Sunday, January 28, 2024

Appeal for €1,000 compensation fails after Spanish horse went missing for two hours in competition - Full Article

Eleanor Jones
27 January, 2024

The FEI Tribunal has dismissed a Spanish request to the FEI to overturn a ground jury decision and pay €1,000, after a horse went missing for two hours during a championship competition.

The Spanish equestrian federation appealed the ruling of the ground jury during the young riders European Endurance Championships last September, owing to an “unusual set of facts”.

The dispute related to Clara Latorre Sala, the person responsible or PR, and the horse Eryvan, who were on the Spanish team. During the first phase of competition, Clara fell from Eryvan, who “left without the rider”, the FEI Tribunal report states.

“After some [searching], the horse was ultimately found a couple of hours later,” the report adds. “The horse then returned to the veterinarian gate in the competition area, was checked by a veterinarian and deemed fit to compete.”

The report states that the president of the ground jury offered the rider the chance to go back to the point of the fall and continue from there, but counting the elapsed time. The rider and the Spanish federation refused this, “as they considered that the combination should have restarted from the vet gate, where [the horse] had been taken without the PR and appellant’s consent”...

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Saturday, January 27, 2024

Meet the riders for the 2024 Gaucho Derby

January 27 2024

Forty-one riders from New Zealand, USA, Netherlands, Switzerland, Great Britain, Chile, Belgium, Canada, France, and Germany will apply their horsemanship and navigation skills to negotiate "the greatest test of horsemanship and wilderness skills on earth" across Patagonia.

From February 4-18 they will ride locally owned Gaucho horses, most with Criollo blood, the native horse of the South American Pampas.

Riders are currently participating in the Gaucho Academy, where they brush up on their GPS and survival skills. As a finale, they will ride alongside the Gauchos and joining the team for a wild horse round up.

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Pre-registered and News of the Iron Horse Andalucia 2024 - Full Story

January 25, 2024
Gabriel Gamiz

From the Iron Horse Andalucia 2024 Organization, one of the important members of the organization of this mythical test, Fernando Uriarte , sends me information about this test, Preregistered , with a significant number of Riders and Horses from 12 different countries , and the route for the different cities where this test will take place and much more information.

In the pre-registrations, I read the names of riders with whom I met in the first Al-Andalus that I ran , many Spaniards and some foreigners, who later met in the Kaliber Andalucia and who were continually telling me that when this test was organized again.

Well, we already have it here with the efforts of José Manuel Soto and Fernando Uriarte , creators of the test and after much effort and work they are managing to excite the fans, and the number of pre-registered people shows it and there is still time to gallop away.

We are waiting for you all at the departure from Almería and arriving enjoying the Andalusian landscapes to the feet of the Virgen del Rocio.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup returning to AlUla with record-extending fifth edition

• The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup is a flagship event in the international endurance circuit

• Around 200 of the world’s finest riders competing in these rigorous long-distance challenges while maintaining the stamina, and strategic pace management

• 120km FEI 2* and 160km FEI 3* distance competitions over two days

• Event runs from 10-11 February

AlUla, Saudi Arabia – 25 January 2024:

AlUla’s unique desert landscape will once again stage the ultimate test of man and horse against time and terrain as 200 of the world’s finest riders compete in The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup next month.

Organised by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) in partnership with the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) and Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF), the Endurance Cup is a flagship event in the international endurance circuit. It returns to the ancient oasis for a record-extending fifth time from 10-11 February with the biggest prize money for any endurance event on offer.

A prelude to the 2026 FEI World Endurance Championships in AlUla, the 2024 Endurance Cup will see riders embark on 120km FEI 2* and 160km FEI 3* distance competitions over two days. Like always, participants must prioritise stamina and strategic pace management in these rigorous long-distance challenges.

“We are honored and proud that The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup is returning to AlUla for a fifth time,” said Mr. Ziad AlSuhaibani, Chief Sports Officer at RCU. “What began few years ago as an ambitious project has become a mainstay in the international endurance circuit. The event has been brilliantly received by audiences and the wider equestrian community alike – and the fact that more than 200 riders are competing across two competitions really illustrates its ever-increasing profile and popularity. We are very much looking forward to what promises to be another brilliant spectacle in a few weeks’ time.”

"In the rich tapestry of AlUla's history, the presence of horses has long been a testament to our enduring ancient heritage, exemplified by the ancient inscriptions of horses on the rocks of AlUla. With a profound commitment to preserving and revitalising this deeply rooted cultural tradition, we embark on a journey to instill its significance in the hearts and minds of future generations. By hosting premier events in the equestrian domain, we aim not only to celebrate the majesty of this heritage sport but also to underscore our dedication to fostering a legacy that stands as a proof of AlUla's timeless connection with the equestrian world." He added.

A testament to its status as the ultimate endurance horse event, this year’s Endurance Cup again welcomes some of the greatest riders, horses, and trainers from all around the world.

The distinguished presence of regional royalty and VIPs will also add to its ever-growing prestige as attendees enjoy an incredible Arabian horse live experience in the Middle East’s premier endurance sports hub. All of the action gets underway from AlUla’s Equestrian Village with the 120km FEI 2* and 160km FEI 3* distance competitions taking place on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

A new home of world-class events, facilities, and rapidly growing infrastructure, AlUla’s Equestrian Village is part of RCU’s wider equestrian strategy to develop and expand the sport locally, as well as to position AlUla as the ultimate destination for heritage sports.

"We aspire to host the largest events in equestrian sports in alignment with the Kingdom's vision and aspirations. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup stands out as one of the most prominent events, having achieved significant success in recent years," stated Mr. Fouad Bin Fahad Ibrahim, Executive Director of the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF). "Our goal is to establish it as one of the most prestigious and lucrative competitions globally, attracting endurance riders from around the world annually. We take pride in our esteemed partnership with the Royal Commission for AlUla, which has played a pivotal role in orchestrating equestrian championships with exceptional organisation. This is owing to the enchanting nature and rich historical legacy of AlUla."

AlUla has emerged as a leading hub for equestrian excellence, while also fostering sports diversity and prioritising the welfare of the horses. Embracing inclusivity, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup allows both men and women to compete on an equal footing, with nearly 20% of the 200 riders in the 2022 edition being women. While the competition involves timed rides, the primary focus remains on ensuring the well-being of both rider and horse, emphasising the importance of completing all loops in optimal condition rather than pursuing sheer speed.

With a vision to bolster modern and heritage equestrian sports in AlUla, the Equine Training Programme based in the AlFursan Equestrian Village is building on the region's rich legacy within this field, with training initiatives established to empower local riders and professionals such as veterinarians, coaches, and groomers. As a result of the training programme, this year will witness the participation of 6 local riders participating at the 120km FEI 2* and 1 local rider participating at the 160km FEI 3*, who have been trained for all year round to get prepared for this thrilling competition.

The Endurance Cup has empowered Saudi Vision 2030 since its inception. Besides playing a starring role in AlUla’s emergence as a premier endurance sports hub, the event has supported economic development locally and nationally, welcoming tourists and creating new job opportunities in line with the aspirations of the Kingdom's leadership. It’s also inspired more Saudi nationals to engage in stewarding and veterinary support roles while fostering a route for local and regional enthusiasts to engage with equestrianism as a future hobby or potential career.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup is one of the marquee sport events in the AlUla Moments Calendar of events and festivals, spanning a large number of other heritage sport events such as the AlUla Camel Cup, AlUla Falcon Cup, the Tent Pegging World Championchip and Horseback Archery World Cup, in addition to the other sports events; AlUla Tour, AlUla Trail Race and Tough Mudder infinity.

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Monday, January 15, 2024

2024 Gaucho Derby set for February 4-18

Billed as "the greatest test of horsemanship and wilderness skills on earth,” the Gaucho Derby, is set to take place February 4-18 in Patagonia.

Based on “the landscape, culture, history and horses of Patagonia and the Gaucho, 40 riders from the USA, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, France, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Great Britain, will navigate their way through the wild lands of Patagonia on horseback. They will ‘race’ between estancias and horse stations along the course; horses will be checked along the route and will have to pass vet checks to continue on and avoid penalties.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Uruguayan horse tests positive in Uruguay Endurance race

FEI Tribunal issues Consent Award in equine anti-doping case

09 January 2024
Author: FEI

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

In this case, the horse Ashva Psyche (FEI ID 107YL76/URU), tested positive for the Banned Substance Stanozolol following samples taken at the CEI2*120 Costa Azul, Canelones (URU) 04-05 November 2023.

The athlete, Teresa Sanchez (FEI ID 10094966/URU), 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 athlete; the provisional suspension she already served shall be credited against the imposed ineligibility period. She was also fined CHF 5,000 and all results from the event were disqualified.

The full Decision is available here.

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Sunday, January 07, 2024

Bahrain: 215 riders participate in HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Championship - Full Article

05 Jan 2024

Manama, Jan. 5 (BNA): The “HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Championship” kicked off today at the Bahrain Endurance Village.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports First Deputy Chairman, General Sports Authority Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President, the two-day championship is organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF).

Up to 215 male and female jockeys participated in the international and qualifying races for 120 km and 100 km, as well as a 100-km local race, in addition to local qualifiers for 40 km and 80 km.

Team Victorious dominated the international 120-km race...

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Monday, January 01, 2024

Australia: Taking it in their stride

Sarah Sullivan photo - Full Article

Erle Levey

Shelley Chapman loves riding in the Australian bush – almost as much as she loves her horses.

Just as well, because this last year Shelley rode further than from Brisbane to Cape York – and almost as far as from Gympie to the Western Australian border.

The 2792km covered in endurance riding is a Queensland record and says a lot about the rider and the way she cares for her horses.

Sitting under a tree on her and husband Michael’s 150-acre property at Kilkivan, Shelley tells me about their journey from Herberton in Far North Queensland to the development of Shanelli Park Endurance where they now run about 70 horses.

The tree, with a firepit in front, must be a favourite spot for Shelley and Michael to sit and reflect on what they have achieved so far – and the trail ahead...

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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...