Thursday, May 19, 2022

Eco-friendly event promised for Italy’s endurance world champs

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article

May 19, 2022
Horsetalk.co.nz

A legacy of the 2022 FEI Endurance World Championships in Verona, Italy, will be the transformation of the competition track into a horse riding trail in sync with the area’s eco-tourism values.

The event in October is being run at Isola della Scala in the Veneto countryside, an area rich in scenic beauty and renowned for the production of Vialone Nano rice – a short-grain or “dwarf” rice especially suited to risotto.

In describing endurance as “one of the most eco-friendly disciplines on the equestrian scene”, Event Director James Coppini said that in the current world climate, the championships had “really important social connotations”...

Read more here:
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2022/05/19/eco-friendly-italy-endurance-world-champs/

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Shaikh Nasser to lead Royal Team at Montalcino endurance event

GDNOnline.com - Full Article

18 May 2022

His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa will lead the team at the Montalcino International Endurance Championship, to be held on Friday and Saturday in the Italian city.

Shaikh Nasser will compete in the 160 kilometre race, while the other team riders will take part in the 120km race for the public, the 120km race for juniors and the 100km race...

Read more here:
https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1072534

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Italian Endurance Rider Suspended

Inside.FEI.org

FEI Tribunal issues Consent Award in human anti-doping case

17 May 2022 Author: FEI

The FEI Tribunal has issued its Consent Award in a human anti-doping case involving the refusal to submit to sample collection by an athlete.

On 13 November 2021 at the CEI3* 160 Citta della Pieve (ITA), the Italian athlete Chiara Marrama (FEI ID 10017324/ITA) was selected for an in-competition doping control test but she refused to submit to sample collection after the notification, which constitutes a violation of the Article 2.3 of the FEI’s Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).


The athlete admitted the violation, accepted the proposed consequences and benefited from a one-year reduction in the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility of four years asserted by the FEI in such cases and in accordance with the ADRHA.

In its Consent Award, the FEI Tribunal confirmed the imposition of a three-year ineligibility period on the athlete, effective from 3 May 2022...

Read more here:
https://inside.fei.org/media-updates/fei-tribunal-issues-consent-award-human-anti-doping-case

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Shaikh Nasser triumphs in Windsor endurance race

GDNOnline.com - Full Article

Sat, 14 May 2022

His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian works and youth affairs Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa added a new accomplishment to Bahrain’s endurance sport after being crowned the champion of the 160km race which was held as part of the Windsor Equestrian Championship.

Shaikh Nasser crossed the finish line in first place following stiff competition from the world’s elite riders, especially those from the UAE. His teammate Abdulrahman Al Zayed finished third, while Maria of Portugal came second with fourth place going to Saif Al Mazrouei of the UAE...

Read more here:
https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1072146#

Friday, May 13, 2022

Bahraini Royal Team set sights on top spots at Windsor

GDNonline.com - Full Article

Fri, 13 May 2022

His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday led the last training session of the team ahead of the Windsor Equestrian Championship.

Shaikh Nasser met the riders of the team after yesterday’s veterinary examination, and he also witnessed the jockeys’ weigh-in process. Present was Supreme Council for the Environment vice-president and Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club deputy chairman Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa.

Shaikh Nasser will spearhead the Royal Endurance Team riders in the 160km race that will be held for the first time in the championship. The team will also take part in other races, including the 120km race for the public, the 120km race for juniors and the 100km race...

Read more at:
https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1072112

To support Doddie Weir motor neurone charity, Scottish Borders duo take part in world's toughest horse race

Pic: Bill McBurnie Photography

Scotsman.com - Full Article

It’s a feat of endurance

By Gaby Soutar
Wednesday, 11th May 2022, 4:45 pm

“It's known to be a proper challenge, not a pony trek”, says Alice Gully, 46, co-owner of Aardvark Safaris.

In a few months' time, Heriot-based Gully, along with her friend, Kate Mactaggart, 46, who lives in Jedburgh, will be taking part in the Mongol Derby - otherwise known as the toughest horse race in the world. Only 40 jockeys are selected for this grueling event, which takes place from August 7-20 and covers a 1000km route through the Mongolian Steppe.

The horses are semi-wild, temperatures are expected to range from freezing to 38 degrees centigrade, riders will survive on a diet of offal and mutton, and the terrain covers mountains, rivers and desert. Usually, half of the riders quit or are injured before the finishing line...

Read more here:
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/outdoors/to-support-doddie-weir-motor-neurone-charity-scottish-borders-duo-take-part-in-worlds-toughest-horse-race-3690087

Thursday, May 12, 2022

South Africa: Smaldeel club enjoys first endurance ride in Gqeberha

News24.com - Full Article

May 11 2022
Johanette Van Heerden

OVER the last weekend of April, 35 endurance horse riders descended upon Emerald Valley, in Kragga Kamma Road, Gqeberha, for Kouga Riding Club’s (KRC) first ever ERASA (Endurance Riding Association of South Africa) affiliated ride.

Riders and officials came from as far as Stellenbosch and Worcester to participate in this new event in the Eastern Cape.

Endurance horse riding is all about a horse and rider combination completing a technical course over a long distance, vetting out at several vet checks along the way within a specified time.

At this particular event, horses and riders completed either the 40km or 80km course, which started at Emerald Valley and passed through four different farms...

Read more here:
https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/local/komani-karoo/smaldeel-club-enjoys-first-endurance-ride-in-gqeberha-20220511

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Paramedic sets off on 1,000-mile hack around Scotland to raise money for charity

Yourhorse.co.uk - Full Article

7 May 2022
by Mel Beale

A paramedic has pledged to ride 1,000 miles around the Scottish Highlands in three months in a bid to raise £1,000 for The Ambulance Staff Charity.

This Sunday (8 May), 48-year-old Claire Alldritt will saddle up two horses and set off on the mammoth trek.

“It’s an ambition that I’ve had for quite a long time, but haven’t had the opportunity to do it before,” said Claire.

“I wanted to try and complete the Hack 1,000 Miles challenge last year, but with work commitments and everything else, I only did about 800. So I thought I just need to do it all in one go.”

Claire was also spurred on by the loss of her friend.

“It made me realise that life is too short, and I should just take the opportunity to do it right now...”

Read more here:
https://www.yourhorse.co.uk/hacking/claire-alldritt/

ILDRA raises funds for Huntington’s Disease Association Northern Ireland

Farmweek.com - Full Article

By Bree Rutledge
May 6, 2022

ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) headed to the West of the province to County Fermanagh on Sunday, April 10 to Florence Court Estate. Dry weather made for enjoyable riding conditions, with riders taking in the varied trails in Florence Court. Riders made their way towards Cuilcagh Mountain, enjoying scenic views across the Fermanagh countryside. Thanks go to Kirsten Conly and John Anderson for marking the route and to the Conly family for organising the ride on the day. Thanks also go to the National Trust for allowing access to Florence Court Estate.

ILDRA’s next ride then headed to Clandeboye Estate on Saturday, April 23, hosting a charity pleasure ride in aid of Huntington’s Disease Association Northern Ireland to help raise funds for this well-deserving organisation...

Read more here:
https://farmweek.com/ildra-raises-funds-for-huntingtons-disease-association-northern-ireland/

Monday, May 02, 2022

Australia: Easter endurance event a winner

NoosaToday.com.au - Article & Photos

02/05/22
Erle Levey

Perfect conditions greeted more than 300 riders at the annual Easter at Stirlings Crossing endurance event.

It followed frantic efforts by the Stirlings Crossing Endurance Club members and HQ Plantations to get the courses ready after the recent flooding damaged so many of the tracks.

“Entries were good for the three days,’’ endurance club president Kim Moir said, “with options to suit everyone.’

“The events were marked by wonderful weather, good vetting, and riders looking after their horses which resulted in fantastic completion rates.

“Most of the tracks had been affected by the heavy rainfall which saw a lot of top soil and gravel washed away.

“The riders obviously managed it very well and were riding with care...’’

More at:
https://noosatoday.com.au/news/02-05-2022/easter-endurance-event-a-winner/

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Jose Luis Flores, the first Mexican rider to take part in the Tom Quilty Cup in Australia, hopes to improve his ranking

PrudentPressAgency.com - Full Article

April 29, 2022
Posted By: Dawn Davis

Jockey Luis Flores: He is the first Mexican to participate in the prestigious competition Tom Quilty Cup, In Australia, considered one of the two most demanding in the world, he spoke with ESTO to announce the challenges and expectations he will have to face, in this equestrian endurance competition, on 9 July.

He said in an interview (via Zoom).

Joseph Lewis flowers His career has been on the rise since 2018 as he represented our country, where he was also the first to participate in United States Tevis Cup (160 km) where he clocked 20:45 hours, to put himself in 28th place out of 200 participants.

In 2019 crowned Mexico National Champion In the 80 km class. Also in 2019, he took the Team Silver Medal at the North American Endurance Championships, 80km class, in Brookston, USA; And a gold medal as a team leader in the 120 km category...

Read more at:
https://www.prudentpressagency.com/jose-luis-flores-the-first-mexican-rider-to-take-part-in-the-tom-quilty-cup-in-australia-hopes-to-improve-his-ranking/

Friday, April 29, 2022

Journey to the Mongol Derby: The Longest and Toughest Horse Race in the World

ThePlaidHorse.com - Full Article

April 28, 2022
BY BIANCA FARMAS-GRIFFITH

Part One: Mongolian Horses & Mongol Derby 101

In Fall 2018 and on the cusp of turning 30, I woke up one day with an intense desire and determination to participate in a race that I had long known about, but previously wanted nothing to do with. In December 2018, two months after submitting my application and completing my interview, I was accepted to participate in the 2020 Mongol Derby.

The Mongol Derby is a self-navigated, point-to-point endurance race based on Chinggis Khaan’s ancient Mongolian postal system from 1224. Using strong and resilient riders and horses, Khaan’s vast network of horse stations across his empire made it possible for important messages to travel around 2,500 miles in just a few days. In 2009, The Equestrianists, a group striving to change peoples’ perspectives and “make the world less boring”, recreated this postal system, and thus began the annual Mongol Derby.

Every Summer, a group of ~40 brave riders take on the challenge of a lifetime: riding 1,000 km (roughly 620 miles) across the Mongolian Steppe in 10-days, with stops every ~25 miles to check in and change horses. Riding time each day averages around 12 hours, with strict start and stop times to ensure rider and equine safety. The route (which changes every year), pace, and adventure in between these stops are up to the rider. Sounds fun! What’s the catch?...

Read more here:
https://www.theplaidhorse.com/2022/04/28/journey-to-the-mongol-derby-the-longest-and-toughest-horse-race-in-the-world/

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Four UAE Riders, Trainers Suspended in Doping Case

Inside.FEI.org

FEI Tribunal issues Consent Awards in equine anti-doping case

19 April 2022
Author: FEI

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

In this case, the horse Basc Trio (FEI ID 106QW17/UAE), tested positive for the Banned Substance 5α-estrone-3β, 17α-diol (metabolite of Nandrolone), following samples taken at the CEI1*100 Dubai (UAE), 7-14 November 2021.

The athlete, Abdul Aziz Salah Abdulla Ameen (FEI ID 10063337/UAE) and the trainer, Amr Mohd Atris El Sayed (FEI ID 10054579/UAE), admitted the rule violation and accepted the consequences. In its final decisions, the FEI Tribunal disqualified the horse and athlete combination from the event and imposed an 18-month ineligibility period on the athlete and on the trainer; the provisional suspension each has already served shall be credited against the imposed ineligibility period. The athlete and trainer were also each fined CHF 5,000.

The Consent Awards are available here.



Separately, the FEI has announced a new adverse analytical finding (AAF) involving an equine prohibited substance. The case involves *Banned Substance under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).

In the following Endurance case, the athlete and the trainer have been provisionally suspended until the FEI Tribunal renders its decisions. The horse has been provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification.

Case 2022/BS04:

Horse: Dactyle D’Aqui (106XH16/UAE)

Person Responsible: Muhammad Ali Fazal Amin (10103705/PAK (UAE)

Trainer: Ahmed Ali Salman Hassan Al Sabri (10041041/UAE)

Event: CEI2*120 – Bou Thib (UAE), 24-25.12.2021

Prohibited Substance(s): Testosterone

Date of notification: 8 March 2022

Details on these case can be found here.

More at:
https://inside.fei.org/media-updates/fei-tribunal-issues-consent-awards-equine-anti-doping-case-0

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Pam Karner’s Gaucho Derby Adventure

EnduranceIntrospection.com - Full Story

April 6 2022
by Patti Steadman

Note from Patti:

Anyone who knows my friend Pam Karner knows that she is a force of nature. She is a veterinarian and a Ride Manager and an endurance rider, and beyond that she is unfiltered and generous and hilarious and just a wee bit unhinged. [I say that unapologetically both about her and to her, for the record.]

In every image I have of Pam, we are laughing.

In 2018, she finished the Mongol Derby, a feat that would be epic for someone half her age.

If anyone saw the video circulating around Facebook after this year’s successful Gaucho Derby, she said the reason she did it was because she didn’t want to shrink.

She sent me these videos and her story a couple of weeks ago and I asked if I could share it on my blog; I don’t think Pam has any clue what an enormous fan club she has. Like most remarkable women.

Pam is an inspiration, and to say she isn’t shrinking at 68 would be just a wee bit of an understatement.

Go, Pam, go!

–Patti

Edited to add: Pam shared this podcast with me to share with all of you. Stevie Delahunt’s interview: https://www.warwickschiller.com/podcast/ (And yes, Pam gets a mention as well!)

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MY PATAGONIA STORY

March 2022

“THE GAUCHO DERBY’

My dear friends, this is a bit long so please don’t feel obligated to read it. I just couldn’t figure out what to cut!

What a group of diverse, interesting, exciting, fun party animals! We met in El Calafate and the party was in full swing immediately.

Things quieted down a few days later as we drove eight hours north to who-knows-where over many dirt roads to arrive at “Start Camp”. Seven hexagonal domes that, despite being pinned to the ground, refused to stay put thanks to the challenging Patagonia wind. The doors were the first to go! Each dome created ways to keep their doors on. I was lucky to have two engineers in mine!...

Read more here:
http://enduranceintrospection.com/wp/pam-karners-gaucho-derby-adventure/

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

New Zealand: Ruahine Endurance Club to host national championships

Stuff.co.nz - Full Article

Manawatū reporter
16:08, Apr 05 2022

Horse riders will be competing through the night at Āpiti Domain at the upcoming Endurance National Championships.

Ruahine Endurance Club is hosting the event over Easter, with a range of class competitions over three days, from an epic 160-kilometre championship level challenge to a 6km lead rein kids’ class.

The pinnacle 160km race will start at 1am on Good Friday.

It consists of six loops with vet checks; a horse will be eliminated if it does not pass a multitude of parameters. There would be a 40-minute rest period before starting each loop...

Read more here:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/300553274/ruahine-endurance-club-to-host-national-championships

Monday, April 04, 2022

Australia: Forest fix delivers good news for endurance riders

NoosaToday.com.au - Full Article

04/04/2022
By Erle Levey

Easter at Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Ride is proceeding with confidence.

This follows concern that the trails, especially the forestry tracks, had been washed out during the recent extreme rain event.

Stirlings Crossing Endurance Club president Kim Moir said that meetings with HQPlantations were very positive.

“They must be complimented for their willingness to work with us to allow an Easter event to happen at Imbil,’’ Kim said.

“It was evident that some terrible damage had occurred and they have shown great commitment to make things happen.

“The repairs are reflective of their business but they have also thought about us and the impact Easter at Stirlings has on the Imbil community.

“A great many people come into the town at Easter and the endurance ride has been happening in one form or other for the past 20 years.

“Before that it was held at Kenilworth so there is a long and proud history there.’’

There will be 12 endurance events over three days.

About 300 riders and supporters from throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales are expected to attend at the Stirlings Crossing Endurance Centre from April 15-17...

Read more here:
https://noosatoday.com.au/news/04-04-2022/forest-fix-delivers-good-news-for-endurance-riders/

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Stunning saddle donated as a fundraiser for the Mongol Derby

Bodalla’s Duncan McLaughlin and Moruya’s Cele Stone are among 16 riders selected for the 3600km Blue Wolf Totem Expedition across Mongolia commencing in May 2022. Raising funds for the Children of the Peak Sanctuary, the three-month adventure will see the pair onboard native Mongolian horses, riding roughly 50km each day. Riders cover the cost of the expedition itself but have each committed to raising at least US$5000 for charity.

BeagleWeekly.com.au - Full Article

by The Beagle
March 24 2022

Heartfelt thanks to the wonderful Annie Clarke who has donated this saddle to fundraise for the Veloo Foundation’s Children of the Peak Sanctuary Project, as part of the Blue Wolf Totem Expedition2022.

Above: Bodalla’s Duncan McLaughlin and Moruya’s Cele Stone are among 16 riders selected for the 3600km Blue Wolf Totem Expedition across Mongolia commencing in May 2022. Raising funds for the Children of the Peak Sanctuary, the three-month adventure will see the pair onboard native Mongolian horses, riding roughly 50km each day. Riders cover the cost of the expedition itself but have each committed to raising at least US$5000 for charity.

You can support Duncan McLaughlin by clicking here, and Cele Stone by clicking here.

Duncan McLaughlin said "Yes, tears were shed. This is a very special saddle. It’s the saddle Annie’s partner Ray Fulton had made before he died. Long-time endurance riders will remember Ray’s passion for the sport and also his tireless efforts on behalf of Vietnam Vets.

I remember racing to the finish with Ray in his very last ride at Canberra in 2006. In the end he won the ride five minutes ahead of me"

"I can imagine Ray racing - and winning - the Mongol Derby!...

Read more here:
https://www.beagleweekly.com.au/post/stunning-saddle-donated-as-a-fundraiser-for-the-mongol-derby

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

UAE: Al Wathba’s Ibrahim Ali clinches season-ending ride

Gulfnews.com - Full Article

A total of 127 riders take part in 120-km event held at Emirates Endurance Village

Published: March 21, 2022 15:17
Staff Report

Abu Dhabi: The young rider Ibrahim Ali of Al Wathba Stables claimed the title in the 120-km main race, held as part of the Abu Dhabi Endurance Festival at the Emirates International Endurance Village on Sunday.

A total of 127 riders took part in race, held as part of the season-end festival, which started on Friday.

Ibrahim Ali, riding Sha Shahem, managed to cover the total distance with a time of 4:07:17 hours and an average speed of 29.27km/h. He is closely followed by Khalfan Juma’a, riding Avenir Le Maggiore, came in second place for MRM Stables in a time of 4:07:18, while the F3 stables’ Rashid Mohammed Al Muhairi, riding Vulcani Violi, finished third in a time of 4:17:50...

Read more here:
https://gulfnews.com/sport/uae-sport/al-wathbas-ibrahim-ali-clinches-season-ending-ride-1.86616348

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Bahrain: 120km endurance challenge

GDNOnline.com - Full Article

19 March 2022

The main race for the Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Cup will be held today at the Bahrain International Endurance Village.

The race will cover a distance of 120km.

Another 120km local-international race will be held for private stables.

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 will patronise the event.

A Best Horse Body Condition competition will also be held under the patronage of Al Fursan team captain Shaikha Noora bint Hamad Al Khalifa, on the sidelines of the main race.

Prizes and cash gifts will be presented to the top 10 horses which finish all the stages of the race...

Read more here:
https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1036818

Friday, March 18, 2022

USEF Establishes the USEF Ukraine Relief Fund to Support Ukraine Horses and Equestrians

USEF.org

by U.S. Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 15, 2022, 4:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian will be joining the FEI in their recently announced efforts to provide support to the equestrian community of Ukraine by establishing the USEF Ukraine Relief Fund. One-hundred percent of funds collected will go to the FEI solidarity relief fund and directly to those in need of support. The FEI is liaising closely with the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation (UEF) and neighboring countries to facilitate support. The USEF Board of Directors has committed to allocating additional relief funding.

The UEF reports “Horse owners, riding schools, athletes, breeders, and professionals are in desperate conditions without any resources of saving their horses. By making a donation or offering help, you will provide the Ukrainian equestrian community a hope for a better future and save lives of the Ukrainians and their loved ones."

USEF President Tom O’Mara reinforced the importance of the Ukraine relief effort, stating, “The U.S. equestrian community always comes together to help fellow equestrians and horses in need. The acts of war in the Ukraine require all of us to join in supporting human and horse welfare in the areas impacted however we can. We will work closely with FEI to ensure all funds contributed are distributed to those who need it most.”

To make a tax deductible donation please visit the USEF Ukraine Relief Fund Donation and help horses page here or send a check to USEF Memo: USEF Ukraine Relief Fund.

UAE: Al Wathba Village to host three endurance rides to bring curtains down on season

Gulfnews.com - Full Article

Abu Dhabi Endurance festival to culminate with 120km ride on Sunday

Published: March 17, 2022
Staff Report

Abu Dhabi: The Emirates International Endurance Village will conclude the 2021-2022 season with three races from March 18 to 20 in Al Wathba.

The Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup for Private Stables 100km will be held on Friday, followed by Abu Dhabi Women’s Festival race for a distance of 100km on Saturday. The Abu Dhabi Festival race for a distance of 120km on Sunday will bring the curtains down on the season, which included 11 races...

Read more here:
https://gulfnews.com/sport/uae-sport/al-wathba-village-to-host-three-endurance-rides-to-bring-curtains-down-on-season-1.86514082

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Gaucho Derby: Race Day 8 – And we have the winners

Equestrianists.com - Full Article

Tom Morgan
11th March 2022

It’s been eight solid days of racing excitement here in Patagonia and this evening Anna Boden and Holly Conyers joined hands and rode over the finish line 45 minutes from cutoff time to claim a joint first place win. They hoisted a celebratory beer with the stunning Mt Fitz Roy in the background – a fitting end to the adventure of a lifetime.

These two ladies have ridden as a team since Day 1, had weather extremes thrown at them, navigated up and down mountains and survived the Meseta de la Muerta (Plateau of Death) – a bleakly beautiful windswept plateau between VC9 and VC10...

Read more here:
https://equestrianists.com/updates/day-8-and-we-have-the-winners/

Gaucho Derby: Race Day 3, Navigation, navigation, navigation

Equestrianists.com - Full Article

Tom Morgan
8th March 2022

Some lucky riders who camped out awoke to an incredible sunrise, after a night of watching masses of shooting stars. There’s no smog and light pollution in this pristine country.

Whereas crew were awoken to pings from other not so lucky riders.

Jaco Storm (JST) was busily sending intel into Race Headquarters at the crack of dawn. The conversation went like this...

“Lost Horse”.

22mins later…

“Got him”.

6mins later…

“Gone again”.

30mins later…

“Can’t catch yet”...

Read more here:
https://equestrianists.com/updates/race-day-3-navigation-navigation-navigation/

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Gaucho Derby: Race Day 2, Into the Wild

Equestrianists.com - Full Story

Tom Morgan
5th March 2022

All the riders awoke to a cold, wet, snowy, sleety and windy morning at Horse Station 2. Charming… But by all accounts, the riders had slept well and were warm enough overnight.

However, unfortunately Camilla Shepherd (CSH) has chosen to self-retire from the race.

Holly Conyers (HCO), Kirsteen Thain (KTH), Holly Chamberlain (HCH), Rosie Bathurst (RBA) and My Nordström were the first to cruise out of Station 2 ahead of the rest.

The riders will ride a total of 7 horses throughout the 500km race with the first horse change to take place at Station 3. The rider’s good navigation skills meant they arrived promptly into this station, where they vetted their current horses through...

Read more here:
https://equestrianists.com/updates/race-day-2-into-the-wild/

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Borders slowly opening to evacuated Ukraine horses as feed supplies dwindle

The Lensa Wola equestrian club in Głogów Małopolski is the support hub for equestrian aid destined for Ukraine. © Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation

HorseTalk.co.nz - Full Article

March 7, 2022
Horsetalk.co.nz

Horses being evacuated out of Ukraine following the Russian invasion are being permitted to enter Moldova without restrictions.

An order from Moldova’s agriculture ministry had been made to let all animals through, even those without documents, the Ukraine Equestrian Federation said. Ten days of quarantine would be required.

Two border crossings in Romania are also providing free entry for horses being evacuated from Ukraine, following the Russian invasion. A microchip and passport are required to get horses through Albitas and Halmeu. Slovakia, Romania and Hungary are also in the process of creating quarantine stations, the federation said. It was also working to organise a shelter in Ukraine in an area beyond the military actions...

Read more here:
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2022/03/07/borders-horses-evacuated-ukraine/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Canada+2nd+in+Nations+Cup+%7C+Meet+Vicky+Lavoie+%7C+Ward+and+Azur+Win+%24216%2C000+GP+%7C+Nations+Cup+Cancelled+in+Cali+%7C+Live+Oak+International&utm_campaign=HS-Enewsletter2022-Monday+March+7

Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Gaucho Derby: Race Day 1, aaaand they’re off

Equestrianists.com - Full Story

Tom Morgan
5th March 2022

35 Riders lined up and charged out into the wilderness to contest in the second annual Gaucho Derby on the 3rd of March 2022. A mix of tension, excitement and anticipation were buzzing at the start line. Strong winds and the feel of foreign saddlebags were keeping these fit and fiery horses on the tips of their hooves. Some mounts gave their riders a small taste of what could be in store for them over the next 10 days. Mackenzie Stabler’s (MST) bucking bronco decided the start line wasn’t for him and took off with all her belongings.

Although each rider was given traditional gaucho tack, many modified it to suit their needs and the chosen range of clothing and apparel varied greatly, from neutrals to neons, they donned it all...

Read more here:
https://equestrianists.com/updates/race-day-1-theyre-off/

Thursday, March 03, 2022

FEI removes all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus

Inside.FEI.org

28 February 2022
Author: FEI

The FEI Executive Board met today to unanimously condemn the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces and agree on the ramifications to equestrian sport in Russia and Belarus.

In line with the IOC statement of 25 February 2022 urging International Sports Federations to relocate or cancel their sports events, the FEI Executive Board called on the FEI Secretary General to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus in the 2022 FEI Calendar in accordance with Articles 112.3 of the FEI General Regulations and 28.2 vi of the FEI Statutes.

In addition to removing all the Events from Russia and Belarus, the FEI Executive Board also unanimously agreed to freeze all FEI Solidarity and development activities and to cancel or relocate, where possible, FEI Courses for Officials scheduled to be held in Russia and Belarus in 2022.

The Executive Board requested that the FEI Board consider an Emergency Board Resolution addressing today’s recommendation by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board to prohibit the participation of all Russian and Belarusian Athletes and Officials. The FEI will continue to monitor the situation and decisions taken by the FEI Board will be communicated in the coming days.

During the meeting, the Executive Board also approved the allocation of a CHF 1 Million FEI Solidarity Relief Fund for the equestrian community in Ukraine. The FEI is liaising closely with the Ukrainian Federation and neighbouring countries to facilitate and coordinate logistical support as well as the financial aid.

FEI President and Chair of the FEI Solidarity Committee Ingmar De Vos (BEL) is currently in close contact with the National Federation of Ukraine and the equestrian community.

“We are deeply concerned for the welfare of all Ukrainians and the entire equestrian community in Ukraine,” the FEI President said. ”Their safety is very much our priority, and we are liaising closely with our key contacts in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to seek solutions to their most pressing needs.”

“Sport is a network which relies and thrives on team spirit and camaraderie and it is through these important friendships that we can offer support and make a difference to the people of Ukraine in these challenging times.”

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Life in the saddle: The remarkable horseback adventures of Luisa and Pete

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Story

February 15, 2022
Pete Breidahl

Pete Breidahl has spent more hours in the saddle than he can count through countries most people only dream of visiting. How did an Antipodean lad end up riding across some of the world’s most inhospitable landscapes? He tells the story in his own words.

Luisa has never been very good at getting up at the best of times; but when it’s cold, she’s even harder to get moving and will often lie all snuggled up in our sleeping bags whining about how badly she needs a pee. She screws her cute little face up and squeals “Peeeeeete … it’s cold! I don’t liiiikkkke it!” and then starts giggling through fake tears.

I’m more a morning person, and when I need to go, I just get up and go for it if there isn’t an empty bottle handy “old army habit – gross, I know”. This morning though, I saw Luisa move out of bed faster than ever before.

We were staying pretty much smack bang on the banks of Turkey’s longest river, “The Red River” which winds its way through nearby Avanos before ambling towards the Black Sea...

Read more here:
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2022/02/15/remarkable-horseback-adventures-luisa-pete/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Smart+Blankets+%7C+Budweiser+Clydesdale+is+Back+%7C+Prosthetic+Limb+for+QH+Stallion+%7C+Fecal+Transplant+Research&utm_campaign=HC_Enewsletter2022-Wednesday+Feb+16

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Patagonia: 36 Riders Head to Gaucho Derby Starting Line

36 riders from 15 countries - Mexico, USA, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Chile, Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, Kenya, and Hong Kong - will take part in the 2022 Gaucho Derby.

Billed as "The greatest test of horsemanship on earth," riders will navigate over some of the "wildest terrain on earth" a 10-day, 500-km multi-horse adventure over the mountains and pampas of Patagonia.

The race starts March 3.

Meet the riders here:
https://equestrianists.com/updates/gaucho-derby-2022-riders/

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Endurance rider Maitha Al Qubaisi on inspiring future generations in the UAE

EmiratesWoman.com - Full Article

by OLIVIA MORRIS
February 24 2022

Having celebrated 50 years of incredible vision, we look at the new generation that’s set to drive the next five decades of the UAE.

From aspiring designers to art curators, several names in the industry have been making their mark and innovating in the region.

One of the trailblazers of the next generation in the UAE is the Emirati endurance rider Maitha Al Qubaisi. We spoke to her about what it was like growing up in the Emirates, what she loves about the country and her hopes for the future.

Growing up in this region, so much has changed over such a short period of time. What has it been like growing up during this time?

Having grown up in this region there have been so many changes that have progressed so much, it makes me feel so proud and honoured to be a part of it all...

Read more here:
https://emirateswoman.com/endurance-rider-maitha-al-qubaisi-on-inspiring-future-generations-in-the-uae/

UAE: Shehhi crowned champion at Mohammed Bin Mansour Endurance Cup

GulfToday.ae - Full Article

February 26 2022

Ahmed Saleh Al Shehhi, riding the Catch Me Hippolyte of the Al Kamda stables, was crowned champion at the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for the private stables for a distance of 100km, which was held at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba. The event was held under the patronage and support of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The race was organised by the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, in cooperation with the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, and witnessed the participation of 127 jockeys representing different equestrian clubs of the country.

The champion managed to win after a strong performance in the four stages of the race, recording a time of 3:24:40...

Read more here:
https://www.gulftoday.ae/sport/2022/02/26/shehhi-crowned-champion-at-mohammed-bin-mansour-endurance-cup

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

UAE: Ahmad Al Shehhi and Al Bawadi Stable take well-deserved victory

Endurance-world.com - Full Article

16 February 2022
Info@endurance-world.com
Photo credit: EIEV Endurance

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 13 February 2022.

The President of United Arab Emirates Endurance Cup is one of the endurance racing highlights in the region but also far beyond its borders and again it stood up to its reputation for a nail biting race.

The 160km distance was split into six loops of respectively 40, 28, 28, 24, 20 and 20km which included the much dreaded and at the same time very much liked Tora Bora section, as well as the section referred to as the forest. A staggering 396 participants could probably be one of the biggest start lists ever in the history of endurance racing.

The organisers added that for them it was just amazing to have the biggest ride with so many riders at the start. And this was even the more impressive considering these FEI rules are since a year or two in place: entries were open to all eligible UAE National athletes and to all eligible resident foreign athletes who had registered the UAE NF as their host NF. It was also outlined for foreign resident athletes, if they wished to register to the UAE NF, which procedure they had to follow...

Read more here:
https://endurance-world.com/ahmad-al-shehhi-and-al-bawadi-stable-take-well-deserved-victory/

Monday, February 21, 2022

Ireland: Endurance season for 2022 kicks off for ILDRA

FarmWeek.com - Full Article

By Bree Rutledge
February 20, 2022

ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) kicked off their 2022 endurance season with a New Year’s Day ride at Shane’s Castle on January 2. Eager riders and horses were out in force to bring in the New Year, with a ride around the beautiful estate of Shane’s Castle and into the neighbouring Randalstown Forest Park. Thanks go to the Shane’s Castle Estate staff and the O’Neill family for access and to the forestry service for access to Randalstown Forest. Thanks also go to the McFarland family for marking the route and to Charlotte Moore, John Anderson and Kirsten Conly for organising and assisting on the day. Check out ILDRA’s website or Facebook page for details on upcoming rides, please note that all rides must be pre-entered online.

3 for 2 Offer on Vetted Pleasure Rides

Would you like to…

– canter along the beach at St. Patrick’s Coast Ride?

– ride a finish up the hill at Downpatrick racecourse?

– trot past acres of wild bluebells at Shane’s Castle?...

Read more here:
https://farmweek.com/endurance-season-for-2022-kicks-off-for-ildra/

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Bahrain HM The King's Cup Endurance Ride Gets Underway

NewsOfBahrain.com - Full Article

February 18 2022

His Majesty the King's Cu[ Endurance Ride Championship got underway yesterday at Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The event, being held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has been organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF), and it continues until tomorrow.

Spanish rider Rocio Esperanza of Victorious team finished in first place in the 120-kilometre international qualifying race after completing the distance in a time of five hours and 46 minutes...

Read more at:
https://www.newsofbahrain.com/sports/78842.html

Friday, February 18, 2022

Great Britain: Lavenham Endurance Relaunched

For immediate release – date of publish 17th February 2022
Press Contact: Anna Bridges (+44 7572 543538 / annajane.bridges@gmail.com)

· The popular endurance ride hosted in Semer, Lavenham is being relaunched and rebranded with new Event Directors;

· Lavenham Endurance 2022 will take place on the 1st May 2022 and will feature distance classes from 20km to 80km during the day with a prize giving and evening event taking place thereafter;

· The flagship class is the Competitive Endurance Ride which will see horse and rider combinations compete against the clock over an 80km course and with a coveted best condition award it is set to be extremely popular.

The Lavenham Endurance 2022 edition will treat horses and riders to some of the most iconic tracks on the EGB Calendar alongside a competitive and professional environment that the new event directors, Lauren Hirst and Anna Bridges, are set on bringing to the forefront.

‘We are really excited to be given the opportunity to continue the Lavenham legacy’ commented Lauren. ‘I’ve ridden here on multiple occasions and can honestly say it’s one of my favourite routes to ride, lots of canter opportunities and beautiful views. Running in May will ensure there is plenty of give in the ground, but dry enough to enjoy the tracks at their best.’

With distances ranging from 20km through to an 80km CER, there will be something for all competitors to enjoy. With the introduction of Performance Formula Rankings through all GER classes, a Farrier’s Award, a Best Turned Out Award and of course, a coveted Best Condition Award in the 80km CER and GER there will be plenty to celebrate. And in keeping with the celebration theme, all riders, crews and officials will be invited to Lavenham Endurance’s Sunday evening event, an opportunity to attend the prize giving and reminisce about a brilliant day of endurance with plenty of camaraderie, atmosphere and food!

‘We’ve got some incredible sponsors onboard for Lavenham Endurance 2022 – keep an eye on our website and social media pages to keep up to date with news, competitions and event details’ said Anna. ‘This is a long-term project for us, we really want to nurture top level competition with horse welfare and high officiating standards at the top of our priority list; but equally, we want everyone to feel welcome and encouraged that there really will be something for all, so come and join us, you’ll only regret it if you don’t!’

Meet Your Event Directors

Lauren Hirst
Lauren completed her first endurance ride in 2007 and has since been UK Young Rider and Senior National Champion on more than one occasion. As well as this, Lauren has represented Team GB at the Young Rider World Championships in France and has travelled as far as Dubai with her own horse to compete. Lauren still regularly competes on the international scene and has an abundance of GBR Endurance knowledge. In her career, Lauren works as an Equine Shipping Consultant and is responsible for shipping some of the most valuable racehorses, stallions and endurance horses around the world.

Anna Bridges
In her professional life Anna has a range of experience in equestrian event organisation having worked for the International Equestrian Federation for nearly 10 years. Anna worked on events such as the Beijing Paralympics and the London Olympics alongside multiple televised worldwide series events. Since returning to the UK, Anna has worked as a lead contract manager in a FTSE 100 company. In her private life, Anna has competed for Great Britain in the sport of Endurance on multiple occasions and has a wealth of experience across the UK and World Endurance scene.

Lavenham Endurance is an endurance riding event. Endurance riding is an equestrian sport held over controlled distances with set speeds or competitions against the clock. Stringent veterinary checks take place before, during and after the event to ensure that horse welfare remains of paramount importance at all times. Riders and crews must manage their horses carefully to secure a successful completion. In the UK, Endurance GB is the governing body for the sport of Endurance.

Links
Event Website: www.lavenhamendurance.com
Governing Body: www.endurancegb.co.uk

Competing at Lavenham (credit: Jeff Brown)

Monday, February 14, 2022

UAE: Shehhi reigns supreme at President's Cup for Endurance

GulfToday.ae - Full Article

February 13 2022
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

Ahmed Saleh Al Shehhi aboard Arizona de Sao dominated the 160km President of the UAE Endurance Cup held at Emirates Global Endurance Village in Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi.

The event was held under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

396 riders from UAE and other countries took part in the cup.

Shehhi, representing Al Bawadi stables, won the prestigious title after covering the distance in 6:09:08 hours, with an average speed of 26kms per hour.

Read more here:
https://www.gulftoday.ae/sport/2022/02/13/shehhi-reigns-supreme-at-president-cup-for-endurance

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Cambodia Equestrian Federation gallops back into action

KhmerTimeskh.com - Full Article

February 3 2022
Jose Rodriguez T. Senase / Khmer Times

The Cambodia Equestrian Federation (CEF) has galloped back into action after being slowed down by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Like the other sports federations in the country, the CEF was heavily affected by the pandemic, with many competitions, trainings and other activities cancelled or postponed due to the health crisis.

A few days ago, the CEF conducted its first (post-pandemic) National Training in Endurance at the Phum Domnak Domrey Resort in Kampong Speu province.

The event drew more than 50 participants, including coaches and riders. A group of veterinarians, teachers and students from the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) were also there for the training...

Read more here:
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501018239/cambodia-equestrian-federation-gallops-back-into-action/

Monday, January 31, 2022

Uruguay’s Frederico Ferber claims third Fursan Endurance Cup at AlUla

ArabNews.com - Full Article

January 2022
GHADI JOUDAH

- The competition promotes inclusivity with 195 female and male riders representing 30 countries fighting for $4m of prize money
- Uruguayan duo and French woman secure top-three finish in epic endurance race

Uruguay’s Frederico Ferber has emerged as the winner of the third Fursan Endurance Cup 2022 at Hegra, the AlUla UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a race that saw nearly 200 horse riders cover a staggering 120 km.

Also referred to as The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup, the race, recognized by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, is organized in cooperation with the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation, and considered one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions, with Gulf royalty competing for glory...

Read more here:
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2014921/sport

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Registration is open for Survive Iceland!



Registration is now open for Survive Iceland! It's a long-distance race on Icelandic horses across the highlands of Iceland August 25-28th, 280 km, 4 days, 10 teams!

For a taste of the adventure, read
Annie Whelan Competes in the First Iceland Endurance Ride!

and watch the video:
https://youtu.be/qpNcgoa3WlQ

For more information on the race, see:
https://www.lhhestar.is/is/frettir/survive-iceland?fbclid=IwAR2F6dpaqwUrvgmxzsdd-qrOsGfC5cl47CF8trzVhm3W-VB0-F7PkA-xla4

or contact Anita at anita@lhhestar.is

Endurance ace Carmine Villani a high achiever in and out of the saddle

ArabNews.com - Full Article

January 29 2022

World No.1 will represent Great Britain at the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022 at AlUla

Endurance horse racing champion Carmine Villani has led a rich and colorful life that has seen him shine in business and sport.

Today, the world No.1 will represent Great Britain at the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022 (Fursan Cup) at AlUla.

Villani was a talented athlete as a young man — first in Italy and then the US — excelling as a middle-distance runner. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, he went on to become heavily involved in sports car racing.

However, an affinity with horses has always been in his blood. When he was young, Villani was taught to ride by his grandfather. In Carmine’s words, he “learned the tricks and bareback riding from him...”

Read more here:
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2014296/sport

Saudi Arabia: Endurance stars ready to tackle AlUla challenge in Fursan Cup

ArabNews.com - Full Article

January 28 2022

ALULA: Stars from the sport of endurance have landed in Saudi Arabia in preparation for the Fursan Cup 2022 on Jan. 29.

More than 200 riders from more than 30 countries will contest the 120 km ride, which will be staged in the historic AlUla region on Saturday, Jan. 29.

Among those competing in the across-the-desert landscape is Carmine Villani, the World No.1 in the FEI rankings in 2020.

Villani, who represents Great Britain, said: “AlUla for me is really like riding in the Grand Canyon — one of the most beautiful places in the world with sand and cliffs. It’s magical.”

The event is a thorough test of skill and stamina for riders and horses alike. With four loops, the ride takes eight hours on average to complete...

Read more here:
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2013821/sport

Friday, January 28, 2022

Saudi Arabia: All you need to know about the 120-km endurance ride Fursan Cup at AlUla

ArabianBusiness.com - Full Article

28 January 2022
by Staff Writer

Now in its third edition, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022 – or Fursan Cup 2022 – takes place on Saturday 29 January 2022. A two-star classification competition is recognised by the FEI and organised in cooperation with the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation. The Fursan Cup covers a distance of 120 km, with four loops of the track that can take eight hours to complete.

The ride sets the benchmark for the sport and is considered one of the most prestigious events on the circuit. It’s also part of the Winter at Tantora Festival that celebrates music and arts in the Kingdom over six-weeks of festivities. Among them are other high-end events and star-studded concerts, as well as adventure and heritage experiences...

Read more here:
https://www.arabianbusiness.com/galleries/galleries-photos/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-120-km-endurance-ride-fursan-cup-at-alula

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

FEI Suspends UAE Endurance Rider

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FEI Tribunal issues Final Decision in equine anti-doping case

25 January 2022
Author: FEI

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

The horse Calai (FEI ID 105RF80/UAE), ridden by Hassan Bin Ali (FEI ID 10017909/UAE), tested positive for the Banned Substance Arsenic and the Controlled Medication Substance Salicylic Acid, including the metabolite 2-hydroxyethyl salicylate, following samples taken at the CEI2*120 – Bou Thib (UAE) on 12 January 2021.

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

In its Final Decision, the FEI Tribunal imposed a two-year suspension on the athlete. The Provisional Suspension of the athlete, which came into effect on 3 March 2021, is credited against the period of ineligibility imposed in the decision, meaning the athlete will be ineligible until 2 March 2023. The athlete was also fined CHF 7,500 and asked to pay costs of CHF 2,000. The results obtained at the event have been disqualified.

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.

Friday, January 21, 2022

UAE: Jahoori shines as Al Wathba Stables dominates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival

GulfToday.ae - Full Article

19 January 2022

Abdullah Al Jahoori won the main open race for a distance of 120 km to help Al Wathba Stables retained the title

as the third edition of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival concluded at the Emirates International Endurance Village, with the participation of 236 jockeys took part in the compeitition held held in honour and appreciation of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, with the support and directives of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Jahoori riding ‘CHA Eclipse’ completed the race in 4:09:31 hours, with an average speed of 28.85 km/h...

Read more here:
https://www.gulftoday.ae/sport/2022/01/19/jahoori-shines-as-al-wathba-stables-dominates-sheikh-mohammed-bin-zayed-al-nahyan-endurance-festival

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Saudi Arabia: Former champ Laliscia: ‘AlUla has potential to become endurance capital of the Middle East’

Arabnews.com - Full Article

January 18 2022

• Laliscia new general sports director for The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022
• Contest will see over 200 riders from more than 30 different countries battle for prize of $4.2 million

ALULA: Former Endurance World Champion Gianluca Laliscia believes that AlUla has the potential to become one of the leading destinations for his sport, and wants to use this month’s 2022 Fursan Cup to take another important step on that journey.

“As soon as I set foot in AlUla, I could see the huge potential,” said Laliscia, who won the FEI Endurance World Championship in 2005, and since retiring from competition. has gone on to found and successfully run a number of businesses within the endurance world, including his current position as CEO and chairman of sistemaeventi.it, and founder of Italia Endurance Stables & Academy.

As the new general sports director for The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022, he is uniquely positioned to give an expert view on AlUla...

Read more here:
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2007036/sport

Saturday, January 15, 2022

UAE: Laila shines in Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival

GulfToday.ae - Full Article

January 14 2022

The rider Laila Abdel Aziz Al Reda reaped the fruits of her efforts to hand Al Wathba Stables the title of the third edition of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival for Women, which began on Friday morning for a distance of 100 km, on the sands of the fields of the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, with the participation of (145) riders. She was aboard Ayo Raghad.

The festival is being held with the support and directives of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and includes three races, the first ride is for women, the second for private stables, and its activities will be held on Saturday, and the third main event will be held on Sunday.

The champion covered the total distance in a time of 3:19:34 hours, with an average speed of 29.57 km/h, Sheikha Mariam Bint Omar Al Qasimi finished second, riding "Cheetac de Cormier", for the Stables (MRM)...

Read more here:
https://www.gulftoday.ae/sport/2022/01/14/laila-shines-in-sheikh-mohammed-bin-zayed-al-nahyan-endurance-festival

Friday, January 14, 2022

Australia: South Coast horse riders prepare for epic Mongolian trip

AboutRegional.com.au - Full Article

14 January 2022

Two keen NSW South Coast equestrian riders will soon follow in the hoofprints of the world’s greatest warlord, helping today’s Mongolian kids move on from lives scavenging garbage tips.

Bodalla’s Duncan McLaughlin and Moruya’s Cele Stone are among 16 riders selected for the 3600km Blue Wolf Totem Expedition across Mongolia commencing in May 2022. Raising funds for the Children of the Peak Sanctuary, the three-month adventure will see the pair onboard native Mongolian horses, riding roughly 50km each day.

The horses are descended from those belonging to Genghis Khan’s armies as he carved out the world’s largest empire: an area covering more than 23 million square kilometres, including nearly all of Asia, the Middle East and a swathe of eastern Europe.

Mr McLaughlin said the expedition is “much more than simply riding from A to B”...

Read more here:
https://aboutregional.com.au/south-coast-horse-riders-prepare-for-epic-mongolian-trip/

Monday, January 10, 2022

Argentinian Endurance Trainer Suspended

Inside.FEI.org

10 January 2022
Author: FEI

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

In this case, a horse trained by Ruben Dario Flores (FEI ID 10168197/ARG), tested positive for the Banned Substance Stanozolol following samples taken at the CEIYJ2*120 Capitan Sarmiento (ARG), 15-16 July 2021.

The trainer 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 and the cost of the B sample.

The full Decision is available here.

Bahrain: Best Horse Condition Award for Victorious

GDOnline.com - Full Article

Mon, 10 Jan 2022

Victorious have won the Best Horse Condition Award in the National Day Endurance Championship, organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) and accredited by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.

In the 120km race, jockey Isa Hameed Al Enzi, trainer Ahmed Janahi and the horse Savin from Victorious Team won the first place, while jockey Ahmed Saleh Al Nuaimi, trainer Abdulla Helal and the horse Ghala from Al Asayel Stables won the first place in the 100km race.

The Best Horse Condition Award is sponsored by Al Fursan Team Captain Shaikha Noora bint Hamad Al Khalifa...

Read more here:
https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1019199

Friday, January 07, 2022

Saudi Endurance Rider Suspended

Inside.FEI.org

FEI Tribunal issues Final Decision in equine anti-doping case

07 January 2022
Author: FEI

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

The horse Sarem (FEI ID 105MZ22/KSA), ridden by Mohammed Almalky (FEI ID 10134839)/KSA), was selected for an in-competition doping control test at the CEI2* 120 - Al Ula (KSA) on 1 February 2020.

The Athlete was notified of the sample collection of his horse, however disappeared on the way to the testing box. By failing to submit the horse to sample collection, the athlete violated the anti-doping rules.

In its Final Decision, the FEI Tribunal imposed a two-year ineligibility period on the athlete. The Provisional Suspension of the athlete, which came into effect on 19 February 2020, is credited against the period of ineligibility imposed in the decision, meaning the athlete will be ineligible until 18 February 2022. He was also fined CHF 7,500 and asked to pay costs of CHF 2,000. The results obtained at the event have been disqualified.

The full Decision is available here:
https://inside.fei.org/system/files/20220106_FINAL%20Decision%20C21-0049_ALMALKY%20%5BRF%202020%20RF01%20SAREM%5D.pdf

Thursday, January 06, 2022

‘This is NOT endurance’: calls for world to unite in condemnation after at least two horses die

Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article

Eleanor Jones
5 January, 2022 16:02

Britain’s governing body for endurance is calling for investigation into and the “strongest possible condemnation” of those behind any wrongdoing related to the deaths of at least two horses in a UAE ride.

Endurance GB (EGB) wants national federations across the world to “unite behind the FEI in calling for an investigation” into the fatalities in a private class run during HH The President of the UAE Cup at Boudheib International Endurance Village in Al Khatim, Abu Dhabi.

Mekadesh Park, ridden by Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Alli Saeed Al Baloushi for Alyamamah Endurance Stables, is listed as having suffered a catastrophic injury at gate four. Rum Rebellion, ridden by Awadh Alsuwaidi for Sudan Endurance stables, is shown in the ride results as having died at gate one. Baldikova de Becherel, a 10-year-old mare from France ridden by Yasser Abduikareem Al Ameri for Al Hareth Al Badi stables, is shown as eliminated on metabolic grounds at gate two, but “there are unconfirmed reports of this horse having also suffered a catastrophic injury”, an EGB spokesman said...

Read more here:
https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/this-is-not-endurance-calls-for-world-to-unite-in-condemnation-after-at-least-two-horses-die-773575

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Tough Girl Podcast: Julie Veloo - Canadian Adventurer for Good. Expeditions Chief, Horse Trek Mongolia

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Born the youngest of 6 children and raised in small town in Northern B.C. Canada, Julie never expected she would end up in Mongolia, feeding, caring for and educating hundreds of Mongolian children in need at her two Children of the Peak Sanctuary or Narnii Huuhduud charity kindergartens. She and her husband, Chelvan, a Mining Engineer and the President of Veloo Foundation, have lived and worked in Indonesia, Australia and The United States before settling in Mongolia.

During her 10 years here, Julie has taken up horse back riding and now, every year, with Saraa and Baagii of Horse Trek Mongolia hosts and rides the longest annual charity ride on the planet – The Gobi Gallop – along with a suite of other charity rides across Mongolia.

In 2022 she will ride the record breaking 3,600 km / 84 day Blue Wolf Totem Expedition to raise funds for her charity project projects...

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https://www.toughgirlchallenges.com/single-post/veloo

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