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Pedro Veniss announced as new FEI Athlete Representative

Monday, 06 April 2020

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Pedro Veniss has been announced as new FEI Athlete Representative. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Seven months after Cian O’Connor resigned as FEI Athlete Representative to the FEI Jumping Committee, Pedro Veniss has been announced as his successor. 

O’Connor was elected as FEI Athlete Representative for a four-year period in September 2018 but resigned a year later. Maria Gretzer has meanwhile been interim representative in the Jumping Committee, and in the FEI Athletes Committee. 

Veniss, a two-time Olympian for Brazil, will now be taking over and his term will last until 2022. 

“I agreed to take the Athlete Representative role because of my passion for horses and for the sport. The possibility of me taking the role came up last year in an International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) meeting in Barcelona,” Veniss comments to the FEI. “I believe the role is important as it serves as a way of bringing riders’ ideas and thoughts to FEI leadership. In this position I hope to contribute to the sport by working closely with riders and the jumping community.”

“In my opinion the challenge for the coming years is to increase the sport’s exposure in major media. My main concern is related to horse welfare as the sport evolves and grows. It is important to remember that new rules and guidelines should be built with fairness and common sense,” Veniss says to the FEI. 


Read the full FEI interview with Veniss here.



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