Changes to eventing eligibility, course-design and return-to-play rules proposed

Blenheim ditch 2017
Proposals on the way jumping efforts are calculated could lead to more ditches, steps and sunken roads on cross-country courses.

A shake-up of international eventing qualification, course design and safety rules are on the table for discussion. The first draft of FEI rules for 2022 was released on 12 July and while eventing is not having a “full” revision of its rules this time, there are some major changes proposed. The most influential are further […]

Concerns over proposed additions to FEI banned substances list

H&H finds out which substances may be added to the FEI’s prohibited list, what that may mean for riders and what the industry’s response is to the proposals

Support staff mixing medication into a feed bucket at the Pool House Equine Clinic near Lichfield in Staffordshire in the UK on the 6th February 2019

CONCERNS have been raised about a proposed change to the FEI equine prohibited substances list that could mean a widely used herb is no longer allowed under competition rules. The FEI has reviewed the list and proposed changes include the addition of chasteberry (vitex agnus-castus) as a controlled substance, making banned substance cannabidiol a controlled […]

Riders ruled out of Tokyo by horse registration errors *H&H Plus*

A number of riders have fallen foul of the deadline on horse ownership and will miss out on the Tokyo Games as a result. H&H finds out more

The equestrian park in Tokyo during the test event. Everyone attending the Games will be limited in where they can go, particularly in their first 14 days in Japan.

REGISTRATION issues have ruled a number of combinations out of Tokyo, in what have been described by the FEI as “unfortunate” but “avoidable” cases. Riders from Israel, Italy and the Netherlands have been caught out by the 15 January 2021 deadline, by which horses must have been registered as property of owners of the same […]

A ‘clear way forward’ to recognise grooms in horse sport *H&H Plus*

During the 2021 FEI Sports Forum, federation president Ingmare de Vos said recognition for grooms is long overdue, but now there is a clear way forward. H&H finds out what this will mean

THE FEI has admitted its “huge oversight” in the lack of recognition for grooms, as it moves to formally recognise and support the backbone of the global equestrian industry. H&H has reported the FEI’s aim to formally recognise grooms along with the formation of the independent International Grooms Association (IGA). But the plans have moved […]

‘Fifth man’ could compete and rider licences are on the cards *H&H Plus*

Proposals for changes to the showjumping rules, discussed at the 2021 FEI Sport Forum include the possibility of rider licensing for top-level events, and running both Nations Cup rounds against the clock. H&H listens in and finds out more

Ben Maher (GBR) riding Explosion W in the Second Qualifying Competition – Team Final – Round 2 at the FEI Longines European Championships Jumping, Dressage & Para-Dressage Rotterdam 2019 held in Kralingse Bos in Rotterdam in the Netherlands on 19-25th August 2019

THE “fifth man” could be allowed to compete for individual medals at senior Continental showjumping championships in the future as part of a major rules shake-up. The current situation means that a squad of five horses and riders travel to senior championships, excluding the Olympics, and the team of four is announced at the venue. […]

Final equestrian preparations for Tokyo Olympics are well under way *H&H Plus*

Preparations for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were covered during the FEI Sport Forum this week. H&H was in the session, and finds out what is on the cards for federations, riders, support personnel and spectators

The equestrian park built for the Tokyo Olympics is now complete.

FINAL preparations are full steam ahead for the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as organisers and national federations negotiate the continued challenges posed by the pandemic. The update came during the 2021 FEI Sport Forum (1–2 June) and included news on physical changes to the event sites since the 2019 test event, horse travel […]