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 Oct 2017
    Endurance - 2018 Schedule

    2018 Draft Schedules

    New and updated 2018 Draft Schedules are now available on our website and you are kindly requested to use them for your international events next year.

    Here are the direct links to the schedules for Endurance discipline and the email addresses of the FEI staff responsible for them:

     
    Click here for Endurance

    Person in charge : marc.chovelon@fei.org and/or olga.nikolaou@fei.org

     
    Should you need any further information and/or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the person in charge directly.

  • 13 Sep 2017
    Endurance - WEG Tryon 2018 Test Event Calendar

    We would like to inform you that the Test Events Calendar for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon is now published here.

    Send us your news, ideas & comments regarding Endurance: endurance.updates@fei.org

  • 22 Aug 2017
    Endurance - Sabrina Arnold FEI European Endurance Champion 2017

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    We would like to congratulate Sabrina Arnold (GER) and her horse Tarzibus, who were crowned FEI European Endurance Champions 2017 in Brussels (BEL) on 17 August.
     
    Discover more details by clicking on the two following articles:
     
     
     
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  • 10 Aug 2017
    Endurance - Master list of participation in Brussels' FEI Endurance Championships

    The definite entries were last 08.08.2017 for the following FEI Endurance Championships, held in Brussels (BEL).

    You can find the Master List of participation below: 

    FEI European Championships for Seniors (17 august 2017) - Master List European Seniors, representing 20 countries and 70 combinations;

    FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Horses (19 august 2017) - Master List Young Horses, representing 16 countries and 40 combinations .

     

  • 24 Jul 2017
    Endurance - Championships Definite Entries
     
    Championships, one of the most exciting times of the year for our sport, are approaching!
     
    In the table here below you can find the 2017 Endurance Championships together with the dates of the Nominated and Definite Entries, not to be missed! 
     
     
    For a historical overview of the definite entries’ figures you can have a look at the following graphics.
    They depict the last editions of:
    FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders & Juniors (CH-M-EYJ),
    FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Horses (CH-M-YH-E) and
    FEI European Championships for Seniors (CH-EU-E). 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • 19 Jul 2017
    Endurance - Notes for Guidance 2017 Updated
     
     
     
    We kindly inform you that the Notes for Guidance 2017 have been updated.
     
    Please check the new version: here 
     
     
    Send us your news, ideas & comments regarding Endurance:endurance.updates@fei.org
     
  • 19 Jun 2017
    Endurance - FEI Endurance Championships
     
    We would like to inform you that the two below mentioned FEI Endurance Championships have their schedules published and their entries opened.
     
    Please click on each of them here below to find all the relevant details:
     
     
     
    Send us your news, ideas & comments regarding Endurance:endurance.updates@fei.org
  • 30 May 2017
    Endurance-FEI Endurance Forum presentations

     

    We would like to inform you that the presentations of the FEI Endurance Forum are now available on the section “About the sessions-Full documentation” on our website
     
     
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  • 29 May 2017
    Endurance-Report 2016
     
     
    The Endurance Report 2016 is now published in our website.
     
    It includes key performance indicators and important statistics regarding the growth of the Endurance discipline. 
     
    We hope you will enjoy reading it!
     
    Send us your news, ideas & comments regarding Endurance:endurance.updates@fei.org
     
  • 21 Apr 2017
    Endurance-FEI Endurance Forum Registration Deadline

     

    We kindly remind you that the registration for the FEI Endurance Forum, which will be held in 23 & 24 May in Vic, Barcelona, has opened. 
     
    The deadline to register is 1 May and the deadline to pay the congress fee is 10 May.
     
    Please register via the formulary that can be found under the button “Register now” in the FEI website: http://inside.fei.org/docs/nfs/endurance-forum-2017 
     
    If you are a delegate from the NF (2 delegates allowed per NF) please tick the box “National Federation” in the registration formulary, otherwise tick the box “Observer”.
     
    To book your hotel room please click under the same link on the button “Hotels” and download the respective formulary and send it to the hotel no later than 1 May.
     
    A shuttle is provided for specific days, if you need one, please download the formulary from the section “Transport to Vic”, complete it and send it to the person mentioned in the formulary. 
     
    We look forward to seeing you in Vic!
     
     
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