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IJRC News: Issues up for discussion with the FEI

Tuesday, 28 February 2017
IJRC Corner

During 2017, World of Showjumping will bring our readers regular news from the International Jumping Riders Club. Below is the latest newsletter from the IJRC.

The last IJRC General Assembly was focused on crucial items on which the IJRC has been working a lot on, and for the first time in its history it was open to journalists and it was broadcast through live streaming.

The main themes discussed were the Olympic and WEG formats and a lot of riders participated actively in the discussion, underlining the IJRC is working hard and is fighting in favour of sport not politics, and the FEI has to understand that the riders are united and deserve more consideration.

The Blood Rule was another important topic discussed during the meeting.

Two sets of rules were shown on the screen: The FEI Eventing article 526.4 and the FEI Jumping article 242.3.1 with sanctions that are contradictory. In eventing, the judge “may disqualify”; in jumping “must disqualify” appears in the rules. We may need to discuss this in order to give the jumping judge the chance to adjudicate case by case.

The IJRC believes that a violation, in case of blood, must be sanctioned, but there should be different kind of sanctions in case of accident or voluntary, minor or major violations.

Consequences must be considered by the judges as in some countries abuse of horses means the riders may also be sanctioned under criminal law (e.g., France, Italy).

At the end of the meeting, the IJRC members kindly request the FEI the following points:

  1. To verify the criteria for membership to the FEI (horses’/riders’ international participation; FIS the International Ski Federation Statutes request minimum 500 athletes)
  2. To consider that technical matters should be put into force by those who are involved in the sport.  Only federations with Olympic athletes should have the right to vote on Olympic regulations.
  3. To listen to the athletes’ voices and consider them as serious professionals; to come towards the riders and make positive steps to get to know them.


The FEI General Secretary and the FEI President are pleased to receive a delegation of riders to discuss all issues that make them uncomfortable.

The meeting between the IJRC representatives and Mr. Ingmar De Vos, FEI President and Mr. John Madden, 1stVice President and Chair of the Jumping Committee has been organized at the end of March.

The request of the riders is to discuss the following issues:

-      CSI requirements;

-      Athletes representative's voting system;

-      Criteria for the National Federations to become FEI associated members with the right to vote;

-      Sanction and proportionality of the sanction with particular attention to the Blood Rules;

-      Risk of contamination during events and consequent opening of the doping procedure;

-      How to make Nations Cup more attractive;

-      Ranking points formula.

We are aware that the topics are complex and numerous, but we believe that a strong cooperation is the only way of avoiding serious problems in the future of our sport.



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