Sunday, August 27, 2006

FEI: President Haya Focuses on the Future

Speech by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan
2006 FEI World Equestrian Games, Aachen
27 August 2006

I will concentrate today on the FEI as an organisation, as I believe from discussions over the last few days that this is the area that you would be interested in and I will outline clear deliverables and the approach.

As a result I will speak less about horses than perhaps I would like ? but that is because it goes without saying that they are the reason that we are here ? and their partners are those we, the FEI, ultimately are here to celebrate and serve.

My own experiences as an athlete mean that this is never far from my mind ? my experience of this at grass roots level and my many friends in the sport mean that I am privileged to be able to keep my fingers on this pulse ? and I am aware, as true friends are, of what they are critical of in the organisation. My vision for them is similar to that of the IOC ? "for the athletes by the athletes". I hope that by the end of my tenure as President, I will not only have created an organisation that walks this road hand in hand with them, but also that we will have created through them a future generation equipped to run and serve the horse world by allowing them open entry into the ranks of the organisation, and give them the tools in addition to those of their field to do this with complete professionalism.

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