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Endurance Temporary Committee


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Due to the resignation of the Chair and the suspension of the Deputy Chair pursuant to the FEI Tribunal Decision of 25 February 2019, the Endurance Committee is currently unable to function as a full committee. The 3 remaining members of the Endurance Committee – Rocio Echeverri (CRC) (2015-2019), Stéphane Chazel (FRA) (2016-2020) and Tarek Taher (KSA) (2018-2022) – will remain as members for their terms and until further notice.

Instead, the FEI Board has set up a Temporary Committee with a specific remit under Article 36.1 of the FEI Statutes. The members of the Endurance Temporary Committee are: Dr Sarah Coombs (GBR), Chair; Tarek Taher (KSA), Member; Pieter Wiersinga (NED), Member; Tim Parkin (GBR), Member; and Valerie Kanavy (USA), Member.

FEI Sports Forum 2019

The second day of the FEI Sports Forum 2019 was focused exclusively on proposed ways to reshape the discipline of Endurance. It is the first time in the history of the Sports Forum that an entire day was dedicated to a single topic.

The Endurance Temporary Committee (ETC), led by Dr Sarah Coombs (GBR), presented over three sessions the work it has done since its creation in October 2018, with a particular emphasis on the Committee’s philosophy for changing the approach of the athletes and officials to the sport.

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Dr Sarah Coombs (GBR)
Sarah Coombs is Chair of the Endurance Temporary Committee. An FEI Endurance Veterinarian and Event Official, she was formerly the British Endurance team vet. Coombs is a trustee of the global equine charity World Horse Welfare and is chair of its Veterinary Advisory Committee.

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Professor Timothy Parkin (GBR)
Timothy Parkin is a member of the Endurance Temporary Committee and the FEI Veterinary Committee. A professor and associate at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow, Parkin heads the scientific research for the FEI’s Global Endurance Injuries Study (GEIS).

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Mr Tarek Taher (KSA)
An international Endurance competitor, Tarek Taher is the athletes’ representative on the Endurance Temporary Committee following his election to the FEI Athletes’ Committee in September 2018. Taher qualified for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon (USA) in 2018 and has also competed at FEI World Championship level.

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Mr Pieter Wiersinga (NED)
Pieter Wiersinga is a member of the Endurance Temporary Committee and chef d’équipe of the Dutch Endurance team. A Police Commissioner and former Head of the Mounted Police in the Netherlands, Wiersinga is also head coach at the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS).

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Ms Valerie Kanavy (USA)
Ms Valerie Kanavy is a member of FEI Endurance Temporary Committee and was the athlete representative on the Endurance Committee from 2014 to 2018. As an international Endurance athlete she won individual gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in The Hague (1994) and again four years later in Abu Dhabi (UAE).

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Mr Mark Samuel (CAN)
A former international showjumper, Mark Samuel is the FEI Vice President, a member of the FEI Executive Board and Chair of the Regional Group IV. Samuel’s role is to facilitate communication between the Endurance Temporary Committee and the FEI Board.

All these people are in charge of reshaping the Endurance and proposing the new rules that sent out to National Federations on 8 July 2019.