Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Bahrain: Galloping to Glory - Full Article

May 31 - June 6, 2023
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Equine endurance queen Manal Fakhrawi, who returned to the kingdom after consecutive racing successes overseas, is already back on the saddle in preparation for another feat to be held next month in France.

After some much-needed rest and relaxation from finishing fourth in the Royal Windsor Horse Show staged in England’s Windsor Park and securing second place in the Spanish Endurance Championship in Ademuz, the horse-loving mum is now working on her strength and stamina for her upcoming challenge.

“With two back-to-back races, I took some time to recover and now I’m preparing for the next race,” said Manal, who was awarded the Efficiency Medal by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, alongside other members of the Bahrain Royal Endurance Team for their victory in the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) Endurance World Championship in Abu Dhabi in February...

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

100 Days Until FEI Endurance European Championship

Maria Alvarez Ponton (ESP) with Jaume Punti Dachs (ESP) and family at the FEI Endurance European Championship 2021 in Ermelo (NED). (Imke Lamsma Photography) - Full Article

The Dutch town of Ermelo is set to host the highly-anticipated event that will bring together elite combinations from across the continent.

By: Stacey Stearns/FEI | May 30, 2023

In just 100 days, all eyes in the Endurance world will turn to Ermelo in the Netherlands, as the Dutch town is set to host the highly anticipated FEI Endurance European Championship 2023 – an event that will bring together elite athlete combinations from across the continent.

The Championship promises to showcase some of the finest Endurance combinations in Europe, and is no stranger to world-class performances. At the 2021 Championship – also hosted at the same venue – the Spanish were in full force as Angel Soy Coll (ESP) & Warrens Hill Chayze took to the top spot on the podium, while his compatriot Maria Alvarez Ponton took bronze, with Frenchman Vincent Gaudriot clinching silver. Spain made it double-whammy as they also clinched top spot in the Team competition with France taking silver and Italy, bronze.

France and Portugal, who achieved notable team finishes at the postponed FEI Endurance World Championship 2022 in Butheeb (UAE) that ultimately took place in February 2023, are eager to build on their success, while Spain – that perennial powerhouse in Endurance – is also eyeing a team medal in Ermelo after their captain, Jaume Punti Dachs, claimed an individual bronze in Butheeb this year...

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders and Juniors application deadline is May 30

by US Equestrian Communications | May 27, 2023, 8:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. -- The application deadline for the 2023 FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders and Juniors is Tuesday, May 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Applications and additional information on the selection procedures are available at or by clicking here.

The 2023 FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders and Juniors will take place in Castelsagrat, France, on September 2, 2023. Athletes wishing to be considered must complete the online application and pay the appropriate fee before the deadline.

If you have any questions on the application process, please contact Steven Morrissey, Managing Director of Sport Logistics & Non-Olympic Disciplines, at


Friday, May 26, 2023

Selection Memo Now Available for 2024 FEI Endurance World Championship

| by US Equestrian Communications Department | May 25, 2023, 3:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – The Selection Memo for the 2024 FEI Endurance World Championship is available on the Endurance section of

The 2024 FEI Endurance World Championship is scheduled to take place in Monpazier, France, on September 7, 2024. This Selection Memo is provided to assist athletes with their competition planning and is subject to change due to the final approval of the full Selection Procedures by the USEF Board of Directors or USEF Executive Committee. The Selection Memo can be found here.

If you have any questions or feedback on the selection process prior to the approval of the full Selection Procedures, please contact Steven Morrissey, Managing Director of Sport Logistics & Non-Olympic Disciplines, at

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Tom Quilty Gold Cup returns to Queensland as Covid, floods and fires hit endurance riding community - Listen

ABC Sunshine Coast / By Tessa Mapstone
May 24 2023

More than 200 horses and riders are expected to compete in this year's Tom Quilty Gold Cup.

In Queensland's Mary Valley, horse enthusiasts are preparing to host Australia's national endurance championship: the Tom Quilty Gold Cup.

It's a gruelling 160km race run across 24 hours; a race steeped in history and folklore.

It was first conceived in 1966 by RM Williams to create a new way to test horse and horsemanship in a world that had moved on from droving.

Keeping the Tom Quilty going has become more challenging, but the passion for the sport is still strong.

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Monday, May 22, 2023

Australia's Toft Endurance Dynasty - Full Story

22 May 2023
Words by Stacey Stearns
Image of Penny and Peter with Bremervale Justice by Gilly Wheeler

A closer look at Penny, Peter and Alexandra Toft...

Legends aren’t born, they’re made, and Penny Toft of Australia is an Endurance legend.

Most riders dream of competing at the highest levels of the sport. The best consistently compete at the highest levels. For Penny, her husband Peter, and their daughter Alexandra, representing their country in international Endurance competitions is a way of life.

All three members of the Toft family have represented Australia at the highest level of the FEI World Equestrian Games and FEI Endurance World Championships, and their Toft Endurance continues to breed, train, and compete Endurance horses at the highest levels...

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Monday, May 15, 2023

Bahrain Royal Team riders steal the show in Spain - Full Article

Mon, 15 May 2023

Royal Endurance Team members took first place in the Spanish International Endurance Championship yesterday in the general and junior categories over a distance of 120km, which witnessed the participation of a number of top class riders.

Salman Isa emerged winner in the general category, followed by teammates Manal Al Fakhrawi in second place and Ahmed Al Thawadi third, while Abdullah Al Ruwaei won first place in the junior category.

Isa clocked six hours, seven minutes and 41 seconds, followed by Fakhrawi in 06:07:42 and Al Thawadi 06:07:46...

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Australia: Stirling Classic sets the scene for Quilty in coming weeks

Photo: Sarah Sullivan - full article

By Fran Cleland, The Regional
12 May 2023

With the world-famous Tom Quilty Ride only weeks away, the Stirling Endurance Classic in Queensland attracted 178 riders across 10 sections.

Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex opened its gates in early 2016 as Australia’s only privately owned, purpose-built endurance facility.

The complex has diverse topography suited for endurance rides as well as flat ground in the beautiful environment of Imbil.

The Warwick Trail and Endurance Riders Association took on the job of running the Stirling Classic at the venue.

One of the most notable performances in the 160km section was the equal first placing in the junior ride.

Marlee Carpenter on Teddy and Indi Else on De-Sharvall El Dakar rode an identical time 18 hours, 37 minutes, and recorded almost identical heart rate averages and an average speed of 8.59km/h.

Nine of the 19 starters in the 160km section completed the distance successfully...

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

FEI Plan to increase minimum age to protect young endurance horses - Full Article

Lucy Elder
10 May, 2023 20:48

The FEI is debating an increase to the minimum age for horses in international endurance, with the age Arabian horses reach maturity and their long-term wellbeing in mind.

It is looking at upping the minimum age of horses in one-star rides from six to seven years old. This would not affect the “novice” qualification level, which is open to horses aged five and above.

“Many of the Arabian horses which predominate in the sport of endurance do not reach physical maturity by the age of six,” states the FEI proposal, adding that the suggested change is “to protect younger horses from competing at excessive speed in CEI*”...

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Tuesday, May 09, 2023

FEI Tribunal issues Consent Awards in Bahrain equine anti-doping case

05 May 2023
Author: FEI

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

In this case, the horse Intruso del Reparo (FEI ID 106GW63/BRN), tested positive for the Banned Substance Boldenone following samples taken at the CEI1* 100 - Sakhir, Bahrain International Endurance Village (BRN), 8-10 December 2022.

The athlete, Albrahim Alyahya (FEI ID 10204085/KSA) and the trainer Khalifa Saad Sharida Mubarak (FEI ID 10043686/BRN) both admitted the rule violation and accepted the proposed consequences. In its final decisions the FEI Tribunal disqualified the athlete and horse combination from the event and imposed an eighteen-month ineligibility period on the athlete and the trainer; the provisional suspension each already served shall be credited against their imposed ineligibility period. They were each also fined CHF 5,000.

The full Consent Award for Albrahim Alyahya is available here.

The full Consent Award for Khalifa Saad Sharida Mubarak is available here.

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Monday, May 01, 2023

Adventures in Equine Endurance: Pee Dee Professor Julia Fisher isn’t horsing around

Through her process of self-discovery at the age of 58, Professor Julia Fisher picked up the sport of endurance riding, in which she traversed distances of 50 miles or more on horseback. In 2017, she ponied up for the Mongol Derby on the Mongolian Steppes. - Full Story

By Meghan Godwin

Shortly after moving to Hartsville in 2008 to accept a position as a psychology instructor at the local liberal arts college, Julia Fisher realized something was missing from her life. She had raised two children, earned her Ph.D., spent nearly two decades in corporate marketing and communications, and dedicated another 15 years and counting to academia. “You define yourself as a mom for 20 years, and then when they go away you think, ‘Who am I?’ It really becomes a matter of self-discovery,” she says.

Her process of self-discovery resulted in a fast and furious introduction to endurance riding, an equestrian sport in which riders traverse distances of 50 miles or more on horseback over varying terrains, altitudes, and weather conditions. It was, by all means, a niche hobby to pick up at age 58, but she welcomed the challenge. “I felt like, ‘Why not?’” she says...

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US Equestrian Announces Team for 2024 FEI Endurance World Championship for Seniors Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the athlete-and-horse combinations that will represent the U.S. at the 2024...