The FEI Bureau held its statutory meeting on 17 November in Dubai (UAE).
The FEI Endurance Committee held its meeting in Dusseldorf (GER), on 23 August 2006. The following items are brought to the attention of the Bureau for information and approval:
2008 World Endurance Championships - Malaysia
In view of the 2008 World Endurance Championship, a trial event would take on 24 November 2006 at Terengganu (MAS). The Officials to act on that occasion were approved. Each official would produce a detailed report on the viability of the event taking into account climatic factors. The OC had agreed to provide detailed weather reports over a period of months to provide information for both this event and in view of the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. Minimum requirements to consider the trial run a success was the achievement of a 40% completion rate within a maximum ride time of 16 hours.
Derek Liebenberg (RSA) was appointed as the approved Endurance Course Director for Southern Africa. A number of FEI-funded courses would take place in Eastern Europe in 2007. This region, which has seen a growth in the discipline in the last 24 months, should be supported in terms of education rather than funding.
World Endurance Seminar
A seminar to discuss the future of the discipline would take place in 2007, venue and exact dates TBC. It has emphasised that it would not have any decision-making role .
The corrections and additions to the FEI Rules for Endurance (6th edition) were approved.
VAULTING AND YOUTH (snip)
The FEI Veterinary Committee Chairman presented a detailed update on FEI veterinary activities pending, amongst others, on veterinary research, major event veterinary preparations, welfare sub committee issues, hypersensitisation, hyperflexion, competition intensity, cloning and medication issues.
Medication Control Programme Update
As per 8 October 2006, 1650 horses had been tested, which is a significant increase as compared to previous years. From these 1650 horses, 45 (2.7%) positive test results were reported to the FEI. For the record, 1250 horses had been tested in the Medication Control Programme as per October 2004 and 69 positive medication cases had been reported (4.6%). As in previous years, most positive test results relate to medication used for problems in the locomotion system of the horse.
Medication Advisory Group (MAG) Update
The Â‘Medicine BoxÂ’ concept had been well accepted. There were 16 substances in the Â‘BoxÂ’ and the intention was to provide reliable detection times for each of these agents. Work on a number of other substances was ongoing. It was hoped to publish Detection Times on eight further substances before the end of 2006.However, that depended on the goodwill and commitment of laboratories and others bodies outside the control of the FEI so the targets could not be guaranteed. Detection times on a sedative and a local anaesthetic were to be added before the end of November.
Work continued on developing agreed laboratory standards. As for testing in Latin America, applications for the status of Reference Laboratory had been received from three laboratories. The bids were being considered and a follow-up would be made shortly.
The 2007 calendar of FEI International Events was approved.
Albanian Federation of Equestrian Sports was approved as full member (Group I)..
The current General Assembly format is being reviewed in order to take full advantage of the General Assembly week and keep it interesting and dynamic. Innovations will be introduced in view of 2007. Detailed information will be sent to the National Federations at the end of the year.
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