FEI Removes UAE Endurance Events from Official Calendar

The FEI took an emergency measure to protect horse welfare and to preserve the integrity of its rules and regulations.

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Following the first meeting of the new Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) executive board, Secretary General Sabrina Zeender has removed the two remaining international endurance events scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March 2015 from the FEI calendar in an emergency measure to protect horse welfare and to preserve the integrity of the federation’s rules and regulations.

The move follows a mandate from the FEI Bureau to the executive board to urgently investigate horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI rules and regulations in the UAE. The executive board will now finalize its recommendations to the bureau.

“We have made this our top priority and will make our conclusions as speedily as possible so that the recommendations can be presented to the bureau for urgent consideration,” recently elected president Ingmar De Vos said after the meeting.

In addition to De Vos and Zeender, the meeting was attended by 1st vice president and chair of the Jumping Committee John Madden (USA), 2nd vice president and chair of FEI Regional Group VII HE Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (BRN), chair of the Dressage Committee Frank Kemperman (NED), and chair of the Athletes’ Committee Maria Gretzer (SWE). Luiz Roberto Giugni (BRA), chair of FEI Regional Group VI, was unable to attend due to meetings in Brazil on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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