In response to the request of parents of FEI pony children in Europe and a media campaign on Eurodressage.com alerting the world of the current fraud and corruption taking place with measuring FEI ponies, FEI secretary-general Michael Stone has decided to take action and ban over-sized ponies from competitions.
"It has come to our attention that a number of ponies competing on the International circuit are over height and have certificates issued for life. These life certificates are issued when a pony reaches 7 years old," Stone told Eurodressage. Consequently, the FEI secretary-general finally decided to take action and make the pony sport pure again.
The FEI Pony Riders' committee, led by Mrs Nici Kennedy, alerted national federations of its recommendation to abolish the FEI official measurement certificate for ponies. A proposed rule change (from 1 January 2007) will require all ponies to be measured on site at FEI competitions.
Protest against the "horses" in pony sport arose right after the FEI conducted a random measurement test at the 2006 European Pony Championships in Saumur, France. The random test, in which jumping and dressage ponies were measured, showed that ponies competing at the European Championships were standing up to 10 centimeters above the officially allowed pony height of 148 cm (no shoes).
"We have considered the situation and have recommended to the National Federations a change in the rules that will remove the system of measurement certification and instead all ponies will be measured at all International events before they are permitted to compete. Consequently ponies over height will not be allowed to compete," Stone told Eurodressage.
Jan Brink Wins 2006 Swedish Dressage Championships
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