Written by FEI
Round Table Endurance: Swiss Equestrian Federation insists on the implementation of immediate measures
At the invitation of the Fédération Equestre Internationale FEI, the conditions in international endurance sport criticised by the Swiss Equestrian Federation were discussed today, Wednesday, at the FEI headquarters in Lausanne. Among the decisions reached in this round table discussion is the appointment of a commission of experts to address the occurrences in endurance sport. The Swiss Equestrian Federation welcomes the action plan drawn up which envisages the strict observance of the rules as one of the most important measures.
Representatives of the FEI, the FEI Endurance Committee, the European Equestrian Federation EEF, the United Arab Emirates UAE and the Swiss Equestrian Federation spent several hours in discussion in Lausanne today on the current situation and the future of international endurance sport. The Swiss Equestrian Federation which instigated the discussion this spring with its public criticism of the serious irregularities in endurance, was represented by President Charles Trolliet, Board Member Claude Nordmann, CEO and Secretary General Sandra Wiedmer, Discipline Veterinary Surgeon Dominik Burger and the FEI Endurance Veterinary Surgeon Frédéric Barrelet.
Following the presentation of the participants and the very actively conducted open discussion, the participants agreed on the appointment of a commission of experts to analyse and address the occurrences in endurance and then submit proposals for resolving the problems by 31 January 2014.
The Swiss Equestrian Federation welcomes and supports this plan. “We would like to thank the FEI for convening and holding the round table and are satisfied that the debate surrounding international endurance sport has thus reached a new level. Following today’s meeting, we expect the discussions on animal welfare, doping and equal treatment of athletes to be continued, as well as immediately effective measures implemented, says Charles F. Trolliet, President of the Swiss Equestrian Federation SVPS.