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June 18, 2014

World Games Endurance Will Feature Extra Defenses Against Abuse

Organizers of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games have begun to plan for measures to prevent horse abuse and rules violations during the endurance race this August in France, as concerns mount within the French endurance community about the prospects of a scandal-free championship.

Christian Dupuille, the president of the Compiegne CEI in France whose team will also run the World Games championship ride at Sartilly, says vet gates will have closed-circuit TV and security guards, and they will ban screens and tents that could be used to “conceal horses in bad shape.”

June 2, 2014

Thin Horse Uproar Adds Fuel To Endurance Welfare Fires

The Fédération Equestre Internationale’s campaign to clean up endurance has suffered a setback due to an escalating outcry over a “skeletal” horse at the 160-kilometer CEI in Compiegne, France, on May 23.

The FEI has defended officiating veterinarians for allowing Shakla’s Sudden Impact, an entry from Bahrain, through the first horse inspection, but other experts have described the 12-year-old Arabian’s condition as “disturbing” and “disgusting” as debate still rages on social media 11 days after the event.

April 29, 2014

Haya's Chance At Third Term Hijacks FEI Sports Forum

Princess Haya looks likely to remain Fédération Equestre Internationale president through 2018, following a landslide vote at the Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 29, part of the annual FEI Sports Forum, April 28-29.

The change to statutes permitting any president to serve three terms in a row was passed by 103 votes to three; only Switzerland, Lichtenstein and the Netherlands opposed.

March 14, 2014

Investigation Re-Opens In Sheikh Hamdan Horse Switching

Allegations that Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum rode a “ringer” on the winning United Arab Emirates team at the 2012 Longines World Endurance Championships at Euston Park, Great Britain, are being re-investigated.

February 9, 2014

Middle East Absent From FEI Endurance Conference

Delegates largely backed proposals to clean up endurance at the one-day Fédération Equestre Internationale conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Feb. 9, but the Middle Eastern federations at the center of the doping and fractures scandals were absent.

January 14, 2014

FEI Plan To Clean Up Endurance Won’t Prioritize Trainers As Person Responsible

Andrew Finding, chairman of the Endurance Strategic Planning Group, has said there’s no intention to change the status of rider as the principal “person responsible” in doping and other disciplinary matters, as confusion has emerged ahead of the endurance conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Feb. 9.

December 6, 2013

Ben Maher Responds To Phillips Lawsuit

London Olympic show jumping team gold medalist Ben Maher has hit back at claims from long-term backers Mike and Emma Phillips that he made £700,000 in “secret profits” from sales of their horses during their eight-year professional relationship.

November 7, 2013

Haya Won’t Seek Third Term Despite Pleas

Princess Haya of Jordan remained adamant today, Nov. 7, that she would not seek a further term as president of the Fédération Equestre Internationale despite a plea from 100 national federations.

In a surprise move, the FEI General Assembly in Montreux, Switzerland, called an extraordinary general assembly on April 29 where the one-off motion to amend statutes and allow a third presidential term can be decided.

October 1, 2013

British Crackdown On Middle Eastern Drugging Continues

Concerns are growing about the intended purpose—and who was going to administer them—of illegally imported equine drugs seized from Sheikh Mohammed’s Dubai government airplane at Stansted airport in the United Kingdom on May 3.

May 7, 2012

New Nations Cup Series One Of Many Changes Debated At FEI Sports Forum

Spontaneous applause erupted when Fédération Equestre Internationale president HRH Princess Haya announced that the Saudi Equestrian Fund would be the new sponsor of the FEI show jumping Nations Cup series for 2012, with plans for a refreshing new look.

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