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

  • 9 Dec 2016
    Endurance - Schedule 2017 & Guidelines

    Please be informed that following the FEI General Assembly, the new 2017 Endurance schedule is now published online here 

    We are also pleased to let you know that this year we have published the FEI Endurance Schedule Guidelines 2017, which you can find here  This helpful guide explains how the Schedule should be completed and reminds many useful articles of the Endurance rules.

  • 23 Nov 2016
    Endurance - Appointment of new Technical Committee member
     
    We are delighted to welcome Stéphane Chazel (FRA) in the FEI Endurance Committee, who was appointed for a four year term, following the decision taken by the FEI Bureau in Tokyo on 19 November 2016. Mr. Chazel is replacing the outgoing member Khalid Ahmed Hasan (BRN). The FEI thanks Mr. Hasan for his great collaboration during the past four years.
     
     
    Coming from a family of breeders and riders of Endurance Arab horses, the new Committee member has always been passionate about this discipline.  
     
    Mr. Chazel has participated in Endurance events all over the world (USA, Brazil, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, China, Europe, Malaysia etc.), as you can see here for the international competitions.
     
    Involved for 20 years in this discipline, he contributed to its evolution and regulations within many organizations in France, such as CNREE, ACA, SHF and CREE. In addition, he organized FFE and FEI Endurance events during ten years, while the past five years he has contributed to the development of Endurance in China.  
     
    We are looking forward to collaborating with Mr. Chazel and we believe that his long experience in Endurance will further promote the discipline.
  • 14 Sep 2016
    Endurance - 2016 World Championships participation

    Please find here below the evolution for the 2016 following World Endurance Championships:

     

      

     

  • 1 Sep 2016
    Endurance - Endurance Veterinarians

    Further to internal restructuring, Endurance Official Veterinarians and Endurance Veterinary Treatment Officials are now administered by the Veterinary Department. From now on, applications for promotion or requests for courses will be handled by Ms. Anne Pellaud. Updated application forms are available on the FEI website and we thank you for using them in place of the old ones. 

  • 19 Aug 2016
    Endurance - Participation in 2016 FEI Endurance Championships
     
    The nominated list for the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship 2016 confirms the registration of:
    194 Athletes
    47 Nations
    The definite entry date for this Championship is set on the 09.09.2016
    For more information about the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship 2016, please visit : http://www.wech2016.com/
     
     
    The nominated list for the FEI European Championship For Young Riders & Juniors2016 confirms the registration of:
    61 Athletes
    12 Nations
    The definite entry date for this Championship is set on the 25.08.2016. 
    For more information about the FEI European Championship For Young Riders & Juniors 2016, please visit: http://poloequestreriofrio.pt/en/eventos/meydan-fei-european-endurance-championship-for-young-ridersjuniors-2016
  • 18 Aug 2016
    Endurance - International Veterinary Endurance Conference
    An International Veterinary Endurance Conference will take place in Samorin, Slovakia on Wednesday 14 September, just before the World Endurance Championships that will start on 18 September.  
     
    The conference is intended for veterinarians and scientists interested in endurance and will cover topics such as the selection criteria of endurance horses, main musculoskeletal problems and endurance horse welfare. The conference is not an official FEI conference, but EOVs and EVTs may find it of interest. Please contact Monica Mira for more information. 
     
    Website: www.ivec.info
     
  • 28 Jul 2016
    Endurance - 2016 Championships

    Please note that the following FEI Endurance Championships have their scheduled published and entries opened:

    - FEI World Championship for Seniors, Samorin (SVK) 17.09.2016

    - FEI European Championship For Young Riders & Juniors, Rio Frio (POR) 03.09.2016
     
    - FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses, Negrepelisse (FRA) 23.09.2016
     
    Have a look under each Championship on the link hereafter: http://inside.fei.org/fei/events/championships/endurance 

     

  • 22 Jul 2016
    Endurance – 2016 Notes for guidance update
    Following the Endurance Technical Committee meeting of the 11.07.2016, please note that an update has been made in the “Endurance Notes for Guidance” in what it regards  Art. 824. Thank you for your attention.
  • 19 Jul 2016
    Endurance - REMINDER - Participation to 2016 Championships

    This is to clarify the FEI rules concerning the participation of Young Riders, Juniors and Children in FEI Endurance Championships.

                   
    Two articles of the FEI Rules and Regulations are relevant in this regard:
     
    A)          Article 124.1 and 124.2 of the FEI General Regulations:
     
    1.    Athletes of the appropriate age may take part in FEI Competitions and FEI Championships of more than one (1) Category for Young Riders, Juniors and Pony Riders, but in each Discipline only in one (1) of these FEI Championships in any one (1) calendar year.
     
    2.    Athletes may take part in FEI Senior Competitions and Championships from the beginning of the year they reach the age of (eighteen) 18 but they may only take part either in a Junior or a Young Rider or a FEI Championship for Seniors in the same Discipline in any calendar year. Further exceptions regarding age limits are set forth in the Sport Rules of the relevant Disciplines.
     
    B)          Article 815.1 of the FEI Endurance Rules:
     
    1.  Any person from the year in which he/she reaches his/her 14th birthday and who is duly authorised by his/her National Federation is eligible to take part in all Endurance Rides (CEIs, CEIOs and Championships – Senior and Junior/Young Rider).
     
    From the above mentioned articles it shall be concluded that:
     
    -      Athletes of the appropriate age (either Young Riders, Juniors or Children) can participate in FEI Endurance Championships ONLY in ONE of these categories (either Young Riders, Juniors or Children) in ONE calendar year;
    -      If a Young Rider or a Junior or a Children has participated in a FEI Endurance Championships in any of these categories in one calendar year, they CANNOT participate in other categories in the same year, including the category of Seniors.
    -      Article 815.1 of the FEI Endurance Rules ONLY sets an exception to the age limit to participate in FEI Endurance rides, subject to the conditions expressed in such article; but DOES NOT ALLOW to participate in FEI Endurance Championships in more than one category in one calendar year.
     

     

  • 6 Jul 2016
    Endurance - Longines FEI World Endurance Championship 2016

    The schedule for the 2016 Longines FEI World Endurance Championship has beed approved and is now published on our website here.

    The dates for the nominate and definite entries have also been updated on the qualification criteria document here.

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