Friday, April 28, 2023

FEI Sports Forum Tackles Welfare, Tech, Endurance Rule Revisions - Full Article

PUBLISHED April 26, 2023
WORDS BY Edited Press Release

“The [International Olympic Committee] president once told me that our sport and federation is by far the most complicated one in the Olympic movement,” Fédération Equestre Internationale President Ingmar De Vos said in his opening remarks at the FEI Sports Forum, held April 24-25 in Lausanne, Switzerland. “We have two athletes, six different sports and consequently the biggest variety of stakeholders that have a keen interest in what the FEI does. So having an open dialogue with all parties involved is key for the success of our sport and to make sure that what we decide is relevant.”

The FEI Sports Forum has been held annually since 2012, helping “community consultation [to] become the norm,” De Vos continued. “I believe we can say that we are in a constant ‘state of consultation.’ It became an integral part of how we operate, and this is probably also why the FEI is considered to be a leader in governance, but also why we as a sport have been able to overcome challenges so effectively...”

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

Australia: Far-A-Way look in their eyes

Sarah Sullivan Photography - Full Article

The four-day Easter Endurance Challenge at Imbil lived up to it’s reputation of almost 40 years as an inclusive ride. ERLE LEVEY camped out to experience the challenges of horses and riders.

“It’s a matter of keeping riding even though fatigue is setting in. That is part of a marathon. It is about helping each other, and keeping the horses ready for vetting.’’

Hope, enthusiasm and excitement, achievement, pleasure and pain. Not many events bring together so many competing emotions.

The beauty of nature and a rugged landscape, the physical and mental challenge of the ride, the confidence of community support, and the historical significance of the occasion.

The Far-A-Way Easter Endurance Challenge at Imbil lived up to its reputation of being a good test of horse and rider...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Oman’s Al Said brothers successfully complete Slovakia Endurance Race - Full Article

By: Times News Service

Muscat: Battling extreme cold and damp weather conditions, Oman’s riders, His Highness Sayyid Loay bin Ghalib Al Said and His Highness Sayyid Ali Ghalib Al Said, successfully completed the Samorin Endurance Race over a distance of 120km in Slovakia recently.

The brothers, who have an excellent endurance racing record in recent times, are currently preparing for the FEI 2024 World Endurance Championship in Monpazier, France, in September. The world championship race will be over 160km.

This was the second of the five endurance races, the siblings are competing to qualify for the worlds next year. Both the riders ended up with good timings to complete the four-stage race...

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Gabriela von Felten is Building an Endurance Legacy - Full Story

12 April 2023

We speak to the Swiss athlete...

The 80-hectares of Cavallon Farm in Bougnon, France is nestled on a gently sloping landscape, surrounded by large fields lined with trees where the horses are peacefully grazing. This is home for Gabriela von Felten, an Endurance rider representing Switzerland.

She finished the 2022 season ranked 35th in the world standings and recently returned from the Al Ula 120km Endurance competition in Saudi Arabia where she competed with Mirko du Cavallon.

“The race in Al Ula was mind blowing,” Von Felten said. “The beauty and the wildness of the desert is one of the most amazing I’ve seen. The course was very hard, more like a European race, because it was not flat at all and had a lot of deep sand."

She is eyeing the European Championships for Seniors in September and another strong showing there...

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Friday, April 07, 2023

Swiss, Middle Eastern Endurance Horses Found with Prohibited Substances

FEI Tribunal issues Consent Award in equine anti-doping case

03 April 2023
Author: FEI

The FEI Tribunal has issued a Consent Award in an equine anti-doping case involving a Banned Substance.

In this case, the horse Eryn (FEI ID 105SX59/SUI), tested positive for Flufenamic acid, a banned substance, following samples taken at the CEI1*100 Oberstammheim (SUI) on 20 August, 2022.

The athlete, Melania Vanina (FEI ID 10160936/SUI), admitted the rule violation and accepted the consequences. The horse had been provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification (26 September 2022 to 25 November 2022).

In its final decision the FEI Tribunal disqualified the horse from the event and imposed an 18-month ineligibility period on the athlete; the provisional suspension she already served shall be credited against the imposed ineligibility period. She was also fined CHF 5,000.

The full Decision is available here.

Separately, the FEI has announced new adverse analytical findings (AAF) involving equine prohibited substances. The Endurance cases below involve *Banned Substances and in each case the athlete and trainer have been provisionally suspended. The horses have also been provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification.

Case 2023/BS02:

Horse: Intruso Del Reparo (106GW63/BRN)

Person Responsible: Abrahim Alyahya (FEI ID 10204085/KSA)

Trainer: Khalifa Saad Sharida Mubarak (FEI ID 10043686/BRN)

Event: CEI1* 100 - Sakhir, Bahrain International Endurance Village (BRN), 08–10.12.2022

Prohibited Substance(s): Boldenone

Date of notification: 12 January 2023

Case 2023/BS01:

Horse: Zaime (106SS76/QAT)

Person Responsible: Mohd Jubal Ahmed Sayadur Rahman (FEI ID 10093895/QAT)

Trainer: Jassim Hilal H Abuhadoud (FEI ID 10030706/QAT)

Event: CEI1*100 - Doha, Mesaieed (QAT), 11–12.11.22

Prohibited Substance(s): 5α-estrane-3β, 17α-diol, Cobalt

Date of notification: 13 March 2023

Case 2023/BS03:

Horse: Hera Durances (106FU45/BRN)

Person Responsible: Abdulrahman Mohammed Alzayed (FEI ID 10026481/BRN)

Trainer: Muhammad Abbas Khalid (FEI ID 10220213/BRN)

Event: CH-M-E- Butheeb (UAE), 20-26.02.2023

Prohibited Substance(s): Stanozolol, 16-beta-hydroxystanozolol

Date of notification: 20 March 2023

Wednesday, April 05, 2023

Great Britain: Farewell to world medal-winning rider and long-term chef d’equipe - Full Article

Becky Murray
4 April, 2023 14:03

Liz Finney, the international endurance rider, former chair of the British Endurance Riding Association (BERA) and long-time chef d’equipe of the British endurance team, died on 19 March from pancreatic cancer. She was 77.

Liz Finney (née Eatough) grew up in Burnley, Lancashire, and began riding at a very early age with her mother, who was equally passionate about horses. Liz later passed on her love of horses to her daughters, Caroline and Debbie, and supported them in all their Pony Club and riding club adventures.

After attending Bradford University to study pharmaceuticals, Liz began working at ICI (now AstraZeneca), in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, where she met her future husband, Peter. They were married for 54 years and he was by her side when she died.

Liz worked as a pharmacist for most of her life, but her true calling was in the world of endurance riding...

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Sunday, April 02, 2023

Australia: Premier endurance ride on track for successful TQ 2023 - Full Article


The 57th Tom Quilty Gold Cup and National Championship is the premier event on the sports calendar for endurance horse riding in Australia and the TQ23 organising committee are working towards ensuring it will be a roaring success.

After this years’ Quilty was moved by the sport’s national body from Victoria to the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex just outside of Imbil, an enthusiastic band of club supporters has been working tirelessly since December last year organising the week of activities.

Club president and TQ23 event director Kim Moir said that, while the club took on organising the event on pretty late notice, the organising team had come together really well and were on track to ensure this year’s Quilty will be a fantastic success...

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Australia: Tribute for Ron Males 1931-2024 Ronald Philip OAM “Ron” Aged 92 years 18/10/1931 – 3/6/2024 Passed away peacefully at home. Nothing could probably better...