Welcome to Endurance

Endurance is a long-distance competition against the clocktesting the speed and endurance of a horse and challenging the rider over their effective use of pace, thorough knowledge of their horse’s capabilities and ability to cross all kinds of terrain. Although the rides are timed, the emphasis is on finishing in good condition rather than coming in first.

Endurance started as a sport in the United States, where the US cavalry tested its horses on a five-day, 300-mile (483km) ride, with each horse carrying over 200lbs (91kg). It did not become a competitive sport until the 1950s, when Wendell Robie traced the Pony Express route from Nevada to California in under 24 hours.

Each rider must safely manage the stamina and fitness of their horse and each course is divided into phases – in principle at least every 40km – with a compulsory halt for a veterinary inspection, or ‘vet gate’, after each. Each horse must be presented for inspection within a set time of reaching each ‘vet gate’, which determines whether it is fit to continue.

Arabian horses dominate the Endurance discipline though the most successful rider to date is Spain’s Maria Alvarez Ponton on her French-born gelding Nobby.

The premier Endurance rides are the FEI World Equestrian Games™, staged every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle; the FEI World Endurance Championships, held in every Olympic year; and the biannual FEI European Endurance Championships.

Latest Department Updates

  • 21 Apr 2020
    Hyposensitivity Control System

    A Hyposensitivity Control System has been developed by the FEI in partnership with Dr Schambourg. This Control System has started to be implemented in 2020, in FEI Endurance rides. The objective of this Control System is to ensure the welfare of horses by protecting them from having severe injuries due to low sensitivity of their limbs. In 2019, the FEI has trained a pool of 12 FEI Official Veterinarians to perform the control. This explanatory video will give you an insight of the FEI Hyposensitivity Control System.

  • 31 Jan 2020
    Endurance - HH The President of UAE Cup 08.02.2020

    Important Information - HH The President of UAE Cup

    Dear National Federation

    Please see attached for your information a circular that has been published by the UAE NF regarding the entry criteria that will apply to the HH President Cup of the UAE which will be held as a CEN in Al Wathba on 8 February 2020. As you can see, entry is limited to eligible UAE riders and foreign riders with proof of residency in the UAE and who have the written permission of their National Federations (as per Article 119.6 of the FEI General Regulations). We urge you to ensure that any of your Athletes that intend to participate meet these criteria. The FEI will be carrying out its own checks to ensure these criteria are respected in order to ensure that the event is held in accordance with the FEI General Regulations, in particular Article 101.3.
     

  • 29 Jan 2020
    Endurance - 2020 FEI Championships - Qualification Criteria

    Please be informed that the 2020 FEI Endurance Championships Qualification Criteria are now published under each relevant Event: here

  • 18 Apr 2019
    FEI Sportsforum 2019

    Dear FEI Endurance community,

    Please find below the recap of all the Endurance sessions held at the FEI Spors Forum in Lausanne on 15-16 April 2019.

    Qualification of Horses and Athletes: reducing welfare risks

    Educating Officials and correct application of the rules

    Improvements and innovations to reshape Endurance

    Open Q&A and wrap-up by FEI Secretary General

  • 7 Feb 2019
    4th International Endurance Conference

    Dear Endurance community,

    The 4th International Endurance Conference will be held in Boudheib during the HH Sh Sultan b Zayed Al Nahyan 13th International Endurance Festival on 13 February 2019, and will cover the "Relation between Horse and the Rider, the Humanitarian side".

     

    Schedule :

    Subject of the Conference
    1. Relation Between the Ride and the Horse- the Humane Aspect
    2. Subject of the Workshop :
    • Positive and Negative Affect of Rides Schedule on
    • Horse Trainers Assignments During the Season

    Conference Programme
    Speaker
    Legal:
    1. Mr. Aziz Shaikh Yassin International Jury -India
    2. Mr. Christian Lozano International Jury -France
    Veterinarian:
    1. Dr. Jean Louis Leclerc International Vererinarian-France
    2. Dr. Hallvard Sommerseth International Veterinarian-Sweden
    3. Dr. Rouls H. Shaaban International Veterinarian -UAE
    4. Dr. David John Mary Horse Races Researcher- UK
    Conference Manager
    1. Mohammad Ali Al Hadrami International Jury India
     

    For more information, please click here

     

     

  • 1 Feb 2019
    2019 FEI Endurance Rules

    Dear Endurance Community,

    We remind you that the 2019 FEI Endurance Rules are being enforced from today.

    The modifications include the "Severe Injury", as per Art. 815.3.7 of the FEI Endurance Rules:

    "If a Horse ridden by an Athlete suffers a Severe Injury and/or a Catastrophic Injury within 12 months of a Severe Injury and/or a Catastrophic Injury occurring to any previous Horse ridden by that same Athlete that Athlete, will be automatically suspended for six months.
    1. Catastrophic injury is defined as an injury which, in the opinion of the Veterinary Commission, requires immediate euthanasia or contributes to the death of a Horse in Competition howsoever caused.
    2- Severe Injury is defined as:
    I) A Musculoskeletal (fracture, serious tendon, ligament, or muscle) Injury or;
    II) Metabolic Injury (serious colic, acute kidney injury, myopathy that fails to respond to treatment) or;
    III) Other condition that, in the opinion of the Treating Veterinarian, Foreign Veterinary Delegate, and President of the Veterinary Commission, requires further assessment and continued appropriate veterinary care beyond the period of competition."

     
    To correctly represent the reason for the Severe Injury in the FEI Endurance results, three results codes have been added:

    • SI–MUSCU
    • SI–META
    • SI-OTHER

    These are in addition to all other codes that are already present in Annex 3 of the FEI Endurance Rules.
     
    All FEI Endurance results submitted to the FEI in accordance with Art. 109.6 of the FEI General Regulations must use the accepted codes.
    The various formats for result submission have been updated accordingly and you can find all relevant documentation on the FEI website here: 
    https://inside.fei.org/fei/your-role/organisers/endurance/results-forms

    Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Marc Chovelon at marc.chovelon@fei.org or Aude Barby at aude.barby@fei.org

  • 23 Jan 2019
    New Rules from 1 February 2019

    Following the FEI Update of 21 December 2018 communicating the FEI Board’s unanimous approval of the modification to Article 815.3 of the Endurance Rules and given that no National Federation eligible to vote has expressed any disapproval within the 30 days’ statutory deadline, the new rule modification comes into effect as from 1 February 2019.
     
    As background information, please be advised that, at present, the FEI Endurance Rules define a Catastrophic Injury as one requiring euthanasia. A sanction (80 Penalty Points) applies on the basis of the owner agreeing to the horse being euthanised and can be avoided if euthanasia is refused with obvious serious welfare consequences for the horse. The Endurance Temporary Committee has discussed this serious issue during their meeting of 12 December 2018 and proposed that, in addition to Catastrophic Injury, the same sanction would also apply when there is “Severe Injury” (as defined in Article 815.3.7 of the Endurance Rules) of the horse.
     
    The Endurance rules are now updated accordingly and can be found here.  
     
    For any clarification please contact manuel.mello@fei.org.

  • 17 Jan 2019
    Final FEI Endurance Rankings 2018

    We are pleased to communicate the name of the winners of the FEI Endurance Rankings 2018.
    (also available here: http://www.fei.org/rankings#ranking-E

     

    FEI Endurance Open Riders World Ranking

    RankFEI IDAthleteNFPoints
    110054553AL MARRI, Abdulla GhanimUAE2239
    110093059AL KITBI, Salem Hamad Saeed MalhoofUAE2239
    310092314ALMAZROUEI, Saif Ahmed Mohammed AliUAE2153

     

    FEI Endurance Open Combination World Ranking

    RankFEI IDAthleteFEI IDHorseNFPoints
    110021154VAN DEUSEN, Cheryl103DZ79 HOOVER THE MOVERUSA453

     

    FEI Endurance Open Horse World Ranking

    RankFEI IDHorsePoints
    1104DS14 SIAM DU BARTHAS 661

     

    FEI Endurance Young Riders World Ranking

    RankFEI IDAthleteNFPoints
    110114231SANCHEZ, CamilaARG1904
    210115927BERRIEL, PaulinaURU1732
    310116756GALLI, ValentinaITA1283

     

    FEI Endurance Young Riders Combination World Ranking

    RankFEI IDAthleteFEI IDHorseNFPoints
    110134390MAGAN, Carla104ZU00 SEMINOLE WIND FRA294

     

    FEI Endurance Young Riders Horse World Ranking

    RankFEI IDHorsePoints
    1105PD21 FORTUNA X R 302

     

     

  • 16 Jan 2019
    FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations - Impact on Endurance

    Dear Endurance Community,

    The updated FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations effective as of 1 January 2019, as approved by the last FEI General Assembly, will have an important impact on the endurance discipline. An automatic provisional suspension of the registered trainers in banned substance cases and in cases with two or more controlled medication substances has been implemented since then. This will not only effect the trainers themselves but will also have an indirect impact on athletes, owners and other support personnel.
     
    The athlete remains the person responsible for the rule violation and a provisional suspension and other applicable sanctions will be imposed accordingly, as it was already established with the previous rules.
     
    In light of the rule changes, we have prepared this letter with the most essential “need-to-know” information for registered trainers in the endurance discipline.
     
    Should you have any questions please contact Anna Thorstenson or Ana Kricej.

  • 21 Dec 2018
    FEI Endurance Rules

    At present, the FEI Endurance Rules define a Catastrophic Injury as one requiring euthanasia. Sanctions are applied on the basis of the owner agreeing to the horse being euthanised and can be avoided if euthanasia is refused with obvious serious welfare consequences for the horse. The Endurance Temporary Committee discussed this serious issue during their meeting on the 12 December and has proposed that, in addition to catastrophic injury, the sanction would also apply when there is a “Severe Injury” of the horse.

    In order to protect the welfare of the horse, the FEI Board unanimously approved during their teleconference of 19 December 2018 the following modification to Article 815.3 of the Endurance rules which can be found here. This change would become effective as of 1 February 2019.

    Please take note that in keeping with FEI Statutes Art. 20.3, the FEI Board may pass resolutions which are normally the prerogatives of the General Assembly. In such cases, the National Federations are promptly notified. If a majority of the National Federations eligible to vote, respond within thirty (30) days of the date of the notice, signifies its disapproval, the measure shall be rescinded if possible.

    In addition, as the Endurance Temporary Committee continues working on its proposals for Endurance Rule changes for 2020, which will be discussed at the FEI Sports Forum next April, the FEI will actively reach out to Organisers to test the implementation of modified Heart Rates and presentation times in order to gather valuable information that will be presented as part of the Endurance discussions at the Sports Forum.

    Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact Marc Chovelon at marc.chovelon@fei.org or Aude Barby at aude.barby@fei.org

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