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.
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.
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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).
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.
We are pleased to inform you that the schedule is now published and Entries open for the FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors to be held in Pisa San Rossore (ITA) on 26.07.2018:
Please find here below the publication of the qualification criteria for each Endurance Championship concerned:
As you may know, this is an election year for the FEI Athlete Representatives in all the FEI disciplines. We have recently reached out to all the eligible athletes and we would like to enlist the community to help us encourage and motivate eligible athletes to come forward and nominate themselves.
The FEI Athlete representative carries a four year term (non-renewable) and is a member of the FEI Discipline Committee and also member of the FEI Athletes Committee with all the other athlete representatives. This position is a really important and vital role providing a voice to your community within the global decision making process.
We have a dedicated page on InsideFEI with all the relevant information around elections.
Timeline & Deadlines
1 May, 23:59 CEST Deadline to submit Application
8 May Names and supporting documents of Candidates for the Athlete Representative positions will be published
29 July Online voting process opens on inside.fei.org (see eligibility criteria above)
23 September Online voting process closes
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