FEI Decisions on Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage

The FEI had a bureau meeting in Lausanne. Some key decisions were taken. The modifications to the general rules for the FEI World Cup™ Dressage series and to the North American and Pacific League 2012-2013 season were approved and are highlighted here.

The following clarifications were also made:
CDI-Ws prevail over other CDIs in case of date clashes.All 18 participants in the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final can proceed to the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music.The Judges Supervisory Panel is appointed by the FEI.
Changes to the rules for the Para-Equestrian Dressage Rankings were also approved and can be viewed here.

These changes, which will be implemented from 1 January 2013, include:
Number of results counting towards the team rankings will be increased from one to threeNumber of results counting towards the individual rankings will be limited to the six best, in line with the Dressage Rules

London 2012 Ceremonies : Isles of Wonder
While future participants keep on preparing in the national selection processes to get a place in their national squad for the OG forthcoming, in London rehearsals continue to prepare the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. This week some specific facts on the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony have been released.

Find here some facts.

• The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony is titled 'Isles of Wonder', inspired by Shakespeare's play The Tempest
• The worldwide broadcast of the Ceremony will commence at 21:00 on 27 July 2012, with the pre-show starting at 20:12.

• The Ceremony is predicted to be viewed live by a worldwide TV audience of over a billion people.

• The Ceremony will open with the ringing of the largest harmonically-tuned bell in the world (picture below), produced by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, measuring two metres tall by three metres wide and weighing 23 tonnes.
• There is 15,000 square metres of staging – equivalent to 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools

• A flying system that can lift 25 tonnes – the same as five elephants

• 12,956 props, over 100 times more than a West End musical

• A million watt PA system using double the amount of speakers than on the main stage at Glastonbury

• Services and products provided by 93 different supplier companies
• 10,000 adult volunteer performers

• Volunteer Performers from the NHS for a special sequence that ceelbrates Britain's National Health Service

• 900 children aged 7-9 years and 11-13 years chosen from schools in the six host boroughs engaged in the official London 2012 Get Set education programme

For all four Ceremonies there will be:

• 20,000 volunteer cast members, with UK-wide auditionees from 18-90 years old, including people who watched the London 1948 Games live

• 23,000 costumes and a total of 12 hours of music

• A combined TV audience predicted to be over four billion people

• 2,000 staff, crew and suppliers

The Olympic Broadcast Service (OBS) produces the live global feed of TV coverage of all the Olympic Sport and Ceremonies at London 2012 whilst the BBC is the UK's domestic rights holding broadcaster.

Five cities prepare for bid WEG 2018
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) confirmed Wellington Florida USA: Rabat, Morocco; Bromont, Canada; Budapest, Hungary; and Vienna, Austria as the official candidates to prepare a bid for WEG 2018.

An FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 presentation will be made to the five Candidates at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne on July 11 to explain the FEI's expectations and procedures concerning the Games. Legal Documentation will also be given to Candidates during that meeting. Completed Legal Documentation, including a signed Host Agreement, must be submitted to the FEI by December 15, 2012.

"It is fantastic to have five really strong bids for hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2018 and there could be no better endorsement of the FEI's flagship event," said FEI Secretary General Ingmar de Vos. "The new bidding process that we put in place last year for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ has generated a huge amount of interest and we now look forward to welcoming the 2018 bidders to FEI Headquarters next month."