Thursday, February 20, 2020

Jordan: Two Prohibited substance endurance cases under FEI anti-doping rules

February 19 2020

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

In the following two Endurance, cases the athletes and the trainers have been provisionally suspended from the date of notification until the FEI Tribunal renders its decision. The horses have been provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification.

Horse: Blue Diamond (FEI ID 106HE36/JOR)
Person Responsible: Fahad Alkharmani (FEI ID 10072564/KSA)
Trainer: Anas Al Saied (FEI ID 10185797/JOR)
Event: CEI2* 120 – Wadi Rum (JOR), 13-14.11.2019
Prohibited Substance(s): Diisopropylamine
Date of notification: 13 January 2020

Horse: Bouzarika (FEI ID 106RJ34/JOR)
Person Responsible: Sameh Faris Mohammad Said (FEI ID 10040466/JOR)
Trainer: Khldoon Mohd Al Sayed (10014556 /JOR)
Event: CEI1* 80 – Wadi Rum (JOR), 13-14.11.2019
Prohibited Substance(s): Strychnine
Date of notification: 13 January 2020

The trainer in the Bouzarika case, Khldoon Mohd Al Sayed, has been provisionally suspended, both in this and a second case from the same event, from the date of notification until the FEI Tribunal renders its decision.

Horse: ***N/A
Person Responsible: ***N/A
Trainer: Khldoon Mohd Al Sayed (FEI ID 10014556 /JOR)
Event: CEI1* 80 – Wadi Rum (JOR), 13-14.11.2019
Prohibited Substance(s): Strychnine
Date of notification: 13 January 2020

*** No PR/Horse Name in cases involving Minors and/or Fast Track Procedures...

More at:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Spain: Completion of the file to Ignasi Casas

[google translate]

After arduous complaints to different instances of the FEI and TAS. Ignasi Casas has been suspended only three months, which has more than fulfilled his punishment, although he has kept, at this time, to exercise its federal charges and as an officer in the tests.

This is all the information:

CAS Ends at record FEI vs Ignasi Casas

The claim Ignasi Casas vs the International Equestrian Federation regarding Unfortunate Events Tryon (USA) WEG 2018 has been favorably resolved the claims of the Spanish by the CAS / TAS (Tribunal Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.)

This long and hard process began in October 2018 when the FEI Ignasi Casas communicated to the opening of the disciplinary proceedings where he was asked 2 years disqualification in all its functions related to the FEI.

In November 2018, even with all the open, the FEI informed him his suspension as vice president of the ETC (FEI Endurance Technical Committee).

This suspension and the proposed penalty of 2 years were not accepted by Ignasi Casas and RFHE, which led them to proceedings before the FEI Tribunal where the final resolution was 1 year sanction against the 2 proposed initial years.

This time the national coach and team leader RFHE Raid did not agree with the resolution and reported the case to the CAS, sports highest legal authority.

Finally, this body has clearly resolved in favor of Ignasi Casas, only 3 months reducing the initial proposal for suspension of the FEI 2 years. Also it indicates that the FEI must pay 5,000 CHF Ignasi Casas as a concept of aid to legal costs and expenses also recommends reinstatement in the ETC (FEI Endurance Technical Committee).

However, the final and definitive resolution of the TAS, gone forth when Ignasi Casas had already 11-month ban, so it has been 8 months more disabled, with not allowing, injury later in the 2019 season, to be head of the Spanish Raid team, or act as an officer in FEI and national tests. In addition to attending the FEI prohibit Sports Forum 2019 and the 2019 General Assembly decisive in Moscow, where the new regulation was approved Raid.

Despite being the final judgment from the exit of the resolution on 10 January 2020 and after several allegations by the FEI, the CAS letter on February 14 terminated the case without accepting the amendments proposed by the FEI and gives the resolution definitively closed and non-confidential, so since 10 January, Ignasi Casas has all its functions fully recovered FEI (TAS will shortly publish the full resolution full details of the trial). "

Source: RFHE.

Monday, February 17, 2020

New Zealand: HYGAIN ESNZ Endurance South Island Champs 2020 - Full Article

17 February 2020
Race Report made with the assistance of Heidi Bulfin

Marlborough Endurance and Trail Riding Club, New Zealand. Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February 2020.

The Marlborough Endurance and Trail Riding Club played host to New Zealand’s HYGAIN ESNZ Endurance South Island Champs with the venue being just outside the small town of Renwick at the top of the South Island. The ride programme featured classes of all levels, starting with Introductory Endurance and CTR 15km and right up to 160km Endurance. The FEI events were combined with National, so those in the combined classes were competing for the same title over that distance.

All loops over the weekend travelled over many of Marlborough’s top winery vineyards – starting with Spy Valley wines, into Delegats, Hunters and Mudhouse, Pernod Ricard (Stoneleigh), and finishing up on smaller blocks of Saint Clair, Johnson Estate and Isabel Estate. The vineyards in this area are flat but feature many creeks and ditches throughout, with the tracks winding around them, maze-like in some parts, meaning riders had to always keep checking which way the marking was taking them. Despite the heat and dry conditions, the underfoot was surprisingly good thanks to the decent grass covering over the vineyards’ many headlands.

Saturday 1 February started at 1am with two HYGAIN 160km CEN Senior riders making their way out in the dark to negotiate the 35km loop while the temperatures were still relatively cool. This loop was repeated before doing two 25km loops and finishing with two 20km loops...

Read more here:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

New Zealand: Kohuratahi endurance rider wins title for the second year - Full Article

12 February 2020

A Kohuratahi horse rider has won a endurance title at the North Island Championships.

Pip Mutch attended the Dunstan North Island Endurance and CTR Championships based at the National Equestrian centre in Taupō in January.

Pip won the 160km event for the second year in a row.

"Winning for the second time is awesome. To finish a 160km ride is an amazing feeling and to win as well just makes it that much better..."

Read more here:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Riders at UAE President’s Cup Emirates Reminded Not to Abuse Horses - Full Article

A list of extra rules for last Saturday’s big desert endurance race shines a light on the true extent of past abuse and cheating on the field of play.

By: Pippa Cuckson | February 10 2020

Horses may not be “intimidated by any kind of electric shock device” or the “hooting” of cars, the latter a feature of the accompanying motorcade at desert rides.

It is “strictly forbidden to drag and pull horses by the tail to stimulate them to walk” or to “twitch the horse’s skin or grab his ear at any time during the ride” – the latter a widely used technique to hasten a reduction in heart rate prior to metabolic checks at vet gates.

Unauthorized assistance is often seen in the closing stages of a race, with grooms running onto the field of play to chase and strike tiring horses. Under new special rule President’s Cup riders were warned not use electric shock devices to intimidate horses or beat them with “wire” in an astonishing list of extra rules for the big 160km endurance race at Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi...

Read more here:

Are the Days Finally Numbered for Faux ‘International’ Horse Events? - Full Article

Scandals over Olympic jumping qualifications and endurance races have prompted the FEI to review what is meant by national, international and minor events.

By: Cuckson Report // Pippa Cuckson

So: a 2* jumping event involving half a dozen riders of moderate achievement can be deemed “international” and qualify you for the Olympics. Yet the world’s second-most gruelling 160km endurance race with a $2 million purse and 300 riders from 24 nations is allowed to run under “national” rules.

These cock-eyed scenarios have always been possible under FEI protocols, but it’s almost unheard-of for organisers or riders to exploit that loophole. Most decent people have a basic respect for fair play or, failing that, a semblance of personal pride. Winning world rankings points for a 28-fault jumping round, or being simultaneously in the top five AND bottom-placed, are not achievements most people would boast about, after all.

These nonsenses are finally in the spotlight at the same time, for widely differing reasons...

Read more here:

New Zealand: Championship series kicks off with Dunstan Horsefeeds ESNZ Endurance 2020 North Island Champs - Full Article

9th February 2020
Race Report made with the assistance of Daryl Owen

The National Equestrian Centre, Taupo, New Zealand. Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 Janaury 2020.

The National Equestrian Centre in Taupo was again the location for this season’s ESNZ Endurance North Island Champs. This venue has been the host for endurance events regularly and in the past has seen wittingly hot humid conditions. There has been hail and heavy rain. There have been frosts and severe wind, and nearly every year there is fog. This year the weather was near perfect, with mild temperatures throughout the whole weekend and a light breeze to keep the horses cool, although dry conditions leading up to the event did nothing to soften the notoriously hard ground. The milder temperatures may have had an influence in no horses requiring treatment over the whole event, with a few mild gait irregularities adding up to a very good completion rate...

Read more here:

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Clean Endurance witnesses continued disrespect for FEI Endurance Rules at Al Ula (KSA) CEI 2*


6 February 2020

Clean Endurance is disappointed and extremely concerned that despite the new 2020 FEI Endurance rules, the al Ula CEI 2* 120 KM ‘The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup’ in Saudi Arabia on February 1st showed no improvement in terms of rule abidance, horse welfare or horsemanship.

The 2020 FEI Endurance rules were approved in November 2019 by an overwhelming majority of National Federations. Given that the most active endurance country, the UAE, decided to only run events under National Rules this winter season, the Al Ula competition is the first time the FEI’s new welfare measures were put to the test.

This event with record prize money of 3,6 million Euros is a high-risk competition attracting inexperienced and unskilled riders, thus subjecting horses and other riders to the risk of injury. This competition clearly requires highly diligent, competent and conflict-of-interest-free Officials, stringent rule application and FEI oversight of the highest level. The first edition in 2019 saw a record number of 7 doping positives, at least 1 dead horse hidden in the results, and speeds of over 30 kmph.

This year, the panel of Officials was largely unchanged from 2019: 16 out of 21 Officials were awarded (key) roles again. Clean Endurance regrets that the FEI did not send an evidently much needed independent observer (IGA) to monitor the event and report on rule breaches, horse welfare issues and the performance of the Officials. The increased involvement of Europeans such as the organiser of the upcoming European and Junior/Young Rider World Championship in the organization of the Al Ula competition visibly failed to improve matters, nor did the presence of FEI Endurance Temporary Committee member Tarek Taher (KSA) who had a horse in this competition.

The specially prepared and bulldozer-flattened track filled with cars driving among the horses, the unauthorised assistance and unidentified grooms handling the horses, the many irregularities in the results as reported by the UAE-owned results app such as missing heartrates for dozens of eliminated horses, horses forcefully being held by the ears during cooling, harsh long shanked bits used with a single rein and tight triple nosebands, and a horse with henna covered legs ranked in 5th place are some examples of the rule breaches shown in the livestream of the event.

The 2020 edition saw high levels of eliminations for lameness and/or metabolic issues again, no doubt largely due to a lack of control and horsemanship amongst many of the 189 starters. Some needed to steady themselves by holding the front of the saddle or by hanging on to the reins – unacceptable at high level competitions and a poor advertisement for horse sport in general.

The provisional results show 2 Serious Injuries, 2 Minor Injuries, 7 Disqualifications for not presenting at the Vet Gate and 85 finishers out of 189 starters.

Perhaps the most concerning issue of all was the appalling amount of dust (mainly generated by cars driving along the track) in which horses were ridden hard: at an average speed of over 25 kmph for over 120 kms, with final loop speeds of close to 32 kmph for the first 9 combinations. Riders protected themselves by wearing dust masks and clearly had no concern for the discomfort and potential long-term damage to the eyes and lungs of their horses. The Officials at this competition had the duty and the authority to remedy this on the day, but they visibly failed to even attempt to do so.

Clean Endurance asks the FEI to revisit this issue urgently, on the grounds of horse welfare.

It is of the opinion that Officials who do not uphold horse welfare by failing to take appropriate measures as defined in the FEI rules and the FEI Codex for Officials, must be severely sanctioned and their qualifications withdrawn with immediate effect.

Footage of the competition can be seen here:

Patagonia's Gaucho Derby: The Greatest Test of Horsemanship and Survival Skill on Earth - More Info

Horse racing re-invented
Imagine yourself thundering deep into the wilds of Patagonia on horseback. You’ve got your steed and, in some sections, a pack horse. You’re navigating across some of the wildest terrain on Earth attempting to win one of the toughest and most unusual equine challenges in history.
After running the Mongol Derby for a decade we knew it was time to grow the new sport of ultra-endurance horse racing we had created. So we went in search of the next world beating adventure. We’ve not replicated The Mongol Derby with new scenery but designed a new race from the ground up – based on the landscape, culture, history and horses of Patagonia and the Gauchos. This is the greatest test of horsemanship and wilderness skills on Earth. This is the pioneers Gaucho Derby.

Race format
A 10 day 500km multi-horse adventure race.
The mind bending terrain in Patagonia makes this a race quite unlike anything else on the planet. It won’t just test your skill on a horse, but push you to the limit of your navigation skills, your ability to handle the wilderness and your physical endurance.
The Gaucho Derby is a multi horse race, but not in the same way the Mongol Derby. The race is broken down into 40km legs but you won’t be changing horse at every section. The high mountains are a test of skill not flat out speed so the horses won’t run out of steam. The flatter pampas sections will see you turning up the MPH to eat up the miles. For these sections you will be swapping to fresh horses regularly.
You’ll be riding large sections with a pack horse. As well as looking after and guiding your second steed you’ll have to switch mount mid leg to ensure the health of both animals by minimising the work.

The support
This might be some of the most remote terrain around but that doesn’t mean we won’t be monitoring the horses welfare at every stage. There’ll be vet checks every 40km as well as race marshals, emergency and roaming vets to ensure that no rider puts their own competitiveness before the welfare of the animals. We would rather nobody wins than someone wins by pushing too hard. Riders seen making bad decisions, riding too fast across difficult terrain or not presenting horses in great condition will get penalties or be disqualified. Full rules will be available to riders as we are developing them with our vet team now.
Riders will be tracked by satellite and we have a world class remote medical support team monitoring rider health and responding to emergencies.

A pack horse?
Gauchos considering a long journey in Patagonia often do so with the help of a trusty pack horse. This makes riding, well, different. You always have a fresh horse with you and can carry a bit more stuff with you. But you now have two horses to look after. Much of the time, if you handle the horses well, the pack horse can run free but in some sections you’ll need to lead adding a complication to the whole proceedings.
It’s not the fastest way to travel on flat open country but it starts to make serious sense on long mountainous regions. The Gaucho Derby won’t be all taken on with 2 horses but key sections will be. It means we can reduce the strain on the beasts carrying you over the slower more technical sections.

Your turn to pioneer
When we launch a new race we like to test it repeatedly to make it awesome. We recently completed the first test of some of the route for the new Derby by all the gods of horses is it a beast.
Once our testing is done we release the adventure to a small select crowd of adventurers to ride the race for the very first time.
These Pioneers of the Gaucho Derby have been selected and they set off in March 2020 to write their names into racing history. Applications for the 2021 race are open now.

The Gaucho
“He has taken his first lessons in riding before he is well able to walk” 
said David Christison in the 1882 Journal of the Anthropological Institute. Gaucho’s were nomadic, skilled horseman and cow herds who were reputed to be brave and somewhat unruly. Greatly admired and renowned in folklore and literature they became an important part of the regions cultural tradition. A way of life that has dwindled as farming practices and land ownership changed.
Clothed in a poncho (which doubles as a saddle blanket and as sleeping gear), a large knife called a facón and loose trousers called bombachas held in place with a wide belt, they travelled far across the wild landscapes of South America.
Just as you’re about to.

The 2020 Gaucho Derby is full.

The 2021 Gaucho Derby, set for February 28 to March 13, is open for entries.

For more information, see

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Australia: Tom Quilty National Endurance Championships coming to Collie in 2020 - Full Article

February 4 2020

Collie will play host to the 55th running of the Tom Quilty National Endurance Championships, held from September 18 to 20 this year.

At midnight on the 18th, over 150 horses and their riders will take to the pitch black tracks of the Collie forest to tackle Australia's most prestigious endurance ride.

The valley's forests, sparkling waterways, scenic trails, and picturesque farmland will make for a varying and challenging course.

It will be the sixth occasion that WA has hosted this iconic event since the ride began rotating the states in 1986...

Read more here:

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Saudi Arabia: Hamdan wins Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup in Saudi - Full Article

Declares Saudis and Emiratis as ‘one people’ after winning it in Saudi colours

Published: February 01, 2020 19:10
Leslie Wilson Jr, Racing & Special Features Writer

Dubai: Sporting the royal green racing colours of Saudi Arabia, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, won the CEI2* SR15 million (Dh14.69m) Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup in Al-Ula, Province, Riyadh on Saturday.

A gold medallist at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in France, Shaikh Hamdan was cheered to victory by his father, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Dedicating the victory to the Saudi people in a display of Saudi-Emirati unity, Hamdan said: “I am proud to be here today because this region has captured my heart, and I’m proud to represent Saudi Arabia.”

“If you open my heart you will find Saudi Arabia in my heart. This reflects how much we love Saudi Arabia. Saudis are Emiratis and Emiratis are Saudis. We are one people.

“When I came here last year, I promised to come back because the Al-Ula Province is breathtaking. It made me think what this beautiful region was like 1,000 years ago,” Shaikh Hamdan added.

“I love horses, they are my life. When I ride my cars I feel bored. With horses its different. I love to be with them, stay with them...

Read more here:

Friday, January 31, 2020

New Zealand: Emotional ride for young Waikato endurance champ - Full Article

Luke Kirkeby
10:19, Jan 31 2020

When Putaruru teen Fiona Stephen says she loves horses she really means it.

After all, the 19-year-old did spend over eight hours in the saddle to win the recent 2020 Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) North Island Endurance Championships 120km Youth Rider Class on her first attempt.

Held at the Taupō National Equestrian Centre, Fiona said although it was tough going, she couldn't be more proud of herself and her horse Miro Dusty Trails who she borrowed from friend Ruth Dawber.

"I'd been riding 80km so this was my first time doing 120km and it was incredible," she said...

Read more here:

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Botswana: Gaborone set for inaugural Gabs July - Full Article

KABELO BORANABI Friday, January 24, 2020

A whooping P100, 000 prize money will be on offer in the inaugural equestrian sport event dubbed Gabs July.
The competition will be held at the Sebele Horse Race Track on July 4.

The winner of the main event, the 120km endurance race will pocket the six-figure prize, the highest in local horse racing.

Speaking at the launch in Gaborone on Thursday, Gabs July director, Wiseman Ben said they are targeting to register more than 120 horses that will compete in more than 10 races on the day.

He said the carnival style event aims to attract more than 20, 000 local and international spectators and showcasing the various disciplines of horsemanship.

“Gabs July Derby is well placed to accommodate a not so popular discipline in Botswana called endurance race.

The Derby will feature a 120km endurance race for professional riders and also an 80km race for novice riders,” he said...

Read more here:

Now Available: Online magazine Arabian Horse Intl Endurance/Endurance Races in Brazil 2019

See the updated online magazine Arabian Horse Intl Endurance / Endurance Races in Brazil 2019 here:

Sunday, January 19, 2020

2021: The Blue Wolf Totem Ride Set to Conquer 3,600 kms across Mongolia

January 19 2020

A 3,600 km horseback expedition across the lands and through the history of Mongolia in support of serioulsy disadvantaged Mongolian children.

The Blue Wolf Totem Ride, an epic 3,600 kilometer charity ride across the lands and through the history of Mongolia, will be leaving May 3rd, 2021 from Khamariin Khiid, an ancient Buddhist shrine and an important Mongolian Energy Centre located in far south corner of the Gobi Desert. Fifteen riders from around the world along with their Mongolian crew will mount up and head north from the Gobi Desert with the ultimate destination of the Heart of Mongolia – the farthermost western point of Mongolia and the highest peak in the country - Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain. Along the way during their 84 days of trekking they will cross desert, steppe, wilderness taiga, mountains, sand dunes and everything in between. They will travel through the lands of the 5 major tribes of Mongolians and will take extra time to visit the Tsaatan, or Reindeer riders and the Kazakh eagle hunters as they ride between 20 and 70 kms a day and enjoy a rest day after each 10 days of riding.

Why Blue Wolf Totem? The name evokes the magic and mystery that is central to the ride and harkens back to the legend surrounding the peoples of Mongolia and the history of the trail that would become the silk road. Legend has it that the Mongolian people sprang from the union of a wild deer and a blue wolf in “tengerii” ( the heavens ) who recognized that they would forge a people who would survive and thrive until the end of time. The product of this union is said to be Chinggis Khan’s (many of you will know him as Genghis Khan) ancestors. Chinggis himself loved the myth so much that he took as his totem the revered Blue Wolf and until today it is a symbol of the best and brightest of all things Mongolian.

Paying homage to the full history of the land, the Blue Wolf Totem Ride will take riders to secret mountain shrines, to famous and little known historical spots celebrating the life and times of Chinggis Khan, along with shaman sites and sacred points and along rivers dotted with the burial shrines of ancient Mongolian warriors. Prehistory and modern history are also the focus and riders will experience standing “People stones” and “Deer Stones” and visit remote caves containing some of the oldest cave paintings on the planet along with more modern twists as the ride visits the secret hideouts of 20th century “Robin Hoods” who stole horses from the rich and gave to the poor at the turn of the century.

These intrepid adventurers will also be looking to spot a wide variety of Mongolian wildlife including antelope, argali sheep, ibex, moose, bear and will have a full day devoted to tracking the famed Takhi ( Przwalksi Horse) roaming free in the remote western province of Khovd. All together they will visit 12 of Mongolia’s 15 provinces and witness the majesty of the 8 lakes regions, visit hot springs and amazing rock formations rising abruptly from open plain, experience the famed “blue pearl” Mongolia’s Lake Khovsgul and cross soaring mountains and, of course, the storied Mongolian steppe. The natural beauty alone is a collection of absolutely stunning vistas and with the addition of true Mongolian hospitality, authentic cultural experience and the fact that this ride will not only be helping Mongolian children who scavenge in the trash to survive ( 100% of the tariff and monies raised for this astonishing ride will stay in Mongolia) but also will support local Mongolian herders and their efforts to maintain the care and training that keeps the Mongolian horse as the king of the long distance / endurance horse it becomes a ride larger than life.

The concept of this near record breaking ride through Mongolian history is a result of the long and productive friendship between Baagii and Saraa of Horse Trek Mongolia and Julie Veloo of Veloo Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit in the US and a Registered Canadian charity. Baagii, Saraa and Julie have together previously done in excess of 20,000 kilometers of charity rides across Mongolia.

Julie and her husband Chelvan moved to Mongolia in 2010 and Julie quickly took up horseback riding ( for the first time in her life – at age 50!) and now has in excess of 30,000 kilometers under her belt and is an associate member of the Long Riders’ Guild. Julie’s heartfelt desire to help Mongolian children along with her absolute love of Mongolian history and culture as well as her passionate commitment to the Mongolian horse and riding this wonderful land has led to the creation of what we expect will go down in history as one of the longest, and certainly the most epic, charity horseback rides on the planet.

Julie, along with Baagii and Saraa of Horse Trek Mongolia have been hosting the Gobi Gallop – the world’s longest annual charity endurance ride for the past seven years. During this time they have raised in excess of $540,000 USD, all of which has gone to support Veloo Foundation’s work in Mongolia. The focus of The Blue Wolf Totem Ride is to raise awareness of and funds for Veloo Foundation’s Children of the Peak Sanctuary Project / Narnii Huuhduud Moroodol which serves to feed, educate and care for nearly 1,000 children from Ulaanbaatar’s Ulaan Chuuluut Garbage dump community.

The full 84 day ride will cost $14,500 plus a minimum $4000 contribution to the charity and a non-refundable $750 registration fee. Individuals may apply to ride the entire length or groups of three may enter to ride as a tag team with each member riding approximately 1200 kms. There is an extra charge for that.

Veloo Foundation is a registered 501(c) 3 not for profit in the United states and registered Canadian charity and as such, qualified American or Canadian donors will receive a tax receipt for their charitable contributions in support of this ride.

More information available at: or

Baagii, co-owner of Horse Trek Mongolia heads off across the Gobi Desert as part of the 2018 Gobi Gallop
Julie Veloo photo

Altai Tavan Bogd, the highest peak in Mongolia and a place of great spiritual importance to the Mongolian people. It is where the Blue Wolf  Totem Ride will finish - 84 days after leaving from the heart of the Gobi Desert.
Photo Credit Dercour Duval Films - Used with permission

Western Mongolian Kazakh Eagle Hunter playing tradition horseback games. Bayan Olgii province. 
Photo credit Nurmukhamed Battur

Baagii, co-owner of Horse Trek Mongolia (pictured Right) and Sumbee one of our lead guides with a rare white reindeer in the Taiga as we visit the Tsaatan people, some of the last truly nomadic reindeer herders on the planet.
Photo credit Julie Veloo

Ancient deer stones and burial site.
 Arkhangai province, Mongolia
Photo - Victoria Wilson
Used with permission

Riding the wilds of Hintee Province, birthplace of Chinggis Khan. Photo Credit Julie Veloo

Riding the wilds close to Kharkhorin,  the ancient capital city whose site was chosen by Chinggis Khan . Kharkhorin was a thriving centre of trade and learning on the silk road.
Photo credit. Julie Veloo

courtesy of Nurmukhamed Battur 

courtesy of Nurmukhamed Battur 

A Mongolian owoo - a local religious shrine built by local people in places they consider sacred. 
Credit  Julie Veloo

Monday, January 13, 2020

Arabian Horse Intl Endurance online magazine featuring International Endurance Races 2019

Publisher Cidinha Franzao has released the latest issue of Arabian Horse Intl Endurance online magazine featuring International Endurance Races 2019.

Coverage includes
• Juma’s Team, the marriage that has changed the global endurance
• FEI Meydan World Championship Young Riders & Juniors 2019
• Meydan World Endurance Championship Young Horses 2019
• HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival
• Meydan FEI European Championship
• XXIX Brazilian Championship
• Equiplanet Absolute Italian Championships
• Races: Santa Susanna, Romania, Twenty Mule, Possen, Gobi Desert Cup, Tom Quilty Gold Cup, Carmona, Ripoll, Llay-llay, Nations Cup at Euston Park, Prestige Cup, Ecuador, South Africa, Castelsagrat, Bragado Endurance Festival, The Biltmore Endurance Challenge, HH The President of the United Arab Emirates Endurance Cup, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup, HM The King Cup, HM the King Endurance Cup for GCC Studs, Royal Windsor Endurance Riders

See the issue here:

Saturday, January 11, 2020

UAE2020 Endurance: Business as Usual in the Killing Fields - Full Article

The mass withdrawal of UAE endurance riders and rides from FEI affiliation on January 1 is making it more difficult for the FEI to reform desert racing.

By: Cuckson Report // Pippa Cuckson

When the FEI General Assembly passed tough new rules to reform endurance six weeks ago, the landslide vote (94 national federations in favour, 19 against) was widely seen as a kick in the teeth for the UAE. But not for long. It is business as usual as the new decade dawns in the desert. At the stroke of midnight on December 31st, desert racing simply removed the FEI from its own equation.

Many of the UAE’s 60-odd winter fixtures had already dropped FEI affiliation in recent years. Now nearly all have dis-affiliated for the second half of this winter season – along with riders and horses and the legion of visiting foreigners who have also not yet renewed FEI registrations for 2020.

The two venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi at the heart of the doping and horse fatality scandals are simply avoiding tough new FEI rules by running everything as CEN (Concours de Raid D’Endurance International) under UAE national rules. Even prestigious rides like the President’s Cup next month will, for the first time, be staged as CEN rather than CEI (Concours de Raid D’Endurance International), even though it will appear “international” to the wider world.

Around 1,000 UAE endurance riders – including stable jockeys from the Indian subcontinent – would normally renew annually with the FEI. Upwards of 4,000 horses are usually re-registered in the first few months of the year. This month, these figures plummeted to just 54 and 21 respectively, even though the Sheikh Mohammed Cup, first huge race-ride of 2020 was just hours away...

Read more here:

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Saudi Arabia: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup set to roll - Full Article

January 9 2020

The 120-km endurance race — in which riders will complete four laps through the desert and mountains of AlUla
ALULA: The Royal Commission for AlUla and the official organizers of the Winter at Tantora festival announced the launch of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2020, which will take place on Feb. 1 in association with the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation.

The 120-km endurance race — in which riders will complete four laps through the desert and mountains of AlUla — offers SR15 million ($4 million) in prize money for the winning riders.

AlUla’s equestrian associations extend back more than 8,000 years, as evidenced by rock art found in archaeological sites in Jabal ‘Akma and Al-Aqrah...

Read more here:

Saturday, January 04, 2020

UAE: Salim Said Al Owais claims Mohammed Endurance Cup - Full Article

I came so close last year and was determined to come back stronger this time, he says

Published: January 04, 2020 19:24
Leslie Wilson Jr, Racing & Special Features Writer

Dubai: Having narrowly been denied 12 months ago, Salim Said Al Owais promised himself that he would one day win the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, one of the most prestigious endurance rides on the UAE calendar with prize money totally Dh7 million.

And he did not have to wait long.

The talented young horseman finally got his hands on the coveted trophy on Saturday following a masterful ride aboard the 12-year-old Castlebar Cadabr, a handsome Purebred Arabian representing the powerful F3 Endurance Stables.

In second place, just 15 seconds behind Al Owais, was Argentina’s Martina Spelanzon aboard Muntasir while Saeed Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi took third place aboard Longrun Mikami, to complete a one-two-three finish for F3 stables.

Sponsored by Longines, the 160km CEI 3 Star ride brought together more than 243 riders representing 46 countries including Australia, Britain, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, India, Pakistan, Spain, Ecuador, Kazakastan and Portugal.

“This was my dream,” said a delighted Al Owais, who clocked 06:24:00 hours for the 160 kilometre ride held at the Dubai International Endurance City, Seeh, Al Salarm...

Read more here:

Friday, January 03, 2020

‘Shock and sadness’ after four horses sustain catastrophic injuries abroad - Full Article

Becky Murray
2 January, 2020 14:30

Calls have been made for the “fullest possible” investigation after four horses sustained “shocking” catastrophic injuries at endurance rides in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Three horses competing in the CEN 120km Gamilati Cup (28 December) — Orange Glove ridden by Saif Ahmed Mohammed Alli Almazrouei of the UAE, L P Malvina ridden by Bianca Schutz of the Netherlands, and Aloha Diamond Jubilee ridden by Nadia Solange Fernandez of Argentina — suffered catastrophic injuries, as did one competing in the CEN 120km Al Maktoum Cup (29 December), Rafaela Heb ridden by Mohammad Ussain Habib Khan of India.

Endurance GB (EGB) director of welfare Antonia Milner-Mathews said the board was “shocked and saddened” by the incidents...

Read more here:

Endurance Cup headlines 4-day Dubai endurance extravaganza - Full Article

January 2 2020

The four-day His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival of endurance riding, the centrepiece of the UAE Endurance Calendar, is being held between Dec.27, 2019 and Jan. 4, 2020.

Topping the programme is the prestigious Sheikh Mohammed Endurance Cup, which draws participation from the world’s very best endurance riders as they celebrate the sport’s most eminent supporter, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The Endurance Cup festival now has international editions held across Europe and the United Kingdom, and the main ride held over 160km will be held at the Dubai International Endurance City (DIEC)...

Read more here:

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Dutch equestrian body airs UAE endurance concerns - Full Article

January 2, 2020

The Dutch equestrian body is considering whether it can deny riding permission for Dutch riders seeking to compete in national endurance competitions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The KNHS, in a statement on its website, said it had recently received news about the deaths of various horses competing in national endurance contests in the UAE.

One of these horses was ridden by a rider of Dutch nationality living and working abroad.

The organisation voiced its concern over welfare standards at these events.

“We are more positive about the situation at international FEI competitions, the so-called CEIs,” it said.

“The KNHS supports the stricter rules recently introduced by the FEI to improve horse welfare on CEIs, most of which take effect on 1 January, 2020, and the others on 1 July, 2020.

“Supervision at international FEI competitions is more intensive and stricter, and there is talk of better enforcement.

“Unfortunately,” it continued, “the UAE does not seem to be conforming to this, since, whether or not in response to the stricter rules, there seems to be a trend towards an increasing number of national competitions that can be run outside the FEI rules...”

Read more here:

Endurance GB issues statement on catastrophic injuries at UAE ride and underlines rules on British riders competing abroad - Full Article

Endurance GB is calling for the fullest possible investigation by the FEI following Catastrophic Injuries to four horses competing at the CEN 120 km Al Maktoum Cup and CEN 120 km Gamilati Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the weekend.

In a statement today, Endurance GB’s new Director of Welfare, Antonia Milner-Matthews, a veterinary surgeon who also competes at International FEI level endurance said:

“Endurance GB’s board and membership have been shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic Catastrophic Injuries that occurred to four horses competing over the weekend. We understand that although this was classified as a National (CEN) ride, there were at least 20 nationalities represented. It is clear that running these events with a very international flavour as CENs is not within the spirit of Article 101 of the FEI’s General Regulations and we have grave concerns that such rides do not carry the level of scrutiny, welfare safeguards or sanctions that are in place at FEI CEI International level competition. We are calling on the FEI to review this. While Endurance GB feels that many of the new FEI rule changes coming into effect in 2020 will help improve welfare at international rides, the FEI must have backing at every level from national federations and sports’ governing bodies to both enforce and continually review both rules and the sanctions it imposes for failure to comply. Cleaning up endurance internationally must be the global priority for our sport in 2020 whatever that takes.

“At home, Endurance GB is doing everything in its power to try to ensure the welfare of horses competing at Endurance GB rides and as a result is continually reviewing its own policies and procedures as there is always room for progress...”

Read more here:
No comments:

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Four Horses Suffer Catastrophic Injuries in Dubai CEN Endurance Races Over the Weekend

January 1 2020

Clean Endurance reports that in the December 29 CEN 120-km Gamilati Cup in Dubai, 3 horses suffered catastrophic injuries. "8 horses failed to complete, 1 suffered a minor injury, 3 were disqualified for not presenting at the vet gate within the maximum allowed time, and another 4 horses were brought back by ambulance for lameness and/or metabolic issues."

Another mare was reported as a catastrophic injury in the CEN 120-km Maktoum Cup for private stables the same weekend.

These races were run under National rules and not International FEI rules, so they are subject to less regulation and protection for the horses.

On January 1, Endurance GB released a statement calling for the fullest possible investigation by the FEI following these Catastrophic Injuries in these CEN rides.

In today's statement, Endurance GB’s new Director of Welfare, Antonia Milner-Matthews, a veterinary surgeon who also competes at International FEI level endurance said in part: “Endurance GB’s board and membership have been shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic Catastrophic Injuries that occurred to four horses competing over the weekend. We understand that although this was classified as a National (CEN) ride, there were at least 20 nationalities represented. It is clear that running these events with a very international flavour as CENs is not within the spirit of Article 101 of the FEI’s General Regulations and we have grave concerns that such rides do not carry the level of scrutiny, welfare safeguards or sanctions that are in place at FEI CEI International level competition. We are calling on the FEI to review this. While Endurance GB feels that many of the new FEI rule changes coming into effect in 2020 will help improve welfare at international rides, the FEI must have backing at every level from national federations and sports’ governing bodies to both enforce and continually review both rules and the sanctions it imposes for failure to comply. Cleaning up endurance internationally must be the global priority for our sport in 2020 whatever that takes."

As one of the riders aboard one of the CI horses was Dutch, the Dutch National Federation is now considering denying riding permissions for National competitions in the UAE.

Surely, more will be forthcoming from the FEI regarding these abuses.

Jordan: Two Prohibited substance endurance cases under FEI anti-doping rules February 19 2020 The FEI has announced new adverse analytical findings (AAF) involving equine prohibited substances. The ...