Dressage News from The FEI General Assembly 2011

During the 2011 FEI General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro(BRA), important decisions regarding dressage were determined. The General Assembly approved the Technical Committee chairman's report which included updates on:

  • FEI World Cup™ Dressage: In accordance with the Task Force report a bidding process for the West European League was implemented. Thirteen bids were received; the Committee selected eight events which will constitute the League in the 2012/2013 season. The Committee is working to improve the quality of the other three Leagues.
  • Education: A proposal for an online training centre for Dressage judges was presented by the FEI Education and Standards Department.
  • A number of changes in the judging system was implemented, including the introduction of the Judges Supervisory Panel. A logbook with information on all judges has been developed and will be used to review the list of FEI judges every year.
  • Tests: The new Olympic Grand Prix Special test was introduced on 1 October 2011 and is mandatory as Grand Prix Special test. It will be re-evaluated after the 2012 Olympic Games and a decision for the future will be taken. All the other tests will be reviewed on a four year cycle. Shorter tests for pony riders (Team/Individual/Preliminary) will be introduced on 1 January 2012.

Modifications to the FEI Rules for Dressage Events, 24th edition, were approved. The main modifications include:

Article 422.2.3 (Conditions of participation, Intermediate I Freestyle): it will be up to the organiser to make it mandatory or not to participate in the Freestyle (currently it is mandatory);

Article 422.3.8 (Conditions of participation, Starting Possibility at Senior Dressage Events): opening to have separate competitions for younger/limited age group of horses in both the small and big tour;

Article 427.1 (Dress, Civilians): mandatory for all riders of 18 years and younger, and all riders on six-year and younger horses to wear protective headgear; Page 6 of 15

Article 446.4 (Championships – Organisation): for all championships, an athlete must have completed the first test to continue in the Championship.

Annex I (Olympic Games) has been updated in accordance with the FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games, 23rd edition.

Article P-20.7 B: changes to the format of Pony European Championships

These modifications will be effective 1 January 2012. The update Rules will be published on this PAGE.

The following modification will be applicable as of 2013:

Annex VII (Judges): introduction of rotation of Ground Juries in order to ensure that the same judges may not officiate at any event for more than three years.