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FEI Tribunal Dismisses Athlete Appeals on Villeneuve-Loubet Decision

An appeal against the FEI decision to annul results from competitions held in France where Olympic and Longines Ranking points were on offer has been dismissed by the FEI Tribunal.

The appeals by Sri Lanka’s Mathilda Karlsson and Romanian athlete Andrea Herck, which were consolidated by the FEI Tribunal, resulted from the international governing body’s decision in February of this year to retrospectively remove six competitions from three FEI Jumping Events held in Villeneuve-Loubet in December 2019 and a further six competitions from three events at the same venue in January 2020.

The decision was based on the findings from an investigation launched by the FEI after concerns were raised about the integrity of these events. The investigation established that, contrary to the FEI Rules (Article 110.2.3 of the FEI General Regulations), two competitions counting for the Olympic and Longines Rankings were added at each of the three December 2019 events after the respective Definite Entries deadlines. The updated Schedules for these events were submitted by the French National Federation and were mistakenly approved by the FEI.

As a result, and in accordance with Article 112.3 of the FEI General Regulations, the FEI retrospectively removed these additional competitions, meaning that athletes who participated lost their ranking points from these competitions. The decision meant that the Olympic and Longines Rankings were updated, resulting in Mathilda Karlsson dropping from second to seventh in the Group G Olympic Rankings and Sri Lanka losing its Olympic individual quota slot.

Additionally, the FEI established that three of the six events at Villeneuve-Loubet in January 2020 also had two classes counting for Longines Rankings points added after the Definite Entries deadline, again contrary to the FEI Rules. As a result, these additional competitions were also removed retrospectively and athletes that participated lost their ranking points for these competitions. Andrea Herck’s appeal was based on the loss of Longines Ranking points following the removal of the additional competitions at Villeneuve-Loubet.

In its Final Decision, the Tribunal found that the integrity of the sport had been jeopardised and therefore ruled that “justified circumstances” existed which allowed the FEI Secretary General to make the decision to remove the competitions and annul the Olympic and Longines ranking points from these competitions.

The FEI Tribunal, which is an independent body, ruled that the FEI’s decision of 17 February 2020 to remove the competitions was “rightfully taken” and dismissed the appeals. Each party will pay their own costs in the proceedings.

“This is an important decision to ensure the integrity of the sport, and particularly the Olympic and Longines Rankings,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said.

The parties have 21 days from the date of notification (16 June 2020) to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The full Decision is available here.

FEI media contacts:

Grania Willis
Director Communications
+41 787 506 142

Olga Nikolaou
Media Relations Officer
+41 78 750 61 56

Best New Year’s Resolution Ever: Support Your Olympians

It’s an Olympic year. That means Olympic hopefuls from around the globe will come to LRK3DE 2020 to vie for a spot on their Olympic team.

If you haven’t bought yours yet, get your tickets now to watch the best of the best dance, splash, and jump their way into the Olympics.

The “Best Weekend All Year” returns to the Kentucky Horse Park April 23-26, 2020.

It’s the highest level of Eventing in the Americas. Make it your new year’s resolution to come cheer on your favorite competitors.

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2016 GDCTA CDI3* – Last Chance in Southeast to Qualify for Rio Olympics

Kennesaw (December 22, 2015): In a way, the Olympics are returning to Atlanta in the Spring of 2016. The 2016 GDCTA CDI3* will be the last opportunity for the nation’s top dressage combinations will have to qualify in the Southeast for the 2016 Olympic team bound for Brazil in August.

The Georgia International Horse Park, venue of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics equestrian events, will be the place to be this April as some of the nation’s best and brightest dressage stars compete at the Greater Atlanta Dressage Southern I and II and CDI3*/AM/J/Y/U25 shows, which run April 7-10 in Conyers, Georgia.

With the addition of this CDI3* Olympic qualifying event, GDCTA continues to change the way riders, trainers, owners and spectators experience the sport of dressage in the Southeast.

Four American riders will compete on the team for Rio following the nation’s strong performance at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

The event will also include a huge vendor village with merchandise for both equestrian and non-equestrian, parties with fabulous food and refreshments, first class dressage, and ring-side viewing for table ticket holders.

General spectator admission and parking at the Horse Park is free. Special Event tickets will be available through the www.gdcta.org website in early 2016.

Tentative Schedule:

Thursday, April 7
4:00 PM: Jog
5:00 PM: VIP Cocktail Party (Invitation-only event)

Friday, April 8
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: GADS I Classes
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM: CDI3* Classes
5:00 PM: Wine & Cheese Welcome (Tickets required) – This Welcome Party will be going on during the Grand Prix, which is running in the Charles Walkers (covered) Arena

Saturday, April 9
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: GADS I Classes
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: CDI3* Classes
5:00 PM: Exhibitors’ Party (Tickets Required)
6:30 PM: FEI Freestyle Competition

Sunday, April 10
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: GADS II Classes
8:00 AM – Noon: CDI3* Classes
Noon: CDI3* Awards Ceremony

The prize list will be posted on the event page of the website www.gdcta.org after January 16, 2016.

Sponsors, vendors and advertisers wishing to be a part of this unique show should contact Caren Caverly at ccaverly@comcast.net or 770-713-4025.

June Brewer, Malibu Native Partners, LLC
TEL (678) 677-4404
EMAIL: horseprint@aol.com

The Georgia Dressage & Combined Training Association (GDCTA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the equestrian sports of dressage and combined training (eventing). Run entirely by volunteers, the association and its members regularly organize and sponsor various activities designed to heighten its members’ and the general public’s knowledge of and appreciation for dressage and combined training.

Malibu Native Partners, LLC (MNP), based in Kennesaw, Georgia, is a marketing firm primarily focused on promoting events and people in the equestrian world.

Ukraine and Japan Qualify for 2012 Olympic Jumping

Lausanne (SUI), 12 July 2011 – Ukraine and Japan will both be represented in the Olympic Jumping events at London 2012, following their success at the Olympic qualification event held in Aachen (GER) on 10 July. Ukraine secured a team slot and Japan one individual place during Sunday’s qualifier for Olympic Groups C – Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia – and G – South East Asia and Oceania.

Eight teams – Azerbaijan, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine – took part in the two-round competition. Competing over a strong track designed by Frank Rothenberger, team Ukraine were clear in the first round and finished on a score of 12 penalties to earn a team ticket to London 2012. The Ukrainians ended ahead of Turkey (25) and Poland (33) in the final standings. The complete results of the Olympic Qualification event for Groups C or G are available here.

There was a jump-off for the individual spot available for the best placed rider of Olympic Qualification Group G. Taizo Sugitani (JPN) and Jasmin Chen (TPE) were tied on nine faults after the second round and went forward to a timed decider. Both riders were clear against the clock, but the Olympic slot went to Japan when Taizo Sugitani completed the course in 53.97 seconds, almost two seconds faster than Jasmin Chen’s 55.61. The detailed individual results are available here.

Eight teams – Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, host nation Great Britain, and Ukraine – out of the 15 possible have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Jumping competition. A total of 15 teams will compete in London. Egypt, Japan and Syria have qualified individual riders. The complete qualification system for the 2012 Olympic Jumping competition can be consulted here.

Katharina Offel (UKR) was the best individual rider overall and, as a result, qualified to take part at CSIO Aachen this week (full individual results here).

Media contacts:

Grania Willis
Director Press Relations
+ 41 78 750 61 42

Malina Gueorguiev
Manager Press Relations
+ 41 78 750 61 33

FEI Opens New Headquarters in Olympic Capital Lausanne

Youth Olympic Games team champion Martin Fuchs (SUI), FEI President HRH Princess Haya and her daughter HH Sheikha Al Jalila officially opened FEI’s new home, HM King Hussein I Building. (c) Hugues Siegenthaler/FEI

Lausanne (SUI), 6 May 2011 – The FEI, world governing body for equestrian sport, has today officially opened its new headquarters in Lausanne (SUI), the Olympic Capital.

Almost 200 guests attended the ceremony at HM King Hussein I Building, which has been named after the FEI President’s late father HM King Hussein I of Jordan, a leader committed to peace and democracy and lifelong lover of horses and sport.

HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón, former president of the FEI (1994-2006), attended the inauguration alongside HRH Princess Lalla Amina, Chairperson of the Royal Moroccan Federation for Equestrian Sports and member of the international Advisory Council of Special Olympics.

They were joined by International Olympic Committee members, representatives from other International Federations and the federal and local Swiss authorities.

The inauguration of the new headquarters was timed to coincide with today’s FEI Extraordinary General Assembly, so that attending National Federation representatives could also join in the celebrations.

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FEI Solidarity Launched with Unanimous Support of National Federations

The creation of FEI Solidarity was unanimously approved by the National Federations gathered in Lausanne (SUI). (c) Hugues Siegenthaler/FEI

Lausanne (SUI), 6 May 2011 – FEI Solidarity, modelled on the hugely successful Olympic Solidarity programme, has been enshrined in the FEI constitution with the unanimous approval of National Federations attending today’s FEI Extraordinary General Assembly in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne (SUI). FEI Solidarity, which aims to organise assistance to the National Federations, in particular those which have the greatest need, has now been drafted into the FEI Statutes. Assistance from the FEI Solidarity programme will take the form of programmes created jointly by the FEI and the National Federations.

“Today is a very special day for the FEI,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said. “Thanks to our member federations, the FEI’s development efforts have now been given the prominent place in our Statutes that they so richly deserve. FEI Solidarity is a mirror of Olympic Solidarity and I am incredibly grateful to the IOC for guiding us through the creation of this new structure. For years we in the FEI have been struggling to find the best mechanism to deliver development to our sport and today our National Federations have given us a concrete solution.”

“I would like to congratulate the FEI on this exceptional initiative,” IOC President Jacques Rogge commented. “FEI Solidarity, following the example of Olympic Solidarity, will be providing assistance to the national equestrian federations, particularly to those with the greatest needs, so that they can develop their own potential and expand the sport in their country. This shows how committed the FEI is to the global future of equestrian sport and I am confident that the newly created FEI Solidarity will be very successful.”

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Selection Procedures for 2011 Pan American Games Are Now Available at USEF.org

Lexington, KY – The United States Equestrian Federation’s Selection Procedures for the 2011 Pan American Games have been approved by the United States Olympic Committee.

The selection procedures and application information is posted on the High Performance section of the specific discipline pages. Please see the following links for more information:

Dressage: http://usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alldressage/2011PanAmGames.aspx.
Please contact Jenny van Wieren at jvanwieren@usef.org with questions regarding dressage.

Eventing: http://usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alleventing/hpeventing.aspx.
Please contact Sara Ike at sara.ike@usef.org with questions regarding eventing.

Jumping: http://usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alljumping/sjPanAmGames.aspx.
Please contact Lizzy Chesson at lchesson@usef.org with questions regarding jumping.

The 2011 Pan American Games will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico October 14-30, 2011. The official website can be found here: http://www.guadalajara2011.org.mx/eng/01_inicio/index.asp.

Blenheim to Host London 2012 Olympic Eventing Team Qualifier

Clayton Fredericks (AUS) riding Walterstown Don at Fidelity Blenheim Palace Horse Trials 2010 © John Britter Photography

Lausanne (SUI), 7 April 2011 – The FEI has announced that the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (8-11 September 2011) will be hosting the London 2012 team Eventing qualifier for Africa, Middle East, South East Asia and Oceania (FEI Olympic Groups F and G).

Blenheim, which began in 1990, is firmly established in the Eventing calendar attracting international champions and over 60,000 spectators every year.

The venue is also synonymous with Olympic qualification. In 2003, Blenheim hosted the Asia-Pacific Championships as a qualifier for the 2004 Athens Olympics and a second Olympic qualifier in 2007 for the 2008 Beijing Games.

With Canada, New Zealand, USA, Germany and Belgium teams already through to London 2012 with host nation Great Britain following the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 in Kentucky, the likes of Australia, Japan and South Africa will be going all out at Blenheim to clinch Olympic qualification.

The team competition will run as part of the CCI 3* class, with just one nation from Groups F and G earning a qualifying spot for London 2012.

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Olympic Dressage Rider Dottie Morkis Offers Lessons and Clinics during Winter Show Season

Olympic Dressage rider Dottie Morkis is in Wellington, Florida for the winter dressage circuit and is accepting new students and teaching clinics. Shown here is a happy Dottie Morkis exiting the dressage arena in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. (Photo Courtesy of Hugo M. Czerny)

Wellington, FL (January 18, 2011) – Olympic Dressage rider Dottie Morkis, who in 1976 anchored the Olympic U.S. Dressage team to help the Americans win the bronze medal, is in Wellington, Florida for the winter dressage circuit and is accepting new students and teaching clinics. During the Olympics, Morkis also placed fifth in the Grand Prix Special and will go down in history as the first American to earn that accomplishment.

While Morkis looks back fondly on her Olympic days, her list of accomplishments stretches far beyond her bronze medal. Morkis is a Pan Am Gold and Bronze medalist, has been in the winner’s circle multiple times at prestigious shows such as Devon and Washington International, coached the Gold Medal Paralympics Team in Atlanta, has shown horses to the USDF Horse of the Year title, served 12 years on the Athlete Advisory Committee as the equestrian representative to the U.S. Olympic Committee, twice won Team Golds at the Olympic Festival, was reserve rider for the World Cup and was long listed for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

“Looking back at my career I feel very fortunate,” Morkis said. “In addition to competing and traveling around the world, I have been coming to Wellington every winter for the past 24 years and always enjoy it. I love to ride and compete, but I also love to teach. When a student is excited and shows a great deal of interest in improving, I find it to be a rewarding experience.”

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Premier Equestrian Congratulates Walter Zettl on Induction into Hall of Fame

Premier Equestrian, LLC is pleased to congratulate classical dressage master Walter Zettl on his induction into the Toronto CADORA Dressage Association Hall of Fame. Zettl has been a long-time advisor to Premier Equestrian. (Photo courtesy of Walter Zettl, photo credit Christine Derksen)

Sandy, UT (January 7, 2011) – Premier Equestrian, LLC, a leading supplier of dressage arenas, horse jumps, and stable accessories, is pleased to congratulate classical dressage master Walter Zettl on his induction into the Toronto CADORA Dressage Association Hall of Fame. Zettl has been a long-time advisor to Premier Equestrian and is also the technical advisor for Dressage Today Magazine.

“Walter is one of the true classical dressage masters left on the planet and we are so happy that he was recognized for being a contributor to the evolution of the sport of dressage,” said Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian. “Walter has lived in Canada since 1981 and has had a big impact on the Canadian dressage community. He has also had a big impact on our company and has advised and directed Premier on our products over the years.”

Zettl, who is now in his 80s, has spent years on the forefront of the dressage world, from coaching Olympic riders to teaching, training, offering clinics, writing books and producing DVDs. “It wasn’t a surprise to his family, friends or students when he was inducted into the Toronto CADORA Dressage Association Hall of Fame,” Zorn said. “Zettl’s ‘Matter of Trust’ DVD series was produced by Dancing Deer Productions and distributed by Premier.  The DVD covers classical dressage techniques from Training level to Grand Prix, and we were very pleased to have been part of it. Getting to know Walter, and understand his true passion for dressage and horses, has been a real blessing.”

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