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.
The organising committee at Floors Castle are very pleased to welcome the Malcolm Group as their title sponsor in 2020. The Malcolm Group Floors Castle International Horse Trials will take place from 15th-17th May 2020.
The Duchess of Roxburghe, co-organiser of the international event, said: “We are all excited to welcome the Malcolm Group as our title sponsor. The Malcolm family have been fantastic long-term supporters of both Floors Castle Horse Trials, and eventing throughout Scotland. We are grateful to the Malcolm Group and all our existing sponsors for supporting us as a major event in the Scottish equestrian calendar.”
Andrew Malcolm, CEO of the Malcolm Group, said: “The Malcolm Group are delighted to be the Title Sponsor for 2020 of Floors Castle International Horse Trials, set at one of the most premier visitor attractions in Scotland. From a personal point of view Fiona and I have been part of the trials for over 20 years. Floors has played such an important and most enjoyable part in our eventing careers. The Malcolm Group are looking forward to being the title sponsor of this fantastic event in 2020.”
NAF has renewed and expanded its sponsorship deal with Hartpury, taking up the title sponsorship role at the International Hartpury Horse Trials (12-16 August), along with Hartpury Festival of Dressage (1-5 July) and Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular (14-16 July).
The supplement company has sponsored the annual International Horse Trials since 2011 but will add the NAF Five Star name to the titles of all three major equestrian events for the first time this summer.
The annual horse trials sees Eric Winter return as course designer and the event will build on the success of 2019. It is once again expected to provide an imposing “pre-Burghley” CCI4*-S challenge.
Hartpury’s Equine Director Philip Cheetham said “NAF is an important part of the Hartpury family and have played a key role in the growth of our annual horse trials over the past ten years. We are thrilled that they have expanded their support to include all three of our premier equestrian events in what is widely expected to be our busiest summer yet.
“NAF is synonymous with equestrianism, sharing our ambition and brand values, as well as reflecting our commitment to Clean Sport. Their product range is truly exceptional and their expertise is invaluable to leisure horse owners and Olympic athletes alike. We couldn’t be prouder to add their name to the titles of our major equestrian competitions this year and the events will provide a great opportunity for spectators and competitors to learn more about NAF products” he added.
Eloise Chugg-Martin, Sponsorship and Events Manager for NAF said “In our tenth year supporting the International Hartpury Horse Trials we are delighted to have been invited to provide title sponsorship of all three major events on the Hartpury calendar. Becoming partners with Hartpury Equine allows us to show our support to riders of many levels across the three disciplines. Working with a venue who shares our passion for the sport and commitment to Clean Sport is extremely important to us and we look forward to a very exciting Olympic year.”
NAF are also the title sponsors of the British Eventing Junior Programme as well as the European squad, who will this year compete on home soil at Hartpury. From 27 July – 2 August, Hartpury are hosting the FEI Dressage and Eventing Championships for Young Riders and Juniors.
Taking place just weeks before the Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games, the Festival of Dressage is likely to be an important fixture for those headed to Japan. The Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular moves to a midweek calendar slot this time, with the 1.50m Area Trial once again expected to draw crowds.
NAF’s premium range of Five Star brands includes Superflex, Superflex Senior, PROFEET, Optimum, Magic, Oestress and Respirator Boost with quality at the heart of everything they do. They are a UFAS (Universal Feed Assurance Scheme), GMP+ (International Feed Assurance Scheme) and BETA NOPS (Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances) accredited company and this enables them to guarantee full traceability on all the natural ingredients utilised in their formulations. Ingredients are also selected in full compliance with the FEI guidelines for Clean Sport.
For further information, visit www.naf-equine.eu/uk/index/jsp. For information about this summer’s events at Hartpury, visit www.hartpuryequineevents.co.uk.
We'd like to remind riders to ensure their FEI regulations are up to date prior to entering their first international fixtures of 2020.
The FEI require all horses and riders to have an annual registration before they can compete at any international level.
Registrations are valid from January to December and cost £17 per horse and £17 per rider and, once registered, FEI numbers will need to be entered on your entry forms.
Horse and Rider application forms can be downloaded here and need to be sent into the BE office on firstname.lastname@example.org. For FEI renewals please contact 02476 698856.
How long do FEI Registrations take?
Please note that FEI registrations and renewals can take up to 10 days to process in busy periods, however there is a fast track option available at an extra fee of £20.
Do I need an FEI Passport?
Your horse will need an FEI passport cover for any FEI competition if you are competing at CCI4*-S or above in the UK or at any competition outside of the UK. Contact the BE Membership Team for more details on 02476 698857.
Please note: The earliest a passport can be revalidated is two months before the expiry date on the passport.
Download the FEI registration form
Please also ensure that you follow the microchip and vaccination rules for FEI competition
For more information on FEI registrations please contact the BE Office on 02476 698856 or visit the International page of the website HERE.
Please note the following changes, highlighted in bold, to the dressage tests as printed in the 2020 BE Rules and Members' Handbook:
Page 141 - THE FEI CCI2* DRESSAGE TEST B (2020)
6. ISH Working trot
H Working canter right lead
View FEI CCI2* Dressage Test B
Leading UK events have rallied around ERA's fundraising efforts and have pledged their support for EFRA, BlazeAid and Buy A Bale.
Blenheim International Horse Trials has had a long association with our Southern Hemisphere competitors, not only via the reigning champion, Chris Burton.
“Eventing is such a 'community' sport and like members of the Eventing Riders Association we are keen to do what we can. Blenheim Horse Trials are owned by British Eventing who usually invest any event profits back into the sport for the benefit of members. British Eventing have kindly agreed to let us make a significant donation to the Equestrian Fire Relief Australia Fund, as well as tickets to our 2020 event to help further their fundraising efforts. We hope a huge sum can be raised for this urgent cause and encourage everyone to give what they can.” – Mandy Hervieu, Event Director
“The Eventing Riders Association wants to extend a huge thank you to Mandy and her team at Blenheim Horse Trials for their generosity in supporting our charitable event. Blenheim’s historic links to down-under eventing by previously hosting the Asia-Pacific Championships, as a qualifier for the 2004 Athens Olympic, shows just how close knit our eventing community is.
“Blenheim is a truly global and fantastic event for the whole of the eventing community, and as riders we really appreciate their support and investment in our sport. We know their investment will be repaid through the loyalty of riders to this top-class event.” Bruce Haskell, ERA President.
The event has made a significant donation to the fundraising effort in addition to donating 40 tickets to the auction and raffle, with the aim of raising further funds.
Bede Events, run by Australian Stuart Buntine, has provided a hospitality table for 8 at the new 'Spring Eventing Carnival' hosted at the spectacular new Thoresby Park venue. The table will be hosted by eventing legend Lucinda Green during the Grantham Cup. Musketeer Events and Burghley Horse Trials have also pledged hospitality and membership packages to support the fundraising efforts.
The Australia Day organising team have been overwhelmed by the level of support show to the auction with prizes from gallops passes, Cheltenham Festival tickets, eventing sports memorabilia and an incredibly generous donation of a Bates Saddle, associated accessories and numerous autographed items from the Australian saddlery brand.
Please do visit our online auction and support where you can.
We've been somewhat overwhelmed by the level of support that the Australia Day Fundraiser has received with standard tickets selling out in under 48hrs!
Due to the increased level of demand we have added a second session from 5pm - 8.30pm. The second session will replicate the content of the afternoon event, so don't worry if you've already booked!
The remaining VIP Passes for the afternoon session and the newly released evening session tickets are available to book here
New Riders Announced
We are delighted to announce two additional riders to our celebrity line up:
Piggy French - eventing's queen of 2019 has stepped up the plate and pledged her support of this eventing. Piggy French set a new record in 2019 for the number of international events won in a single season by a rider. Will she reveal her winning exercise on the 26th? You'll have to wait and see.
Alex Bragg - multiple 4* winner, ERM leg winner and key GBR rider, Alex, rode Zagreb to the top of the British Eventing rankings in 2019. He's got some great ideas for our Australia Day event so he'll certainly be one to watch!
Stay tuned for more announcements over the next few days.
Equestrian Fire Relief Australia Fund launched to support the Australian equestrian community affected by the 2019-2020 summer bushfires.
The world has looked on while Australia burns. The donations have poured in to support the volunteer firefighters but we now look to the longer term consequences. Following an extensive drought, forage and feed for livestock and horses was already in short supply. That supply is now, quite literally, in ashes. Members of the equestrian community have watched their lives burn in front of them, with little they could do to help.
There are numerous Australian Equestrians, in particular Eventing Riders who now live outside of Australia in order to further their professional Eventing careers. They, along with the wider International Equestrian community, have a huge desire to support their fellow Equestrian community in Australia who may have been affected by the fire disaster currently unfolding.
The Equestrian Fire Relief Australia (EFRA) fund has been launched with the purpose of supporting the Australian Equestrian community to return to equestrian sports participation, through the coordination of international and national donations to bushfire relief efforts.
ERA supports this new EFRA fund. For more information on this fund please visit www.equestrianfirerelief.com.au
ERA also supports other Australian Charities that we believe work in a way to support the Australian Equestrian (and rural) community:
To kick start the fundraising efforts we thought we'd have a little bit of fun this Australia Day! With MULTIPLE celebrity lecture demos, a social afternoon and a traditional Australian Sausage Sizzle, COME ALONG and help us raise funds to support our friends and colleagues in Australia.
Last night saw another horse and rider inducted in the Eventing Riders Association (ERA) International Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Hall of Fame. In the relaxed atmosphere of the rider’s lounge at Burghley, competing riders gathered for the social occasion, once again supported by Shearwater Insurance.
In a change to previous years, the Eventing Riders Association (International) welcomed nominations from riders, owners and the general public for this year’s horse and rider inductees. Taking an overwhelming majority was former world number 1 and leading British rider, Oliver Townend, with his 2017 winner Ballaghmor Class leading the nominations for the equine athletes.
A surprised and grateful Oliver Townend accepted the award, presented by Shearwater Insurance Managing Director Jeremy Lawton, and delivered a speech filled with emotion and humour.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m amazed and very grateful. There are probably only five people in the sport that really know me, and the others in the sport probably don’t like me, so I really am very grateful” said Oliver, to laughs and applause from the crowd.
The 2009 and 2017 winner went on to thank friend, and owner, Karyn Shuter for her years of support, and Angela Hislop, among other owners. Alongside owner Angela Hislop, Oliver has had 6 runners at CCI5* level of which they have never finished outside of the top two, showing what an incredible rider, he is and the partnership he has with the horses and owners.
“The whole team (who make this happen) are very very special. There are a whole host of people that most of you wouldn’t recognise. They’ve been there for 9 or 10 years and they are always there at 6 o’clock in the morning, and I couldn’t do it without them.”
Rounding off his speech, a humbled Townend added:
“I’m not very good at looking like things matter but this recognition matters more to me than any of you could ever imagine. So thank you!”
Ballaghmor Class won The Land River Burghley Horse Trials in 2017 on his CCI5* debut and finished second in 2018. Owners Val Ryan, Angela Hislop and Karyn Shuter joined Oliver to receive the award on his behalf.
Oliver and Ballagmor Class now join the likes of Andrew Nicholson and Avebury, William Fox-Pitt, Sir Mark Todd, Pippa Funnell, Lenamore, Shear L’eau and Happy Times as members of the Burghley Hall of Fame.