Department updates in Main Driving

  • 7 Feb 2024
    Creation of an FEI Driving Working Group

    Dear FEI Driving Community,

    Please be informed that following the publication of the FEI Driving Dressage Modification policy  last year and the ongoing review of the Driving Dressage tests, a working group will be formed to create the new 2* and 3* Horse and Pony Pair Dressage test. The aim is to publish the new dressage test at the end of 2024, for implementation as of 1 January 2025.
     
    To ensure a comprehensive and collaborative approach, we are inviting applications for various positions within the working group.
     
    The following functions are open for applications: 

    • A Driving Trainer recommended and supported by their National Federation.
    • An FEI level 4 Driving Judge.
    • Two top-level Athletes from each Driving class (two for Pony Pair, two for Horse Pair) of the last World Championship, who finished among the top 20.

    Applications are open from 7 February to 7 March 2024.
     
    We strongly encourage individuals who meet the eligibility criteria, and have relevant expertise in any of the above functions, to apply for these positions. For additional information regarding application requirements, please refer to the FEI Driving Dressage Modification policy and the application form attached.
     
    Please also note that the application period will strictly adhere to the specified dates mentioned above.
     
    If you are interested in applying, kindly complete the attached application form and submit it to driving@fei.org by the given deadline.

    All applications will be carefully considered in order to ensure a balanced and competent working group.
     
    Should you have any further questions or require additional information, please feel free to reach out to the FEI Driving department at driving@fei.org.
     
    We look forward to receiving your application and working together to create a new dressage test.

  • 11 Dec 2023
    Draft Schedules 2024 now available on Inside.FEI.org

    The updated Draft Schedules 2024, to be used for all International Events taking place next year, are now available on Inside.FEI.org.
    Below you will find the direct links to the Draft Schedules for each Discipline as well as the relevant contact email should you require further information and/or assistance: 
    Click here for Dressage
    Person in charge: philippe.maynier@fei.org

    Click here for Para Dressage
    Person in charge: laetitia.gillieron@fei.org

    Click here for Vaulting
    Person in charge: laetitia.gillieron@fei.org

    Click here for Driving and here for Para Driving
    Contact email: driving@fei.org

    Click here for Endurance
    Contact email: endurance@fei.org

    The online schedules for Jumping and Eventing have also been updated.
    Contact email for Jumping: jumping@fei.org

    Contact email for Eventing: eventingschedules@fei.org

  • 17 Nov 2023
    Campaign launch "Think OutsideThe Box  "

    We are pleased to inform you that the FEI will be launching a new campaign tomorrow called “Think Outside The Box” to raise awareness and provide solutions to minimise the risk of potential contamination and Equine Anti-Doping and Medication Controlled Regulations (EADMCR) violations, as well as potential health risks for horses, arising from certain behaviours and actions or lack-of in and around the stables.

    Initially created to attract the attention of the key stakeholders concerned by the EADMCRs ie riders, grooms and support personnel, and in a bid to inform and educate around contamination – often an unfortunate situation that could be avoided if the right precautions had been taken - the campaign was expanded to include general best-practice recommendations to make it relevant to the wider equestrian community and promote safety and wellbeing for horses, regardless of their competition status.

    A joint collaboration between the Education and Legal departments at the FEI, with very engaging and “shareable” content (you will be surprised by the video), we encourage all our stakeholders to join us in the promotion of this campaign so we can reach as many people as possible, and hopefully reduce contamination cases emanating from ill-informed behaviour, as well as providing the best practice recommendations to avoid contamination for horses out of competition and any potential health threats this might entail. 

    Dedicated Hub & Digital Assets To Download – English, French & Spanish
    We have created a dedicated portal - www.fei.org/think - available in three languages (English, French and Spanish) and have an array of digital assets which you can download and use on all your channels to proactively promote the campaign to you members, fans and followers. Download assets directly on www.fei.org/think #FEIThinkOutsideTheBox 

    They Support Us
    You will see on the portal, we have a section – They Support Us – where we have included the logos of all our Official Stakeholders, so please do let us know if you would like to be removed from this section, simply by contacting Sebastien.Goyon@fei.org and alternatively if you are not included in this section, and would like to be featured, please also contact Sebastien.Goyon@fei.org and let him know you would like to be added to that section with your logo.   

    Campaign Merchandising
    And finally, we have produced some bright and impactful merchandising for this campaign, which is available to all our “supporters” so please don’t to hesitate contact Sebastien.Goyon@fei.org with the relevant delivery address and we will send you a pack of stickers, caps and tote bags with campaign branding. 

    Ambassadors
    We are also on the lookout for ambassadors – so if you would like to nominate/introduce us to potential ambassadors for the campaign, we are open to suggestions! 

    EMBARGOED
    Please note all of the above is EMBARGOED until Friday 17 November 20:00 CET when the campaign is officially launched. We kindly ask that you refrain from posting any information, assets, visual, etc until 16:00 on Friday unless reposting from FEI channels.  

    #FEIThinkOutsideTheBox

  • 7 Nov 2023
    FEI Driving Youth Cup

    We are pleased to introduce a significant development in the world of FEI Driving—the FEI Driving Youth Cup. This project aims to address the evolving needs of young FEI Driving Athletes and open new opportunities for their growth in the sport.
     

    Over the past years, we have been witnessing the quality and skills of young Driving athletes substantially evolve. With the FEI Driving European Championships for Youth taking place every two years, and being accessible only to European athletes, it was important for us to come up with an annual event for young athletes from all around the world, to further promote the global expansion of our sport.
     

    With a format that is easily manageable, cost and time effective for organisers, athletes and all stakeholders involved, the FEI Driving Youth Cup is not just an additional competition; it's a project with immense potential with positive ramifications for the future of Driving.
     

    This new competition format provides an opportunity to explore new facets of the Driving discipline and to move Single Horse/Pony classes to the forefront. After first having introduced this project at the FEI Driving Forum in April 2023, where it received positive feedback from the community, the FEI Board officially approved the creation of the FEI Driving Youth Cup during its spring in-person meeting this year. In order to now prepare the official launch in 2025 of this event, the FEI will organise several test events during the course of 2024.
     

    We invite all organisers interested in finding out more, or in being a part of this adventure by hosting a leg of the FEI Driving Youth Cup, to consult the presentation and the Rules here and to contact Aude Barby for further questions.
     

    We look forward to working together with all interested, to provide further opportunities and support to our young FEI Driving athletes.

  • 31 Aug 2023
    FEI Calendar 2024 deadline - Reminder

    We wish to remind you that in accordance with Art. 112 of the FEI General Regulations, the dates for all 2024 International Events must be entered into the FEI online Calendar through FEI Database before 01 October. Exceptionally this year, the deadline is postponed to Monday, 02 October 2023 midnight CEST.

     

    At 23:59 CEST on 02 October 2023, the 2024 online Calendar will be blocked. Any modification requested after the deadline will need to be addressed to the FEI by email (calendar@fei.org) using the Calendar Form available on FEI Documents.

     

    You will find the full Memo which can also be accessed via the FEI Calendar here.

  • 30 Aug 2023
    FEI Board Resolutions, 29 August 2023 - Driving

    The FEI Board held a teleconference on 29 August. The main resolutions taken on this occasion are listed below.

    Allocation of FEI-Named Events

    FEI Driving World Cup™ 2024/25
    The Board allocated the FEI Driving World Cup™ 2024/25 Qualifiers to the following Organisers:

    • Lyon (FRA), 30 October – 3 November 2024
    • Maastricht (NED), 7-10 November 2024
    • Stuttgart (GER), 13-17 November 2024
    • Stockholm (SWE), 28 November – 1 December 2024
    • Geneva (SUI), 7-10 December 2024
    • London (GBR), 18-21 December 2024
    • Mechelen (BEL), 26-30 December 2024
    • Leipzig (GER), 15-19 January 2025

    FEI Annual Report 2022
    The Board approved the FEI Annual Report 2022. The Annual Report will be published online here in the coming days.

  • 24 Aug 2023
    FEI confirms bidders for FEI World Championships 2026

    The FEI has today confirmed the shortlisted bidders for the FEI World Championships 2026. The shortlist comprises five Organising Committees who have applied to host events in various disciplines, as follows:

    • Aachen (GER) – Jumping, Dressage, Para Dressage, Eventing, Driving Four-in-Hand, Vaulting
    • Boekelo (NED) – Eventing
    • Burghley (GBR) – Eventing
    • Al Ula (KSA) – Endurance
    • Samorin (SVK) – Endurance

    The FEI Board will allocate the FEI World Championships 2026 at its in-person Board Meeting on 18 November 2023 in Mexico City (MEX), following a thorough review by the FEI Evaluation Commission and taking into account recommendations by the Technical Committees.

    Following three decades of a unique host formula for senior World Championships under the FEI World Equestrian Games™ format, in 2022 the FEI returned to a more flexible approach accepting single and multiple World Championship bids with a focus on catering to the needs and specificities of each discipline. Herning (DEN) hosted hugely successful events in Jumping, Dressage, Para Dressage, and Vaulting whereas Eventing and Driving Four-in-Hand competitions took place at Pratoni Del Vivaro (ITA), venue of the 1960 Olympic equestrian events. The FEI Endurance World Championships 2022 were held at Butheeb (UAE) last February.

    “We are very pleased with the variety of bids we have received,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “Following the outstanding FEI World Championships 2022 organised in Denmark, Italy and the UAE, we are confident this flexible approach with single and multiple bids serves not only the sport, but also the fans and the development of equestrian around the world, allowing different nations and venues to bid to host a major FEI event.”

    Olympic qualifications
    The FEI World Championships 2026 in Jumping, Dressage, Para Dressage, and Eventing will be the first qualifying events for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    A bit of history
    The FEI World Championships have a long history.

    Dressage is the FEI discipline with the longest tradition of Championships. A Grand Prix de Dressage, organised in Lucerne (SUI) as early as 1927, had hosted 12 riders representing five nations.

    Official FEI Dressage Championships were organised on all non-Olympic years between 1930 and 1939 in Switzerland, France, Austria, Hungary, Germany, and Great Britain. The last such event took place in August 1939, only days before the outbreak of World War II.

    The FEI tried to revive the event after the war with limited success. Participation gradually improved and European Championships were organised in 1963, which led to the first FEI Dressage World Championship held in Bern (SUI) three years later.

    The first Para Dressage Championship, which took place under the leadership of the FEI, was held in July 2007 only a year after Para Equestrian came under the FEI umbrella. The event enjoyed a truly international representation gathering 133 athletes from 35 nations. Since 2010, FEI Dressage and Para Dressage Championships are being held concurrently.

    The first FEI Jumping World Championship was organised in June 1953 at the Parc des Princes stadium in the south west of Paris (FRA). The event was drastically different from its modern equivalent as only 19 athletes from 11 countries, including Yugoslavia, Cambodia and the USA, competed. No women took part since female riders would not be able to enter Jumping competitions until 1956.

    The first FEI Eventing World Championship was organised in 1966, the same year as the first FEI Dressage World Championship, at the beautiful estate of Lord Burghley in Lincolnshire, Great Britain. The Championship gathered 39 athletes representing five nations: Argentina, Great Britain, Ireland, USA, USSR.

    The previous year the FEI had established the configuration according to which World Championships in the Olympic discipline of Jumping were held every four years in the non-Olympic even years and continental championships were organised in the odd years. This pattern is still in use today for all the FEI Olympic and Paralympic disciplines.

    The non-Olympic disciplines
    The first edition of the FEI Driving World Championship for Four-in-Hand was held in 1972 in Münster (GER) two years after Driving had become an FEI discipline. Since then, the event continues to be organised every two years.

    Endurance became an FEI discipline in 1982, one year before Vaulting. The championship histories of these two non-Olympic disciplines have run in parallel from the start with World Championships organised every other year on even years.

    FEI Endurance European Championships had been held in 1984 and 1985 until the first FEI Endurance World Championship was organised in September 1986 at Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA).

    In 1983, one year after Driving, Vaulting also joined the FEI. In 1984 the first FEI Vaulting European Championship was organised and was followed by another European edition in 1985. This second European edition was open to the rest of the world. A strong showing from the USA convinced the FEI the time had come for a World Championship. The first FEI Vaulting World Championship took place in in the small Swiss town of Bulle from 18 to 20 July 1986.

    FEI World Equestrian Games 1990 - 2018
    The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were held in the Swedish capital Stockholm with the 1912 Olympic stadium as the main venue. On the initiative of the then-FEI President HRH Prince Philip, the World Championships in all the FEI discipline were held in the same city from 14 July to 5 August 1990. Given the smooth organisation and success of these Games, what should have been a one-off event, was extended and seven more editions took place in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) in 2002, Aachen (GER) in 2006, Lexington, KY (USA) in 2010, Normandy (FRA) in 2014, and Tryon, NC (USA) in 2018. Please click here to visit the FEI History Hub where you will find more details about FEI World Championships.

  • 7 Jul 2023
    FEI Tack, Equiment and Dress Database and FEI TackApp

    Following the successful launch of the FEI Tack, Equipment & Dress Database and its mobile version the FEI TackApp, the FEI would like to provide the community with an update and clarification, following several queries received from different stakeholder groups.

     

    The FEI Tack, Equipment & Dress Database is still in its first phase of development, as tack, equipment and dress items are currently being entered into the system. This entails uploading existing tack, equipment and dress items with accompanying photographs and/or videos across all FEI disciplines and marking them as “Permitted”, “Not Permitted”, “Not Applicable”, with exceptions where required.

     

    Due to the high number of tack that is being used, or is attempted to be used, in FEI Competitions, this first phase of populating the Database will continue in the following months. Please note that pending items, which have not yet had their designation processed by the FEI, are temporarily marked as “Not Applicable (N/A)”. The FEI is currently developing an additional designation “Pending Review”, which will be used for those items so that the “N/A” designation can be used for items that are truly Not Applicable, i.e. not used in certain FEI disciplines.

     

    This first phase is the most time consuming and once concluded, the number of new items being uploaded to the Database will diminish significantly. Once the first phase is concluded, a thorough review will be carried out to ensure consistency across disciplines and a good quality of photographic and video content. Each time a new item of tack, equipment and dress is added or amended, it will appear in the “Recently Updated” section of the Database.

     

    Following an FEI decision, all “Not Applicable (N/A)” items which will be marked as “Not Permitted” items, will be uploaded into the Database only once a month i.e. on the first Monday of each month. These items will appear in the “Recently Updated” section of the Database. This will allow all stakeholders to acquaint themselves with any new item that may be relevant to them for upcoming competitions. At a later stage, the FEI aims to develop notification alerts which users will be able to activate for their respective discipline(s), when a new item (marked “Not Permitted”) is added. All other “Permitted” items will be uploaded into the Database on a regular basis. Together with items being amended during the final review, “Permitted” items will also appear in the “Recently Updated” section of the Database.

     

    The FEI will continue with developing new features of the FEI Tack, Equipment & Dress Database, to further enhance its practicality and usefulness. In the future, FEI Officials and others will be able to submit new items of tack, equipment and dress directly to the FEI via the FEI TackApp for review and eventual designation in the Database.

     

    In the meantime, we are grateful for your patience while the Database is being populated and perfected. We strive to make the FEI Tack, Equipment & Dress Database and its mobile version, the FEI TackApp, an essential, indispensable and user-friendly tool for FEI Officials, Athletes, their Support Personnel and other stakeholders. 

  • 28 Jun 2023
    FEI Rules Revisions 2023

    The Rules Revision Process 2023 is well underway with the first draft of the proposed changes now available to National Federations and Stakeholders for review and feedback by 16 August 2023 prior to being submitted to the General Assembly for approval in November as per the timeline below: 
    1 March 2023
    National Federations and Stakeholders with whom the FEI has signed an MOU have the opportunity to propose Rules changes as per the FEI Periodical Rules Revision Policy.
    28 June 2023
    The FEI provides National Federations and Stakeholders with the first Draft of proposed Rules change.
    IMPORTANT
    The 1st Draft of proposed Rules changes Memos as well as the Templates to provide feedback by 16 August 2023 can be found HERE. ONLY proposals submitted online on the Rules Revision Platform using the respective Templates will be accepted.
    16 August 2023
    National Federations and Stakeholders are given seven weeks to review the first Draft and the proposed amendments in this first Draft and make comments and/or propose any changes in relation to the first Draft.
    24 October 2023
    Final Draft of the proposed Rules changes is provided to National Federations and Stakeholders.
    20 November 2023
    Rules Session at FEI General Assembly in Mexico City (MEX).
    21 November 2023
    Voting of Rules at the FEI General Assembly.

    For more information on the FEI Rules Revision processes and timelines, click here.

    If you have any questions please contact the FEI Director Governance & Institutional Affairs at Francisco.lima@fei.org

  • 26 Jun 2023
    FEI Driving World Cup™ 2024/2025 Season (Qualifiers), Launch of bid process

    The Bid Process for the Qualifiers of the

    • FEI Driving World CupTM 2024/2025 Season is now open.

    Bids can be initiated by any interested party by uploading the Application Form (available to download via the FEI Online Bid Platform) to the FEI Online Bid Platform. All bids must be validated by the relevant National Federation via the FEI Online Bid Platform. The deadline to submit bids is Friday, 28 July 2023
    The applicable bid process timeline is the following:
    Application Phase
    MONDAY 26 JUNE 2023
    Opening of the Bid Process 

    • Applications must be made via the FEI Online Bid Platform.
    • Bidders must upload the relevant Application Form (available to download on the FEI Online Bid Platform) and any additional documents (photographs, presentations etc.) via the FEI Online Bid Platform when submitting their application.
    • All applications/bids must be endorsed by the relevant National Federation via the FEI Online Bid Platform.
    • A short tutorial on how to use the FEI Online Bid Platform can be accessed by clicking here.

    FRIDAY 28 JULY 2023 
    Deadline for receipt of applications.
    All applications to be submitted by the FEI Online Bid Platform.

    Review of Bids
    The FEI reserves the right to create a shortlist of candidates based on its initial review of the Applications/Bids received. 
    END JULY 2023 
    Draft Host Agreement provided to (shortlisted) candidates. 
    JULY – AUGUST 2023 
    FEI and Driving Technical Committee evaluation of shortlisted bid. 
    18 AUGUST 2023 
    Deadline for Host Agreement to be signed by Organiser and National Federation and returned to the FEI.

    Allocation
    29 AUGUST 2023
    Allocation decision* by FEI and announcement of the Organisers of the FEI Driving World CupTM 2024/2025 Season.
     
    *The FEI reserves the right to allocate a Qualifier(s) at an earlier or later date depending on the progress of the application/review process.

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