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.
Regardless of the level at which a horse is competing, its veterinary team is at the forefront of most decisions regarding its career and well-being. Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, has been working with equine athletes for over two decades. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in 2001, she worked in private practice with a focus on sports medicine and pre-purchase exams until joining Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Field Service team in 2013. Situated in the heart of Area II’s eventing scene, the team provides ambulatory services to the surrounding area, which is home to multiple Olympians.
US Equestrian (USEF) announces the appointment of David O’Connor to the newly created position of Chief of Sport beginning October 3, 2022.
Aspen Farms in Yelm, Washington was host to this year’s USEA Area VII Championships on September 16-18 and put on a spectacular show where 10 horse and rider pairs celebrated victory by being awarded the title of Area VII Champion in their respective divisions. Hear about each pair’s weekend below.
A double clear cross-country round propelled Rebecca Braitling and Arnell Sporthorses' 11-year-old British Sport Horse gelding Caravaggio II (Vangelis-S x Courtesan) to their first blue ribbon together in the CCI4*-Short, and Haley Turner and her own 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Shadow Inspector (Tinaranas Inspector x Caragh Roller) continued their run of sub-30 dressage tests to win the CCI3*-Short at the 2022 Twin Rivers Fall International in Paso Robles, California.