Inaugural FEI Dressage Nations Cup Series Approved for 2013

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ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 6–An International Equestrian Federation Nations Cup series to initially include as many as four countries will be launched next year, the FEI announced Tuesday ahead of the organization’s General Assembly.

The FEI Bureau approved the creation of the Nations Cup Dressage Series on a trial basis beginning in 2013.

The provisional calendar is:

–Vidauban, France CDIO 3* May 17-20
–Rotterdam, Netherlands CDIO3* June 20-24
–Aachen, Germany CDIO5* July 3-8
–Hickstead, England, CDIO5* Aug. 1-4 (to be confirmed)

Any other CDIO outdoor competitions will be included in the FEI Nations Cup Dressage series, except for the Global Dressage Festival CDIO in Wellington, Florida, which was excluded because it is at small tour.

Rules for dressage relating to team competitions at CDIO3*, 4* and 5* will apply. The point system and participation will be available on the FEI website.

Hans-Christian Matthiesen, Danish veterinarian and chair of the Dressage Selection Committee of the Danish Equestrian Federation, has been appointed to a four-year term on the FEI Dressage Committee, replacing outgoing member Elisabet Lundholm of Sweden.

Kyra Kyrklund of Finland, president of the International Dressage Riders Club, had her term extended until online voting by athletes has been implemented.

The bureau also allocated the following championships:

FEI Central Asia Dressage Championships Almaty, Kazakstan June 14-16
FEI European Dressage, Eventing and Jumping Championships for Ponies Arezzo, Italy July 16-21

The bureau also endorsed the production of an FEI Biosecurity Guide in 2013 to support FEI efforts to have FEI horses acknowledged as high-health, high-performance horses by national authorities and ensure they are granted special travel privileges.

Wider promotion of the use of horse passports for sporting needs was also supported as a means of identifying ownership and basic breeding. It is a record of event attendance, vaccination, past disease, anti-doping testing and a record of a microchip number.

The FEI has consolidated the agreement with the European Union which now accepts FEI horse passports as valid EU approved passports as long as they are continuously validated.

“However there is a need for more National Federations to have passports of a suitable standard,” the FEI said.

The bureau also endorsed a closer working relationship with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).