The FEI Development Task Force held its second meeting on 19, 20 and 21 August on the sidelines of the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. The Task Force, formed in May by FEI President HRH Princess Haya, has the job of taking FEI development efforts to the next level by evaluating the mandate for and composition of a future Development Committee; evaluating the operation of such a group and supporting structures within the FEI; examining possible financial models for the sustainability of the Development Programme in the service of National Federations and equestrian sport; and identifying immediate operational priorities for development, including the creation of a five-year plan.
Furthering the work undertaken at its first meeting in Newmarket in July, the Task Force focused on setting priorities, by distinguishing among three modes of action, namely providing access to knowledge, access to professional education, and to practical coaching.
These modes of action could then define the nature and extent of FEI initiatives in the areas of skill development, sport infrastructure, and equine health and veterinary issues. In addition, particular focus was given to fresh initiatives for youth and enhancing reach and visibility of the sport, and to the need to review competition structure for development events and series.
These work streams will form the basis of a report from the Task Force that will be distributed to National Federations in early October for consultation and comment, which will be followed by an interactive presentation at the FEI General Assembly in November.
NOTE: The FEI Development Task Force, which was formed at the end of May, is chaired by HRH Princess Haya, FEI President. The members of the Task Force are: Dmitry Titov (RUS), President of the Russian Equestrian Federation; Ho Nai Yue (SIN), President of the Asian Equestrian Federation; Betty Wates, Vice President of the Jamaican Equestrian Federation; Pablo Mayorga (ARG), FEI Executive Board member; Kim Gueho (MRI), Secretary General of the Mauritius Equestrian Federation; Manoj Jalan (IND), member of the Indian National Sports Development Fund and Ludger Beerbaum (GER), sport representative. Also present at last week’s meeting were Alex McLin, FEI Secretary General, and Jacqueline Braissant, Director Coaching Department.