Horsetalk.co.nz | March 14, 2015
The suspension of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the FEI will hopefully end a dark period in international endurance, World Horse Welfare says.
The British-based international charity said it welcomed the suspension of the UAE following a catalogue of significant horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI rules and regulations in endurance.
The charity, which is an independent welfare adviser to the FEI, said it was ready and willing to help the UAE Equestrian Federation implement the changes necessary to bring it back into the international fold.
“In many ways this is a sad day,” World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said of the suspension.
“However, the FEI’s drastic move to suspend the UAE federation is a reflection of the seriousness of the situation within endurance.
“We hope that this action will be the end of a dark period in international endurance and demonstrate to all that the FEI Welfare Code of Conduct must be at the heart of international equestrian sport.