Equestre Internationale News
22 - 27 April 2002
FEI held its annual General Assembly on 26 and 27 April 2002 in
Rabat (MOR) at the invitation of the Royal Moroccan Equestrian Federation
and its President HRH Princess Lalla Amina. It was the first time
that an FEI General Assembly is held on the African continent. In
connection with the General Assembly, both the Bureau and the Executive
Board met twice. The five days of meetings were extremely well organised
by the host federation and were held in a cooperative and friendly
FEI General Assembly opened with a welcome message by HM King Mohammed
VI. In her welcome address, the FEI President emphasised the efforts
in the field of development and the enhancement of sport in Africa.
Furthermore, she expressed her satisfaction at the improved dialogue
between the NFs delegates, the Bureau and the FEI secretariat.
delegates representing 89 NFs (79 present, 10 by proxy) attended
the General Assembly.
new NFs were warmly welcomed to the FEI: Yugoslavia, Malawi and
Lesotho, increasing the FEI membership to 130 affiliated NFs.
following National Federations will change their status from Associate
Members to Full Members:
Treasurer reported on the 2001 results. Despite the problems which
occurred in the first semester due to the outbreak of the Foot and
Mouth Disease and the events of 11 September and their influence
on the financial market, 2001 was a good year for the FEI.
operating budget for 2002, which shows a moderate surplus, was approved.
FEI President HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón
(ESP) was re-elected for a four years term.
Freddy Serpieri (GRE) was re-elected as 1st Vice President.
Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) was elected as 2nd Vice President.
Leo Broof Jeffcott (GBR) was re-elected as Chairman of the Veterinary
mandate of Mrs Jane Forbes Clark (USA) was extended for one year
Chairman of the Ad Hoc Reining Committee. In addition the Bureau
appointed Mrs Jane Forbes Clark to the Executive Board for two more
Frank Schreve (NED) was re-elected as Chairman of Group II
Pablo Mayorga (ARG) was elected as Chairman of Group VI in replacement
of outgoing Bureau Member Gen. Manuel Rodriguez Velis.
Douk-Kee Ahn (KOR) was elected as Chairman of Group VIII in replacement
of Mr Tsunekazu Takeda (JPN) who was made Honorary Vice President.
Jean-Michel Pinel (FRA) replaced Mrs Helma Schwarzmann (GER) as
chairman of the Vaulting Committee
Ferdi-Jörgen Wassermeyer (GER) replaced Mrs Kirsten Barnow
(DEN) as Chairman of the Pony Riders Committee.
Howard Simpson (USA) was re-elected as member of the Finance Committee.
Francis Michielsen (BEL) was re-elected as member of the Judicial
Stephen Clarke (GBR) replaced Mrs Margit Otto-Crépin (FRA)
as member of the Dressage Committee
Tom Gordin (FIN) replaced Mr Jan-Willem Koerner (NED) as member
of the Jumping Committee
Michael Etherington-Smith (GBR) replaced Capt José Ortelli
(ARG) as member of the Eventing Committee. Capt Ortelli was confirmed
as a co-opted Member until 2003.
Thomas Eriksson (SWE) succeeded to Mr Werner Ulrich (SUI) to represent
the drivers in the Driving Committee.
Dane Frazier (USA) and Mr Ramón Lopez (ESP) joined the Endurance
Committee in replacement of outgoing members Prof Jerry Gillespie
and Mrs Mary Carol Bunting (GBR) respectively.
Erich Breiter (AUT) and Mr Thomas Tarpataki (HUN) replaced ougoing
Mr Axel Welin (SWE) and Mrs Elzbieta Dolinska (POL) in the Vaulting
Margareta Wetterber (SWE) replaced Mr Wassermeyer (GER) as member
of the Pony riders Committee.
Ulrich Meyer zu Bexten (GER) and Mrs Lena Levidis (GRE) replaced
HRH Prince Faisal Ibn Abdullah Mohammed Al Saud (KSA) and Dr Yolanda
Matallana (COL) as members of the Children's Committee.
Frank Costantini (USA), Mr Antonio Mastrangelo (ITA), mr Johannes
Orgeldinger (GER) and Mr Dominique Reynaud (FRA) were confirmed
as members of the Ad Hoc Reining Committee.
South America championships Young Riders and Juniors & Children's
Americas was allocated to Sao Paulo (BRA) from 5-8 September in
replacement of Buenos Aires (ARG)
World Driving Championship for Singles, Pairs and Four-in-Hand was
allocated to Karlstetten (AUT) from 14 to 17 August.
European Endurance Championship was allocated to Punchestown (IRL)
at a date to be confirmed.
South America championships Young Riders and Juniors & Children's
Americas was allocated to Sao Paulo (BRA) - September
Assimakopoulos, Sports director of ATHOC and Nikolas Karidis, Manager
of the Equestrian event presented a progress report on the preparations
of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
principles for the 2004 Olympic Games procedure were approved and
will be confirmed by the IOC in the coming months.
deadline for the applications to host the 2006 World Equestrian
Games is the end of June. It is hoped that a decision can be taken
early September, after consultation and negotiations between the
FEI and the bidding Organising Committees.
1st Vice President Freddy Serpieri presented the Development Activity
report. The Olympic Solidarity administration was moved to the
Development department and a Development Project Manager appointed.
This streamlined the development work of the FEI and ensured a better
coordination of FEI's various projects.
FEI/PSI World Challenge in Jumping and Dressage continues to grow
and the first Final organised raised the profile of the series in
the developing NFs.
Development officers were appointed for Endurance for South America,
Australia and South Africa.
2001 the expenditure of the Development funds amounted to CHF 205,987
compared to CHF 132,054 in 2000 (these figures do not include Olympic
Rules revision was approved coming into effect 1 Jan 2003.
concerns raised by NFs with regard to establishing a fixed date
for national championships during which all international events
in Western Europe could not be organised was referred to the Jumping
Committee for further consideration.
Chairman of the Driving Committee reported on the first World Cup
Indoor Series in Driving which had been a great success. All organisers
were interested in continuing.
General Assembly agreed to maintain the Endurance Rules approved
at 2001 General Assembly.
final report of the Eventing C on the future of the sport was endorsed
by the General Assembly. This report contains the new format
for the discipline and especially the format of the Olympic Games
revision of the Eventing Rules to be enforced on 1 Jan 2003 were
the 2002 Rules, a rider will be eliminated after the second fall
in the Jumping test for all international Eventing events.
qualification procedures for Eventing are still be monitored and
may be adjusted by the end of year.
new Rules were approved to come into effect on 1 January 2003. In
her report, the Chairperson of the Dressage Committee emphasised
the healthy development of the discipline especially at the Young
Rider and Junior levels, as well as outside of Europe and North
Final of the FEI International Competitions due to take place in
Bogota (COL) in December 2002 was transferred to Brazil from 3-8
December (venue to be confirmed).
Secretary General made a report on behalf of the Chairperson of
the Committee expressing the satisfactory increase of the number
of pony events in Dressage and Eventing.
revised List of Prohibited Substances was approved. Prof. Jeffcott
(GBR), Chairman of the Committee, emphasised the importance of education
for veterinarians. He highlighted the improvement of the Medication
Control Programme and the current research programmes. During 2001,
the MCP test activities (Group I and II) took place at 174 events,
testing a total of 1115 horses.
Chairman also expressed his satisfaction at the fact that drug abuse
remained rare in equestrian sport.
Testing Manual, describing testing procedures, was developed.
to a request from several countries, the General Assembly endorsed
the decision of the Executive Board confirming Tent Pegging as a
the week from 22 through 27 April 25 different meetings took place.
9 FEI Geographical Groups met on 24 April morning. Groups I and
II held a joint session in the afternoon, as well as the Member
NFs of the Pan American Equestrian Confederation.
day before the Assembly, a very successful Forum was organised with
two main themes:
Business Plan: Simon Brooks-Ward, member of the Strategic Planning
Committee, presented a Business Plan aimed at enhancing the commercial
development of the FEI.
Future of the World Equestrian Games (WEG): the advantages and disadvantages
of the various WEG formats as opposed to separate World Championships
were presented. Two candidates for the organisation of the 2006
edition of the World Equestrian Games made a presentation (Aachen
(GER) and Kentucky (USA).
Workshops were also organised:
Workshop: Mrs Betty Wates of Jamaica (Group IV), Mr Manoj Jalan
of India (Group VIII) and Gen. Manuel Rodriguez Velis of Chile (Group
VI) made presentations on their development experiences.
Workshop: Mr Dan Wall, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)
Executive Director, made a general description of the new FEI discipline,
and explained in detail how judging marks were given for each technical
number of organisations the FEI closely cooperates sent their representatives
to Rabat. The International League for the Protection of Horses
(ILPH) as well as the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee
(IPEC) set stands to present their organisation and provide participants
with their latest documentation.
Alliance of Equestrian Organisers, send several representatives
to Rabat, including its President Mr Jan-Willem Koerner. The President
of the International Jumping Riders Club, Mr Cayetano Martinez de
Ijuro and the President of the International Dressage Riders Club
Mrs Margit Otto Crépin, also attended the General Assembly.
sponsor of the Nations Cup Series hosted the dinner of the Asian
Garcia de Quevedo and Lucia Montanarella from the 2002 World Equestrian
Games Organising Committee were available for meetings with
the National Federations from 25 through 27 April.
FEI 2003 General Assembly will be held in Bahrain at a date to be
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