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EEF signs up as the IGA's first National Federation Friend

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

The International Grooms Association (IGA) has announced the launch of their National Federation Friends program. The program was unveiled in a presentation by the IGA to the European Equestrian Federation (EEF) at the FEI General Assembly.  

The new project signifies a new and formal working relationship between the IGA and National Federations (NFs) from around the world. During the FEI General Assembly, the EEF pledged its support to the project and became the first official partner.

The mission of the IGA is to strive to achieve recognition with a collaborative voice, greater career opportunities, status and working environments for all grooms working within FEI level equestrian disciplines. This new program is launched with the aim of working in partnership with the National Federations to develop plans for the grooms that work in international equestrian sport in their country.  

In a press release from EEF, IGA Founding Director Lucy Katan said: “The key to achieving change is to work with the National Federations. It is impossible for the IGA to create meaningful, long lasting change on our own. The NFs are our friends and we would like to work in partnership as it is all of our responsibility.”

EEF President Theo Ploegmakers said: “The grooms are an essential part of our sport, and we need to ensure they are properly cared for and developed not just now, but for the future. To ensure our sport is sustainable we need to continue to attract new grooms and ensure it is a viable career path, the work of the IGA is paramount to this, and we will do all we can to support their mission.”

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