultaneously in 4x4 the natural and cultural treasures and join every evening the race competitors at the camp. Local gastronomy and traditional shows, will make the evenings!

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FEI warns competitors feeding supplements is ‘negligent’, after failed dope tests - Full Article

Eleanor Jones
18:24 - 3 January, 2019

Feeding supplements to horses is negligent, the FEI has reiterated after two dressage horses failed dope tests, owing to the possibility of contamination or the fact ingredients lists may not be accurate.

US riders Kaitlin Blythe and Adrienne Lyle’s rides, Don Principe and Horizon respectively, both tested positive for banned substance ractopamine at a show in Wellington, Florida, in February 2017.

As stated in its report published last month the FEI Tribunal ruled that although the presence of banned substance ractopamine was caused by contamination of a supplement fed to both horses, and that neither rider bore “significant fault or negligence” for the positive results, the FEI stated it is “of the opinion that by using a supplement in the first place, the PR [person responsible; the rider] is already negligent”...


A 1000km horse race! Anne’s 2019 Mongol Derby - Full Story


Readers Blog: Anne’s story

Written by Anne Binnendijk

Mongolia, the country with few people and lots of horses in between Russia and China is the place where every year, the Mongol Derby takes place. About 40 riders, 1000 horses and 27 horse stations get set to cover a distance of 1000 kilometers (about 621 miles). It’s called the longest and toughest horse race on Earth, and guess what? I am going to ride in the 2019 derby!

My name is Anne, I’m 26 years old with a great passion for animals, nature and culture. I’m not and endurance rider. At least, not yet! ‘Normally’ I work with horses as an instructor and working on straightness and classical dressage, by following the view of old masters and the Spanish Riding School...

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Thursday, January 03, 2019

New rules force horses with repeat cross-country eliminations to step down a level - Full Article

Lucy Elder 18:05 - 3 January, 2019

Horses and riders who repeatedly run into cross-country difficulties will be forced to drop down a level before they compete again.

The new rule is part of British Eventing’s (BE) 2019 regulations, in which safety and welfare are brought to the fore.

This rule was first raised publicly at BE’s AGM in November (news, 8 November) and the organisation has now shared details of how exactly it will work.

At affiliated events this year, horses who have two consecutive cross-country eliminations — as a result of refusals, run-outs, or horse or rider falls — or who have three eliminations within a rolling 12-month period must drop down a level at their next event...

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UAE: Sheikh Mohammed Endurance Cup tops four-day Festival - Full Article

Filed on January 2, 2019

The 160km Sheikh Mohammed Endurance Cup ride on Friday will be the highlight of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival of endurance riding.

Sheikh Mohammed Endurance Cup, a keenly anticipated ride on the international endurance calendar is an annual tribute to the vast impact His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has had on the sport of endurance riding and global equestrian sport. His vision and passion for the sport have combined to take endurance riding to new heights in the region and worldwide.

The showpiece 160km Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup will be run on Friday.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, is a multiple winner of the Sheikh Mohammed Endurance Cup. The most recent running was won by Saif Al Mazrouei aboard Nopoli Del Ma, staving off the challenge from an impressive 360 competitors from 44 countries, including former world and European champions...

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UAE: Three days of spectacular racing in Dubai - Full Article
2nd January 2019

Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 December 2018. The first weekend of the new year is marked with the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup.

And traditionally three races in a row are scheduled the week before to create a real festival with the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Ride – CEN 119km for Ladies, HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Ride – CEN 119km Restricted for Private Stables / Individuals and the Gamilati endurance Cup for Mares (CEN 120km).

The weather played an important factor last year, with delays in the private race due to extreme fog, yet was very kind this time although conditions were cold to start with and then rather warm once the sun came through.

First part of the trilogy was the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Ride – CEN 119km for Ladies on Thursday 27 December.

New for this Ladies race was the increase of distance from 110km to 119km, which according to a member of the organizing committee Dubai Equestrian Club (DEC) was to see the impact on the speed, if this could hopefully reduce it, and possibly to be implemented for all future ladies races. The 119km is more from organization point of view as the criteria remains a ‘1 star’ event...

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