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FEI PRESS NEWS 11/02 GENERAL ASSEMBLY , Rabat 26 and 27 April 2002:

   « Dr Dane Frazier (USA) and Mr Ramon Lopez (ESP) joined the Endurance
    Committee in replacement of outgoing members Prof Jerry Gillespie (USA) and Mrs
    Mary Carol Bunting (GBR) respectively. »
   « 2003 The European Endurance Championship was allocated to Punchestown
    (IRL) at a date to be confirmed. »
   *The General Assembly agreed to maintain the Endurance Rules approved at 2001
    General Assembly. » (« Star System », see below)
   « Two candidates for the organisation of the 2006 edition of the World Equestrian
    Games made a presentation (Aachen, GER, and Kentucky, USA).

    Coming into effect on 1 January 2002

4 Star:    Championships and major rides of 160 km per day or 100 km per day over
           two days approved by the FEI Endurance Committee.
3 Star:    All rides of 140 km and more in one day or 80 km and more over 2 days.
2 Star:    All rides between 100 km and 139 km in one day or between 50 km and 79
           km over two days.
1 Star:    All rides between 50 km and 99 km in one day.
Minimum speeds:
4 Star:    12 km per hour. With pulse 64 bpm within 30 minutes recovery.
3 Star:    12 km per hour. With pulse 64 bpm within 30 minutes recovery.
2 Star:    9- 12 km per hour. With pulse 60 bpm within 20 minutes recovery.
1 Star:    Maximum speed 16 km per hour and pulse 56 bpm within 20 minutes
           recovery with a Vet gate after each 25 km (minimum) - 30 km (maximum).
Officials required:
4 Star:    Relevant Championships as per FEI Endurance Rules Art. 823.1 and 823.2.
           Other rides as per FEI Endurance Rules for Regional Games and Continental
           Championships (Art. 823.2).
3 Star:    Current Cat. A rides
2 Star:    Current Cat. B rides
1 Star:    Just TD and Vet. from FEI list.

FEI Endurance Open Forum for Riders and Chefs d’Equipe
28 April, Jerez, Hotel Jerez

The FEI agreed totally with one point of the Toulouse motion :
   Calendar: all CEI rides have to be printed in an official FEI bulletin published before the

Some of the other points were accepted but the procedures have to be worked out by
the Endurance Committee.
Most of the Chefs d’Equipe, Riders and other present endurance people supported the
following points
   Distance: the Senior Championships must take place during a CEI **** with a distance of
    160-kms in one day
   Course Designer (Chef de Piste): the layout of the Championships has to be drawn by a
    Course Designer whose competence must be unanimousely recognised. The layout of the
    course must require the highest level of technical skills of the rider and the horse. The onus
    is on the National Federation hosting the Championships to appoint the Course Designer.
   Heart rate: the result of the heart rate check has to be open to the public on a monitor, for
    example using a HRM connected to a large screen
   Rules and Regulations: any intentions to amend the rules must be published in the Official
    Bulletin of the FEI at least 4 months before its eventual enforcement, in order to allow for
    comments by NFs

Concerning the point “Rules and Regulations” it was even demanded that the intention
to amend the rules must be published earlier than 4 months before its eventual
Concerning “Course Designer”: The FEI plans to improve the work of Technical

For the moment there was not much discussion about the following points:
   Schedules of Championships: final schedules of Championships and pre-rides, including
    the layout of the course, must be forwarded to the NFs by the 1st of March in the year of the
    Championships at the latest
   Nominated entries: during Championships, a rider can only ride a horse from the duly
    entered Nominated List of his NF
whilst point 2 of the motion “Division of the Event” (number of vet-gates) needs further
intercontinental discussion.
Everybody is concerned about the more and more low completion rates, the higher
speeds and the number of horses who have to be treated during endurance events.
Valery Kanavy said: “ If so many horses fail to complete we have to ask ourselves if we
are not demanding something of them what they just are not able to do.” If an
amelioration of these facts can be obtained by raising the number of vet-gates or by
enforcing a much more strict qualification system or by whatever else... this will be the
main discussion of the next newsletter.

Michael Stone stated that the format of the 2003 European Championship (200 km / 2
days) will not change because this format has to be tested once. He promised to send a
letter to the European NF’s to point out that there is no intention to run further
championships over this distance.

A discussion with European representatives after the forum was held: In fact, most of
the European nations don’t want to have the European Championship held as a test
ride, specially because only one ride cannot confirm if a format is practicable or not (i.e.
the computer system could fail, the weather circumstances could be extreme etc. etc.).
The Europeans could perhaps be more open to accept the 2003 European
Championship format of the FEI if the same procedure would be imposed on the Pan
American, the Continental Australian and the South Asian Championship (the latter, if
held in Malaysia, over i.e. 2 x 80 km due to the meteorological difficulties).

The most positive issue of the forum was the following decision of Michael Stone and
the Endurance Committee:
“The FEI will write to the National Federations to ask for a Chef d’Equipe, (Team
Veterinarian?) and Rider Representative to allow to talk to them directly.”

***CEI Jerez de la Frontera, 152 km, 27 April 2002, Spanish Championship

Out of 125 starters, only 32 finished (completion rate 25.6 %). The FEI will look at the
course design and other things to make it - if possible - a little less tough for the World
Equestrian Games in September.
However, these are the words of the Sports Manager which he sent out to NFs:
“I want to emphasize that this Endurance Event is not a test event for the WEG.
This is an Event organized by Jerez 2002 for the City of Jerez de la Frontera that holds
this competition every year in addition to other events for the « Feria del Caballo ».”
Ramon Godino, Sports Manager
The Particular Schedule for the Endurance World Championship has not been
published yet, the Spanish Championship was not intended to be a test event - if you
have any suggestions to ameliorate the course for the WEG - feel free to send it.
Until now the following points (and others) concerning endurance have been published
in the WEG Schedule:
   The dates of RECEPTION and DEPARTURE of (endurance) horses and in consequence of
    grooms are COMPULSORY and as follows:
    Days of Reception                 12th and 13th Sep., 8 - 20 h
    Days of Departure                 17th and 18th Sep.
   President of Ground Jury          Mrs Carol Bunting (GBR)
    Foreign Technical Delegate        Mr Hallvard Sommerseth (NOR)
    Appeal Committee Endurance        Prof. Vittorio de Sanctis (ITA)
    Veterinary Commission President   Dr. Carlos Ponferrada (ESP)
    Foreign Veterinary Delegate       Dr. Jerry Gillespie (USA)
   Sunday, September 15th            Horse inspection
                                      Official course inspection
                                      Official Opening meeting
   Time limits                       Minimum speed 13 kms per hour
   Distances                         Number of phases: 5 in one day
   Minimum weight required           70 kgs

                                                   30 / 04 / 02         Suzanne Dollinger

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