European Equestrian Federations Mobilize Over Future of Endurance

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Tuesday 05 March - 16h58 | Press release

European Equestrian Federations Mobilize Over Future of Endurance

After a 2018 in which European equestrian federations protested against the problems with endurance racing at September’s FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, stakeholders in the sport from the continent have joined together with the aim of having more influence on future decisions about the sport by the world governing body for equestrian sports, the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI).

At the request of several national federations, the European Equestrian Federation (EEF) has created a working group to reflect on the future of endurance. Its aim is to find solutions to reinforce the discipline in Europe, bring them back to the FEI in the form of a strong European position and ensure the credibility of the sport worldwide.

The working group is made up of representatives appointed by European national federations. A first meeting was held in Paris on December 18, 2018. On that occasion, the group reaffirmed its view that endurance, when practiced according to the rules – as the vast majority of its participants are committed to doing in places like France and other countries – is a sport that is respectful of the well-being of horses and a fulfilling outdoor physical activity, for both equines and riders. 

The various actors and stakeholders from the continent were subsequently received on February 21 by the FEI Temporary Committee on Endurance. "Jean Philippe Frances and Quentin Simonet [of France] were among the five European representatives and were able to represent the interests of endurance," explains the group's statement. "They also had the opportunity to remind people that it is fundamentally important that the rules of the sport are strictly enforced to avoid abuses, and that sanctions and doping controls are strictly applied." 
 
The next exchange will take place on April 15–16 in Lausanne, Switzerland at the FEI Sports Forum, which GRANDPRIX will attend. At that forum, the FEI is expected to submit regulatory projects aimed at enabling endurance riding to develop in a sustainable manner around the world.

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