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

  • 28 Jul 2016
    Endurance - 2016 Championships

    Please note that the following FEI Endurance Championships have their scheduled published and entries opened:

    - FEI World Championship for Seniors, Samorin (SVK) 17.09.2016

    - FEI European Championship For Young Riders & Juniors, Rio Frio (POR) 03.09.2016
    - FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses, Negrepelisse (FRA) 23.09.2016
    Have a look under each Championship on the link hereafter: http://inside.fei.org/fei/events/championships/endurance 


  • 22 Jul 2016
    Endurance – 2016 Notes for guidance update
    Following the Endurance Technical Committee meeting of the 11.07.2016, please note that an update has been made in the “Endurance Notes for Guidance” in what it regards  Art. 824. Thank you for your attention.
  • 19 Jul 2016
    Endurance - REMINDER - Participation to 2016 Championships

    This is to clarify the FEI rules concerning the participation of Young Riders, Juniors and Children in FEI Endurance Championships.

    Two articles of the FEI Rules and Regulations are relevant in this regard:
    A)          Article 124.1 and 124.2 of the FEI General Regulations:
    1.    Athletes of the appropriate age may take part in FEI Competitions and FEI Championships of more than one (1) Category for Young Riders, Juniors and Pony Riders, but in each Discipline only in one (1) of these FEI Championships in any one (1) calendar year.
    2.    Athletes may take part in FEI Senior Competitions and Championships from the beginning of the year they reach the age of (eighteen) 18 but they may only take part either in a Junior or a Young Rider or a FEI Championship for Seniors in the same Discipline in any calendar year. Further exceptions regarding age limits are set forth in the Sport Rules of the relevant Disciplines.
    B)          Article 815.1 of the FEI Endurance Rules:
    1.  Any person from the year in which he/she reaches his/her 14th birthday and who is duly authorised by his/her National Federation is eligible to take part in all Endurance Rides (CEIs, CEIOs and Championships – Senior and Junior/Young Rider).
    From the above mentioned articles it shall be concluded that:
    -      Athletes of the appropriate age (either Young Riders, Juniors or Children) can participate in FEI Endurance Championships ONLY in ONE of these categories (either Young Riders, Juniors or Children) in ONE calendar year;
    -      If a Young Rider or a Junior or a Children has participated in a FEI Endurance Championships in any of these categories in one calendar year, they CANNOT participate in other categories in the same year, including the category of Seniors.
    -      Article 815.1 of the FEI Endurance Rules ONLY sets an exception to the age limit to participate in FEI Endurance rides, subject to the conditions expressed in such article; but DOES NOT ALLOW to participate in FEI Endurance Championships in more than one category in one calendar year.


  • 6 Jul 2016
    Endurance - Longines FEI World Endurance Championship 2016

    The schedule for the 2016 Longines FEI World Endurance Championship has beed approved and is now published on our website here.

    The dates for the nominate and definite entries have also been updated on the qualification criteria document here.

  • 20 Jun 2016
    Endurance - Qualification System / Longines FEI World Endurance Championship 2016

    Please find here the qualification system for the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship 2016, in Samorin (SVK).

  • 20 Jun 2016
    Endurance - 2015 Report
    Please find herewith an Endurance report regarding 2015.
    This report aims to give clear and transparent information about our discipline, it reports a few topics that we think are important to share.  
    The topics referred in the report are:
    -     The 2015 season;
    -     The growth of Endurance Discipline
    -     The Key Performance Indicators
    -     The 2015 Independent Governance Advisors activity
  • 15 Jun 2016
    Endurance - Longines FEI World Endurance Championship 2016

    Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 allocated to Slovakia

    Please find the press release here

  • 13 Jun 2016
    Endurance - FEI Coach Education Programme
    FEI Solidarity
    The FEI Coach Education Programme is offering a coaching module in Endurance. The FEI Level 1 course for Coaches in Endurance is now available to NFs.
    Further information on the application procedure can be found here.
  • 25 May 2016
    Endurance - Longines FEI World Endurance Championship 2016
    Three bidders are in competition for the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship 2016. 
    Check it here.
  • 10 May 2016
    Endurance - Steward Manual
    Please find here after the link for the new FEI Endurance Stewards manual: