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.
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.
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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 email@example.com
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.
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: