Beatriz Ferrer-Salat of Spain and Patrik Kittel of Sweden Are Official Candidates for FEI Dressage Athlete Representative
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 8, 2018–Beatriz Ferrer-Salat of Spain and Patrik Kittel of Sweden are seeking to become the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) dressage athlete representative for the next four years.
Beatriz, 52 years old, competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2016 Olympics and 1998 and 2002 World Equestrian Games.
Patrik, 41, married to Australian Olympian Lyndal Oatley, competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics and 2010 and 2014 World Equestrian Games.
Riders at least 18 years old who have competed in one of the last two Olympics or World Equestrian Games are eligible to vote in the election from July 29 to Sept. 23, the last day of the 2018 WEG at Tryon, North Carolina.
The successful candidate will succeed Anna Paprocka Campanella of Italy on the six-member FEI Dressage Committee and the Athletes Committee.
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat “motivation” letter:
“Being part of the FEI Dressage Comittee would be a great honor for me.
“Loving animals since very young, one of my main goals would be to help actively in the promotion of the welfare of the horse. Horses are amazing animals who deserve to be treated with care and respect.
“I would also want to have riders and judges work closely for the development of dressage and the improvement of judging.”
Patrik Kittel “motivation” letter:
“I wish to formally put myself forward to represent my fellow riders with the FEI.
“To be able to communicate with the FEI on behalf of my fellow colleagues would be a wonderful opportunity to assist the sport in moving forward.
“My close contact with riders throughout the world from various nationalities combined with my involvement with the SAAB Top 10 and experience as a rider and trainer at the top level gives me a unique insight into multiple aspects of the fantastic sport of Dressage.”
Ingmar De Vos, elected as FEI President in 2014, is the sole candidate for another four-year term.
A total of 52 athletes from 26 countries on five continents are also standing for election as Athlete Representatives for the FEI’s eight Committees for the Olympic sports of dressage, jumping, eventing, para-dressage, driving, endurance, reining and vaulting.