Third Meeting For Endurance Committee As Another Horse Dies

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Saturday 23 February - 20h13 | Lulu Kyriacou/ FEI Press release

Third Meeting For Endurance Committee As Another Horse Dies

The FEI's Temporary Endurance Committee held a third meeting yesterday in Lausanne, Switzerland as another horse was confirmed dead at a United Arab Emirates race,  a happening that is occuring almost weekly in the current season.

Django Du Vialaret  was listed as CI (catastrophically injured) during a 100 km CEN (national ride) at Al Wathba, in the UAE. 72  horses, including Django were eliminated or failted to complete the ride.

The Endurance Temporary Committee held its third in-person meeting at FEI Headquarters following Thursday's meetings with stakeholders. Stéphane Chazel (FRA), member of the elected FEI Endurance Technical Committee, currently unable to function as a full committee, and Dr Martha Misheff (USA), member of the FEI Veterinary Committee were invited to attend today’s meeting in an advisory role and share their expertise and insights on the future and sustainability of the sport.

The Committee summarised the conclusions of yesterday’s meetings, which touched on a wide range of topics, with the aim of bringing the discipline back to its roots while maintaining its competitive status.

 “The input from the Groups and the ability to dialogue with our stakeholders has been an invaluable contribution to the Committee’s deliberations”, said FEI Vice President Mark Samuel (CAN), who attends each of the Temporary Committee meetings to facilitate direct communications with the FEI Board. “We noted a great deal of alignment in thinking on most subjects and a notable spirit of engagement and optimism. The priority now is to distill our work into proposals and topics of interest for consideration at the FEI Sports Forum in April.”  
 The Committee also discussed rule changes still to be addressed, such as mandatory rest periods, CEI1* distances, tack and equipment, and optimising the performance of FEI Officials, including education, appointments, rotation and evaluation.
 The FEI Sports Forum 2019 (15-16 April) will have a prominent focus on the sport of Endurance, with Day Two sessions dedicated to the ongoing discussions of the “Future of Endurance”. Delegates will be provided with an update by the Temporary Committee as part of the full consultation process prior to voting on proposed Rules amendments at the FEI General Assembly in November.

 Information on the FEI Sports Forum and the timetable can be found here.

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