jeudi 29 avril 2010

British Team Development Squad in Belgium


Endurancegb.co.uk

26th April 2010

The squad is going to Mont le Soie, Belgium leaving the UK on wednesday 28th April. They will be riding in the 120k 2* ride on Sunday 3rd May. Team details .....


Larissa Whiley - Ben Shah
Sue Rich - Czako
Heather Whiteley - Shafabah
Claire Bruce - Ah Diba
Louise Rich - Cziko
Charlotte Hirst - WFA Leena

All riding in the 120k 2* ride on Sunday 3rd May

lundi 26 avril 2010

Florac is back

hyppoblog - http://hyppoblog.blogscheval.net/archive/2010/04/26/florac-is-back.html C’est fait. L’association Lozère Endurance Équestre organisera, à Florac, le Championnat d’Europe 2011. Une victoire méritée, après une année entière de campagne administrative, chemin de croix des organisateurs candidats à ce genre de manifestation big size… D’abord, obtenir le soutien indispensable des institutions locales. Ensuite, répondre aux exigences de la Fédération Française d’Équitation (FFE). Enfin, séduire la Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). L’année, alors, passe vite. Jusqu’à ce mois de mars dernier, où Ian Williams (responsable technique FEI), Nicky Kennedy (responsable FFE à l'international) et Jean-Louis Leclerc (sélectionneur national) sont venus juger sur place de la pertinence d’une candidature historique. Car Florac, c’est l’histoire – le berceau d’une endurance qui entre aujourd’hui dans l’âge adulte. C’est LA course. Dure. Le froid, la montagne, la pierre. Inéluctable. L’ambiance, la gloire, le plaisir. Course mythique, héroïque, anti-arithmétique. La distance ne s’y compte pas en kilomètres, mais en pas, dont chacun rapproche de l’arrivée, du Graal. Peut-être même davantage qu’une course, un symbole. Celui, pour Ian Williams, d’un retour aux « qualités d’antan » de l’endurance. En d’autres termes, ceux de Jean-Louis Leclerc, le retour à « une course de cavaliers plutôt qu’une course de chevaux ». Retour aux sources, donc. Celles d’une discipline qui mêle sport, aventure et géographie. Mais cette version de l’endurance est-elle soluble dans le futur, tourné vers des courses plates, rapides et sableuses ? En matière de message, le choix de Florac n’est sans doute pas anodin. L’Europe reste le fief de l’endurance. C’est elle qui fixe les règles. Pas les pays émergents de la discipline – Dubaï, Qatar, UAE. Pourtant, Tartas s’est gagnée cette année à 26Km/h, Huelgoat à 24… Néanmoins le problème ici n’est pas de savoir qui a raison, mais plutôt de relever ceci : chaque course attire ses cavaliers, qui eux-mêmes réagissent à des motivations différentes – la passion, l’argent, l’image, le classement, l’habitude, l’aligot. Chaque course a sa place sur le circuit international. Par contre ce choix de Florac, qui reste une excellente nouvelle et démontre les qualités d’une organisation pérenne, révèle une évolution. Le Championnat d’Europe semble se forger une identité, un code ADN. Une identité forcément et naturellement européenne, attachée à une tradition, à des valeurs, à une méthode. Mais cette personnalité européenne, forte et attachante, ne doit pas venir s’opposer à celle, plus contemporaine, d’un circuit mondial autrement abordé. À chacun sa culture, et à chacun sa nature – le désert ne se traverse pas comme une forêt de pins. Le Championnat du Monde, alors, ne doit pas ressembler à l’échéance européenne. Aux cavaliers de choisir, l’un, l’autre ou les deux. Sans hiérarchie. Sans jugement. Sans contrainte. Et les fédérations n’y peuvent rien, hormis s’adapter à la situation, ouverte comme jamais… En attendant, rendez-vous demain soir à Florac pour fêter l’événement à travers un rituel historiquement européen et génétiquement français : boire ensemble une coupe de champagne.

jeudi 8 avril 2010

Spain: Presentacion Oficial del V Kaliber-Andalucia.

El Raid Blog Esta manana en la sede central de la Cruz del Campo en Sevilla, se ha presentado oficialmente el V Kaliber-Andalucia con la presencia de D. Manuel Jimenez Barrios, Secretario General para el Deporte Consejeria de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucia; D. Diego Antonanzas de Toledo, Director de Sponsoring y Eventos de Imagen de Heineken España y de D. Jose Manuel Soto Alarcon como alma mater del Kaliber-Andalucia. Empezo el acto con la presentacion oficial del Cartel anunciador del V Kaliber-Andalucia. Posteriormente tomo la palabra Jose Manuel Soto el cual presento el video del Raid confeccionado con bellas imagenes de Kaliber anteriores. Tambien informo del recorrido por los bellos parajes andaluces y de las dificultades generales que estos ultimos tiempos estamos pasando, pero que a pesar de todo, sigue adelante este bello evento ecuestre. This morning at the headquarters of the Cruz del Campo in Seville, has officially launched the V-Kaliber Andalucia with the presence of D. Manuel Jimenez Barrios, Secretary General for Sport Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Sports of the Junta de Andalucia, D. Antonanzas Diego de Toledo, Director of Sponsoring & Events Image Heineken Spain and D. Jose Manuel Soto Alarcon alma mater as the Kaliber-Andalucia. Empezo the event with the official launch of the V Poster Kaliber-Andalucia. Later, speaking Jose Manuel Soto who presented the video of the raid made with beautiful images of previous Kaliber. Also reported the tour of the beautiful places in Andalusia and the general difficulties in recent times we are passing, but nevertheless, keep going this beautiful equestrian event. Then responsible for Kaliber spoke in Andalucia, as one of the leading proponents of this Raid and meaning the magnificent views of the event. Cerro the act the Secretary General for Sport of the Junta de Andalucia, reminding the union that unites him with Jose Manuel in the Raid, because since the first Al-Andalus, is supporting the sport, which provides information to Andalucia by worldwide. At the close of this presentation, they gave us all the wizard with glasses of beer, accompanied by rich viands prepared by Gambrinus school students with a good ham from our friend Maximilian.

jeudi 1 avril 2010

Great Britain: All abilities and ages hit road for endurance event

Thisiswesternmorningnews.co.uk - Full Article

Thursday, April 01, 2010

T HE Wadebridge endurance ride is the longest running ride in the South West, having taken place every year since the 1970s.

It is always the first competitive ride of the season and for many endurance riders, it is the start of the 'serious' stuff.

With its mixture of roadwork, forestry and tracks, it also makes a good ride for young horses or riders doing 32km (20 miles) for the first time. The steady roadwork to checkpoint one, particularly the long hill up to Burlawn, takes the edge off the excited horses before they reach the faster tracks in the forestry.

This part of the route is then followed by a mixture of lanes and tracks, before the long uphill stretch back to the Royal Cornwall Showground. This brings the horses back to the finish and the final vetting at a sensible pace.

One rider who was giving her four- year-old Arab stallion, Silver Zaanif, his very first outing, was Jemma Jackson, from St John near Torpoint.

"He is a pleasure to ride, interested in everything but so laid back," she said. "We had a fabulous ride.

"Everything at the venue was so peaceful and mellow, and all the other riders and the officials were friendly and welcoming.

"We shall definitely come again although I am only getting him out and about occasionally this year, he's too young to do much and I intend to bring him on slowly."

Silver Zaanif, who is 100 per cent Crabbet bred (traditional line of English breeding), is expecting his first foal later this month, out of a bay Crabbet mare imported from Australia, called Palma Benay.

The main sponsor for the Wadebridge ride was Sweet Meadow Horse Feeds, who donated a prize for the Best Conditioned horse in each class, as judged by the veterinary team at the final vetting. Equus Health gave prizes for the Best Turned Out horses and riders. Donations were collected for Shelter Box, who gave a display of the contents of the boxes sent out to disasters worldwide.

In the 64km class, Rachael Sargent and Drummer won the Best Turned out prize and Michael Stone and MC Lorenzo won the Best Conditioned prize. In the 50km class, Julia Wolfendale and Eluard were the Best Turned Out and Frances Webster's Jesta was the Best Conditioned horse. In the Novice 50km class Carolyn Thomas with Meneth Crystal Rose won both awards.

In the 32km class, Dee Hall with Firefly Imp, was the Best Turned Out and Kazaway ridden by Jane James was the Best Conditioned. In the 32km novice Class, Katie Came-Johnson and Pompei won the Best Turned Out prize for the second year running and Ginny Gidley's Desert Kudoss was the Best Conditioned.

The Best Shod Horse of the day was Ally McBeal, ridden by Tamsin Swiddles, who won a prize for their farrier.

The next competitive ride in the South West will be Blue Chip St Meubred's on Sunday, April 25.

Before this, there are three short training rides, the Fal Valley Clay Ride, Ladock and the Broadbury Ride. For details and entry forms visit www.endurancegbsouthwest.co.uk.

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