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dressage-horse-headOn October 5th, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced that it is planning on reviewing and possibly reforming Annex XIII of the Dressage Stewards Manual. A working group will be in charge of thoroughly reviewing the current training methods laid out in the manual.

It has not yet been determined exactly who will be part of the final line-up of the review group, but it will include representatives from the International Dressage Riders Club and the International Dressage Trainers Club, the FEI steward general representing the International Dressage Officials Club, a veterinary expert, and a representative of the FEI Dressage Committee.

The decision came about during an all-day meeting of the dressage committee and stakeholders at the FEI headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In attendance either in person or via teleconference was:

  • FEI President Ingmar, De Vos,
  • FEI Dressage Committee Chair, Frank Kemperman,
  • Deputy Chair, Thomas Baur of Germany,
  • Maribel Alonso of Mexico,
  • Luis Lucio of Spain,
  • athlete representative Anna Paprocka-Campanella of Italy,
  • Dressage Judge General, Stephen Clarke, who is also president of the International Dressage Officials Club (IDOC),
  • Steward General, Jacques van Daele,
  • head of the dressage department ad interim, Carina Mayer,
  • Association of International Dressage Event Organizers Secretary General, Federico Padron, and German member, Klaus Roeser,
  • IDOC club secretary, Olivier Smeets,
  • president of the International Dressage Trainers Club (IDTC), David Hunt,
  • IDTC’s Linda Keenan and board member, Sjef Jansen,
  • International Dressage Riders Club President, Kyra Kyrklund, and Secretary General, Wayne Channon,
  • president of the European Equestrian Federation, Hanfried Haring,
  • Vice President of the European Equestrian Federation, Ulf Helgstrand,
  • dressage analytics expert, David Stickland

The group will be responsible for reviewing stewarding, including the monitoring of pre-competition training techniques, education, support and respect for officials, competition formats, and judging. They have been tasked with finalizing their recommendations in the coming months before presenting to the FEI Bureau for final approval.

FEI Dressage Committee Chair Frank Kemperman summarized,

This was a very constructive meeting. There was a lot of solid debate and interesting proposals about stewarding and judging. It was very good to reach agreement on the formation of a working group to review and, if necessary, revise Annex XIII of the Dressage Stewards Manual.”

FEI President Ingmar De Vos added,

We had some very good open and frank discussions which resulted in great input from the stakeholders today, especially on the proposal to introduce new formats in the sport for future Olympic Games and FEI championships.”

The FEI Dressage Committee may come up with some additions to their proposals to be put forward at next month’s FEI General Assembly in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Cesar Parra is the owner of Piaffe Performance, a premier dressage training facility in New Jersey. To learn more about Dr. Parra, please visit his personal website.