Endurance is a long-distance competition against the clock testing 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.
As riders we are always worried out our equine athletes soundness no matter what level we train. Lou Barton from the Horse Talk Show sat down with Dr. Ryan Meeks from Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida to discuss all things sports medicine. Read More
Completing one of the American Endurance Ride Conference’s rides can be quite an accomplishment for any horse, but for Wee B Jelly Bean, it was a truly heartwarming athletic achievement. You see, Jelly is a miniature horse (AMHR #271916A), and her completion at the Hat Creek Hustle 25-mile ride... Read More
"It was a very tough day”, Punti Dachs said. “There were magnificent horses in front of me, but endurance sometimes happens like this. You do everything right and then something goes wrong. It’s like life.” In a day of weather that changed as often as the ride leaders, Spain’s Jaume Punti Dachs... Read More
A record 46 nations will contest the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 today (17 September), with the world’s top Endurance athletes already on-site at Slovakia’s state-of-the-art Šamorín Equestrian Centre, brain-child of Slovakian businessman Mario Hoffmann. “We have the best... Read More
The Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 will be held in Samorin (SVK) following a decision at yesterday’s FEI Bureau monthly teleconference meeting. A unanimous proposal from the FEI Endurance Committee recommending the Slovakian venue received the support of the full Bureau. “We were... Read More
ThinLine products provide exceptional benefits for both horse and rider. A panel of ThinLine Shock absorbing breathable foam is sewn onto the base product- cotton in this pad. In addition to the best protection for your horse there is a pocket to place shims for saddle fit adjustment if needed.... Read More
The FEI, as part of its continued efforts to ensure strong measures for Endurance in the UAE are taken, has today held talks with the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF) in Abu Dhabi (UAE). FEI Endurance Director Manuel Bandeira de Mello met with EEF Vice President Mohammad Alkamali, EEF... Read More
The Federation was built on the backs of our members and staff working collaboratively. We all have great respect for our many breeds and disciplines and believe that we can pull together to get our sport on track despite the challenges we face. Our common interests of fair play, horse welfare... Read More
Join us Friday, January 15, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. for a Coaching Forum as part of the 2016 USEF Annual Meeting. As we work to enhance and grow equestrian sport, the Coaching Forum is intended to gather member input on the viability of developing a coaching pipeline for equestrian sport in the U.S.... Read More
The USEF Board of Directors recently approved a rule change, which expands the range of responsible parties for violations of the USEF's Drugs and Medications rules. Beginning December 1, 2015, the rule will include additional categories of individuals who are responsible and accountable parties,... Read More

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