The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), as part of its continued effort to ensure strong measures for Endurance in the United Arab Emirates are taken, held talks with the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF) in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 13.
FEI Endurance Director Manuel Bandeira de Mello met with EEF Vice President Mohammad Alkamali, EEF Secretary General Taleb Dhaher Al Mheiri, and EEF Executive Board Member Faisal Al Ali to work through the exact measures that will be implemented at international (CEIs) and national (CENs) endurance events in the UAE for the remainder of the current season, which runs until early April.
These talks follow recent meetings between the FEI and the EEF in both Switzerland and the UAE, after which the EEF postponed four endurance events so that agreement could be reached on proposed measures to urgently address a number of serious issues in Endurance in the region. The CEI1* in Dubai scheduled for Feb. 8 was postponed, along with national events on Feb. 4, 5, and 6. In addition, the EEF took further action, suspending five riders and five trainers for a six-month period and imposed fines following what they termed “gross offences” at the national junior and young rider 120km ride at Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, on Jan. 30.
The FEI had set the deadline of Feb. 11 for the EEF to come back with an agreement on the proposed measures, with the caveat that no further events would be held in the region until agreement on these measures had been reached.
The twelve approved measures, which will be applied for the rest of the UAE endurance season, are:
- Reducing the number of events for