FEI, IEOA Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The International Equestrian Organizers Alliance (IEOA) has become the first of the former Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) associate members to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU), following the removal of the associate member status from the FEI Statutes at the 2012 General Assembly.

The MOU, which was signed by IEOA President Peter Bollen and FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos, formally acknowledges the IEOA as an organization recognized by the FEI.

The IEOA is the umbrella organization for international organizers in jumping, dressage, eventing, and driving, and is in the process of becoming the representative body for event organizers in all seven of the FEI disciplines.

The MOU covers universal issues such as recognition, FEI rules and regulations, horse welfare, code of ethics, commitment to democratic processes, consultation, FEI General Assembly, FEI Sports Forum and meetings, governing law, dispute resolution, communication, and implementation. It also addresses areas of interest unique to the IEOA and clearly establishes the specific relationship between the two organizations.

“We are very happy to formalize our relationship with an important organisation such as the IEOA,” said De Vos, who signed the MOU on behalf of the FEI. “We have entered this significant agreement in the spirit of cooperation, respect, and transparency. Event organizers are essential to our sport and we are confident that the MOU is a good basis for a dynamic working relationship.”

“The IEOA is very pleased with the MOU,” Bollen commented. “We had concerns following the removal of the FEI associate member status but the new process has given us the opportunity to be heard and to establish a much more direct and constructive relationship with the FEI, which is extremely important to us as an organization.”

The FEI is currently negotiating MOUs with seven other stakeholders.

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