The 11th edition of the FEI Sports Forum 2023 was held in person at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne (SUI) on 24 and 25 April.
The first session was dedicated to an interim report issued by the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission and their recommended course for future action, followed by a dedicated Q&A between the panellists – made up of Commission members – and the Forum’s delegates.
The day continued with the TechQuestrian session, where the FEI’s main online platforms were showcased in an interactive way. The day then came to an and with an update on preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Discussions on the Sports Forum’s second day resumed with an open dialogue and comprehensive session, with the athletes, owners, officials, and organisers, on the cost of Jumping Events. The FEI Sports Forum then continued with a presentation and update on Key Events Requirements before concluding with a session on the FEI Endurance Rules, which are undergoing a full revision this year.
All information regarding the FEI Sports Forum 2023 can be found on the dedicated FEI Sports Forum 2023 Hub, including:
- All the sessions available to watch on Replay.
- Timetable, supporting documents, presentations, biographies for all the panellists as well as session wrap-ups.
- Executive summaries from each session.
Photos from the Sports Forum are available for editorial use here.
TACK & EQUIPMENT – NEW APP AND DEDICATED DATABASE!
In April 2023, the FEI launched the brand-new dedicated FEI Tack, Equipment & Dress Database, also available as a mobile FEI TackApp.
The FEI Tack, Equipment & Dress Database, provides organised, easily understandable and searchable information regarding permitted and prohibited tack, equipment and dress at FEI Competitions.
This user-friendly tool has been specifically designed to provide all FEI stakeholders, in particular, Athletes, their Support Personnel and FEI Officials, with relevant, detailed and up to date information related to tack and equipment.
The information available is sorted by discipline, category and subcategory of tack and equipment. Each individual piece of tack and equipment is represented using photographs, illustrations and/or videos. It is furthermore accompanied by the relevant legal basis and clearly marked as allowed or prohibited. If special conditions apply, it will be marked using an exclamation mark (!).
Please kindly note that the designation “Not Applicable” or “N/A” means that the relevant tack, equipment or dress is either not relevant to the specific discipline selected, is currently not addressed or specified in the rules of that discipline, or has not yet been addressed by the FEI.
Please bear in mind that the information provided in the Database is non-exhaustive and that new tack, equipment and dress is added on a regular basis. Therefore, it is important that users consult the Database on a regular basis in order to stay up to date.
Download the FEI TackApp here:
PARIS 2024 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC GAMES
Clarification regarding Jumping Qualification System
National Federations are requested to take note of the following clarification in relation to the order of allocation of Jumping team quota places for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games:
When the Jumping Qualification System was approved at the FEI General Assembly 2021, it was on the basis that the Pan American Games 2023 (“Pan Am 2023”) would take place before the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final 2023 (according to the agreed dates at that time). The order of allocation of Jumping team quota places was drafted based on that timing. However, due a subsequent change of dates by the organisers of Pan Am 2023, Pan Am 2023 will now take place after the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final 2023.
The FEI takes this opportunity to confirm that:
- If a team that is also competing at the Pan American Games 2023 wins the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup 2023 (or is the highest ranked team not already qualified); that team will earn a team quota place for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
- If that team subsequently finishes in the top 3 (three) teams at the team Jumping competition at Pan Am 2023, the team that finishes in fourth place will earn a team quota place for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic team qualifying events in May/June 2023
20 – 21 May 2023, Baborowko (POL): Group C 2023 FEI Designated Eventing Olympic Qualification Event. The highest ranked team to acquire Olympic qualification, excluding teams already qualified.
3- 4 June 2023 – Millstreet (IRL): Group F and G FEI Designated Eventing Olympic Qualification Event. The two highest ranked teams to acquire Olympic qualification, , excluding teams already qualified
11 June 2023 – Budapest (HUN): Group C 2023 FEI Designated Dressage Olympic Qualification Event. The highest ranked team to acquire Olympic qualification, excluding teams already qualified.
Qualified Teams so far (at 15 May 2023)
To date, 15 nations are qualified with a team or teams for the Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games. In addition to France, who is automatically qualified as host for this edition of the Games, two of these nations – Germany and Great Britain – have successfully qualified teams across all four disciplines, whilst Sweden can boast team qualification across all the Olympic disciplines.
Visit the FEI Paris 2024 Olympic hub for all information relating to qualifying and MER events, qualification systems, qualified nations (the list above will evolve over the coming weeks and months), rules & regulations, customs & freight guide, and more.
Visit the FEI Paris 2024 Paralympic hub for all information relating to qualification events & systems, qualified nations (the list above will evolve over the coming weeks and months), rules & regulations, customs & freight guide, and more.
Bidding process for the FEI European Championships for Seniors 2025
The FEI is announcing today the launch of the bidding process for the FEI European Championships for Seniors 2025 in all FEI disciplines.
National Federations and/or Organising Committees interested in hosting the FEI European Championships in any of the FEI disciplines are invited to submit their bid(s) by 14 July 2023, at the latest, via the FEI Bidding Platform.
A Bid Guide with the overview of all the requirements, rights and benefits associated with hosting a FEI European Championship is available as of now in the FEI Bidding Platform.
The applicable bidding process timeline is the following:
FEI World Championships 2026 – Change to Allocation Deadline
At the FEI Board Teleconference on 2 May 2023, the FEI Board agreed to delay the allocation of the FEI World Championships 2026 to allow for a longer period for review of the bids by FEI Headquarters, the Technical Committees and the FEI Evaluation Commission. Instead of being allocated at the June 2023 Board Meeting, the Championships will now be allocated by November 2023 (at the latest).
EVENTING RISK MANAGEMENT & FRANGIBLE DEVICES
We would like to inform the Eventing community that the documents cited below have been updated on 20 April 2023. It is very important that the latest update of these rules and guidelines are referred to and that Course Designers are aware, and using, the latest manufacturer fitting instructions so the devices work as intended.
The Standard for frangible/deformable Cross Country fences Version 3 has been updated and is available on the Eventing & Risk Management page.
The Instruction Manuals and One-page Correct fitting checks has been updated and is available on the Deformable & Frangible Devices page.
Cross Country Guide for Officials
The Cross Country Guide for Officials has been updated and is available on the FEI Eventing Rules page.
For further details, please refer to the Eventing Update published on 21 April 2023.
NEW HORSE WELFARE HUB ON FEI CAMPUS
The FEI’s dedicated e-learning platform FEI Campus has a new Hub for all educational courses relating to Horse Welfare.
This hub was created in order to facilitate access to all the educational material already available, including recently published and updated content, namely:
This course teaches the necessary skills, abilities and attributes regarding horsemanship competence. Furthermore, it provides literature, current trends and a series of components revolving around horsemanship as identified by 105 research study participants, and sheds a clear light on why horsemanship is important.
The course is accessible here.
Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse
This is a new course which is divided into chapters based on the actual text of the Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse. The aim here is to deliver a deeper knowledge for each part of this code by providing horse management and care examples to better understand how to apply these in real life.
The course is accessible here.
All courses are in English, but Spanish translations are available for some of them.
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE FEI EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023
Get your tickets Now!
With the championship season 2023 soon underway, we suggest you save the date and already secure your tickets in order to be a part of the live action in your favourite discipline. Below you will find the list of FEI European Championships for Seniors 2023 along with the link to their website and ticketing.