Endurance events in the UAE cancelled by international governing body FEI.
There have been some important announcements from FEI following a meeting, which was led by the newly elected president Ingmar De Vos. It has been decided that the final two international endurance events scheduled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be removed from the official FEI calendar.
The decision was made in order to protect horse welfare and to preserve the integrity of the FEI rules and regulations. In recent weeks, there had been concerns over the international endurance events in the UAE in which a series of irregularities came to light such as the unsuitable security and attention to the well-being of the horses. In the worst case scenario, there was even the death of one of the horses.
Many took to the internet to vent their frustrations and anger. The Swiss Federation meanwhile were one of the first to take a major stand, announcing that none of its athletes would be taking part at the next world championships scheduled in the United Arab Emirates. The Swiss Federation (FSSE) then invited FEI to take the necessary action and measures with the aim of ensuring uniform international regulations in all countries. The well-being of the horse once and for all must come first, as the FSSE highlighted.
FEI have taken action and in doing so sent a very strong signal. Let’s hope it is a step towards a more responsible and fairer sport. Click here for more: http://www.fei.org/Equestrian World/fei-removes-uae-international-endurance-events-official-calendar