Lausanne (SUI) 26-27 March 2018

Dear esteemed colleagues, equestrian professionals and enthusiasts,

Welcome to the FEI Sports Forum 2018 platform!
It is that time of year again, when we can sit down together to discuss, debate and plan the future of equestrian sport. Since launching the FEI Sports Forum in 2012, we have carefully crafted each edition to look at our processes, our rules and our status quo to see where and how we can optimise our sport.

This year we have a really exciting programme with a focus on Youth dominating the first day alongside a diverse range of topics vital for the wellbeing of our sport. As you may know, the FEI Sports Forum is an integral part of the FEI’s decision making process and an important platform for dialogue and consultation.

For the Youth sessions, we have invited young athletes from around the world representing all of the FEI disciplines to present some of the major challenges in the sport for an up and coming athlete – this includes the relevance of age categories, competition formats, the transition  between categories  and the  way we present the sport. These young athletes have vital insights into the pathways and the obstacles for the next generation and they are keen to find solutions that we – as global sport and  community – can implement to  make sure we are providing the future generation with the right tools and processes to succeed in equestrian sport.

We often say we are a team sport – and alongside the valuable contributions of young athletes at this Sports Forum we will also be hearing from experts and seasoned professionals on the topics of Eventing Risk Management and Athlete Welfare with a focus on concussion, medication & recreational drugs and the IOC’s toolkit regarding harassment & abuse.

We have also scheduled updates from our Officials and Dressage Judges Working Groups. Both Working Groups were established to ensure that these vital members of our community have the tools, processes and procedures in place in order to fulfil their remit and we are looking forward to sharing with you their latest findings.

And last but not least, we are pleased to present updates on two major events this year, with IOC Head of Competitions & Operations Antoine Goetschy and David Lukes, IOC Head of Summer Sports and IF Relations giving a progress report on the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games on Day 1. This will be followed by a comprehensive update on activities regarding the FEI World Equestrian™ 2018 in Tryon including thorough research on climate data and guidelines.

You will find all the information you need here on this platform including the detailed timetable, information on each of the sessions, key deadlines, contact information, travel, accommodation and fees for registration, which this year also includes a reduced rate for younger delegates (U25) in keeping with our Youth focus and in order to encourage as many young athletes and equestrian professionals to join us for these important discussions on our collective future. As you will also see, we will be live streaming the FEI Sports Forum once again, so for those unable to join us here in Lausanne, we hope you will follow the discussions online. This is a live platform so we will be updating this regularly with additional information as it becomes available.

We look forward to seeing you in Lausanne (or online) for the seventh edition of the FEI Sports Forum! 

Sabrina Ibáñez

FEI Secretary General

Ingmar De Vos
FEI President

    Last update: 25 March 2018
Day 1 08:15 - 18:00 IMD, M100 Auditorium
Monday 26 March 2018
08:15 Registration opens - Welcome Coffee
09:00 Welcome / Opening by the Ingmar De Vos, FEI President followed by Ina Toegel, IMD Prof. of Leadership and Organisational change
09:30 Session 1: Youth Olympic Games 2018 and future
10:00 Session 2: Youth
11:00 Coffee break presented by Twelfth//.an
11:30 Session 2: Youth (cont'd)
13:00 Lunch - IMD Foyer
14:00 Session 2: Youth (cont'd)
16:00 Coffee break presented by Le Carlton Boutique Hotel Lausanne
16:30 Session 3: Athlete Welfare / 1. Harassment & Abuse IOC Toolkit
17:15 Closing remarks & wrap-up of the day
19:30 FEI Official Dinner - Aquatis Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne
Day 2 08:30 - 18:00 IMD, M100 Auditorium
Tuesday 27 March 2018
08:30 Registration opens - Welcome Coffee
09:00 Session 3: Athlete Welfare / 2. Concussion & Return to Play / 3. Medication & Recreational drugs
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Session 4: Eventing Risk Management
12:00 Session 5: FEI Officials
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Session 6: Optimising performance in a challenging climate
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Session 7: FEI Dressage Judging Working Group Findings
17:00 Closing remarks
17:30 END
18:30 FAREWELL COCKTAIL at the FEI Headquarters, HM King Hussein I Building
Lunches & Dinners
26 & 27 March 2018

Lunches will be served either in the Foyer or at the Restaurant of IMD.

26 March 2018

The Official evening will be held at "Aquatis Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne"

Aquatis is a unique concept in Switzerland and in Europe. It stages live animals with a totally immersive and interactive scenography using innovative digital technologies. It is positioned as Europe's largest freshwater Aquarium-Vivarium. The evening will be organised as a cocktail reception in the entire space of the Aquarium.

More information about transportation will be given at a later stage.

27 March 2018

Traditionally, the Farewell Cocktail Dinner will take place at the FEI Headquarters, HM King Hussein I Building from 18:30 to 22:00.

Almost 250 delegates from over 50 nations representing many different interests and stakeholder groups in the sport travelled to Lausanne (SUI) for the seventh edition of the FEI Sports Forum. Every year the FEI Sports Forum provides an open platform to the global equestrian community to discuss and debate the future of the sport and to have an influence on the policies and rules which are then put to the vote at the annual FEI General Assembly in November. It is a crucial piece of the FEI’s governance and decision making process, providing a transparent and open forum for discussion. The FEI Sports Forum is open to all and for those unable to attend, a live stream (and replay function) as well as extensive supporting documentation is published and accessible in the corresponding tabs below.