Tuesday, December 22, 2020

FEI Warning Regarding Contaminated Batches of Feed - Caffeine

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by FEI Communications Department | Dec 21, 2020, 11:13 AM EST

The FEI would like to warn the equestrian community that some batches of Marstall feed containing apple pomace were contaminated with caffeine, a Controlled Medication and Specified Substance on the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List.

Bernhard Kreiling GmbH, the manufacturer of Marstall, identified apple pomace, an ingredient in the feed, to be the source of contamination. Measures have been taken by Bernhard Kreiling GmbH to prevent further contamination with caffeine and other substances derived from caffeine. Feed produced since 14 July 2020, i.e. batch numbers 219301, 219302, 219303 and 219304 onwards, should be unaffected. The FEI recommends that anyone using this feedstuff should carefully check the batch numbers and contact the manufacturers if they have any concerns.

The FEI recommends that samples are kept from batches of feed and supplements given to competition horses to enable a thorough investigation to be carried out should contamination be suspected.

Under the FEI Regulations, from 1 January 2021 it will be possible for horses to be tested for caffeine under the Elective Testing scheme. Since caffeine is listed as a Specified Substance, from 1 January 2021 any finding will be treated as an Atypical Finding.

More at:
https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/fei-warning-regarding-contaminated-batches-of

Monday, December 21, 2020

Spain: A young rider follows her dreams to compete

Euroweeklynews.com

By John Smith -20 December 2020

JAZMIN GRAHM a 12-year-old from Estepona is well on the way to chasing her mum’s endurance riding records after securing a place on the Andalucian youth team at the first attempt.

Jazmin has been around horses all her life and is a regular face at her mum Caroline’s riding stables near Selwo, Ranch Siesta Los Rubios.

Since lockdown restrictions cut down on competition opportunities, Jazmin switched this winter to begin endurance riding on a young Arabian horse W INGA AREZU BEND VI DE LAM (Arezu for short)...

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https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/20/a-young-rider-follows-her-dreams-to-compete/

FEI Tribunal issues Final Decisions in equine and human anti-doping cases

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18 December 2020

The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decisions in a number of equine and human anti-doping cases.

...The second case involves the horse Victotop Occitan (FEI ID 105EV49/UAE), trained by Ghanim Mohd Al Marri (FEI ID 10048641/UAE). Samples taken from the horse at the CEI2* 120 – Bou Thib (UAE) on 13 December 2019 tested positive for the Banned Substance Testosterone.

The trainer of the horse was unable to give any plausible explanation for the presence of the Prohibited Substance in the horse’s sample.

In its Final Decision, the FEI Tribunal imposed a two-year Period of Ineligibility on the trainer. The Provisional Suspension, which came into effect on 20 February 2020, is credited against the Period of Ineligibility imposed in the decision, meaning the trainer will be ineligible until 19 February 2022. He was also fined CHF 7,500 and asked to pay costs of CHF 2,000.

The parties can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days of receipt of the decision (15 December 2020).

The full text of the FEI Tribunal’s Final Decision is available here.

Separately, the FEI has announced new adverse analytical findings (AAF) involving equine prohibited substances. The cases involve *Banned Substance and a Controlled Medication Substance under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).

In the following Endurance case, the athlete and the trainer have been provisionally suspended until the FEI Tribunal renders its decision. The horse has been provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification...

Read more here:
https://inside.fei.org/content/fei-tribunal-issues-final-decisions-equine-and-human-anti-doping-cases

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Rose Sandler, World Traveler, Adventurer Dies at 39

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By Sophie Panzer -December 17, 2020

No adventure was too daunting for Rose Sandler. The Pipersville native went diving in the Caribbean, hiking in Patagonia, lobster fishing in Maine and camel riding in the Gobi Desert.

She rode in countless horseback races. She completed the 655-mile Mongol Derby in 2014, competed in the 250-mile Race the Wild Coast in South Africa in 2016 and was named “rookie of the year” in the 100-mile Tevis Cup in California in 2017.

Sandler, a materials specialist, also suffered from mental illness and spent years battling depression. Her parents, Jay and Lisa Sandler, flew out to her home in Poway, California, in July to escort her back to Bucks County when it became clear her condition was getting worse.

She died by suicide on Nov. 23. She was 39...

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https://www.jewishexponent.com/2020/12/17/rose-sandler-world-traveler-adventurer-dies-at-39/

FEI Endurance World Championship to stay in Italy as Verona secures 2022 edition

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By Geoff Berkeley - Saturday, 19 December 2020

Isola della Scala in the Italian province of Verona has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2022 International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Endurance World Championship.

The FEI Board made the decision at a videoconference meeting this week as it looks to keep the event in Italy.

Italian city Pisa was due to stage the competition this year before it was moved to May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sabrina Ibáñez, secretary general of the FEI, said they were pleased to have the "experience and passion" of the Verona Organising Committee to run the 2022 edition.

"We will be working closely with the organisers and the Italian Equestrian Federation to ensure that this is a top-notch sporting event that challenges the strategic skills of our athletes and brings the sport back to its original roots of endurance riding rather than endurance racing," said Ibáñez...

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https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1102205/fei-endurance-world-championship-2022

Friday, December 18, 2020

Italy endurance champs to “bring the sport back to its original roots”

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December 18, 2020
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FEI Secretary-General Sabrina Ibáñez says the FEI will work closely with organisers to ensure the FEI Endurance World Championship 2022 challenges the strategic skills of riders and “brings the sport back to its original roots of endurance riding rather than endurance racing”.

Ibáñez made the statement after the allocation of the event was made Isola della Scala in Verona, Italy, by the FEI Board at its videoconference meeting this week.

“We are pleased to have the experience and passion of the Verona Organising Committee for the FEI Endurance World Championship in 2022. We will be working closely with the Organisers and the Italian Equestrian Federation to ensure that this is a top-notch sporting event,” Ibáñez said...

Read more here:
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2020/12/18/italy-endurance-champs-original-roots/

FEI Board makes key Championship decisions for 2021 and 2022

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17 December 2020

The FEI Board took a series of key decisions on allocation, cancellation, and reopening of bids for FEI Championships at its videoconference meeting this week.

The Board agreed to allocate the FEI Endurance World Championship 2022 to Isola della Scala in Verona (ITA).

“We are pleased to have the experience and passion of the Verona Organising Committee for the FEI Endurance World Championship in 2022,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “We will be working closely with the Organisers and the Italian Equestrian Federation to ensure that this is a top-notch sporting event that challenges the strategic skills of our athletes and brings the sport back to its original roots of Endurance riding rather than Endurance racing.”

Separately, the Board agreed to reopen the bid process for the FEI Eventing European Championship 2021, following numerous requests from a number of European Eventing stakeholders, including National Federations and Athletes, and with the full support of the European Equestrian Federation and the FEI Eventing Committee. The bid process will open on 18 December 2020 and National Federations and Organisers have until 15 January 2021 to apply to the FEI. The FEI Board will take a decision on the allocation of this Championship at its March 2021 teleconference.

Following the cancellation by the Organiser of the FEI Dressage European Championship U25 2021 in Donaueschingen (GER), the Board agreed to reopen the bidding process for the Championship. The deadline for expressions of interest to be submitted to the FEI (bidding@fei.org) is 15 January 2021 and the FEI Board will take a decision on the allocation of this Championship at its February 2021 teleconference.

Due to the Covid-19 related cancellation of the FEI WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championship for Young Horses 2020 in Verden (GER), and following consultation with all parties involved, the Board agreed to reallocate the 2021 Championship to Verden. The 2021 Championship had originally been allocated to Ermelo (NED) for the three-year cycle, 2021-2023. The Board has now agreed to allocate the 2024 Championship to Ermelo, meaning that the Dutch venue will host the Championships in 2022, 2023 and 2024.

Based on the recommendation of the FEI Endurance Committee, and in consultation and with the support of the Netherlands National Federation, the Board agreed to terminate the Host Agreement with the Organiser of the FEI Endurance European Championship 2021 and FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors 2021.

Both these Endurance Championships were scheduled to be held at the Netherlands National Federation-owned venue at Ermelo (NED), and the FEI will now consult with the National Federation about a potential alternative Organiser to host the Championships at the Ermelo venue on the original dates (6-11 September 2021).

FEI appoints new Endurance Director

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16 December 2020

Christina Abu-Dayyeh (JOR) has been appointed as Endurance Director for the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the global governing body for equestrian sports.

Ms Abu-Dayyeh, 31, has been Secretary General of the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation since 2017 and will start in her new role at the FEI on 1 April 2021. Her arrival in Lausanne (SUI) will further improve the gender balance in the FEI management team, with seven females and eight males.

During her time at the Jordanian National Federation, Ms Abu-Dayyeh was responsible for the management of all equestrian disciplines in the country, as well as heading up the Organising Committees for the biggest equestrian events in Jordan across all disciplines. She also worked directly with the Ministry of Agriculture on all equestrian matters, including quarantine procedures, animal welfare and the import/export of horses.

Prior to taking on the role at the National Federation, she worked as a marketing and communications consultant at the Princess Alia Foundation, and Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife in the Jordanian capital, Amman, the only wildlife sanctuary in the Middle East. She was a research analyst at a political consulting start-up in Abu Dhabi, and also worked in consulting and recruitment roles in Vancouver (CAN).

Ms Abu-Dayyeh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and a Masters in Management and International Business from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

“We are very happy to welcome Christina Abu-Dayyeh to the FEI to take on this really important role”, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “The discipline of Endurance needs strong governance and we are confident that Christina is the right person to deliver the right mix of firmness and tact. She comes to us with a wealth of experience, not just in equestrian sport, but also in marketing and communications, skill sets that she will need for this post. Her knowledge of our sport in the Middle East, where Endurance is such a key part of the local culture, has given her a crucial insight and a vision that will undoubtedly benefit both the FEI and the discipline itself.”

“One of my proudest achievements at the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation has been creating open lines of communication and the transparency that was needed to inspire the trust of the community and stakeholders, which ultimately gave me a credible voice to move the sport forward in Jordan”, Christina Abu-Dayyeh said. “Leaning in and actively listening to those in the field who have mastered so many elements of it kept me humble.

Ms Abu-Dayyeh has strong Endurance experience, both at a national and international level, as the Jordanian National Federation is the main organiser of Endurance events in the country. She singles out Endurance as her favourite of all the disciplines that she is currently responsible for in her role as Secretary General in Jordan.

“I was aware that our Endurance Officials were having trouble fulfilling their crucial role of officiating at events and quickly realised that the main issue was miscommunication and the athletes’ lack of education on the rules. We made a huge effort to improve the knowledge base of our athletes, educating all stakeholders on the technical aspects of the sport and what it means to be a true horseperson, with the result that numbers increased by over 120% for our national rides.

“I believe that education and communication with the athletes and their entourage are key to improving horse welfare in the discipline internationally, continuing the fantastic work already done by the Endurance Temporary Committee.”

The FEI has been actively seeking a replacement Endurance Director since the announcement in March of this year that the Endurance & Driving Department was to be restructured with the aim of further streamlining management of the Endurance discipline. The restructuring was to allow for a special focus on a discipline that requires stringent oversight, although plans for the speedy recruitment of a new Endurance Director were significantly slowed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Abu-Dayyeh will replace Manuel Bandeira De Mello (POR), who joined the FEI in 2014 as Endurance Director. He will stay on in the role until Ms Abu-Dayyeh arrives in Switzerland and will remain at the FEI with the new title of Director Driving, Para Driving & Special Projects, allowing for an optimal handover to the new Endurance Director.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Bahrain: Al Hashemi triumphs

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Sat, 12 Dec 2020

Al Rau’d Team jockey Mohammed Abdulhamid Al Hashemi clinched the 120km National Day Endurance Championship yesterday.

His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs, and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) honorary president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa presented the winner of the four-stage race with the coveted trophy.

Present were Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) vice-president, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) Co-ordination, Implementation and Follow-up Committee vice-chairman Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Breef chairman Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and Endurance Committee chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa attended...

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Malaysia: Mom takes up endurance riding after equine therapy helps son

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Bernama - December 11, 2020 6:29 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: A 38-year-old mother from Kuala Kangsar, Perak threw herself into horse riding after she saw how equine therapy had significantly improved the life of her son, Harith Danial Heazar Ismail, 14, who was diagnosed with hyperactivity and autism.

Sharifah Noorfaslina says Harith Danial greatly benefitted from several sessions of equine therapy at Cape Cavallho Equestrian Club in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan

“After his first equine therapy session, he could speak in one short complete sentence compared to before where it was only one or two words.

“In fact, my son is significantly calmer after each session,” she says, explaining to Bernama that he is usually very hyperactive and prone to putting himself in physical danger...

Read more here:
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2020/12/11/mom-takes-up-endurance-riding-after-equine-therapy-helps-son/

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Key Dates for the 2021 FEI Senior World, FEI Young Rider World, and FEI Pan American Endurance Championships

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by USEF Endurance | Dec 8, 2020, 8:54 AM EST

The following application deadlines have been announced for the 2021 FEI Senior World, FEI Young Rider World, and FEI Pan American Endurance Championships.

2021 FEI SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Application Opening Date: Opened 1st September 2020

Early Application Deadline: 12th February 2021

Late Application Deadline: 17th March 2021

The 2021 FEI Senior World Championships will be held on May 22, 2021 in San Rossore, ITA. Additional information for these Championships can be found here.

The Selection Procedures for the 2021 Senior World Championships can be found here.

Applications for the 2021 Senior World Championships can be found on your USEF Athlete Dashboard here. Applications opened on 1st September 2020 and have an early application deadline of 12th February 2021 at 11:59 PM ET and a late application deadline of 17th March 2021 at 11:59 PM ET.

2021 FEI PAN AMERICAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Application Opening Date: Opened 1st November 2020

Early Application Deadline: 31st March 2021

Late Application Deadline: 29th April 2021

The 2021 FEI Pan American Endurance Championships will be held on July 28-29, 2021 in Campinas, BRA. Additional information for these Championships can be found here.

The Selection Procedures for the 2021 Pan American Endurance Championships can be found here.

Applications for the 2021 Pan American Endurance Championships can be found on your USEF Athlete Dashboard here. Applications opened on 1st November 2020 and have an early application deadline of 31st March 2021 at 11:59 PM ET and a late application deadline of 29th April 2021 at 11:59 PM ET.

2021 FEI JUNIOR & YOUNG RIDER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Application Opened: 7th December 2021

Early Application Deadline: 31st March 2021

Late Application Deadline: 29th April 2021

The 2021 FEI Junior & Young Rider World Championships will be held on September 6-11, 2021 in Ermelo, NED. Additional information for these Championships can be found here.

The Selection Procedures for the 2021 Junior & Young Rider World Championships can be found here.

Applications for the 2021 Junior & Young Rider World Championships can be found on your USEF Athlete Dashboard here. Applications opened on 7th December 2021 and have an early application deadline of 31st March 2021 at 11:59 PM ET and a late application deadline of 29th April 2021 at 11:59 PM ET.

FURTHER QUESTIONS

Please contact Project Director of High Performance Programs, Steven Morrissey, at smorrissey@usef.org should you have any questions.

Bahrain: Stage set for National Day Endurance Championship

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9 December 2020

The National Day Endurance Championship will be held tomorrow and on Friday, under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and Supreme Council for Youth and Sport chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) will organise the championship, sponsored by Batelco, at the Bahrain International Endurance Village.

Breef chairman Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa stressed commitment to implement the directives of Shaikh Nasser to ensure the success of the annual event...

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http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/909821/Stage-set-for-National-Day-Endurance-Championship

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Australia: History created at state champs

TATimes.com.au - Full Article

By Jeff Hanson - December 6, 2020

Liz Moir made the long trip to Tumut from Wauchope to compete at the NSW Endurance Riding Association (NSWERA) State Championships over the weekend, and in-turn created history, helping Baribo to overall line honours in the 160km event.

What makes the win extra special is that Baribo is a thoroughbred that is by King of Prussia, out of Torriva and though he won all of $500 as a racehorse, with two lasts and a second last from three starts, he did compete in a Group 3 event at Flemington.

Far from the world of group and listed thoroughbred racing, Baribo has now completed thousands of kilometres as an endurance competitor and is the first thoroughbred to be crowned the NSW State Champion.

“There has never been another thoroughbred with their name on the cup,” Moir said...

Read more here:
https://tatimes.com.au/history-created-at-state-champs/

The rate of South African equine exports is plummeting and jobs in the industry are haemorrhaging

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By Ruan Jooste • 8 December 2020

South Africa can’t export horses directly to the European Union, thanks to a leftover from an outbreak of African Horse Sickness in 2011. The World Health Organisation set up protocols on moving animals around the world and we have been stuck in limbo ever since. Whenever there’s an outbreak, a two-year ban starts again, and there have been a few outbreaks since then. When the ban is up, a country can apply for an audit, which can take up to nine months.

Although South Africa has been disease-free for some time now and an audit was scheduled in April to free up exports from the local industry, the Covid-19 lockdown threw a spanner in the works and it has been postponed indefinitely.

Coronavirus aside, the delay is mostly due to other “trade irritants”, as Peter Fabricius referred to in his report on the first ministerial conference between SA and the EU in four years, in July.

Adrian Todd, managing director of SA Equine Health and Protocols, tells me we have been willing and able to export horses since the end of 2018. We have been left with only one option: to send horses offshore via Mauritius. There is an agreement in place that allows us to do that.

They can’t go anywhere else directly. They can’t go from Mauritius to Dubai or from Mauritius to Australia – they have to go to Europe and then from Europe to the relevant places...

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https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-12-08-the-rate-of-south-african-equine-exports-is-plummeting-and-jobs-in-the-industry-are-haemorrhaging/

Friday, December 04, 2020

Equestrianists World Series Launched

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The Equestrianists WORLD SERIES
The World's greatest horse racing series

December 3 2020

Welcome to the new home of the world's toughest horse races. The Mongol Derby, created by The Adventurists in 2009, pioneered the new sport of long-distance multi-horse adventure racing. The Gaucho Derby took the format to Argentine Patagonia...

Today the Equestrianists World Series has been launched as a new company to pick up the baton and create the greatest equine racing series possible on our planet.

Our goal is to find and celebrate those unique places where horses, humans, and history coexist in cultures that have defined our relationship with these majestic animals through the ages. It’s a series of races that will test the horsemanship and endurance of riders in new and unprecedented ways. This is the Equestrianists World Series.

And as if that wasn’t enough, we’re letting you in on the fact that we have begun the planning for the next race in the series - in North America. Stay tuned for details…

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Great Britain: Intrepid Perthshire horse rider wins international literary award

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by Gayle Ritchie
December 2 2020

A book about the adventures of a Perthshire horse rider, her rescue pony and deaf dog has won an international literary award.

In 2017, Karen Inkster completed a mission which saw her travel the length of the Outer Hebrides with her Standardbred Connie and collie Pip to raise more than £6,000 for Riding for the Disabled and Dogs Trust.

Karen, 45, went on to give talks about the trip and wrote a book about her adventure called The Deaf, The Daft and The Ditsy, donating proceeds from both to charities.

The gruelling 16-day journey saw the daring trio trek 270km from Vatersay near Barra to Stornoway, visiting 13 islands along the way.

Karen, who lives near Dunkeld, named the book The Deaf, The Daft and The Ditsy primarily due to Pip being hard of hearing and Connie being described as a bit “ditsy...”

Read more here:
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/1782451/perthshire-horse-rider-award/

World endurance champs pushes through trying times to mark discipline’s “rebirth”

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article April 12, 2021 Horsetalk.co.nz The organisers of next month’s Longines FEI Endurance World Championsh...