Endurance is a competition to test the competitor’s ability to safely manage the stamina and fitness of the horse over an endurance course in a competition against the track, the distance, the climate, the terrain and the clock. Endurance is included in the World Equestrian Games every four years and has either a World or European Championships in every other year.
At a World Equestrian Games:
Against the clock, the one day competition, is set over a distance of 160km; there are 6 phases with 5 compulsory halts, where vets access the horses’ fitness to continue. The competitor who finishes in the shortest time and passes the final vet inspection is declared the world champion. Horses can be of any breeding but must be at least 8 years old.
At each gate there is a minimum amount of time the horse is held for, ranging from 40-50 minutes. The clock is still running when a horse arrives at the vet check and runs until the horse is presented to the vet. At each gate, the horse must be declared fit to continue.
A maximum of four combinations can represent their nation in the team event. The team title is awarded to the team with the best combined times from the fastest three riders, all of whom must have passed the final vet inspection. The Best Conditioned Judging Award is presented the day after the event.