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FEI General Assembly concludes in Puerto Rico

14 Nov 2015

The final day of the FEI General Assembly 2015 took place in San Juan (PUR) today, and FEI President Ingmar De Vos opened the day’s proceedings with thanks to the Puerto Rican Equestrian Federation, its President Rosana Roig and her team for the...

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Bahrain steals the show at FEI World Endurance Championships in Chile

26 Oct 2015

  by Berry Pattison   Bahrain stole the show when claiming both the Team and Individual Championship titles at the FEI World Endurance Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 2015 staged in Parque Tricao, Santo Domingo in Chile at the weekend....

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5 Feb 2016
Endurance - My FEI Guide

We are delighted to announce that a new guide to the FEI has been published on the website.

In this new digital publication aptly named MyFEIGuide you will find all kinds of relevant links and information about FEI Governance, the Rules and Regulations, the database, and the list goes on…

http://www.fei.org/myfeiguide

5 Feb 2016
Endurance - Endurance in the UAE
The FEI is extremely concerned about recent Endurance competition images emerging from the UAE. 
 
You have probably seen that our Endurance Director Manuel Bandeira de Mello has been quoted in the media stating that it is abundantly clear that speed is a major factor in these incidents and that it is necessary to introduce measures to slow down the horses in order to reduce the number of catastrophic injuries. We are working on this as a matter of urgency with the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF).
 
Following meetings between the FEI and the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF), both in Switzerland and the UAE over the past week, the EEF has postponed four Endurance events so that agreement can be reached on proposed measures to urgently address a number of serious issues in Endurance in the region. The CEI1* in Dubai on 8 February has been postponed, along with national events on 4, 5 and 6 February. 
 
The FEI has set a deadline of 11 February for the EEF to come back with an agreement on the proposed measures. No further events will be held in the region until agreement on these measures has been reached.
 
In addition, The EEF has taken further action, suspending five riders and five trainers for a six-month period and also imposing fines following what they termed “gross offences” at the junior and young rider 120km ride at Al Wathba on 30 January (see attached EEF press release).
 
We have very stringent rules and values which place the horse and the welfare of the horse above and beyond any sporting ambitions and are working tirelessly to ensure that these values are upheld at both international and national level competitions. Although the FEI does not have jurisdiction over national events, we are absolutely against all forms of equine abuse.
 
We have made some progress in recent times but clearly there is still a lot of work to do to ensure the welfare of the horse in sport globally. This will not happen overnight. Changing perceptions and practices requires not only sanctions but also education and dialogue. We are doing this and we will continue to do so. 
 
Please rest assured that we are committed and dedicated to eradicating horse abuse in competition. 
 
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