FEI names members of new dressage task force

December 9, 2008

The FEI has appointed a team of six to its Dressage Task Force, whose job it will be to review training and development of the sport, judge selection, and high-level event qualification.

The members of the task force are: Frank Kemperman (NED), chairman and representative of the event organisers; Richard Davison (GBR), riders representative; Robert Dover (USA), trainers representative; Alain Francqueville (FRA), chef d'equipe Katrina Wuest (GER), judges representative; and Elizabeth Max-Theurer (AUT), owners representative.

The FEI Dressage Task Force will operate for one year and produce an interim report to the Bureau at its March/April meeting. As well as its initial tasks, ongoing dressage matters may be referred to the task force by the Dressage Director for feedback and advice.

The group has several jobs, including reviewing training and development, and the assessment and selection of judges for major championships and Olympic Games.

It will also look at the fitness for purpose of the method of judging dressage competitions, both in terms of the number of judges, their positioning and the judging process.

The task force will review the decision to move from four to three riders in a team, as well as the system for qualification for championships, and the receipt of Certificates of Capability for championships, world cups, and the Olympic Games.

It is foreseen that during the course of the next year, the process of seeking candidacies for the Dressage Standing Committee could take place as usual, with National Federations submitting candidacies through the Nominations Committee, and that the members of the task force will be able to seek to serve on the Standing Committee in the future.