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CEI-status for all Fasna Trail distances

The first Dutch Endurance Championships 2002 in Ermelo (NED)

The KNHS and FEI have awarded CEI-status to all distances of the Fasna Trail, which will be ridden on July 6 in Ermelo, The Netherlands. Riders in the 100, 125 and 160-kilometre distance will now all receive Eldric-points, and all competitors must comply to the minimum weight of 70 kilos. The competition is now a CEI *, **, and *** event.

The elite of the Dutch endurance riders will also compete in the first Dutch endurance championships in Ermelo. The KNHS-board recently decided to select the international endurance competition "the Fasna Trail CEI***" for the Dutch Championships. The best Dutch competitor at the most distinguished distance, the 160 kilometres, will become the first National endurance champion 2002.

The Fasna Trail in Ermelo is an open international endurance competition. Qualified riders from The Netherlands and abroad can compete at the three distances of 100, 125 and 160 kilometres. The KNHS-centre in Ermelo, the centre of the Royal Dutch Equestrian Sports Federation, will be the focal point for the endurance sport on this day. In the adjacent Veluwe-forests, the riders will compete at their various distances.

Remarkable about this particular competition is the attractiveness for the competitors, as well as for the crowds who come to watch. The competitors of the longest distance will have to stop at a vetgate on the centre four times; this vetgate is the obligatory veterinarian check up and resting period. The fifth vetgate is 11 kilometres before the finish. The last kilometres are on a grass track before the main-stands overlooking the finish. Spectators can follow the entire race, including the in-between rankings. The competition area has a straw village with shopping stands and demonstrations with several horses will be given.

At 6 am. the riders competing at 160 kilometres will start. Depending on the weather, they will take at least 12 hours to finish. The last rider will have to finish before midnight to pass the minimum speed limit.
The other competitors, of the 100 and 125 kilometres, finish halfway in the afternoon. The in-between rankings are shown live at during this day.



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