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Bahrain Steals the Show with Double-Gold and 100% Completion Rate

Individual gold medallist, Bahrain’s Fahad Helal Mohamed Al Khatri, is congratulated by FEI President Ingmar de Vos and Cristian Herrera, Director of the Chilean Endurance Federation at the FEI World Endurance Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 2015 at Santo Domingo, Chile. (FEI/Rebecca Pearman)

Lausanne (SUI), 26 October 2015 – Bahrain stole the show when claiming both the Team and Individual Championship titles at the FEI World Endurance Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 2015 staged in Parque Tricao, Santo Domingo in Chile at the weekend. Representatives from across the globe were in attendance, with a total of 59 starters and 11 teams in action. However, Bahrain had the distinction of being the only country to have all five representatives finish successfully.

The stunning vineyard region, some 100km south of Santiago, played host to competitors from as far afield as Malaysia, South Africa and Sweden, and from the very outset the organisers faced major challenges.

Just over a month before the Championships were due to take place, an 8.3 magnitude earthquake hit the host country, with the epicenter just 600km from the venue.

Finally, just as the Organising Committee must have thought everything was on track, only four days before the much-anticipated event was due to begin, freak winds blew through the venue causing huge damage and leaving much of the infrastructure razed to the ground.

Spectacle of sportsmanship

Despite such drama and potential difficulties the event itself passed without any major issues and was a spectacle of excellent sportsmanship and camaraderie set in one of the most picturesque regions of South America.

The 120km track was made up of five loops stretching out across the Chilean countryside taking in steep, gravel byways, deep, dusty tracks and stretches along the Santo Domingo coastline. Athletes were warned beforehand that wise horsemanship, nimbleness and careful thinking would be required to successfully negotiate such a track – a big ask for the young riders, all aged between just 14 and 21. However, they listened carefully and took it all in their stride, both metaphorically and physically. With one of the highest completion rates in recent times at a Championship, the future of Endurance is most certainly looking bright.

Individual gold

Individual Gold was won by Fahad Helal Mohamed Al Khatri (BRN) aboard the 12 year old bay gelding Poly de Coat Frity. The Anglo Arab only joined the Royal Bahrain Endurance Team in September this year following his excellent performance at the CEI3* 160km Rambouillet (FRA). Al Khatri couldn’t have asked for a better start to their career together.

The pair passed through the first vet gate in eighth place after the first 30km loop. As the day progressed they steadily made their way up the field to fourth place at the second vet gate, then improved to second at the third vet gate and slotted into first at the final vet gate with a 30-second lead over Mansour Saeed Mohd Al Faresi (UAE) with Hotspur Thabor.

An incredibly strong performance over the final 20km extended those 30 seconds to nearly 30 minutes, and resulted in an easy finish as the spritely pair trotted over the finish line encompassed in a cloud of dust to take Individual Gold and the coveted Best Conditioned Award.

Silver and bronze

Individual Silver and Bronze went to the only two finishers from the United Arab Emirates. Despite leaving on the final loop in second place, Al Faresi was overtaken by compatriot Saeed Mohd Khalifa Al Mehairi with Sirocco des Comtie. A successful vetting for both completed the podium.

Bahrain dominated much of the top ten, taking fourth, fifth and tenth positions. The final horse-and-rider partnership from Bahrain crossed the line in 11th place, just over an hour after the winning horse and rider. The highest-placed home competitor was 19 year old Pablo Llompart who took sixth position aboard El Pangue Ciromagnum with whom he won the Championship Trial Run in April of this year.

The Team results were fairly spread out, with several hours separating the medallists. Bahrain finished with a total time of 17:38:16, knocking 2011 World Champions Uruguay into silver medal position. Qatar completed the podium taking bronze in a time of 21:00:34, over 1.5 hours slower than Uruguay. South Africa and Ecuador were the only other teams to have three or more combinations complete.

Inspirational experience

FEI President, Ingmar De Vos, attended the Championships and said yesterday, “I’ve been visiting National Federations across South America for the past couple of weeks and it has been an inspirational experience.

“I have witnessed for myself the commitment, energy, dedication and enthusiasm of the people on the ground who are clearly having a huge impact on the expansion and development of the sport here.

“Encouraging the participation of young athletes and providing them with every possible educational opportunity are key elements to the future success of all sports, and I’d like to congratulate the Organising Committee at Santo Domingo for providing a truly excellent event for this weekend’s FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors.”

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By Berry Pattison

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US Team Gives Their All at 2015 FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors

Mary Cathryn Clark and Questafir (Becky Pearman Photography)

Santo Domingo, Chile – The U.S. team put forth a great effort Friday during the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors. Leading the way for the U.S. was Mary Kathryn Clark (Eatonton, Ga.) who finished 21st with a time of 7:32:37. Clark, who rode her own Questafir, a 2004 Arabian gelding, had a personal best finish in these championships after placing 37th in 2011.

The remaining members of the U.S. team were unable to overcome the challenges the course presented: Christina Kimery (Bixby, Okla.) and Jeremy and Ellen Olson’s Bey Gibby, a 2001 Arabian gelding; Katie Baldino (Marietta, Ga.) and Clark’s 2006 Arabian gelding Kalilas Legacy; Mallory Capps (Cumming, Ga.) and Lori Shifflett’s Magical Mikada, a 2003 Arabian gelding, and Maria Muzzio (Clifton, Va.) and Natalie Muzzio’s Laconic, a 2002 Arabian gelding, were pulled at vet checks along the way.

“Today did not go as we hoped, but I can’t be more proud of this team. They did everything that was asked of them, took care of each other, and most importantly, their equine athletes. What we learned during the selection process and our time in Chile will help us move forward and develop the Team for the 2017 FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors. Congratulations to Mary Kathryn on finishing her young rider career with a completion today,” said USEF Chef d’Equipe Mark Dial.

The nation of Bahrain won the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors. Fahad Al Khatri of Bahrain is the Individual World Champion.

From the USEF Communications Department

Hugely Successful FEI Endurance Courses Attract Almost 1,400 Delegates in UAE

Almost 1,400 people have attended a series of FEI Endurance educational courses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE) over the past four days as part of the agreement signed between the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF) and the FEI. (EEF Media Centre)

Lausanne (SUI), 14 October 2015 – Close to 1,400 people have attended a series of FEI Endurance educational courses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE) over the past four days in advance of this week’s Endurance season opener, a CEI1* 80-kilometre ride. The attendees, numbering 1,347 in total, included athletes, trainers, grooms, Veterinarians, Judges, Technical Delegates and Stewards.

The courses were an important element in the legally binding agreement signed between the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF) and the FEI prior to the lifting of the provisional suspension at the end of July. The FEI Bureau had suspended the EEF in March of this year following an investigation into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI Rules and Regulations in the country.

Chair of the FEI Endurance Committee, Brian Sheahan, acted as Course Director alongside Dwight Hooton (USA) a member of the FEI Veterinary Committee and veterinary advisor to the EEF, and FEI Endurance Director Manuel Bandeira de Mello. The EEF Assistant Secretary General Faisal al Ali attended the first session on 10 October, and Dr Ali Al Twessi from the EEF Endurance Department was also on hand to offer translation services.

The athletes, trainers and grooms’ sessions, which attracted 1,065 attendees, 25% of which were female, covered FEI and national rules, mandatory rest periods, penalty points, the entry system, field of play and veterinary aspects, including Vet Gate procedures, anti-doping rules (human and equine) and medication procedures.

John Robertson, Deputy Chair of the FEI Endurance Committee, was in charge of the courses for FEI Judges (Levels 1, 2 and 4), Stewards and Technical Delegates. A total of 190 Stewards attended, including 160 from the police force who will be working at events, as the national rules are now fully compliant with FEI rules.

Brian Sheahan and Dwight Hooton also ran a course for Veterinarians, with 68 attendees. Both the Veterinarians and Judges were then required to sit an exam, with a 100% pass rate.

The EEF’s new entry system, delivery of results to the FEI, horse welfare issues including cars in the field of play, video cameras in the stabling area and prevention of accidents in the vet gate area were discussed at two separate meetings, one with Adnan Sultan Saif Al Nuaimi, General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, and the other with Dubai Equestrian Club General Manager Mohammed Essa Al Adhad.

There was a general consensus that the courses and the individual meetings had all been extremely successful and effective.

“We have a fantastic sport in Endurance and it was wonderful to have had such successful courses in Group VII, particularly from an attendance perspective but also for the enthusiasm of all the delegates,” FEI Endurance Director Manuel Bandeira de Mello said at the end of the four days. “The courses were really interactive and there was a huge thirst for knowledge and a desire to increase the depth of understanding of all aspects of the discipline from everyone who attended. There has been great team work here in Dubai, and everybody is fully committed to success.”

Provisional suspension

As part of the ongoing clean-up of the discipline in Group VII, Abdul Aziz Mohd Yasin Sheikh, Head of Endurance at the United Arab Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF), has been provisionally suspended as an FEI Official by the FEI Secretary General, Sabrina Zeender, for consistently failing to observe the FEI Rules and Regulations at a number of events from which duplicate results were submitted to the FEI.

The provisional suspension, which is in accordance with Article 156.1 of the FEI General Regulations and which comes into immediate effect, is for an indefinite period. For the duration of the suspension, Mr Sheikh may not take part or be involved in the organisation of any FEI competitions or events, or any event under the jurisdiction of a National Federation.

Mr Sheikh has 30 days to appeal the decision to the FEI Tribunal from the date of notification (13 October 2015). He is the second UAE official to have been provisionally suspended by the FEI Secretary General following the suspension of Dr Hallvard Sommerseth, Head of the EEF Veterinary Department, last month. Both suspensions have the full support of FEI President Ingmar De Vos.

The events and duplicate results in the UAE that were used specifically for qualification purposes have now been deleted by the FEI IT Department. Any horse/rider combinations that used these duplicate results as qualification for subsequent events, and were therefore ineligible to compete, have now been disqualified.

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Uruguayan Endurance Horse Tests Positive for Prohibited Substance

Lausanne (SUI), 1 October 2015 – The FEI has imposed a provisional suspension on a Uruguayan Endurance rider whose horse has tested positive for a prohibited substance.

Samples taken at a CEI2* event in Trinidad (URU) on 8 August 2015 from the horse LG Muneerah (FEI ID 104TQ89/URU), ridden by Fernanda Villar (URU) to win the 120-kilometre competition, have returned positive for the banned substance Guanabenz, a sedative with analgesic effect.

The athlete has been provisionally suspended from the day of notification (29 September 2015). Additionally the horse has been provisionally suspended for two months. The athlete and the horse owner/s have the opportunity for a preliminary hearing before the FEI Tribunal to request the lifting of the provisional suspensions.

The FEI’s Prohibited Substances List is divided into two sections – Controlled Medication and Banned Substances. Controlled Medication substances are those that are regularly used to treat horses, but which must have been cleared from the horse’s system by the time of competition. Banned substances (doping) are substances that should never be found in the body of the horse.

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UAE Takes Gold and Spain Completes Podium

Gold medalist Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui (centre) was joined on the podium by Spain’s silver medalist Alex Luque Moral (left) and bronze medalist Jordi Pons Serra, with (front) Manuel Bandeira De Mello, FEI Director, Endurance. (Alessandra Giorgio/FEI)

Lausanne (SUI), 28 September 2015 – The 120km FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Horses 2015 at Valeggio Sul Mincio (ITA) saw the UAE’s Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui take individual gold and Spain’s Alex Luque Moral and Jordi Pons Serra return home with individual silver and bronze respectively last weekend.

These Championships for seven year old horses were first held during Valeggio Sul Mincio’s annual Italia Endurance Festival in 2013.

The four-loop course wound its way through the rolling countryside typical of the province of Verona, onto the shores of Lake Garda and into the stunning public park Parco Giardino Sigurta.

The event attracted a field of 73 combinations from across Europe as well as the UAE, Turkey and Kuwait. The competitors left the venue at 7am on Saturday morning and tackled the first loop of 38km. Consistency and quick presentation times were to prove influential throughout the day and vet gate 1 was no exception. A small group had made headway in the first section, comprising mainly representatives from the UAE but including Annelie Erikssen (SWE) and Luque Moral. Presentation times of under two minutes allowed Al Mazroui, Saif Salem Al Farasi (UAE) and Erikssen to continue their lead on to loop 2.

The second loop was slightly shorter at 33km, but proved too much for Erikssen on Penelope Del Ma, and the pair retired at the second vet gate. A slow presentation time from Al Farasi resulted in him slipping behind Luque Moral with his mare Surena MB, but only by eight seconds. Luque Mural, just back from winning team gold and narrowly missing out on an individual medal at the FEI European Endurance Championships in Slovakia just two weeks ago, was out to better his fourth place and come home with individual honours this time.

Al Mazroui left on the third 26.5km loop with a 3.5 minute lead and put in the fastest loop of the day, extending his lead by another two minutes at the final vet gate. This last check before the final loop was a real game changer for so many, with no less than 16 combinations having their chances dashed and being judged not fit to continue at this tantalisingly close stage.

While it looked like it would be an exceedingly tight last loop between Al Farasi and Moral, as both left within 10 seconds of one another, Al Farasi cruised home over the final 22.5kph with the Portuguese-bred grey Arabian gelding Descardo.

Moral was nevertheless ecstatic to secure his second FEI Championship medal within two weeks. Ten minutes later, bronze was snapped up by compatriot Pons Serra and his grey mare Cata de Montfluq, after they had worked their way up the leaderboard from seventh at the first vet gate.

Facts & Figures

Tactical riding and good horse management was key on this technical course, which saw 40% of the athletes complete from nine nations including Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and the UAE.

The top ten horses were of all bred in Europe, with half of these bred in France.

Spain held its head high yet again at these Championships, taking home two of the three medals on offer, after securing team and individual gold at the FEI European Endurance Championships 2015 in Slovakia just two weeks ago.

All eyes are now on the upcoming FEI Endurance World Championships for Seniors in Ruse (BUL) on 2-4 October and the FEI Endurance World Championships for Juniors & Young Riders in Santo Domingo (CHI) on 23-24 October.

Full results www.enduranceonline.it.

By Berry Pattison

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FEI Tribunal Decision on Salahdin Du Lauragais Case

Lausanne (SUI), 18 September 2015 – The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decision in the case involving Sheikha Najla Bint Salman Al Khalifa (FEI ID 10018633/BRN) and the horse Salahdin Du Lauragais (FEI ID 103GE90/BRN).

Samples taken from the horse at the CEIO2* 120 in Verona San Martino Buon Albergo (ITA) on 26 July 2014 returned positive for the Banned Substance Reserpine, a long-lasting tranquiliser used to sedate horses.

The FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on Al Khalifa, in accordance with Article 10 of the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs) and Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations. A Provisional Suspension, served by the athlete since 29 September 2014, has been credited against the suspension imposed.

Al Khalifa has been fined CHF 2,000 and will contribute CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure. She has 30 days from the date of notification (17 September 2015) to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The FEI Tribunal’s Final Decision on this case can be viewed here.

Banned Substances & Controlled Medications

Banned Substances are substances that are prohibited for use in FEI horses at any time. Controlled Medications are substances that are regularly used to treat horses, but which are not allowed in competition in order to maintain a level playing field. As part of FEI Clean Sport, the live Prohibited Substances Database provides an easily accessible online platform on which Banned Substances and Controlled Medications are clearly distinguished.

The FEI’s General Regulations are here and the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations are here.

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USEF Names Athletes for 2015 FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniors

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the combinations that will represent the U.S. at the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders & Juniors in Santo Domingo, Chile, October 23-24, 2015. The U.S. representatives will be led by USEF Chef d’Equipe, Mark Dial.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations (in alphabetical order) will represent the U.S. in the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders & Juniors:

Katie Baldino (Marietta, Ga.) and Mary Kathryn Clark’s Kalilas Legacy, a 2006 Arabian gelding

Mallory Capps (Cumming, Ga.) and Lori Shifflett’s Magical Mikada, a 2003 Arabian gelding

Mary Kathryn Clark (Eatonton, Ga.) and her own Questafir, a 2004 Arabian gelding

Christina Kimery (Bixby, Okla.) and Kathryn Downs’ Bey Gibby, a 2001 Arabian gelding

Maria Muzzio (Clifton, Va.) and Natalie Muzzio’s Laconic, a 2002 Arabian gelding

Find out more about the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders & Juniors.

From the USEF Communications Department

FEI Tribunal Decisions

Lausanne (SUI), 30 July 2015 – The FEI Tribunal has this week issued Final Decisions in two cases involving positive findings for Prohibited Substances in 2014.

Samples taken from the horse In Situ (FEI ID FRA40513) at the 120-kilometre two-star Endurance competition at Mesaieed in Doha (QAT) on 22 February 2014, returned positive for the Banned Substance Propoxyphene, a painkiller with local anaesthetic properties.

The FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on the rider Ali Yousef J Y Al Kubaisi (QAT), in accordance with Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations and Article 10 of the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs). A Provisional Suspension, served by the athlete from 4 April 2014, has been credited against the suspension imposed.

Al Kubaisi has also been fined CHF 1,000, will contribute CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure and pay the costs of the B Sample analysis. He has 30 days from the date of notification (29 July 2015) to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The FEI Tribunal’s Final Decision on this case can be viewed here.

The second case involved Moh’d Shafi H Al Rumaithi (UAE) and the horse Royal des Fontaines, who competed at the two-star Jumping competition in Ghantoot (UAE) from 30 October to 1 November 2014.

Samples taken from the horse on 1 November 2014 returned positive for the Banned Substance Propoxyphene and its metabolite Norpropoxyphene.

The FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on Al Rumaithi, in accordance with Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations and Article 10 of the FEI EADCMRs. A Provisional Suspension, served by the athlete from 9 December 2014, has been credited against the suspension imposed.

The athlete has also been fined CHF 1,000 and will contribute CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure. The athlete has 30 days from the date of notification (29 July 2015) to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Additionally, the FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on the owner of Royal des Fontaines, following his admission of having administered Fustex, which contains Propoxyphene, to the horse. The owner has also been fined CHF 2,000 and will pay costs of CHF 1,000.

The FEI Tribunal’s Final Decision on this case can be viewed here.

Banned Substances & Controlled Medications

Banned Substances are substances that are completely prohibited for use in FEI horses at any time. Controlled Medications are substances that are regularly used to treat horses, but which are not allowed in competition in order to maintain a level playing field. As part of FEI Clean Sport, the live Prohibited Substances Database provides an easily accessible online platform on which Banned Substances and Controlled Medications are clearly distinguished.

The FEI’s General Regulations are here and the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations are here.

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UAE National Federation Suspension Lifted by FEI Bureau Following Signature of Agreement

Lausanne (SUI), 27 July 2015 – The FEI Bureau has unanimously approved the immediate reinstatement of the United Arab Emirates National Federation to full membership of the FEI following signature of a legally binding agreement between the two parties in which the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF) guarantees that horse welfare will be fully respected and that FEI Rules will be stringently enforced at all Endurance events, both national and international, in the country.

The agreement has been signed by FEI President Ingmar De Vos and Secretary General Sabrina Zeender, and by EEF President HE Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Secretary General Taleb Dhaher Al Mheiri, and Mohammad Al Kamali, Secretary General of the UAE National Olympic Committee.

The EEF was provisionally suspended by the FEI Bureau in mid-March following an investigation by the FEI into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI Rules and Regulations in Endurance in the UAE.

Following the suspension and at the request of the FEI Bureau, the EEF proposed an extensive list of actions it would undertake to address the issues. These were integrated into a draft agreement that the EEF sent to the FEI in early June. The FEI Bureau unanimously welcomed the proposals, but informed the EEF that more areas needed to be covered before the agreement that would allow the provisional suspension to be lifted could be signed. The two parties have spent the intervening weeks reviewing and revising the terms of the agreement.

Under the key terms of the agreement, the EEF must ensure that:

  • Protocols are put in place to avoid equine fatalities;
  • Applicable rest periods are respected;
  • Horses on rest periods are blocked from entry in national events (the FEI system already blocks entries in international events);
  • Use of prohibited fluid administration and any substances prohibited under the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs) in and around the Field of Play and at the Vet Gate is prevented;
  • Prohibited substitution of horses is prevented;
  • Prohibited vehicles on the Field of Play are prevented;
  • Any individual or horse suspended by the FEI is automatically blocked by the EEF IT system from competing at national events;
  • The role and authority of officials in carrying out their duties is respected at all times;
  • Training and education of Athletes, Trainers, Support Personnel, National Federation Staff Members and Stable Veterinarians is conducted prior to the start of the 2015/2016 Endurance season in October;
  • FEI rules on post mortems are adhered to and, where possible, the same procedure is applied in the event of fatalities at national competitions;
  • A national Independent Governance Advisor, approved by the FEI is appointed;
  • Conflicts of interest are avoided;
  • Distribution of prize money is in accordance with the FEI approved schedule;
  • Rules for National Endurance events in the UAE are fully compliant with the FEI Rules and Regulations.

The EEF will provide monthly written reports during the 2015/2016 season on steps taken to ensure ongoing compliance with FEI Rules and Regulations, and agrees to abide by any further recommendations put forward by the FEI. Following completion of the 2015/2016 season, the EEF will provide reports whenever requested by the FEI.

Additionally, the EEF will support a research project to evaluate the causes of injuries linked to the design of desert endurance courses. Endurance Trainers will be obliged to cooperate with this research project.

The agreement also details the new legislation that has been introduced in the UAE prohibiting the trade or use of banned substances in horse racing and equestrian sports in the country and the sanctions that will be imposed for breaches.

“We are very pleased that, after four months of very hard work, the United Arab Emirates have demonstrated with the signature of this agreement that they are fully committed to ensuring horse welfare and complying with FEI rules at both international and national level in the country,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina said. “They are absolutely committed to making this work so that they can return to playing an active and leading role in Endurance once again and, to demonstrate that commitment, they have included the UAE’s highest sporting body, the National Olympic Committee, in the agreement.”

“We are very pleased that the FEI Bureau has unanimously agreed to lift the suspension based on the considerable actions and solutions we have put in place together,” EEF Secretary General Taleb Dhaher Al Mheiri said. “We will continue to work with them to ensure all their requirements are applied in endurance racing across the UAE. As the governing body of equestrian sports in the UAE we take our responsibility seriously. It is our goal to pursue excellence while promoting the growth of the sport and safeguarding the welfare of equine and human athletes.”

Separately, the FEI had commissioned the Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU) to conduct an extensive inquiry into allegations of fake events and duplicate results in the UAE. These allegations were not taken into account when the FEI Bureau imposed the suspension, and were dealt with independently, but provisions have been included in the agreement to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

The EEF cooperated fully with the inquiry and the detailed report has now been received by the FEI. The report is currently being reviewed by the FEI and a file will be submitted to the FEI Tribunal for further action. Sanctions will be taken against any FEI Officials found to be involved. In addition, the FEI will annul all duplicated results and review any connected results.

At the same time, the EEF Endurance Committee conducted its own investigation into the allegations and has authorised sanctions on any Organisers and EEF staff that are found to be involved. The EEF is currently restructuring its organisational policies to ensure that similar events cannot occur again and will put rules in place for all future FEI events under which either the National Federation or the Organising Committee must provide all equipment, including the timing system.

The EEF accepts that the FEI will be entitled to impose sanctions in case of non-compliance with all the terms of the agreement. These sanctions would include, but are not limited to, the immediate reinstatement of the suspension and withdrawal of the allocation of the 2016 FEI World Endurance Championships, which are due to be held in Dubai in mid-December next year.

The agreement will remain in effect for a three-year period. During that time, the FEI and EEF will meet at least once a year for an in-depth review, in addition to the monthly written reports required under the agreement. The FEI reserves the right to extend the term of the agreement if appropriate.

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World Equestrian Brands Cheers on Sponsored Riders at Rebecca Farm Eventing Competition

Buck Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mike McNally)

Kalispell, MT (July 23, 2015) – World Equestrian Brands, the North American distributer of the leading brands Equilibrium, Amerigo, Vespucci, and E. A. Mattes, is happy to be attending the much-anticipated Rebecca Farm eventing competition in Kalispell, Montana this week. Robin Moore, CEO of World Equestrian Brands, is offering her popular products for sale at Gallops Saddlery’s booth and cheering on World Equestrian Brands’ sponsored riders who are competing in the CCI3*, CCI2*, and CCI1* at the event.

Show attendees can visit World Equestrian Brands at the booth of Gallops Saddlery, who World Equestrian Brands traditionally partners with at Rebecca Farm. Gallops Saddlery provides riding equipment to the eventing, hunter/jumper, dressage, and endurance disciplines within the Northwest region. “We’re happy to have maintained a long-term partnership with Gallops Saddlery,” said Moore. “We’ve set up with Gallops Saddlery at Rebecca Farm for years.” At Gallops Saddlery’s booth, Moore has World Equestrian Brands items such as saddles, bridles, girths, leg protection, saddle pads, and therapeutic equipment available for purchase.

Two of the accomplished riders that World Equestrian Brands sponsors are competing at Rebecca Farm, sporting their favorite tack from the company. World Equestrian Brands is cheering on Buck Davidson Jr. in the CCI3* division. Davidson operates out of his self-owned facility in Ocala, Florida in the winters and Riegelsville, Pennsylvania during the summer months. He has been successful coaching young riders as well as experienced professionals, and is best known for his own successes in competition. His mount at Rebecca Farm is Petite Flower, an eleven-year-old Thoroughbred mare owned by Caroline and Sherrie Martin.

In the CCI2* division, World Equestrian Brands is cheering for sponsored rider Hawley Bennett-Awad. Bennett-Awad is competing on Bodark, a 2007 Thoroughbred gelding owned by Jan and Jerry Hawthorne. Originally from Canada and currently located in Temecula, California, Bennett-Awad has represented Canada in the Olympics and also provides training services to riders of all levels. She is a strong believer in the importance of flatwork, and credits it as a secret to her success.

Bennett-Awad is also competing in the CCI1* division on High Duty, a 2009 Thoroughbred gelding also owned by the Hawthornes, as well as on Cheval de Tonnerre, a 2007 Irish Thoroughbred owned by Ina McRoy.

Of course, part of the fun of a horse show is socializing with fellow equestrians and enjoying the atmosphere of excitement. Moore is enjoying being back in Montana to show her company’s support for Rebecca Farm. “The huckleberry pie is also a big draw!” she added.

World Equestrian Brands wishes excellent rides for Davidson and Bennett-Awad, and invites everyone at Rebecca Farm to stop by Gallops Saddlery’s booth to see the World Equestrian Brands products that top eventers like Davidson and Bennett-Awad always have on hand. For more information about World Equestrian Brands and the tack and equipment it offers, visit www.worldequestrianbrands.com or call 1-888-637-8463.

Robin Moore
World Equestrian Brands
540-264-0154
rmoore@worldequestrianbrands.com
www.worldequestrianbrands.com