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

  • 27 Aug 2021
    New definite entries deadline for Ermelo (NED)

    Please note that the definite entries deadline is now set to 4 September instead of 1 September 2021 for

    • FEI Endurance European Championship for Seniors, Ermelo (NED)
    • FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors, Ermelo (NED)

    If you have already validated your definite entries and wish to make changes, kindly contact us on entries@fei.org prior to the deadline.

  • 29 Jul 2021
    Reminder – Final deadline for FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses

    Following a two-week extension, please note that 3 August 2021 is the final deadline for the nominated entries for the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses Arborea (ITA) 15-19 September.
    If you have already validated your nominated entries and wish to make changes, kindly contact us on endurance@fei.org and entries@fei.org prior to the deadline.
    Once you have validated your nominated entry list, please download the certificates of capability and email them to endurance@fei.org.
    For questions regarding how to make entries for a Championship on the FEI Entry System please click here.
    The schedule for the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses 15-19 September 2021 Arborea (ITA) is also now online.
    The deadline for the definite entries is 1 September 2021.

  • 23 Jul 2021
    Qualification period for the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses, Arborea (ITA) 15-19 September 2021

    The qualification period for the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses, Arborea (ITA) will be: 20 July 2018 to 20 July 2021.
    The nominated entries deadline has been extended to 3 August 2021.

    If you have already validated your nominated entries list and wish to make changes please contact entries@fei.org.

  • 21 Jul 2021
    Reminder – Deadline for FEI Endurance World Championships for Young Horses

    Please note that tomorrow (22 July 2021) is the deadline for the nominated entries of the FEI Endurance World Championships for Young Horses Arborea (ITA) 15-19 September.
    Once you have validated your nominated entry list, please download the certificates of capability and email them to endurance@fei.org.
    The deadline for the definite entries is 1 September 2021.
    For questions regarding how to make entries for a Championship on the FEI Entry System please click here.
    The schedule for the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses 15-19 September 2021 Arborea (ITA) is also now online on Inside.FEI.org.

  • 13 Jul 2021
    Reminder - Deadline for FEI Endurance Championships Ermelo (NED) 6-11 September 2021 today!

    Please note that today (13 July 2021) is the deadline for the nominated entries of the:

    • FEI Endurance Senior European Championships 160km, Ermelo (NED),  6-11 September 2021
    • FEI Endurance World Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 120km Ermelo (NED) 6-11 September 2021

    Once you have validated your nominated entry list, please download the certificates of capability and email them to endurance@fei.org today.

    For questions regarding how to make entries for a Championship on the FEI Entry System please click here.

  • 24 Mar 2021
    New FEI Endurance Calendar Measures

    Following stakeholder consultation and a recommendation from the FEI Endurance Calendar Task Force, the FEI Board has approved the following resolutions with regards to the FEI Endurance World Championship scheduled for 22 May 2021 in Pisa (ITA), having been postponed from its original date of 6 September 2020 due to Covid-19.  

    • Extension of the Nominations Entries Deadline from 9 April 2021 until 21 April 2021 (note the qualification dates have not changed and the deadline remains 5 April 2021).
    • Increase the number of Nominated Entries for Horses and Athletes from 10 Athletes and 14 Horses to 15 Athletes and 15 Horses (i.e. 15 combinations). This condition is a modification of the FEI General Regulations (Article 116.2.2(i)) hence it shall be considered as an Emergency Board Resolution*.

    These resolutions are based on a decision to maintain the Championship on 22 May 2021 following a request by the Italian National Federation and the Organiser to postpone the Championship due to the uncertain evolution of Covid-19 and the impact of EHV-1 in Europe particularly. Although two alternative dates were proposed - 10 July 2021 and 25 September 2021 - the FEI Endurance Calendar Task Force unanimously agreed to recommend to the Board to maintain the initial date of 22 May 2021 for the Championship subject to the conditions above that would provide National Federations more opportunities to select their best and most fit combinations.
    The Endurance Calendar Task Force also highlighted to the FEI Board that the new proposed dates would have an impact on the FEI Endurance Pan American Championship for Seniors & Young Riders from 28 – 29 July 2021; the FEI Endurance European Championship from 6 to 11 September; and the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses from 15 to 19 September.
    In addition, they noted there were a total of 44 qualified NFs, with 584 qualified combinations from all FEI Regional Groups for the Championship and moving the Championship to July or September 2021 would require National Federations to adapt their planned selection process and adjust their training programmes, as well as repercussions on available horsepower for the different Championships mentioned above.
    As is customary, these resolutions will be included on the FEI Covid-19 Resolutions & Decisions hub for Endurance.

  • 12 Feb 2021
    FEI 2021 Rules Explainer Videos now available on FEI Campus

    The FEI Education & Officials Department have recently published explainer videos for the major FEI Endurance 2021 Rules Changes.

    These videos are mainly aimed at Officials and Athletes who are required to be up-to-date with the different rules. For the wider audience these videos will serve a rather informative purpose, providing a deeper understanding of our sport. The goal of these short videos is to highlight the most impactful rule changes and their rationale in each discipline, as well as more general regulations including the Equine Anti-Doping Controlled Medication Regulations and the Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes which underwent a full review in 2020.

    Here are the direct links to the below listed videos on FEI Campus by clicking on the relevant name:

  • 8 Feb 2021
    Endurance - 2021 Longines FEI Endurance World Championship

    The schedule for the 2021 Longines FEI Endurance World Championship to be held in Pisa San Rossore (ITA) next 21-21 May 2021 is now published.

    please click here

     

  • 27 Jan 2021
    Margaret Sleeper (USA) appointed Endurance Athlete Representative

    Dr Margaret (Meg) Sleeper (USA) has been appointed as the Endurance Athlete Representative to replace Tarek Taher (KSA). Dr Sleeper will be a member of both the Athletes and Endurance Committees until the next elections in 2022. She will also take on the role of Athlete Representative on the Endurance Calendar Task Force.
    Following the resignation of Tarek Taher in September 2020, the FEI Board agreed to wait until the election of the new Endurance Chair at the FEI General Assembly 2020 prior to reviewing the ad-interim appointment of the Endurance Athlete Representative.
    Subsequently, at its 19 January 2021 online meeting, and due to the lack of a replacement mechanism for Athletes Representatives in the FEI Rules & Regulations, the FEI Board appointed Dr Sleeper, the Candidate that received the second highest number of votes in the 2018 elections for the Endurance Athlete Representative.

  • 27 Jan 2021
    In Memoriam: FEI pays tribute to former Endurance Committee Chair Brian Sheahan (1951-2021)

    Dr Brian Sheahan (AUS), former Chair of the FEI Endurance Committee, passed away peacefully on 25 January in his hometown of Samford, Queensland in northeastern Australia. The FEI Honorary Board Member, who was a highly respected veterinarian and a well-loved figure in the international Endurance community, was 69.
    He joined the FEI Endurance Committee as a member in 2008, taking over the Chair in 2012 until 2018, during which time he was a member of the FEI Board. He was highly respected for his work with the Endurance Strategic Planning Group and the Endurance Task Force.
    The FEI extends its sincere condolences to Dr Sheahan’s wife Christeen, children and grandchildren, to the Australian Equestrian Federation and the global equestrian community.
    The FEI In Memoriam for Dr Sheahan can be read here.

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