FEI Forming Permanent Eventing Safety Sub-Committee

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) released a statement earlier this week, stating that the organization is seriously concerned by the fatal accidents which have occurred in Eventing over the last months. Although the FEI does not have the authority to manage and oversee national events, which are governed by the National Federations, the group is determined to do its utmost to ensure the safety of the sport.

The organization has decided to formalize the Eventing Safety Cross Country Working Group into a permanent FEI Safety Sub-Committee. This committee will be led by international rider and course designer David O'Connor (USA). The Committee membership will include riders, course designers, and trainers of the leading Eventing nations. The Committee might invite experts from other disciplines and sports as the need arises.

The FEI Headquarters have set up a specific Eventing safety database and compiled a comprehensive report of all the figures relating to falls on Cross Country at international events, which is available on the FEI Web site www.horsesport.org/c/safety/safety.htm.  

The role of the FEI Safety Sub-Committee will be to analyze the figures, trigger specific investigations (i.e. specific combination of fences, analysis of riders or horses falling several times during a year, events with abnormal number of falls, etc.), and produce concrete recommendations. Ensuring that the strictest international safety requirements are applied to the national level will also be part of their mission.

The FEI emphasized that it takes the welfare of the horse very seriously and sees safety of both its animal and human athletes as its highest priority.

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