Endurance GB, the new governing body for endurance
riding in England and Wales has been in existence now for a full
year; 2002 saw increased participation in this friendly discipline
and the South East particularly saw many rides extremely well attended.
The South East Group of Endurance GB are planning
a full programme of rides to cater for all tastes and abilities:
from shorter distance pleasure rides to the FEI 160km classes, which
should attract top competitors from all around the country and beyond.
Pleasure Ride classes are open to members
and non- members alike and give horses and riders an opportunity
get a taste of what the sport entails. As the name implies the main
point of the exercise is to have fun! The only other proviso is
that your horse is sound and you complete at between 8 and 13km
per hour (moderate hacking speed).
Non -members are also permitted to enter the
shorter (up to 40km) set speed and graded rides, although the horses
have to be registered and have a log book (contact national office
for details – see below).
Perhaps one of the most distinguishing features
of endurance riding is the consideration given to the horses; all
the horses are seen by a vet and a farrier, before starting the
ride and seen again by a vet at the end (check heart rate and soundness).
On longer advanced rides more thorough checks are given at regular
intervals; these are known as vet gates.
If you are interested in finding out more about
this exciting sport then feel free to contact one of the South East
Committee members for an informal chat;
Margaret Montgomerie 01628 823878
Liz Walton 01304 369811
Peter and Leo Davenport 01825 740347
Joyce Whatley 01730 826878
Maggie Pattinson 01276 472842
Andrea Baker 01483 2333001
Nicola Cramond 01273 887690
Su Baldry 01276 513161
Georgie Calcutt 01892 770646
Details concerning membership of EGB can be obtained
from the National Office at Stoneleigh ;
The NAC, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2RP.
Tel; 02476698863 Fax 02476 418429