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Sunday, May 31, 2020
FEI Has Published its Own Guidelines,
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has published its own guidelines, adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, for when the sport returns.

The FEI released its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, which aims to assist organizations and National Federations with the safe resumption of the sport in line with national and local restrictions.

It will apply to all FEI events from July 1 and will look to limit the risk of transmission at events until effective treatment or a vaccine is determined available by the World Health Organization.

FEI event organizers will also conduct risk assessments with the national Government and the National Federations as well as the public health authorities.

Those who do not comply to these measures will have their event removed from the FEI calendar.

FEI Medical Committee chair Mark Hart developed the idea, but is glad to see it in place now.

Hart said: "COVID-19 has caused massive disruption to the FEI calendar and to national events, with a huge impact on all the various participants of equestrian sports.

"We are all in this together and this pandemic will be with us for at least 12 to 24 months.

"We need to adapt to a 'new normal' as we move forward.

"The FEI is committed to assisting National Federations and FEI event organizers by providing resources to effectively assess the risks potentially posed by events from the planning phase and mitigate such risks through relevant measures.

"As we anticipate the gradual return of competitions, we must do everything we can to mitigate the risk of transmission and further spread of COVID-19.

"This is a matter of public health, and it's also how a sport can demonstrate to public authorities that it is ready to resume activity."

Worldwide, there have been more than 6.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date, resulting in the deaths of over 371,000 people.

Sunday, May 17, 2020
Truran Takes Academic Achievement Award

The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) and Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation, Inc. announced the 2020 Academic Achievement Award winners including Casey Truran.

Truran a member of the Savannah College of Art and Design Equestrian team received a Second Team All-Academic Award.

Truran and others had a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

We love seeing our members excel in the classroom as well as in the show ring," said Peter Cashman, IHSA executive director. "It is our aim that members' academic and IHSA equestrian experience helps prepare them for life beyond college."

The IHSA recognizes its members who excel academically throughout the year with the All-Academic Awards. Eligibility for the First Team All-Academic Award members must have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher and a 3.5 or higher for the Second Team All-Academic Award.
Thursday, May 07, 2020
FEI North American Youth Championships Cancelled

Robin Stempel
US Equestrian, Equestrian Canada, and the Mexican Equestrian Federation, with support of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) for Dressage and Jumping.

The 2020 NAYC for Dressage and Jumping was scheduled to run from August 4th – 9th at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Traverse City, Mich.

Under the direction of National Coach Angela Halloran Smith, Robin Stempel and her horse Rossano Royal 2 had undertaken a strenuous and committed training program in order to reach young Robin's goal of representing Bermuda at the 2020 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championship in the discipline of dressage.

The agreement to cancel the 2020 NAYC was made due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding international travel as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the significant reduction of qualifying opportunities for both dressage and jumping athletes in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The three national federations agreed that it is no longer feasible to host the championship this year, as horse and athlete combinations would not be able to properly prepare, qualify, or travel effectively for the event.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Burch Looking Forward to Resuming Competing

Raishun Burch was enjoying the start to 2020 with the Indoor Season and he was looking forward to the outdoor season until the Coronavirus pandemic took over the world.

Burch who resides in Germany, is still able to work with his horses, is looking forward to when he can be back in action.

Burch is looking to have regular competition as soon as it is possible, with a dream of competing in the Olympics as just that a dream saying if it happens it happens.

“People’s well-being is the most important thing at this time,” says Burch.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Terceira Making the Adjustments in Belgium

With the Coronavirus continuing to dominate the World, we spoke with Bermuda Olympian Jillian Terceira about how she and her family are adjusting to the crisis?

Terceira said, “My family & horses are safe. My biggest challenge during this crisis is keeping my horses fresh and alert. They can get bored not travelling and not jumping at shows.”

We then asked Terceira what she is doing to keep your horses safe, “We no longer do any training off of the yard. No Regional, National or International shows, we’ve had CSI International Competitions already cancelled that were scheduled for June. Belgium’s borders are closed so there is no travelling with horses,” replied Terceira.

With so much uncertainty about an end to the quarantine, Terceira was asked when she is hoping to be able to get back into competition, “We are hoping we’ll be able to start up Regional & National Competitions within Belgium in May.”
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