Bringing horse sport to all: FEI Solidarity touches far reaches of equestrian world

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The FEI Solidarity Reportage photobook celebrates the hard work and commitment of everyone involved in grassroots equestrian sport development.
The FEI Solidarity Reportage photobook celebrates the hard work and commitment of everyone involved in grassroots equestrian sport development.

The FEI has launched a specially commissioned photobook to showcase the personalities and projects supported by FEI Solidarity, the FEI’s global sport development programme.

Unveiling poignant behind-the-scenes moments, the FEI Solidarity reportage photobook tells the stories of the deep impact FEI Solidarity is having on grass-roots equestrian sport development.

Showcasing the progress of FEI Solidarity-supported riders at the recent South East Asian (SEA) Games 2015 in Singapore, to the first FEI Solidarity visit to a youth training camp in Bulgaria by FEI President and Chair of the FEI Solidarity Committee Ingmar De Vos, the FEI Solidarity Reportage photobook celebrates the hard work and commitment of everyone involved in growing equestrian sport from the ground up.

“The vision of FEI Solidarity is all about helping others to help themselves,” explained De Vos, speaking from last week’s FEI Solidarity meeting at FEI Headquarters, which was also attended by Princess Haya, FEI Honorary President and founder of FEI Solidarity.

In February 2015, FEI Tutor Susanne Macken travelled to Haiti to deliver the first Pilot Course for Grooms supported by FEI Solidarity which was met with great enthusiasm and interest.
In February 2015, FEI Tutor Susanne Macken travelled to Haiti to deliver the first Pilot Course for Grooms supported by FEI Solidarity which was met with great enthusiasm and interest. © FEI/Liz Gregg

The committee was given an update on ongoing projects supported by FEI Solidarity, and discussed applications for 2016 funding. There was also discussion on implementation of an improved communications strategy in order to increase visibility of the programme worldwide. FEI Solidarity’s support has been central to the ongoing growth, success and evolution of the programme since its debut three years ago.

“In the last year, FEI Solidarity has gone from strength to strength by providing expertise, funding and support in order to lay the foundations for future generations”, De Vos said.

“I have been fortunate enough to see first-hand the passion, dedication and honest determination of those touched by FEI Solidarity, and the photobook is designed to introduce everyone to some of the athletes, grooms and officials who have benefited from the various projects in place.”

The FEI Solidarity Committee members are Princess Haya Al Hussein (JOR); Jukka-Pekka Leskinen of the Finnish Equestrian Federation; Alexandru Tuceac, President of the National Federation of the Republic of Moldova; Jean Patrick Chemaly, President of the Equestrian Federation of Haiti; Rosana M. Roig, President of the Puerto Rican Equestrian Federation; Fatima Morales Aguereo, President of the National Federation Paraguay; Mikaela Conjuangco Jaworski, IOC Member; and Ibrahima Wade, President of the Senegal Equestrian Federation.

FEI Solidarity, launched in 2011 and inspired by the Olympic Solidarity model, is focused on providing opportunities for the next generation of athletes and all those working in equestrian communities around the world, so that local structures can be established to develop the sport.

The FEI Solidarity Committee, which met last week at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne.
The FEI Solidarity Committee, which met last week at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne.

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