French Equestrian Federation Hires Equine Welfare Manager
The Fédération Française d’Equitation (French Equestrian Federation, FFE) has selected a scientist specialized in animal behavior to fill its newly created role in charge of overseeing horse welfare within the federation. That includes FFE member guidance, counseling, and participation in the development of new rules and guidelines, leadership in welfare-related decision-making, and FFE representation at national and international welfare science conferences.
“Growing societal concerns for animal welfare and the particular situation of equitation—the only Olympic sport that includes an animal as part of the athletic team—are two major arguments that favored the creation of this position,” said Déborah Bardou, MSc, FFE Welfare Manager.
“France is the leading host country for international events, and as such it has a responsibility as a leader in equitation,” she said. “By creating this new position, the FFE is sending a strong message to other federations, which could be inspired to follow this same
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