Thursday, November 30, 2023

FEI Endurance European Championship 2025 award to Castiglione Del Lago Italy

The decision was made by the FEI Board at the FEI Hybird General Assembly in Mexico City.

Castiglione del Lago is preparing to welcome the FEI Endurance European Championship on 6 September 2025, in a setting of breathtaking beauty like the one offered by the green heart of Italy. After the experience of the continental event organized in 2001, will once again organize a new and exciting edition in 2025.

Double victory for, which is experiencing one of the best moments in its history thanks to the awarding of the FEI Endurance European Championship 2025 in Castiglione del Lago (Pg) and the FEI Endurance World Championship 2026 in AlUla in Saudi Arabia. The dates to be circled in red are 6 September 2025 for the appointment in Umbria and 17 October 2026 for the one in the Saudi desert.

The Board of the FEI - International Equestrian Federation, which met on Saturday 18 November in Mexico City on the occasion of the FEI Hybrid General Assembly, chose the candidacies of Castiglione del Lago and AlUla to host the major international events of the 2025 and 2026 endurance calendar. Fully involved will be the team, an Umbrian company led by CEO & Chairman Gianluca Laliscia, which for the European championship in Castiglione del Lago will act as a true organizing committee while for the AlUla World championship it will play the role of technical-sport partner supporting the organizing committee composed of the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF) and the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU).

“The allocation of the World championship in AlUla and the European championship in Castiglione del Lago – states Gianluca Laliscia, Endurance World Champion – represent for the culmination of 24 years of hard work, passion and commitment in the world of Endurance. For me and for my entire team, reaching this goal is a source of great satisfaction and a starting point for new and important challenges. I therefore wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Italian Equestrian Federation, the Saudi Equestrian Federation, the Royal Commission for AlUla, the Umbria Region and the Castiglione del Lago Municipality for their constant support, trust and full endorsement in carrying forward the two bids".

As of next year, the staff will be largely involved in organizing the Test event of the European Championship in Castiglione del Lago; 2025 will instead be the year of the FEI Endurance European Championship in Umbria and the Test event for the World Championship in AlUla and then culminating with the world event in Saudi Arabia in 2026. Leading the now expert and consolidated team of will be Gianluca Laliscia and Brian Colin Dunn, key figures in world Endurance.

The breathtakingly beautiful scenery offered by Umbria, the green heart of Italy, and Saudi Arabia will once again be united in a common path in the name of Endurance, which will allow the two regions and the two countries to be able to create even stronger links and synergies.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Results from the FEI Endurance Pan American Championships for Seniors, YR & Jrs in Llay Llay (CHI) available online

29 November 2023
Author: FEI Communications

Chilean athletes showcased exceptional performance in the Valparaíso region (CHI) competition, securing their dominance. Local contenders clinched an impressive three out of the four gold medals up for grabs. The Brazilian Young Riders & Juniors team, however, thwarted a potential clean sweep by Chile, securing the remaining gold medal.

Check the full podiums:

Individual Podium - Seniors

1° Martin Garcia Lazo / Si Quililche (CHI)
2° Lukas Buckel / Chella Angostura (CHI)
3° Jose Caio Frisoni / Stud Brasil Itajara (BRA)

Full results here

Team Podium - Seniors

1° Chile (Martin Garcia Lazo & Si Quililche / Lukas Buckel & Chella Angostura / Vicente Mayol & Alcazar Praga / Josefina Paz Maturana & Suffa / Cristobal Larrain & Jota)

Full results here

Individual Podium – Young Riders & Juniors

1° Vicente Larrain / HF Eva (CHI)
2° Amelia Larrain / HC Tia Haydee (CHI)
3° Diogo de Oliveira / CP Latifa (BRA)

Full results here

Team Podium – Individual Riders & Juniors

1° Brazil (Diogo de Oliveira & CP Latifa / Rodrigo Storani & Miranda Rach / Helena Haaland & Valente Heb / Arthur Leonel Machado & Mojito HSSK)

Full results here

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Iowa's Shelby Van Weelden to Compete in 2024 Mongol Derby - Full Article

Nov 27, 2023

VINTON — Shelby Van Weelden from Coggon has been riding horses for 20 years, since she was in the 6th Grade. Shelby, who is the daughter of Vinton Unlimited’s Melody Snow, will soon take her hobby to a new level when she competes in the 2024 Mongol Derby, which according to the race’s website is “the longest, toughest horse race in the world.”

“It was the nerve system of the largest empire in human history, and at its height, Genghis Khan’s mighty horse messenger system connected half the planet. For a decade we’ve been rebuilding this ancient network to stage the world’s greatest equine adventure race. You square up to 1000 km of Mongolian steppe on semi-wild horses, changing steeds every 40km. You navigate and survive on your own wits and skill, living among the herders. It’s you and your horse vs. the wild,” said.

Five years ago, a suggestion on Facebook led Shelby to a post about an old cowboy from Texas that was doing the Mongol Derby (MD). “I followed that race, and I followed it for a few more years, and I thought, yeah this is something that I have to do,” Shelby said...

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Sunday, November 26, 2023

U.S. Endurance Team Competes at 2023 FEI Pan American Endurance Championships in Chile

Francisco Boetsch Tagle photo

Nov 26, 2023, 6:00 PM

Llay Llay, Chile – Four U.S. athletes contested a challenging 120 km ride at the 2023 FEI Pan American Endurance Championships on Friday, Nov. 24. The event was a tough test and saw only one team, the host nation of Chile, have the required number of three combinations complete to earn a team result. However, the U.S. contingent did earn a successful individual completion thanks to young rider Uma Kraskin (Deland, Fla.), making her senior championship team debut riding CL Magnolia, a 2014 mare owned by Carlos Letelier of Haras El Molino in Chile. The pair finished 13th out of a field of 29 starters.

Kraskin connected with Haras El Molino Endurance through her mentor and coach, Cheryl Van Deusen, who was also her teammate at this event.

“El Molino paired me and ‘Maggie’ up as we were both ready and looking to do our first 120 km,” said Kraskin. “I rode her in two 120 km competitions before the Pan Am. Maggie is 9 years old and is very calm and relaxed. She’s incredibly sweet and loving and never gives up. Even at the start, she was focused and calm. Nothing really spooks her. I just let her do her job, which she is awesome at!”

Kraskin described the track as “technical but manageable,” and had good strategy support from the team.

“The ground was very hard with lots of hills, but also good flat spaces to gallop on,” she said. “I’ve trained on hills, but I’m more used to softer ground. My strategy was to read my horse and ride the horse I had on that day as well as observing the terrain and weather around me and adjusting as necessary. I found my Chef d’Equipe Lisanne Dorion and team vet Olivia Rudolphi very helpful in helping me make the best decisions for my horse.”

In addition to Kraskin, two other U.S. athletes partnered with Chilean horses for the championship. Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) rode C.L. Misteriosa, a 2012 mare owned by Carlos Letelier, and Tom Rajala (Hillsborough, N.C.) rode HF Barii, a 2010 Arabian mare owned by Maxi Wimmer.

“Some team members opted to partner with El Molino endurance in Chile to overcome logistical challenges and reduce the variables of training for a different set of course dynamics,” said Chef d’Equipe Lisanne Dorion. “Our one U.S.-based combination (Niki Beck (Gillette, Wyo.) and Majestic Cloudy Bay, her own 2009 Appaloosa gelding) smartly trained in Wyoming, is a Tevis-tested rider and horse, and managed the course and heat meaningfully.”

Dorion added that while borrowing horses from the host country does significantly change the way an athlete can prepare for a championship ride, the experience was beneficial for the team members.

“We had an amazing partner in El Molino Endurance,” said Dorion. “Our riders gained all qualifications for this ride over a multiyear period. This proved invaluable in understanding the course itself, the brilliance of partnership in endurance, and was a truly holistic life experience for the athletes.

“Like so many things in life, there is the outward, visible classification of success - in this case medals and placings,” said Dorion. “And then there are the intangible, less visible indications of success - deep team unity and respect. Team USA came home with the latter in spades, and this bodes well for rebuilding endurance in the U.S.”

Kraskin echoed Dorion’s sentiments, citing the bond with Maggie and the camaraderie with her teammates as highlights of the event.

“Some of my favorite moments from the race include cantering along with Maggie and just feeling happy and in unison with her,” said Kraskin. “I also really enjoyed the team spirit we had. Everyone was very supportive of one another, and all of our crew was the best to hang out with!”

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Friday, November 24, 2023

U.S. Team Set to Compete at 2023 FEI Endurance Pan American Championships

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Nov 22, 2023, 8:00 PM

Llay Llay, Chile – Four athlete-and-horse combinations will represent the U.S. this week at the 2023 FEI Endurance Pan American Championships, competing as a team in the senior division. The opening ceremony took place on Wednesday afternoon, welcoming teams and individual competitors from ten countries.

Team USA Endurance in Chile

The following combinations will be representing the U.S. Endurance Team:

• Niki Beck (Gillette, Wyo.) and Majestic Cloudy Boy, her own 2009 Appaloosa gelding
• Uma Kraskin (Deland, Fla.) and CL Magnolia, a 2014 mare owned by Carlos Letelier
• Tom Rajala (Hillsborough, N.C.) and HF Barii, a 2010 Arabian mare owned by Maxi Wimmer
• Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) and C.L. Misteriosa, a 2012 mare owned by Carlos Letelier

The U.S. team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Lisanne Dorion, team veterinarian Dr. Olivia Rudolphi, and US Equestrian Director of Endurance Nicole Zerbee.

The first vet inspection will take place on Thursday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. ET). The ride begins at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, with the prize giving scheduled for 8:00 p.m. that evening.

The Pan Am course measures 121.22 km (~75 miles) and is located near the town of Llay Llay, Chile, in the mountains north of the capital city of Santiago. The course consists of four loops described as sandy roads through avocado orchards with approximately 100 meters of elevation change.

Competition Information

For more information on the 2023 FEI Endurance Pan American Championships for Seniors and Young Riders & Juniors, visit

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Saudia Arabia: Al Ula will host 2026 World Endurance Championship

A+ for the FEI World Championships 2026 as Aachen and Al Ula confirmed as hosts

19 November 2023
Author: FEI Communications

There will be two destinations in 2026 if you are looking to attend an FEI World Championship; Aachen in Germany for the lion’s share with Jumping, Dressage, Para Dressage, Eventing, Driving and Vaulting set to take place from 10 to 23 August 2026; and Al Ula in Saudi Arabia for Endurance on 17 October 2026.

Aachen is renowned internationally for its CHIO, which dates back almost a hundred years and offers excellent facilities and flawless organisation to the world’s best riders and thousands of spectators, who flock to the Soers venue evey summer. In 2006 – exactly 20 years prior to the FEI World Championships 2026 – Aachen hosted the fifth edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™, the major event where from 1990 to 2018 World Championships in all the FEI disciplines were held at the same time at the same venue. The Aachen Games were a remarkable public and sporting success and attracted no less than 576,000 spectators generating unprecedented media coverage.

“We thank the FEI for their trust,” CHIO Aachen General Manager Michael Mronz said. “We feel honoured and pleased to host, together with the German Equestrian Federation, the FEI World Championships Aachen 2026 in six disciplines: Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Vaulting and Para Dressage. Already today we would like to invite the entire world of equestrian sport to Aachen so that we can celebrate an unforgettable event together in 2026.”

Al-Ula is an ancient Arabic oasis city in the Medina Province, located approximately 1000kms northwest from the Saudi capital Riyadh. It is a place of extraordinary beauty as well as rare human and natural heritage going back 200,000 years of largely unexplored human history. Al Ula, which is undergoing spectacular development as a nature, cultural, education and sporting centre, hosts the annual Fursan Endurance Cup, which attracts some 200 horses and riders from over 40 countries to each edition.

“The Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation and the Royal Commission for Al Ula have collaborated to secure this honourable hosting opportunity,” HH Prince Abdullah Bin Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Saud, President of Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation, said.

“This responsibility weighs greatly upon us, and we are confident that Al Ula will deliver an authentic and unprecedented sporting experience within a unique and fascinating context. We are diligently preparing for an event of this calibre, aligning with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030," he concluded.

“We are proud to have been awarded the FEI Endurance World Championship 2026 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at Al Ula,” Ziad Abdulrahman Al Suhaibani, Head of Sport Sector at the Royal Commission for Al Ula, declared.

“The majestic county of Al Ula has proven to be an ideal destination for endurance rides, boasting a technical track immersed in evocative natural beauty. Sport and equestrianism stand as pivotal elements in Al Ula's socioeconomic development.”

“The allocation by the FEI Board of the FEI World Championships 2026 to Aachen and Al Ula is a significant decision for the future of equestrian sport,” said FEI President Ingmar De Vos.

“We examined every aspect of the bids we received and especially the sporting infrastructures, the conditions for the horses, accessibility and sustainability. The FEI is delighted to have secured such outstanding hosts for our most prestigious Championships three years in advance, which allows plenty of time for preparation and planning.

“I would like to congratulate the winners, who submitted outstanding bids. We are all well aware of Aachen’s unique track record of organising extremely successful large-scale events. We were impressed with Al Ula’s proposal, which not only contains all the components of a successful event but seeks to showcase the heritage and potential of an entire region.

“And last but not least, I would like to thank all the bidders, who took part in this process for their strong bids and commitment to the sport. It was not easy to choose between such strong bids. We hope that those who didn’t get it this time will consider bidding for future events.”

In addition to the FEI World Championships 2026, the FEI Board allocated the FEI European Championships 2025 in Dressage, Driving, Endurance, and Vaulting. Details will be available in the wrap-up report, which will be issued following the meeting.

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Bahrain: Team Victorious riders shine in key endurance qualifiers - Full Article

Sun, 05 Nov 2023

TEAM Victorious rider Shaikh Isa bin Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa was crowned champion of the 120km local race, the second round of the 2023/2024 endurance racing season organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) at the Bahrain International Endurance Village yesterday.

His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and Breef honorary president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa congratulated Shaikh Isa and praised the team for their lead and winning top positions...

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