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.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
This has been a difficult decision, but with the current pandemic situation at hand, we feel that this is the correct and ‘common sense’ direction to take. We are developing a plan to host a shorter, smaller, and more focused competition. We will be using state and local protocols to help guide us through this. Safety is paramount at Rebecca Farm, for both equine and human participants.