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FEI Hosts International Jumping Riders Club for Meeting at HQ

Lausanne (SUI), 20 March 2017 – Representatives from the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) met with the FEI President and 1st Vice President in Lausanne (SUI) for a formal discussion on discipline specific matters that have generated considerable media coverage recently.

FEI President Ingmar De Vos and 1st Vice President John Madden, who also chairs the FEI Jumping Committee, welcomed IJRC Board members Steve Guerdat, Kevin Staut and Francois Mathy jnr, IJRC Director Eleonora Ottaviani and Swiss Jumping athlete Clarissa Crotta to FEI Headquarters. The FEI was also represented by Maria Gretzer, FEI Executive Board Member and Chair of the FEI Athletes’ Committee, FEI Jumping Director John Roche, and Mikael Rentsch, Legal Director.

Topics on the agenda included the proposal from the Alliance of Jumping Organisers to harmonise entry fees globally, which will be tabled for discussion at next month’s FEI Sports Forum. The FEI President, who has already publicly stated that he does not support this AJO proposal, clarified that the FEI has not taken any position on this matter and welcomes an open discussion on all aspects of the CSI/CSIO requirements. The Global Champions League, which is now an FEI approved series and fully aligned with the FEI Jumping Rules, was also on the agenda for discussion.

Blood disqualifications, the risk of contamination during events and the resulting potential for adverse analytical findings, the FEI World Equestrian Games™, the athletes’ representative voting system, the criteria for National Federations to join the FEI, the ranking system, and the FEI Nations Cup™ were also discussed in full. The future of the FEI Nations Cup™ will be the focus of a session on the first day of the Sports Forum, which will be held in Lausanne on 10 and 11 April.

“This was a much-needed meeting with the IJRC as there was a lot that needed to be clarified,” the FEI President said after the meeting. “Both parties had the opportunity to express their points of view and we had some very constructive dialogue.

“We are constantly striving to further improve our communications outreach and the consultation process with all our stakeholders and today’s meeting with the IJRC was really beneficial, as it gave everyone the opportunity to discuss current issues. The IJRC is an important stakeholder group and it was good to take on board their views.”

The meeting came at the invitation of FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez, who proposed during the Club’s General Assembly in Geneva (SUI) last December that the IJRC should send a delegation to FEI Headquarters early in 2017.

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International Jumping and Dressage Riders Clubs Sign MOUs with FEI

Jeroen Dubbeldam, pictured here with Zenith SFN, took the individual title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA), making it a double gold for The Netherlands. (FEI/Hippo Foto Team Dirk Caremans)

Lausanne (SUI), 8 October 2014 – The International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) and the International Dressage Riders Club (IDRC), which together represent the world’s top athletes, have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the FEI.

The two organisations, formerly FEI Associate Members, will work closely with the FEI to expand the Olympic disciplines of Jumping and Dressage. The number of Jumping events has grown by 20% since 2010, and Dressage events have grown by 28% in the same period, with over 1,300 Jumping and 450 Dressage events taking place in over 70 countries last year alone.

The IJRC, founded in 1977 by a group of 25 international Jumping riders, including David Broome, Raimondo D’Inzeo, Paul Schockomöhle and Nelson Pessoa, is under the dynamic direction of Eleonora Ottaviani Moroni (SUI-ITA). The organisation represents over 250 of the world’s best Jumping athletes, which have competed at Olympic, World Championship and FEI Nations Cup™ level, as well as the top athletes in the FEI World Jumping Rankings – now the Longines Rankings. The IJRC also represents the North American Riders Group (NARG).

“Our club strongly believes that the co-operation between our riders, event organisers and the governing body for our sport, the FEI, is key in bringing equestrian sport to a higher level,” said Olympic Jumping athlete Christina Liebherr (SUI), who was appointed as the IJRC’s first woman President in August 2013. “This is the start of a new way of working with the FEI and the athletes we represent, as we focus on the global development of Jumping.”

Dressage world number one Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and Valegro claimed double gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA). (FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst)
Dressage world number one Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and Valegro claimed double gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA). (FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst)

The IDRC, founded in 1986, is the voice of almost 600 Dressage athletes around the world, with President Kyra Kyrklund (FIN) and six active Olympic Dressage athletes on its board.

“This is an exciting new chapter for the IDRC as we represent more and more Dressage athletes thanks to the rapid growth of the sport,” IDRC President Kyra Kyrklund said. “We now have a formal agreement with the FEI that recognises the IDRC as the sole international organisation representing the views and interests of international Dressage riders, and our athletes fully understand the weight of this agreement.”

“Our athletes are the lifeblood of our sport, and the FEI’s collaboration with the International Jumping and Dressage Riders Clubs helps to ensure that we all have our fingers on the pulse of the sport and fully understand the views of our athletes on the future of two of our most popular disciplines,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said. “These new relationships underline the importance of collaborating with our athletes and represent a very important step as Jumping and Dressage continue to grow in all four corners of the world.”

International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC): www.ijrc.org

International Dressage Riders Club (IDRC): www.internationaldressageridersclub.com

MOU overview:

The FEI decided in 2012 to use Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to better define its relationship with the different stakeholders. The MOUs cover universal issues such as FEI recognition, FEI Rules and Regulations, horse welfare, code of ethics, commitment to democratic processes, consultation, FEI General Assembly, FEI Sports Forum and meetings, governing law, dispute resolution, communication, and implementation. MOUs have already been signed with WHW, organisers and officials. Although recognition by the FEI does not entail voting rights at the FEI General Assembly, the MOUs formalise the relationship with the FEI, giving a voice to organisations working with the FEI in the development of equestrian sport.

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International Jumping Riders Club and Rolex Extend Partnership

Geneva, 13 December 2013 – The International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) and Rolex today announced that they have extended their long-standing partnership for a period of five years. Rolex has been the Official Partner and Official Timepiece of the IJRC since 2001. The long-term extension includes the brand’s partnership with the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, created in 2001 by the IJRC to showcase and celebrate the achievements of the 10 highest ranking show jumpers in the world.

“Rolex has been with us since the concept of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final was first launched in 2001 and we are pleased and proud to continue this adventure together,” said the Vice President of the IJRC, Rodrigo Pessoa, a Rolex Testimonee since 1999. “Their involvement brings a superior standard of quality which is recognized worldwide.”

Rolex has been a major force at play behind equestrianism’s finest events, riders and organizations for over 50 years. The extended partnership between Rolex and the IJRC is a mark of a shared passion and commitment to the future of equestrianism, and exemplifies the values of excellence and the pursuit of perfection embodied by the sport, the IJRC and Rolex.

Held for the first seven years at CHI Geneva, and most recently in Stockholm in November 2013, the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final marks the crowning moment of the international show jumping season, when the top 10 horse and rider partnerships compete for year-end supremacy. The competition will return to the CHI Geneva in 2014 for a period of at least two years.

The announcement was made today at the CHI Geneva, a pre-eminent jumping competition voted the best in the world for the sixth time by the members of the IJRC and one of the three founders of the newly established Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Rolex has been presenting sponsor of CHI Geneva since 1996.

About Rolex

Leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its OYSTER watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance and prestige. Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the OYSTER, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the PERPETUAL rotor self-winding mechanism introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programmes.

Official website: www.rolex.com.