Rule change adds to eventing penalties; Grooms to join FEI “family”

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frangible-deformable400A rule change to eventing’s cross-country phase will mean horses activating a frangible device will have 11 penalties added to their score.

The change was among several across the disciplines that were modified at the FEI’s Bureau meeting in Lausanne this week, which followed the organisation’s Sports Forum over two days.

The addition to “548.1 Faults at Obstacles” was recommended by the Eventing Committee, which means the penalties will be added when an activation occurs and the horse “modifies the dimension of the fence”.

Closer relationship with grooms suggested

A closer relationship between grooms and the FEI was among the topics discussed at the FEI’s Bureau meeting in Lausanne this week, with followed the organisation’s Sports Forum over two days.

FEI President Ingmar de Vos proposed that “the relationship with grooms should be improved and that they should be registered and brought closer to the FEI Family”.

The proposal was agreed by the FEI Bureau,

Gender question

Presentations at the FEI Sports Forum made much of the fact that horse sport was the only sport where there was true gender equality in competition.

Considering Agenda 2020, the Bureau asked if there was still a place for single gender events in equestrian sports.

Dressage judging

A dressage working group is to be established to improve judging of the discipline. This followed evaluation of the judging in dressage in 2015 and 2016, and looking at other sports that have similar judging systems.

Rio 2016 progress

The Bureau heard that progress at the equestrian venue of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games had “accelerated”, following the appointment of a new contractor. The Rio 2016 Organising Committee has assured the FEI that the venue will be ready on time.

FEI Executive Board member Luiz Roberto Giugni, Chair of FEI Group VI and President of the Brazilian National Equestrian Federation, has worked extensively with the Rio 2016 Organising Commiteee and Brazilian government agencies involved in the Games to ensure plans were on track. De Vos thanked Giugni for his work.

• The FEI Bureau is composed of :

  • The President of the FEI;
  • The 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents;
  • The Chair of Audit & Compliance Committee (without a vote);
  • The Chair of Athletes’ Committee;
  • The Chairs of the Technical Committees for:
  • Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Driving, Endurance and Veterinary matters (Technical Chairs); and
  • The Chairs of the Regional Groups

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