Cairngorm 100 rider and horse qualifications

The entry criteria for the 2021 Cairngorm 100, 75 and 50 mile ride.


2020 and 2021 have been difficult years for endurance riders and although many riders have been able to train their horses and keep themselves ride fit, achieving the normal entry qualification requirements may not have been possible, therefore we have modified the requirements to be as follows: –


In 2021 there will be three classes, 100 miles, 75 miles and 50 miles, with each class finishing at Nethy Bridge. If the rider decides that they wish to withdraw during the ride they will be credited with the distance successfully completed.


Entries for the 100 miles and 75 miles classes will be considered from riders and horses that have successfully completed 2 rides of 50 miles (80k) or above within a single day, as a member of a recognised National or International Endurance Association, preferably but not necessarily as a combination, with 1x 80k in one day ideally, being completed within the previous 12 months.  Where the last requirement has not been possible due to Covid restrictions, a review of the previous ride years history will be taken.


Entries will also be considered from any horse /rider combination not affiliated to an endurance association, if they can prove they have suitable long-distance riding experience.


Requirements for the 50 miles class are that both the horse and rider must have completed at least 1 50 miles (80 km) in the pre Covid shutdown period or took part in the CG100 Virtual ride or trail ride. Entries will also be considered from riders that are not affiliated to an endurance association providing proof that both the rider and horse are experienced or took part in the CG100 Virtual ride or trail ride with acceptable results.


Our ride vetting protocols are such that any unfit horse or rider will be identified and prevented from continuing the ride.


For all classes the horse must be 7 years of age on the 1 January of the year of the ride.

Riders under the age of 16 years of age will only be considered if accompanied by suitably qualified

We have few ride requirements and rules however one that we do insist on is that, for the welfare of the horse, all horses are either shod or booted throughout the ride. There have been a number of clarification request already so to make are position quite clear, there will be no exceptions to this rule.


Cairngorm 100 Rules

We would expect all riders to be familiar with national endurance riding procedures and protocol and would expect them to follow these with regards to behaviour during the Pre-Ride and Ride Vetting, and during the ride itself.  Riders must accompany their horses at all vet checks

The ride is taking place within the Cairngorm National Park and at times over sensitive areas. Access been granted by the private landowners of the numerous estates because we have managed to maintain a good relationship with them over the past years. We would aim to maintain that relationship and expect our riders to act courteously and show respect to other users and any land owners or managers they may come in contact with.


Route Marking. This will not be a paper chase; riders will be expected to map read and navigate and be aware of their location at all times. We will be supplying routes in both paper and electronic format for those of you that may have a GPS navigator. Difficult areas, and where the rider going astray may cause a problem, will be marked by black arrows on white board.


Due to land management schemes, deer fences have been erected to protect sensitive crops particularly on the Abernethy, Dorback, Glen Livet, Glen Avon, Invercauld, Balmoral and Mar Estates. The gates in these fences need to be securely closed after passing through. If you find a gate open without a sign allowing it to be left open, please close it. If in doubt close it. You will no doubt see deer while on the ride, they are great destroyers of young plants and trees so must be contained.


Protests. Should you have a complaint or protest, this should be made to the Chief Steward at the next Vet Gate. The Chief Steward’s role is to ensure that an expedient solution to any disciplinary and welfare matter is found. The Chief Steward shall, if required either deal with the complaint there and then or defer the complaint to the Ride Management who would form a competent Ground Jury to deal with the matter.  A list of Chief Steward will be supplied at the briefing.

Elimination and Retirement. Should a rider decide to retire from the ride between Vet Gates he or she should phone the chief steward at the next vet gate as the Vet Gate behind them may be already closed who will notify the team and give you an instruction for recovery.  If the distance if too far or the horse or rider are showing signs of distress, the rider should stay where they are and the ride management team will locate them in due course.


Horses retired on the course between vetting’s and not attended to by a Ride Vet at the time, must return to the venue and be presented to the officiating vet to ensure their fitness to travel home.


Unfitness of Horse. If at any time during the competition a horse is, in the opinion of the official Veterinary Surgeon, lame, sick, exhausted, it will be eliminated by the Veterinary Surgeon.


Doping It is forbidden to administer any substance that is specified by the F.E.I. as a prohibited substance. If during the ride it is necessary to treat a horse with a drug, the officiating veterinary surgeon must be informed immediately.


Destruction of Severely injured Horses If the owner or his authorized representative is present, his agreement will first be obtained by the officiating Veterinary Surgeon. If the owner or his representative is not available, a steward, acting on the advice of a registered Veterinary surgeon, may order the destruction of the horse.


Veterinary Inspections. The Veterinary Surgeon’s decision is final. There is no appeal. A competent Lay person may be appointed by Veterinary Surgeons to assist in inspections.


Horses will be examined as follows: At start, finish and vet gates.

The arrival time is recorded by the Vet Gate Time keeper and this will be the start of the hold period. Horses must be presented for veterinary inspection within 30 minutes of arrival at the gateThe horse’s heart rate must be 64 beats per minute or under before and after the Cardiac Recovery Index [CRI]. If the horse does not pass the veterinary inspection, due to high pulse, it may be represented once within 30 minutes of arrival at vet gate. Horses which do not pass a veterinary inspection within 30 minutes of arrival at the gate will be eliminated. A horse is not allowed to leave vet gate until its hold time has expired. The Vet may require a horse to be represented before leaving the Vet Gate however riders will not be penalized on the point system for this represent.


The Loch Muick and Loch Builg Vet Check for the 100 mile and the Loch Builg Vet Check for the 50 miles riders, will consist of a full metabolic and cardiac check to the satisfaction of the Veterinary Surgeon. These checks will be carried out with “Tack on” unless requested by the Veterinary Surgeon for the Tack to be removed. Should there be an issue with lameness the Veterinary Surgeon may request the opinion of a competent person should another Vet not be available.


End of ride vetting. The FINISH time will be recorded by the timekeeper. Horses must be presented for veterinary inspection within 30 minutes of the finish time recorded by the time keeper or be eliminated.


Riders Dress Hard hats which conform to current standards must be worn and properly secured at all times when mounted and riders may carry a whip of not more than 75cm in length. Spurs are not permitted.

Shoeing. All horses are to wear shoes (preferably padded) or boots.  No barefoot horses will be accepted


Minimum Equipment to be carried. A good mountain first aid kit must be carried by all riders. Riders also need to carry: – waterproof jackets and trousers, spare hoof boots, drink, food, map, mobile phone and a whistle.  Riders will be supplied with a GPS tracker which with the mobile phones must be carried on the person and not in saddle bags.


Rider Bags

There will be no crewing at the Loch Builg Vet Gate.  The Vet Gate team will take a small rider bag into that location. The bag should consist of a rug and feed for the horse and spare jacket and food for the rider. Keep the bags as small as possible and marked clearly with the rider number.  This is an exposed location with little protection.


DOGS. Due to ground bird nesting, dogs must be kept on leads at all times on the course. No dogs will be allowed within the vetting area.


Timing Competitors will be informed of the maximum time in which each section of the ride must be completed. If they exceed this limit they will not be allowed to continue. The rider and crew should ensure that the times on the Vet Sheet are correct and that all of the required information is recorded.  The crew will also be responsible for the transportation of the vet sheet to each location