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Starting
Out

Decided that you what to try Endurance but you're unsure where to start?

You've come to the right spot! Please browse the resources below for more information on the wonderful sport of Endurance Horse Riding. There's also a New Rider Info Brochure which is full of useful information before your first event.

FAQs

StartingOutFAQ
  • Do I need to be a member before my first ride?
    No! There are options to join as a "Day Member" for Introductory and Intermediate rides (5km - 60km) This is paid for when you enter the event and select "Day Membership"
  • How do I become a member of NSW or a Zone?
    To become a member of NSW please find the Membership Form under the Members Tab, once completed send to the Registrar as listed on the form To become a member of a local Zone or Endurance Club please contact your local endurance Club or Zone.
  • What level of membership do I need?
    Adult Riding · Full level of membership is for people turning 18 years or older in the current calendar year. · Holding this membership allows you to enter any ride distance providing Novice requirements have been met · Entitled to vote at the NSW AGM Junior Riding · Junior full membership for people under the age of 18 years in the current calendar year · Holding this membership allows you to enter any ride distance providing Novice requirements have been met · Juniors are not entitled to vote at the NSW AGM Intermediate Riding · Intermediate membership for people of any age · Holding this membership allows you to enter any Introductory* or Intermediate** ride · Not entitled to vote at the NSW AGM Associate Membership · For non-riding members, ie owners, trainers, volunteers · This membership does NOT allow you to enter in any ride without Day Membership · Not entitled to vote at the NSW AGM Family Membership · A family membership bulk discount is available for one or two adults and any dependent children under the age of 18 years in the current calendar year residing at the same address · Adult and Junior membership entitlements as above Day Membership · Available for a person who does not hold any of the above memberships · Holding this membership allows you to enter any Introductory* or Intermediate** ride · Only valid for a single ride · Not entitled to vote at the NSW AGM Personal Accident Insurance · An optional insurance policy for riding members – full details of the current policy available at www.aera.asn.au/insurance-page/
  • What does it cost to be a member?
    Adult Riding - $170 (Half Price from 1st July) Junior Riding - $120 (Half Price from 1st July) Intermediate Riding - $125 (Half Price from 1st June - $62.50) Family Membership - $400 (Half Price from 1st July) Associate Membership - $20 Day Membership - $30/ day Personal Accident Insurance - $150 Adult - $39 Junior
  • Do I need my own horse?
    If you don't have your own horse but would like to give Endurance a try - contact our Mentor Program Coordinator! There are often teams or individuals with more than one horse who might be able to help you get started.
  • Can I come to a ride to see what it's like first?
    Yes! Check the calendar for an event close by and contact the Ride Secretary to find out more - volunteering is a great way to learn or simply come along and observe.
  • Want to find out more?
    Read our handy tips on training, what to pack for an event, on course etiquette and more in our Rider Information Pack: If you want something a bit more in depth, read our New Comer Book, below. This covers lots of the Rider Information Pack above, but goes into further detail. If you still have a question and can't find the answer, try asking the question in our Facebook group or contact NSW Endurance using secretary@nswera.asn.au. There are no silly questions, so don't hesitate to contact us!
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Mentorship

Guidance & Friendship to get you started

Endurance NSW has several experienced endurance rider Mentor groups. For more information you can check out their Facebook pages. These are casual social groups. Not affiliated rides so you are not insured unless you have your own riding insurance or become a NSWERA MEMBER and take out insurance.

Sydney: Zone 1: Hills & Hawkesbury Social Endurance Riders Community

Newcastle Area: Newcastle & Surrounds Endurance & Trails

South Coast Zone Endurance Association: Have 4 Mentor members that covers Berry, Falls Creek, Wandandian & Moruya 

Mentorship

Volunteer

A great way to experience an Endurance Ride before attending with your horse.

Check out the calendar for an event close by and contact the Ride Secretary to find out more - volunteering is a great way to learn or simply come along and observe!

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STEP-UP TO AN
80KM RIDE

This program is aimed at encouraging novice riders residing in NSW that have not previously entered an 80km endurance ride to step up and give one a go. It is hoped that this experience will give them the confidence to attempt further 80km rides.

Commencing Jan 1, 2020, it is open to any novice rider that has day or NSWERA Intermediate membership. You will need to nominate via email to the Step-Up Coordinator

When you have successfully completed 160km in introductory or intermediate rides in NSW, you can apply for a voucher (to the value of $125) from NSWERA to reimburse your first 80km ride*.

*The rider must have the appropriate (full) membership status to enter the ride. The voucher is redeemed after paying ride entry by contacting the Step-Up Coordinator

It is be used within 6 months of completion of 160km.

 

So start your journey now! Notify the coordinator to start tracking your rides.

Step-Up

Information Library

Hear from the professionals -  tips and tricks to getting started in endurance! 

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