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!

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​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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Wales: ‘We raced the last mile’: cob pips Arab to triumph in this year’s Man V Horse race - Full Story Natalie Clark 17 June 2024 A black cob triumphed in this year’s epic Man V Horse race, Georgina Silk and h...