Equestre Internationale News
15 April 2002
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PREVIEW
75 National Federations have announced their participation in the
2002 General Assembly of the Federation Equestre Internationale
(FEI). It will be hosted by the Royal Moroccan Federation for Equestrian
Sports. It is the first time that an FEI General Assembly is held
on the African continent.
Assembly (26-27 April)
main discussion items this year will be:
Development: presentation of the 2001 report. It has been a very
satisfying year, during which the Challenge Series improved noticeably;
Affiliation: three new National Federations (NFs) will be presented
for affiliation to the FEI, Yugoslavia, Malawi and Lesotho, thus
bringing the number of FEI member federations to 130;
Report by the Treasurer: approval of the 2001 accounts and presentation
of the budget for 2002;
Elections and re-elections:
President will stand for re-election for a new four-year term (2002-2006);
of the Veterinary Standing Committee (re-election);
of the Vaulting, Pony Riders and Reining Technical Committees
Group II (re-election), Group VI and Group VIII (outgoing);
Olympic Games, Athens 2004: progress report by the Athens Organising
Committee (ATHOC); qualification principles;
by the Technical Committees: among the more important items will
Jumping: Super League, rules revision, World Cup format;
Dressage: rules revision;
Eventing: rules revision, Olympic format, safety programme;
Driving: report on the first season of the Indoor World Cup Driving,
creation of a North-American challenge
Endurance: report on first World Championship for Young Riders and
the FEI Emirates Worldwide Endurance Master Series;
Veterinary: revision of Prohibited Substances List, 2001 Medication
the week, various other meetings will be organised. The Bureau composed
of the chairmen of the technical committees and the geographical
groups will convene before the General Assembly.
April: A Forum, which is an informal meeting between representatives
of the NFs, riders and organisers associations and the Bureau, will
also be held. This years Forum will mainly be devoted to the
following two topics:
Business Plan: the working group chaired by Simon Brooks-Ward, which
was entrusted with developing a Business Plan aimed at enhancing
the commercial development of the FEI, will present its conclusions
to the Forum.
Future of the World Equestrian Games: the pros and cons of the current
WEG format as opposed to separate World Championships will be presented.
A general discussion will follow.
Workshops will also be organised on 26 April:
Workshop: Mrs Betty Wates of Jamaica (Group IV), Mr Manoj Jalan
of India (Group VIII) and Gen. Manuel Rodriguez Velis of Chile (Group
VI) will make presentations on their development experiences. The
CVs of these speakers are attached hereto.
Workshop: Mr Dan Wall, National Reigning Horse Association (NRHA)
Executive Director, will make a general presentation of the discipline.
number of organisations the FEI closely cooperates with will send
their representatives to Rabat. The International League for the
Protection of Horses (ILPH) as well as the International Paralympic
Equestrian Committee (IPEC) will set stands to present their organisation
and provide participants with their latest documentation.
Garcia de Quevedo and Lucia Montanarella from the 2002 World Equestrian
Games Organising Committee will be available for meetings with the
National Federations from 25 through 27 April.
of the Athens Organizing Committee (ATHOC) will also attend and
make a progress report before the General Assembly.
riders associations and the World Breeding Federation for Sport
Horses (WBFSH) will also send their representatives, as will Samsung,
sponsor of the Nations Cup Series.
OLYMPIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ATHLETES ATHENS 2004
programme of Olympic Scholarship for Athletes Athens 2004
has been developed by Olympic Solidarity with the principle objective
of assisting athletes nominated by their respective National Olympic
Committees (NOCs) in their preparation and qualification for the
Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, Athens 2004.
programme offers comprehensive assistance to individual athletes
who are training and attempting to qualify for the Games.
interested are highly encouraged to submit the highest quality of
candidates to their respective NOCs by 31 July 2002 at the latest.
additional information, please consult FEI webste www.horsesport.org,
section Consult /Development or contact the FEI Development Department
Majesties the King and Queen of Spain have accepted to preside the
Opening Ceremony of the World Equestrian Games on 10 September 2002
in Jerez de la Frontera.
with its recent change of look, design and with updated contents,
was conceived and developed so that any user, from anywhere in the
world, can find everything is needed to plan and organize a visit,
next September, to Jerez de la Frontera.
booking tickets to get all sort of information regarding the programme
and the competition venues the website is meant to be the most efficient
tool to be used by media, visitors to the event, horse enthusiasts,
the general public, Federations, riders and officials.
SEASON OF THE FEI WORLD CUP DRIVING ENDED IN GOETEBORG (SWE)
last competition of the newly introduced World Cup Driving was held
in Göteborg. Michael Freud (GER) who already won two competitions
in Stuttgart and Bordeaux also won in Göteborg and therefore
became the first undisputed World Cup Champion 2002.
GROUP IX MEETING
second group meeting since its formation in 2000 was held at Kyalami
in South Africa on Saturday 16th March.
representing nine of the twelve Group countries: Botswana, Kenya,
Namibia, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and
Zimbabwe attended. They were joined by an observer from Lesotho
who have made application to join FEI. The meeting was chaired by
Group Chairman, Ernst Holtz, and attended by Dr. Bo Helander, FEI
Secretary General. The National Olympic Committee of South Africa
again contributed to the cost of the conference centre and accommodation
of the participants.
Chairman welcomed all the delegates and gave a brief summary for
the year under review, followed by reports from each of the Federations
regarding activities and developments during the year.
Makoele, deputy director of the Lesotho Sport Ministry, reported
that a German organisation that had visited Lesotho in 1999 and
2000 had an opportunity to assess the Lesotho riders. In this mountainous
country horses are the major means of transport. As a result the
Lesotho Horse Association was formed in Berlin and this organisation
has the main goal of training a group of selected riders in Germany
with the aim of eventually participating at the Olympic Games. The
initiative has the full backing of the Sports Council of Lesotho.
meeting was informed about the various inter-Federation competitions
in Dressage, Show-jumping and Eventing which had taken place in
the year under review. The latest information about equine flu and
African Horse Sickness was tabled. Border formalities among countries
were also addressed.
offer of sending instructors to member countries was discussed and
FEI were thanked for the visit by Mariette Withages, Chairman of
the Dressage Committee, early in the year which had been a great
which is strong, particularly in South Africa, with some 1200 members
and 3000 horses, is growing at 10% per year whereby Children and
Juniors are particularly well represented in the sport. The Chairman
of the FEI Endurance Committee, Hallvard Sommerseth attended the
National Championships which had 250 riders competing.
reiterated that the FEI Challenge, both in Show- jumping and Dressage,
played a vital part in the regions activities as they were the only
link to the International scene, albeit on a remote basis. They
were informed of the intentions of the FEI World Cup for Eventing
which met with favour.
next Group meeting is to be held in Namibia on the first weekend
in March 2003.
CUP JUMPING : SITUATION IN THE LEAGUES
the 2001 / 2002 season there are 12 Leagues in the FEI World Cup
Leagues have ended their qualifications: Central Europe, Central
Asia, Canada, South Africa, South East Asia, Japan, South America,
Australia, New Zealand, USA West Coast, USA East Coast and Western
European League (18 to qualify)
competitions were held in the Western European League, the last
one Saturday 06 April 2002 in Göteborg (SWE). Markus Merschformann
has broken both his collarbone and his ankle and will not competing
qualified to compete in the Final:
Medline, Ivolas Pialotta, Ralph
& M Butterfly Flip, Monique
Esprit, Loverboy, Adlantus
Dobels Cento, Grandilot
*Markus Merschformann - withdrawn
Coeur, Gio Granno
Eric van der Vleuten
Jikke, Audis Goldenbridge
René Tebbel (replacing Merschformann)
Overseas rider living in Europe:
Lianos, Baloubet du Rouet
Extra Germans (wild cards)
Sören von Rönne
Marc van Dijk
3rd Richard Davenport
: Helena Weinberg
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