Equestre Internationale News
16-22 April 2004
A record number of National Federations took part in the 2004
FEI General Assembly hosted by the French Equestrian Federation.
The six days of meetings (16 through 21 April) were held in a
cooperative and friendly atmosphere.
In connection with the General Assembly, both the Bureau and the
Executive Board met twice. A total of 26 different meetings took
place throughout the week, which represents the highest number
of meetings ever organised in the framework of an FEI General
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2004
In her welcome address, the FEI President emphasised the efforts
in the field of development. Furthermore, she expressed her satisfaction
at the improved dialogue between the NFs delegates, the Bureau
and the FEI secretariat.
More than 200 delegates representing 95 NFs (86 present, 9 by
proxy) attended the General Assembly.
Three new National Federations were warmly welcomed to the FEI
- the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD) - Group I, the
Cayman Islands (CAY) - Group IV, and Sri Lanka (SRI) - Group VIII,
thus bringing the number of FEI member federations to 133.
STATUTES AND GENERAL REGULATIONS
A number of modifications to the Statutes were approved in order
to modernise the FEI as an International Sports Federation. Among
these were the following:
- A new procedure to prepare the technical rules and regulations
and the Veterinary regulations, involving the National Federations
at a much earlier stage and giving them a greater influence in
the working phase. - Certain strengthening of the FEI Secretariat's
role in running the sport
- New legal procedure to deal with positive medication cases (see
- The introduction of much simpler and effective rules to manage
the FEI International calendar of events.
- The introduction of the World Anti Doping Code
The General Assembly accepted Paralympic Equestrian as an FEI
special discipline. The rules and regulations will be discussed
during 2004 to be implemented in 2005. The Equestrian element
of the 2004 Paralympic Games will be organised as in the past
by the International Paralympic Committee and the International
Paralympic Equestrian Committee.
The Treasurer reported on the 2003 results, which were much better
than anticipated. The surplus of CHF 1.28 million was allocated
to Operating Funds.
The operating budgets for 2004 and 2005 were approved.
The proposed progressive increase in financial charges (unchanged
since 2003), the passport fees and minimum organising dues, which
had been agreed to by the International Equestrian Organisers
Alliance (IEOA), was accepted.
The Medication Control minimum fee in Group I and II will be increased
in 2005 in order to expand the programme and ensure a clean sport.
The Treasurer Guilherme Sarmento (BRA) was re-elected for a second
term of four years
Dr Alexandr Machkevitch (KAZ) was elected Chairman of Group III
succeeding outgoing Bureau Member Elena Petushkova (RUS) for a
three-year term of office*
Chairman of Group VII Shael Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari (QAT) was re-elected
for a second term (2004-2007)*
Kate Jackson (USA) was elected Chairman of Group IV, succeeding
outgoing Bureau Member Jane Forbes Clark (USA)
Dr Douk-Kee Ahn (KOR) was re-elected as Chairman of Group VIII
Ernst Holtz (RSA) was re-elected as Chairman of Group IX
Richard C.V. Nicoll (USA) was elected Chairman of the Driving
Committee succeeding outgoing Bureau Member Jack Pemberton (CAN)
for a three-year term
Hallvard Sommerseth (NOR) was re-elected Chairman of the Endurance
Committee for a second term of three years *
Ken Lalo (ISR) was re-elected Chairman of the Judicial Committee
for a second term of three years *
Yolanda Matallana (COL) was elected Chairman of the Children's
Committee, replacing outgoing Chairman Noel Vanososte (VEN) for
a three-year term of office*
The following Committee members were elected:
- Finance: Jonas Carl-Gustav Borup* (FIN) and Marc Damiens (FRA)
- Judicial Committee: Eric Elstad (NOR), Philip O'Connor (IRL)
and Jean Zlatiev (FRA) were re-elected
*Note: Further to the cancellation of 2003 General Assembly, the
terms of several Bureau Members and members of the Finance and
Judicial Committee was
extended by one year. Consequently, the incoming members will
serve a shortened term of three years.
In the Bureau Meeting following the General Assemby, the Chairman
of Group II, Frank Schreve, was appointed to the Executive Board,
replacing outgoing Chairman of Group IV Jane Forbes Clark (USA).
Ms Minako Furuoka (JPN) replaced Mr Ernst Holtz (RSA) as member
of the Dressage Committee;
Lt-Col Gerry Mullins (IRL) was re-elected as member of the Jumping
Mr Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) replaced Mr Emile Hendrix (NED) as the
riders' representative on the Jumping Committee;
Mr David O'Connor (USA) replaced Dr Giuseppe Della Chiesa (ITA)
as member of the Eventing Committee. Dr Della Chiesa was confirmed
as a co-opted member
for 2004-2003 in order to continue his consultancy work for the
2004 Athens Olympic Games, the Eventing Safety Programme and the
Eventing World Cup;
Mr Carl Bouckaert (BEL) will replace Mr Eddy Stibbe (AHO) as the
riders' representative on the Eventing Committee;
Baron Wolf von Buchholtz (ARG) will replace Mr Richard Nicoll
(USA) on the Driving Committee;
Messrs Allan Renner (AUS) and Pierre Cazes (FRA) joined the Endurance
Committee in replacement of outgoing members Horst Mueller (GER)
and Faisal Seddiq M. Samea Al Mutawa (UAE) respectively;
Ms Emma Drinker (USA) replaced outgoing member Ms Ana Maria Fernanda
Shaw (ARG) on the Vaulting Committee.
ALLOCATION OF CHAMPIONSHIPS
The following Championships were allocated:
- 2005 European Young Rider and Junior Jumping Championship to
Schaffhausen (SUI) - change of location
- 2005 Pan American Endurance Championship to Argentina, at a
place and date to be confirmed
Konstantinos Meimaridis, Equestrian Venue Manager, and Nikolas
Karidis, Equestrian Competition Manager, presented the last report
by the Athens Organising Committee (ATHOC) before the opening
of the Games in August 2004.
WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES
The Organising Committee of the 2006 World Equestrian Games in
Aachen (GER) reported for the first time before the FEI General
The 1st Vice President Freddy Serpieri presented the Development
Activity report for 2002 and 2003. Both years were very satisfactory
given that the FEI World Challenge Series improved noticeably.
In 2003, 655 riders took part in Dressage and 891 in Jumping.
The Development working group created in 2003 and led by Lt-Col
Gerry Mullins presented the pillars of the new FEI strategy in
the field of Development during a very well attended workshop:
- Creation of a basic structure for developing NFs;
- Creation of a universal structure for coaching by using competition
oriented interactive adult education communications techniques.
Yassine Yousfi from Olympic Solidarity made an extensive presentation
of the organisation's activities during the development workshop
that took place prior to the Assembly.
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
The proposed outline of the FEI Strategic Plan 2010 was described.
All the parties involved in the sport will be consulted in the
preparation of the Final draft to be presented to the 2005 General
The recently appointed FEI Commercial Director Christophe Troendle
(SUI) presented his first report to the General Assembly. The
first priorities of the Commercial Division are the following:
- Development of a clear brand strategy
- Activation of existing network
- Centralisation of marketing and TV rights
The project of a monthly TV magazine "FEI Equestrian World"
was also presented.
The General Assembly approved the Invitation system for CSI events,
which was developed by the Jumping Committee in cooperation with
the Strategic Planning Committee, in consultation with the International
Equestrian Organisers Alliance (IEOA). It will affect 3-4 stars
events and come into effect on 1 January 2005.
The proposal by the Jumping Committee for a new format for the
Jumping Competition at Olympic Games was endorsed by the Assembly.
The aim of the format is to make the Jumping Olympic competition
more attractive for both the public and TV viewers.
Pamela Carruthers, the famous course designer, received an FEI
Special Recognition for Outstanding Services at the FEI Prize
The General Assembly also approved the rules relating to the registration
of sponsored teams.
The objectives for the discipline, as defined by the Dressage
Transparency, Globalisation and Fairness. In this frame, the following
actions are being undertaken:
- New judge education programme
- Study new ways of judging based on other Olympic disciplines
- Redistribution of wild cards for the World Cup Final to ensure
- A Judges handbook is being developed
- Fashion designers were contacted in view of initiating a reflection
on the Dressage uniform
- A Forum on Freestyle will be organised at the end of the year
Joep Bartels, who is retiring this year, received an FEI recognition
for his untiring efforts as World Cup Director. The FEI World
Cup Dressage will now be managed from the Dressage Department
of the FEI Secretariat.
It was confirmed that Eventing would consist of two categories
of competitions: the Three Day Events (CCIs) and One Day Events
(CICs) as per current rules.
1. Three Day Events (CCIs) can be run with or without steeplechase.
2. One day Events (CIC) are preparatory events for the CCIs.
3. World Cup events will continue to run under special regulations.
The collection of statistics which was started 2 years ago is
providing very useful information for the future development of
safety measures for the sport
The proposal to encourage a new under 25 category of events to
cover the gap of progression of the Young riders from the 2 to
3 star level was supported.
Slight modifications in qualifications procedures were approved,
the general principles being maintained.
The Chairman of the Eventing Committee expressed his satisfaction
at the successful launch of the FEI Eventing World Cup in 2003.
The 9th edition of the Driving Rules, including a new Dressage
test and to be enforced on 1 January 2005 was approved.
The 6th edition of the Endurance Rules to be enforced on 1 January
2005 was approved.
An Advisory Veterinary Sub Committee for Endurance was created.
The new rules further develop the standards recently introduced
to continue the raising of the levels of welfare.
A part of the Forum held before the General Assembly was devoted
to the Vaulting discipline. Two main aspects were put forward:
first, the part the sport plays in familiarising young children
with horses; and second, the high level competition, emphasising
the essential role of the impulsion given by the horse to the
The 6th edition of the Vaulting Rules to be enforced on 1 January
2005 was approved.
The modifications to the Rules for Pony Eventing, approved by
the Bureau in December 2003, were endorsed.
The first rule book for Children was created 20 years ago.
A total of 540 riders took part in the 2003 FEI Children's International
Jumping Competition, which proves the healthy level the series
The 2003 Medication Control Annual Report was reported to the
Assembly. A total of 2162 horses worldwide was tested in 2003
(an increase of 11%) with a rate of positives of 2.5%.
The Chairman of the Veterinary Committee also reported on the
progress being made in Endurance research.
The General Assembly approved the following recommendations of
the Veterinary Committee:
- The use of Regumate for mares will be permitted in FEI competitions
under certain conditions. Regumate is a method to regulate abnormal
- The threshold for salicylates in urine and blood is to be reduced
following an extensive study conducted of 650 medication control
samples - Some minor modifications to the Horse Inspection protocol
(article 1011 of the Veterinary Regulations; see FEI website)
- Twice yearly booster vaccinations against equine influenza will
be required from 1 January 2005
INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR THE PROTECTION OF HORSES
ILPH complimented the work of the FEI to enhance the welfare of
the horse. A presentation illustrating the vision of the ILPH
"A World where horses are used but never abused" was
made before the Assembly.
The procedure for dealing with positive Medication cases was explained.
The principle for a new FEI legal procedure including a "fast
track" to handle the minor cases and the involvement of experts
for more complicated cases was approved.
A procedure for an early publication of positive cases in order
to provide clarity about the testing and legal processes will
Further to a request from several countries, the General Assembly
endorsed the decision of the Executive Board to approve Horseball
as a recognised regional discipline. This very collective sport
is played in a number of countries of Europe.
WORLD BREEDING FEDERATION FOR SPORT HORSES
In his presentation, the President of the World Breeding Federation
for Sport Horses, Jan Pedersen, emphasised the need for cooperation
with National Federations to ensure the publication of breeding
information on starting list and results.
The 9 FEI Geographical Groups met on the morning of 19 April.
Groups I and II held a joint session in the afternoon, as well
as the members of the Pan American Equestrian Confederation and
the Asian Equestrian Federation.
The day prior the Assembly, a very successful Forum was organised
with two main themes: the revision of the FEI Statutes and General
Regulations as well as the Vaulting discipline.
Two Workshops were also organised:
. Development Workshop dedicated to Olympic Solidarity, FEI coaching
system and FEI World Challenge.
. Veterinary Workshop: dedicated to health regulations and quarantine
A number of organisations the FEI closely cooperates with sent
their representatives to Paris: the World Breeding Federation
of Sport Horses (WBFSH), Olympic Solidarity, the Association of
the Summer Olympic Sports Federations (ASOIF), the World Anti-Doping
Agency (WADA); the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee
The International Equestrian Organisers Alliance (IAEO) sent several
representatives to Paris. The representatives of the International
Jumping and Dressage Riders Clubs were also in attendance and
announced the constitution of the new United Equestrian Athletes
Association comprising the riders of all three Olympic disciplines.
2005 GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The Bureau accepted the invitation of the British Federation to
host the 2005 General Assembly in London (GBR) at a date to be
The FEI would like to thank the French Equestrian Federation and
its President, Mrs Jacqueline Reverdy for the excellent preparation
of all the meetings and their generous hospitality.