The FEI Update from January 30, 2013 is now available online. Number of Foreign Judges required at CDI3* and above will be 3 from now on with no exceptions. Veterinary updates available. http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f3c033c6fc400852db8365079&id=2cbb2cf...
It is now clear that even just participating (training, giving a lecture demo etc) at an Unsanctioned Event is sufficient to get riders, trainers, judges and horses banned for 6 months from FEI competitions.
What is an Unsanctioned Event?
An Unsanctioned Event is a horse competition organised in an FEI discipline that is neither published in the official Calendar nor authorised by a National Federation.
If you participate (compete or show) at an event that is not authorised by the FEI or your National Federation, you will be BANNED for 6 month from all FEI competitions.
This applies to ANY horse - so if you normally show your young horses or non-FEI registered horses at unauthorised national or local shows then you will be banned for 6 months.
FEI abolishes Associate Members - a sad day for riders, a sad day for democracy and a sad day for the FEI
The FEI has decided to abolish all Associate Members stating that the concept was not working.
The IDRC is frankly astonished that the FEI is trying to dress-up the removal of the democratic right of riders to effective representation as an improvement to the sport.
The FEI says it "has the responsibility to enforce and, in this case, to defend the implementation of its rules." CAS said the FEI was wrong. The question is now how far should a governing body go to enforce those rules? Are there ethical limits and who monitors that these are followed? Yvonne Losos de Muñiz says the FEI is guilty of "unacceptable behaviour".
Advice - Transport of FEI horses within Europe, especially if travelling to Italy
Inga Wolfram is conducting a short survey investigating the career development of equestrian coaches (instructors/trainers).