The Fédération Equestre International (FEI) recently rolled out a list of new communications for various equestrian sports. Below are the updates pertaining to the sport of eventing, including information regarding the confirmation of equestrian sport at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.
Equestrian Sport CONFIRMED in Initial Sports Program for LA 2028
Equestrian sport is now officially approved in the Initial Sports Program for the Olympic Games 2028 in Los Angeles, California (USA) following the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Beijing, China on February 3, 2022.
The confirmation for inclusion in the LA 2028 Initial Sports Program follows the announcement by the IOC in December of 2021 that equestrian sport was amongst the 28 sports to be proposed. The equestrian disciplines for LA 2028 will be decided mid-2023 while the Equestrian Events and the Quota will only be decided after Paris 2024.
Universality, integrity and fairness, gender equality, and popularity were highlighted as key requirements of the evaluation criteria to determine the disciplines and events for the program, in line with the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020+5. Athlete safety, environmental sustainability, and keeping the sport relevant to youth were also reiterated as significant factors in the decision-making process.
See the FEI Press Release here.
FEI Eventing Categorization of Athletes – update
The FEI Eventing Categorization of Athletes was updated on January 1, 2022 and takes into account MERs obtained between July 1, 2013 and December 31, 2021. The lists of categorized Athletes are available on the FEI Database.
The Athlete category is updated according to the performances twice a year: on July 1 and at the end of each calendar year, taking into account the rolling eight and a half years (8.5) in order to take into consideration the cancellation of events due to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.
FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings and Zone Rankings 2021
The FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings and Zone Rankings 2021 have been calculated and are now available on the FEI Database Rankings/Standings section. The FEI Eventing Zone Rankings are processed once a year and take into account results obtained between January 1 and December 31, 2021.
Eventing Statistics Report 2010-2021
The Eventing Statistics Report 2010 – 2021 has been finalized and is available on the FEI Eventing-Risk Management page.
Eventing Horse Form Index (HFI)
As of January 21, 2022, the Eventing Horse Form Index (HFI) is available to National Federations, Athletes and Owners in the FEI database and for National Federations and Officials (appointed at an event), through the FEI entry system.
The Eventing HFI is an index calculated by using the existing performance of a horse starting in FEI Competitions. It has been developed for Athletes, Owners, and National Federations to manage horses’ performances, track their progress and help to make informed decisions prior to the competitions. It is a tool also designed to allow Officials to monitor horses entered at events and assess preparedness as well as performance during the cross-country test.
National Federations are encouraged to communicate directly with their Eventing Athletes to discuss and help them check the HFIs of horses they are entering in competitions.
Watch on Replay! FEI Eventing Online Risk Management and National Safety Officer (NSO) Seminar
You will also find all the presentations, annexes, and statistics as well as a report highlighting the key discussions.
The countdown is on for the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds! This year, the USEA AEC moves to the beautiful Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. The AEC will move back to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2023, so if you have ever dreamed of riding in the Flathead Valley of Montana with views of Glacier National Park, you won’t want to miss this year’s very special opportunity.
USEA Podcast host Nicole Brown is joined by USEA CEO Rob Burk and USEA President Max Corcoran to look back on the highlights of the season so far. From the big five-stars to the road to Pratoni and what to look forward to this year.
When Auburn University’s Alayna Backel jumped the final jump on her cross-country course today you couldn’t even hear the announcer over the mob of Auburn students, fans, and family members standing at the finish flags. As the last member of the Auburn War Eagles team to compete at the 2022 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships, Backel’s double-clear cross-country round with Amy Dobbins’ 17-year-old Halflinger gelding Oliver Twist (Aurora x Ludora de Las Perlas) solidified Auburn’s first victory at the Intercollegiate Championships in three years on a cumulative team score of 79.23.
It has been three years since Auburn University has clinched the title of USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Champions, but the team aimed to rectify that at the 2022 Championships by sending six teams to compete, one of which, the Auburn War Eagles, sits in the pole position following the first day of competition.