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  1. #1
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    Feb. 11, 2009

    Default FEI abolishing associate membership?

    I'm hoping someone with more knowledge that I will speak up.

    It looks like the FEI has told several organizations (IRDC,IJRC, AIDE0) that they no longer have a seat at the table in decision making.

    It looks like there will be a general election for representation by an athlete within each discipline rather than having the 'associate member' (e.g. the IRDC) chose the representative.

    I'm a little skeptical if Lisa Lazerus is the one explaining the change (according to Thomas Bauer) given her less than benevolent treatment of Yvonne Los de Muniz.

    Does anyone know more about what's going on?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 20, 2011
    Dutchess county, NY


    There is an article here that seems to have some good information including interviews with the IDRC and IJRD)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb. 20, 2011
    Dutchess county, NY


    Also found this from the fei site:

    Associate membership
    With the changing landscape of the FEI and the growth of equestrian sport, it
    was important for the FEI to develop a system for bespoke and effective
    interaction with its key stakeholders. Individual Memorandums of
    Understanding with the Athletes’ Clubs and other key stakeholder groups that
    better suit their needs are being put in place. The Associate Members do not
    lose any rights under this new system, they have gained increased rights,
    and will still be able to attend the GA.
    Over the last several years, it has become increasingly apparent that the
    Associate Member concept is not working effectively as there were no clear
    criteria for becoming an FEI associate member nor were there established
    obligations for the FEI to deliver to its associate members. In addition, the
    Associate Members were so diverse and their needs so different from one
    another that it was not efficient to create rules and structures to apply to all
    Associate Members under one umbrella. Therefore the GA approved the
    Bureau’s proposal to remove the associate membership category and replace
    it with what it considers to be a more constructive formula for interacting
    with its stakeholders through the direct election of Athletes, recognition of
    Continental Associations, and Memorandums of Understanding with the
    Athletes Clubs and other key stakeholder groups.
    Athletes’ representative per discipline
    The athletes’ representatives on the FEI Technical Committees will be elected
    via an online vote by the registered athletes in each discipline. This will
    ensure a much higher representation from the athletes. The elections will be
    done via the FEI athletes’ registration system and specific procedural rules
    will be applicable. There is already an athlete on the FEI Executive Board,
    and by doing this the FEI has made the athletes part of its governance
    structure, mirroring the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

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