Wednesday, March 01, 2017

FEI Conference Fatigue - Full Article

Cuckson Report | March 1, 2017

I have been to all but one of the FEI Sports Forums in Lausanne, Switzerland every April since its launch in 2012.
The format has changed from the first year, when it spanned three days often with simultaneous debates in different halls. The jam-packed program was quite an assault on the brain cells, and it became a two-day event thereafter.

The forum is usually a “news fest” so I felt a modicum of disappointment when this year’s itinerary (April 11-12) plopped into my mailbox. I guess the media corps was spoiled in 2015 and 2016 by the emotive debates about future Olympic and World games formats.

This time the first day is devoted to jumping. The Nations Cup discussion looks the most interesting; two forums ago, it was hinted Nations Cups become the main route to qualifying for the Olympics and World Equestrian Games, to mitigate the growing rival demands of the Global Champions Tour. If so, that could be lively.

On the second day, there are sessions of 90 minutes each on risk management in eventing, and the long-awaited injury and bones study for endurance...

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