This week has seen an important round of meetings for the FEI. Here is an overview of the decisions taken and how they affect the sport of eventing.
The qualification period for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games starts on January 2, 2019. The Olympic Eventing test event (CCI3*-S) will be held at the Tokyo 2020 venues on August 10-12, 2019. The Eventing qualifier for Group C will be held in Baborowko (POL) from 23-26 May 2019. As all Group F and G Eventing teams are based in Europe a qualifier will be identified to host a CCI 3* next spring in Europe. This will be allocated on 19 December.
FEI Eventing Committee
Geoff Sinclair (AUS) was appointed as a member of the FEI Eventing Committee for the four-year term 2018-2022 replacing the outgoing member Patricia Clifton (GBR). The Committee had expressed a preference for an official with a strong background of involvement in the integration of less experienced countries within the Eventing international competition framework.
FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2022
The FEI has twice opened the bidding process for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2022, but this has not resulted in any realistic bids. As a result, the Bureau unanimously approved the opening of a bidding process for individual world championships in all disciplines for 2022, but with preference being given to multi-discipline bids. The President stressed that this does not necessarily mean the end of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ and bids to host the full seven-discipline Games for 2022 and 2026 will be considered. However, he made it clear that securing world championships for 2022 in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines was crucial as these serve as qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Games.
FEI European Championships 2021
The FEI European Championships 2021 will be allocated at the in-person Bureau meeting at the FEI Sports Forum in April 2019.
FEI Nations Cup
The calendar for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 was approved by the Board. This will be published on the FEI website in due course.
French Eventing athlete Victor Levecque was presented with the Longines Rising Star Award by Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, Juan-Carlos Capelli. This award highlights the achievements of athletes between the ages of 14 and 21 who demonstrate outstanding equestrian sporting talent. At the age of 20, Victor is already multiple winner, with 10 European medals, including two gold medals and five French national champion titles to his name.
Alex Hua Tian and Philip Wong of China accepted the FEI Solidarity award for the Horsemanship charity programme in China. Ten years ago Alex won the Rising Star Award and tonight he was here as part of the team working to communicate the core value of “Equestrianism as Horsemanship” to the world’s fastest growing equestrian market.