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FEI MEYDAN World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors

Expectations grows around the World Endurance Championship YR

 

The meeting of September 23rd in Sigurtà Garden Park sets a very important moment for worldwide endurance movement; at the stake isn’t only a title, a cup, but a pass for all future main stages like WEGs of Tryon (U.S.A.) or whatever future big event.

Italian Endurance Festival’s Committee is working hard, and the organization’s machine is so well prepared that just a very few things need to be arranged and modified, before “turning the key” and have the whole thing started.

Experience and versatility are just two of the aspects charachterizing this dynamic group working behind scenes, always on the look for details and standards among the highest.

Meydan force on one side, Organization Committee capabilities on the other, are an incredible warranty for success.

Stay tuned!

www.italiaendurancefestival.com 

 

Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters 2017

From 16 to 19th August, Brussels is getting ready to host the biggest equestrian endurance event of the year 2017!

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Yves Richardier: Thank you Persik for all you have done for us

Yves Richardier, Godfather of French Endurance Horses

Thank you Persik for all you have done for us. We will always remember you

By Sophie Robert-Taymont

Who is Yves Richardier?

Everything started in the Cévennes National Parc when the body took on an equine technical consultant in 1972: The recruitment by competitive examination involved the hiring of Yves Richardier.

He initially had two main tasks: to form the proper cavalry for the park wardens, and to launch environmental projects to improve economic and societal life of National Park residents.

Working on these tasks, Richardier got the idea to create a breeding area for endurance horses. They would be tested and selected on a kind of french Tevis Cup: Florac was born!

The project included the creation of two entities: one to form a breeders labor union (foundation of Persikland), and a second to set up the Florac endurance race. The first presidents of these entities were respectively Michel Bordes (a rider and breeder from Nissoulogres) and Christiane Chazel (arabian breeder and one of the first international endurance riders).

Although the arabian horses were at this time mainly used for show or speed races, Yves wanted these horses to make justice to the original Bedouine horses by their physical, metabolic and mental qualities, they would have to carry heavy weight, far and fast.

Yves selected Persik who started covering mares in 1975 and won twice the Florac race (initally 130 km) in 1975 and 1976.

Having a look at statistics really proves Yves Richardier was right since 152 on his 328 descendants have been ranked on CEI2* or CEI3*.

Moreover, these genetic predispositions seem to be given by sons and daughters of Persik to their descendants. There was 37 stallions by Persik which were often performers (25 of them ranked on 2* or 3*) and they mostly produced performers in the same time (27 on these 37 have at least a top 3 descendant). No need to say that Persik hasn’t stole his title of « Best endurance Stallion of the World ».

Yves’ personal horse breeding, named Indian Arabians, was formed by only 2 or 3 mares at the  time.

The breeder said he couldn’t afford more and chose to put forward quality rather than quantity. Money was the restricting factor of its development and it led Yves to regret to have sold some mares he believed in and which becamed mother of winners in other breeding places…

Favorite bloodlines

Yves Richardier considers that the best maternal bloodlines are those used to make the Persikland breeding, and also some australian, oriental and spanish ones.

He insists on the fact that selection for « making an endurance horse » has to be done by crossing performers.

His favorite stallions ever are Persik,  Hadban  Enzahi,  Exelsjor, Forex, Baj, Zulus, Dormane, Indian Tawfik,  Arzew, Piruet, Abul  Beka,  Indriss, … and his current picks are Persicko, Fadasir, Arques Perspex, Khadar, Djin Lotois, Tauqui El Masan, Ulm de Domenjoi, Tidjani and Sadepers.

France in Worldwide Endurance

Although the french team might not be the unbeatable team it used to be anymore, Yves insists on the fact that France still owns the leadership by the quality and the number of performers produced.

He’s quite confident on the fact that french horses will keep their ranking as France has a well-thought-out and structured endurance breeding.

Yves said that France has -and must keep having-very professional breeders and knowledgeable judges to spot interesting horses on breeding show and qualifying races (from 20 to 90 km).

Although, Yves believes that Spain has a lot to teach to France and that french riders should have training periods with spanish champions as Jaume Punti Dachs who wins with french (or french bloodlined) horses most of the time.

Wishes for a new endurance

Yves Richardier hopes that rules will progress as soon as possible, as Stéphane Chazel suggested this year.

He thinks that Bouthieb initiative is a very good thing for horses wellfare and is glad to see that event planners like Christele Derosch follow these actions.

Perfect endurance horse

 

When asking « how would you describe the perfect endurance horse ? », Yves gets nostalgic and lets his heart reply: «  How would you expect me to reply to this question when you know I’ve been riding Persik until he turned 26 years old… ».

He can develop though and says that in his opinion the perfect endurance horse is arabian or mostly arabian, around 1,54 m.

Its hindquarters must be as longer as possible, no croup too level and no goose-rump, and reasonably wide. Its back should be as strung as possible to be efficient. « If hindquarters are as long or longer as back and loins, buy that horse with one’s eyes shut » (Bedouin quote). Its feet have to be strong, preferably not too flat neither built-in. Knees, hocks and fetlock joints must be dry and strong.

Yves explains that inevitably, as a horse has 4 legs, we shouldn’t expect all of them to be perfect and that we should consider their conformation according to the way it moves. So, if a slight deviation should be accepted, it would be a pigeon-toed as long as it starts under fetlocks.

And in any case, the most important thing is that all feet land flat.

Its shoulders have to be made in the aim to give amplitude to its gallop.

On a gloval view, Yves talks about the quiet strenght emanating from the horse, the economy and effcience of its motion, the thinness of its tissues, …

Breeding methodology

Even if Yves considers that extensive farming as breeders do on Cévennes limestone plateau, he thinks it’s important to pay attention to foals and yearlings by  proper feeding and cares.

You just can’t make champions by chance!

Lucia junior Supekova: to me the word “endurance” means freedom…

Lucia junior Supekova: to me the word “endurance” means freedom, speed and, last but not least, team spirit

 

On 30th April 2017 she was 1° in the FEI Young Riders Endurance Ranking

Let ´s get to know Lucia better…

I am 17 years old and I have been a sportswoman since I was born. When I was a little girl I began with downhill skiing because my father was a professional downhill skier. Later I got into athletics, but I stopped when I was fifteen, because it was impossible to practice two sports at top level.

When  I turned eight, my sister Michaela and I started practicing endurance riding, and in addition to that we spent hours in the gym with our personal trainer Tomas Tschur and with the physiotherapist.

I ride for the JK Napoli team in Šamorín, at x-bionic sphere beautiful sports center.

My trainer is Mario Hoffmann. My favourite horse and biggest love is Bwuagadugo – a twelve year old gelding… the one I won the race in Sweden with in 2015. We have successfully completed the President of the U.A.E. Cup in Abu Dhabi in spring 2016 and also won the Slovak Junior Championship in autumn last year.

 

When and why did you start riding? Just a family passion or something more?

Everything started when my dad went hunting to Kirgichstan where he was supposed to spend a couple of weeks on a horse and had to learn how to ride.

When he came back home, he decided to buy the horse that he rode during those two weeks. Considering that he didn´t have much time, my mum started to ride him and then we joined too.

Our first horse (Balkan: CH-M-YJ-E 120 Babolna-HUN 2009, WEG-E Lexington-USA 2010, CH-M-E Euston Park-GBR 2012, CH-EU-E 160 Most 2013, WEG-E Caen-FRA 2014) was stabled in an endurance stable. Endurance was so enchanting for all of us that we decided to dedicate all our time and energy to this sport. Endurance has become a family passion and our lifestyle.

What do you like the best about competing in endurance rides?

Endurance to me is freedom, speed and, last but not least, team spirit, love for horses and adrenaline. This sport fulfills me and it gives me everything I need.

When I’m on the track I experience all kind of possible emotions: joy, sadness, happiness, fear for the horse, laughter, despair, tears … All these feelings are worth the success, a kind of success that equates all the effort that lies behind it. I fell in love with this sport because of the unpredictable feelings it causes within you.

 

In your opinion what does the horse think about when competing?

This is very individual… I believe every horse thinks about something different, probably some of my horses think about running faster to win, others just enjoy the feeling of being in nature or maybe think about food.

DSC01432It is exactly what happens with people, everybody thinks about something, but after years of practice I realized that it would be much better to “switch off” your mind and just focus on the ride. Endurance is mainly based on the head, the rider’s and the horse’s head. Although it is not easy, I believe that a positive way of thinking is always at the basis of success.

 

 

20° Big Mountain Trophy – Torgnon (Ita) 2017

 

The Tevis Cup, the Tom Quilty Cup and Florac are definitely the three most popular and toughest endurance races in the world.

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Italian Championship 2017: 74 starters

The Italian Championship Senior and Young Riders will be held in San Vito Al Tagliamento (Pordenone) on 2 of June 2017.

The north east part of Italy will attend 74 riders from all Italian peninsula.

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Enduro Cheval: “professional races for amateurs”…

2017 will stay a rollercoaster year for the association Enduro Cheval, historical organiser of the Raid Yvelines – which will have left its mark into the global Endurance riding… Today, about to hit 40 years old and after one or two years of trial and error, the association is changing around three elements: a new address (Haras des Bréviaires), races dedicated to the Amateur and Club riders, technological innovation.

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In preparation FEI World Equestrian GamesTM Tryon 2018

In preparation for the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM Tryon 2018 (FEI WEG), Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) held the first Chefs de Mission meeting from Monday, April 30, through Wednesday, May 3, welcoming organizational leaders of national equestrian federations from around the world to the venue, as preparations for the Games continue.
Leaders from fifteen National Federations attended the meeting to discuss event logistics, travel, hospitality, lodging, and sport with the event’s Organizing Committee, comprised of both the TIEC leadership and key members of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

More info on: www.tryon.com
Tryon International Equestrian Center & Tryon Resort.

Tordera and T-Track: amazing result

13.000 spectactors followed Tordera’s ride LIVE on www.t-trackgps.com
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FEI Meydan World Endurance Championship for Juniors & Young Riders 2017

Valeggio sul Mincio (Vr) , Parco Sigurtà, will be the location of the next FEI Meydan World Endurance Chapionship for Juniors & Young Riders 2017.
Valeggio’s racecourse is fast but technical at the same time due to different types of ground: a hard and straight track along the river and beautiful trails across the vineyards, typical of these hilly landscapes.
Will be held in Valeggio others categories like the FEI OPEN Meydan Italia Endurance Cup CEI2*, CEI2YR, CEI1* and the really appreciated CEI2* Ladies.
From 5th of May, all the informations will be available on th official siti of the event, www.italiaendurancefestival.com

RAJAS alias Roman de Gargassan: “a Great victory is the result of a great job”

Rajas recently won the H.H. Sh. Mohammed Al Maktoum Endurance Cup CEI3* ridden by Humaid Matar Rashed Al Mazrooei.

We spoke with Mademoiselle Marianne Capdeville, breeder of Rajas

Tell us his story, starting from his birth till the day he was sold. Who bought him?

His father is Perfect de Lafon (Padrons Image x Papouchka) and his mother, Muse de Gargassan, was born in the breeding center of Gargassan. My friends Bertrand, Christine Valette and I bought Devitsa, the mother of Papouchka, in the Netherlands.

Papouchka became world reserved champion in show beauty due to her powerful movements. I consider movement and body one of the most important elements in a horse.

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Stefanie Arnold: “I changed my life for work and horses lover”

Photos by Barbara Miller

My name is Stefanie Arnold; I am 35 years old and here is my story:

I visit the UAE my first time in 2002, I was a groom of my two cousins at the President Cup in Abu Dhabi.

My second time I visit Dubai, was in 2005 for the World Championship in Endurance.

I was helping and grooming my sister Rebecca during the race. She was participating the 160-km race with our family horse Zahib.

During that stay, I made a lot of friends here in Dubai. Visiting the UAE, a several times and did a few races here in the desert.

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