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FEI Eventing Safety Committee Establishes Permanent Role

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has determined that its Eventing Safety Cross Country Working Group will morph into a permanent FEI Safety Sub-Committee in the aftermath of recent fatal accidents which have occurred in eventing. Even though the FEI does not have the authority to manage and oversee national events, which are governed by the National Federations, it is determined to do its utmost to ensure the safety of the sport.

The role of the FEI Safety Sub-Committee will be to analyze the figures, trigger specific investigations (i.e. specific combination of fences, analysis of riders or horses falling several times during a year, events with abnormal number of falls, etc.), and produce concrete recommendations. Ensuring that the strictest international safety requirements are applied to the national level will also be part of their mission.

The committee will be led by United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) President, David O’Connor, who is a cross-country course designer and former international event rider. The committee membership will include riders, course designers and trainers of the leading eventing nations. The committee may invite experts from other disciplines and sports as the need arises.

The FEI Headquarters have set up a specific eventing safety database and compiled a comprehensive report of all the figures relating to falls on cross-country at international events, which is available on the FEI website horsesport.org. The FEI takes the welfare of the horse very seriously and sees safety of both its animal and human athletes as its highest priority.

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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