Former deputy chair of FEI endurance technical committee suspended for one year

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Thursday 07 March - 17h52 | Lucas Tracol

Former deputy chair of FEI endurance technical committee suspended for one year

The Tribunal of the world governing body for equestrian sports, the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), has suspended the former vice-president of its endurance technical committee, Ignasi Casas Vaque, from officiating or participating in a competition for one year.   

Ignasi Casas Vaque was suspended (effective February 25) in the wake of his involvement in incidents at the end of the endurance race at the FEI World Equestrian Games last September. At the time, he served as endurance director and veterinarian for Spain, as well as as a veterinarian at international endurance and jumping competitions.  

As a reminder, at the conclusion of the fourth loop of the race, the competition was cancelled as confusion reigned, which led to a wave of protest by riders and their entourages. As Pippa Cuckson describes in a detailed article on Horse-Canada.com, the Tribunal noted that the FEI had tarnished its own image with the endurance problems at the WEG, and that Ignasi Casas Vaque himself was not responsible for bringing the discipline into disrepute. The accusation that the Spaniard had made death threats against head judge Jean-Pierre Allegret, was also rejected. However, it was found that he had acted improperly ‘multiple times.’ For the full Pippa Cuckson report and a video of the incidents, see here.

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