What is Endurance riding?:


Endurance Riding – the Ultimate Partnership between horse and rider

What is Endurance riding?

Endurance riding is a unique competitive challenge for horse and rider and a supreme sport for learning about equine fitness, and is one of the most exciting, up and coming equine sports today. Endurance requires dedication, good horsemanship and involves long hours in the saddle, but can be enjoyed by riders and horses of all types and abilities. Horses with a high proportion of Arab blood are generally more suitable for longer distances.

In England and Wales the sport is governed by Endurance GB which is affiliated to the FEI for international competitions. Rides of varying distances are held over all kinds of terrain and in all weathers between February and October. International competitions take part in many countries, and European and World Championships are held biennially.

Rides run under Endurance GB are of three types: Non Competitive Rides (NCR, including Social, Training and Pleasure Rides), Competitive Rides (CR) and Endurance Rides (ER). NCRs are normally up to 40km (25 miles) and generally do not have veterinary inspections, except when run in conjunction with competitive rides horses must be trotted up for the vet before and after the ride. CRs can extend to 80km (50 miles) whilst ERs run between 80 and 160km (50-100 miles) normally in one day, but some rides will extend over more than one day. In CR and ER classes horses must comply with set veterinary parameters to successfully complete the ride.

Horses can participate in NCRs at the age of 4 but may not compete in CRs until 5 years of age and ERs until 7 years old. Horses and riders compete at Novice, Open or Advanced level depending on qualification, and non members can take part in shorter rides as Temporary Day Members. Riders should have one or more helpers (crew) particularly at longer rides to assist with the care of the horse and its presentation to the vet, as well as recovering it from the course if needed. In CR and ER classes horses must comply with set veterinary parameters to successfully complete the ride.

Endurance is a sport for all ages (over 8 years) and all types of horse and a great way to get out and see the countryside. Even non-riding members of the family can join in at events by helping out with the organisation, vet-writing, marking the route, manning a checkpoint or crewing the riding members of the family. Regional groups of Endurance GB also hold training days, demonstrations, fun rides and social events throughout the year.

Find out more about joining Endurance GB on our website www.endurancegb.co.uk or contact us at National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2RP, tel: 02476 698863 fax: 02476 418429 or Email enquiries@endurancegb.co.uk

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