UAE Suspension Over Endurance Lifted by FEI

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 27, 2016–Suspension of the United Arab Emirates for “major”welfare issues with Endurance horses has been lifted by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) after agreement was reached on measures to combat the abuse.

The FEI Bureau unanimously approved the immediate reinstatement of the UAE National Federation after the signing of an agreement that, the international governing body of horse sports said Monday, “guarantees horse welfare will be fully respected and that FEI Rules will be stringently enforced at all Endurance events, both national and international, in the country.”

The EEF was provisionally suspended in mid-March following an investigation by the FEI into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI rules and regulations in Endurance in the UAE.

The EEF proposed an extensive list of actions it would undertake to address the issues. The FEI sought more changes before the suspension was lifted.