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The Open European Championship Endurance in Great Britain 2005 was canceled.  

Instead of Egland, the new place was,  Compiènge in France. on the last weekend of august 2005

Some information about the endurance sport with horses !!!!!!

Endurance is the fastest growing equine discipline, both nationally and internationally. Indeed at the 2002 World Equestrian games, only show jumping exceeded entries for endurance. The growth of the sport is probably a direct result of its ease of access – when starting, you do not need specific equipment or a particular breed of horse. A healthy horse, adequately conditioned, should be able to perform at the lower distances.

Endurance is unique in that a ‘Ride’ event can contain classes that encompass all ability levels, from the 15-mile Pleasure Rider through to the elite 100 mile class – often competing on the same route. Seldom in any other equestrian sport is it possible to see riders of such varying standard and ability together at one event.

The fact is that in 1993 there were only 18 FEI (internationally recognised) endurance competitions worldwide, compared to a huge total 0f 251 in 2003. In just ten years, endurance has grown by a staggering 1394%! It has spread to over 30 countries from continental America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia. Amid this frenzy of growth, Great Britain was successful in the bid to host The Open European Endurance Riding Championships in 2005 at Stourhead House and Gardens in Wiltshire, an elegant and stunning National Trust stately home and national tourist attraction.

Horses will ‘trot up’ for the vetinerary inspection in Stourhead Park where competitors, spectators and visitors alike, will be able to soak up the quintessentially ‘English country home’ surroundings.

With such a glorious setting, this competition will be the ‘Badminton’ of the Endurance calendar, 2005.

Stourhead House enjoys excellent communications via the A303, one of the major roads to the South West of England. There is easy access to the A303 from the M4, M5, M25 and M3.

Why Invest in Endurance Riding?

Horse riding is on the increase generally. Instead of it being an ‘elitist’ activity, it is now enjoyed by a much larger socio economic group – many newcomers to horse-riding and ownership are women whose children are at school, who now have the time and the money with which to indulge their dreams.

Endurance has universal appeal – all you need is a horse.

To make the Open European Endurance Championships 2005 into a deservedly prestigious event, Endurance GB are seeking sponsorship.

The sport of endurance is about to make a huge impact on the marketplace. It is growing at a phenomenal rate worldwide, with many nations beginning to set up state funded breeding and training programmes.

The Middle East has already invested vast sums of money into the sport worldwide and other nations are following fast.

There are many reasons why your company should act now to become involved in this new marketplace, some of which are as follows: Endurance needs no major infrastructure such as a racecourse – it is a ‘portable’ sport. All that is required is a field for a venue and countryside over which a course can be run. Horse riding is now enjoyed by a much wider section of society – even to the pleasure rider, it is important to get more ‘distance’ from the horse. Instead of the ‘old-style’ horsemen who would ‘make do and mend’, owners are more susceptible to targeted advertising. Endurance is accessible to owner/riders on a low budget as well as to specific trainers – appeal is across the board. Specific trainers will purchase certain products in larger quantities, but the single horse owner often spends proportionately more on his/her ‘pet’ than businesses – spreading the marketing net further. One endurance rider requires a support crew of up to 4 people, who are vital – as in rally driving – a rider cannot compete without one. The sport extends to the leisure industry with sales opportunities for businesses involved in clothes, camping, vehicles, etc. Ask yourself - Can you afford to ignore a market that has increased by nearly 1,400% in just ten years?

Endurance is the ‘youngest child’ in the equine world, but it is one with a pedigree of success. Becoming involved will not be a leap of faith – just look at the figures and see what joining forces to make the sport of endurance a success in Great Britain could do for your business!

 A rider’s view

Endurance riding is the fastest growing equine sport – not only in the UK but world wide. It is a true test of fitness, endurance and horsemanship with One Rider, One Horse, racing One Hundred Miles in one day: it is the equine equivalent of marathon running.

Read the following to gain an insight into a 100 mile endurance race.

“I am nearing the end of a 100 mile endurance race. My horse has carried me for 91 miles and both he and I have been through both excruciating low and exhilarating high points today.

On the start line at 4.30am, just before daybreak, with a throng of experienced endurance horses anxious to be on their way, I did not think I would hold him. He plunged and cavorted as the timekeeper counted us down before the start as the mist cleared. I tried to hold him steady as we set off, to keep him safe and well on the first of his six stages of this event but he fought me, keen to do his job. .

The end of the first stage of 18 miles to the veterinary check arrives before I realise. He is hot and needs cooling and calming before we present to the vet to be allowed to continue. In a manner that emulates the professionalism and speed of a Formula One Pit Stop, my crew meet me, pick up my time card, remove the saddle and pour water on the horse to cool him, examine his feet and check his heart rate. All the while, the clock is ticking – I am still in riding time. Quickly, the heart rate of this fit horse falls and we declare, ”ready to present”. The clock stops. The vet examines the horse to ensure he is ‘fit to continue’. His heart rate is acceptable and he trots up sound and is allowed to progress to the next stage, once my wonderful horse has rested a while and eaten his fill.

This nerve-wracking and exhausting performance is repeated no less than 6 times throughout the 100 miles. We have had our share of nail-biting as the horse has been examined on the way, but his stamina and determination has brought us this far. Now we are at the front of the field and need to stay there, whilst scouring the ground before us for anything that could prevent us from crossing that finish line.

It is late; the sun is low. I am tired and sore, but the knowledge that we are nearly at the end must lighten my seat, as my horse has a surge of energy and feels strong. Another rider is close behind and is coming nearer. Her horse looks good.

I want to cross that line first, but need to keep my head and stay tuned to my horse’s every last silent signal to me. Finally reaching the finish line I am met with the applause of crews and crowd. This moment has been the climax of years of hard preparation. We know each other so well from this experience - my horse doesn’t breathe without me knowing.

It is a culmination of scientific and physical preparation, blended with sheer personality and guts; both horse and human alike……”