The FEI announced yesterday it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Eventing Officials Club, which boasts more than 1,000 members worldwide. Since its founding in 1998, the independent organization has given a voice to FEI judges, technical delegates, stewards, course designers and organizers at the international level of the sport.
“The International Eventing Officials Club has been a vital link between the FEI and eventing officials for 15 years,” Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General, said in a press release. “During this time, the number of eventing competitions at all levels has grown rapidly — last year alone, there were over 560 competitions globally, which since 2004 represents a massive 77 percent growth in this sport.
It’s exciting to see the FEI strengthen its partnership with eventing officials, but the most critical part of this announcement has to be that eventing has expanded 77 percent globally in the last decade. That’s an incredible growth rate, and it’s very encouraging to see the FEI recognize how important it is to continue developing the sport at the international level.
“This Memorandum of Understanding with the FEI is testament to the continued worldwide popularity of eventing and the magnitude of the growth of this sport as it continues beyond its traditional heartlands and into new territories,” IEOC Charman Andy Griffiths said in the press release. “These are exciting times for eventing, and we are all very much looking forward to continuing our work with the FEI, the National Federations and Eventing Organisers this year and beyond to help build a solid future for our sport.”
The IEOC is free for eventing officials to join. The website is currently under construction at www.ieoc.info, but officials interested in more information can contact the organization by emailing [email protected]. Click here to read the full press release on the FEI website.