FEI GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2001
- Samsung renews Nations Cup sponsorship until
- FEI and International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC)
- Eventing Committee statement well received
- New edition of Veterinary Regulations
- 5 Olympic equestrian managers in attendance
FEI GENERAL ASSEMBLY
San Francisco, 24-27 April 2001
The FEI held its annual General Assembly at the invitation of the American
Horse Shows Association on 26 and 27 April 2001 in San Francisco. In connection
with the General Assembly, both the Bureau and the Executive Board met twice.
The four days of meetings were extremely well organised by the host federation
and were held in a very cooperative and friendly atmosphere.
On Thursday 26 April The FEI President, Her Royal Highness the Infanta
Doña Pilar de Borbón and Mr Il-Hyung Chang, Senior Vice President
of Samsung Electronics signed the prolongation of the Samsung sponsorship
agreement during a signing ceremony and press conference, hosted by Mr Hay
Keong Yang, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics. Samsung extend its
title sponsorship of the Nations Cup Series for an additional three years, from
2003 to 2005. The decision to invest an additional $7 million demonstrates the
company's strong and ongoing commitment to international equestrian sport.
Out of the 126 member National Federations, 90 were present: 80 were
represented by delegates and 10 by proxy.
The day before the Assembly, a very successful Forum was organised. The first
part of the Forum was dedicated to a presentation of the International
Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC) by Jonquil Solt, President. This was
followed by the first Eventing Open Forum of the year, which brought very
interesting discussions on the statement developed by the Eventing Committee.
The second Forum will be organised in Lexington next week.
In her opening speech, the FEI President, HRH the Infanta Doña Pilar de
Borbón, paid tribute to the many volunteers involved in equestrian sport
around the world and briefly explained the Olympic programme for 2001,
International Year of the Volunteers.
Brunei National Federation was accepted as new member.
STATUTES AND GENERAL REGULATIONS
All proposed modifications were adopted. They dealt mainly with the new Reining
discipline. The concept of sponsored teams was also introduced. Other
modifications dealt with clarification issues.
Based on the very good results of 2000 financial year, the Assembly approved
the Finance Committee's proposal to allocate the surplus to "Operating
A new structure of financial categories for NFs was accepted. Annual
subscription will be based on six levels according to the level of equestrian
activities in each country.
The operating budget for 2001 presents a moderate surplus as several new
projects will require significant funding:
· implementation of the Strategic Plan
·administration of the new adopted discipline of Reining
· the development of the EQUIS Information system project
· new requirements affecting the safety of the sport, especially in
Mr Freddy Serpieri (GRE) was re-elected as Chairman of Geographical Group I and
1st Vice President.
Mr Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) was re-elected as Chairman of Group V.
Mrs Mariette Whitages (BEL) was elected Chairman of the Dressage Committee
replacing Eric Lette (SWE), who was made Honorary Bureau Member.
Mr Olaf Petersen (GER) was re-elected for a second term of four year as
chairman of the Jumping Committee.
The Chairman of the Eventing Committee, Mr Wayne Roycroft (AUS) was re-elected
for a four year term. Mr Roycroft replaced Hugh Thomas who retired last year
before the completion of his four-year term.
Dr Hanfried Haring (GER) was elected as new Chairman of the FEI Strategic
Planning Committee and member of the Executive Board
Mr Martien van den Heuvel (NED) was elected member of the Finance Committee.
Mr Michael Düe (GER) replacing Dr Arthur Ken Allen (USA) and Dr Catherine
W. Kohn (USA) replacing Dr Dennis James Goulding (AUS)
Mr Gotthilf Riexinger (GER) replacing Mrs Mariette Whitages (BEL)
Mr Sven Holmberg (SWE) replacing Mr Peter Herchel (SVK). Mr Leonidas
Georgopoulos (GRE) was co-opted to the Committee until 2004.
Mr William Henson (GBR) replacing Mr Frans Meggelen as representative of the
Mr Richard C.V. Nicoll (USA) replacing Mr Joseph P. Moore.
Mr Anthony McPherson (BEL) replacing Mr Jon Francis Doney (GBR), Dr Barnabas
Mandi (HUN) replacing Mrs Rosa Maria Fadera (ESP)
Mr Bernardo Lopez Davidson (USA) replacing Mr Leopoldo Palacios (VEN), Mr Helio
Lemos Pessoa (BRA) replacing Mrs Pilar Cepeda de Rizo.
Mr Simon Brooks Ward (GBR) was appointed.
ALLOCATION OF CHAMPIONSHIPS
The following championships were allocated:
South American Dressage Championships for Seniors, Young Riders, Junior &
Children to Sao Paulo (BRA) 05-09 December
South American Jumping Championships for Young Riders, Juniors and Americas
Children to Buenos Aires (ARG) 25-29 September
European Eventing Senior Championship was provisionally allocated to
Mr Yiannis Giannouris Sport Manager of ATHOC (Athens 2004 Olympic Games) and
Nikolas Karidis, Equestrian Manager, presented a report on the preparation for
the Games. The construction of the equestrian site will start in September
2001. A CCI** will be organised in August 2003 as test event.
Nikolas Karidis, was warmly encouraged by four former equestrian managers: Alan
Balch (Los Angeles) and Kate Jackson (Atlanta) who organised the General
Assembly, but also Franz Venhaus (Sydney) Gabriela Klingenberg (Barcelona), the
Assistant to the FEI President.
At the end of its very moving presentation, Franz Venhaus, was warmly
congratulated for the wonderful organisation of the equestrian competitions of
the Sydney Olympic Games.
WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES
Luis Figueroa, President of the Spanish Federation, presented a very
interesting progress report on the preparation for the 2002 World Equestrian
Games in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP). The WEG Organising Committee can count on
the support of the Government and all Spain. The King of Spain accepted to be
President of Honour of the Games. 600 volunteers have already signed up and the
ticket sales will start this autumn.
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
The major work of the Committee was the production of the final version of the
Strategic Plan adopted by 2000 General Assembly followed by the process of
implementing it. A more detailed timeline was produced and specific
responsibilities given to the various Committees and Bureau Members.
The FEI's development programme continues to grow and tangible benefits can
been seen. Thirty-four National Federations received assistance in 2000. Four
Development officers have been funded, two for Eventing and two for Endurance,
coveraing Oceania and South America. Focus was changed from training officials
to training riders and trainers. The Development Fund was made a budgetary item
to ensure consistent funding for development of the sport in the future. CHF
500,000 were allocated for 2001.
The General Assembly accepted the introduction of the Nations Cup Super League,
which will consist of 8 teams and 8 countries (not necessarily linked). The
events will be selected according to established criteria laid down by a
special committee. There will be a promotion system each year from the previous
years regional leagues to the Super League and a relegation of the two lowest
placed teams of the Super League at the end of each season. It was agreed to
introduce the Super League in 2003, as a number of issues relating to the
composition of regional leagues still have to be resolved.
The new format of the World Cup in the Western European League is proving very
successful: up to 45 riders in a qualifying competition on Friday and 18 in the
World up on Saturday. TV coverage, especially from terrestrial channels,
continues to improve.
The Dressage Committee is working on qualification criteria for 2001
Championships, due to a considerable number of events having been cancelled as
a result of the Foot and Mouth disease outbreak in Europe.
The working statement on the future of the discipline and its format at Olympic
Games was discussed during the Forum. Particular efforts were made in the
development of Eventing in Asia and South America. The Eventing Committee
informed the General Assembly on plans to have a CIC World Cup circuit
operating in 2002.
The introduction of a Driving World Cup was approved. This World Cup will
consist in a Series for Four-in-Hand drivers competing at eight indoor events,
and will commence on 16 November 2001 in Stuttgart (GER).
In 2000, new countries came to Endurance, such as Syria, Morocco and Egypt.
2001 will see the first ever World Championship for Young Riders in Spain. A
star system (1 to 4 star) was approved and will come into effect in 2002.
The creation of the FEI/UAE World Masters was announced. This series will
consist of three events (one in Australia, one in Europe and one in USA) and
will start in 2001. Any rider winning all three rides will earn a prize purse
of USD 1 million.
Starting this year, the Emirates Airlines will sponsor a series of 50 events at
different levels. Up to USD 5000 will be allocated to each event to help with
their organisation and enhance their level. The Endurance Committee will select
the events included in the series.
The new FEI Reining Rules were adopted. This year, two FEI international
official competitions CRIOs will be organised, one in Reggio Emilia (ITA) and
one in Gladstone (USA).
The Guidelines for Judges have been updated. For the first time, a Vaulting
course with Development Fund Assistance was organised in Bogota (COL) and the
Development programme with continue in 2001 with courses planned in South
America and Australia
The new revision of the Pony Rider Rules was approved, including new rules for
the measurement of ponies. It will come into effect on 1 January 2002.
The FEI Children's International Jumping Competition was held for the 6th
consecutive year and for the third and last time with the sponsorship of Arab
Radio and Television. Thirty-five countries have confirmed their participation
for the 2001 competition.
A more standardised protocol for horse inspections in all the disciplines was
approved by the Bureau and General Assembly. In this way, the concept of
"fitness to compete" will become more transparent to the riders,
Organisers and the public. Suggestions from riders, national federations and
technical committees had been included in the draft document prior to its
The future development of medication control was discussed. There is a
significant difference in positive test rates between the MCP programme versus
testing outside groups I & II, which necessitates a more standardised
testing procedure and an improved standard of the involved laboratories. An
annual Quality Control programme will be set up by the central MCP laboratory
in 2001 and the MCP programme, which has been operative for a decade now, will
be reviewed by the Veterinary and Medication sub-Committees.
The recent problems in regard to Foot and Mouth Disease and their impact on the
sport were reviewed. The horse is not a susceptible animal for FMD and cannot
act as a biological reservoir for FMD. Although the recent outbreaks appear to
be diminishing, it will be essential to collate information on the damaging
effect that restrictive measures have had on equestrian sport. It will be
helpful if data on the total economic value of the horse industry are collected
for discussions with sanitary organisations.
Mr Jonny McIrvine Director of the International League for the Protection of
Horses presented a comprehensive report on ILPH activities.
The chairman explained the concept of strict liability for positive medication
cases and the fact that Person Responsible (PRs) must take a special care in
veterinary treatment, care and management of their horses. The FEI will
continue to liaise with the World Anti-Doping Agency in its efforts to
establish a comprehensive anti-doping procedure for competitors.
GUESTS, OTHER MEETINGS
Mrs Anita de Franz, IOC member attended the General Assembly and FEI Prize
During the spectacular prize giving ceremony hosted by AHSA, tribute was paid
to retiring Bureau Members Eric Lette and Michael Bates.
The Asian Federation held an special meeting. The Pan American NFs also
organised a meeting.
A cooperation agreement with the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee
was signed during the Development Lunch organised on 26 April.
The FEI would like to thank the President of the AHSA, Alan Balch and his very
efficient and friendly staff for their great cooperation in the organisation of
the General Assembly, as well as all the volunteers who came to assist the FEI
Secretariat in the coordination of the meetings.
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