New Zealand and Australian officials have met with FEI secretary-general Ingmar de Vos to discuss proposals for an Oceania federation.
Equestrian Sports New Zealand chief executive Jim Ellis confirmed in his blog that the meeting took place in the leadup to the FEI General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey, this week.
Ellis confirmed that they had discussed the possibility of an improved voice for the region through a new Oceania federation, but did not indicate how the concept was received.
It is no secret that New Zealand and Australia are not entirely happy with the manner of their current representation within the FEI’s Group 8.
The 28 Group 8 nations are primarily centred on Southeast Asia.
The group is understandably focused on Asian events and and Asian equestrian interests. The international sphere of interest for Australia and New Zealand is concentrated not on Asia, but the competitions of Britain and Europe.
The two nations’ sphere of influence within Group 8 is limited as a consequence.
Ellis wrote in his blog: “The FEI is moving slowly towards continental representation and the success of the infant European federation offers a pathway for other regions.
“Interestingly, statistics produced at the European meeting this afternoon showed that New Zealand and Australia deliver more FEI events than the whole of Asia and Africa combined, so Oceania’s relevance is high.”