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.
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.
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".
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
1. Mr. Aziz Shaikh Yassin International Jury -India
2. Mr. Christian Lozano International Jury -France
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
1. Mohammad Ali Al Hadrami International Jury India
For more information, please click here.
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:
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
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.
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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
|1||10054553||AL MARRI, Abdulla Ghanim||UAE||2239|
|1||10093059||AL KITBI, Salem Hamad Saeed Malhoof||UAE||2239|
|3||10092314||ALMAZROUEI, Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali||UAE||2153|
FEI Endurance Open Combination World Ranking
|Rank||FEI ID||Athlete||FEI ID||Horse||NF||Points|
|1||10021154||VAN DEUSEN, Cheryl||103DZ79||HOOVER THE MOVER||USA||453|
FEI Endurance Open Horse World Ranking
|1||104DS14||SIAM DU BARTHAS||661|
FEI Endurance Young Riders World Ranking
FEI Endurance Young Riders Combination World Ranking
|Rank||FEI ID||Athlete||FEI ID||Horse||NF||Points|
|1||10134390||MAGAN, Carla||104ZU00||SEMINOLE WIND||FRA||294|
FEI Endurance Young Riders Horse World Ranking
|1||105PD21||FORTUNA X R||302|
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Aude Barby at email@example.com
Dear National Federations and Officials,
The Endurance Department is pleased to advise the latest changes in the administration of Endurance Courses for FEI Officials. Please find all the documentation related to the new courses here.
The new system will be implemented in 2020.
Should you have any question regarding the new administration of Endurance courses, please contact Anna Orgeas at firstname.lastname@example.org
The independent Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU) has been mandated by the FEI to investigate the events surrounding the Endurance Championships that took place at the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM. The Unit presented its report at the FEI General Assembly 2019.
To read the article, please click here.
The FEI Bureau has set up a Temporary Committee with a remit to urgently assess the issues currently affecting the sport of Endurance and carry out an in-depth review of the rules in order to identify the most effective way of bringing the discipline back to its original roots of Endurance riding as opposed to Endurance racing, with horse welfare and horsemanship at its core, while still maintaining the competitive aspect of the sport.
To learn more about the Endurance Temporary Technical Committee, please click here.