Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Drugs breach: Asking if a horse is “fine” is not enough, says tribunal

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March 17, 2019 Horsetalk.co.nz

A student who rode an unfamiliar mount in a 100km endurance ride in Qatar in April 2017 has been suspended and fined after the horse failed a drug test.

Abdul Rahman Hamad S H Juma told the FEI Tribunal that the first time he rode the horse was only a few hours before the CEI1* race in Doha.

The student, who rides only in his spare time, rode the Qatar-registered horse Next in Line Grangeway in the event. He said he had been told beforehand that the horse was fine.

The horse was selected for sampling and tested positive for acepromazine and its metabolic byproduct, hydroxyethylpromazine sulphoxide. They are tranquilisers used for sedation and dilation of blood vessels.

Both are listed as controlled medications under the FEI’s anti-doping rules.

Juma submitted a statement from the owner and trainer of the horse, Turki Misfer AL Hababi.

AL Hababi confirmed that he was responsible for the failed drug test, and stressed that Juma had not ridden or trained the horse previously.

Juma told the tribunal that he had never ridden for AL Habibi either before or after the event. He was just asked to come for the ride, was told the horse was fine, and that was all...

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https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2019/03/17/drugs-breach-horse-fine-tribunal/

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tryon International Equestrian Center violates animal waste disposal regulations

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Karen Chávez, Asheville Citizen Times Published 6:00 a.m. ET March 15, 2019

MILL SPRING – Fresh from paying a $64,000 fine for water quality violations earlier this year, the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Polk County has been cited for more violations, this time for improper disposal of animal waste.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Resources Division issued the TIEC a notice of violation of its animal waste disposal permit on March 6. Inspectors found that manure was being spread on saturated fields and during rain events during a Feb. 21 visit to the site.

The DEQ found five violations at the TIEC, run by managing partner Mark Bellissimo. The 1,600-acre facility with arenas, stables, restaurants and shops is a world-class horseback riding, training and exhibition center that hosted the World Equestrian Games last September with more than 400,000 spectators and 800 athletes and their horses from around the globe...

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https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/03/15/tryon-equestrian-center-violates-animal-waste-disposal-permit/3151062002/

Friday, March 15, 2019

UAE: Stage set for Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup

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Race to take place at Dubai Equestrian Club on Saturday

Published: March 14, 2019 20:27
Staff Report

Dubai: The Dubai Equestrian Club (DEC) will host the CEN 119km Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline on Saturday.

The event is the highlight of the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup Festival, which commenced on March 11.

The festival is sponsored by Meydan Pillar Partners Emirates Airline and is held at the purpose-built state-of-the-art endurance facility, Dubai International Endurance City.

Named after Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the week-long festival opened with the CEN 119km Dubai Crown Prince Ride for Ladies on Monday.

This was followed by the CEN 119km Dubai Crown Prince Ride Restricted to Private Stables/Individuals on Tuesday, and the CEN 119km Yamamah Endurance Cup for Mares on Wednesday.


The Yamamah Cup is notably significant as it is named after the mare the Crown Prince rode to win the 2014 World Equestrian Games Endurance gold medal in France.

The finale, the CEN 119km Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline, will be flagged off on Saturday...

Read more here:
https://gulfnews.com/sport/uae-sport/stage-set-for-dubai-crown-prince-endurance-cup-1.62667825

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thailand’s The Horses Endurance Stable

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Feature made with the assistance of The Horses Endurance Stable Thailand
Photo Credit: The Horses Endurance Stable Thailand / Bank Kanchanavilai

8 March 2019

The Horses Endurance Stable, established in 2007 by Mr. Prutirat R. Serireongrith, is located at Nakhon-Ratchasima province, Thailand, close to the country’s first national park Khaoyai.

Expanding over 80 acres of land and including 30 stables, with more than 20 paddocks, a 20×40 meters indoor training ground and a 20-30 km endurance track. An average temperature of 15-25 °C all year long and surrounded by the Sankhampang mountain range, makes “The Horses” a great place to raise equine and host equestrian games of any kind. With excellent weather conditions and an ideal location, “The Horses” also breeds its own horses. All horses bred are 100 percent pure Arabians and have been DNA tested for lineage and approved by the WAHO (World Arabian Horse Association).

“The Horses” also implements rigorous training programs for horses to ensure them to be in top shape and peak performance, ready for any challenge throughout the year.

“Our main mission goes towards our horses’ health and well-being” says Mr. Prutirat, which he continues, “Our training program will help shape our horses to its best potential, attitude, and strength. I am sure you will love them...”

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

India: 'Marwari horses are humane, intelligent breed'

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Tabeenah Anjum, DH News Service, Jaipur, MAR 08 2019

As the sun goes down, a 93-year-old French horse rider Philippe Perrier blows a cool air, exchanges whispers as he touches his sharp nose with the face of a Marwari horse, before calling it a day. Philippe is one of the oldest riders at the third edi...

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Gallops of India brings 70 riders to Rajasthan

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Mar 8 2019 07:18:01 PM

Jaipur, Mar 8 (IANS): The Gallops of India, being held for the first time in the country from March 2-9, here in Rajasthan, brought 70 riders from across the world to the desert state.

The earlier editions of the event were organised in Morocco in 2018 and in Oman in 2014.

The riders have come from 16 different nations including India, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Oman, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the US to share their common love and passion for horse riding.

The ride covering a distance of 200 km started from the Shekhawati town of Mandawa on March 2 and witnessed the participation of professional as well as amateur riders from across ages and backgrounds.

The riders also included the cavalry members of India and Oman, the former Miss France as well as the 93-year-old Philippe Perrier from France.

The Gallops of India's major objective is the promotion of the Marwari Horses - the indigenous breed of Rajasthan, said Angad Deo Mandawa, co-organizer of the event...

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http://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=568503

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Bahrain: FEI Investigates ‘Illegal Jab’ Video

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March 8, 2019 | Comments
by: Pippa Cuckson

Prominent figures in Bahrain endurance are being investigated by the FEI following allegations that a top-placed horse in last weekend’s King’s Cup race was illegally injected in the final vet-gate.

It has also emerged that Ahmed Janahi, registered trainer of the horse, was provisionally suspended on Wednesday (March 6th) by the FEI in connection with a prohibited substances offence involving another horse.

The FEI has received a copy of a video which was apparently taken off an official live broadcast from the King’s Cup, Bahrain’s most prestigious endurance race, posing questions why no stewards or judges noticed the incident on the day.

The video has been widely shared on Facebook (see below). It shows several people including Janahi (tall, in black jcket and sunglasses) clustered round Tammam de Lizonne while someone injects him in the neck. The horse went on to return an astonishing heart-rate of 46bpm at the final vet inspection. He placed third under rider Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak al Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s ruling family...

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https://horse-canada.com/horse-news/fei-investigates-illegal-jab-video/?fbclid=IwAR3DRwNNQOq47eZz0jt1__WL65yt-cNTFYhazSH7yFIPmlddxmEN3elhc68

It's Time to Wind Endurance Back to Zero

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Cuckson Report | March 8, 2019

Meetings of the FEI’s Endurance Temporary Committee – tasked with reviewing their sport for the umpteenth time – are always followed up with a press release. These missives include a quote about the new feeling of optimism and cooperation by everyone in the endurance community.

Sorry for my cynicism, but can someone enlighten me as to when FEI Group 7 (Middle East) underwent this amazing epiphany and agreed that high-speed horse-wrecking must stop? I must have been in a coma that day. The national federations might be saying it and meaning it, but the out on the piste it is a very different story.

We were spoon-fed the same feel-good mantra in 2013 and 2014 by the FEI Endurance Strategic Planning Group (remember them, anyone?) They too enthused about goodwill and engagement (an over-used catch-all term, in my view) toward reform. Yet within a year of the ESPG’s final report in April 2014, recommendations were mostly gathering dust, and the UAE federation had been suspended.

The UAE was let back into the FEI “family” by signing a legal agreement that was then scarcely observed in the 2015-16 winter season. By February 2016 the FEI was seeking further assurances about compliance. In April the UAE was stripped of running the 2016 world endurance championship because “horse welfare could not be guaranteed.”

Speeds got even faster, completion rates no better: so many horses’ careers (and probably lives) over by the age of eight or nine...

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https://horse-canada.com/cuckson-report/wind-endurance-back-to-zero/?fbclid=IwAR24ZU27-m8KchLwsYC47uJzxsZ8wXSl-3KIIlhLr7PSBh2BoeEgylPpQlc

Friday, March 08, 2019

Finding of horse abuse in Dubai endurance race: Fine and suspension imposed

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March 8, 2019 Horsetalk.co.nz

A rider who competed in a major Endurance race in Dubai in January has been suspended and fined after the FEI Tribunal found that his striking of his horse on the neck with a water bottle amounted to horse abuse.

The tribunal considered the case against Ali Mohd Ali Al Hosani following a formal protest by journalist Pippa Cuckson.

England-based Cuckson provided video footage of the incident in support of her protest.

The tribunal suspended Al Hosani for six months, fined him 2000 Swiss francs, and ordered him to contribute 1000 francs towards the cost of the judicial procedure.

Al Hosani, registered with the Emirates Equestrian Federation, was competing on the horse LCE Corleone in the Sheikh Mohammed Cup CEI 160km race on January 4...

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https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2019/03/08/finding-horse-abuse-dubai-endurance/

Dubai: Endurance Rider Suspended for Striking Horse with Slosh Bottle

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March 7, 2019

An endurance rider who struck his tiring horse with a slosh bottle has today been suspended six months for horse abuse by a three-member panel of the FEI Tribunal.

The incident involving UAE rider Ali Mohd Ali Al Hosani was captured on the official livestream from the Sheikh Mohammed Cup CEI 160km at Dubai International Endurance City on January 4. Al Hosani also been fined 2000 Swiss francs and disqualified from 16th place.

The protest was lodged by Horse-Canada.com contributor Pippa Cuckson, after the video clip below went viral...

Read more and see video here:
https://horse-canada.com/horse-news/endurance-rider-suspended-striking-horse-slosh-bottle/

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Bahrain: Shocking Video Emerges of Horse Being Injected During Endurance Event

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Tuesday 05 March - 08h24 | Lulu Kyriacou

To add to the troubles besetting endurance, a video has emerged of a horse being injected during an international event in Bahrain at the weekend.


Making a change from the constant news of horse deaths is perhaps the only positive thing to be said about the video which clearly shows an against the rules injection taking place during the H.M. The King's Cup CEI*** 160km in Bahrain on March 2, 2019. The horse is then shown being presented at a vet gate...

Read and see more at:
http://www.grandprix-replay.com/uk/article/6033/shocking-video-emerges-of-horse-being-injected-during-endurance-evenrt?fbclid=IwAR1B8p-j5YRsDyK1BM1P_pLTWt-6ohzvObwpKtgbUFpluMciJFEkErFODuo

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

A Packed Endurance Season for Great Britain Gets Underway

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05/03/2019
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Endurance riders across the country completed their first competitive miles of 2019 at events in the New Forest (3 March). This weekend will see competition in Staffordshire, Surrey and Carmarthenshire, at the start of what looks set to be a busy Endurance GB season.

The endurance calendar opened with a new competitive ride, the New Forest Runway. Formerly a pleasure ride, this event was based from an old WW2 airfield, which takes place from Fritham near Lyndhurst.

Biosecurity measures will be in place and at other Endurance GB rides in March, in the light of guidance from the British Equestrian Federation concerning the recent Equine Flu outbreak. The guidance included the go-ahead for competition on the consideration that all horses taking part should have vaccinations fully up to date.

With a number of new rides, including two additions to the FEI calendar and an extended season which continues until 20th October for the first time, the 2019 Endurance GB season sees the sport poised for growth.

The Golden Horseshoe on Exmoor, now in its 54th year and being staged for the third time over a weekend (18-19 May) retains its iconic place in the sport’s calendar as the UK’s oldest and arguably one of the toughest competitive endurance rides...

Read more here:
https://everythinghorseuk.co.uk/a-packed-endurance-season-for-great-britain-gets-underway/

Australia: Glen Innes to host another endurance ride

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Ellen Dunger
March 6 2019

Endurance riding returned to the Glen Innes region last year and is set to be back again this year.

The Glen Innes Endurance Riding Club held an event in Glen Elgin in January last year and have planned another weekend on March 23 and 24 for Red Range.

The 2018 event saw 20 kilometre and 40km rides take place but this year they will add an 80km ride into the schedule.

Club committee member Jenny Johansen said the feedback they had from 2018 was excellent.

"Everyone said last year's event was fantastic," she said.

"A really great atmosphere and lots of fun."

The coming event has already had plenty of interest through the club's Facebook page and Johansen is hoping to attract more riders outside of endurance circles...

Read more at:
https://www.gleninnesexaminer.com.au/story/5939577/riders-to-stride-out-on-the-track/

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

South Africa: World's toughest horse race looking for riders!

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2019-03-05

Cape Town - Now in its third edition, Race the Wild Coast (RTWC) has rapidly become known as the toughest horse race on the planet.

The event takes place from October 19-27, 2019 and only 20 riders compete in this prestigious limited-access event. RTWC is now open for global entries.

This new breed of long-distance adventure horse racing is set amid the breathtaking scenery of the South African East Coast. Over the course of five days a host of experienced international riders, each riding three horses in the course of the race, will compete for victory over 350km of rugged paradise from Port Edward to Kei Mouth. RTWC blends the spirit of the frontiersman and the modern horseback adventurer - a test of endurance, horsemanship, survival and navigational skills.

Says race organiser and 2017 Mongol Derby winner, Barry Armitage: “RTWC is a complex multi-stage race, in which riders must brave this challenging wilderness and swim rivers while keeping horses fit for vet checks. It is no doubt the ultimate test of endurance and horsemanship for any long-distance rider!”

This is indeed the case, as supported by the comments of RTWC veteran Stevie Murray (USA) made at the RTWC 2016 finish line: “When you’ve done the Mongol Derby you get to thinking that nothing will ever compare again; I was wrong. RTWC is far more technically and physically challenging, and the hectic but breathtaking terrain has no comparison. I have never experienced such remote and enchanting beauty in all my life...”

Read more here:
https://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/South-Africa/worlds-toughest-horse-race-looking-for-riders-20190305

Ireland: Excellent start to ILDRA’s Endurance Season for 2019

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By Bree Rutledge - March 4, 2019

THE 2019 endurance season for ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) kicked off brilliantly on February 17, with all 10 CTR (Competitive Trail Rides) riders and horses successfully completing their distances. Tollymore Forest Park had an initially misty start to the day, however, this soon transformed into sunshine with perfect riding conditions for both horse and rider alike. Riders enjoyed the mountainous views across the County Down landscape and coastline, whilst meandering through the forest park trails along the River Shimna...

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https://farmweek.com/excellent-start-to-ildras-endurance-season-for-2019/

Monday, March 04, 2019

Anne’s Mongol Derby III, Preparing for the Horses and the Journey Ahead

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03/03/2019
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How does one prepare for Mongolian horses? That is one question I have an easy answer to, you don’t.

Here in the Netherlands, where I live, we do not have horses that come anything near the Mongolian horses. Not in size, not in temperament and not in strength. The Mongolian horses are bred for centuries for their habitat, work, and lifestyle. Nothing to be found like that near my home, sadly.

Meanwhile, I ride a lot of different horses. Big and small, and I take my trusty backpack anywhere. To me, the distance does not really count at the moment, however, the time in the saddle does. Four hours without sore muscles, five hours without sore muscles… And so on...

Read more here:
https://everythinghorseuk.co.uk/annes-mongol-derby-iii-preparing-for-the-horses-and-the-journey-ahead/

Sunday, March 03, 2019

New Zealand: Horse trekking adventurer Chloe Phillips-Harris speaks to Jack Tame

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Newstalk ZB, SectionAudio, Publish Date Saturday, 2 March 2019

If you google Chloe Phillips-Harris, an almost unbelievable collection of headlines pops up.

She has snowboarded behind a camel through the Gobi Desert, was detained in Kazakhstan after immigration officials refused to believe New Zealand was a country and was part of a group who came up with a new sport ‘horse wakeboarding’.

Chole has written a new book 'Fearless: The life of adventurer, equestrian and endurance rider Chloe Phillips-Harris' about her adventures and joined Saturday Morning with Jack Tame to discuss her amazing journeys around the world.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW:
https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/saturday-morning-with-jack-tame/audio/horse-trekking-adventurer-chloe-phillips-harris-speaks-to-jack-tame/

Friday, March 01, 2019

EQA Interview with Julie Veloo on Learning to Ride in Mongolia

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February 21 2019
Author: Krystal Kelly

Julie is a Canadian girl with the true heart of an adventuress. Growing up in the far North of British Columbia, she was accustomed to brutal winters and wild lands. Horses weren’t a part of her childhood though, in fact she held onto a fear of horses well into her adult life. Her interests of anthropology and travel eventually led her to Mongolia with her husband, where at the age of 50 she decided to challenge herself as part of understanding the Mongolian culture. She sat on a horse for the first time and was only led around the paddock by a small boy, but when she dismounted a whole new passion had been ignited inside her and she was never the same again.

“I had no clue that I was going to turn into the crazy horseback riding lady,” she chuckles before continuing. “Now, I am an associate member of the Long Riders’ Guild with about 25,000 kilometers under my belt and a fervent desire to hopefully make 100,000 before I die.”

Her interest in the Mongolian culture was a crucial factor in learning to ride. “I wasn’t planning on learning to ride,” she says, “It was just that I saw all these gorgeous little Mongolian children thundering by on their horses out in the wild steppe…” She realized that if she wanted to understand the culture, she needed to learn to ride. How else would she know what it’s like to herd thousands of animals or experience what it’s like traveling from one Ger—the nomadic homes also known as yurts—to another on horseback as the Mongols have done for thousands of years? She wanted to know what the Mongolians already knew: what it feels like to be “at one” with an animal...

Read more here:
https://equestrianadventuresses.com/2019/02/21/learning-to-ride-in-mongolia/

Fine and suspension in WEG Endurance fallout

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March 1, 2019
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The fallout from the abandoned Endurance race at the World Equestrian Games in North Carolina continues, with the FEI Tribunal suspending a leading figure in the sport.

In doing so, the three-member tribunal also laid some blame in the case on the FEI over what it said was a poorly managed race which caused frustration and anger among the participants.

It rejected most of the grounds on which the FEI had taken the case against the chef d’equipe for the Spanish endurance team, Dr Ignasi Casas Vaque.

However, tribunal members Armand Leone, Laurent Niddam and Henrik Arle found that Vaque, a veterinarian, had displayed incorrect behaviour towards event officials arising from the cancellation of the endurance race...

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https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2019/03/01/fine-suspension-weg-endurance-fallout/

Drugs breach: Asking if a horse is “fine” is not enough, says tribunal

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article March 17, 2019 Horsetalk.co.nz A student who rode an unfamiliar mount in a 100km endurance ride in Qatar ...