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.
Detailed information can be found on Inside.FEI.org. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
Watch on Replay! FEI Eventing Online Risk Management and National Safety Officer (NSO) Seminar
The FEI Eventing Risk Management and NSO Seminar which took place on January 22, 2022, is available to watch on replay on the dedicated FEI Eventing Risk Management webpage or linked here.
You will also find all the presentations, annexes, and statistics as well as a report highlighting the key discussions.
Chants of “War Eagle” were heard from end to end of the White Oak cross-country course as the overnight leaders and defending champions from Auburn University tore between the red and white flags Saturday to remain atop the leaderboard of the 2023 Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC).
The last three years have been a time of great change throughout the country for homes, businesses and industries. Rising costs of living, shrinking of assistance and changes in demographics have affected so much of our world, and that includes the equine industry. However, not all of the changes are easy to identify. This is why the American Horse Council (AHC), together with the U.S. Equestrian Federation, has kicked off what could be one of the biggest studies in more than 50 years with the 2023 National Economic Impact Study (EIS) for the equine industry.
Twenty-three teams from 13 colleges and universities have traveled far and wide for the seventh annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina.
If you have been involved at a higher level with the USEA, you probably recognize the names of the two ladies that spearhead all of the efforts of the USEA’s Programs, Partnerships, and Marketing department: Kate Lokey, Director of Programs and Marketing, and Kaleigh Collett, Marketing Coordinator, but a new member of this team has also joined the USEA staff in Heather Johnson, Programs and Inventory Assistant. If you have considered advertising with the USEA or are involved in the USEA’s Young Event Horse, Emerging Athletes U21, New Event Horse, Adult Riders, Young Riders, Classic Series, or Grooms programs, you probably have or most likely will interact with one of these staff members.