Sunday, December 03, 2006

FEI News: World Endurance Forum, 2008 WEC Malaysia

From: m.gueorguiev@horsesport.org
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03, 2006 11:57 AM
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01/12/2006 - World Endurance Forum
02/12/2006 - 2008 FEI World Endurance
Championship
01/12/2006 - World
Endurance Forum
As has been reported elsewhere, a World Endurance
Forum is planned for the spring of 2007. Originally scheduled to
take place this year in Kuala Lumpur, the forum will now take place
in Paris over the weekend 24th/25th March 2007 followed immediately
by the annual FEI Endurance Technical Committee
meeting.



The Forum will be structured along the same
lines of the successful 2003 Endurance Forum and will allow
delegates, from amongst the 76 FEI National Federations who organize
FEI Endurance events, to debate the overall status of the discipline
as it exists today. There will also be opportunity to discuss the
future of Equestrian Endurance following its rapid growth and the
ever increasing public scrutiny of the sport which has occurred in
recent years.



With the approval of the President of
the FEI, HRH Princess Haya, an FEI Endurance working group will be
established, following on from the forum, to evaluate and develop
those ideas and proposals raised by the delegates and to formulate a
5 year plan for the sport for consideration by the FEI. Members of
this working group will be drawn from both within and outside of
Endurance itself.



As part of a fact finding exercise,
a questionnaire has been produced and can be downloaded from the FEI
web site accessed through the Endurance pages/documents. All FEI
registered Endurance riders are asked to complete the form and to
return it by email to the FEI ahead of the Forum next
March.



The findings of the working group will be
considered by the FEI Endurance Technical Committee as part of its
ongoing review of Endurance.



Further details of the
Forum; timings, venue, accreditation and programme will be published
in due course and invitations issued to those NFs concerned as soon
as possible.
02/12/2006 - 2008 FEI
World Endurance Championship
Senior FEI Endurance Experts Give a
Conditional Green Light
The 2008 FEI World Endurance Championship Trial run
was held last weekend at Terengganu, on the East coast of Malaysia.
The Championship had been provisionally granted to the Malaysian
Equestrian Federation subject to there being a number of successful
trial runs held in 2006 and 2007.

Three senior FEI Endurance
Officials attended the event: Dr Hallvard Sommerseth (NOR), Chairman
of the FEI Endurance Technical Committee; Dr Jim Bryant (CAN) and Mr
John Robertson (GBR).

The Malaysian Equestrian Federation,
together with the Organising Committee (OC) Â? the State Government
of Terengganu & Yayasan Kebajikan Perkasa Alam Terengganu,
invited a number of leading Malaysian riders as well as riders from
America, Europe and Australsia.

A detailed report is being
produced; it will be submitted to the FEI Endurance Techncial
Committee for further consideration but Dr Hallvard Sommerseth
expressed his appreciation for the commitment made by the organizers
in producing a very successful trial run.

The FEI Endurance
Committee had required the trial run to be held at the proposed
venue on a date to match the date of the 2008 Championship and for
there to be a minimum completion rate of 40% and a maximum riding
time of 16 hours for the 160 kms distance.

A total of 23
horses were presented at the start of the event and 60% completed
the full distance well within the maximum ride time allowed. All of
the horses performed well with no heat and humidity related
problems.

Dr Jim Bryant confirmed that the horses had
competed well under the conditions which had been relatively cool
because of the timing of the event within the monsoon period. He
commented that all of the riders had taken great care to compete
using all of their horsemanship skills. Dr Bryant linked the
performances of the riders and horses to a time within Endurance
when events were less about speed and more about the combination of
rider and horse working in close harmony together to overcome the
challenges presented.

Mr John Robertson felt that there were
certain areas which needed to be reviewed in relation to the overall
management of the event. He confirmed that the OC was aware of these
issues but he was confident that the OC would be able to solve them
ahead of the Championship.

Dr Sommerseth confirmed that the
next trial event, scheduled to take place in the first half of 2007,
would involve the use of overseas based horses who would travel to
Malaysia to test out the facilities and also to fully evaluate the
timing required to allow overseas horse to acclimatise properly
ahead of competition.

A team from FEI Television attended the
event and will produce a short documentary to be shown at the
planned FEI World Endurance Forum planned for March
2007.

1 comment:

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