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

  • 11 Nov 2015
    Endurance - Responsabilities of Officials
    Please find here a letter sent to the attention of the FEI Endurance Officials from M.Brian Sheahan, Chair of the FEI Endurance Technical Committee, and M.Manuel Bandeira de Mello FEI Endurance Director. 
     
  • 30 Oct 2015
    Endurance - 2015 FEI World and Continental Championships
    By ending the 2015 season with the Junior/Young Rider World Endurance Championship last week in Santo Domingo (CHI), the FEI Endurance Department congratulates his 2015 Endurance Champions.
     
    Please find here a summary of the 2015 Champions list, and the evolution of last edition’s Championships.
     
  • 20 Oct 2015
    Endurance - Human anti-doping awareness outreach session at the FEI Junior & Young rider Endurance World Championship
    An information booth on athlete anti-doping will be run by the FEI and Chile’s National Anti-Doping Commission on Thursday 22 October at the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniors in Santo Domingo (CHI). Riders are strongly encouraged to visit the booth, where key information will be available for them in English, Spanish and French. They will have the opportunity to ask questions and to play an interactive quiz to test their knowledge. Coaches and Officials are also welcome. A gift bag will be offered to those who played the quiz.
     
    Please contact the organising committee for more detail on the location of the information booth on the venue.

     
  • 19 Oct 2015
    Endurance - Hugely successful FEI Endurance courses in UAE

    Please review the following article

  • 28 Sep 2015
    Endurance - VIDEO FEI World Championship for Young Rider & Juniors in Chile

    Please find here the video on the FEI World Championship for Young Riders and Juniors in Chile.

  • 26 Sep 2015
    Endurance - Live coverage for FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Horses

    Please follow the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Horse 2015

  • 24 Sep 2015
    Endurance - FEI World Championship for Young Horses
    The FEI World Championship for Young Horses will be held this weekend in Valeggio Sul Mincio (ITA) this weekend.
    Will be participating 14 nations, 79 athletes and horses.
  • 22 Sep 2015
    Endurance - Earthquake situation in Chili /CH–M-E–YJ Santo Domingo (CHI)

    Please find the information from the OC about the Earthquake situation in Chili.

  • 9 Sep 2015
    Endurance - Different appointments of Officials for CEI’s on the same day

    Dear Endurance Officials,

    In order to gain experience and speed up the promotion process, some officials cumulate roles during a day for different CEI categories at the same venue.

    This kind of practice has its advantages, but also disadvantages. While it’s true that an Official gains experience in different roles, it’s also true that he/she doesn’t take decisions alone as there will be other senior officials involved in the decision making process which is an integral part of the learning process.

    Therefore, in order to have a better grasp on the promotions to be approved by the FEI Endurance Department, the FEI Endurance Technical Committee have approved for trial period of six months, that requested promotions be approved only if the PGJ of the higher star ranking event of that day, makes a recommendation for the promotion.

    The trial period will run from  1 January to 1 July 2016. Should the trial prove efficient and appropriate then it will be continued, and if not, other measures will be sought for the evaluation of promotions.

    Endurance needs better equipped officials, and in order to do achieve this and increase the level of responsibility, a better evaluation system needs to be put in place.

    Before the event starts the PGJ will receive a form to be completed and returned signed to the FEI Endurance Department. Without this form duly received at the FEI, no promotion will be possible based on events were officials have officiated in the same day in more than one CEI.

    Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the FEI Endurance team.

    With kind regards,

    Manuel Bandeira de Mello

  • 2 Sep 2015
    Endurance - Newspaper / Article referring an interesting research study about Endurance
     
    Please find herewith the link to a very interesting article concerning a research study recently published.
     
    Officials, veterinarians, athletes and trainers may find the results of the research here:
     

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