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FEI Dressage Committee Controversy--2008

This page is for information on the controversy about the FEI Dressage Committee that started in mid-2008.
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FEI Dressage Committee Controversy--2008

In Chronological Order starting with Most Recent Updates
November 22, 2008

FEI Dressage Task Force is Set Up at General Assembly

Following the resignation of all the members of the FEI Dressage Committee, the Bureau has agreed to the setting up of a Dressage Task Force to deal with the following aspects:

  • Issues surrounding the very significant area of the training and development assessment and selection of judges for major championships and Olympic Games
  • fitness for purpose of the method of judging Dressage competitions needs thorough review – both in terms of the number of judges, their positioning and the judging process
  • following significant feedback from NFs, it is clear that the decision to move from 4 to 3 riders in a team is not universally accepted as the best for the sport and this therefore needs reviewing
  • the system for qualification for Championships, and the receipt of Certificates of Capability for Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Games
  • finally there is a need to review the consultation process within Dressage and how it affects the structure of the committee going forwards to ensure maximum involvement by the key stakeholders both internal to the sport and external within the greater sporting/Olympic/Paralympic environment.

The confirmed members of the Task Force are:

  • Frank Kemperman (NED), chairman and representative of the event organisers
  • Richard Davison (GBR), riders representative
  • Robert Dover (USA), trainers representative
  • Alain Francqueville (FRA), chef d’équipe.

The Task Force will be in place until the 2009 GA by which time a new Dressage Committee will be elected.



For further information from, see the following link

These links include the correspondence between the FEI President and the FEI Dessage chair that  just retired.

Mostly the same info,  from UK perspective




Nov. 21, 2008


In Chronological Order from Most Recent


Chair of FEI Dressage Committee Resigns 21/11/2008

Considering the present situation, the Chairman of the FEI Dressage Committee today decided to present her resignation which has been accepted by the FEI.

The FEI Bureau wants to thank the Chair for the good work she has been doing during almost eight years the contribution she has made to the Development of the Dressage sport during this time.

Mariette Withages will present the Dressage Committee report to the General Assembly.


Update on Developments in the Dressage Discipline 12/11/2008

The FEI Executive Board has proposed the appointment of an Ad Hoc Working Group of world class Dressage experts from all aspects of the discipline to review key issues and inject a new focus in the sport.

At the forthcoming FEI General Assembly taking place in Buenos Aires (ARG) on 17th – 21st November, the Ad Hoc Working Group remit will be proposed for discussion and approval by the FEI Bureau.

The status of the members of the current Dressage Standing Committee, who have been called upon to resign, will be an issue for FEI member National Federations to address through the FEI Bureau and General Assembly as appropriate.

Proposed names of the Ad Hoc Working Group include: Frank Kemperman (NED), chairman and representative of the event organisers; Richard Davison (GBR), riders representative; Robert Dover (USA), trainers representative; Alain Francqueville (FRA), chef d’équipe. A further member representing the judges is being finalised.

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FEI Executive Board Calls for Immediate Resignation of the FEI Dressage Committee 03/11/2008

The FEI Executive Board has requested the immediate resignation of the entire FEI Dressage Committee. The FEI Executive Board has taken this decision following a series of issues indicating the current Committee’s lack of flexibility on certain key matters. The Committee has been seen to work in isolation, not fully representing the interests of the Dressage community as a whole.

An interim solution is being discussed within the FEI in order to ensure the sound management of the sport whilst reviewing the strategic direction of Dressage. The names of the interim committee and their mandate will follow.

As the custodian of equestrian sport, the FEI will continue to maintain stringent level of transparency and professionalism meeting the requirements of a modern international sports governing body.



L.Robinson, agent

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