People banned for doping in one horse sport can continue to train and ride in another; the FEI thinks it’s time for a more joined-up approach.
Four of 13 starters completed the test ride for the title race in the UAE; footings expert to assess part of the natural desert track.
Many 120km endurance rides in the desert will have to run under FEI rules in future, unless organisers drastically reduce the number of foreigners invited.
Fans of ‘desert racing’ seem baffled by the suspension - not surprising, against a background of widespread disregard for the rules.
The mass withdrawal of UAE endurance riders and rides from FEI affiliation on January 1 is making it more difficult for the FEI to reform desert racing.
Pippa Cuckson comments on newly re-elected FEI president Ingmar de Vos’ “road map” for his next four-year term in office, sweeping terms and all.
Pippa Cuckson observes that most people in the horse industry are too frightened to report matters of concern, especially when anonymity isn’t guaranteed.
More new rules that attempt to slow riders down in endurance will be presented to the FEI General Assembly in 10 days’ time following “official” research.
Pippa Cuckson shares her thoughts on the decisions made at the FEI’s Sports Forum and Extraordinary General Assembly. We are just a few days short of the first anniversary of the Daily Telegraph article by yours-truly that revealed the enormity of doping in endurance yards owned by the in-laws of Princess Haya, president of the […]
Horse Sport International’s “Insider,” Pippa Cuckson provides a special report on the Endurance Strategic Planning Group: Colleagues often preface emails with the phrase “you couldn’t make it up” when discussing the latest surreal missives from FEI press office. These words are inadequate to describe the emanations of the past few days. If anyone still needed written […]