Case Study - Palestine

Twelve members of Palestinian riding clubs took part in a four-day Level 1 FEI coaching course organised by FEI Solidarity in Jericho in May 2012.

Trainers are essential to the development of the equestrianism in Palestine, where the current level of education in the sport is very low.

Equestrian sport in Palestine is slowly developing thanks to Assan Bazlamit, President of the Palestinian National Federation, who is also an international judge and course designer. In 1994, he gave himself the objective of building a riding club, beginning with five horses and rudimentary jumps made from material he found on garbage heaps.

Today, two hundred riders participate in low-level competitions in Palestine but the difficult political climate makes the movement of horses in and out of the country very difficult. The FEI Solidarity Department will visit Palestine again in 2012 to draw up a national development plan for the sport.