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 […]

Great work ongoing to boost industry’s diversity *H&H Plus*

H&H finds out about ongoing efforts to improve diversity in the equestrian industry, and what more still needs to be done

GREAT strides have been made in improving diversity in the equestrian industry – although there is of course more work to be done. Providers of higher and further education are working together to increase and improve access to their land-based courses to under-represented communities, while campaigners are working with brands and sporting bodies to improve […]

Disappointment as ban overturned for rider of horse who suffered fatal fracture in competition *H&H Plus*

H&H finds out what the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on the case, and what the reactions of the FEI and welfare experts were to the decision

Saeed Mohd Khalifa Al Mehairi riding ZA’AMAH, in a large group of other riders during Endurance in Windsor Great Park at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in the private grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor in Berkshire in the UK between 10th-14th May 2017

THE FEI and World Horse Welfare have both been disappointed by the overturning of a record ban given to the rider of a horse who suffered a fatal injury in competition. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has eliminated all sanctions — a 20-year ban and a fine of 17,500 Swiss francs (£14,500) — […]

Changes to Olympic places as court rules on FEI mistakes *H&H Plus*

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled on a sensational case involving shows, ranking points and Olympic places. H&H fids out more, and speaks to lawyers for those involved

A RIDER has regained her Olympic showjumping slot in the latest twist of an incredible saga concerning shows and points. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeal of Sri Lankan Mathilda Karlsson, the Sri Lankan federation and Romanian showjumper Andrea Herck against the FEI’s decision to annul results from shows at […]