Friday, October 15, 2021

Germany: First time races in Trechwitz - Full Article

Race Report made with the assistance of Juliette Mallison
Photo Credit: Juliette Mallison and Miriam Lewin
14th October 2021

Trechwitz, Germany. Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2021.

CEI 1* and 2* rides over 100km and 120km for seniors and young riders/juniors took place for the first time at the Biohof zu Mühlenberg in Trechwitz in the state of Brandenburg located not far from Berlin.

The CEI rides in Trechwitz were new rides along forest and field tracks in a beautiful region of Brandenburg which included part of the National Park Rietzer See. As the riders were on the first loop they were accompanied by the cries of thousands of wild geese, that rose into the air as they went by the lake. Quite a new experience on a ride! This loop also included a metal bridge which, despite being covered with a carpet and wood shavings, was not always the easiest to cross for the horses. However this was managed without too much difficulties.

After Covid and with the FEI Herpes Requirements, riders were eager to start, finish and qualify on these new FEI rides. Riders and horses came from the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

FEI Queries Horse Welfare Priorities at Top Endurance Stable - Full Article

UAE trainer is suspended for four years after revealing banned Tridenosen is routinely kept on the premises.

By: Pippa Cuckson | October 12, 2021

The FEI has strongly criticized the routine and unsupervised use of medications by a leading UAE endurance stable during an anti doping hearing by the FEI Tribunal. A four-year ban has been imposed on trainer Abdul Kader Abdul Sattar, who has previously been suspended for a steroids offence, with rider Omar Ibrahim banned for two years. Their “often” lame Kassidy de Jansavis tested positive to Diisopropylamine during the CEI 2* 120km ride at Bou Thib, Abu Dhabi, in November 2019.

The source was Tridenosen, which is “commonly” used to relieve tying-up at Al Maghaweer Stables, along with Tripart supplement which does not contain prohibited substances.

In response to claims of a mix-up by a technician, the FEI said procedures at Al Maghaweer Stables had been demonstrated as “insufficient and erroneous.”

The FEI said: “Al Maghaweer Stables advertise themselves as ‘7-star endurance stables.’ Therefore, the FEI believed one should first and foremost ask a question why the product Tridenosen, of which [Sattar] as well as the veterinarians know contains a Prohibited Substance, is kept on the premises of such stables and apparently used routinely...

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FEI Suspends Jordanian Endurance Rider; UAE Rider and Trainer

The FEI has issued final decisions in equine anti-doping cases involving banned substances.

In one, the horse Kassidy de Jansavis (FEI ID 104QP93/UAE), ridden by Omar Ibrahim AL Marzooqi (FEI ID 10137894/UAE) and trained by Abdul Kader Abdul Sattar (FEI ID 10032531/UAE), tested positive for the Banned Substance Diisopropylamine following samples taken at the CEI2*120 – Bou Thib (UAE), on 1-2 November 2019.

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In another one, The horse Bouzarika (FEI ID 106RJ34/JOR), ridden by Sameh Faris Mohammad Said (FEI ID 10040466/JOR), tested positive for the Banned Substance Strychnine following samples taken at the CEI1*80 – Wadi Rum (JOR), on 14 November 2019.

The athlete was not able to provide any explanation as to how the Banned Substances entered the horse’s system.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Great Britain: Janice Cockley-Adams crowned National Champion - Full Article

Janice Cockley-Adams crowned National Champion at epic Endurance GB British Horse Feeds and The Golden Paste Company Red Dragon Festival

01 October 2021

Janice Cockley-Adams and HS Echo crowned National Champions after epic two-day 160km Red Dragon class at British Horse Feeds and The Golden Paste Company Festival of Endurance

Advanced 80km championship goes to Hertfordshire rider Gemma Grodkiewicz and Magical Merlin

Novice championship goes to Dorset rider Georgie Davis and Welsh Section D Plasbach Twm

Often billed as an end of season party, the iconic British Horse Feeds & Golden Paste Company Red Dragon Festival of Endurance was back for the first time since 2019 featuring an array of Endurance GB’s National titles.

The Red Dragon ride, which sets off from the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, is seen as a bucket list event for most endurance riders. This year’s track offered firm going and in places, slippery grass tracks, which in humid conditions needed careful navigation.

Just 4.5km from the start, the Red Dragon route takes riders over the legendary feature climb over the 400-metre Aberedw Hill. After tackling this, competitors are led out onto a spectacular grass covered plateau and onto mountain trails...

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Sunday, October 03, 2021

Australia: Young endurance rider continues to impress - Full Article

By Rose Astley

Spending up to 13 hours on horseback wouldn’t sound enticing to most, but endurance riding is a passion for young Tahlea Lochtenberg, and she has proven time and time again that she is one of the best in the sport.

The 16-year-old has won three endurance competitions in recent weeks, following in her family’s footsteps.

Tahlea recently competed in the Kholo, Mt Larcom and Biggenden endurance rides and with the help of her horse Matta Mia Kassanov, successfully placed first in all three events.

“The Kholo endurance ride was a new ride and I had never ridden there before. The Kholo endurance club that were hosting the event had warned that the track was going to be hard,” Tahlea said.

“It was very hilly and it was hard work for the horses but we train in the Imbil forestry and our horses are used to big hills so I think we had an advantage at that ride.

“The riders were very competitive and I was so proud of my horse for pushing hard to win...

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Scotland on Sunday Travel: The Gaucho Derby gallops through Patagonia - Full Article

Saddle up for the world’s toughest horse race

By Minty Clinch
Sunday, 3rd October 2021

The noon bugle in the clear Patagonian air released the cavalry charge. To the west, the snow covered Andean peak of San Lorenzo beckoned two dozen riders chosen for their intrepid personalities and equestrian skills.

They surged out over the scrub, each with two horses, one to ride and one to carry bright orange bags stuffed with fodder to see them through the first 80km stretch. Within a minute, one of the Americans was on the ground, trying to control two frantic animals as she re-balanced her kit. Half an hour later, as we sat down to local ostrich grilled on an open fire at La Perserverancia, the aptly named Argentinian ranch where we were based, a horse galloped into the corral. Followed a little later by the rider. The world’s toughest horse race was on its way.

The inaugural Gaucho Derby narrowly beat Covid-19 to the starting blocks in late February 2020. By the time it was over, it was hard to get home but those who were there had a dramatic lockdown story to sustain them The race was the brainchild of Tom Morgan, owner and founder of The Adventurists, a travel company that takes its clients to the edge. It was a spin off of his Mongolian Derby, first run across the steppe in 2009, now a must do for any ambitious endurance rider over 18...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Discovering Team EFG Monaco, specialising in endurance riding - Full Article

Romain Boisaubert - 27 September 2021

An endurance riding team led by the Monegasque Equestrian Federation, Team EFG has continued to progress since its creation in 2010. We met its team manager, Henry-David Guedj.

It is in the heights of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, on a plot of nearly two hectares in the heart of the wilderness, that the horses of Team EFG reside.

“We are lucky enough to be right next to the trails reserved for firemen, which are not accessible to cars”, reveals Henry-David Guedj. “This allows us to give our horses the opportunity to work on their foundations, on an ideal terrain, with inclines”.

A team of promising young talents This allows the horses to work on their galloping endurance, but also their tendons, as the team manager explains. “We can do long sessions of four hours, in order to strengthen their back. And compared to our friends who are based in Alsace, we can expect good weather all year round”, smiles the man who competes for the Principality...

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Annie Whelan Competes in the First Iceland Endurance Ride!

September 27 2021

Iceland has been a rather recently-discovered ‘hidden secret’ for horseback riding trips, particularly among Endurance riders. We are fit for long rides, crave the adventure, and the Icelandic horse is well-broke and made up of GO; so it’s a perfect combination for riding a very different kind of horse, covering the miles and exploring the extraordinarily scenic country.

But what about an actual Iceland Endurance ride?

20-year-old Annie Whelan, of Louisa, Kentucky, lucked in on the ground floor of what was Iceland’s first point-to-point 4-day, 150-mile Endurance ride in August 2021.

Native Icelander Aníta Margrét Aradóttir came up with the idea after competing in the Mongol Derby. “I did the Mongol Derby in 2014,” she said, “and wanted to make this concept in Iceland (but shorter ride and not as extreme), because Iceland is perfect for a ride like this.

“The Icelandic horse breed is very strong and we have the unbelievable landscape and nature, and then the weather is also extreme.”

As an employee of The Icelandic Equestrian Association, Anita got the support to lead the work to host an Endurance race across the highlands of Iceland with Cintamani as the main sponsor.

Annie Whelan had never had a particular yearning to head to Iceland for a ride, until her mom, Amy Whelan, went there in 2015 on an 8-day horse ride with a group of Mongol Derby veterans (Amy competed in the 2014 Mongol Derby with Anita) and just loved it. When Anita searched for two international riders to compete against two Icelandic riders for her inaugural event, Annie was one that she invited, and Annie accepted immediately.

“I was extremely excited!” Annie said. “I was sponsored by the company Islandhestar.” (“Hestar" is Icelandic for horses.) Annie’s Swedish friend Musse Hasselvall was sponsored by Eldhestar; and two Icelanders, sponsored by Riding Iceland Saltvík and Hermanns Hestaferðir competed in this first event test run.

One big difference from the Mongol Derby would be the horses: the Icelandic competitors would be on well-broke, sturdy Icelandic horses that were unlikely to be rank and buck them off anywhere along the routes.

Also unlike the Mongol Derby, where riders must either reach family gers for shelter before nightfall or take their chances sleeping out in the open among wild dogs and prowling wolves, the Icelandic competitors stayed in huts - ubiquitous huts scattered across the country, used by Icelandic farmers, horse riders, or hikers - each night.

And unlike the Mongol Derby, where riders take their chances eating local somewhat unpalatable (to the USA palate) meals, and drinking fermented mares’ milk, the Iceland competitors were served good meals every day as part of the event.

The Iceland Endurance ride resembled a USA Endurance ride, with vet checks every (roughly) 35 kilometers, and also resembled a USA CTR ride, where riders got penalties if horses’ pulses spiked, or if they had issues like a girth gall or sore back.

There were two legs each day, and each rider had three horses (Annie’s were Throttur, Fjalar, and Strokúr) that they rotated out during the legs and days. (This is typical of an Icelandic touring ride; a herd will normally accompany a multi-day ride, and riders will stop and switch horses every two to three hours).

The trails were not marked, but the route was explained to riders as they left the stations. Most of the trails were used by ride-touring groups, so they were pretty set trails. “So in giving directions, you could see certain mountains, and they’d say, ‘OK you’re going to the left of that,’ stuff like that to help us,” Annie said. There was some navigation involved, and Annie did “have some navigational issues. I did get lost once,” she laughed. Annie rode about half of the time alone, and half with other riders.

And in riding the remarkable Icelandic horses, she learned to let them do their thing. “That is exactly what the owners told me. They said, ‘You need to let them choose, because they know the best way.’

“At home, I’m definitely used to being more the pilot and helping my horse. My horse is allowed to kind of pick and choose, but sometimes I’m like, ‘No, we’re going this way,’ or ‘You need to go around that.’ But not these Icelandic horses!

“Some of the footing I’ve never ridden over before - rocks, mounds, holes - these horses can just trot along. They’re amazing. I learned pretty quickly that they know way better than me what they’re doing.

“They were just so athletic and fit. The terrain in Iceland is so diverse which was really different to me. I loved it. And the scenery was just breathtaking.

“It was a monumental step in showcasing the incredible Icelandic horse’s versatility, toughness, and stamina,” Annie said. “This is turning the page in Iceland for a whole new chapter for these incredible horses.

“I’ve never been anywhere that remote in my life. It was beautiful. And the horses were just absolutely amazing. They are so sure-footed and just had such good strong kind personalities. They were awesome.

“If you haven’t been to Iceland, book the ticket and go. It’s the most incredible place I have traveled to in my life so far. It is a truly magical place and I feel like I left a little piece of my heart in those beautiful and wild mountains.”

**Note: In November the The Icelandic Equestrian Association will debut a 40-second trailer about the race, which will have information on next year’s event. Stay tuned here on for it!

Photos are from Annie’s adventure!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The Mongol Derby Herder Trials

by The Adventurists

This summer, we ran the first of our new programme to share the breadth of human equestrian knowledge - The Mongol Derby Herder Trials. The winner, Erdenechuluun Tsogtgerel, is on his way to Argentina to learn from and share his equine knowledge with the Gauchos in Patagonia.

Launched in the midst of the pandemic to keep the spirit of the Mongol Derby alive, the Trials celebrated the incredible horsemanship of herders across Mongolia, and serve as a thank you to our herder families, who work tirelessly throughout the Derby and who have waited 2 years for our riders to return. 28 herders, representing our herder families, came from across the steppe to partake in the weekend’s competition judged by our panel of experts.

Erdenechuluun, our champion herder will now travel to Argentina in 2022 to see how it’s done Gaucho style and teach the Gauchos how it’s done in the Land of Genghis Khan.

We’ll be reporting more on the trials over the next couple of weeks so watch out for more across our socials and on our website.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Netherlands: Ermelo Hosts Endurance's Top Stars - Full Article

19 September 2021
Words by Stacy Stearns

France and Spain took Team titles...

An exciting day unfolded on September 9 at the FEI World Endurance Championship Young Riders and Juniors in Ermelo, the Netherlands as 74 riders representing 20 countries competed in the 120km event.

The young athletes from France won the Team gold, and Saeed Salem Almuhairi of the United Arab Emirates captured his third consecutive Young Rider championship aboard Haleh, a 10-year-old Arabian mare, owned by M7 Stables. Haleh also won gold at the FEI Endurance World Championship in Italy earlier this year with Salem Hamad Saeed Al Kitbi.

Team Malaysia won the silver behind France, and Belgium earned the Team bronze.

In the Individual medals, Abdulla Ali Alamri on Tonki Dee Boo Basil of the United Arab Emirates won the silver, and Rut Badia Marfa on Addhy El Ziryab of Spain finished in the bronze position.

In the FEI Endurance European Championships, also in Ermelo, Spain's Soy Coll Angel & Warren Hill Chayze were victorious. France's Vincent Gaudriot and Spain's Maria Alvarez Ponton took silver and bronze respectively. Spain took Team gold, with France in second and Italy third...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Winning streak continues for UAE at FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses - Full Article

19 September 2021
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The UAE continued their winning streak when Fares Al Mansoori led home a one-two finish for the Emirates in the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses in Sardinia, Italy on Saturday, September 18.

Riding the M7 Stables-owned Nahar Shabab, Al Mansoori completed the 120km course in a time of 5 hours 00.16 seconds.

He was followed across the finish by compatriot Khalfan Juma Beljafla aboard Kashmir, also representing the powerful M7 Endurance Stables.

Earlier this month the UAE’s Saeed Al Muhairi had won the 120km CSI 4* World Endurance Championships for Young Riders and at Ermelo, Netherlands...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

FEI Suspends Saudis

FEI Tribunal issues Final Decisions in equine anti-doping cases

15 September 2021

The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decisions in two equine anti-doping case involving a Banned Substance and a Controlled Medication.

The horse Ger Ashir (FEI ID 103UH98 /KSA), ridden by Odai Alqurashi (FEI ID 10203848/KSA), tested positive for the Banned Substance Diisopropylamine following samples taken at the CEI1*100 - Riyadh (KSA), on 6-7 November 2020.

The athlete did not provide any explanation as to how the banned Substances entered the horse’s system.

In its Final Decision, the FEI Tribunal disqualified the horse and athlete from the event, and imposed a two-year suspension on the athlete. The period of the provisional suspension of the athlete, which came into effect on 9 December 2020, shall be credited against the period of ineligibility, meaning he will be ineligible until 8 December 2022. The athlete was also fined CHF 7,500 and asked to pay costs of CHF 2,000.

The parties can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days of receipt of the decision

The full Decision is available here.

The horses Ger Ashir (FEI ID 103UH98 /KSA) and Takada Prince (FEI ID 104PB34/KSA), both trained by Munair Alfaqeih (FEI ID 10062545/KSA), respectively tested positive for the Banned Substance Diisopropylamine and the Controlled Medication Flunixin following samples taken at the CEI1*100 - Riyadh (KSA), on 6-7 November 2020.

The trainer did not provide any explanation as to how the substances entered the horse’s systems.

Since the two Rule Violations arose from the same Event the FEI was not able to notify the Trainer of the first Rule Violation before the second Rule Violation was committed, therefore the violations were considered together as one single first violation.

In its Final Decision, the FEI Tribunal imposed a two-year suspension on the trainer. The period of the provisional suspension the trainer, which came into effect on 9 December 2020, shall be credited against the period of ineligibility, meaning he will be ineligible until 8 December 2022. The trainer was also fined CHF 7,500 and asked to pay costs of CHF 2,000.

The parties can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days of receipt of the decision

The full Decision is available here.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Double celebrations for Team Great Britain at Ermelo

Nicki Thorne and Kamilcia competing at the European Championships in Ermelo - Picture courtesy of Murielle Mulder Fotographie - Full Article

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13 September 2021

Double celebrations for Team GB as ‘talisman’ British Rider earns a European Championship completion while a British-bred horse is crowned FEI European Champion at Ermelo

• British rider Nicola Thorne and Kamilcia cement their place among Europe’s leading endurance combinations finishing in 25th place at the FEI European Championships in The Netherlands on Saturday 6 September
• The experienced Norfolk-based rider and trainer was representing her country for the sixth time, a record for the sport
• Second British rider chosen to ride as an individual at the Championships, Carmine Villani, successfully completed four loops of the 160km track with his horse Vatou de Gargassan before departure from the competition at the fourth vetgate
• British bred horse Warrens Hill Chayze, bred by Lesley Dunn at her Warrens Hill Stud in Monmouthshire and produced to international level by British rider Harry Ingram before being sold to Spain, is crowned European Champion with Spanish rider Angel Soy Coll.

Nicki Thorne who has represented her country six times, more than any other British endurance rider at senior level, has sealed her place on the sport’s highest international stage earning a completion at an exceptionally tough FEI 3* 160km European Championship at Ermelo in The Netherlands.

Nicki and her Polish Malopolska mare Kamilcia finished the gruelling track over sand dunes, heathland and forest tracks in 25th place with a total ride time of 10 hr 30min and at a speed of 15.36km/hr. Of 55 starters from 19 countries, there were 28 finishers with a mixture of gait and metabolic reasons disqualifying the remaining 27 combinations...

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Spain's Angel Soy Coll Wins European Endurance Championship Aboard Warrens Hill Chayze

Spain's Angel Soy Coll Wins European Championship Aboard Warrens Hill Chayze

Spain's Warrens Hill Chayze, ridden by Angel Soy Coll, won the 160-km European Championship on 11 September at Ermelo, Netherlands, im a ride time of 7:37.21.

Finishing second was France's Vincent Gaudriot aboard Bum Baya D'Aqui in 7:39.53.

Former multiple European and World Champion Maria Alvarez Ponton from Spain finished third aboard JM Elegido in 7:45.58.

Team gold went to Spain with a complete ride time of 23:23.52; Jaume Punti Dachs finished 5th aboard Echo Falls to complete the winning team. France got the silver in 23:34.40, and Team Italy took home the bronze in 26:26.26. How's that for timing.

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

U.S. Endurance Team Finishes in Fifth Place at 2021 FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors

Murielle Mulder photo

by U.S. Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 10, 2021

Ermelo, The Netherlands – The U.S. Endurance Team finished in fifth place at the 2021 FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors in Ermelo, The Netherlands, marking the program’s best finish since 2015. The team combinations of Charlene Dugan (Muncy, Pa.) and Southern Justice, Alex Shampoe (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Promissin Gold, Meghan Wert (Spring Mills, Pa.) and Dude Free Gold each completed the 120km ride, which included four different loops. The team was led by Chef d’Equipe Lisanne Dorion and included 15 crew members and an additional eight dedicated support staff. Alex Shampoe was the team's highest-placed athlete, finishing in 14th. ©Murielle Mulder

In the only major international championship of the year for U.S. Young Rider and Junior endurance athletes, the 2021 FEI Endurance World Championship was a welcomed opportunity for talented and upcoming youth athletes from the U.S. to test their horsemanship skills against other international youth athletes in a competitive championship environment. The 2021 FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors saw more than 20 countries comprised of 74 total combinations contest the ride with 38 pairs ultimately passing the final horse inspection to complete the ride. Each horse was required to pass a mandatory veterinary inspection focused on soundness and metabolic recovery rate at the conclusion of each loop to continue forward with the ride, with two checks occurring before combinations set off on their final loop.

Providing a pathway to future senior championships, the U.S. Endurance Team finished all three team combinations, with Shampoe earning 14th place as the highest-placed American and finishing the ride in 6:23:44 with Promissin Gold, a 2013 Arabian mare owned by Valerie Kanavy. Dugan rode Southern Justice, a 2012 gelding owned by Sally Jellison and Dessia Miller, to 32nd place overall, completing their fourth and final loop at 7:27:40. Wert and Dude Free Gold, a 2008 Arabian gelding owned by Valerie Kanavy, took 34th place, completing their ride in 8:01:50...

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Malaysian National junior riders shine on leased horses in Holland - Full Article

11 September 2021

PETALING JAYA: It was nothing short of a stunning performance from the national equestrian athletes who galloped to a fine silver on leased horses in the FEI World Endurance Champion-ship for Young and Junior Riders in Ermelo, Holland. Faris Haikal Hassan Sa’ari, Yusuf Luqman Zakaria, Nur Qasrina Amani Zakaria, An-Nur Muhd Imran Eirfan Anuwar and Anfal Insyirah Abu Talib, riding on horses on loan from France as they could not bring their own due to border restrictions, clocked 19’11:16 in the 120km race. The French team secured gold in 16’57:27 while Belgium claimed the bronze medal with 20’43:03.

It is the first time Malaysia have made the podium in their fifth participation...

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Great Britain: This 80-Year-Old Woman Treks 600 Miles Every Year With Her Horse & Dog Proving Age Is Just Number - Full Article

September 9 2021
Taniya Firoz Khan

To redefine your idea of 'age is just a number', meet 80-Year-Old Jane Dotchin, who for the 40th time, has packed her saddlebags and embarked on an adventurous trek from her home in Hexham, Northumberland to Inverness, Scotland.

Since 1972, Jane has been making this annual trip on her 13-year-old horse, Diamond, travelling 600 miles on horseback.

Jane carries everything she needs for the trip on her back, including her tent, food, and a few essentials...

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The Climate Ride: one horsewoman’s epic trek from John O’Groats to Land’s End for environmental education

YourHorse.Co.UK - Full Article

9 September 2021
by Mel Beale

A 22-year-old horsewoman from Devon has completed an epic ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End with two horses to raise money for environmental education around climate change.

The journey involved a temporary bridge built in front of her by Highways England to avoid a seven-mile detour and navigating busy roads where she was “nearly killed by a car” everyday.

Elsa Kent embarked on the challenge, which she named The Climate Ride, on 25 June with her two mares Rosie and Summer. It took the trio 64 days of riding to make the journey, which totalled over 1,000 miles.

“From a young age I’d always known horseback travel resonated with me,” said Elsa, who has worked at horseback safaris across Africa. “I came back from Kenya earlier this year when it was red-listed and had a couple of months before I start my masters, so I though ‘no time like the present’ and just decided to do it...”

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Friday, September 10, 2021

UAE's Al Muhairi makes history at world championships for young riders - Full Article

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Filed on September 9, 2021

Al Muhairi exhibited extraordinary maturity and composure to master an international field of 74 riders UAE’s Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi turned the FEI CSI 4 Star World Endurance Championships for Young Riders and Juniors into his time machine when he won the challenging 120 lm ride for the third consecutive time at Ermelo, Netherlands, on Thursday.

Still, only 19, Al Muhairi exhibited extraordinary maturity and composure to master an international field of 74 riders as he triumphantly crossed the finish line in a time of five hours, nine minutes and 10 seconds.

It was a stunning repeat performance of his Italian successes, at San Rossore in 2019 and Valeggio Sul Mincico in 2017...

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

Three USA Young Riders finish World Championship in Netherlands

September 9 2021

The 120-km CEI**** Young Rider Junior World Championship in Ermelo, Netherlands on September 6 2021, saw a total of 74 starters from 21 countries compete. 38 finished. UAE's Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi finished first riding Haleh in 5:09.10.

Alex Shampoe finished 14th aboard Valerie Kanavy's Promissin Gold in a ride time of 6:23.44.

Charlene Dugan finished 32nd aboard Southern Justice, owned by Sally Jellison and Dessia Miller, in a ride time of 7:27.40.

Meghan Wert finished 35th riding Dude Free Gold, owned by Valerie Kanavy, in a ride time of 8:01.50.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2021

UAE'S Al Muhairi eyes hat trick in Netherlands - Full Article

Team KT/Dubai
Filed on September 8, 2021

UAE will also be looking to complete a hat trick of wins in the Team Event, having struck gold at San Rossore and Valeggio Sul Mincio

Two-time champion Sayed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi will spearhead the UAE’s challenge at the 2021 FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors which will be held at Ermelo, Netherlands.

The 19-year-old rider, who recorded impressive wins at the last two editions of the event at San Rossore (2019) and Valeggio Sui Mincio (2017), in Italy, is among five UAE riders who will compete for individual and team honours at the prestigious bi-annual Championships.

The last edition of the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors which took place in San Rossore, Pisa, in September, 2019, saw the complete dominance of the UAE team with Saeed Almuhairi (M7 Endurance Stables) winning the gold.../

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Rider to represent Great Britain in endurance championships - Full Article

Sarah Hussain
Published: 3:50 PM September 6, 2021

A Norfolk endurance horse rider will represent both county and country at a major championship this week, after missing the opportunity to compete last year due to Covid-19.

Nicki Thorne, 50, of Shipdham, is on her way to Ermelo in The Netherlands to take part in the FEI European Endurance Championships from September 6 to 11.

This will be the sixth time Mrs Thorne has represented her country at major championships, having ridden in European Championships, World Championships and one World Equestrian Games.

The sport of endurance involves competitive long distance riding, with Mrs Thorne taking part in 140km and 160km events...

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Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Wales: Powys town to play host to Red Dragon Festival of Endurance - Full Article

3 September 2021
By Gavin Grosvenor

The Welsh National Championship for endurance riding switches a new venue this year – moving from its previous home at Pembrey in coastal Carmarthenshire to the iconic setting of the British Horse Feeds & Golden Paste Company Red Dragon Festival of Endurance in the Cambrian Mountains.

Organisers say support for the famous event from the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells which takes riders on a range of routes from 16km to 160km in two days over the Cambrian Mountains is back bigger than ever with the addition of the prestigious Welsh Endurance Championships which this year is sponsored by Presteigne-based blow-moulding company Hadley Hargreaves Ltd.

The event will take place from September 24-26 and will see riders compete in grassroots, novice, open and advanced classes to earn the title of Welsh champion...

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Great Britain: Linda’s star shines at Well Vale to crown a stunning 2021 season - Full Article

News Team

• Linda Cowperthwaite and Krakatau notch up superb win in three-day 166km National Ride to top off second place in International FEI CEI 2* 120km Royal Windsor back in July

• Para-Equestrian Endurance rider Kirsty Wiscombe, only finisher in FEI International Classes taking victory with Yawl Hill Big Yin in FEI CEI 1* 100km class

• 100km CER was won by John Black and CA Jalmeer with Susannah French and CF Matilda in second place.

• Nearly 100 riders competed over the three days including nine British combinations contesting FEI International classes

• Popular Team Spirit won by local Endurance GB Lindum Group

Lancashire-based rider Linda Cowperthwaite crowned a superb season with her 11-year-old, 15.3hh chestnut Arab gelding Krakatau, by taking the three-day 166km National Competitive Endurance Ride (CER) at Endurance GB’s new venue at Well Vale near Alford on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Sponsored by Emerald Green Feeds and Sheer Endurance, the new event attracted 80 riders to a range of classes across the distances including International FEI classes...

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South Africa: Leandra horse riders excel at endurance race - Full Story

The three-day event stretched over 200km.

September 4 2020

Horse riders from the Leandra Endurance Club formed part of the Mpumalanga team that took part in a 200km race held at Dullstroom from August 20 to August 22.

David Armitage, Peet Hattingh, Suemarie Roarty, Lillian Veldman, JP Roarty and Barrie Badenhorst all obtained their provincial colours.

Peet Hattingh said that it was one of the toughest terrains in which to compete, however the Mpumalanga team did exceptionally well.

He explained that veterinarians did strict check-ups on the horses before and during the race...

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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Iceland: Horse Race Takes Place Over Highlands - Full Story

August 31 2021
Words by Desirai Thompson
Photo by Vísir/Landssamband hestamanna

The National Association of Horsemen (Landssamband hestamanna) put on a four-day endurance race over the highlands which ended yesterday. Having begun the journey in Skagafjörður, the riders traveled roughly 70 kilometres per day until they reached Þingvellir.

Four participants, two Icelanders and two foreigners, took on the challenge with teams comprised of three horses, one competitor and a veterinarian each. The ride is meant to emphasise endurance, courage, strength and appreciation for Icelandic nature, reports Vísir. More than that, the race centres the strength and amazing ability of the iconic Icelandic horse.

The race was won by Iðunn Bjarnadóttir, riding for Riding Iceland Saltvík, clocking in at 18 hours and 40 minutes. Next up was Annie Whelan, riding for Íslandshestar with 18 hours and 52 minutes...

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Great Britain: Red Dragon Festival is back with a roar

Web Admin
29 August 2021

Iconic Endurance GB British Horse Feeds and Golden Paste Company Red Dragon Festival is back with a roar

• Festival of Endurance at Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells (24-26 September) sponsored by British Horse Feeds and Golden Paste Company hosts array of 2021 Championship events • Nearly 300 riders expected to compete over the three days including teams from across the country in the Pony Club National Championships • National Championship classes to attract many leading horse and rider combinations to tackle iconic Cambrian Mountain route including the ride’s legendary climb over Aberedw Hill summit. • Welsh Championship newly added after move from Pembrey Sands

Often billed as an end of season party, the iconic British Horse Feeds & Golden Paste Company Red Dragon Festival of Endurance is back bigger and better than ever next month after a year’s absence due to the spike in Covid cases across Wales last autumn.

Organisers say support for the iconic event in the Cambrian Mountains, swelled last year and have put plans in place to ensure it bounces back bigger and better than ever.

John and Jane Hudson in their 10th year as organisers of the prestigious event, held from the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, say that they were overwhelmed by the strong backing of the sponsors and the support of the endurance community when it became clear that the Welsh Government would have to delay lifting of restrictions in time, forcing the cancellation of the 2020 event.

John Hudson said: “A huge amount of work had gone into last year’s event and the support then gave us the impetus to return this year bigger and better than ever...”

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Three-day extravaganza at Endurance GB’s new FEI Well Vale International Ride - Full Article

26 August 2021
Sponsored by Emerald Green Feeds and Sheer Endurance

Three-day extravaganza at Endurance GB’s new FEI Well Vale International Ride, sponsored by Emerald Green Feeds and Sheer Endurance kicks off

• New venue to host three day extravaganza of Endurance (27-29 August) with classes of all distances and for all levels.
• Nearly 100 riders set to compete over the three days including nine British combinations contesting FEI International classes
• Popular Team Spirit returns to the schedule after Covid-enforced gap in 2020

Endurance GB welcomes a new FEI International Ride at Well Vale near Alford in the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds this weekend. Sponsored by Emerald Green Feeds and Sheer Endurance, the event has attracted nearly 100 riders to a range of classes across the distances including three FEI sections, a 3* 160km, 1* 100km and 2* YJ 120km.

With a stunning venue in front of Well Vale Estate Hall, organiser Thay Stephenson and her team are presenting a course running almost exclusively on private tracks, field margins and rights of way which will take riders over the glorious Wolds countryside...

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Australia: Collie to host Tom Quilty National Endurance Championship on October 1-3 - Full Story

Amanda Rayner
25 Aug 2021, 6 p.m.

FROM October 1-3, the South West town of Collie, 200 kilometres from Perth, will play host to the Tom Quilty National Endurance Championship.

WA has had the honour of hosting the 100 mile (160 kilometre) ride on four previous occasions - Mornington Mills in 1989, Toodyay in 1995, Tumbulgum Farm in 2001 and 2007 and Wagin in 2014.

This time around, the WA Endurance Riders Association (WAERA) will co-host the event with the historic and scenic Shire of Collie, which has also kindly offered the support of its community-based volunteer groups.

WAERA feels that the event has a special affinity with WA as Tom Quilty, who the event is named in honour of, lived a great part of his life in the State...

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Interview with Spanish top athlete María Álvarez Pontón - Full Article
23rd August 2021
Barcelona, Spain.

Introducing María Álvarez Pontón is not needed for the pundits in the horse endurance community.

With the European Championship coming up in two weeks in Ermelo, Netherlands, María is one of the top contenders. Maria is a very private person avoiding interviews yet Endurance World was able to catch up with this Spanish top amazon.

Who is María Álvarez Pontón?

I was born in Cantabria (North of Spain) in 1976, July 20. I grew up there and when I was 18 I moved to the South to study to become a vet. Being there I got the opportunity to go to Dubai. I went as a nice experience, with the idea of spending six months in Dubai and coming back. I ended up working there for 13 years. I met my husband, Juma Punti, who is also my trainer, and we’ve been together ever since. Nowadays I live with Juma and our 3 children in our farm in Barcelona, where we breed and train endurance horses...”

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

3 USA Young Riders Bound for World Championship in Netherlands

August 21 2020

Three riders will represent the USA in the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors which will be held at Ermelo in the Netherlands on September 6-11, 2021.

19-year-old Alex Shampoe, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, will ride Valerie Kanavy and Wndy MacCoubrey's 10-year-old Arabian mare, Fine Cut Gold. This pair won the USA Young Rider 75-mile Championship at Fort Howes, Montana, in June.

16-year-old Charlene “Charly” Dugan, from Muncy, Pennsylvania, will ride the 9-year-old gelding Southern Justice, owned by Sally Jellison and Dessia Miller.

14-year-old Meghan Wert, from Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, will ride the 13-year-old gelding Dude Free Gold, owned by Valery Kanavy.

Alex Shampoe and Valerie Kanavy's Promissin Gold, an 8-year-old Arabian mare, are the alternates.

115 riders and 140 horses representing 23 countries are on the nominated list. The definite entry list is scheduled for September 4th.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Netherlands: Interview with Eric Lamsma, Ermelo Organiser - Full Article
12th August 2021

Ermelo, the Netherlands. Wednesday 11 August 2021.

With less than a month to go for the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors 2021 and FEI European Endurance Championship 2021, Endurance World talked to Eric Lamsma, organiser of the event.

Who is behind the organisation?

Eric Lamsma: “Fasna Trail foundation which is managed by Pieter Wiersinga and myself. We have a core team of four people and when you look at the bigger circle it consists 15 people, furthermore we are lucky we can rely on more than 100 volunteers. Back in the days, Foundation Fasna Trail organised several (international) rides in Ermelo, the 2014 CEI in Uddel being the most recent event.”

The test event was, according the FEI, successful so why was there a change of organiser?

“I don’t know so I can’t answer. As soon as we were asked to organise we have been busy looking forward.” Why Ermelo as venue?

“Ermelo has the national equestrian centre and is the base of all equestrian disciplines of the National Federation ‘Koninklijke Nederlandse Hippische Sportfederatie, KNHS’. The idea is to host all championships in this beautiful location, the middle of the Veluwe...”

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Two-year bans after claim groom’s heart medication caused horse’s positive dope test thrown out - Full Article

Becky Murray
12 August, 2021 12:39

The FEI tribunal has ruled an endurance trainer’s suggestion that a horse tested positive for beta blockers at a UK event owing to a groom being on heart medication, was “weak, to say the least”.

Feline X tested positive for banned substance atenolol, a beta blocker used for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and obstructive cardiac disease, following blood and urine samples taken at the CEI*80 at Euston Park on 16 June 2019. A banned substance is a substance deemed by the FEI to have no legitimate use in competition horses and/or have a high potential for abuse. Banned substances are not permitted for use in competition horses at any time.

On 26 August 2019 the FEI provisionally suspended Feline X’s rider Pane Singh Amar Singh (the person responsible) and trainer Fadhl Manea Saleh Al Mathil (the additional person responsible)...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

FEI Tribunal issues Final Decision in UAE Endurance equine anti-doping case

11 August 2021
Author: FEI

The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decision in an equine anti-doping case involving a Banned Substance.

In this case, the horse Feline X (FEI ID 106LV53/GBR), ridden by Pane Singh Amar Singh (FEI ID 10048234/UAE) and trained by Fadhl Manea Saleh Al Mathil (FEI ID 10110945/UAE), tested positive for the Banned Substance Atenolol, a beta blocker used for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and obstructive cardiac disease, following samples taken at the CEI1* 80 - Euston Park (GBR), on 16 June 2019.

Neither the athlete, nor the trainer were able to account for the positive findings in the horse’s sample. Therefore, in its Final Decision, the FEI Tribunal disqualified the horse and athlete from the event, and imposed a two-year suspension on the athlete and the trainer. The period of the provisional suspension of both athlete and trainer, which came into effect on 26 August 2019, shall be credited against the period of ineligibility, meaning both will be ineligible until 25 August 2021. The athlete and trainer were also each fined CHF 7,500.

The parties can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days of receipt of the decision.

The full Decision is available here.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Monaco: Laura Gramaglia, a promising Monegasque endurance rider - Full Article

Romain Boisaubert - 10 August 2021

Almost 18 years old and having just passed her Baccalaureate with honours, Laura Gramaglia has not finished surprising us. Passionate about horses since she was a child, the Monegasque is preparing to compete in her first equestrian endurance world championships (U21) in September. Portrait of an athlete with a big heart.

It all began a few kilometres from the Principality, in the heart of the Villeneuve-Loubet riding club, nestled in a lush green setting of nearly 25 hectares. “She must have been a year and a half old,” recalls her mother, with a smile, as she recalls the fond memories of the escapades she enjoyed with little Laura. “I had a horse and I used to hold her in front of me in the saddle. I think I passed on this passion to her. Laura grew up in this environment”...

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Saturday, August 07, 2021

UAE: FEI Tribunal issues Consent Award in equine anti-doping case

6 August 2021

The FEI Tribunal has issued a Consent Award in an equine anti-doping case involving a Banned Substance.

In this case, the horse El Cherry (FEI ID 105LL52/UAE), tested positive for the Banned Substance Arsenic following samples taken at the CEI1*100 Bou Thib (UAE), on 4 March 2021.

The trainer, Saif Salem Mohd Al Faresi (FEI ID 10014789/UAE), admitted the rule violation and accepted the consequences. In its final decision the FEI Tribunal disqualified the horse from the event and imposed an 18-month ineligibility period on the trainer; the provisional suspension he already served shall be credited against the imposed ineligibility period. He was also fined CHF 5,000.

The full Decision is available here.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Bermuda: Brangman Featured On Endurance News Cover - Full Article

July 30, 2021

The cover of the August 2021 issue of Endurance News — which is published monthly by American Endurance Ride Conference — features Bermuda’s Marvin Brangman.

Brangman and the Kaolean Machine, owned by Marcia Weilbach, earned Best Condition at the 100 Mile AERC National Championships in Montana last month...

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

FEI European Endurance Championship 2021 Nominated Entries announced - Full Article
17th July 2021

Ermelo, the Netherlands. Saturday 17 July 2021.

Ermelo will be the exceptional venue of two major championships in one week with the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors scheduled on Thursday 9 September 2021 and for which Endurance World published yesterday the list of nominated entries.

Two days later, on Saturday 11 September 2021, the European Endurance Championship will take off. A total of 88 riders and 105 horses are on the nominated entry list for this 2021 European Championship. (see below)

Defending Champion Italian rider Costanza Laliscia singed present and is entered with two horses Assim Du Barthas and Xique Xique Heb.

For the teams classification defending champion Spain entered once again with a strong force. Earlier this year in Pisa, Spain claimed the team world title. One of their star riders Maria Alvarez Ponton is entered with five horses on this nominated list.

Power houses like France and Italy will for sure line up an impressive delegation...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Nominated list FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors 2021 announced - Full Article
16th July 2021

Ermelo, the Netherlands. Friday 16 July 2021.

The nominated entry list for FEI World Endurance Championship Young Riders and Juniors is now closed. The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday 9 September 2021.

A total of 115 athletes and 140 horses are on the nominated list.

The FEI Emergency Board Resolution on 24 March 2021 suggested to “increase the number of Nominated Entries for Horses and Athletes from 10 Athletes and 14 Horses to 15 Athletes and 15 Horses (i.e. 15 combinations).” This condition was a modification of the FEI General Regulations.

It is worth noting that no National Federation signified disapproval by the deadline of 24 April 2021. This FEI Board Resolution was therefore final...

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Great Britain: ‘The hardest day of my life’: 1,000-mile two-horse trek - Full Article

Sarah Radford
18 July, 2021 16:21

A solo rider is hoping to become the first person to trek the length of Britain with two horses.

Elsa Kent, 22, has embarked on the 1,000-mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End in an attempt to introduce environmental education into the school curriculum, as well as raise money for other environmental projects.

The health and human sciences graduate is now nearly 300 miles into her mission, accompanied by 17-year-old quarter horse Rosie, who she has owned since a foal, and seven-year-old part-bred Welsh mare Summer, who she bought just two weeks before the trip.

She was inspired to undertake the journey by family friend James Greenwood, who spent 10 years riding across the world...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Victory in Verona: Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments Win the Fieracavalli Endurance Cup CEI3* - Full Article

by Leslie Potter/US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 13, 2021, 12:00 PM EST

Verona wasn’t the original plan for Jeremy Reynolds (Dunnellon, Fla.) when he and Treasured Moments, the 11-year-old Arabian mare owned by Jeremy and his wife, Heather, made the journey overseas this spring. But a pivot in plans turned out to be a fortuitous one for Reynolds as he crossed the finish line to win the Fieracavalli Endurance Cup CEI3*160 km in Northern Italy’s Veneto region.

Reynolds was slated to compete as part of the U.S. Endurance Team at the 2021 Longines FEI Endurance World Championships in San Rossore, Pisa, but redirected when another horse at the off-site stabling prior to the competition showed symptoms requiring monitoring under the FEI’s EHV-1 protocols. With the 2021 World Championship off the table, the door opened for the CEI one week later in Verona at the site of next year’s World Championship.

“I was there to race, so I jumped at the chance to see the course for next year,” said Reynolds. “I want to race against the best horses in the world and I didn’t want to miss my chance...”

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Thursday, July 08, 2021

FEI Tribunal issues Consent Award in equine anti-doping case

08 July 2021
Author: FEI

The FEI Tribunal has issued two Consent Awards in an equine anti-doping case involving Banned Substances.

In this case, the horse Lucky Boy Du Jugant (FEI ID 106PN38/UAE), ridden by Ajamal Jamsaid Alam (FEI ID 10114848/UAE) and trained by Musab Saleh Al Marzooqi (FEI ID 10113747/UAE), tested positive for the Banned Substances Nandrolone and its metabolite 5α-estrone-3β, 17α-diol, following samples taken at the CEI1*100 - Bou Thib (UAE), on 6 January 2021.

The positive finding was initially notified as an Atypical Finding (“ATF”) following which further investigation was carried out, resulting in the decision by the Atypical Findings Panel, that this ATF should be pursued as an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Both athlete and trainer admitted the rule violation and accepted the consequences proposed by the FEI. In its Consent Award, the FEI Tribunal disqualified the horse and athlete from the event, and imposed an 18-month suspension on the athlete and the trainer. The period of the provisional suspension of athlete and trainer, which came into effect on 3 March 2021, shall be credited against the imposed ineligibility period, meaning both will be ineligible until 02 September 2022. They have each also been fined CHF 5,000.

The full Decisions are available here.

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

FEI Issues Record Ban and $47,000 Fine for Endurance Doping Offence - Full Article

Rider-trainer Rafea Alamri used a cocktail of drugs associated with abuse in endurance by masking unsoundness and lowering the heart rate.

By: Pippa Cuckson | July 5, 2021

A Saudi Arabian endurance trainer-rider has been handed a record 7½-year ban and 35,000 Swiss Franc ($ CAN 47,000) fine by the FEI Tribunal for three separate doping offences over a 12-month period.

Two of Rafea Alamri’s offences occurred at Saudi Arabia’s new showcase endurance venue Al Ula in February 2019 and February 2020. They involved drugs described by the FEI as misused in endurance to mask unsoundness and lower heart-rates to get horses through the veterinary inspections.

The Tribunal heard that, each time, Alamri was aware of the previous positives before he tried to enter further FEI rides...

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Saturday, July 03, 2021

Popular Italian endurance rider Gianfranco Nassini dies at event - Full Article

July 3, 2021

A heart attack claimed the life of an Italian endurance rider during a competition in Tuscany last month.

Gianfranco Nassini, 61, collapsed near an assistance point before starting his second loop on Zambraby Zamirka in the Brunello di Montalcino Trophy at the Montalcino CEI1* 100km ride on June 19.

He received medical treatment immediately and was transferred by helicopter to the Le Scotte Hispital in Siena, but was unable to be saved...

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Great Britain: Outfit Moray rider lives charity's spirit of adventure on latest 220-mile wilderness trek - Full Article

By Lorna Thompson -
Published: 11:00, 24 June 2021

TRUE to the adventure spirit of the local charity she chairs, an intrepid long-distance horse rider stopped off at Lossiemouth's Outfit Moray on Tuesday as she neared the end of a 220-mile trek.

Chair of the charity's board of directors, Claire Alldritt (47), and her horses, Yogi and Swift, were following the Moray Coast Trail on the last leg of a journey from Fort William to their home near Keith.

Claire and her companions set off on Friday, June 11, and were taking in the coastal trail from Forres to Cullen.

From the start point the trio headed inwards towards Laggan and Newtonmore, up to Glen Feshie and Braemar, then north through Glen Derry, Nethy Bridge, and Grantown and Forres via the Dava Way before connecting with the Moray Coast Trail.

Over the past decade Claire and her trusty horses have tackled various long-distance routes across Scotland and around the Cairngorms, often covering around 250 miles in two-three week journeys...

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Endurance GB new Southern Champion - Full Article

Lucy Bennion

Endurance GB’s new Southern Champion Sally Mcilwaine, and her 15.3hh Irish Sport Horse, Winnie The Witch showed staying power in Sunday’s 80km title race ride at Three Rivers Ride, to complete and take the championship two years after settling for second place.

They completed at a gritty 11.6km/hr, with Sally’s verdict on becoming Southern Champion being it was a nice ‘surprise’. It completed a good weekend for Sally, having bowled round Three Rivers’ 34km the previous day with her New Forest gelding Tamba (registered as Ashurst Twister) at 13.7Km/hr.

Organized by Endurance GB’s Mid South Group, Three Rivers Ride is based from a large grassy venue at Tenantry Farm at Rockbourne near Fordingbridge, Hampshire. The testing route of distances up to 160km in two days, is made up of grassland tracks, undulating downland, bridleways, and some roadwork through picturesque villages...

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

FEI Tribunal issues Final Decision in Endurance equine anti-doping case

22 June 2021

The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decision in a case involving Prohibited Substances.

The case involved the horse Cybele de L’Oule (FEI ID 105VH42/UAE) ridden by Sh. Tahnoon Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (FEI ID 10093006/UAE) and trained by Mohd Salem Abdulla Al Ameri (FEI ID 10081586/UAE). Samples taken from the horse at the CEI1* 80km in Bou Thib (UAE) on 2 November 2019, tested positive for the Banned Substance Arsenic and the Controlled Medication Flunixin.

Under the terms of the Final Decision, the horse and athlete have been disqualified from the event, and a two-year period of ineligibility has been imposed on the athlete and the trainer. The period of provisional suspension, effective from 2 December 2019, has been credited against the period of ineligibility imposed in this decision, meaning the athlete and trainer remain ineligible until 1 December 2021. As with all cases involving banned substances, the horse was provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification (2 December 2019).

The athlete and trainer are each required to pay a fine of CHF 7,500 and to contribute CHF 2,000 towards costs incurred by the FEI during the proceedings.

The full Decision is available here.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Endurance GB Northern Champion Kate Atkinson’s ‘relief’ at return to sport - Full Article

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Endurance GB Northern Champion Kate Atkinson’s ‘relief’ at return to sport after completing last ride at 2019 FEI European Championships

Endurance GB’s new Northern Champion, Kate Atkinson has spoken of her relief at returning to post-lockdown competition just under two years after she and DNS Ronaldo finished their last ride together at the 2019 FEI European Championships at Euston Park.

The combination won the headline 80km class at Dialstone at an average speed of 16.4km/hr just a split second ahead of Linda Cowperthwaite and Epis Summer Breeze, with Jessie McHugh, on her first ever race ride, coming in third with CFS Eros at a speed of 16.3km/hr.

Kate Atkinson, a previous winner at the Northern Championship in 2011, said:

This was a proper endurance ride and a true Northern Championship course with really varied terrain, hot temperatures and some really steep climbs – you have to go over Sutton Bank on every loop. Nessie really knows his job and I could tell he was really pleased to be out again. It was like putting on an old pair of trainers for us both. He was great in the vetting and nothing fazed him and he was pulling right up to the finish – I think he knew he wanted to be the first across the line.”

Kate is enjoying a double celebration having just completed her veterinary studies at Liverpool University and with a new job in prospect as an equine vet at a practice in Lancashire...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

First time racing in Ahijärve, Estonia - Full Article

9 June 2021
Race Report made with the assistance of Ivi Korju

Ahijärve, Estonia. Saturday 29 May 2021.

An international endurance competition Ähijärve Endurance Ride 2021 took place in the forests of Karula National Park for the first time. During this event, also the Estonian endurance champion was decided. In a hard finish fight, Kairit Järv on the horse named Druid became the Estonian Champion.

Participants from Estonia, Finland and Lithuania put themselves to the test on quite varied South Estonian forest trails. Tracks were chosen so that gravel roads as well as sand and forest paths were present. Competitors could ride on both gentle slopes and a bit hillier ground. The weather was very favourable, sufficiently warm and a little cloudy, which was especially suitable for the horses. This time, the contestants rode in joint accounting where all participants of the Estonian Championship also took part in CEI2* class...

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Ireland: Competitive endurance returns for ILDRA - Full Article

By Bree Rutledge - June 13, 2021

ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) hosted two riding events in May for riders to enjoy. On May 9, riders travelled to the remote and rugged location of Cam Forest near Limavady to explore the forested trails at this venue. With a variety of terrain and slopes, Cam Forest offered excellent opportunities for riders aiming to increase their horse’s fitness for the upcoming season.

ILDRA then headed to Baronscourt near Omagh on May 30 for their first event, including vetted competitive trail rides (CTRs) in the 2021 endurance season. In stark comparison to the unfortunate rain at Cam Forest, the riders attending the Baronscourt event were treated to glorious sunshine and sweltering temperatures! The stunning Baronscourt estate is a much-loved venue given the beautiful riding trails, which take in several wonderful views across the sheltered valley near the foothills of the Sperrins including woodlands, meandering rivers, rampant rhododendrons and lakeside trails. The carpets of bluebells across the estate made for a wonderful backdrop for all-important photos...

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Cancellation of Euston Park Rides in 2021

June 7th, 2021

Organisers of the Euston Park endurance rides announced today that the rides would not take place in 2021. Despite very best efforts it has become clear over the last few weeks that the ongoing pandemic places too many restrictions on the events to make them viable.

Nick Brooks-Ward, Event Director from organisers, HPower Group said ‘We had sincerely hoped that we would be able to run a series of rides this summer but unfortunately the combination of travel restrictions and the continued uncertainty of the protocols that would need to be in place for both national and international riders, their support teams and spectators, have meant that we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this summer.’

Esther Young, Endurance GB Director of Operations said: ‘This is a very sad, but understandable, decision given the current restrictions and uncertainties we all face due to Covid-19.’

‘Euston Park is a very popular venue offering something for everyone, especially the longer distances offered that our open and advanced combinations are craving. We look forward to working closely with the HPower team to finalise the calendar for the 2022 ride season when international sports resume in full.’

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Italy: Sick endurance horse negative for EHV-1 - Full Article

June 8, 2021

The US horse who came down with a fever before the FEI Endurance World Championships at Pisa in Italy last month tested negative for EHV-1 (equine herpesvirus).

The entire US team was withdrawn from the event before arrival at the venue at San Rossore. Analysis of blood samples suggested a viral infection and withdrawal of the entire team was based on all the horses being considered contacts.

The team’s five horses had travelled and been stabled together over the previous two weeks, leading to the decision by the US team to withdraw from the event. The horse had developed a fever on Thursday, May 20, and the US team immediately put in place additional biosecurity measures to prevent any possible transmission of disease...

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New Endurance GB scheme lets riders try a novice graded ride without paying for full membership - Full Article

6 June 2021

Endurance GB has launched a #GoEnduranceGB campaign to enable riders interested in competitive long-distance riding to have a go at a graded level competition before becoming a full member.

This ‘Try Before You Buy’ scheme is open to those who are new to endurance riding and allows them to enter a novice graded endurance ride up to 40km (just under 25 miles).

These miles also count towards a #Hack1000Miles challenger’s tally.

As part of the promotion, finishers will receive a £10 Endurance GB voucher and club membership is free for riding club teams, as well as retraining of racehorses, Pony Club and Riding for the Disabled members.

The move comes following a post-lockdown surge in grassroots entries...

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Monday, June 07, 2021

Off to the (Mongol) Races - Full Article

Posted by The Argonaut | Jun 2, 2021


By Alex Hutton

If you think a short horse race like the Kentucky Derby is grueling, try racing horses for an additional 600 miles or so.

That’s what Westchester resident Bianca Farmas-Griffith will be doing when she competes in the Mongol Derby, an annual endurance race across the Mongolian wilderness sometimes referred to as the most difficult horse race in the world. The trek is approximately 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and Farmas-Griffith is scheduled to participate in August 2021.

Fascinated by horses and equestrianism for most of her life, Farmas-Griffith began riding horses during a childhood vacation to Poland.

“When I came home, I didn’t want to stop,” she recalled. “And the rest is history...”

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Bahamas: ‘Ride For Reine’ Trail-A-Thon A Success - Full Article

June 1 2021

TWENTY young riders mounted up and hit the trails with enthusiasm this past Sunday as a part of the “Ride For Reine” Trail-a-thon to raise funds on behalf of Reine Pagliaro.

Pagliaro, 17, is hoping to represent The Bahamas at the FEI Young Rider Endurance World Championships in Ermelo, Netherlands, September 3-10, 2021. The “Ride For Reine” event was a collaborative effort amongst all the member riding school clubs of Equestrian Bahamas - Camperdown Equestrian Centre, Mariposa Stables, and Moonstone Stables.

“The Ride for Reine was a great demonstration of the solidarity of our equestrian community,” said Cathy Ramsingh-Pierre, president of EB.

“The riding schools donated the use of horses for the ride, the trainers gave of their time to supervise and organise the event, and Moonstone Stable provided a beautiful venue for riding...

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Monday, May 24, 2021

UAE and Spain Take Endurance Golds

22 May 2021
Words by Stacey Stearns
Images by Chris Taniere

Salem Hamad Saeed Al Kitbi is the new World champion...

United Arab Emirates riders showed a strong performance in the FEI Endurance World Championship™ at the San Rossore Estate in Pisa, Italy, winning the Individual gold and silver medals.

Salem Hamad Saeed Al Kitbi riding Haleh is the Endurance World champion and Individual gold medal winner. Mansour Saeed Mohd Al Faresi riding Birmann Aya won silver.

Al Kitbi and Al Faresi worked together and applied pressure to Omar Blanco Rodrigo and For Ferro of Spain, who led for most of the day, on the final loop. The UAE riders established a gap between themselves and the remaining pack, as the battle for the final standings in the top 10 and the team medals evolved in the final loop.

Boni Viada de Vivero of Chile on AS Embrujo rode a strategic race to capture the bronze in an emotional and fantastic finish.

AS Embrujo and de Vivero moved up progressively throughout the day, in a textbook performance earning the first medal for Chile in an FEI Endurance World Championship™. They moved from 19th place early in the day to the bronze position using clever riding and tactics.

Spain led the team standings throughout the day, with steady pressure from Brazil. Angel Soy Coll on Warrens Hill Chayze came from behind to finish fourth. Omar Blanco Rodrigo on For Ferro finished sixth. Maria Ponton Alvaraz guided Mandany into 15th. Brazil rode consistently all day as a team, finishing in 8th, 9th, and 10th to earn the silver medal. France finished in the bronze position...

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

UAE’s Salem Hamad Saeed Malhoof Al Kitbi and Haleh Win World Endurance Championship

May 22 2021

The UAE finished 1-2 at the World Endurance Championship in Pisa, Italy today. In a ride time of 7:24.24 for the 160-km race, Al Kitbi finished just ahead of his teammate Mansour Saeed Mohammed Al Faresi aboard Birmann Aya.

Chile’s Boni Viada de Vivero finished third aboard AS Embrujo, some 7 minutes behind the winner.

Rounding out the top ten were:

4th - Spain’s Angel Soy Coll and Warrens Hill Chayze
5th - Portugal’s Rui Lanternas and Alvantava
6th - Spain’s Omar Blanco Rodrigo and For Ferro
7th - Uruguay’s Vanessa Peyronel and AR Trueno
8th - Brazil’s Felipe De Azevedo Morgulis and Saiph SBV
9th - Brazil’s Andre Vidiz and Chamboro Endurance
10th - Brazil’s Renato Salvador and Uzes Trio

Former World Endurance Champion Jaume Punti Dachs of Spain was eliminated after loop 5 aboard JM Bucefala. Former World Endurance Champion Maria Alvarez Ponton (Jaume’s wife) finished 15th aboard Mandany.

26 finished the race out of 74 starters.

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Sick horse dashes US hopes at World Endurance Champs - Full Article

May 22, 2021

The USA has pulled its team out of the FEI World Endurance Championships in Italy after one of its horses developed a viral infection.

The team’s five horses had travelled and been stabled together over the past two weeks, leading to the decision by the US team to withdraw from the event near Pisa. The horse had developed a fever on Thursday, May 20, and the US team immediately put in place additional biosecurity measures to prevent any possible transmission of disease.

The affected horse requires monitoring under the FEI’s Return to Competition protocols following an EHV-1 (Equine herpes virus) outbreak in Europe earlier in the year. Measures include advance PCR testing, temperature monitoring of horses as well as enhanced examination on arrival procedures. Stringent biosecurity measures and mitigation plans, in line with the FEI Veterinary Regulations, also form part of the measures.

US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney said the health and safety of the team’s horses are of the utmost importance...

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UAE knights vying for top spot at Endurance World Championship 2021 in Italy - Full Article


TUSCANY, 21st May, 2021 (WAM) -- The UAE knights will be vying for the top spot, along with 80 celebrated international endurance riders from 32 nations, at the Longines FEI Endurance World Championship 2021, opening tomorrow, May 22nd, in Pisa San Rossore, Italy.

The UAE team have the highest probability for success with a prestigious track record of achievements that goes down in history of endurance sport, on top of which comes the global accomplishment notched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, when he was crowned winner of the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship for the Individual and Team categories Suffolk, UK...

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Friday, May 21, 2021

USA Team withdraws from FEI Endurance World Championship in Pisa (ITA)

21 May 2021 Author: FEI

The United States of America has withdrawn its full team of horses from the FEI Endurance World Championship in Pisa (ITA) after one of its horses, stabled offsite, developed a fever.

The USA Team Veterinarian informed the President of the Veterinary Treatment Commission in Pisa on Thursday 20 May that they had a febrile horse. Subsequently, results from a blood test indicated a viral infection. The USA team immediately put in place additional biosecurity measures to prevent any possible transmission of disease.

Following consultation with the FEI and the President of the Veterinary Commission, the USA decided today to proactively withdraw the entire team, as their horses had all travelled and been stabled together over the past two weeks.

The horses, which arrived in Pisa several days ago, have been stabled 2kms outside the venue. A risk assessment conducted by the FEI Veterinary Department and the Veterinary Commission established that there was a negligible risk of transmission to any other horses taking part in the World Championship. The USA Athletes and team staff discussed the protocol measures directly with the FEI Veterinary Director as part of the decision making process.

“I commend the USA Team veterinarian, the USA Chef d’Equipe and the Athletes for their professionalism and proactivity in addressing this difficult situation, which resulted in the USEF decision to withdraw the team from the Endurance World Championship”, said FEI Veterinary Director Göran Akerström.

“This is a really unfortunate situation for the U.S. Team and I understand their bitter disappointment, but this decision was necessary and is completely in line with the biosecurity measures and rules we have in place to avoid the spread of infectious disease.

“The welfare of our horses must be put above any sporting goals and ambitions, and today the USA Team have done just that. It’s the right thing to do - and the only thing to do - for the safety of all the horses competing at the Event. We will continue to monitor all the participating horses closely to ensure a biosecure and successful championship for all the participating nations and athletes.”

The five USA Athlete/Horse combinations withdrawn from the Championship are:


A total of 31 nations will line up for the start of the FEI Endurance World Championship on Saturday 22 May, 12 of which will be battling for the team medals.

81 Entries from 32 Nations Set for World Endurance Championship in Pisa, Italy on Saturday

81 entries from 32 nations are set for the 160-km World Endurance Championship in Pisa, Italy on Saturday, May 22.

See the complete list of entries here:

Vetting in starts Friday at 3 PM local time.

Start time for the race is 7 AM local time (in the US, 1 AM Eastern, 12 midnight Central, 11 PM Mountain, 10 PM Pacific)

You can watch live on the free Yamahah App on your devices; we will provide updates when possible.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

World Endurance Championship USA Team Flashback: The Lightning Bolt in Malaysia, 2008

As our USA Endurance Team preps for the 2021 World Endurance Championship in Italy on May 22, we look back to the 2008 WEC in Malaysia, where a lightning bolt nearly struck USA Team members Jan Worthington (now an AERC Hall of Famer) and Leon, and Meg Sleeper and Reveille on loop 2 in the dark.

Both horses and riders went down. Both got back on and continued riding, moving through the loops toward the finish line of 160 km, and more drama ensued….

Read Meg's amazing recap of that crazy race here from her diary, November 8:

Monday, May 17, 2021

Endurance World is Heading to Pisa

Image by Martin Dokoupil - Full Article

17 May 2021

We look ahead to this weekend's Longines FEI Endurance World Championship... The long journey back to a major international championships is complete… but the medals will only be handed over after another long journey!

We can’t wait for this weekend’s Longines FEI Endurance World Championship in Pisa, Italy, where 81 athletes representing 32 countries and five continents will vie for gold.

They’ll race for an incredible 160km in the magnificent Parco Naturale Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli, one of the largest and most ancient nature parks in Tuscany.

Athletes and their brave horses will travel across meadows, hills, pine forests and marshes amidst the gentle breeze from the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea.

Amongst the competitors are the 2016 World champion, Spain’s Jaume Punti Dachs, and his wife, Maria Alvarez Ponton, who has taken Individual gold twice during her successful career - first at Terengganu in Malaysia in 2008 and again in Kentucky, USA in 2010.

Also vying for top spot this time out will be Alex Luque Moral from Spain and Bahrain’s Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa who respectively took silver and bronze at the 2016 FEI World Championships in Samorin, Slovakia.

A total of 13 nations will be chasing down the Team title, with European champions Spain among the favourites.

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SmartPak on the Steppe: Meet 2021 Mongol Derby Competitor Kayleigh Davenport - Full Article

By Leslie Wylie on Apr 6, 2021 12:00 pm - 907 views

In August 2021 SmartPakker Kayleigh Davenport will embark upon the ride of her life: the Mongol Derby, widely regarded as the toughest horse race in the world. Inspired by the Genghis Khan’s original “pony express,” there’s no trail or set route, just a series of GPS checkpoints/horse exchange stations to hit over the course of 1,000 km and 7-10 days. Riders carry only 11 pounds of gear, rely on nomadic herding families for sustenance and shelter, and spend their days riding at speed on native horses who are equal parts incredible AND incredibly unpredictable.

SmartPak was a strong supporter of NM’s own Leslie Wylie when she tackled the race in 2017, and now we’re excited to cheer Kaleigh on! Over the coming months we’ll be sharing her journey to the race. First things first, let’s get to know Kaleigh better — and who better to interrogate/ interview her than Leslie!...

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