27 March 2018
27 March 2018 Author: fei

Since the Working Group on FEI Officials began its work 18 months ago, 13 recommendations for improvements to the appointment, education, and evaluation of FEI Officials have been developed. Mark Samuel (CAN), FEI 2nd Vice President and Chair of the FEI Officials Working Group provided an update on progress, details of which are available in the supporting document "The Recommendations" (below).

Details were also provided on a new position that will be created at FEI HQ for an individual who will oversee FEI Officials and their career development, and who will deliver on recommendations of the Officials Working Group.

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Mark Samuel (CAN), FEI 2nd Vice President, Chair of Regional Group IV, and Chair of the FEI Officials Working Group said: “The FEI will be appointing a Head of FEI Officials, based at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne, who will be entirely responsible for FEI Officials’ education and development pathways. The FEI plans to extend the number of FEI Officials in FEI events across all disciplines as equestrian sport grows worldwide. We are therefore focusing on delivering more of our education material for our Officials on FEI Campus, the free e-learning gateway launched last year.”

FEI Campus is an FEI Solidarity project ( and is expected to become the virtual reference point for millions of equestrian fans globally, as well as for athletes and FEI Officials. Get in the know with FEI Campus:  

Soenke Lauterbach (GER), Secretary General of the German Equestrian Federation and a member of the FEI Officials Working Group: “FEI Campus is a great on-line platform designed for FEI Officials with blended learning in mind. Language training has also been highlighted today as a key part of our international FEI Officials’ skills set. We urge FEI Officials to sign up for these subsidised courses offered on FEI Campus.”

Göran Akerström, FEI Veterinary Director: “The mentoring and evaluation of candidates for FEI Veterinarians is vital. We will be implementing systems for all of our disciplines into 2019.”


Panel: (Members of the FEI Officials Working Group)
Mark Samuel (CAN), FEI 2nd Vice-President, Chair of Group IV and Chair of the FEI Officials Working Group.
Soenke Lauterbach (GER), Secretary General, German Equestrian Federation
Peter Bollen (BEL), President of the Association of Jumping Organisers (AJO)
Frances Hesketh-Jones (ITA) FEI Jumping Course Director.
Brigitte Mathias (NAM) Secretary General, the Namibian Equestrian Federation

Supporting documents:


Executive Summary