Cross-country safety report nears completion

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A report on cross-country jumping falls and safety as part of an external Audit of Eventing by the FEI is expected to be finalised at the end of the year.

The FEI Bureau heard a progress report on the audit at its meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Tuesday.

The audit is being carried out by Charles Barnett, who has been asked to identify factors that may affect eventing as an Olympic sport. Eventing is generally considered to be the most at-risk discipline among the three that make up the equestrian Olympic programme.

Barnett, the former director of Britain’s Ascot racecourse, is examine issues around the safety of horses and riders, and has been asked to explore all areas of the discipline to maintain its position within the Olympics. It is hoped his review will identify factors that can be modified to reduce the risk of horse falls and subsequent horse or rider injuries.

The report, which will be finalised at the end of the year, will contain an analysis of horse falls related to Jumping efforts during the Cross Country test at FEI competitions; a risk factor associated with falls; and a review of the qualification systems.

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