The FEI has set aside a CHF 1 Million Solidarity Relief Fund for the equestrian community in Ukraine, following the invasion by Russian military forces.
The allocation was approved by the FEI Executive Board during a meeting convened on 28 February 2022, where members also unanimously condemned the invasion and agreed to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus from the 2022 FEI calendar.
“We are deeply concerned for the welfare of all Ukrainians and the entire equestrian community in Ukraine,” FEI President and Chair of the FEI Solidarity Committee Ingmar De Vos said.
“Their safety is very much our priority, and we are liaising closely with our key contacts in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to seek solutions to their most pressing needs."
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has also joined forces with the FEI Solidarity Relief Fund, establishing the USEF Ukraine Relief Fund to Support Ukraine horses and equestrians, with 100% of funds raised going to the FEI Solidarity Relief Fund to be distributed by the FEI.
“Sport is a network which relies and thrives on team spirit and camaraderie and it is through these important friendships that we can offer support and make a difference to the people of Ukraine in these challenging times.”
A dedicated email address UkraineSolidarity@fei.org has been set up for individuals to put forward their requests for financial and logistical aid.
The distribution of the FEI Solidarity Relief funding is being managed internally by the FEI with allocations made on a case by case basis, and approved by the FEI Executive Board.
The FEI is liaising closely with the Equestrian Federation of Ukraine, the EEF and stakeholders in neighbouring countries in order to facilitate and coordinate all logistical support. FEI Solidarity Director Jean-Philippe Camboulives (FRA) is also a member of the Supervisory Group for the Charity Foundation, an initiative set up and run by the UEF since the onset of the conflict aiming to connect individuals, businesses, and organisations with options to “offer help”, “ask for help” and “donate”.
Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation: Latest updates as well as how to offer/ask for help and donate.
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Ukrainian Equestrian Federation situation update, 19 March 2022: Progress report on the activities of the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation.
FEI Press Release, 30 March 2022: Joint statement FEI/EEF - Update on the situation in Ukraine and support to the Ukrainian equestrian community
USEF Press Release, 15 March 2022: USEF Establishes the USEF Ukraine Relief Fund to Support Ukraine Horses and Equestrians.
FEI Press Release, 2 March 2022: Russian and Belarusian Athletes, Horses & Officials prohibited from participating in FEI Events.
FEI Press Release, 28 February 2022: FEI removes all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus.