Apr 28, 2020

FEI Board Meets to Discuss Resolutions Based on Calendar Task Force Proposals

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The Eventing Calendar Task Force held its first videoconference meeting on Friday, April 24 and agreed on proposals to go forward to an extraordinary FEI Board virtual meeting on Monday, April 27. Discussions at yesterday's meeting, which was held via videoconference, were on jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting, and reining.

Friday's meeting was chaired by FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez, who has overall responsibility for the FEI Calendar and who is chairing each of the discipline Task Forces. She was joined by FEI Vice Presidents Mark Samuel (CAN) and Jack Huang (TPE), Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O’Connor (USA), European Equestrian Federation representative Mike Etherington-Smith (GBR), Eventing Athletes’ Representative William Fox-Pit (GBR) and Peter Bollen (BEL), President of the Equestrian Organisers (formerly International Equestrian Organisers Association - IEOA). The FEI Eventing Director, FEI Calendar Administrator and representatives of the FEI IT, Legal and Governance departments were also on the call.

The group discussed a list of topics including deadlines and date clash rules for the 2020 FEI Calendar, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and MER Events in 2020 & 2021, CCIO in 2020, five-star events in 2020, FEI Championships in 2020 and 2021, and fees & costs.

    During yesterday’s meeting, the FEI Board agreed that discussions and decisions on FEI Championships for all age categories and disciplines, and potential initiatives to help organizers, will be deferred to its June meeting.

    National Federations and organizers whose calendar date applications/modifications have been approved by the FEI during the COVID-19 period have been informed that no guarantee of exclusivity will be provided to them for the new calendar dates and that equal consideration of all future calendar date applications/modifications will be given by the relevant Calendar Task Force and by the FEI Board.

    Other key takeaways for eventing from yesterday’s meeting are that date applications and/or modifications for CCI5* & CCI4* long format must reach the FEI six weeks prior to the event; date applications and/or modifications for CCI4* short format and all other events must reach the FEI four weeks prior to the Event.

    Detailed information on resolutions for each discipline are available here.

    May 12, 2021 Competitions

    Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Announces $300,000 Prize Money for Inaugural Event

    The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced athletes and horses in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (CCI5*-L) will be competing for $300,000 in prize money. Additionally, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing National Championship (CCI3*-L), running in conjunction with the 5 Star, will award $25,000 in prize money. Both events, as well as the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, will take place this October 14-17 at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, Maryland.

    May 12, 2021 Education

    Pre-Purchase Examination 101: With Dr. Shauna Spurlock

    You’ve seen a horse you like. You’ve ridden it; you love it. The money’s right; you’ve agreed to buy it. What happens next?

    Pre-purchase veterinary examinations are one of those topics that a roomful of horsey people could discuss - and argue amongst themselves about - for hours. For the amateur rider, that can be confusing and slightly alarming.

    So, let’s simplify it. What is a pre-purchase examination, why are they done, and what should you expect?

    May 11, 2021 Intercollegiate

    Eyes on the Prize at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

    The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.

    May 10, 2021 Eventing News

    2021 FEI MER Changes effective July 1

    The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.

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