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April 22, 2015

UAE National Federation Appeals Suspension To FEI Tribunal

The United Arab Emirates National Federation has lodged a formal appeal to the FEI Tribunal against its provisional suspension from the Fédération Equestre Internationale.
The FEI Bureau provisionally suspended the UAE National Federation on March 12 for an indeterminate period following an investigation by the FEI into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI rules and regulations in the discipline of endurance.

March 13, 2015

AERC Requests New Venue For 2016 World Endurance Championship

In the wake of unprecedented scandal and corruption in the sport of endurance riding coming from the United Arab Emirates, the American Endurance Ride Conference has formally requested that the Fédération Equestre Internationale remove the 2016 World Endurance Championship from Dubai to another venue or cancel the event altogether.

March 12, 2015

FEI Suspends UAE National Federation

The Fédération Equestre Internationale Bureau suspended the national federation of the United Arab Emirates on March 12 for an indeterminate period following an investigation by the FEI into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI rules and regulations in the discipline of endurance.

The Bureau, chaired by FEI President Ingmar De Vos, was unanimous in its decision to suspend the UAE National Federation.

March 11, 2015

FEI Launches Investigation Into Alleged Fake Endurance Races

The Fédération Equestre Internationale is looking into allegations regarding fake events and the duplication of results at FEI endurance events in the United Arab Emirates.

August 28, 2014

Updated: Horse Dies During World Games Endurance Competition

Sartilly, France—Aug. 28

Costa Rican combination Claudia Romero Chacon and Dorado suffered a fall during the first loop of the endurance competition of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games shortly after 8:30 a.m. local time. The pair fell 13.6 km. into the course, just 400 meters before the first checkpoint. Dorado died instantly. Romero has undergone surgery for fractures and internal injuries and is reported in serious but stable condition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

September 25, 2013

Haya Will Not Seek Third Term As FEI President

In a statement released today by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, president HRH Princess Haya said she will not seek to amend to the federation’s term limit statute so that she can seek a third term, as had previously been expected.

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