Graeme Cooke, Key in Improving International Transport of Horses, Leaving FEI

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Jose Ortelli of Argentina, Tim Dutta of the United States and FEI Veterinary Director Graeme Cooke at international horse transportation conferece in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jose Ortelli of Argentina, Tim Dutta of the United States and FEI Veterinary Director Graeme Cooke at international horse transportation conferece in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 27, 2014–Graeme Cooke, who has played a key role improving the international movement of sport horses, is leaving his post as International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Veterinary Director.

Graeme, who joined the FEI in 2009, is leaving to spend more time with his aging parents.

His main goal during his tenure at the FEI has been to improve the international movement of horses and he has been instrumental creating the High-Health High-Performance horse concept and getting it accepted by the World Organisation for Animal Health, the OIE.

“Graeme was brought in to the FEI with the key objective of opening up borders for competition horses and his tireless lobbying of the OIE has resulted in huge improvements,” FEI President Princess Haya said. “It’s a very difficult balancing act between promoting the free movement of horses while assuring governments that sanitary barriers are still in place.

“As our sport becomes more global, the movement of horses across continents takes on even greater significance, so the work that Graeme has undertaken and what he has achieved are extremely important and we are indebted to him for it. We are of course sad to see him go, but we have to respect his decision and wish him well for the future.”

Graeme said, “I feel we’ve really made a big breakthrough in international horse movements and I’m proud that the FEI has led the way on that. It’s an important chapter in equestrian sport history and I’m happy to have played a role in it.”