All Dressage World Cup Finalists to Receive Expenses

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Mikala Gundersen on My Lady riding for D`Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen on My Lady riding for D`Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jan. 30, 2015–All horses and riders competing in the dressage World Cup Final will be reimbursed for expenses under a change in the rules implemented by the International Equestriam Federation (FEI).

The change means an end to two levels of expense reimbursement–one for Europe that covered most expenses of traveling to Finals wherever they were staged and the other for the rest that paid only a fraction of expenses when the Finals were held in Europe.

The FEI confirmed the rule change in response to questions from dressage-news.com.

The issue came to a head at the World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping in April last year when two Florida-based Danish combinations finished at the top of the North American League of Canada and the United States. The two combinations were invited to the Final in Lyon, France.

The FEI and the Danish federation agreed that expenses would be paid for road transportation from Denmark to Lyon and not from the United States.

However, the organizer offered to reimburse expenses for the one Danish combination, Mikala Gundersen and My Lady, from Florida that took part on the grounds that it was fair to match the expense reimbursement poiicy used for jumpers–an Egyptian rider based in California was reimbursed as provided for under the agreement covering the jumping World Cup Final.

The policy change will not alter anything for this year as the Finals of both disciplines are in Las Vegas and the organizer covers all transportation expenses.