The International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC), which represent the world's top showjumping athletes, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with the FEI. The organisation will work closely with the FEI to expand the Olympic disciplines of jumping.
The IJRC, founded in 1977 by a group of 25 international jumping riders, including David Broome, Raimondo D'Inzeo, Paul Schockomöhle and Nelson Pessoa, is under the dynamic direction of Eleonora Ottaviani Moroni (SUI-ITA). The organisation represents over 250 of the world's best jumping athletes, which have competed at Olympic, World Championship and FEI Nations Cup level, as well as the top athletes in the FEI world jumping rankings. The IJRC also represents the North American Riders Group (NARG).
"Our club strongly believes that the co-operation between our riders, event organisers and the governing body for our sport, the FEI, is key in bringing equestrian sport to a higher level," said Olympic jumping athlete Christina Liebherr (SUI), who was appointed as the IJRC's first woman President in August 2013. "This is the start of a new way of working with the FEI and the athletes we represent, as we focus on the global development of jumping."
"Our athletes are the lifeblood of our sport, and the FEI's collaboration with the International Jumping and Dressage Riders Clubs helps to ensure that we all have our fingers on the pulse of the sport and fully understand the views of our athletes on the future of two of our most popular disciplines," FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said. "These new relationships underline the importance of collaborating with our athletes and represent a very important step as jumping and dressage continue to grow in all four corners of the world."
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