FEI Votes to Allow President to be Paid

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FEI President Ingmar De Vos at the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne where FEI statutes were changed to allow the president to receive a salary. © 2015 FEI/Germain Arias-Schreiber
FEI President Ingmar De Vos at the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne where FEI statutes were changed to allow the president to receive a salary. © 2015 FEI/Germain Arias-Schreiber

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 28, 2015–The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) voted unanimously Tuesday to change the statutes of the governing body of internationak horse sports so the president can be paid.

The change, if implemented by the FEI Bureau that is expected to approve it in June, means that Ingmar de Vos can receive a salary as he did as secretary general of the organization until last December when he was elected president.

For the century of its existence, the FEI has been an honorary position but with considerable power that since World War II has usually been filled by a member of a European royal family or most recently the Jordanian Princess Haya bint Al Hussein.

Along with the election of Ingmar de Vos, other changes were made to the structure of the FEI that consolidates power in the office of the president and realigns the role of secretary general to that of an administrator.

The amount of the salary for Ingmar, if approved, has not been set.