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 Nov 2017
    Endurance - World Horse Welfare Annual Conference
    The annual conference of the World Horse Welfare will take place this year on Thursday 30th November at the Royal Geographical Society, London.
    This year’s topic is “Invisible Horses of the future” and will focus on what makes a suffering horse – or one that is likely to suffer – “invisible”.
    It will also explore the essential role of charities and the ongoing work to tackle the root causes of horses' invisibility.
    The event will be available on live streaming here .
  • 22 Nov 2017
    Endurance- FEI & Global Equine Injuries research agreement

    We are happy to anounce that the FEI has extended its Global Equine Injuries research agreement with the University of Glasgow for two years.

    The initial aim of this study was to provide regulatory changes to endurance rides focused on minimising the risk of equine injury. 

    For more details please read the Press release here .

  • 3 Nov 2017
    Endurance - Incorrect Behaviour Notification Card
    Please find an important letter that explains the correct use of the "Yellow warning card" and the use of the « Incorrect Behaviour Notification Card »: here.
    The Incorrect Behaviour Notification card can be found: here.
  • 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

    ©Martin Dokoupil


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






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