Dressage Trainers Club, FEI Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Dressage Trainers Club, FEI Sign Memorandum of Understanding

David Hunt, president of the IDTC (left) and Trond Asmyr, FEI dressage director, signed the memorandum of understanding on behalf of their respective organisations.

Photo: Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)

The International Dressage Trainers Club (IDTC) has become the fifth of the former Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) associate members to sign a memorandum of understanding with the FEI.

The IDTC, which specializes in raising the level of dressage training worldwide with a special focus on countries where dressage is a developing sport, was founded in 1984 by Herman Duckek of Germany, who remained president until his death in 2000.

In October 2002, international trainer David Hunt took over the presidency from Belgian Equestrian Federation Technical Advisor and IDTC board member Sjef Janssen.

The IDTC now has over 120 member trainers based around the world working with senior and young athletes competing internationally at Grand Prix level and in pony, junior, and young rider championships.

The memorandum of understanding was ratified during last week's International Dressage Trainers Club Annual Members Meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the German Equestrian Federation and German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports in Warendorf, Germany.

“The FEI has worked closely with the International Dressage Trainers Club for over 30 years”, said Trond Asmyr, FEI dressage and para-dressage director. “We’re now looking forward to taking this longstanding collaboration to the next level at a time when Dressage is rapidly increasing in popularity with athletes and spectators alike around the world.”

Hunt added, “The signing of a memorandum of understanding with the FEI is an important milestone in the evolution of the International Dressage Trainers Club. This agreement formalizes the relationship between our organization and the FEI and recognizes the importance of the training community in the development of our sport. I look forward to a future of cooperation and support between the two organizations."

The International Equestrian Organizers Alliance was the first former associate member to sign a memorandum of understanding in August 2013. The International Show Jumping Officials Club and the International Eventing Officials Club followed suit in January and February, respectively. World Horse Welfare signed their memorandum of understanding with the FEI in March.

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