VOLUME 51 • © HORSES For LIFE™ Magazine
Keeping Up In Facebook
It has only been few months since we have been active on Facebook and the journey has been incredible. What a wonderful opportunity to hear back from so many people - it has proven this past month invaluable in providing us with a place to have a voice in between editions.
Without this presence on Facebook, we would be mute, unable to speak out, I now wonder how we ever did without it. It was here that we first were able to report Dr. Heuschmann’s personal response to our questions on exactly where he stood on LDR!
But we realize not everyone utilizes Facebook, so we want to use this space to catch eveyone up on some of the posts to date.
The following is in order of date posted, not necessarily in date of importance. To see all the posts and comments that were posted, please visit our Facebook Page.
We do hope, though, that you utilize our Facebook page to post your stories, pictures and videos to our JUST SAY YES campaign.
RIDERS WARNED OF A TWO-YEAR BAN FOR DOPING POSITIVES
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
FEI PRESS RELEASE
Geneva (SUI), 13 April 2010
“If your horse is found to have a banned substance in its system, you are looking at a two-year suspension,” FEI Veterinary Director Graeme Cooke warned riders competing at this week’s Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.
The warning came at the riders’ briefing before the start of five days of competition in Geneva (SUI) as part of the FEI’s drive to raise awareness of the Clean Sport Campaign.
The Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping and Driving Finals are the first major competitions since the new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations and Veterinary Regulations came into effect on 5 April 2010.
Riders were provided with Clean Sport Information packs containing an updated Athlete’s Guide and a brochure outlining How Testing Works, both of which are also available online at www.feicleansport.org. These publications have been sent to all National Federations for distribution to stakeholders.
“We want to provide all those involved in our sport, and especially our athletes, with all the necessary tools for the best possible understanding of the new Regulations,” Graeme Cooke said.
Dr Harald Müller, FEI Executive Director Education and Standards, also guided riders through the use of the Prohibited Substances Database, which provides clear guidance on the substances included in the Equine Prohibited Substances List.
All members of the equestrian community are encouraged to visit www.feicleansport.org on a regular basis.
Note to editors:
In the Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations, anything prohibited in competition is called a “Prohibited Substance”. Doping substances, which have no place in equine sport, are called “Banned Substances”, while medication substances that are commonly used in equine medicine but prohibited in competition, are called “Controlled Medication Substances”.
For Banned Substances, the ineligibility period (generally known as suspension) is an entry point of two years. For Controlled Medication Substances, the ineligibility period is up to two years.
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FEI BUREAU APPROVES NEW STEWARDS’ GUIDELINES ON WARM-UP TECHNIQUES Thursday, April 15, 2010
Geneva (SUI), 15 April 2010
The FEI Bureau today gave its unanimous approval to new Stewards’ guidelines on warm-up techniques produced by the Working Group formed after the round-table conference held in Lausanne on 9 February 2010.
One of the key stipulations in the Working Group’s report was that all unacceptable training methods and techniques must be stopped immediately. The Working Group was also insistent that abuse of the horse should be avoided and, in particular, stressing the horse, aggressive riding and inflicting pain and/or discomfort on the horse must be prevented.
The current guidelines for FEI Stewards already include instructions covering aggressive riding, but the Working Group has created a new Annex (XIII) that includes clear instructions on action to be taken if necessary relating to flexion of the horse’s neck during pre and post-competition training.
The key initiatives in the new guidelines, which will be implemented from 15 May 2010, are:
- Movements which involve having the horse’s head and neck carriage in a sustained or fixed position should only be performed for periods not exceeding approximately ten minutes without change (diagrams defining the head and neck positions will be provided to the Stewards)
- No single neck position should be maintained which may lead to tiredness or stress
- The rider is not permitted to use rough, or abrupt aids or apply constant unyielding pressure on the horse’s mouth through a fixed arm and hand position
The guidelines state that it is the steward’s responsibility to ensure that riders respect the above procedures and intervene if required. The steward will intervene should he/she observe:
- Neck stretching achieved through forced or aggressive riding
- The use of extreme flexion if it does not comply with the above
- A rider deliberately maintaining a sustained fixed head and neck carriage longer than approximately ten minutes
- If the horse is in a state of general stress and/or fatigue
- The steward may also ask the rider to walk for a certain period in situations where the rider’s stress may cause undesired riding.
Only in exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Chief Steward, may a pre- competition training session exceed one hour. There should be at least one hour break between any training/warm-up periods.
Repetition of movements carried out in the practice arena, post-competition, may not exceed a period of ten minutes.
All training sessions, including pre-competition warm-up, may only be performed in the official training arena while under the supervision of stewards. Use of a training arena outside the official training period, and/or in an unsupervised arena, may at the discretion of the Ground Jury lead to the rider’s disqualification.
The Chief Steward must be present in the training arena during pre-competition training and for the duration of the competition, be in a position to observe the training arena at events where numerous training arenas are in use, or appoint a suitable deputy.
The introduction of CCTV for selected events is recommended in order to provide a means for monitoring the practice arena. A new group should be established specifically for the purpose of investigating cases which occur during the course of an event but could not be dealt with, for whatever reason, during the event.
A new education and assessment system for stewards will ensure consistency and a high standard of stewarding.
National Federations will be asked to send the new guidelines to all their Stewards immediately to prepare for implementation on 15 May 2010. If modifications to the guidelines are required, these will be initiated by a Council of Horsemen, which will be set up specifically for this purpose.
“Everyone in the FEI has horse welfare at heart and these new guidelines will help the Stewards be more proactive, giving them the authority to do their job and prevent abuse in all disciplines”, Working Group Chair Frank Kemperman said. “A huge amount of work has gone into producing these guidelines so it is pleasing that the Bureau has given them unanimous approval. The principle on which these guidelines are based is respect for the horse, but also for the Stewards, who do a difficult job with great dedication.”
NOTE TO EDITORS: The working group was made up of Dressage Committee Chair Frank Kemperman (Chairman), Richard Davison (GBR), Rider/Trainer; John P. Roche (IRL), FEI Director Jumping/Stewarding; Jacques Van Daele (BEL), FEI Honorary Dressage Steward General/Judge; Wolfram Wittig (GER), Trainer; and Trond Asmyr (NOR), FEI Dressage and Para Equestrian Dressage Director/Judge. Input was also received from Dr Gerd Heuschmann and Sjef Janssen and from the FEI Jumping Committee.
The full report of the Working Group can be viewed HERE.
The annex, which was added to the FEI Manual for Dressage Stewards, can be viewed
FEI Says YES to Extreme Flexion/Rollkur - It is now in the rules
Friday, April 16, 2010
What we were worried about has come to pass. Where from the inception of the FEI only the poll as the highest point was considered correct, the FEI has chosen to once again re-write the rules. One wonders if this is what they have to do, since
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