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

  • 7 Mar 2017
    Endurance - Reminder FEI Officials


    Dear FEI Officials, 
    In November 2016 and in February 2017,  your National Federation has received a list of those Officials who need to take a specific action in order to remain listed as FEI officials, such as: 
    - Attend a refresher seminar.
    - Attend an Event.
    If you would like to be informed if you were on this list, please contact your National Federation. 
    We remind you that the deadline is the 15th of May 2017 for those who need to attend a course and end of the year for those who need to attend an Event. 
    For those who don’t take action, they will be removed from the list until the action will be taken. 
    In case you were removed and wish to be back on the list you will need to:
    1) Take the action required, depending on your case.
    2) Send an Application Form for Promotion equal to your lost status. 
    We advise you to contact your National Federation for further information. 
    Send us your news, ideas & comments regarding Endurance:endurance.updates@fei.org
  • 17 Feb 2017
    Endurance - Endurance Lab
    We would like to inform you about the creation of the “Endurance Lab”, an equestrian incubator that offers to world entrepreneurs access to resources and technical hands-on training.
    The Programme is based in Vic, Spain and is open to any entrepreneur worldwide, who is registered in this area. 
    For more information and if you wish to apply, please visit: http://endurancelab.co/
    Send us your news, ideas & comments regarding Endurance:endurance.updates@fei.org
  • 25 Jan 2017
    Endurance - FEI Endurance Forum
    We are pleased to inform you that the FEI Endurance Forum will take place on 23-24 May 2017 in Vic, Barcelona, Spain. 
    The FEI Endurance Forum is a great opportunity for delegates from the National Federations to meet and discuss important topics regarding the discipline and its evolution. 
    Further details of the Forum will be published in due course.  
    Send us your news, ideas & comments regarding Endurance: endurance.updates@fei.org 
  • 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: