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

  • 10 Jul 2018
    WEG Nominated Entries

    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.

    Thank you.

  • 26 Jun 2018
    Endurance - Yellow & Incorrect behaviour cards
    The Endurance Department with the support of the Legal Department, has created the Endurance Yellow Warning Card
    From now on, all FEI Endurance Officials shall use this new card. 
    For any case of Incorrect behaviour, all FEI Endurance Officials shall only use the Incorrect Behaviour Card
    For more information and to download both cards, please click on this link: https://inside.fei.org/fei/your-role/athletes/warning-cards
  • 19 Jun 2018
    Endurance - Update Notes for Guidance 2018

    Please find here the updated version of the Notes for Guidance 2018. It includes the explanation for use of White Card for Incorrect Behaviour  and Yellow Card and disqualification for abuse of horse. 

    Notes for Guidance 2018 (updated 18.06.2018)

  • 4 Jun 2018
    Endurance - Pisa San Rossore (ITA) – CH-EU-YJ E – 26/07/2018

    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:


  • 31 May 2018
    Endurance - Endurance Forum & Conference presentations
    Three Forums/Conferences have been organised around Endurance: 1) In Lausanne (SUI) on 9 February 2014, 2) In Vic (Spain) on 23-24 May 2017 and 3) In Dubai (UAE) on 7-8 April 2018.
    To access and consult full documentation of each event, please click here.
  • 3 Apr 2018
    Endurance - 2018 Championships - Qualification criteria

    Please find here below the publication of the qualification criteria for each Endurance Championship concerned:



  • 27 Mar 2018
    Endurance-FEI Endurance Conference 7-8 April Dubai
    An Endurance Conference aimed at National Federations and related associations will be held in Dubai 7-8 April 2018. The two day conference will focus on rules with animated panel discussions held amongst presentations on rules modifications and a proposed Endurance Strategic Plan for the future. The conference will also delve into the conclusions from the 2017 Endurance Forum held in Spain, Risk Assessment and the Global Endurance Injury Studies.  
    Should you require more information, please send an email to olga.nikolaou@fei.org
  • 27 Mar 2018
    Endurance - FEI Athletes Representative Election

    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

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Julie.schlaefli@fei.org

  • 21 Feb 2018
    Endurance - 2018 WEG Test Event

    The schedule for the Endurance Test Event in Tryon NC on the 27-28 April 2018 of the FEI World Equestrian Games is now published on our website on the following Link