Welcome to the FEI Sports Forum 2017 platform. As you will see, we have a very busy and information packed schedule with Day 1 sessions focusing on all things Jumping and Day 2 looking at a myriad of topics including the FEI Officials Working Group, risk factors and bone injuries in Endurance, Eventing risk assessment and findings from the Dressage Judges Working Group.
Since being launched in 2012, the FEI Sports Forum has become an essential tool in our decision making process and an important platform for dialogue and consultation with the community. We are fortunate to have a sport that is growing, but we are also part of the very competitive sporting industry so we must ensure that we have solid foundations to sustain this growth as well as remaining attractive and appealing to our fans, the media, prospective sponsors, athletes, organisers and other stakeholder groups.
During Day 1, we will be discussing the future of Jumping with regards to the FEI Nations Cup™ series; the invitation system and the CSI/CSIO requirements and the way the latter will be integrated in the new system; opportunities for youth; and, a session on dress code at Jumping events in order to explore trends and new opportunities in the way we present our athletes and sport. These are all conversations we, as a community, need to have as they are part of the foundations and promotion of Jumping.
Day 2 is very much dedicated to education, information dissemination and the presentation of findings from various experts, stakeholder and FEI Working Groups. Equestrian sport is all about team work with many different roles and responsibilities and in order to ensure that all the different parties are able to achieve the goals set we need to take a look at the various processes and make improvements when and where necessary.
Our Officials play a vital role in the safeguard of integrity at events and it is our duty to protect them and provide the right tools and procedures so that they can fulfil their remits. The same is applicable to Judges in Dressage and this is why we set up these respective Working Groups - in order to identify the weaknesses in the system and propose solutions. Our duty to the safety and welfare of the horse and our athletes is paramount in everything we do, and education is key to ensuring that. The sessions on risk factors and bone injuries in Endurance and Eventing risk assessment reflect this duty we have to our athletes. Some formidable speakers and experts will be presenting these topics which I am sure will be extremely insightful and useful for any future decisions in the field of safety and welfare.
Information relating to the sessions as well as supporting documents for the FEI Sports Forum are provided here on this platform along with deadlines, congress fees and any other relevant information related to your visit to Lausanne.
For those unable to attend, we are also delighted to announce that all the sessions will be streamed live on inside.fei.org and the FEI YouTube channel. While watching, viewers will also have the opportunity to ask questions via the comments section on YouTube and relevance/time permitting, we will then direct these to the panel during the Q&A at the end of each session. We want these discussions to be as interactive and inclusive as possible so we encourage all those interested in the specific topics that are unable to attend to follow it live and ask their questions right then and there on the FEI YouTube channel.
We are looking forward to all the debates and feedback around the topics selected for this year’s Forum and would like to encourage everyone to contribute to the conversation and voice their opinions so that the Forum continues to serve the purpose it was created for. And last, but not least, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the speakers and experts from various fields who have accepted our invitation to be moderators, panellists, and rapporteurs during the FEI Sports Forum 2017.
FEI Secretary General
|Ingmar De Vos
Monday 10 April 2017
|08:15 - 18:00||IMD, M100 Auditorium|
|08:15||REGISTRATION - WELCOME COFFEE|
|09:00||WELCOME / OPENING BY Ingmar DE VOS, FEI PRESIDENT
followed by Dominique TURPIN, DEAN OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS FACULTY
|09:30||Session 1: FUTURE OF FEI NATIONS CUP™ JUMPING|
|11:30||Coffee break presented by SAP|
|12:00||Session 2: CSI INVITATION SYSTEM|
|13:00||Lunch - IMD Foyer|
|14:00||Session 3: CSI / CSIO REQUIREMENTS|
|15:30||Coffee break presented by IRIS|
|16:00||Session 4: JUMPING DRESS CODE|
|17:00||Session 5: JUMPING YOUTH DEVELOPMENT followed by wrap up of day 1|
|19:30||FEI OFFICIAL DINNER at the Lausanne Palace|
Tuesday 11 April 2017
|08:30 - 17:30||IMD, M100 Auditorium|
|09:00||Session 6: OFFICIALS|
|10:30||Coffee break presented by SAP|
|11:00||Session 6: OFFICIALS cont'd|
|12:00||Session 7: FEI DRESSAGE JUDGING WORKING GROUP FINDINGS|
|13:00||Lunch presented by ARIAT - IMD Restaurant|
|14:00||Session 8: EVENTING RISK MANAGEMENT|
|15:30||Coffee break presented by IRIS|
|16:00||Session 9: ENDURANCE: RISK FACTORS & BONE INJURY followed by wrap up of day 2|
|18:30||FAREWELL COCKTAIL at the FEI Headquarters, HM King Hussein I Building|
Lunches will be served at IMD Lausanne: in the Foyer on 10 April, at their restaurant on 11 April.
The Official Dinner will be held at the Lausanne Palace on 10 April. Shuttles will be organised as follows:
Buses will leave at 7pm, please make sure to be on time.
Traditionally, the Farewell Cocktail Dinner will take place at the FEI Headquarters, HM King Hussein I Building.
As you will see, day 1 is dedicated to the sport of Jumping, with discussions on the future of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping, the online invitation system, CSI/CSIO requirements, Dress Code and a focus on Events aimed at Youth. On day 2, a variety of topics will be covered, namely: Officials, findings from the Dressage Judging Working Group, Risk factors and Bone fatigues in Endurance, and Eventing Risk Management. Short summaries of the sessions are outlined below. Specific documentation/annexes relating to the various sessions as well as more detailed information regarding the panellists and speakers will be added to the summaries on 13 March.
All meetings will be held at IMD, International Institute for Management Development, in the M100 Auditorium of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center, Ch. Bellerive 34, 1007 Lausanne. IMD is a ten-minute walk from the hotels.
All sessions will be live streamed on the FEI YouTube Channel, providing viewers the opportunity to ask questions directly to the panels and experts via the YouTube comments section.
Day 1 - The topics that will be addressed during the FEI Sports Forum are outlined below:
Please make sure to scroll down or click here to jump to the end of the Jumping Sessions where we have published a series of documents received from our Stakeholders.
Presentations on CSI Invitation System by FEI IT Department Team
This session will explore the parameters that influence dress code, i.e. safety, style and regulations and if trends in clothing, broadcast regulations and sports marketing would justify considering changes in the dress code for equestrian wear.
Jumping has a long tradition and so does its dress code. Style, heritage, functionality and safety are intrinsic to the way the riders dress during the competitions. Trends in other sports and the opinion of the various stakeholders will also be sought.
Session 4 - Panel
Robert Ridland, Chef d’équipe, USA
Michael Duffy, Rider
Guido Betti, Television and Marketing Director, FIVB
Matt Smith, Secretary General, FISA
Mikael Rentsch, FEI Legal Director
Virginie Couperie-Eiffel, Vice President FRA NF; President, Paris Eiffel Jumping
Ralph Straus, FEI Marketing Director – Moderator
This session will present the FEI Jumping Youth Development Working Group, its rationale, aims, achievements in 2016, plans for 2017 and other related news from the field and other disciplines.
Created to look specifically at youth related initiatives in line with Agenda 2020, the FEI Jumping Youth Development Working Group is made up of world remowned athletes Ludo Philippaerts (BEL) and Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), and President of IEOA (International Equestrian Organisers Association) and FEI Jumping Committee member Peter Bollen (BEL).
Session 5 - Panel
Peter Bollen, Member, FEI Jumping Committee
Ludo Philippaerts, Athlete
Lisa Nooren, Athlete
Boy-Adrian Van Gelderen, Athlete
Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI Secretary General – Moderator
This section contains letters, emails, and various feedback received from National Federations and other stakeholders in connection with the topics, which will be debated during the first day of the FEI Sports Forum 2017 dedicated to Jumping.
Day 2 - The topics that will be addressed during the FEI Sports Forum are outlined below:
The second day of the FEI Sports Forum 2017 will start with a lengthy session on FEI officials. The Working Group on FEI Officials, which was set up following the discussions at last year’s Sports Forum and is chaired by Mark Samuel (CAN), will present its findings. These range on a variety of topics, such as officials’ recruitment, job descriptions, age limit, remuneration, and education. A discussion with the Forum’s delegates will follow, where the participants’ feedback on the progress to date, personal experiences, expectations, and recommendations for the Group’s further work will be welcomed.
Session 6 - Panel (members of Working Group on FEI Officials)
Peter Bollen, Member, FEI Jumping Committee
Sönke Lauterbach, Secreary General, GER NF
Brigitte Mathias, Secretary General, NAM NF
Mark Samuel, FEI Bureau Member; Chair, Working Group on FEI Officials – Moderator
The morning of the second day will conclude with a presentation on the initial findings of the Dressage Judges Working Group. The Group’s discussions, which have lasted for several months, were based on analytical studies of the current judging system and exploring judging systems used in other FEI disciplines, such as Reining and Vaulting.
During the Sports Forum session, Bettina de Rham, FEI Dressage Director and Frank Kemperman, Chair of the FEI Dressage Committee will focus on short-term and long-term solutions to address the issues encountered in Dressage judging, such as lack of transparency, consistency and clarity. The need to introduce a code of points and to concentrate further on education and training of judges across all levels are some of the long-term objectives proposed by the Working Group. The Sports Forum’s delegates feedback on the proposed measures and next steps will further inform the Group’s work.
The afternoon will begin with a session dedicated to Risk Management in Eventing.
The session will begin with a presentation of the risk management policy and programme implemented by the FEI to date, which will be followed by a discussion on the next steps, new proposals, and possible improvements. We encourage all the NFs to join in this important conversation to find out more about the FEI’s risk management initiatives and provide feedback and ideas.
Session 8 - Panel
Diarmuid Byrne, Equiratings
Sam Watson, Equiratings
Giuseppe Della Chiesa, Chair, FEI Eventing Committee and David O’Connor, Olympic medallist; Chair, FEI Risk Management Steering Group – Moderators
The last session will be dedicated to Endurance.
Professor Tim Parkin will present the first year’s results from the 2-year Global Endurance Injury Study which he has conducted with Dr Euan Bennet at the University of Glasgow where they have identified specific risk factors for endurance horses by studying large numbers of data from the FEI database.
Professor Chris Whitton from the University of Melbourne, one of the leading experts on skeletal injuries in the world, will present on bone fatigue and how existing injuries can cause Catastrophic Injuries. He will also present his program for trainers on how to prevent bone fatigue.
Chair of the FEI Veterinary Committee John McEwen and Chair of the FEI Endurance Committee Brian Sheenan will also be on the panel to moderate and present potential rule updates and measures to be implemented to reduce risks in Endurance at Endurance events. This session will also act an introduction to the Endurance Forum in Barcelona on 23-24 May 2017.
Session 9 - Panel
Dr Tim Parkin, Senior Lecturer, Equine Clinical Sciences, University of Glasgow; Global Endurance Injuries Study
Dr Euan Bennet, Research Assistant, Equine Clinical Sciences, University of Glasgow; Global Endurance Injuries Study
Prof. Chris Whitton, University of Melbourne
Brian Sheahan, Chair, FEI Endurance Committee and John McEwen, Chair, FEI Veterinary Committee - Moderators
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