The Features of Endurance Riding and Its Governance in America

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If you are familiar with the marathon and cross-country racing, it should not be difficult to envisage how the event of endurance horse racing works.

The Features of Endurance Riding and Its Governance in America

If you are familiar with the marathon and cross-country racing, it should not be difficult to envisage how the event of endurance horse racing works. Deviating from the traditional horseracing based on horses running over fixed distances like the flat racing covered by the TVG horse races or horses drawing carriages while racing as you see in harness racing, endurance horseracing takes place over much longer distances that can be up to 100 miles per day over natural terrains. In some cases, the race can take place over a few days too. This kind of racing is quite popular in the US that holds yearly competitions of the event for more than fifty years. The event that we see today has a long and exciting history.

The history of the race in America

Although horseracing is as old as the hills, endurance racing as a sport that has become popular among Americans has a history of just over one hundred years. In the 1900s, the seeds of the sporting event were sown in the form of military tests for the cavalry. It tested the endurance level of horses that had to cover 300 miles or 483 km in five days while carrying a load of 200 pounds. In the 1950s, taking a cue from the military testing procedure, the sporting event took a formal shape that we see today. During the course of development, distances have become shorter and timings reduced to attract more riders.
The most significant moment of the sport came in 1978 when the governing body for the Olympic and World equestrian events Federation Equestere Internationale (FEI), gave recognition to endurance riding that became an international sport. It paved the way for popularizing the sport in America, Europe, and Asia.

AERC - The American Endurance Ride Conference

The AERC, which is the official national governing body of the sport in the US, controls endurance riding in North America. The AERC sets the rules and regulations for the sport and is also responsible for maintaining the records pertaining to lifetime mileage, ride points and awards databases in relation to the horses that participate in national and international horse riding events. Seven hundred events in the US and Canada take place under the watchful eyes of AERC.

Testing of horses

For horses to qualify in endurance events, it must pass the mandatory vet check for soundness of health before the event. During the course of the ride, the horse has to stop or hold as stipulated by law to bring down its heart rate to 60 to 68 beats per minute. Horses that fail to meet this parameter end up by out of the competition. There is no age bar for riders, and the most exciting aspect is that the entire family can participate as a group yet win the event as individuals.
It can take about a year for a rider and horse to prepare and qualify for a 50-mile event and to qualify for 100-mile event it may take many years.

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