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

  • 20 Jan 2017
    Endurance - Send us your comments & ideas
    Dear Friends,
    We are happy to communicate with you through the “Endurance Updates” and share important information and news regarding this equestrian discipline. 
    Should you wish to share your news, ideas and comments regarding Endurance, please do contact the FEI Endurance Department at the following e-mail address:  endurance.updates@fei.org
    The members and contact details of the FEI Endurance Department can be found here .
    We look forward to hearing from you!
  • 22 Dec 2016
    Endurance - Season's Greetings
    The whole FEI Endurance Department sends his best wishes to all his stakeholders and looks forward to the 2017 coming season!
    You can enjoy the FEI  season’s greetings video  here  
  • 16 Dec 2016
    Endurance - Rules & Notes for Guidance 2017
    We would like to inform you that the 2017 Endurance Rules and the Notes for Guidance are now available in our website.
    You can also find them directly here below by clicking on the respective image.
  • 14 Dec 2016
    Endurance - Reminder Sustainability Handbook
    We would like to remind you that sustainability is a key factor for equestrian sport and the environment should be considered when organizing a FEI Event. 
    Please find useful information on FEI Sustainability and how you can create your own sustainability plan step by step here .  
  • 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