Sunday, April 25, 2021

Entries from 35 countries for world endurance champs - Full Article

April 24, 2021

Nominations for the 2021 Longines FEI Endurance World Championships in San Rossore, Italy, have closed with riders from 35 nations declaring their intention to compete.

Iraq will also field a national team for the first time.

The San Rossore venue, the historic home of racing in Italy, previously hosted the FEI European Endurance Championship for Junior and Young Riders in San Rossore in 2018 and, in 2019, the FEI World Endurance Championship for Junior and Young Riders and the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Horses...

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Endurance GB confirms Covid-19 restrictions force abandonment of British entry at World Championship

Web Admin
19 April 2021

Press Release re World Championship

Endurance GB confirms Covid-19 restrictions force abandonment of British entry at World Championships

• Longines FEI Endurance World Championship 2021 scheduled to take place in Pisa, Italy on 22nd May
• Nominated entries close for event close on 21st April
• Tough decision to abandon British entry based on current Covid guidance and interests of safety of team and officials says Chair of Endurance GB
• Home Internationals 2021 set to be delayed to later in season

Endurance GB has announced that it is abandoning plans to send a British team to the Longines FEI Endurance World Championship scheduled to take place in Pisa, Italy on 22nd May.

"The absence of clear steps towards travel both into and out of the UK for a sport not designated as 'elite' for the purposes of the UK Covid Regulations means that riders have to abide by the rules currently applying to international travel for holiday makers and while the earliest possible date for foreign travel was previously given as 17th May, timings have not been confirmed. Uncertainties around a traffic light system set to be announced in early May involving as a minimum, testing for travel to green light countries but with a 10-day quarantine for countries on the amber and red list, have also played into the decision.

Four qualified riders from Great Britain had hoped to the go to the Championships; USA-based Carmine Villani, who is ranked number one in the world, along with three members of the 2019 European Championship squad Nicki Thorne, Rachael Atkinson and Annette Masterson.

Endurance GB Chair Phil Nunnerley said: “The challenges of travel restrictions both into and out of the UK for a sport not recognised in the UK as elite and concerns for the well-being of riders, officials and crew, travelling to an area still facing its own tight restrictions in the face of the continuing number of COVID cases, have led to this very disappointing but perhaps inevitable conclusion. With the earliest possible date for foreign travel being 17th May leaving a window of just five days before the competition, as well as the likely traffic light status of the region hosting the championships, have given us no alternative.”

Rosemary Attfield, Chair of Endurance GB’s International Committee said: “We have been monitoring the situation in close contact with our riders throughout the winter and we have been ever hopeful but finally all arrived at the same conclusion that team representation at these championships was impossible.

“All being well with COVID restrictions lifted, we will be fielding a team for the FEI European Championships at Ermelo in The Netherlands, starting on 6th September. We will be planning to send five senior riders with their Chef D’Equipe, Fiona Bloom and her management team.”

Riders and horses up for selection who are already qualified for the European Championships in September are; Kate Atkinson (DNS Ronaldo), Rachael Atkinson (Tannasg Psyches Realm), Annette Masterson (Shoshana), Sarah Rogerson (Warrens Hill Rubyn), Nikki Thorne (Kamillcia) and Carmine Villani (Nigel and Najar Ruspine plus others residing in the USA).

A further five combinations require just one more successful three star completion before 5 July for consideration for team selection. They are James Dickinson (Magdy), Chris Wray (Peponi), Nikki Malcolm (Oso Spirraling Wind), Laura Graham (Warrens Hill Farrah), and Fiona Griffith (Balishla) with a further nine combinations waiting in the wings requiring two three star completions to qualify to compete at the Championship.

The Young Rider World Championship is set to be staged at Ermelo on 10th and 11th September and Team GB already has one qualified rider at this level in Saffron Bishop (Ty Shute Golden Savannnah) with two other young riders hopeful of competing alongside her at with their Chef D’Equipe, Andrea Champ and her management team.

Endurance GB’s FEI ride calendar is set to commence at Royal Windsor Horse Show on Friday 2nd July.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that the Chefs D’Equipes of the Home International squads have been reviewing their options for the Home International Championship 2021 in view of the delays in the relaxation of travel restrictions and the inability to hold competitions across the devolved administrations and Eire due to Covid 19. The chefs of the Irish and Welsh teams have concluded that they will not be able to get ready in time for Cirencester (due to be held from the 9th to 11th July).

Esther Young, Endurance GB’s Director of Operations said: “Endurance GB is now considering alternative venues for the Home International later in the year, and we hope to announce the new venue as soon as we can.”

In view of the Home International Championship being moved from Cirencester, the venue has agreed to host the 2021 Inter Regional Championship for a further year.

Esther Young said: “Cirencester has been the home of the Inter Regional Championship since 2017 and has proved a very popular venue for competition and we are very grateful to Steve Bates for offering to welcome back teams from across the country once again.”

Monday, April 19, 2021

Blind Australian Rider To Trek 5,000 km on Famous Trail - Full Article

Former nurse Rowena Dowling, who lost her sight in her 20s, will tackle the daunting Bicentennial National Trail aboard her horse Ice.

By: Kim Izzo | April 14, 2021

The Bicentennial National Trail in Australia covers an astounding 5,330 km of land that ranges from Cooktown in North Queensland to Healesville in Victoria. While the idea of trekking such an expansive trail on horseback might not appeal to anyone but the hardiest of riders, for one Aussie equestrian, it’s the goal and achievement of a lifetime...

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

US Equestrian Announces Team for the 2021 Longines FEI Endurance World Championship

by U.S. Equestrian Communications Department | Apr 8, 2021, 3:30 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the athlete/horse combinations that will represent the United States at the 2021 Longines FEI Endurance World Championship, scheduled to take place May 21-22 at San Rossore, Pisa, Italy.

The following combinations will represent the U.S. Endurance Team and are listed in alphabetical order:

Karen Binns-DiCamillo (Las Cruces, N.M.) and RGS Ragnar Ze Monarch, her own 2009 Arabian gelding

Holly Corcoran (Stroudsburg, Pa.) and Poete, her own 2007 Arabian gelding

Jeremy Reynolds (Dunnellon, Fla.) and Treasured Moments, a 2010 Arabian mare owned by Heather Reynolds

Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) and Hoover the Mover, her own 2004 Arabian gelding

Hanna Weightman (Shamong, N.J.) and Poetrie, a 2011 Arabian mare owned by Holly Corcoran

The following combinations have been named as alternates to the U.S. Team for the 2021 Longines FEI Endurance World Championship and are listed in ranked order:

Holly Corcoran (Stroudsburg, Pa.) and Poetrie, her own 2011 Arabian mare

Jessica DiCamillo (Las Cruces, N.M.) and her own Just Believe, a 2008 Arabian mare

Marissa Bartmann (Greeley, Colo.) and RGS Rollo Ze Monarch, a 2011 Arabian gelding owned by Jessica DiCamillo

Competition Information

The Longines FEI Endurance World Championship will consist of a 160-kilometer ride on a closed course at the San Rossore Estate within the Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Park in Pisa, Italy. The ride will start at 7:00 a.m. local time on May 22, 2021.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

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

April 12, 2021

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

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

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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

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

April 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bahrain: Never give up! - Full Article

Mai Al-Khatib-Camille (
Wed, 07 Apr 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

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

April 6 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The FEI Tribunal found that:

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

The full decision notice can be found here:

Monday, April 05, 2021

UAE: Spanish Rider Tops In Endurance Cup

Dubai Equestrian Club photo - full article

'Weather made it challenging'

Updated 3rd Apr 2021

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

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

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

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Friday, April 02, 2021

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

3 April 2021
By Kayla Hodge

Isla Mutch loves a challenge.

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

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

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

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

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Australia: Tribute for Ron Males 1931-2024 Ronald Philip OAM “Ron” Aged 92 years 18/10/1931 – 3/6/2024 Passed away peacefully at home. Nothing could probably better...