Lausanne (SUI) 15-16 April 2019

Please use the menu tabs below to navigate through the different sections of this edition where we have collated all the information relevant to the 2019 edition, from the logistics to all the Sessions documents (including the list of speakers and supporting documents).

Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Dear esteemed colleagues, equestrian professionals and enthusiasts,

Welcome to the FEI Sports Forum 2019 platform!
Since 2012, we have gathered annually to discuss, debate and plan the future of equestrian sport and, by doing so, effectively ensure that, as a community and as an industry, we stand together and we drive the sport together.
That time of year has come once again, and we are delighted to present you with the 2019 programme which has been carefully crafted in response to some of the challenges and questions we are facing as a sport. And it’s not always just about equestrian sport, but also the challenges the entire sporting industry is facing and even more generally, how can we be leaders in our domain and improve our performance, our integrity and our reliability as an institution of value and worth.
The first topic we will cover this year at the Sports Forum is very much one of those questions; gender equality. Even though equestrian is the only Olympic sport in which men and women compete on equal terms at all levels within the arena, we still have a lot to prove when it comes to representation in governance-related positions (Committees, NFs, etc.). We realise it is important to have policies and processes which can help shift the status quo, so how can/should we do this in our sport and in our governing bodies and representative committees?This session will be followed by an important session on preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including a progress report, climate mitigation plans and a presentation on optimising equine and human performance in a challenging climate. Horse welfare is at the forefront of all our endeavours and climate is a crucial question in the build up to Tokyo 2020.
The rest of the day will be dedicated to a review of the FEI’s legal system, including a proposed way forward regarding pony measurement, as well as sanctions and measures related to Eventing Risk Management. The closing session of the day will be on Reining, allowing for discussion on the future of the discipline.
The Sports Forum’s second day, Tuesday 16 April, will focus on Endurance. It is the first time that an entire Sports Forum day will be dedicated to a single topic, but in view of the turmoil in which the discipline has found itself in recent times, it is vital we take the time to reflect on the future in an open and responsive manner. The Endurance Temporary Committee will present an update on their work to date and will seek the participants’ feedback on their proposals and the way forward.
The FEI Sports Forum programme is a reflection of where we stand but importantly where we need to go and we are looking forward to your active participation and your precious input on all the topics for the 2019 FEI Sports Forum.
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 order to encourage as many young athletes and equestrian professionals to join us for these important discussions on our collective future. We will also be live streaming the FEI Sports Forum, 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 eighth edition of the FEI Sports Forum!

Ingmar De Vos, FEI President & Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI Secretary General

    Last update: 1 November 2019
Day 1   IMD, M100 Auditorium
Monday 15 April 2019
08:15 Registration opens - Welcome Coffee
09:00 Opening by the FEI President followed by a presentation from IMD representative
09:30 Session 1: Gender Equality
10:30 Coffee break presented by SAP


Session 2: Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Progress report
- Climate mitigation planning & optimising equine and human performance

12:30 Lunch - IMD Restaurant


Session 3: Review of Legal System
- Review of "Chapter VIII - The Legal System" of the FEI General Regulations
- Eventing Risk Management sanctions
- Pony measuring – proposed way forward

16:30 Coffee break presented by SAP
17:00 Session 4: Future of Reining
18:00 END
19:30 FEI Official Dinner - Hotel Royal Savoy - Dress code: Business attire
Day 2: Reshaping Endurance IMD, M100 Auditorium
Tuesday 16 April 2019
08:30 Registration opens - Welcome Coffee
09:00 Opening and Session 5: Qualification of Horses and Athletes: reducing welfare risks
11:00 Coffee break presented by IRIS
11:30 Session 6: Educating Officials and correct application of the rules
13:00 Lunch - IMD Restaurant
14:00 Session 7: Improvements and innovations to reshape Endurance
15:30 Coffee break presented by IRIS
16:00 Session 8: Wrap-up by the Secretary General and open Q&A
18:00 END
18:30 FAREWELL COCKTAIL at the FEI Headquarters, HM King Hussein I Building - Dress code: Smart Casual
Lunches & Dinners
Monday 15 April

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

The Official Dinner will be held at the Hotel Royal Savoy from 19:30. The Royal Savoy is located just in front of the FEI Headquarters.

Tuesday 16 April

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

All documentation (list of speakers, supporting documents, presentations and any additional documents) from the various sessions is published and accessible in the corresponding tabs below.

Session breakdown:

28 FEBRUARY 2019

Please use the online registration system that will enable you to register for the FEI Sports Forum and book your hotel room (if necessary).
If you need any assistance during the online registration process, do not hesitate to contact

15 MARCH 2019

Specific documents related to the sessions will be available in "Session Documents".

29 MARCH 2019

This is the final deadline to register for the FEI Sports Forum. After this date, all registrations will be subject to availability.

All persons who register for the FEI Sports Forum will be charged a unique congress fee of CHF 350, which includes all meeting costs and meals (lunches and dinners, as mentioned in the timetable). Accommodation will be paid separately by each participant directly at the hotel.

National Federations representatives
In order to reduce the costs for National Federations wishing to send several of their representatives and in order to encourage the participation of Young Athletes to the FEI Sports Forum the fees for 2019 will be as follows:
•    1st and 2nd delegate: CHF 350 per person
•    3rd delegate and thereafter: CHF 200 per person (This reduced fee applies only to NFs Representatives)
•    FEI Registered Athletes under 25 years old: CHF 150 per person

Accompanying Persons
Accompanying persons will be asked to pay a contribution of CHF 200 to participate to the dinners organised during the week.

The congress fee will be debited from your credit card when your registration and booking have been processed by the FEI.