Future of endurance under discussion

June 9, 2011

Senior endurance veterinarian Dr Brian Sheahan is the principal moderator of the FEI Australasian Endurance Forum which began yesterday in Brisbane.

The three-day conference is the first endurance forum to take place outside Europe, and is hosting more than 150 delegates from nine countries. The last such forum was held in Paris in 2007.

Delegates from Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, the UAE and the USA are taking part in three days of lectures and discussion sessions across a wide range of topics relating to international endurance.

Guest speakers have travelled from Canada, America, the UAE, Malaysia and Switzerland, and from across Australia.

Dr Sheahan has also confirmed his availability to be the FEI Veterinarian Advisor in Mongolia for an intensive week of FEI-sponsored Endurance Education scheduled after the forum. He will be joined by Allan Renner, another senior FEI Endurance Official, who will be the Judge/TD Advisor.

The FEI is committed to supporting Endurance in Mongolia, a country that has shown great interest in the discipline. Endurance became an FEI discipline in 1982. It is now the fastest growing of all the FEI disciplines and is second only to jumping in competitor numbers.

The members of the FEI Endurance Technical Committee who are in attendance at the Australian forum will also attend the Australian Endurance Festival taking place, this weekend featuring FEI competitions at 1*, 2* and 3* level.

Conference organisers say the primary goal of the three-day meeting is to achieve the aspirations of the FEI Code of Conduct, which states "The FEI urges all involved with the sport to attain the highest levels of education in their areas of expertise."

As well as a forum on the future of international competitions in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and Thailand, the conference will also discuss:

"This conference and forum has given representatives from the regional nations a unique opportunity to meet together and exchange views with other nations from both within the region but also from much further afield," FEI Director of Non-Olympic Sports Ian Williams said.

 

 

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