Well, the smoke after Tryon debacle has cleared.
Endurance Championship was cancelled.
The Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU) released its report on Tryon investigation, which was very disappointing and didn’t give any real answers.
After cancelling Endurance competition in Tryon, the FEI held a press conference in the on-site Media Center where it was stated that “Any potential reallocation of the Endurance World Championships 2018 would be subject to a decision of the FEI Board.”
So, almost three months have passed since this announcement, and there is still no decision on the possibility of repeating the Endurance Championship 2018. Why?
For the first time in many years, the Endurance discipline will be left without a championship and without a champion this year.
Does it bother the FEI President and Secretary General?
It looks like the FEI Board just didn’t give a damn about that decision.
Good job, Sabrina Ibáñez!
After destroying the Endurance sport, she started the destruction of another discipline – Reining.
At General Assembly Sabrina Ibáñez announced the decision to terminate cooperation between the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and FEI, saying the two American governing bodies had breached terms agreed in 2014.
In separate statements issued the next day, both associations – the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) revealed they were informed only on November 19th, the same day the decision was publicly announced during the FEI General Assembly in Bahrain.
AQHA refutes it has breached the agreement. NRHA says that after “months” of discussions its leaders offered to visit FEI headquarters in January to maintain the relationship, but claims the FEI declined.
Reining, which became an FEI discipline in 2000, was first recognised as a sport in 1949 by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).
So, Reining came to the FEI from America, and now Sabrina Ibáñez shuts down the relations with the American governing bodies.
Reining without America is not Reining!
By the way, the new modifications were approved at General Assembly for the FEI Statutes.
The most interesting update is Article 10.1 (xiii) – The General Assembly not only has the right to approve new equestrian disciplines but to remove an existing one. Such approval or removal shall be decided upon further to the recommendation of the Board which will have previously examined in detail any such proposal.
So, FEI added the wording “to remove” an Equestrian Discipline!
Why suddenly it became necessary to add such wording?
Do they prepare to remove some discipline from the FEI?
Reining or Endurance? Or both of them?