International Dressage Trainers Club & FEI Sign Memorandum of Understanding
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April 11, 2014
The International Dressage Trainers Club has become the fifth of the former International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Associate Members to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the governing body of horse sports.
The memorandum of understanding was ratified at Thursday’s IDTC annual meeting at the headquarters of the German Equestrian Federation and German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports in Warendorf.
The IDTC, which specializes in raising the level of training worldwide with a special focus on countries where dressage is a developing sport, was founded in 1984 by Herman Duckek of Germany, who was president until his death in 2000.
David Hunt of Great Britain took over the presidency in October, 2002 from Belgian Equestrian Federation Technical Advisor and IDTC board member Sjef Janssen.
The IDTC now has more than 120 member trainers based around the world working with senior and young athletes competing internationally at Grand Prix level and in pony, junior and young rider championships.
“The FEI has worked closely with the International Dressage Trainers Club for over 30 years”, said Trond Asmyr, FEI Director of Dressage. “We’re now looking forward to taking this longstanding collaboration to the next level at a time when dressage is rapidly increasing in popularity with athletes and spectators alike around the world.”
“The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the FEI is an important milestone in the evolution of the International Dressage Trainers Club,” said David Hunt, who is also President of the British International Dressage Trainers Foundation, and member of the FEI’s Dressage Committee and the FEI’s working group on Senior Dressage tests.
“This agreement formalizes the relationship between our organization and the FEI and recognizes the importance of the training community in the development of our sport. I look forward to a future of cooperation and support between the two organizations.”
The memorandums of understanding are a replacement for FEI Associate Member status that was abolished in 2012.
Organizations that have signed memorandums with the FEI are:
The International Equestrian Organizers Alliance
The International Eventing Officials Club
International Showjumping Officials Club
World Horse Welfare
International Dressage Trainers Club