A Temporary Committee tasked with urgent reassessment of Endurance riding has been set up by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) following the event’s cancellation amid confused circumstances at this year’s World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon.
The FEI has announced that Spain’s Ignasi Casas Vaque has been provisionally relieved of his duties as deputy chair and Member of the Endurance Committee pending legal proceedings for alleged incorrect behavior at this year’s WEG.
You would recall www.islandstats.com reported on September 12th Bermuda’s Marvin Brangman withdrew his horse after a lengthy delay due to an official error.
Speaking exclusively to www.islandstats.com, Brangman said, “I am glad the issue is being addressed, we have heard so many things.”
The FEI has also confirmed that it has received and accepted the resignation of Dr Brian Sheahan of Australia as chair of the Endurance Technical Committee due to ill health.
In an FEI release, the world governing body's President Ingmar De Vos criticized the "win at all costs" mentality that has emerged in endurance racing, adding: "We need to bring the discipline back to the principles of the FEI where welfare of the horse and horsemanship prevail."
Endurance racing in Tryon proved something of a debacle.