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FEI Disciplines Discuss Modernisation Proposals

Yesterday, January 30, 2003, the EFI Executive Committee met at the Gt Southern Hotel, Dublin.

Following the Executive Committee meeting, an open forum was held at 7.30 p.m., involving representatives from the FEI disciplines of Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Endurance Riding and Carriage Driving. Approximately 40 representatives attended. The EFI was represented by President Avril Doyle, Assistant Secretary General Anne Chanarin, MD of ASMT Ltd., Morgan Buckley, and consultant to the EFI, Col. Ned Campion.

The meeting lasted for over two hours and representatives from the FEI disciplines were brought up to date on the proposed modernisation plans for the EFI by Morgan Buckley, and had the opportunity to obtain clarification of various issues in a question and answer session with the EFI, on behalf of their member organisations,.

EFI President Avril Doyle said afterwards: < The mood of the meeting was very positive, and many points of the modernisation proposals were clarified. While everyone has agreed to move forward, caution was expressed in some quarters, particularly by new Chairpersons.>

During the meeting the President agreed to SJAI Chairman Charles Hanley’s suggestion that a separate presentation be made to the Executive of the SJAI by Morgan Buckley.

Avril Doyle said: <Our restructuring is in line with the Connellan report for the proposed integration of the EFI and the IHB bodies. While parallel discussions are continuing with the Irish Horse Board and the Department of Sport, there is an imperative for us to get the sporting house in order in any case.>

She added: < I believe we have moved a considerable way forward in explaining the modernisation proposals, and I am hopeful that all of the bodies involved will see the practical advantages of becoming closely involved in the implementation of the plan to restructure the organisation, which will ensure the professional service which our athletes rightly demand, and establish proper communication between the service agency, which is the EFI, and its member disciplines>


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