2011 FEI General Assembly Updates on Para Dressage - Education Program For Judges Created

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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The 2011 FEI General Assembly approved the Technical Committee chairman's report which included updates on Para Dressage. In 2011 there were more integrated competitions where Para competitions were run in parallel with Dressage competitions. Using the same officials resulted in reduced costs for setting up Para competitions. The FEI European Para Dressage Championship took place in Moorsele (BEL) in September 2011. For the first time it was not an open championship in order to encourage NFs from outside Europe to organize competitions in their region. This strategy was productive as there were more three-star competitions all over the world and the level of sport has been consistently increasing. {C}Judges education: An education program for Para judges was created.
Paralympic Games London 2012: The qualification procedure for the Paralympic Games was approved.

Ranking Lists: The rules for the Para Ranking Lists for Teams and Individuals were revised. Ranking Lists for qualification for the 2012 Paralympic Games were produced.

The FEI Rules for Para-Equestrian Dressage Events underwent an extensive revision in 2009. The work to align Para-Dressage Rules as much as possible with the FEI Rules for Dressage Events therefore allowing able-bodied trainers, chefs, judges and coaches in each NF to help their Para-Equestrian riders, is ongoing. As a result, this year's modifications, which were approved by the GA, were in line with the modifications to the Dressage Rules. These include:

Article 8421.2.6.1 (Dressage Tests): Participation in the Freestyle tests will be limited;

Article 8422.1.3 (Conditions of participation): if reclassified, an athlete may compete in the original grade for two months (today: 12 months);

Article 8427.1.3 (Dress): Protective headgear must be worn by everyone while mounted (not only the athlete);

Article 8439 (Classifiers): must be two international FEI classifiers for all CPEDI3* and above (unclear in today's rules);

These changes will be applicable as of 1 January 2012. The updated FEI Rules for Para-Equestrian Dressage Events will be published on this PAGE.

The following modifications will be applicable as of 1 January 2013:

Article 8420.2.3 (Categories of Para Equestrian Dressage Events): A team may not include more than two Athletes from any grade; Page 7 of 15

Article 8451 (Qualification): introduction of eligibility criteria for FEI European Championships (in addition to the existing criteria for the FEI World Equestrian Games).

The decision taken by the FEI Bureau about the withdrawal of the addition to Article 430.7.6 of the Rules for Dressage Events and to Article 8430 of the Rules for Para-Equestrian Dressage regarding evidence of blood in the arena was unanimously approved by the General Assembly (cf. press release issued on 11 November (here).

(Source: FEI www.fei.org)