Sometimes, you do not have to re-invent the wheel

9 May

 

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The governing body 0f horse sport, FEI, is undoubtedly veering out of control.

The somewhat aristocratic air has given way to a dictatorship, and the results in sport have been woeful. In trying to promote ho0rse sport in new areas of the globe, FEI has too often sacrificed the other parts of the globe–the very parts that helped FEI gain its stronghold.

One of the latest debacles is the proposal to cut Olympic dressage  qualification in the Americas to one. Just as dressage at the Olympic level (Grand Prix) is becoming a reality for many of the 37 South/Central American countries, they are basically being told not to bother. The perennial heavyweight countries at the Pan American Games have been the United States and Canada.

Now, at least one of those countries has to  hope to  travel to World Equestrian Games (France) and try to be one of the top four teams in order to win an Olympic slot. The countries expected to fill those slots will travel a few hundred miles and barely change time zones.

But wait–help is not only on the way, the entire plan has been outlined successfully.

Faced with a destruction of the show jumping  Nation’s Cup series, when FEI–so grateful for the huge cash input from the Saudi Equestrian Fund–planned to make shows like Aachen, Spruce Meadows,Hickstead all BID for the right to hold a qualifier, the European countries took a deep breath, and the European Equestrian Federation was conceived.                                          

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                                       http://www.euroequestrian.eu/

Starting with 26 members, now 43, the EEF includes the major European  horse sport players. And indeed, in numbers, there is a counter-balance of power. The idea of bidding for qualifiers has quietly disappeared; horse sport once again goes on in Europe as it has for some time. Also, the EEF is now home to Associate Members recently suspended by FEI:

IDOC – International Dressage Officials Club

IDRC – International Dressage Riders Club

         IEOA – International Equestrian Organisers Alliance
         ISJC – International Show Jumping Officials Club
         IVC – International Vaulting Club

So, I propose to the countries of the Americas–now is the time for the EFA– the Equestrian Federation of the Americas.

Just click on the link above, adapt the policies and statutes,and stand up for horse sport on a continent’s level.

 

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