The FEI is currently collecting input before the upcoming forum and has offered an Online Discussion Platform to be open from March 16-21, 2016.
The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) is preparing to review many suggestions that may alter the current sport of eventing prompted by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Agenda 2020. These changes include modifying the sport itself as well as its involvement in Olympic and World Equestrian Games and will be presented for consideration at the FEI Sports Forum which will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland April 4-5, 2016. Other nations have come forward with formal responses to these proposals, and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors is currently drafting their own response due to the fact that these decisions tend to directly impact the sport on a national level.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the governing body for all equestrian sports in the U.S. and of which the USEA is the official eventing affiliate, submitted their formal response to the FEI’s proposals which are listed below.
“As a community and a sport we are faced with a difficult challenge,” stated the USEF. “We are faced with a call for change but without definitive goals to achieve. Change for the sake of change is a dangerous proposition. We need to know where we are trying to get to before we can take effective steps to get there. The promised feedback from the IOC following the 2015 Sports Forum agreement is still awaited. We are open to change for the sake of improving the sport of eventing, remaining in the Olympics, etc. but in the current environment it feels like we are tweaking the edges not changing the sport and we do not know if that is going to achieve the intended result.
It is felt that the “Presentation” of eventing is where greatest strides can be made. A new name will change little if the sport is not effectively presented. What can be learnt from other sports; for example sailing, who changed very little (apart from double points for the Medal Race) but fundamentally changed how their sport was presented during the Games. Better use of technology, exciting commentary from athletes and celebrities, use of cameras on horses etc. are all areas that need looking at.”
2017 Eventing Committee Proposals:
Here is the USEF’s official positions on the recent proposals:
Session 6 – Olympic Competition Format
The Eventing Committee drafted these proposals after consultation and discussion at three open forums held in 2015 where they collected views from all parties involved including National Federations (NF), OCs, riders and officials. The Committee plans to allow further discussion with the NFs at the FEI Sports Forum. After the Forum, the Committee will meet and finalize all recommendations and comments. Nations will receive a first draft of the 2017 Eventing Rules changes on July 15, 2016. This first draft will also be published on the FEI website to allow for comments. Upon receiving these comments, the Committee will then produce a final draft which will be sent out in late October of this year to coincide with the FEI Statutes for the General Assembly.
The FEI is currently collecting input before the upcoming forum and has offered an Online Discussion Platform to be open from March 16-21, 2016 with the purpose of, “giving the opportunity to post your comments or suggestions on the proposals/topics which will be discussed during the FEI Sports Forum 2016.” The FEI has also invited all equestrian enthusiasts to attend the Sports Forum in April. Please note that registration for the Sports Forum closes March 14, 2016. Questions regarding the forum can be directed to [email protected].