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New blueprint for endurance

Endurance riders are being asked for their comments as new strategy plan is unveiled

A six-year strategy plan for Endurance GB is to be unveiled to members on the sport’s website at www.endurancegb.co.uk

The strategy, which has been co-ordinated by Susan Hawes, covers plans for the growth of endurance in the UK between 2002 and 2008 and members are being asked for their comments.

The document, which will be used as a blueprint for the new society assesses both the sport’s strengths and weaknesses.

It sets out the aim of increasing membership by 20% in each year covered by the report and describes one of endurance riding’s greatest assets as its fresh appealparticularly to younger riders and to families.

The formation of a single body to speak for the sport at national level is seen as central to the potential growth of the sport as is Britain’s past track record as a major player on the international circuit.

Poor funding and a weak financial position due to the impact of FMD, a previously poor image among other equestrian sports and the lack of a breeding programme for endurance horses are seen as some of the challenges

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