Petition to FEI Not to Cut Olympic Qualifying for Americas

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Dressage-news.com is gathering digital signatures to petition the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) NOT to reduce opportunities for athletes from the Americas to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Dressage-news.com began gathering signatures at the Wellington Nations Cup in Florida and has created an email address for anyone supporting the efforts not to reduce qualifying opportunities.

If you support this petition, please send an email with your name and nationality to petition@dressage.news.com.

Several riders and judges from nations outside North and South America have signed the petition to support the Olympic ideals of universality and fairness for all athletes.

Email addresses will be provided to the FEI Dressage Committee solely as a means of verifying the validity of respondents and will not be used for any other purpose. Dressage.news.com will purge the addresses from its server after the petition is presented to the FEI.

The petition, a copy of which is included below, is one of several efforts by national federations, officials, stakeholder, riders, owners, organizers and others to insure the Americas–all nations in North and South America–have the same chance as other regions of the world to qualify to compete on the largest sports stage.

The FEI has proposed that athletes from the Americas qualify through the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in 2010 if a team finishes in the top four.

One other team can qualify through the Pan American Games to be held in Toronto in 2015. The Pan Ams in 2011 provided for two nations to qualify teams for the Olympic Games in London in 2012. If a single nation is able to qualify a minimum of three individuals they will be able to enter a so-called “composite” team.

The reduction in opportunities for the Americas has been proposed in the same draft that provides for an increase in the overall number of combinations to compete in dressage to 60 from the total of 50 at London.

Dressage-news.com voluntarily undertook the collection of signature to give everyone an opportunity to speak out.

Email addresses will be provided to the FEI Dressage Committee solely as a means of verifying the validity of respondents and will not be used for any other purpose. Dressage.news.com will purge the addresses from its server after the petition is presented to the FEI

The petition:

Dressage Committee
Fédération Equestre Internationale
HM King Hussein I Building
Chemin de la Joliette 8
1006 Lausanne
Switzerland

We Dressage Riders and supporters of dressage wish to express our dissatisfaction regarding the proposed new Qualification Procedures for the Americans for the Olympic Games in 2016.

We are surprised and upset that the proposal seeks on the one hand to increase the number of Dressage riders at the Olympic Games but on the other seeks to reduce the chances for participation for riders of all the Americas.

The system for London 2012 allowing two teams to qualify from the Pan American Games was barely enough to cover a region that has 36 nations on two continents and fielded 12 teams at that championship.

Colombia qualified for a preliminary place for the Olympic Games, but Colombian riders were unable to comply with the minimum eligibility standards. However, we are confident that for Rio 2016 this will be different, not only for Colombia but for other nations as well.

We are encouraged that with the Olympics so close geographically we can invest in good horses and elevate the level of competition for 2016 and beyond.

All nations in the Americas are affected. We are not seeking to benefit at the expense of another region but to be provided with the same opportunities as other regions to keep the dream of the Olympics alive throughout the entire equestrian community.

Serious efforts are being made to elevate the level of Dressage Competition to Grand Prix. The 2016 Olympics in Brazil could lead to increased numbers of competitions and an expansion of the sport in Latin America.

We thank you for your attention and hope you consider our opinion regarding this subject of vital interest to our region.

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