Monday, April 12, 2021

World endurance champs pushes through trying times to mark discipline’s “rebirth” - Full Article

April 12, 2021

The organisers of next month’s Longines FEI Endurance World Championships are aiming to celebrate “the rebirth” of the discipline as preparations to run the event near Pisa are finalised.

Running over the thousands of acres of the Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park from the San Rossore racecourse, the event on May 22 will “bear witness to strength and resilience in times that have been anything but easy,” the organisers say. Their determination in delivering this “ambitious project arises above all from the desire to give the world of endurance what must become the event marking its rebirth”...

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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Twenty month suspension and fine for false entries in FEI horse passports - Full Article

April 7, 2021

A prominent figure in the equestrian community has been suspended for 20 months and fined 5000 Swiss francs for falsifying veterinary entries in the FEI passports of four Endurance horses under his care.

Pierre Arnould, in a decision released by the FEI Tribunal, was also ordered to pay 7000 Swiss Francs in legal costs.

The case against the 61-year-old Belgian national was heard by FEI Tribunal member Martin Gibbs.

Three of the passport entries related to vaccinations; the fourth related to an entry in the medical treatment section to record the horse was not destined for human consumption, thereby allowing certain veterinary treatments that otherwise would be prohibited.

Arnould has been involved in equestrian sport for 35 years, in particular Endurance. He served as team leader of the Belgian national team for many years, organised two FEI Endurance European Championships, one FEI Endurance World Championships, and is an active trainer of Endurance horses. He was also a member of the FEI Endurance Committee from 2011 to 2014.

The FEI brought its case to the tribunal after receiving information that Arnauld had falsified the FEI passports of several horses by using an old stamp previously used by an FEI Veterinarian, Dr Wijnendaele, when he worked in Belgium. The stamp was used to make it appear that Dr Wijnendaele had vaccinated horses when he had not done so...

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Bahrain: Never give up! - Full Article

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Wed, 07 Apr 2021

Gulf Weekly: AFTER being away from the podium for more than five years, endurance racer Manal Fakhrawi hopped back in the saddle to gallop her way to victory in the King Endurance Cup ... and she hopes her win will inspire more athletes to never give up.

The win means the world to the new mum, who spent the past year training rigorously for the four-day, 160km competition held at Bahrain International Endurance Village.

“Winning the King’s Cup means the world to me as it’s the most important race in the kingdom,” said Fakhrawi who races for Team Victorious, led by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sport chairman, and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation honorary president.

“I worked hard last year to make a comeback after being blessed with a baby girl. It was a challenge, I am glad all that hard work paid off.”

Fakhrawi, who has been competing for more than 20 years, clinched first place in 6 hours and 31 minutes...

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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

FEI Tribunal Decision: Former Belgian National Endurance Coach Pierre Arnould Suspended and Fined

April 6 2021

Clean Endurance acknowledges a significant FEI Tribunal decision concerning former Belgian National Endurance Coach Pierre Arnould (FEI ID 10021954).

Mr Arnould has been suspended for 20 months, fined 5 000 Swiss Francs and ordered to pay 7 000 Swiss Francs in costs, for falsifying vaccination records in 4 endurance horses under his care.

This is, we believe, the first time the Tribunal has considered the offence of bringing the sport into disrepute in such a case, and the first time a FEI suspension has extended to forbidding the party from being a spectator at FEI and National events.

Clean Endurance agrees with the FEI that this was a "top-end" offence according to article 164.14 of the FEI General Regulations. We are relieved that the FEI Tribunal has applied a severe and exemplary sanction.

Mr Arnould, 61, has been involved in endurance for 35 years. He served as Team Leader of the Belgian national endurance team for many years, organised 2 FEI Endurance European Championships and 1 FEI Endurance World Championship and is an active trainer.

He was a member of the FEI Endurance Committee from 2011 to 2014 and recently acted as a representative of the Equestrian Organisers on the FEI Endurance Calendar Task Force established to deal with the impact of Covid-19 on events.

In 2020, with the support of his National Federation, Mr Arnould put himself forward to be a member or to chair the FEI Endurance Committee.. These positions were appointed at the FEI General Assembly in November 2020 when Mr Arnould was already provisionally suspended.

The FEI Tribunal found that:

• Mr Arnould falsified the FEI passports of 4 endurance horses by forging vaccination entries, forging the signature of a veterinarian and using an old stamp from the veterinarian who was no longer practising in Belgium.
• the Respondent’s conduct involved the maltreatment of horses by exposing them and horses they came into contact with to infection is likely correct.
• Mr Arnould, as someone of high profile who has assumed positions of leadership should be held to a high standard of behaviour, therefore going to the issue of bringing the sport into disrepute. Behaviour which is both fraudulent and undermines confidence in the systems established by the FEI to keep horses safe is serious.

The full decision notice can be found here:

Monday, April 05, 2021

UAE: Spanish Rider Tops In Endurance Cup

Dubai Equestrian Club photo - full article

'Weather made it challenging'

Updated 3rd Apr 2021

Spanish rider Eulalia Gonzalez Guardia proved her class as a leading endurance athlete after she emerged victorious in the 2021 edition of the 160km HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Presented by Longines, on Saturday at the purpose-built Dubai International Endurance City.

Guardia who rides for M7 2 Stables and trains under Mohammed Ahmed Ali Al Subose was aboard 10-year-old grey gelding Bilal De La Belange as the pair emerged victorious in impressive style.

Speaking after the event the winner said: “It is amazing. I am very happy for our team. It is unbelievable. I still can’t believe that we won. This is the first time my horse raced here. I was not very sure we would win. But it feels really good...

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Friday, April 02, 2021

Young rider ready for endurance test at New Zealand championships - Full Article

3 April 2021
By Kayla Hodge

Isla Mutch loves a challenge.

And what is more difficult than riding 120km through the unknown East Otago countryside, more than 1000km away from her home in Taranaki?

The 11-year-old was unafraid as she prepared for the National Endurance and Competitive Trail Ride Championships this weekend, in Nenthorn Valley, Macraes Flat.

She is no stranger to the endurance circuit, having won the North Island Endurance Championships 100km earlier this year, but tomorrow would be her first time taking on the 120km event.

It will also be her first time riding in the South Island, but she was confident in her, and her horse Moondance’s, ability...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Racing returns to mainland Europe - Full Article
31st March 2021

Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday 31 March 2021.

The FEI has published the ‘return to competition’ measures that will allow a safe resumption of international sport in mainland Europe on 12 April following a six-week shutdown to control the spread of the neurological form of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1).

The measures focus on six key areas: Pre-event venue preparations by Organisers; Athlete pre-event preparations; Examination on Arrival; Onsite at Event Venue; Departure from Events; and Jurisdiction.

The Return To Competition measures, which were comprehensively reviewed at a stakeholder consultation session last week and fine-tuned by both the FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group and the FEI Veterinary Committee, have now been approved by the FEI Board...

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

World endurance champs to go ahead, despite EHV outbreak - Full Article

March 25, 2021

The FEI Endurance World Championships that were postponed from September 2020 because of Covid-19 are scheduled to go ahead on May 22 in Pisa, Italy, despite a high-level request to reschedule following the European Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreak.

Event organisers and the Italian National Federation cited the uncertain evolution of Covid-19 and the impact of EHV-1 in Europe in their request for another postponement. Two other dates had been proposed — July 10, 2021 and September 25, 2021 — but the FEI Endurance Calendar Task Force recommended to the FEI Board that the May 22 date be maintained, as it “would provide National Federations more opportunities to select their best and most fit combinations”...

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Azizi Developments Sponsors Hh Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Ride for Ladies - Full Article

Published March 24th, 2021

In line with its master-planned community presence in Meydan and long-standing partnership with Dubai Racing Club, Azizi Developments, a leading private developer in the UAE, sponsored the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Festival Ride for Ladies for the fourth consecutive time. The 120-kilometre endurance race began at 7am on Tuesday, the 23rd of March, 2021, and concluded with a prize ceremony.

A prestigious stop on the world endurance riding calendar, the Azizi-sponsored ride was held at the purpose-built Dubai International Endurance City. Mr Mirwais Azizi, Founder and Chairman of Azizi Developments; Mr Farhad Azizi, CEO of Azizi Developments; and officials from the Dubai Equestrian Club, awarded the race winners...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Endurance GB Confirms International FEI Ride Programme for 2021 - Full Article

21/03/2021 News Team

• Four venues currently set to host nine days of FEI competition subject to Covid measures
• Hunt is on for fresh location for the Endurance GB Inter Regional Championships after local Forestry England Covid-19 restrictions force cancellation of King’s Forest Summer, previously planned as a selection ride for the European Championships

Endurance GB has confirmed four venues so far are set to host nine days of International FEI sport in England this summer. The FEI classes are currently planned for Euston Park 3*, Royal Windsor 2*, Revesby Park 3* and Lavenham 2*. A further venue, the popular King’s Summer event in Thetford Forest, Suffolk, scheduled to take place on 18-19 June has been cancelled after confirmation on Friday by the Thetford and Sandlings Forestry England Region that it would not be able to accommodate event bookings this summer due to pressures on the area as the country emerges from lockdown.

The Royal Windsor Ride is the first confirmed date for the resumption of international endurance which organisers H Power have announced will take place on the Friday 2nd July from its usual home in Windsor Great Park...

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UAE: Sheikh Mohammed Cup headlines four-day Dubai Endurance festival - Full Article

21 March 2021

The four-day His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance, Festival, the top highlight of the UAE Endurance Calendar, will be held from Tuesday to Friday.

Topping the programme is the prestigious His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Endurance Cup, which draws participation from top local and international endurance riders. Together the festival is a celebration of 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 main ride, the Sheikh Mohammed Endurance Cup is held over 160km and will be held at the Dubai International Endurance City (DIEC). The event is an annual tribute to the extraordinary impact Sheikh Mohammed has had on the sport of endurance riding and global equestrian sport...

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Bahrain: Al Hashemi wins thrilling contest - Full Article

GDN Online Desk
Sat, 20 Mar 2021

Al Raud Stable’s Mohammed Abdulhamid Al Hashemi won the Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Cup after an exciting race at the Bahrain International Endurance Village yesterday.

The champion clocked 4 hours, 47 minutes and 23 seconds in the 120-kilometre event. He was followed by Victorious’ Isa Al Enzi (4.47.30) and Al Zaim Sultan Al Romaihi (4.54.40)...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

17 Sport Horses Now Dead in Spanish Herpes Crisis - Full Article

Further casualties include 5 aborted foals; hundreds more horses blocked from competing as a third Spanish venue is linked with cases.

By: Pippa Cuckson | March 17, 2021

Seventeen horses are now confirmed dead in relation to the outbreak of the aggressive neurological form of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) at jumping tours in Spain.

The latest deaths include a newborn foal in Germany at stables where two horses recently returned from Spain have also died and where five mares have aborted foals. In Belgium, two more jumping horses have died.

Cases associated with a third Spanish tour have led to the FEI blocking 856 more horses from competing. This is the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour (MET) in Oliva, just a few miles from Valencia where the outbreak was first reported...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Bahrain: Stage set for endurance championship - Full Article

16 March 2021

The three-day Nasser Bin Hamad Endurance Championship will begin tomorrow at the Bahrain International Endurance Village.

His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) will patronise the competition.

The championship includes a 40km qualifying race, and three other races covering 80, 100 and 120km...

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Australia: Vets urge horses, owners to get Hendra virus vaccine as new strain identified - Full Article

March 11 2021
By Bridget Murphy

Equine vets are urging horse breeders and owners to vaccinate against Hendra virus, following the discovery of a new strain of the deadly virus by Australian researchers.

The research project, titled Horses as Sentinels, has linked the new strain, found in a flying fox in Adelaide, to a previously unexplained death of a horse in an undisclosed area of Australia in 2015.

Peter Reid, a veterinary scientist with the Australian Veterinary Association [AVA], said that breeds of flying foxes that had not been known to transmit Hendra virus in the past could be carrying the new strain in areas previously deemed as low risk.

These areas include parts of New South Wales, Victoria and southern Australia, where grey-headed flying foxes are found.

Hendra virus, which was first recorded in Australia in 1994, can infect both humans and horses...

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Longines FEI Endurance World Championship 2021 organiser studying the possible necessity to adapt the health safety protocols - Full Article
5th March 2021

Pisa, San Rossore, Italy. Friday 5 March 2021.

The Longines FEI Endurance World Championship 2021, scheduled in Pisa San Rossore – ITALY on 22 May, wants to be stronger not only regarding the Covid-19 pandemic – for which the Organizing Committee is preparing a detailed safety protocol to best guarantee the attending NFs teams – but also regarding the recent spread of Equine Rhinopneumonitis (Ehv-1) which has led the International Equestrian Federation to suspend international events in France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, Netherland, Germany and Slovakia until March 28, 2021.

The organizing committee of the Longines FEI Endurance World Championship 2021, in steady coordination with the International Equestrian Federation and the Italian Equestrian Federation, is following the evolution of the case and studying the possible necessity to adapt the health safety protocols. These actions go hand in hand with setting up the organization of the event in the name of maximum safety...

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

FEI extends shutdown of international events in mainland Europe due to EHV-1 outbreak

12 March 2021

The FEI has imposed a further two-week extension of the shutdown of all international events in mainland Europe until 11 April 2021 due to the ongoing outbreak of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). The FEI had previously announced a 28-day shutdown on 1 March 2021.

The move, which aims to minimise the further spread of the very aggressive strain of the virus, was unanimously approved at an emergency FEI Executive Board meeting today. The extended lockdown applies to all FEI disciplines.

The decision is based on detailed scientific risk assessment conducted by world leading epidemiologist Dr Richard Newton and the FEI Veterinary Department.

The extended lockdown applies to all countries that have international scheduled events in the period to 11 April – Austria, Belgium, Spain, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. However, the FEI again strongly recommends that all National Federations in mainland Europe cancel their national events in order to minimise horse movement.

The shutdown will mean the cancellation of the FEI World Cup™ Finals for the second consecutive year following the loss of the 2020 Finals in Las Vegas (USA) to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final and the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final were scheduled to be held in Gothenburg (SWE) from 31 March to 4 April 2021.

“The extension of the lockdown is difficult for everyone, and the loss of the FEI World Cup Finals for a second year is particularly devastating, especially for the qualified athletes and for our loyal Top Partner Longines,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “We know how much work Tomas Torgersen and his incredible team in Gothenburg have put into organising the 2021 Finals, which would have been part of the 400th birthday anniversary celebrations for the city, so this is a desperately bitter blow.

“We cannot eradicate EHV as it is endemic in many countries, but we need to work together to minimise the transmission of this particular strain, which has already caused the death of 12 horses in Europe. All of the original in-contact horses from Valencia, Vejer de la Frontera and Doha are already blocked on the FEI Database, but the whole community needs to be on the alert and monitoring their horses. We strongly urge all European-based FEI athletes to avoid travel with their horses during this prolonged shutdown, as travel is a very clear risk factor.

“Sadly this additional lockdown is crucial to slow down the spread of the virus so that we can preserve the rest of the season, get our athletes and horses back competing safely and allow as long a period as possible for those aiming for Tokyo to earn their Minimum Eligibility Requirements and confirmation results, and of course to prepare their horses for the Games.

“Nobody wants to see an outbreak like this ever again. There will be a comprehensive and fully transparent investigation into every aspect of this outbreak and the way it has been handled, and the findings will be published so that, together with our community, we can all learn from this.

“We will be putting in place enhanced protocols to allow for a safe return to play once this outbreak is under control, and we will advise our community on those well in advance of the resumption of international events, but the priority right now has to be the treatment of sick horses and getting healthy horses back to their home countries in a safe and biosecure way. We all need to focus on safeguarding not just FEI horses, but the wider European horse community.”

Work on identifying the gene sequencing of this strain of the virus is already underway, and the FEI is continuing to monitor the evolution of the virus through the FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group, which was formalised this week. The Group is composed of world-leading EHV specialists, the FEI Veterinary Director and FEI Senior Veterinary Advisor, supported by the Chair of the FEI Veterinary Committee. Reports and recommendations from this Group will be published on a weekly basis.

The FEI is also publishing daily updates on the dedicated EHV-1 hub.

11 Horses Dead From EHV-1 Outbreak in Spain - Full Article

Nearly 200 horses remain held at the competition venue in Valencia by government officials in Spain, where EHV-1 is a reportable disease.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Mar 11, 2021

The death toll has risen to 11 in the equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak that began at an international jumping competition in Spain in February. Competition organizers and scientists are scrambling to understand the details leading up to the crisis.

A horse died March 9 in the Valencia University Equine Hospital, making it the 11th fatality in the epidemic, which has included many neurological cases and is “very, very aggressive,” said Göran Akerström, DVM, veterinary director of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

Since The Horse’s previous report on March 4 of six horse deaths, two more at the Valencia hospital have occurred, as well as one in Barcelona and one in Germany, the FEI reported...

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Sunday, March 07, 2021

UAE: Saeed Rashed Bin Ghadayer: From winning several horse and camel racing championships to becoming a household name - Full Article

5 March 2021

Horse and camel racing have been deeply embedded in Emirati culture for centuries. These sports are to the United Arab Emirate (UAE) what football is to Europe: a way of life. Saeed Rashed Bin Ghadayer is a household name when it comes to the equine industry, and for good reason.

Saeed has an amazing way with horses and a deep love for these majestic animals. He grew up with them and began working with them from a very young age. What makes this extraordinary is that Saeed was born with about 10 percent of his vision, yet has always been totally comfortable around horses.

This was never more clearly demonstrated than the 2007 Pan Arab Games in Egypt, when Saeed rode in the long-distance races to claim silver and gold medals. Yet, even the most accomplished endurance riders can experience tragedies. In 2018, during his second year as a trainer, one of his most beloved horses died from a fall during the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile. While Saeed has trained numerous champions, Frankyfourfingers still holds a special place in his heart, being lauded as the best horse imaginable for a new trainer...

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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

F3 Stables King of Dubai Crown Prince Festival

Endurance Dubai photo - Full Article
3rd March 2021

Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. From Wednesday 24 February until Saturday 27 February 2021.

This was the thirteenth edition of the Dubai Crown Prince Festival and it was clear to see that the number of entries was down compared to previous years, but the intensity and battles for victory were perhaps even better than usual.

The long weekend was a pure display of supremacy by F3 Stables, owned by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and the force behind this festival. The stables entered three of the four races and won all three of them.

But also worth mentioning is the feat of Laetitia Glorian – FRA, who managed to start and end all four races of the festival with very respectable finishes. In the ladies race she came in 15th place with Django Des Graves – ABH Endurance Stables; in the Private Stables race 40th place with Darley Des Aubepines – Bin Daeen Private Stables; in the Al Yamamah race in 21st position with Torchwood Jazz Paws – Al Aasfa 3 Endurance Stables; and in the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup in 13th position with Eus Royal Viper – ABH Endurance Stables...

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Endurance GB to open competitive ride entries for 2021 - Full Article

25 February 2021

Endurance GB to open competitive ride entries for 2021 season on 1 March after Government gives greenlight to resume outdoor sport in England

Demand expected to be high with first competitive rides of season expected to be on Sunday 11 April with Bibury Salt Way in the Cotswolds and at Tilford in Surrey.

Covid safety measures will be in place at all events – health pre- screening and full audit trail in place for all attendees.

Entry limits will be in place but will vary from ride to ride, depending on the social distancing capacity of the venues and routes and any additional government/landowner restrictions in place.

2021 Golden Horseshoe Ride scheduled for 22-23 May will not take place.

Endurance GB is expecting a huge demand when entries for the first rides of the 2021 season open on Monday 1 March, ready to kick off the competitive season a month later than normal on 11 April. A packed season of pleasure rides is also planned.

Covid safety measures will be in place at all events including health pre-screening and a full audit trail in place for all attendees. Due to restrictions on overnight stays, attendees will not be able to stay overnight at events until 17 May at the earliest, at which point it is hoped that camping and corralling will be allowed again...

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Great Britain: Golden Horseshoe Ride Off for 2021

25 February 2021

It is with great regret that, as the current organisers of the Golden Horseshoe Ride, we have made the decision that we will be unable to organise the event in 2021. The ride was due to be run over the weekend of the 22/23rd May. However, the Government’s recent announcement of the “Road Map” to lift current restrictions on the hospitality industry will only allow our family business, The Dartmoor Inn at Lydford, to reopen on the 17th May at the earliest. With all 4 family members heavily involved in the starting up and running of the pub, after being closed since the 30th December, this timing is very unfortunate and we need to concentrate on the business and its recovery as a priority.

The good news is that we have agreed that we will run GHS in its full format for one last time in 2022, and hope that a new organiser can be found for 2023.

Andrew, Jo, and Abby Chisholm and Tess Barker Jones

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Top riders to battle for honours at Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup - Full Article

February 23 2021

The 120km Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline, will be the final ride in a week-long Endurance Festival named for Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of the Executive Council.

Hosted by the Dubai Equestrian Club, the festival will be held from Feb.24-27, 2021, and comprises a total of four rides, catering to a wide range of riders and horses—including female riders and mares—adding variety to this celebration of endurance riding. The festival is sponsored by Pillar Partner Emirates Airline, and held at Dubai International Endurance City, a purpose-built, state-of-the-art endurance facility...

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Blue Wolf Totem Expedition in Mongolia August 7-17, 2022


August 7-17, 2022

Experience Mongolia like no one has since the time of Chinggis Khan!

Swept up with the magic of The Blue Wolf Totem Expedition…but don't have three months to escape to the wilds of Mongolia?

​Join international endurance rider, Heidi Telstad, the first and only Canadian winner of the 2016 Mongol Derby and 2022 Blue Wolf Totem Expeditionist for 11 days of soul fulfilling experiences while riding Mongolian horses and participating in the highlights of her recently completed 84 day, 3,600 km Blue Wolf Totem Expedition. ​

Heidi has designed an adventure that will satisfy every horseback riding dream you've ever had about exploring Mongolia. Riding out of the custom ger camp, you will have a chance to experience the true highlights of Mongolian history and culture in comfort and style.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Bahamas: Pagliaro And ‘Beau’ Get Set For The Endurance Worlds - Full Article

February 19 2021

THE FEI Endurance Young Rider World Championships are rapidly approaching. As the first ever to represent The Bahamas at this event, Reine Pagliaro and her mount Beautiful Knightmare (known as Beau) are training, refining, and doing all the research necessary to represent The Bahamas to the best of their ability.

The competition is scheduled for September 6-10 in Ermelo, The Netherlands.

To put it simply, Endurance is a cross-country marathon on horseback. An FEI 2* event, the Young Rider World Championships distance is 75 miles (120 km).

The qualification process has been gruelling: first Pagliaro and Beau had to complete a certain number of qualifying races before moving up to the International, or FEI, level.

After achieving FEI status, the pair then had to finish two 120km races which was accomplished in March 2020. Reine rides with the Stiyu Endurance Team at Muscogee Farms in Eatonton, Georgia. The Stiyu research team has been scouting competition venues with weather and footing similar to that of The Netherlands. Luckily, the weather in middle Georgia where the pair train is almost identical to the weather in Ermelo...

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Bahrain: Al Nuaimi steals the show at endurance race - Full Article

20 February 2021

Al Raud team rider Ahmed Saleh Al Nuaimi dazzled in the King’s Endurance Festival Cup, winning the 120km race for youth and U-16 contenders.

Al Nuaimi clocked four hours, 19 minutes and 4 seconds, followed by Zaim’s Sultan Abdulaziz Al Rumaihi (4:46:49) and Al Fursan’s Hamad Helal Al Taheri (4:50:53).

His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs, Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) honorary chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa followed up the race.

The stage is set for 160km race for the King’s Cup, which will be held today...

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Bahrain: Zaim’s Al Balooshi wins 100km race - Full Article

Fri, 19 Feb 2021

Al Zaim Team’s Nasser Nayef Al Balooshi has won the 100km race at the annual King’s Cup Endurance Festival, clocking three hours, 59 minutes and 20 seconds.

Hassan Essam Fardan (Al Zaim) came second at 4:08:31 and Mohammed Ammy (Ahmed Al Fateh Stables) third at 4:48:20.

In the 80km race, Victorious Team rider Ahmed Abdulwahab Al Barri was the winner (5:06:01).

He was followed by Sarra Ahmed (Al Shawamekh Stables) at 5:07:25 and Al Shawamekh Stables’ Ali Ahmed Shakeeb (5:07:25).

The races were held at the Bahrain International Endurance Village...

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Top prize for Perthshire adventurer whose life changed after epic trip with her horse and dog - Full Article

Karen Inkster- whose ‘The Deaf, the Daft and the Ditsy’ journey round the Outer Hebrides captured the imagination of animal lovers in 2017 - won the ‘international equine travel award’ at the Equus Film Festival

By Douglas Dickie
4 FEB 2021

In 2017, Perthshire ’s Karen Inkster went on a 300km journey in a final desperate bid to save her horse, Connie.

Little did she know that, four years later, that trip would see her recognised at a worldwide awards ceremony.

Karen’s ‘The Deaf, the Daft and the Ditsy’ journey round the Outer Hebrides captured the imagination of animal lovers across Perthshire and beyond.

And it continues to inspire today.

A diary she compiled was made into a book, and has helped her raise thousands of pounds for animal charities.

And late last year it was named the winner of the ‘international equine travel award’ at the Equus Film Festival...

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Bahrain: Endurance Festival set to kick off - Full article

14 February 2021

His Majesty King Hamad’s four-day Endurance Festival will open on Wednesday and run until February 20, announced the King’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

He directed Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef), chaired by Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, to hold the event at the Bahrain International Endurance Village.

Shaikh Nasser, who is also Breef honorary chairman, praised the King’s royal care which put Bahrain on the world map of horseracing, making it a capital of equestrian event in the Arab World.

The main endurance on the Cup of the King will cover a distance of 160km...

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Qatar: Minister of Culture and Sports crowns winners of Amir Sword endurance Race - Full Article

February 13 2021


HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali crowned the winners of the endurance race on the Sword of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the Marathon village in Sealine. Jassim Rashid Al Kaabi on the "Qualy De La Fontaine" horse, owned by Sheikha Reem bint Mohammed al-Thani and trained by Jihad Khaled El Ahmad, came in the first place and won the sword...

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Ireland: A fond farewell to an indomitable equine - Full Article

By Bree Rutledge
February 12, 2021

WELL-known endurance rider Helen McFarland from Co. Down, writes:


I had the recent privilege of saying a final goodbye to ‘Just Paddy’, my equine companion for over 30 years. Without the benefit of ‘Paddy’s’ indomitable spirit and iron constitution, I would never have gone on to enjoy an endurance career, which has enabled me to compete all over Ireland and Britain, as well as further afield and to have the honour of representing Ireland at European and World Championship level and at the World Equestrian Games.

‘Paddy’ and I started out together in mid 1990 and spent several happy years hunting with the North Down, flying round cross-country courses and doing all the usual Riding Club activities. Nothing ever seemed to tire ‘Paddy’ out and when we took up the newly emerging sport of endurance in 1995, he made swift progress through the various qualification levels at 20, 25, 30, 40 and 50 miles, with ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association).

I caught the endurance ‘bug’ myself and quickly became addicted to the fascinating challenge of competing over long distances, riding across different terrain and adapting speed and tactics to my horse’s level of fitness. But I can still remember the astonishment I felt when Lorraine Sloan (whose help and guidance were invaluable to me as a very novice endurance rider), casually mentioned one day that she was training to do a ride of 100 miles in a day – I had no notion such a thing was possible, 50 miles seemed more than enough!...

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100 days to go Longines FEI Endurance World Championship 2021 - Full Article
11th February 2021

Pisa, Italy. Thursday 10 February 2021. The countdown begins to the Longines FEI Endurance World Championship 2021.

In 100 days the San Rossore racecourse will be the scene of an event that is long-awaited for as it is the symbolic desire to return to normality through a sport, Endurance, which founding values are based on true partnership between horse and human. The appointment is for Saturday 22 May 2021, when Tuscany and in particular Pisa will host the Longines FEI Endurance World Championship 2021 as part of the sixth edition of Toscana Endurance Lifestyle.

Event Director Brian Dunn (IRL) and, in partnership with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and the Italian Equestrian Federation (FISE) and with the institutional support of the Municipality of Pisa and the Tuscany Region, are working at full speed to set up a World Championship based on ambitious goals, starting with health protection and compliance with the protocols dictated by the Covid-19 pandemic...

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Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Great Britain: Popular Man v Horse race is cancelled for a second year - Full Article

8 February 2021
By Matt Jones

ENDURANCE runners from Powys and well beyond have been dealt a blow after organisers of the immensely popular Man v Horse race announced the cancellation of this year’s event.

The quirky race – which pits people against horses over a 22-mile distance – is one of the most popular events on the annual Mid Wales calendar, but was cancelled last year because of coronavirus. Organisers Green Events had provisionally pencilled in a June 12 date for the Llanwrtyd Wells race’s comeback, but instead they have followed suit with many other events this year by postponing for a second successive year...

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Monday, February 01, 2021

UAE: Sultan Alawani emerged to top in Al Wathba - Full Article
1st February 2021

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, United Arab Emirates. Friday 29 January 2021.

After three days of racing the previous week it was time for Junior & Young Riders to battle for first place at the Sheikh Zayed bin Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Junior & Young Riders Endurance Cup CEN 120.

A total of 100 combinations entered the race and it was Consuelo Marchant – CHI (Gacela 50 – Jumeirah Stables) leading after the first loop with nine riders within the same minute.

Saif Beljafla – UAE (Shadeedah – M7 Endurance Stables) arrived first after the second loop in an important pack of riders but thanks to a good recovery it was Khalfan Beljafla – UAE (Avenir La Majorie – MRM Stables) who took over the lead with an ignorable advantage of two seconds on Saif Beljafla. The only other rider to be in the same minute was Rashed Al Ketbi – UAE (Waterlea Sikorsky – M7 Endurance Stables) in fourth place...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In Memoriam: FEI pays tribute to former Endurance Committee Chair Brian Sheahan (1951-2021) - Full Article

27 January 2021

Dr Brian Sheahan (AUS), former Chair of the FEI Endurance Committee, passed away peacefully on 25 January in his hometown of Samford, Queensland in northeastern Australia. The FEI Honorary Board Member, who was a highly respected veterinarian and a well-loved figure in the international Endurance community, was 69.

He joined the FEI Endurance Committee as a member in 2008, taking over the Chair in 2012 until 2018, during which time he was a member of the FEI Board. He was highly respected for his work with the Endurance Strategic Planning Group and the Endurance Task Force. He was instrumental in creating the FEI Endurance Forum and Conferences, which provided a platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas and voice their opinions.

“The FEI family and the international veterinary community have lost, not just a passionate advocate for Endurance, but also a unique man and a real friend,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.

“Brian often described himself as a ‘humble country vet’, but he was so much more than that and his passing is being felt everywhere he left his mark. As well as his brilliant ability to work with people, and with horses, he will be remembered fondly for his legendary wit and infectious good humour. His family, and huge circle of friends and colleagues will have no shortage of entertaining anecdotes to keep his memory alive. The equestrian community is certainly better off for having known him...”

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Uruguayan Rider Handed Record 3-Year Ban for Controlled Meds Offence - Full Article

FEI warns riders about personal duty of care after a repeat offender fails to educate himself, despite two prior positives.

By: Pippa Cuckson | January 18, 2021

A Uruguayan endurance rider has been handed a record three-year ban for a controlled medications offence, because of his history of prior violations.

Facundo Leites could have been suspended for four years for this third violation in four years’ period, though the FEI and its independent Tribunal felt three years was appropriate. Leites, 27, will have served suspensions totalling four and half years when this latest one ends in January 2024, unless he appeals.

Leites claimed he had accepted the ride at Bou Thib, Abu Dhabi in February 19 on Calandria Noe at short notice and could not have known the mare had recently been dosed with the corticosteroid Flumetasone to treat “chronic arthrosis” in the fetlock joint. The stable vet injected her eight eight days before the scheduled race. The trainer blamed the positive sample on the ride then being brought forward.

The trainer, Ali Nasser Sultan al Yabhouni, said his stable was one of the most “respectful” in the country. He had carried out his own investigation, and found miscommunication between stable staff in recording the treatment and the entry made for the ride, for which he apologised.

However, for the Tribunal, Dianne Pitts agreed with the FEI legal department that this explanation was unsubstantiated...

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Endurance: Pointless to Strengthen FEI Rules if Loophole isn’t Closed - Full Article

The UAE can still dodge FEI rules at headlining endurance races due to the cock-eyed definition of ‘Minor’ events.

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By Pippa Cuckson | January 19, 2021

Well, that UAE suspension seemed over in a flash, didn’t it? It has been business as usual at the epicentre of winter endurance from January 1 ‒ the UAE is packing loads into the next three months, racing four days out of seven.

Its first feature 120km race of 2021, the Expo Cup CEN, saw the usual pitiful completion rate: 44 finishers, 87 vetgate eliminations and 11 of those mysterious “failures to complete” (FTCs.)

Riders were drawn from 24 nations for that opening meet which ran under national rules. All perfectly legit, because demanding endurance events can count as “national” even when they would be of Olympic standard, if endurance was an Olympic sport.

Worryingly, too, so far this year the longer races have not been livestreamed. There could be Covid-related reasons for standing down the camera crews (though no one else seems too worried about social distancing) but equally the wish to reduce public scrutiny may now seem preferable to ego-feeding...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast Ep 84: The Great Mongolian Ride

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January 15, 2021

On today’s episode Ute talks with Gabriella Schmidt-Corsitto, dental hygienist and horse lover from Switzerland. In July 2021 she will organise the Great Mongolian Ride, a charity ride crossing Mongolia from West to East and covering more than 3000 km in 10 weeks. She tells us all about how she arrived in Mongolia with her husband and founded her NGO Misheel Kids Foundation to help disadvantaged Mongolian children take care of their dental health and how she fell in love with the Mongolian horses and people and finally how she had the idea for her ride which is going to be the longest charity ride in history.


Basha O’Reilly, adventurer and renowned Long Rider, dies at 73 - Full Article

January 18, 2021
Neil Clarkson

Basha O’Reilly wasn’t born in the saddle, but it didn’t take her long to climb on a horse and begin a life filled with adventure and romance.

From the moment she climbed aboard her first pony, Mustard, she was destined to be an equestrian explorer.

Basha, who died in France on January 13 after a brief illness, found solace in the saddle, feeding what came to be an insatiable appetite to see the world on horseback.

Her obituary is not a notice about death. It is instead a lesson in love.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1947, Barbara (Basha) Cornwall-Legh began riding at the age of five. She went on to ride at Olympic-level dressage, before being drawn to the adventures of equestrian travel.

After beginning her travels in Mongolia with Colonel John Blashford-Snell of the Scientific Expedition, in the summer of 1995 Basha visited the Russian Steppes.

There she fell in love with a blazing red Cossack stallion named Count Pompeii. That was the start of a 2500-mile expedition in which she beat off a would-be rapist and an attack by robbers...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Eurotunnel Price Hike Leaves UK Equestrians Reeling - Full Article

A $665 surcharge per horse catches the industry by surprise as Brexit takes effect and threatens to affect equestrian traffic both ways.

By: Pippa Cuckson | January 12, 2021

International riders in the UK are reeling at an unexpected consequence of Brexit ‒ a drastic price hike in Eurotunnel tickets for horses.

The Eurotunnel, also known as the Channel Tunnel or Chunnel, is a 50.45-km railway tunnel that runs beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover and is the only fixed link between the island of Great Britain and the European mainland.

Since January 1 the French-owned tunnel operator has imposed, without notice, a one-way £385 ($665 CAD) surcharge per horse, on top of the £400 ticket for the vehicle.

Last year was a transitory stage before the UK’s total withdrawal from the European Union, during which DEFRA ‒ the UK’s food and agriculture agency ‒ did an enormous amount of work to prepare horse transporters for the new documentation required by both their animals and vehicles at border control. However, many have been caught by surprise by Eurotunnel’s decision.

Henry Bullen, director of global transportation company Peden, understood the price increase was blamed on the cost of building a new inspection facility near the port at Calais. He hoped it would be swiftly reviewed...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Spain: «NOBBY» a Great Raid Horse has passed away

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January 12, 2021
Gabriel Gamiz
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Today I get the sad news of the death of a great horse «NOBBY» the horse that together with María Álvarez , the Double World and European Champion , who together with «Nobby» won two World Championships, two European Championships, plus another bronze in Europe.

At 26 years of age, he has galloped to the eternal skies, with that great gallop that took him to the top of the great Champions...

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Saturday, January 09, 2021

Bahrain: Al Enzi triumphs - Full Article

09 January 2021

Victorious Team rider Isa Al Enzi clinched the Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Championship, at the Bahrain International Endurance Village yesterday.

He won the 120km four-stage race, clocking 4 hours, 26 minutes and 1 second, followed by Sarhan Al Enzi, from Al Safinat Stables, with 4 hours, 52 minutes and 13 seconds.

Al Zaim rider Shahd Waleed finished third in the race and secured a spot on the podium, covering the distance in 4:53:35...

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Friday, January 08, 2021

Polish cancer survivor all set for 120km Endurance race in Dubai tomorrow - Full Article

Equestrian athlete says riding horses is therapeutic for her

Published: January 08, 2021
Anjana Kumar, Staff Reporter

Dubai: A Polish expat living in Dubai is showing how cancer is not an excuse or an obstacle for anyone to pursue their passion.

Meet Anna Mirska-Perry, who turned an equestrian athlete after being diagnosed with skin and breast cancer.

If this were not enough, Anna is preparing for a 120km horse race on January 8, Saturday. It is the Expo 2021 Endurance Cup in Dubai International Endurance City. Needless to say, she has been preparing hard for it — riding a minimum three to four hours daily — this, despite her medical condition...

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Monday, January 04, 2021

Interview with Christian Lozano newly elected Chair of Endurance - Full Article
4th January 2021

Christian Lozano was recently elected as Chair of Endurance at the 2020 FEI General Assembly. Endurance World was able to catch up with him. Tarbes, Thursday 30 December 2020.

Christian is a person with no conflict of interest because he doesn’t have any business in the sport of endurance. He is not a breeder or an owner, he doesn’t have relatives riding and he doesn’t work for a timing company. How did you come to be involved with endurance?

I went to the brother-in-law (Joel Marescassier) of a friend who was riding in the Bordeaux area where there is all the wine and chateaux. I didn’t know the sport at all, but it was a 90 kilometre ride, a kind of selection ride. The French chef d’equipe, Pierre Cazes, and all the French big names in endurance (Jack Begaud, Jean Noël Lafaure…) were there, but I didn’t know that at the time because it was the first time I saw an endurance ride.

And I liked it because at the time I was doing half marathons and marathons, and also I stopped playing rugby a few years before. So I did find that spirit of the marathon in the ride because people were suffering, and also the spirit of the rugby because at the end of the competition everybody was friendly and sharing a glass at the bar, having food together and as a group of people they were helping each other. I did enjoy that spirit. Later I was living in Abu Dhabi. I came with a French company because I worked for the French Ministry of Defence, and I was there with my family from 1999 to 2005. And my friend told me, you know in the UAE they have a lot of endurance riding. I really enjoy endurance...

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World endurance champs pushes through trying times to mark discipline’s “rebirth” - Full Article April 12, 2021 The organisers of next month’s Longines FEI Endurance World Championsh...