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Boudheib Initiative shifts focus to international races

Boudheib, United Arab Emirates. Monday 16 April 2017.
The Boudheib Endurance Organising Committee, creators of the Boudheib Initiative has been very pleased with the past season in the United Arab Emirates. After a busy calendar in the UAE the focus is now on international races abroad.

BEOC: “The Boudheib Initiative has been very successful throughout our 2016/17 winter season and is helping the sport to return to its origins whilst the Best Endurance Challenge Award (BECA) is providing a good basic structure for the future ‘Welfare of the Endurance Horse’. In Boudheib, natural tracks, now form up to 45% of some loops, and are naturally slowing down speeds; the strict 20km/h speed rules, the 56bpm heart rate and 10-minute presentation time for the vet checks are also having the desired effect. It seems that the horses, riders and trainers are becoming more accustomed to riding and training for these trails and everyone is starting to enjoy the BECA challenge.”
The comment continues: “The hugely exciting ‘Boudheib Worldwide’ conference took place in Boudheib last month, with many international endurance guests taking part. Consequently, great strides are being made in implementing the Boudheib Initiative Worldwide and many countries have come forward to request the use of the Boudheib rules, and BECA (Best Endurance Challenge Award) in their competitions. We are proud to announce the support of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for seven proposed international endurance events to take us through to the end of the year.”
The start of Boudheib’s international season will be on 27 May 2017 in South Africa. PWC Sondela Endurance Event Organizer, Susan Koekemoer is expecting a total of 200 horses and riders to take part in three categories namely 40, 80 and 120km using Boudheib’s BECA. The BECA protocol will run alongside their own National event and CEI1*.

Botswana competitors will make the 350km journey to participate in the South African race. And this for an exceptional idea with an invitational team competition between Botswana and local South African club teams that has been added to the event to promote the international spirit between teams. Five riders in each team predict their riding time for the 80km race and the team who finishes closest to their predicted time wins the team competition.
The PWC Sondela Endurance Ride, hosted by Premier Equestrian Club, has been held in the Sondela Nature Reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa for the past 15 years.

Race preview made with the help of the Boudheib Initiative.


Boudheib Initiative Proposed International Calendar of Events 
27 May 2017PretoriaSouth Africa
10 June 2017DwingalooNetherlands
21 July 2017MarbechGermany
22 August 2017AachenGermany
10 September 2017FloracFrance
15 November 2017Wadi RumJordan
30 December 2017Cat Springs, TexasUSA
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Boudheib Initiative shifts focus to international races

Boudheib, United Arab Emirates. Monday 16 April 2017.
The Boudheib Endurance Organising Committee, creators of the Boudheib Initiative has been very pleased with the past season in the United Arab Emirates. After a busy calendar in the UAE the focus is now on international races abroad.

BEOC: “The Boudheib Initiative has been very successful throughout our 2016/17 winter season and is helping the sport to return to its origins whilst the Best Endurance Challenge Award (BECA) is providing a good basic structure for the future ‘Welfare of the Endurance Horse’. In Boudheib, natural tracks, now form up to 45% of some loops, and are naturally slowing down speeds; the strict 20km/h speed rules, the 56bpm heart rate and 10-minute presentation time for the vet checks are also having the desired effect. It seems that the horses, riders and trainers are becoming more accustomed to riding and training for these trails and everyone is starting to enjoy the BECA challenge.”
The comment continues: “The hugely exciting ‘Boudheib Worldwide’ conference took place in Boudheib last month, with many international endurance guests taking part. Consequently, great strides are being made in implementing the Boudheib Initiative Worldwide and many countries have come forward to request the use of the Boudheib rules, and BECA (Best Endurance Challenge Award) in their competitions. We are proud to announce the support of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for seven proposed international endurance events to take us through to the end of the year.”
The start of Boudheib’s international season will be on 27 May 2017 in South Africa. PWC Sondela Endurance Event Organizer, Susan Koekemoer is expecting a total of 200 horses and riders to take part in three categories namely 40, 80 and 120km using Boudheib’s BECA. The BECA protocol will run alongside their own National event and CEI1*.

Botswana competitors will make the 350km journey to participate in the South African race. And this for an exceptional idea with an invitational team competition between Botswana and local South African club teams that has been added to the event to promote the international spirit between teams. Five riders in each team predict their riding time for the 80km race and the team who finishes closest to their predicted time wins the team competition.
The PWC Sondela Endurance Ride, hosted by Premier Equestrian Club, has been held in the Sondela Nature Reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa for the past 15 years.

Race preview made with the help of the Boudheib Initiative.


Boudheib Initiative Proposed International Calendar of Events 
27 May 2017PretoriaSouth Africa
10 June 2017DwingalooNetherlands
21 July 2017MarbechGermany
22 August 2017AachenGermany
10 September 2017FloracFrance
15 November 2017Wadi RumJordan
30 December 2017Cat Springs, TexasUSA
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