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FEI Dressage Handbook - Guidelines for Judging

Dressage as a sport is growing rapidly.
Many countries throughout the world are interested in training and competing as all levels, even at the highest. Therefore, it is important that all of us involved in the sport think and speak the same technical language and have the same foundation of basic principles.
This FEI Dressage Handbook is part of the globalisation policy of the FEI and will certainly improve the communcation related to judging, riding and training (extract from the Introduction of the Dressage Handbook)
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FEI Sustainability Handbook for Event Organisers

The wide outreach and influence of sports events means that they can act as catalysts for change within society and that gives us a responsibility we should all take very seriously. With this handbook, we are making a small step towards nurturing sustainability across the global equestrian community.

This handbook has been produced by the FEI with an aim to aid and encourage event organisers to implement various sustainability initiatives that will help reduce negative environmental impact of the events and create a positive social and economic legacy.
It introduces what Sustainability is and the different aspects that need to be borne in mind while preparing to adopt sustainability efforts. In addition, this handbook includes about 150 different initiatives that are graded on their ‘Awareness Potential’, ‘Impact Minimisation’, and ‘Ease of Implementation’. Event organisers can select the initiatives based on the priorities they have set themselves.
We encourage your feedback and suggestions so that this document can be developed further over time.
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Horsemanship Competence by Stefanie Krysiak, Master of Advanced studies in Sport Administration and Technology.

During the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Sports Forum on 4 April 2016 an issue was raised by Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat who stated: “People need to learn to follow procedures. Judges need to learn that, but one thing we cannot miss is the horsemanship these people should have. Yes we need rules, the rules are black and white, but we must not forget we have a horse in our sport. A living animal and the officials must understand the importance of horsemanship.”
However, a comprehensive understanding of horsemanship was lacking and resulted in the matter often being mystified. Consequently, a study was initiated by the FEI Education and Standards Department to assist in determining whether the concept of horsemanship could be defined more substantively and to develop a potential baseline understanding of the necessary skills, abilities and attributes for horsemanship competence. An in-depth literature review along with qualitative semi-structured interviews with one hundred and five individuals from six continents, thirty different countries, in eight equestrian disciplines and twenty-one different stakeholder perspectives were conducted to address this subject matter.
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Equestrian Surfaces - A Guide
This document has been produced by the Swedish Equestrian Federation’s reference group for riding surfaces. The reference group and its advisors include representatives of equestrian sport, riding schools and the Equestrian Federation, equine veterinary scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and specialists with extensive practical experience of riding arena construction. 
Traditionally, advice on the construction of riding arena surfaces have been based on experience and personal opinion, which can be subjective and lacking scientific rigour. In recent years this has changed, as research methods and equipment have been developed by scientists. This has allowed testing and analysis of riding surface properties, and their effects on the horse to be quantified. 
While this scientific work is still ongoing, the aim of the guide is to share current scientific data that applies to equestrian surfaces, in combination with practical know-how from experienced arena specialists. 
The FEI decided to finance a translation to English. The English version was reviewed by an international panel of leading biomechanics and equine surface researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom.
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Equine Surfaces White Paper
The FEI has since 2009 supported research into the effect of arena surfaces on the orthopaedic health of sport horses. The document you can access below summarises the findings of this research.
The white paper focuses on arena surfaces within the broad context of providing training and competition arenas for sport horses that facilitate maximal performance while minimizing the risk of injury. It includes a description of the physical properties of the surface that determine how the horse perceives the footing and the effects of the footing on the horse’s physiological and biomechanical responses. It also covers aspects of composition, construction, and maintenance that are necessary to build and maintain arenas with the desired physical properties. Current methods of measuring the physical properties of the surface are described using terms that are easily understood by riders, trainers, course designers and arena builders. It is hoped that this information will provide a basis to guide future progress in this area.
This white paper has been drafted as a collection of published scientific papers and data. It is considered a work in progress and will be updated as new scientific studies and surface data become available.
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Equestrian Sport at the Olympic Games, 1912-2008 by Max E. Ammann

Everything you ever needed to know about the equestrian events of the Olympic Games from 1912-2008, with hundreds of photos and detailed descriptions of the sport, the athletes and organisation of each edition of the Games including statistics and results. Written and compiled by the equestrian world’s most prolific historian, Max E. Ammann, this extensive 444 page historical excursion also reviews the equestrian events of the Paralympic Games since 1996.

The History of World, Continental, Regional FEI Championships
When young people start riding it is my belief that every one of them will cherish a small, perhaps unspoken, dream to one day stand on top of a podium in some foreign land and listen to the strains of their national anthem in recognition that they have reigned supreme and wrested the ultimate prize. This beautiful book is homage to those who have lived that dream and a wonderful historical record of the evolution of the championships which are now an integral part of our sport. (extract from FEI President, HRH Princess Haya, foreword).