November 16, 2013 ~ The FEI General Assembly 2013 held in Montreux (SUI) from 4 to 7 November.
FEI General Assembly Highlights
Modifications to Endurance Rules
Location of General Assembly 2014
Possible Third Term for FEI President
Appointment of Veterinarians
*Endurance Rules Modifications
In the recent FEI General Assembly, the discipline of endurance came under scrutiny to regulate unfair practices. The Strategic Planning Committee has committed to bring tighter regulations to assure a field of fair play. See article:http://wp.me/p26iCL-28H
Modifications were made to the FEI Endurance Rules and were approved. All of the rule changes relate to bettering the competitive environment in terms of fair play, the welfare of the horse, and the highlighting of those who fail to take responsibility and comply with the regulations. The main changes are as follows:
• Level the playing field for competitors by restricting the number of grooms within the vet gate.
The newly approved Article 801.2 is:
2. The maximum number of grooms allowed within the vet gate will be 5 per horse to take into account availability of space or to ensure that the horse is allowed sufficient space to rest. Access to the vet gate and the vet gate examination area may be further restricted by the Organiser under advice from the FEI Technical Delegate. Such restrictions must be clearly shown in the FEI approved schedule.
3. All horses must remain at all times clearly under observation of FEI Veterinary Officials, Ground Jury and Stewards.
The reason behind this change is that horses must be allowed proper rest during the hold time in the vet gate area. In addition, horses must be clearly observable at all times whilst within the field of play. Too many attending grooms or individuals in the direct vicinity of the horse may obstruct such observation.
• The rest period for horses after competing in events greater than 140km has been increased to 33 days (Article 815.3.1). Recent data on horse injuries suggest that the increased rates of fractures may well be related to insufficient rest periods between events.
• The free speed competition used in novice qualification administered by the NFs has been withdrawn (Article 816.1)
• The independence of foreign officials has been reinforced. Article 825 “Officials required for International Endurance Events” has been modified to include wording specifying that, “Foreign Officials cannot be resident in the same country or time zone in which the event is taking place.”
• The qualifying requirements for treatment veterinarians have been refined
These changes will come into effect on 1 January 2014. The modified FEI Endurance Rules will be posted on the FEI website.
*2014 General Assembly Location
The FEI General Assembly 2014 was allocated to Dubai (UAE). The decision was taken by the FEI Bureau at a meeting chaired by John McEwen, 1st FEI Vice President.
* Possible Third Term for Princess Haya
Representatives from Belgium, Mauritius, Sudan, Chinese Taipei, USA and Jamaica made passionate speeches, calling on Princess Haya to reconsider the decision not to seek a third term when her Presidency ends in November 2014.The FEI President HRH Princess Haya was not present during the meeting and was not involved in the decision-making process.
“It’s ironic to think that, from the media perspective, we were told that we would be coming here to seek her resignation, but in reality we’re seeking her return,” United States Equestrian Federation Secretary General John Long said.
Following the speeches, Princess Haya returned to a standing ovation from delegates.
The Bureau, which met immediately after the General Assembly, has agreed that the extraordinary general assembly that will vote on a third year term will be held on the second day of the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne (SUI) on 29 April 2014.
*APPOINTMENT OF TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The FEI Bureau confirmed the following appointments to the FEI Veterinary Committee:
Siraya Chunekamrai (THA) and William Dwight Hooten (USA) were appointed to replace outgoing members Yves Rossier (CAN) and Ray Randall (USA) for a term of four years (2013-2017).
The FEI General Assembly acts as a platform for discussions and voting on the major decisions of the FEI and the governance of the sport. It is held in a different location every year.
The General Assembly governs the overall direction, development and management of the FEI’s disciplines worldwide. Elections are held at the General Assembly and decisions are taken, by vote, on changes to FEI Statutes, long-term strategies, FEI budgets and important equestrian matters. Each National Federation has a right to cast a vote. National Federations that are unable to attend may be represented by another Member Federation.