Endurance in the South East 2004
An Introduction to Endurance
in the South East
Endurance Riding is a fun and friendly sport open to anyone
with a horse and a sense of adventure! It allows you to ride through
beautiful countryside, and creates a bond with your horse due to
the hours spent in the saddle. The prime objective of the discipline
is the fitness and welfare of your horse at all times, and the friendly
atmosphere in which it all happens.
Rides take place all over the country, and here in the South East
we have some of the best! Ride distances start as low as 16km (10
miles) and go as high as 160km (100 miles)
Who can do it?
Anyone can do endurance riding and you don’t need
any special equipment or particular breed or type of horse to get
started. Pleasure Rides are open to non-members of the governing
body, Endurance GB and are usually of distances between 16km and
32km (10 to 20 miles). The route must be completed at 8km/hr minimum
and 12km/hr maximum speed, and your horse needs to be trotted up
sound before and after the ride, but no pulse rates are taken. The
next step is competitive rides, known as Graded or Set Speed Rides
and are of distances between 30 and 80km (20 – 50 miles).
Your horse will be vetted before and after the ride, and should
trot up sound with a pulse of 64bpm or below. For graded rides,
penalties are given for ‘lumps and bumps’ and this will
determine the grade awarded.
year, non-members may take part in up to two 32km Set Speed Rides,
as part of the new ‘try before you buy’ scheme. Further
details can be found on the EGB website. (www.endurancegb.co.uk)
can you do it?
South East Group of EGB is host to 12 competitive rides this year
with a wide range of distances and terrain to suit everyone. The
Tilford Ride near Farnham in Surrey took place on the 7th March
and was a great success. With over 90% of riders completing their
chosen distance successfully, there was also a high number of horses
achieving Grade 1, despite an unexpected hailstorm which made crewing
a challenge! The route was a varied and well-marked one with beautiful
views from the top of some of the more demanding hills and long
sandy tracks perfect for cantering. If you missed it this year,
be sure to mark it in your diary for next year!
Ride is held on the 21st March this year and usually brings with
it the warmer weather of spring. Held at Chartham, near Canterbury,
the Pleasure Ride class is sponsored and raises much needed funds
for the Cobbes Meadow branch of the RDA, who generously allow us
to use their facilities as our venue for the day.
Easter weekend brings with it the Balanced Horse Feeds Easter Ride
at Goodwood on Saturday the 10th April. Set in the heart of the
South Downs, this is a challenging but rewarding ride with steep
climbs interspersed with good sandy tracks.
South East ride well worth attending is the two-day Ride the Wight
on the 17th & 18th April. As its name suggests, this ride takes
place on the Isle of Wight and is a must for anyone with an adventurous
spirit! Starting from Dinosaur Farm, the route is a hilly one with
the most glorious scenery. The horses seem unfazed by the ferry
crossing, which has been reduced in price for the occasion. (Contact
organiser for details.) With pleasure rides on both days as well
as the longer competitive rides, why not treat yourself and your
horse to a weekend away?
Taking us into May is another two-day ride, Berkshire Downs on the
1st & 2nd May. Combining a varied selection of graded and set
speed distances with the first race rides of the season, this ride
is always an exciting one for competitors and spectators alike.
Help is always needed at the rides and is a great to way to gain
experience and make new friends! So why not contact one of the names
below to offer your services or to enter a ride and try a new sport
Endurance GB 02476 698863 email: email@example.com
South East Group
(Liz Walton) 01304 369811 email: firstname.lastname@example.org