“Endurance riding only became a competitive sport in the 1950s and it was only in the 1960s that the discipline was brought to Europe. In 1982, the FEI approved Endurance Riding as an official discipline and gradually the number of rides increased from four to eighteen.
The widely famous and ever growing FEI equestrian sport of Endurance had seen its inception in the Kingdom of Bahrain on the 7th April 2000. Inspired by the success of the First International Championship, the Kingdom initiated the season to begin from October to May every year for hosting FEI and National events beginning with a distance from the modest 80 KM to the outstanding 160 KM were all showcased at the venue.
In 2004, under the leadership of H.H. Sh. Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the President of NF Bahrain, the Kingdom received the honour to be host to the FEI World Endurance Championship for Juniors and Young Riders. It was an ignition the Kingdom needed along with the outstanding patronage and support of His Majesty the King under whose leadership the sport had progressed so far, the Kingdom of Bahrain set forth to build its own equestrian village.
The equestrian village of Bahrain was commissioned in 2005 for hosting the Kingdom’s first ever FEI World Endurance Championships for Juniors and Young Riders on the 17th December, the same year. A total of 32 countries had arrived to the Kingdom to take part in this prestigious and historic event. The future of Bahrain Endurance remained bright and colourful following the success of the event which acted as the catalyst for the amazing growth of the sport.
Today, all equestrian endurance events hosted at the Bahrain International Endurance Village is organized under the patronage and leadership of H.H. Sh. Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the President of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation and under the support of H.M. The King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa.
About Equestrian Endurance
Endurance Riding 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. To be successful, the competitor must have knowledge of pace and efficient and safe use of the horse across country.
Unlike many other octane powered sports, the equestrian sport of Endurance spans history - speaks all languages and transcends age and gender with a contagious spirit. It is family oriented. It dictates dedication, courage, confidence and commitment. There is no equestrian sport equal to this unity between horse and rider. Equestrian Endurance Rides are held worldwide.
The FEI or International Equestrian Federation is the key authority in the world that dictates and manages the rules of equestrian endurance as well as several other equestrian disciplines to its affiliated member Federations that are present in approximately 130 countries. In Bahrain, the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation handle’s the equestrian sport of Endurance and Show Jumping.
International Endurance Rides are referred with the category of the ride and the star rating they fall into e.g. CEI (Concours de Raid d’Endurance International) 1*, 2*, 3* or 4*.
Hence, the FEI has defined four star levels for the CEI rides to be categorized, they are as follows,
4 Star: Senior Championships of a minimum of 160 km in one day, Junior and Young Rider Championships of a minimum of 120 km, maximum of 130km in one day. omega replica watches
3 Star: All rides of 140 km – 160 km in one day, or 90-100 km over 2 days, or 70- 80 km over 3 days or more.
2 Star: All rides between 120 km and 139 km in one day or between 70 km and 89 km over two days.
1 Star: (Low Level Event) all rides between 80 km and 119 km in one day.
Endurance Ride Championships at The Bahrain International Endurance Village
The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation organises FEI international endurance championship rides with distances of 80, 100, 120 and 160 KM, divided into stages, at the Bahrain International Endurance Village from November to May every year.