Agreement has been reached between the FEI and the International Dressage Riders Club (IDRC) over differences around athlete representation, governance of the club and two removed IDRC members.
As a result of the agreement, proceedings to suspend the IDRC have been dropped and a hearing before the FEI Bureau set for June 7 has been cancelled.
The parties have agreed to a three-point plan, in effect immediately:
- The IDRC will allow both athletes previously removed from membership, Luis Lucio Perez, of Spain, and Maria Ines Garcia Cuellar, Colombia, to be members of the IDRC again without any restrictions.
- The IDRC and the FEI Legal Department will co-operate in drafting proposed changes to the IDRC statutes that will be presented for adoption at the next IDRC General Assembly.
- IDRC President Kyra Kyrklund will be immediately appointed by the FEI Bureau as the Athletes’ Representative to the FEI Dressage Committee on an interim basis, until such time as a permanent appointment is made.
“It was important for the sport, particularly in an Olympic year, that this matter was resolved in an amicable way and we are very happy that this agreement is substantially in line with the proposals we made to the IDRC some months ago,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said.
“We look forward to working closely with the IDRC and welcome the club’s president Kyra Kyrklund in her new role as athletes’ representative on the Dressage Committee.”
Kyrklund commented: “The club’s goal has always been the riders’ right of representation on the Dressage Committee and we are delighted that we have reached agreement with the FEI so that the athletes’ voices can be heard before the Olympic Games this summer.”