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FEI approves new Equine Welfare Strategy Action Plan

June 13 2024

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has approved an Equine Welfare Strategy Action Plan.

FEI approves new Equine Welfare Strategy Action Plan

The FEI is the world governing body for equestrian, across the Olympic sports of jumping, dressage and eventing, as well as driving, endurance and vaulting.

A sum of CHF 1 million (€1m/$1.1m/£874,000) has been set aside to launch the plan, which is based on the recommendations outlined in the Final Report of the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commissions (EEWC). The plan comprises six priority areas of focus including training, riding, track and equipment; recognised physical and emotional stress; accountability, enforcement and knowledge, and more.

Each focus area was divided into a number of action points, and linked to the recommendations made by the EEWC, and those in charge of delivery, finances and deadlines. A series of further actions not linked to the six focus areas, but address the EEWC recommendations, have also been incorporated into the action plan.

This includes education on the five domains of animal welfare approach, communications strategy and reporting mechanisms.

“This is an important day for horse welfare and the FEI. The board took its responsibility and devoted time to discuss the detailed action plan with keen interest,” said FEI President Ingmar De Vos.

“Significant actions have been outlined, which will benefit horse welfare and will have a powerful impact on the sport as a whole. I want to take this opportunity to thank our NFs [national federations], stakeholders and equestrian community members for their feedback during and after the dedicated Sports Forum session which has greatly assisted the FEI in producing a tangible action plan.”

The plan will be finalised with the suggestions made by the board and published in due course. Implementation will follow immediately after, with the objective to propose initial rule changes that safeguard horse welfare at the FEI General Assembly 2024.

Image: Louise Pilgaard on Unsplash

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