The FEI has appointed the members of the Endurance Task Force who have been asked to undertake a full review of the sport ahead of the disciplines major rule review due in January 2009.
Over fifty applications were received from FEI National Federations for persons to fill the twelve places available. In view of the number of applications and the wide range of skills and experience held by those who had applied, the FEI took the decision to increase the number of members to eighteen. However the original number of Divisions within the task force remain the same at six, each with a serving Chairman.
These Chairmen, together with their two co members, will work on the specific areas of review within their division whilst maintaining full communication with the other Divisional Chairman. Many of the areas of review are linked across all six Divisions and so no one part of the Task Force will be independent of another.
The FEI has established a communications portal which will allow the Task Force Members to directly communicate between each other and to receive comment and feedback directly from individuals from within the sport. Full details will be announced shortly.
A progress report will be issued in October with the full recommendations being finalised in early 2008. These recommendations will then be circulated to all National Federations for comment. The FEI Endurance Technical Committee will then fully consider the review proposals (amended as required following NF feed back) ahead of the establishment of the 2009 rule book.
The Task Force will consult widely to ensure input to the process is open to all those involved with the sport. Throughout the process will be open and transparent with regular updates published on the FEI web site.
The cooperative and unified approach to the review of the discipline, as seen at the World Forum in Paris last March, is indicative of the collective wish of FEI Federations to continue to develop and raise the standards of International Endurance sport around the world.
Details of those appointed can be found through the following link:
Link to list of appointments