- 18 February 2010: FEI
ANNOUNCES COMPOSITION OF NEW WORKING
The composition of the FEI working
group tasked with expanding current guidelines for Stewards to facilitate clear
implementation of the policy on warm-up techniques following on from last week’s
round-table conference on hyperflexion/Rollkur has been finalised
As announced after last week’s
conference in Lausanne, the working group will be chaired by
Dressage Committee Chair Frank Kemperman. Group members are Richard Davison
(GBR), Rider/Trainer; John P. Roche (IRL), FEI Director Jumping/Stewarding;
Jacques Van Daele (BEL), FEI Honorary Dressage Steward General/Judge; Wolfram
Wittig (GER), Trainer; and Trond Asmyr (NOR), FEI Dressage Director/Judge. The
working group will also draw on the expertise of a number of other specialists,
including but not limited to the participants of the round-table conference*.
The working group aims to have the guidelines completed by the end of March
2010. The guidelines produced by the
group will be communicated directly to Stewards and also to riders and trainers.
The working group is expected to put forward further proposals for the education
of Stewards to ensure that FEI rules are strictly adhered to and that the
welfare of the horse is maintained at all
Guidelines for Stewards will
incorporate the use of a range of sanctions, including verbal warnings and
yellow cards for riders who transgress. Stewards will also be readvised to watch
out for signs of distress in the horse, which may include but are not limited to
obvious fatigue, profound or inappropriate sweating, persistent rough use of
aids (i.e. bits, spurs or whip) and over-repetition of exercises.
The FEI Management is also
currently studying a range of additional measures, including the use of closed
circuit television for warm-up arenas at selected shows so that potential abuse
accusations can be more readily identified and
The FEI will ensure that all
findings produced by the working group are communicated on an ongoing basis.
- 18 February
2010: THE EUROPEAN EQUESTRIAN
International horse sport has a
new European association, the European Equestrian Federation (EEF). The new body
was established today (18th February) by 27 European National
Federations present at a meeting in Warendorf (Germany). This process commenced at a
meeting of European National Federations in Deauville (France) in March 2009 and was agreed in principle
in Antwerp(Belgium) in September 2009. The
Federation was officially formed today (18th February 2010),
following the signing of the Statutes by National Federations. It is anticipated
that other European Federations and other representative groups, who could not
be present at the meeting, will also adopt the new
The European Equestrian Federation
(EEF) will represent the interests of European horse sport within the FEI. It
will also liaise with the European Union and other decision making bodies on
matters of concern to the horse community.
Speaking after the meeting, the
newly elected President Dr. Hanfried Haring (Germany) said „The EEF will help to
ensure that European countries have a clear voice within the FEI. Our goal is to
contribute positively to the FEI by improving communication, cooperation and
understanding. EEF will try to ensure that the needs of all Federations and
stakeholders in the European equestrian community are properly taken into
Other elected members of the
interim Board are Christian Paillot (France) and Ulf Helgstrand (Denmark) as
Vice Presidents as well as Manuel Bandeira de Mello (Portugal), Andrew Finding
(Great Britain), Michal Wroblewski (Poland) and Armagan Özgörkey
- 16 February 2010 :
Congratulations to Anne Gribbons. The swedish born FEI "5" star Dressage judge from Florida is now the new technical advisor for the
US dressage team.
Photo courtesy: Mary
Congratulations to Eva
Salomon,former FEI Dressage and Para Equestrian Director became the newly
appointed USEF Dressage Manager and chef d'équipe
- 10 February 2010 : FEI ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE RESOLVES ROLLKUR CONTROVERSY
Following constructive debate at the FEI round-table
conference at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne today (9 February), the consensus of
the group was that any head and neck position achieved through aggressive force
is not acceptable. The group redefined hyperflexion/Rollkur as flexion of the
horse’s neck achieved through aggressive force, which is therefore unacceptable.
The technique known as Low, Deep and Round (LDR), which achieves flexion without
undue force, is acceptable.
group unanimously agreed that any form of aggressive riding must be sanctioned.
The FEI will establish a working group, headed by Dressage Committee Chair Frank
Kemperman, to expand the current guidelines for stewards to facilitate the
implementation of this policy. The group agreed that no changes are required to
the current FEI Rules.
FEI Management is currently studying a range of additional measures, including
the use of closed circuit television for warm-up arenas at selected
The group also emphasised that the main responsibility for the welfare of the horse
rests with the rider.
The FEI President HRH Princess Haya accepted a petition of 41,000 signatories
against Rollkur presented by Dr Gerd
participants in the FEI round-table conference were:
Princess Haya, FEI President
McLin, FEI Secretary General
Margit Otto-Crépin, International
Dressage Riders Club
Linda Keenan, International
Dressage Trainers Club
Janssen, Dressage Representative
Frank Kemperman, Chairman, FEI
Dressage Committee (by conference
François Mathy, International
Jumping Riders Club Representative
David Broome, Jumping
Jonathan Chapman, Eventing
Owers, World Horse Welfare
Tyler, World Horse Welfare
Helgstrand, President, Danish Equestrian
McEwen, Chairman, FEI Veterinary
Sue Dyson, Veterinary
Gerd Heuschman, Veterinary
Prof. René van Weeren, Veterinary
Jacques van Daele, FEI Honorary
Steward General Dressage
Graeme Cooke, FEI Veterinary
Trond Asmyr, FEI Director Dressage
and Para-Equestrian Dressage
Roche, FEI Director Jumping and
Catrin Norinder, FEI Director
Carsten Couchouron, FEI Executive
Richard Johnson, FEI
FEI press release
- 9 February 2010 : FEI ROUND-TABLE CONFERENCE ON
Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage Director Trond Asmyr speaks about the
outcome of the meeting. To view the clip, please click this link.
complete statement is available here.
- 18 January 2010 : FEI launches
The FEI today launched a new website dedicated to its ongoing Clean Sport Campaign. The website’s address is: www.feicleansport.org The website contains information about the new regulations that the FEI is implementing this year to combat doping in equestrian sports. The rule changes and
other components of the Clean Sport Campaign were approved unanimously at the FEI’s General Assembly in Copenhagen last November. “We felt it was important to have a dedicated site where people could go to get all the information they needed,” FEI Secretary General Alex McLin said. “We firmly believe this site will raise awareness of our anti-doping efforts and increase overall compliance with the new rules when they come into force on 5 April this year.” The site is specifically tailored
to the needs of athletes, vets, officials, media and others to help them understand their roles in the Clean Sport Campaign. The
site also contains details about the new Equestrian Community Integrity Unit that was a key recommendation of the Joint-Commissions to help monitor corruption, identify offenders and conflicts of interest in equestrian sports, as well as safeguard horse welfare. Members of the Equestrian Community Integrity Unit will be present at major FEI events beginning in April.
Illustratie : FEI Clean Sport Button
- 15 January 2010 : FEI officially recognizes the IDOC as full Associate Member.
- 13 January 2010 : FEI relaxes requirements for ground juries at CDIs3* and below outside Europe for 2010:
The FEI has announced today that following dispensation may be granted based on application from the relevant NF in 2010
- For CDI3* and below outside Europe, NOT championships
- Big tour to be judged by 5 judges as today, but an option to use three judges from host nation, instead of two as it is in the rules.
- Small tour, incl. YR, J and P can be judged by three judges (at least two foreign).
- Applications should be sent to the FEI Dressage Department by the organizers in connection with submitting the event Draft Schedule or earlier.
- 5 January 2010 : FEI releases report from the General Assembly in Copenhagen (November 16-19, 2009). The report contains a summary of the main decisions taken by the FEI General Assembly other than those related to the restructuring of the organisation and Clean Sport. Download the report
- 1 December 2009 : The International Dressage Officials Club released a press statement regarding
abusive treatment of horses during the warm-up phase at FEI competitions. Full
text of the statement can be downloaded here
- 18 November 2009 : IDCJ General Assemblykicks off this week. Organized during the German Masters in Stuttgart, theIDOC Seminar & General Assembly are taking place this week. The latest
draft of the new statutes can be downloaded here
- 27 October : Judging, Myths, Facts andSolutions : look up David Sticklands’s presentation during the Global Dressage
Forum and other interesting documents on the website : www.dressage-analysis.com
- 16 October 2009: Dressage Task Force’s final report presented to the FEI.
- The full Dressage Task force Report can be downloaded
Photo courtesy: www.eurodressage.com