Horses out of endurance for more than three years must requalify from novice before they can run over the longer distances, under new rules approved at Endurance GB’s (EGB) annual meeting.

The move follows the fatal injury sustained by Ijaaz at Hexham in August. An official investigation concluded his accident was unrelated to his fitness levels.

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However, EGB received many complaints that the 20-year-old stallion started competing with a new loaner this spring, five years after being retired and had been vetted out lame twice before Hexham.

EGB has also sought clarification about how new FEI rules on rest periods will apply to national rides.

An EGB spokesman said it would hold an extraordinary general meeting with the aim of introducing these further rules before the 2016 UK season.

Ref: H&H 10 December, 2015