In the wake of unprecedented scandal and corruption in the sport of Endurance Riding coming from the United Arab Emirates, the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) has formally requested that the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) remove the 2016 World Endurance Championship from Dubai to another venue or cancel the event altogether.
Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades will clearly be a force to be reckoned with this season, as the duo continues to improve and impress. In just their second show back since the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) this past August, the pair scored a remarkable 76.680% in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W 3*, presented by Today's Equestrian and Diane and George Fellows, to start competition in the Large Tour off with a bang at Week 10 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. Lars Petersen (DEN) and Mariett placed second with a 72.500% and Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Benetton Dream captured third receiving a 70.760%. The highlight class, "Friday Night Stars" FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, will begin tomorrow night at 7pm at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Nick Dello Joio (USA) and Coker Farm, Inc.'s Contiki were the winners over Kent Farrington (USA) and Robin Parsky's Blue Angel in a thrilling jump-off for Thursday's $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 at the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Twenty-five-year-old Dello Joio edged out Farrington by less than one-tenth of a second for his first ever WEF Challenge Cup win.
The FEI Bureau has suspended the National Federation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for an indeterminate period following an investigation by the FEI into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI Rules and Regulations in the discipline of Endurance.
The Bureau, chaired by FEI President Ingmar De Vos, was unanimous in its decision to suspend the UAE National Federation.
Courtesy of USEA
The USEA and the staff at the Red Hills Horse Trials are deeply saddened by the accident that took the life of Conahy’s Courage owned by Imogen de Lavis and ridden by Canada’s Kyle Carter. The entire Eventing community sends deepest condolences to Imogen and Kyle on the loss of this lovely horse. The USEA Safety Committee and the USEA’s Cross-Country Course Design and Fence Construction Task Force works continually to review all aspects of this sport, including cross-country course design, with a view to making Eventing as safe as possible for both horses and riders. Members of these committees will spend the next few weeks investigating every aspect of this incident. This will include interviews with appropriate individuals and an analysis of the design and construction of the obstacle to determine what alterations can be made to reduce the chance of a similar accident in the future.