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Federation Equestre Internationale News

19 March 2003


The Finance Committee met on 11 March 2003 in Lausanne (SUI). The main subjects on the agenda were the results for the 2002 financial year and the budget 2003.

The Committee received a report from the FEI auditors, Price Waterhouse Coopers who approved the accounts as presented by the Secretariat.

The budget for 2003 foresaw a discrepancy in growing expenses over income. The Finance Committee therefore, discussed the possibility of gradually increasing in 2005 some of its fees, which had not been raised in several years. These proposals would be presented to the Bureau and later to the General Assembly for approval.

The Finance Committee also discussed the financial implications of the Commercial division.

The Committee took note of the financial relations between the NFs and the FEI which were more positive than in recent years.

The Finance Committee would ask the Bureau in Madrid to approve the 2002 accounts and to allocate the surplus to the FEI's reserves and to approve the budget for 2003.


The FEI Budweiser World Cup will return to the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, April 16-20, 2003. The top show jumping horses and riders in the world will be competing for the prestigious title of World Cup Champion at what will be the 25th annual FEI World Cup Final.

Budweiser World Cup 2003 features five action-packed days of competition in Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. Event highlights include heart-stopping speed classes, the Grand Prix of Las Vegas, and of course, the World Cup Final.

The 2003 Las Vegas Final will be the fifth World Cup Final held in the United States. Previous Finals were held in Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar (1992) and Las Vegas (2000).

With 32 million people visiting Las Vegas each year, airfare and accommodation options are in abundance. A variety of vacation packages are available to fit every budget and lifestyle.

Las Vegas Events, Inc., organizer of the Budweiser World Cup, is a private, not-for-profit corporation whose charge is to bring special events to Las Vegas to support Southern Nevada's tourism efforts and increase economic impact. In its 21-year history, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented, or supported more than 203 events including the National Finals Rodeo, NASCAR Winston Cup racing, Motocross racing, the Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament, the Miss Universe Pageant, the Harley-Davidson Mile and a Half Tour, the CineVegas International Film Festival, the World Aerobic Championships and many others.

For Budweiser World Cup 2003 ticket information, or to purchase tickets, please visit or call (1 702) 260-8605. For more information on visiting Las Vegas and available travel options, please visit the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce website at

Press accreditation form is available on the FEI website, section News/press service or from the FEI Communications department


The Second International Conference on the Transportation of Horses by Road, Sea and Air will take place at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, (GBR) on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2003.

The conference will be sponsored by the FEI, the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). It will focus on horse welfare during transport and will build on the First Equine Transport Workshop, held in March 1999 in Middleburg, Virginia, USA, sponsored by the MSPCA which updated earlier research into Transport Stress in horses initiated by FEI and ILPH.

The conference is specifically aimed at industry representatives and is expected to attract 200-300 delegates. It will review risk factors for transport and existing guidelines for equine movement; seek to capture the perspective of the horse transportation industry on practical aspects of managing horses during transport, and on the safety and design of transporters by road, sea and air. There will be a separate Veterinary Research Group Meeting, chaired by Professor Catherine Kohn (University of Ohio), which will provide a forum for discussion of new information and research on equine transport, identify areas for future study, and define
opportunities for collaboration.

For more information, please contact:
Alex Atock, Conference Secretary
International League for the Protection of Horses (I.L.P.H.) e-mail:, Fax: +44 (0)1953 498373
Registration procedures for the


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