Voting Begins for FEI Athlete Representatives, Two Candidates for One Dressage Position
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July 31, 2018
Voting began Tuesday for athlete representatives, including two candidates for one position on the six-member International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Dressage Committee and the FEI Athletes Committee.
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat of Spain and Patrik Kittel of Sweden are candidates for the dressage position of one non-renewable term of four years.
About 180 athletes are qualified to vote in the election that runs until the end of the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina Sept. 23.
The online voting system requires athletes to confirm their identity by uploading a picture of their ID such as passport, identity card, driver’s license. The FEI will confirm eligibility to vote within three working days. Eligible voters will receive an email with username, password and direct link to the online voting platform to cast their ballot.
Highlights of careers and campaign platform:
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat-52 years old; 2002 World Equestrian Games team bronze, individual silver; 2003 European Championships team silver, individual bronze; 2004 Olympics team silver individual bronze; 2005 Europeans team bronze and 2015 Europeans freestyle bronze.
“Being part of the FEI Dressage Comittee would be a great honor for me.
“Loving animals since very young, one of my main goals would be to help actively in the promotion of the welfare of the horse. Horses are amazing animals who deserve to be treated with care and respect.
“I would also want to have riders and judges work closely for the development of dressage and the improvement of judging.”
Patrik Kittel-42 years old; 2008 Olympics; 2009 European Championships; 2010 World Equestrian Games; 2011 Europeans freestyle bronze; 2012 Olympics; 2013 Europeans; 2014 World Games; 2015 Europeans; 2016 Olympics, and 2017 Europeans.
“To be able to communicate with the FEI on behalf of my fellow colleagues would be a wonderful opportunity to assist the sport in moving forward.
“My close contact with riders throughout the world from various nationalities combined with my involvement with the SAAB Top 10 and experience as a rider and trainer at the top level gives me a unique insight into multiple aspects of the fantastic sport of dressage.”