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Endurance only became a competitive sport in the 1950s and only appeared in Europe in the 1960s. In 1982, the FEI recognised endurance as an official discipline and since then, its number of riders has continually increased. Endurance competitions take place against the clock on a 160-km route divide into loops, with veterinary checks before, during and after the competition. Every 20 kms, the rider and horse pair must stop at the “vet gate” where the horse will undergo a full vet check. The horse can only continue the competition if the vets judge it fit to do so.

A minimum rest period must be respected by each rider and horse pair at the end of each phase. The support crew is one of the essential features of endurance. The assistants supply the horses and riders with water along the course and make sure the horses are cooled down and are given the care required at each rest phase.

 

 

 

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