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Unfair equality of the FEI voting system

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Pierre Arnould, the prominent Endurance person from Belgium, shook up the Endurance community by posting the open letter to Tarek Taher:



Photo Pierre Arnould/Facebook

In his open letter, Mr. Pierre Arnould raised a very important topic about the FEI voting system:
1 NF = 1 voice.

Let’s see how this system worked at the FEI General Assembly in Moscow.

Screenshot of the FEI live broadcast

In this picture, you see a delegate from Barbados (the lady in a black dress) and a delegate from Belgium which is the home country of Pierre Arnould (the lady wearing a white blouse).

What is Barbados?

What is Barbados for Endurance sport?

See the answer on the FEI website here: https://data.fei.org/NFPages/NF/Details/Federation/13/BARBADOS-EQUESTRIAN-ASSOCIATION-

No doubt, Barbados is a beautiful and wonderful country, but it has ZERO PRESENCE in Endurance sport.

In Barbados, there are ZERO of Endurance events, ZERO of Endurance officials, ZERO of Endurance athletes, ZERO of Endurance horses.

How do you think, is it fair that such a country may decide the future of Endurance discipline and be eligible to vote on Endurance topics?

The delegate from Barbados was Monique ARCHER, the President of Barbados NF, Deputy Chair Group IV, and Eventing athlete.

Photo Monique Archer/Facebook

On her Facebook, she wrote:

Photo Monique Archer/Facebook

“Very proud to be a part of the decisions made today to ensure welfare of the horse in Endurance is the main priority.”

– Monique ARCHER, the delegate from Barbados

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Let’s replay the events of the day of the General Assembly in Moscow.

09:15 – Quick Facts
There are 91 National Federations with Powers of Attorney actually on site attending the General Assembly here in Moscow, and 29 proxies from National Federations not attending the session, meaning there are a total of 120 votes for today’s meeting. The required quorum is 68.

– FEI General Assembly 2019 Blog

Screenshot of the FEI live broadcast

Actually, Monique Archer has two voices: the first for her own country Barbados, and the second (obviously by proxy) for some another small country, perhaps also with ZERO PRESENCE in Endurance sport. In the picture below you see Ms. Archer with two green cards in both hands.

Screenshot of the FEI live broadcast

* * *

Now let’s fast forward to the most exciting moment – the voting on the minimum weight for Young Riders/Juniors.

Watch it here: https://youtu.be/XEXWqq1XbNI?t=8095

The first option to vote was to remove minimum weight at all.

  • YES = 40 votes
  • NO = 63 votes
  • Total = 103 votes
Screenshot of the FEI live broadcast

As you can see, Barbados = 2 votes against, Belgium = 1 vote against, France = 2 votes against.

Screenshot of the FEI live broadcast

The second option to vote was to reduce minimum weight from proposed 60 kg to 55 kg.

After counting the votes, the FEI President Ingmar De Vos said it was very close race:

  • YES = 53 votes
  • NO = 57 votes
  • Abstained = 4 votes
  • Total = 114 votes

Now, the total number of votes is 11 more than 5 minutes ago.

Screenshot of the FEI live broadcast

Again, Barbados = 2 votes against, Belgium = 1 vote against, France = 2 votes against.

Now imagine for a moment that Monique Archer from paradise Barbados voted with two votes in favor, not against!

Then the results would be different:

  • YES = 53+2=55 votes
  • NO = 57-2=55 votes

Who knows, if Ms. Archer with her 2 votes and some another delegate with 1 vote from a small country with ZERO PRESENCE of Endurance sport voted in favor, then this option of 55 kg would be approved!

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The strangest thing happened during the voting on Elite Status, watch it here: https://youtu.be/XEXWqq1XbNI?t=8475

Screenshot of the FEI live broadcast

The FEI President Ingmar De Vos announced the results:

  • YES = 73 votes
  • NO = 55 votes

It means the total number of votes = 73 + 55 = 128 votes! It is 8 votes more than declared number of 120 votes presented at the General Assembly.

How is this possible?

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