The FEI held its Bureau Meeting on 20 and 21 November in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) on the invitation of the 2002 World Equestrian Games Organising Committee.The following items were discussed, decided and/or would be referred to at the FEI General Assembly to be held on 26 and 27 April in Rabat (MAR):
The FEI Bureau accepted the FEI Dressage Committee's proposal to increase the minimum qualification requirements for the Olympic Games from 60% to 63%. Being aware of the effect this decision could have on the number of starters at the Games, the Chairman of the Dressage Committee, Mrs Mariette Withages, proposed to postpone the decision on the Committee's proposal to reduce the number of team riders from four to three until after the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Therefore, for Athens the teams for Dressage will consist of a minimum of three, maximum of four rider/horse combinations (no reserve horse will be permitted). The FEI Bureau agreed with the Chairman of the Dressage Committee that the period between now and the Athens Olympics be used to consult on a broad basis with all interested parties in order to ensure that future Olympic Games offer more universality without sacrificing quality. Strong efforts will be made by the FEI to ensure that future Games are more universal.
The Bureau agreed to the Dressage Committee’s proposal that the championship formula (with the individual final being a Freestyle competition) be extended to the Junior level.
A Pony Riders Freestyle test will be introduced in 2002 and will be optional for use by the organisers of CDIPs.
Dressage Working Group
The Bureau agreed that a Dressage working group be formed consisting of members of the International Dressage Judges Club, the International Dressage Riders Club and International Dressage Trainers Club. This independent panel will consider items such as rules changes, new Dressage tests, contents of seminars and courses and qualification requirements and will make recommendations and proposal to the Dressage Committee.