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

  • 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

  • 18 Dec 2018
    New Course Application System

    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 anna.orgeas@fei.org

  • 22 Nov 2018
    ECIU findings - FEI World Equestrian Games™

    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.


  • 22 Nov 2018
    Endurance Temporary Technical Committee

    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.


  • 22 Nov 2018
    FEI Officials age limit

    Dear Officials,


    Please note that the age limit system will be replaced by a competency based evaluation system, as per the recommendation of the Officials Working Group.

    FEI Officials reaching the relevant age limit as of 2018 may apply to continue officiating providing they have been active for the past two years, their application is supported by their National Federation and they are in good-standing with the FEI.

    The FEI Secretary General, in consultation with the relevant Discipline Director and Chair of Technical Committee, will review applications on a case by case basis. FEI Officials who retired in 2017 or before may only re-apply once the competency-based assessment has been implemented.


    Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact Anna Orgeas at anna.orgeas@fei.org


  • 10 Jul 2018
    2018 ESPG Recommendations

    The FEI Endurance Technical Committee and the FEI Endurance department are pleased to share the follow up on the 41 recommendations from the Endurance Strategic Planning Group (ESPG).


  • 10 Jul 2018
    WEG Nominated Entries

    Reminder – Nominated Entries WEG        

    Dear National Federations,

    We remind you that the nominated entry dates for the Endurance discipline is sets on the 13th July 2018 while for the other FEI discipline it will be on the 13th August.

    Do not forget, for the National Federation concerned with their participation in the Endurance Event, to complete your Nominated Entries by this delay and send to the FEI Endurance Department the Certificate of Capability dully completed, signed and stamped by the National Federation.

    Thank you.

  • 26 Jun 2018
    Endurance - Yellow & Incorrect behaviour cards
    The Endurance Department with the support of the Legal Department, has created the Endurance Yellow Warning Card
    From now on, all FEI Endurance Officials shall use this new card. 
    For any case of Incorrect behaviour, all FEI Endurance Officials shall only use the Incorrect Behaviour Card
    For more information and to download both cards, please click on this link: https://inside.fei.org/fei/your-role/athletes/warning-cards