FEI EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO VOTE ON NEW STATUTES

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jan. 18–An FEI Extraordinary General Assembly will be held on May 6 in Lausanne to seek approval of new FEI Statutes, the centerpiece of which is a proposal to streamline the governing structure of the organization that administers global horse sports.

The 134 National Federations affiliated with the FEI will have the right to vote on statutory changes that are reported to propose eliminating the bureau that includes the president, 1st and 2nd vice presidents and 16 other members of different nationalties, such as David O’Connor, president of the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

Instead, the proposed new structure will be much more streamlined with an executive board that some federations fear will be less representative of the members.

“A comprehensive consultation process, in which input from the National Federations and the Bureau will be sought on key statutory changes, begins today, 18 January,” the FEI said in a statement. “The final draft of the proposed Statutes that will be voted on at the Extraordinary General Assembly will be sent to NFs on 8 April. If approved, the new Statutes will allow for the election of a newly structured FEI Board at the 2011 Ordinary General Assembly in November.

“Candidacies for election at the 2011 FEI General Assembly will be opened after 6 May.”

The new FEI headquarters in Lausanne will officially be opened on the same day as the Extraordinary General Assembly.