Given the current circumstances brought about by Coronavirus (Covid-19), the FEI would like to provide an update on the education and officiating of FEI Officials. Please be assured, the interruption to normal business caused by Covid-19 will not affect the current status of Officials.
The information provided below remains subject to change, with the aim of keeping a degree of flexibility in such an extraordinary situation and to ensure that FEI Officials can continue their education and work in the best possible manner without compromising their health.
All Officials from Group A who have attended an in-person course in 2017, 2018 or 2019 have the opportunity to complete the Competency Evaluation System (CES) assessment online prior to officiating.
All Officials from Group B who attended their last in-person course in 2016 or earlier, are allowed to officiate throughout the year and have until mid-December 2020 to complete an in-person course. This deadline will remain in place until further notice.
The situation is being continuously assessed and any necessary changes will be communicated.
The FEI currently recommends that all Organisers of FEI Officials’ courses postpone their courses to the second half of the year rather than cancelling them.
In light of the global concerns about the spread of the virus as well as the increasing number of travel restrictions being enforced by national governments, the FEI has strongly recommended that all international events should be cancelled. However, if an OC decides to maintain its Event, the following applies:
FEI Officials appointed to FEI Events have the option not to travel or may be unable to travel. If the Official has been appointed by the FEI, they are required to inform the FEI that they are cancelling their appointment, following which the relevant sport Department will, where possible, seek a replacement.
If the Official is appointed by the Organising Committee or National Federation, in the first instance it is up to the OC/NF to find a replacement, but you can contact the FEI in case you need support.
If you have any questions, please contact the Education & Officials Department. As you are aware, the FEI staff are currently working from home, however we will maintain all services to the equestrian community and stakeholders with each department fully operational and all members of staff available by phone and email.