FEI Suspends UAE National Federation

The FEI Bureau has suspended the National Federation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for an indeterminate period following an investigation by the FEI into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI Rules and Regulations in the discipline of Endurance. The Bureau, chaired by FEI President Ingmar De Vos, was unanimous in its decision […]

Bogus Endurance Races Investigated

It was reported last week that the UAE allegedly falsified results from two apparently faked endurance rides, supposedly held December 23rd and January 21st. Now, it was been revealed, in an article by Pippa Cuckson in The Daily Telegraph, that 10 more suspicious races have been found in the FEI’s database. Cuckson reports that the […]

Equine Canada Supports Endurance Reform

As the national governing body for equestrian sport and recreation, horse welfare is paramount to Equine Canada (EC). Therefore, EC strongly supports the recent actions taken by the FEI to reform the sport of endurance in Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Region Group VII. EC also fully supports the FEI in its decision to cancel the […]

Questions Over Legitimacy of Endurance Races

Earlier this week, on her blog Pippa Cuckson, questioned whether an endurance race recorded as having taken place on January 21st in Dubai actually ran. While the results for the 120km CEI qualifier for last month’s President’s Cup were recorded in the FEI’s database, they revealed a surprisingly high – 90 per cent – completion […]

FEI Removes UAE International Endurance Events from Official Calendar

Following the first meeting of the new FEI Executive Board, chaired by recently elected President Ingmar De Vos, Secretary General Sabrina Zeender has removed the two remaining international Endurance events scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March 2015 from the FEI calendar in an emergency measure to protect horse welfare […]

FEI Endurance Forum in Costa Rica

Over 64 delegates from FEI Group V attended an FEI Endurance Forum in Tilaran, Costa Rica on January 23-25  2015, the first Forum following the introduction of the new Endurance rules on August 1st last year. FEI Group V covers Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and […]

FEI Appoints Endurance Independent Governance Advisors

The FEI has named three Independent Governance Advisors (IGAs), with the first due to start work this weekend. FEI 4* judge Roderick Fisher (GBR) will be the first IGA to attend an Endurance event in this new role, travelling to the CEI 3* Dubai (UAE) tomorrow, January 10th. The IGAs were created following the recommendations […]

Meydan Sponsorship Deal Criticized

At the beginning of December, Endurance Great Britain (EGB) approached members with proposed sponsorship package from Meydan, a company owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The package proposed providing EGB with a large but undisclosed sum of money to support EGB while also providing new ride opportunities in Great Britain. However, given […]