FEI Safety Sub-Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting in London
RELEASE: June 28, 2007
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Malina Gueorguiev
The newly created FEI Safety Sub-Committee held it first meeting in London on June 18, 2007. The committee is chaired by international rider and course designer David O’Connor (USA). Members include Chris Bartle, international rider and trainer of the German National Eventing Team; Laurent Bousquet, international rider and chairman of the French National Federation Safety Commission and trainer of the Belgium National Eventing Team; Yogi Briesner, trainer of the British National Eventing Team; Andrew Nicholson, Olympic eventing rider; Michael Tucker, international eventing technical delegate and course designer and FEI eventing course director.
The FEI Safety Sub-Committee has now been formalized as a standing committee reporting to the FEI Eventing Committee. It is intended that the committee meet twice a year; the next meeting will take place at the end of this year.
The objective of the inaugural meeting was to define the committee’s mission, as well as its frame of work. The role of the FEI Safety Sub-Committee is to:
- Identify all areas of concern;
- Investigate or trigger specific investigations;
- Manage all issues related to eventing safety by recommending rule updates and policy changes in the sport;
- Communicate on all findings
Prevention, analysis and management will be part of each discussion for all issues raised.
During the meeting, the committee reviewed the following specifics (all proposals need further consideration by different bodies):Prevention
- Ensuring that the strictest international safety requirements are applied to the national level;
- Development of diversified safety devices for cross-country construction;
- Promoting research on riders helmets;
- Reviewing of trends in course designing;
- Stopping horses on cross-country course;
- Reviewing of number of refusals on cross-country;
- Training of fence stewards;
- Introduction of a national eventing expert to be the liaison between the National Federation (NF) and the FEI in relation to all safety issues;
- Review of FEI officials education and qualification;
- Qualification of riders at national level before entering low level international events;
- Promotion of FEI eventing safety database and reports on all the figures relating to eventing international events.Analysis
- Monitoring of statistics (i.e. specific combination of fences, analysis of riders or horses falling several times during a year, events with abnormal number of falls, etc.), and follow-up with FEI officials and NFs;
- Inclusion of veterinary information on horses in a safety database;
- Review of serious accidents and procedures.Management
- Communication and follow-up of safety program;
- Planning of safety educational seminars.
The FEI wishes to emphasise that it takes the welfare of the horse very seriously and sees safety of both its animal and human athletes as its highest priority.
Any comments, ideas and proposals are welcome and should be sent to the FEI headquarters: Catrin Norinder, FEI Eventing Director/Nathalie Desscan Eventing Department at email@example.com