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

  • 19 Nov 2020
    Endurance CEI 3* Officials Appointment

    As you are all aware, the full set of FEI Endurance Rules approved during the 2019 FEI General Assembly in Moscow (RUS) came into effect on 1 July 2020. This includes the new system in place for the appointment of FEI Endurance CEI3* Officials. For CEIs with 20 entries or less, the FEI will consult with the OC to appoint Officials. For CEIs with more than 20 entries, Officials will be appointed in accordance with the tables provided in Annex 6 of the FEI Endurance Rules.

    The selection process for FEI Officials at CEI3* events, together with the full list of concerned events, can all be found here.

    The list of events will be updated every time there is an addition, modification or cancellation in the FEI Calendar.



  • 30 Sep 2020
    UAE NF suspension Frequently Asked Questions

    The FEI Board’s decision on 24 September 2020 to suspend the United Arab Emirates National Federation for breaches of FEI Rules has resulted in a number of enquiries.

    In order to provide clarity to our community, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) portal that provides guidance on the many practical consequences, not only for the UAE NF, but for other NFs, their Athletes, Owners, Trainers, Officials and Organisers. The FAQs also include an explanation on the status of UAE NF events as Unsanctioned Events.

  • 8 Aug 2020
    Endurance - 2021 Longines FEI Endurance World Championship - Qualification criteria

    Please find here after the qualification criteria for the 2021 Longines FEI Endurance World Championship, to be held in Pisa San Rossore (ITA).


    The qualification period has been amended, including the 9 months extension due to COVID-19 as agreed by an FEI Board resolution.  

  • 8 Jun 2020
    Endurance - Application of the new Endurance Rules. 11th Edition

    As previously advised (NF News, 6 May 2020), the FEI Board has approved the recommendation of the Endurance Temporary Committee not to extend the application of the Endurance Rules 10th Edition (“Transitional Rulebook”) and to go ahead with the implementation of the new Endurance Rules, 11th Edition, on 1 July 2020, as approved by the General Assembly 2019.
     In order to clarify some of the new regulations, an explanatory document (leaflet format) has been created and can be found here.

    The Endurance rule leaflet can be printed from our website and/or order to the FEI for your use and communication.

    To do so, and if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact Manuel Bandeira de Mello and/or Marc Chovelon from the FEI Endurance Department.

  • 21 Apr 2020
    Hyposensitivity Control System

    A Hyposensitivity Control System has been developed by the FEI in partnership with Dr Schambourg. This Control System has started to be implemented in 2020, in FEI Endurance rides. The objective of this Control System is to ensure the welfare of horses by protecting them from having severe injuries due to low sensitivity of their limbs. In 2019, the FEI has trained a pool of 12 FEI Official Veterinarians to perform the control. This explanatory video will give you an insight of the FEI Hyposensitivity Control System.

  • 31 Jan 2020
    Endurance - HH The President of UAE Cup 08.02.2020

    Important Information - HH The President of UAE Cup

    Dear National Federation

    Please see attached for your information a circular that has been published by the UAE NF regarding the entry criteria that will apply to the HH President Cup of the UAE which will be held as a CEN in Al Wathba on 8 February 2020. As you can see, entry is limited to eligible UAE riders and foreign riders with proof of residency in the UAE and who have the written permission of their National Federations (as per Article 119.6 of the FEI General Regulations). We urge you to ensure that any of your Athletes that intend to participate meet these criteria. The FEI will be carrying out its own checks to ensure these criteria are respected in order to ensure that the event is held in accordance with the FEI General Regulations, in particular Article 101.3.

  • 29 Jan 2020
    Endurance - 2020 FEI Championships - Qualification Criteria

    Please be informed that the 2020 FEI Endurance Championships Qualification Criteria are now published under each relevant Event: here

  • 18 Apr 2019
    FEI Sports Forum 2019

    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.

    Qualification of Horses and Athletes: reducing welfare risks

    Educating Officials and correct application of the rules

    Improvements and innovations to reshape Endurance

    Open Q&A and wrap-up by FEI Secretary General

  • 7 Feb 2019
    4th International Endurance Conference

    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".


    Schedule :

    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

    Conference Programme
    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
    Conference Manager
    1. Mohammad Ali Al Hadrami International Jury India

    For more information, please click here



  • 1 Feb 2019
    2019 FEI Endurance Rules

    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:

    • SI–MUSCU
    • SI–META
    • SI-OTHER

    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: 

    Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Marc Chovelon at marc.chovelon@fei.org or Aude Barby at aude.barby@fei.org