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.