October 11, 2020
The United Arab Emirates Equestrian and Racing Federation has signalled its intention to appeal last month’s decision by the FEI Board to suspend it from the international organisation.
The suspension arose over the running of the Sheikh Mohammed Cup and The President’s Cup. Both should have been held as International Endurance Events (CEIs) as the number of foreign athletes far exceeded the quota permitted under the rules for national events, according to the FEI.
The FEI Board imposed a full suspension of the UAE national federation, across all FEI disciplines, until the end of the year. The suspension in relation to Endurance will run longer, until March 31, 2021.
The board has also imposed a financial sanction on the organisers of the events in question, requiring them to pay a percentage of the prize money – 50% for the Sheikh Mohammed Cup and 10% for The President’s Cup – as well as the organising dues that would have been payable to the FEI had the events been held as international events.
The world governing body signalled that the suspensions will remain in place until all financial sanctions have been paid in full...