Thursday, July 30, 2020

Happy Trails Podcast - International Travel: Riding in Ireland - Listen

July 29 2020

There’s not much travel going on at the moment with the Covid-19 pandemic but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream!

Today’s guest, Krystal Kelly tells me about her recent trip to Ireland where she and her husband spent two months riding and camping as they made their way across the island.

She has produced five YouTube videos (to date) about her ride across Ireland. Check them out on her YouTube channel!

Krystal is a California native who has spent the majority of her life traveling the world pursuing her passion for horses. She is an FEI Level II Showjumping Coach, polo player, and endurance rider. She completed the Mongol Derby, a 1000 km race across the Mongolian Steppes, in 2014 riding 35 semi-wild Mongolian ponies over 10 days. She has traveled to over 60 countries for riding or teaching. Krystal is the CEO of Equestrian Adventuresses, a community of women that love horses, travel, and adventure...


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Australia: Mountain Lagoon Endurance Ride makes return despite COVID-19 restrictions - Full Article

July 24 2020
Finn Coleman

The 2020 Mountain Lagoon Endurance Ride will take place next month in August - after being postponed from March due to COVID-19 - with all breeds and riders of all levels of ability being invited to the annual event.

The Mountain Lagoon race is an opportunity to learn all about endurance riding.

It allows participants to pit themselves and their mount against the terrain and the clock while enjoying the stunning views and the camaraderie of fellow riders.

Riders are invited to camp with their horses at the Mountain Lagoon Ride base on Sam's Way on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24.

This years ride will look a little different as everyone involved must follow strict coronavirus restrictions...

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Australia: Endurance riders are saddling up for the Roseberg Forest - Full Article

July 23 2020

Like all other sports and activities, endurance riding has been on hold since March this year.

With Covid 19 restrictions now easing, riders and horses are chomping at the bit to finally be able to hit the trails again.

The Lachlan Endurance Riders Club is pleased to be hosting their newest ride, Roseberg, on August 1 & 2. The trails of Roseberg Forest and Pennsylvania Forest will be used for the course. Horses will be on these tracks from midday through to 5pm on Saturday August 1 and again from 5am until 5pm on Sunday August 2. With sandy four wheel drive tracks, shaded forestry trails and some hilly technical sections for the 80km riders, there is something to suit every level of fitness and experience...

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

CAS Reduces Suspension After Tryon Endurance Fiasco - Full Article

Sport’s highest court says the Spanish chef d’equipe was provoked before shouting at the ground jury for cancelling the WEG 2018 ride.

By: Pippa Cuckson | July 21, 2020
Dr. Ignasi Casas Vaque, the chef d’equipe at the centre of angry scenes when the 2018 WEG endurance ride was called off, has had his one-year suspension for “incorrect behaviour” reduced to three months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

A one-year suspension – long since served – was handed down by the FEI Tribunal in February 2019. Casas Vaque was chef d’equipe of the Spanish team, who were in gold medal position when the ride was finally called off in worsening conditions, having already been subject to a false start and a re-start.

The FEI had argued he had obligations to the FEI because of his many senior roles in international endurance, including deputy chairmanship of the FEI endurance committee.

CAS did find that Casas Vaque behaved incorrectly under FEI General Regulations, especially as a senior official and veterinarian; he was “very negligent” for someone of his status, especially as the incident was filmed and gained “significant attention” on the internet...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Portugal restarts the season with Alcácer Endurance Ride - Full Article

14th July 2020
Race Report made with the assistance of Mónica Mira and João Cabeça

Alcácer do Sal, Portugal. Saturday 27 June 2020.

After a three-month break in equestrian competitions imposed by the COVID-19 lockdown, Portugal restarted the season with the Alcácer Endurance Ride, featuring a much desired CEI1* 100km and two qualifier (40 and 80km) competitions.

A premiere for the organisation as this event was mainly participated by the FEP (Portuguese Equestrian Federation), the AREP (Portuguese Endurance Association) and riders, who like anywhere else in the world, were eager for competitions following the massive recent cancellations. Supported by the city council of Alcácer, this competition took place inside the large Estate of São Bento with only one road crossing for the horses. All measures recommended by the FEI to prevent the spread COVID-19 were applied. Only two grooms for each horse were allowed in the recovery area, where everyone had to wear a mask...

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Updated FEI Endurance Calendar for Regional and World Championships - Full Article
9th July 2020

The recent cancelations on the endurance calendar due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, made us all wondering how the new calendar would look like.

Below an overview of the FEI Endurance Championships for the coming years. Lausanne, Switzerland. Tuesday 23 June 2020.

On Tuesday 23 June 2020, the FEI announced that the Longines FEI Endurance World Championships 2020 would be postponed till May 2021, taking place at the same venue San Rossore, Pisa, Italy. Final approval of the postponement was given by the FEI Board at an extraordinary board meeting held by videoconference on 19 June. The decision came following an agreement between the FEI, the Italian National Federation and the Organisers in Pisa. With the pandemic and its restrictions on both traveling and training it was clear and simply not possible to maintain the original date...

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Monday, July 06, 2020

Carmen Römer-Theunissen interview, training and racing during Covid-19 pandemic - Full Article
4th July 2020


I was born in Heerlen in the Netherlands as an only child. Apparently I was a member of the riding and hunting association before I was born and therefor was picked up as newborn from the hospital with 21 horses. When I was 18 I joined the Royal Dutch Navy and completed my Master in finance at the University in Amsterdam in 2009. After 7 years I left the Navy to work in the financial auditing business. I finished Post graduate accountancy at the University of Maastricht in 2015 and was licenced as an official auditor by 2016.
I married my husband Kay Theunissen in 2009 and our son Aiden was born in 2016. We are expecting a daughter in September 2020.

Notable achievements / palmares.

Eight times Champion of the Netherlands
Individual European Champion, 2006 with Fadilah R in Zabreh na Moraven (CHE)
Individual World Championship Kentucky, 19th place with Tuff Enuff
Individual European Championship Florac, 19th place with Gitana 220
Team Bronze Netherlands, European Championship 2015 Samorin (SVK) with Siglavy Bagdady Zeusz (individual 16th)
Team Bronze Netherlands, World Championship 2016 Samorin (SVK) with Priam des Roches (individual not placed)
Individual 8th place European Championship 2017 Brussels with Priam des Roches
34 completions in 160 km
Over 20,000 km successful completions.

When did you start riding?

I guess before I could walk...


Wednesday, July 01, 2020

CAS rules on appeal against horse abuse sanctions

Jul 01, 2020 Author: FEI

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has handed down its decision on a horse abuse case. FEI Tribunal Decisions on a human anti-doping case and one equine anti-doping case were also published this week.

The abuse case involved the horse Sarab (FEI ID 105DP50/UAE), ridden by Abdul Rahman Saeed Saleh Al Ghailani (FEI ID 10114704/UAE) at the CEI3* President Cup in Al Wathba (UAE) on 9 February 2019. The case was opened by the FEI following a protest filed by Clean Endurance on 15 February 2019. In its Final Decision of 26 June 2019, the FEI Tribunal Decision ruled that the athlete had committed horse abuse and suspended him for 12 months from the date of the Decision. The FEI Tribunal stated that aggravating circumstances existed and that the athlete also had to take some responsibility for the actions of his Support Personnel. The athlete was fined CHF 4,000 and ordered to pay CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure. All results achieved by the athlete and the horse at the event were disqualified.

The athlete appealed the FEI Tribunal Decision to CAS and a hearing was held at the CAS headquarters in Lausanne on 20 January 2019. The CAS upheld the FEI Tribunal decision, but reduced the athlete’s suspension to eight months as the Tribunal’s conclusion of aggravating circumstances was not substantiated. The CAS ordered the athlete to pay the fine and legal costs imposed by the FEI Tribunal. Additionally, he was ordered to pay CHF 3,000 towards the FEI’s legal fees.

The CAS Decision can be found here.

More cases here:

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