During its monthly teleconference meeting today, April 15, the Fédération Equestre Internationale Bureau decided to review the composition of the Endurance Task Force following comments received from a number of national federations.
For the first time in the 93-year history of the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the athletes themselves can vote for their FEI Athlete Representatives. The election will take place via a secure online voting platform here, where the curriculum vitaes of all athlete candidates will be available for review. Voting opened today, April 15, and will remain open until June 1.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced that USEF Dressage High Performance Pre-Games Training and Competition Grants have been awarded to two horse-and-rider combinations.
These grants were awarded based on the riders’ detailed plans for training and competition in Europe in preparation for the selection trial for the U.S. Dressage Team Short List and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France), as well as their prospect of contributing to a team and/or individual medal at the Games.
On April 11, Dr. Richard Wilkes, state veterinarian for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, announced that a horse in Northern Virginia tested positive for the equine herpesvirus myeloncephalopathy, a neurological disease caused by the equine herpes virus-1. The horses on that farm in The Plains in Fauquier County will remain under quarantine for 21 to 28 days from the last exposure to the virus, the incubation period for EHM.
The mission of the Task Force is to develop practical solutions to ensure horse welfare and a level playing field at endurance events globally, and to look at deploying modern technology to achieve the goals of equality and integrity in all endurance competitions.
On March 30, Fédération Equestre Internationale Vice Presidents John McEwen and Pablo Mayorga and FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, to discuss implementing the Endurance Strategic Planning Group recommendations to create a more equitable field of play and enhance the integrity of the endurance discipline.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale Bureau is taking the conclusions and recommendations of the Endurance Strategic Planning Group extremely seriously and has assumed full responsibility for the delivery of clear measures that will bring about a long-term solution to issues within the FEI’s fastest growing discipline.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation Board of Directors has voted unanimously to appoint Chris Welton as chief executive officer effective June 1. Welton will replace John Long, who announced his decision to retire from the position a year ago.
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation has selected 22-year-old Jessica Springsteen as its 2014 Maxine Beard Award recipient. The honor is based on a rider’s competitive record and potential to represent the United States in international competition.
Springsteen, Colts Neck, N.J., took top honors at many of the country’s most prestigious events throughout her junior years. In 2008, she won the ASPCA Maclay National Championship (N.Y.), and in 2009 she won the George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship (Fla.).