A third former associate member of the FEI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the organisation.
The International Eventing Officials Club (IEOC), which now has more than 1000 members, is the latest group to sign up with the FEI, after the Associate Member status was removed from the FEI Statutes at the 2012General Assembly.
The IEOC was formed in 1998 by Dr Bernd Springorum (GER), supported by Jean Mitchell MBE (IRE), to give a voice to Eventing Officials. Its membership includes FEI Judges, Technical Delegates, Stewards, Course Designers and Organisers based around the world.
“The International Eventing Officials Club has been a vital link between the FEI and Eventing officials for 15 years,” said Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General.
“During this time, the number of eventing competitions at all levels has grown rapidly – last year alone, there were over 560 competitions globally, which since 2004 represents a massive 77 per cent growth in this sport.
“As eventing continues to expand, the role of the International Eventing Officials Club and its members is key to the FEI, the National Federations and Eventing Organisers”.
IEOC Chairman Andy Griffiths said the club is firmly focussed on developing eventing at every level internationally. membership to the IEOC is free.
“This Memorandum of Understanding with the FEI is testament to the continued worldwide popularity of eventing, and the magnitude of the growth of this sport as it continues beyond its traditional heartlands and into new territories,” Griffiths said.
“These are exciting times for eventing, and we are all very much looking forward to continuing our work with the FEI, the National Federations and Eventing Organisers this year and beyond to help build a solid future for our sport. ”
The Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) cover universal issues such as FEI recognition, FEI Rules and Regulations, horse welfare, code of ethics, commitment to democratic processes, consultation, FEI General Assembly, FEI Sports Forum and meetings, governing law, dispute resolution, communication, and implementation. They also address areas of specific interest between the former FEI Associate Members and the FEI. Although recognition by the FEI does not entail voting rights, the MOUs formalise the relationship with the FEI, giving a voice to organisations working with the FEI in the development of equestrian sport.