David O’Connor Proposes Changes to Eventing Sanctions at FEI Sports Forum

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The 2019 FEI Sports Forum took place Monday through Tuesday of this week in Lausanne, SUI, and covered a vast expanse of topics.

Day 1’s agenda included sessions on gender equality, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a review of the legal system, and the future of reining. Day 2 focused entirely on the sport of endurance, including qualification of horses and athletes, educating officials and application of rules, and improvements and innovations to reshape endurance. Click on any of the above session topics for a recap and video replay of that session along with supporting documents.

Of particular interest to eventers, during the legal system review Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O’Connor presented a new proposal to the Eventing Rules on sanctions related to Risk Management. Under current rules, two recorded warnings lead to a yellow warning card, while two yellow warning cards for the same offense within one year, lead to a four month suspension.

The following changes were proposed:

  • Athletes will receive a recorded warning for dangerous riding
  • Three recorded warnings within one year will lead to a two month suspension
  • Two yellow warning cards within one year will result in a two month suspension

The proposed changes would also allow the FEI to designate a later start date for the suspension if the period runs into the eventing off-season and has no real impact on the athlete. This topic was debated with opposing opinions voiced.

You can review the Eventing Risk Management Sanctions presentation here or as copied below.

The entire Forum is available to watch again on fei.org — afternoon session including David’s presentation is below beginning at 1:51.

2019 FEI Sports Forum: WebsiteTimetableSessions & Supporting DocumentsLive Stream & Replays