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.
Please find here after the press release link about the measures between FEI and EEF for 2016 season:
We are delighted to announce that a new guide to the FEI has been published on the website.
In this new digital publication aptly named MyFEIGuide you will find all kinds of relevant links and information about FEI Governance, the Rules and Regulations, the database, and the list goes on…
Please be informed that the FEI clean sport website has been renewed http://www.fei.org/fei/cleansport
Dear National Federations,
This is to remind that the 2016 Equine Prohibited Substances List became effective on 1 January 2016 and is available in PDF format for download from the FEI Clean Sport website or directly here. The concept of Specified Substances has also been introduced from 1 January 2016. Substances that fall into the category of Specified Substances have been accordingly highlighted in the Equine Prohibited Substances List.
The review process for the 2017 Equine Prohibited Substances List changes is now underway and details regarding this process are explained here.
We invite all National Federations, veterinarians, athletes, grooms, judges or other interested parties to submit their suggestions for consideration by the List Group in preparation of the 2017 List.
Please use the FEI Prohibited List Suggestions Form and complete all fields, including information regarding the substance, its use, application and specific reasoning for inclusion or change of category as applicable. All suggested changes should be received by Caterina Termine no later than 21 March 2016 for consideration during 2016.