The EHV-1 By-Laws, which have been in place since 31 May 2021, protect FEI horses and global equestrian sports from the transmission of infectious diseases before, during and after FEI Events.
In accordance with EHV-1 By-Law No.10, Athletes/Grooms must provide a signed Horse Health FEI Self-Certification form for all horses attending an FEI Event in mainland Europe, including mandatory temperature monitoring for the 10 days leading up to their arrival at an FEI Event.
As of 1 August 2021 this information must be submitted via the FEI HorseApp for all Events taking place in mainland Europe. This means for all Events starting in week 32 (09/08/2021 – 15/08/2021).
An updated version of the FEI HorseApp will allow Athletes, Grooms, Owners, Endurance Trainers and Athlete Managers to easily submit the required information via the mobile application. Paper copies will no longer be accepted.
General information regarding the FEI HorseApp can be found on Inside.FEI.org and guidelines on how to use the new functionalities can be found here.”
Here is the link to the above topic:
At the end of a twisting event that saw the elimination of the first French pair, the French held on until the end of the final cross country test on Sunday morning. Gwendolen Fer, Ugo Provasi and Stanislas de Zuchowicz took turns returning on time and gave the French team a fifth consecutive title. Never seen on the circuit! In individual competition, Gwendolen Fer conjures the fate and wins the class riding Traumprinz, while also finishing 4th with Romantic Love.
Sebastien Cavaillon and Sarah d'Argouges were the first to start on the cross country this morning and had the task of paving the way for their French team-mates. Everything was going well until the penultimate obstacle, No. 22, "les bouleaux de Normandie". A misunderstanding led to the couple’s downfall without gravity. As a result, France no longer had any jokers and the three team-mates of the Norman had to complete this course without penalty to hope to win. Especially as the Netherlands managed to limit the damage by registering only penalties for time exceeded. Gwendolen Fer, Ugo Provasi and finally Stanislas de Zuchowicz followed the perfect routes to offer France its fifth consecutive success in this FEI Nations Cup of Le Pin. The Netherlands, supported by the performance of their 4th teammate Laura Hoogeveen, finished 2nd far ahead of Sweden which stole 3rd place from New Zealand for...0.1 pt!
Unhappy this season when she was competing for an Olympic selection, Toulouse’s Gwendolen Fer can enjoy her weekend. Victorious with the French team, she also won individually with her second horse Romantic Love after a fully mastered cross country test. In the lead after the dressage and the show jumping, the German Josephine Schnaufer-Völkel lets the victory escape for 7 seconds of time exceeded to finish 3rd behind Tim Price (NZL).
Quote from the winner Gwendolen Fer (FRA)
"I’m really happy. It’s a bit of a continuation of Jardy’s international where Romantic won and Arpège finished 4th. Traumprinz was back this weekend after Vittel. I am delighted with both horses and myself, after a difficult start this year. There was obviously pressure at the start of the cross because after Sébastien’s fall, our three scores counted, adding an extra pressure. In addition, it had been four years since France won. France came back with a bronze medal from the Olympic Games, it was good to keep up the momentum. I am especially happy to wear again the jacket of the French team."
Quote from Tim Price (NZL), 2nd
"My horse Happy Boy was World Champion at the age of 7," says the rider back from Tokyo. "I believe in him a lot. At home, he is very easy and proves to be even better in competition. He won the CCI3*-L last year and competed in his first 4*. I’m thinking of taking him on a 4*-L before the end of the year, Boekelo, Blenheim or even Pratoni. The cross-country course was totally different from the one in Tokyo, we cannot compare. It was a very good course. As a rider, you had to have a plan, it wasn’t too hard, it just affected the results just what it needed. The organization is very family, we love Pierre Le Goupil’s courses, in general it is beautiful and it is easy for us to come by ferry. For the end of the season, we plan to go to Bicton, Aachen, Lignières, Elkton (USA), Pau and finally Pratoni to spot for the 2022 World Championships. We always try to achieve the best possible performance at the major championships. The horse I rode at the Olympics, Vitali, was a little young and inexperienced. He behaved well but the experience takes time. My goal for next year and Paris 2024 is to have horses ready and well prepared."
Statement from Michel Asseray, National Technical Delegate at the French Equestrian Federation, in charge of eventing
"This Nations Cup is always important to us because it is the only one in France, we always try to prepare it secretly in order to have competitive couples. The Olympic medal made everyone dream, it boosts. When we chose the team and called the riders at the beginning of the week, we felt a lot of desire to succeed. It’s never easy to pick four out of about 30 riders. Thierry Touzaint did not make a mistake and we are very happy to have won at Le Pin. It is important to us. Even if it is the fifth time, we still feel a lot of emotions. In the team, we decided to put a horse from the Paris 2024 group and more experienced horses, both to prepare the future and to win. We also want to get riders used to running as a team. Wearing the France jacket is a new pressure, and we want to get them used to it. Gwendolen has been through a tough time. She has two high-performance horses who have already competed in the European Championships. Sometimes, we go through complicated phases, but she is a woman who has a lot of mind, who does not give up. By putting her on the team, we’re showing her our trust. We are very happy for her, her horse, her passionate owner Isabelle Méranger. We will see horses at the Grand National du Pin and after a veterinary check-up, we will give our selection for the European Championships in Avenches."
The FEI has added new modules to the FEI HorseApp to monitor key mandatory requirements in the Return To Competition measures that will allow for a safe resumption of international sport in mainland Europe today, 12 April.
Key areas covered by the Return to Competition protocols, which were launched on 30 March, include advance PCR testing (for certain designated events only), temperature monitoring of horses as well as enhanced Examination on Arrival procedures. Stringent biosecurity measures and mitigation plans, in line with the FEI Veterinary Regulations, also form part of the Return To Competition measures.
The measures include a number of temporary provisions that will remain in place until 30 May 2021, providing a science-based safety margin to allow for monitoring of any further related outbreaks. This date can be extended if required.
The FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group has already agreed that there is currently no evidence indicating that it would be unsafe to return to international competition in mainland Europe as planned today, provided the mandated enhanced preventive measures are implemented. However, the Group will continue to monitor the evolution of the outbreaks on a daily basis.
“The recent EHV-1 outbreak has underscored the importance of early detection and prevention in disease transmission,” FEI Veterinary Director Göran Åkerström said.
“The FEI HorseApp is a crucial tool to facilitate the traceability of horses attending FEI Events, as well as for data gathering to allow for better risk assessment analysis and informed decision-making. It is a key element in ensuring a safe return to competition today and in minimising the impact of a disease outbreak in the future.”
The FEI HorseApp will be used for uploading negative PCR results for designated events. In addition, the FEI Veterinarian conducting the Examination on Arrival will scan the horse’s microchip with a reader connected via Bluetooth to the FEI HorseApp, and also record the horse’s temperature in the FEI HorseApp.
Under the Return To Competition measures, it will also be compulsory for all horses to be officially checked out at the Show Office using the FEI HorseApp. This ensures traceability should a disease outbreak occur.
“Data driven technologies are a key part of the solution to the current EHV-1 pandemic,” FEI Director Information & Sports Technology Gaspard Dufour said.
“We have been able to use the existing functionalities of the FEI HorseApp to actively monitor horse movement and horse health status and added new modules that provide for a safer return to competition.
“But importantly, the collection of this quantitative data is critical to tracking the evolution of the disease and allows us to make better informed decisions concerning the smart and safe resumption of equestrian sporting activities.”
The FEI HorseApp is available for download on the Apple Store for Android devices. The new version of the FEI Horse App, including the Return To Competition modules, is now available for download.
The Return To Competition measures are available here.
About Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).
ERA are pleased to share a number of updates from the FEI in the advance of the 2021 season commencing.
The updates relate to the updated Dressage tests that have been released via an FEI Update on 15 December 2020 and will be included again in the next FEI Update on 11 February 2021.
2021 Dressage tests - the CCI1* test and CCI3* B tests are new, the CCI2* A and B tests have been slightly modified as well. All tests are available on the following webpage.
In addition, an updated Tack and Equipment FAQ is now available on the following webpage. This document must be read in conjunction with the 2021 FEI Eventing rules and has been shared with all FEI Officials.
Lastly, the FEI Board has approved the updated FEI Eventing World Athlete Ranking rules put forward by the FEI Eventing Committee. These updated Ranking rules will relate to the number of points attributed for each competition to the number of Dressage starters as per the table included in this document.
The French team simply achieved a feat by winning the FEI Eventing Nations Cup of Le Pin (FRA) for the 4th time in a row thanks to the exceptional performance of Thibault Vallette, Thomas Carlile, Christopher Six and Karim Laghouag. France also trusted the first five individual places, a result never seen before at the Grand Complet! After a close duel on the cross country test, Thomas Carlile finally lost to Thibault Vallette who won the individual gold.
The Grand Complet once again offered magnificent moments of sport. After a morning shower, the final test of the first FEI Eventing Nations Cup of the season was held in excellent conditions. The sun even appeared during the morning, as a sign to the French squad. Under the watchful eye of national trainer Thierry Touzaint, the French had the mission of not letting go and adding a fourth trophy to their record. One after the other, Karim Laghouag, Christopher Six, Thibault Vallette and finally Thomas Carlile signed courses without penalty over fences, while their opponents accumulated them. The Netherlands managed to limit the damage, which allowed them to double Britain and take a nice final 2nd place.
Individually, the French have made a real hit. See: Thibault Vallette wins, ahead of Thomas Carlile (2nd) and Gwendolen Fer (3rd). The woman based in Toulouse (south-west) was thrilled after her cross-country, and enjoyed the comeback in great shape of her horse Traumprinz. The beautiful bay had not competed since last October, when they finished 2nd in the CCI4*-S of Lignières (FRA).
The statement of Lieutenant Colonel Thibault Vallette, double winner of the CCIO4*-S Coupe des Nations FEI of Le Pin
"Qing is a horse I know by heart" Thibault Vallette said. "We took part together in many big events. We were hoping to go to Tokyo this year so we were obviously a little disappointed when we learned that there would be no Olympics. This victory is a great compensation. The horse is in good shape, that is what's important. Winning individually is a bit of a icing on the cake. Running for the team is something I really like. This is the first Nations Cup we’ve been riding in a long time. It replaces the championship a little bit, to be able to exchange advices, to go up for each other. When you win as a team, it’s always a great moment to live and share. Le Pin is a competition that I really like and that suits Qing well. A demanding field, hilly, a real cross-country. The ground was perfect, as was the organization. Every means has been put in place to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible, and that is a real success."
An overview of the French weekend with Michel Asseray, National Technical Director in charge of the eventing at the French Equestrian Federation
"When we coach the French team, we always want to win. With this containment, we had lost a little our objectives without major tests. It was a little unsettling for the riders. This beautiful show is a good deadline that allows us to properly assess where we are. We decided to prepare ourselves well for this competition, which the riders did. Beyond the victory and the podiums, it was the way that was very interesting. The riders mastered their subject. Winning at the Grand Complet is no small feat. It’s a beautiful, hilly terrain. Beyond the technical questions of course designer Pierre Le Goupil who is a gifted. Satisfaction, that’s it: it’s very well built, very well ridden so it’s remotive. We’ve had a boost! Before, we were looking for goals. Now, we are all over motivated. Everyone talks about the upcoming calendar, everyone wants to come back in a month (for the national show, Editor's note). We really needed these victories.
There was a real field ot top riders and horses. The foreign riders who were there did not come to visit the stud. They are people with talent, horses, almost No. 1 for everyone, so we savour it.The next deadline is in September right here in Le Pin, then in October with three consecutive weekends in Lignières, Le Lion d'Angers and Pau. France has fought hard to maintain international competitions and we want to help French organizers as well as foreign riders. We’ll try to end the season like this. We are going to cross our fingers so that the Olympic Games can take place because when we see the result today, I am not going to say that we had an Olympic team but it was a nice team and it makes us want to go to Tokyo. And then there is emotion because we think of Thais (who died unexpectedly last year in Le Pin during the national show in September, Editor's note), and this victory is for her."
The FEI Policy for Enhances Competition Safety during the Covid-19 Pandemic has been updated regarding the use of masks. The Policy now "strongly recommends that face masks are worn by all persons on the venue at FEI Events, except:
- When mounted on a horse or driving a carriage; and,
- For athletes and Driving Grooms, while training and competing".
Please also be aware of the national regulations in the host country which may be even more stringent.
Everyone was hoping...and they did it! It is a real plateau of eventing stars who will gallop in the green landscapes of the Haras national du Pin on the occasion of the 24th edition of the Grand Complet. Some names ? Michael Jung (GER), Tim & Jonelle Price (NZL), Chris Burton (AUS), Tim Lips (NED), Tom McEwen (GBR), Zara Tindall (GBR)...and they are "only" the visitors. Because on the French side, there too, Le Grand Complet is filling up! See: Thibault Vallette (and his top performer Qing du Briot*IFCE), Karim Laghouag, Astier Nicolas, Thomas Carlile, Mathieu Lemoine, Nicolas Touzaint, Jean Teulère, Arnaud Boiteau, Christopher Six, Cédric Lyard...the list is long. What to offer the public great and beautiful sport!
The dream team!
With the current period, it was difficult to imagine hosting participants of the usual level of the event at the Haras national du Pin, in the heart of Normandy. It is clear that the competitors love Le Grand Complet and come back to it, even when the crisis shakes an entire sector. And this makes the heart of the volunteers feel better, always mobilized to offer a unique competition in Normandy. To get a more precise idea of what awaits spectators from August 13 to 16, here are some figures.
Number of entries: more than 180 riders, 355 horses, including more than 100 in the major class, the CCIO4*-S, counting for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup circuit.
18 countries: Australia, Belgium, Republic of China, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand.
The Grand Complet, scheduled on August 13-16, 2020 at the iconic site of the Haras national du Pin (Orne, Normandy) organizes a sports program identical to previous years. Five international classes will punctuate the four days of competition. The Grand Complet will also serve as a support for the Grand National FFE circuit for French riders. On the organizational side, Ustica, the organising association, has chosen to open access to visitors at a rate of 1000 per day. Finally, SOLIDARITY will be even more at the heart of the event’s concerns with support from the local branch of the French food bank Restos du Cœur.
Great sport ahead!
The only international eventing competition in Normandy is to welcome several hundred participants from the five scheduled classes: CCI2*-S, CCI2*-L, CCI3*-S, CCI3*-L and CCIO4*-S. From short 2-star (2*-S) to short 4-star (4*-S) level, Le Grand Complet presents a wide range of difficulties for riders, amateurs or professionals. The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has also entrusted Ustica for the 4th consecutive time with the organisation of a FEI Nations Cup stage (CCIO4*-S), an event at the end of which two rankings will be established, one individual, the other by teams. France is the title holder (3 wins in a row!).
New for 2020: the CCIO4*-S event supports the Grand National FFE circuit. This means that a separate ranking will be established at the end of this class, taking into account exclusively French riders involved on this circuit.
The event also goes back to a format Thursday / Sunday (instead of Thursday / Tuesday), more compact and which allows spectators to attend cross-country as well as show jumping events Saturday AND Sunday.
As every year, Le Grand Complet will also support the FFE Top 7 circuit reserved for 7-year-old horses and the Eventing Tour, a circuit that brings together the most important French eventing competitions.
A solidarity edition and a limited ticket office
“Ustica is keen to maintain Le Grand Complet in order to allow professionals in the equine sector to enhance their horses and meet the needs of breeders and owners,” explains Valérie Moulin, president of the association.
The Grand Complet will thus welcome up to 1000 people per day maximum (Thursday to Sunday) according to current health standards. These tickets are purchased online and exclusively online ticket booking (LINK: CLICK HERE).
No ticket offices will be open on site. Visitors will be required to wear a mask (especially in high-traffic areas such as water complexes during cross-country tests) and respect the protective measures. As such, hydro alcoholic gel will be available at various places on site.
The Grand Complet has also decided to strengthen its involvement with charities. “We have been doing this every year since the xcreation of the event,” Valérie Moulin says. “This year, given the unprecedented period we are all going through, we wanted to take a step forward in terms of solidarity.”
Thus, Le Grand Complet will support the Norman branch of the French food bank Restos du Coeur, working with the most needy, even during this summer.
The single entry fee will be 8 euros on Saturday and Sunday, the two days of cross-country (free admission on Thursday and Friday), out of which 2 euros will be donated to the Restos du Coeur. Ustica will also offer the association the opportunity to raise awareness of its cause.
The following is a direct, and open, communication from the FEI:
Dear National Federations,
As a follow-up to our last communication on the recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding Mass Gatherings and the necessity of Event Organisers to conduct a full risk assessment together with local authorities, the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19 has taken a rapid turn for the worse and sport worldwide is affected.
We as a community have to make our contribution to limit the spread of this virus, as the sooner it can be contained the sooner we will be able to get back to normal life and normal sport. And this is something that every other sport is doing.
The FEI appreciates the amount of work and incredible investment every Organiser puts into their Event. While the FEI does not itself organise any FEI Events, in light of the escalating numbers of persons affected by the virus and the restrictions imposed by national governments, the FEI strongly recommends that Organisers should cancel all events for the next four weeks until a reassessment of the situation can be made.
The FEI and Board will work together with the International Equestrian Organisers Alliance to evaluate what can be done to try and accommodate dates for Events that have been impacted during this period. However, we are aware that this is no simple matter, as clearly no single Organiser can be favoured to the detriment of others, and the FEI does not know how many Events will be impacted nor how long the current situation will last.
The FEI has already decided that Calendar fees for events that have had to be cancelled because of Covid-19 will be waived. We are also assessing the impact of cancellations of Events on other areas such as ranking points and on athletes and horses seeking MERs for the Olympic or Paralympic Games and qualifications for FEI Championships.
We can guarantee you that the FEI is monitoring the situation hour-by-hour and that we are constantly looking at what specific situations need to be addressed.
Our thoughts are with all of you and we strongly believe that our community will do the right thing and work to support each other through this crisis.
Corporate & Internal Communications Team
Event Rider Masters has conducted a full risk assessment of the rapidly evolving Coronavirus Covid-19 situation in line with the recommendations of the relevant health authorities in order to evaluate whether the health and safety of all ERM Staff, Contractors, Organisers, Volunteers, Riders and Rider’s Staff can be assured.
The ERM 2020 series is spread over 3 countries, all of whom are currently affected by Covid-19 and involves a production team of 60 people travelling from 6 different countries. The ERM Riders throughout each season represent at least 20 different nations. The logistics of moving the multinational production team from venue to venue is impossible to implement in a manner that has an acceptable risk level.
As a result of this assessment, it is clear that there are too many risks associated with conducting the ERM Series this year and regrettably ERM has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Series.
Currently all individual host venue events: Burnham Market, Chatsworth, Arville and Jardy are planning on running their own events.
The commercial partners and backers of ERM are committed to making the series run in 2021.