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5. 1. 19 - WRWS/AQHA - Gibt es eine FEI-Kontroverse? Die FEI beendet die Zusammenarbeit mit der AQHA und der NRHA in Bezug auf die Disziplin Reining einseitig – plötzlich, überraschend, per E-Mail-Mitteilung – und ohne vorherige Konsultation oder Ankündigung.

The FEI Controversy … or is it?

For nearly 20 years, AQHA has had a relationship with the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), which is the international governing body for equestrian sports. FEI was first established in 1921 to unify rules related to Olympic equestrian sports that started in 1900. Today, the FEI is the governing body for Olympic and world equestrian jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, reining and para-equestrian.  

AQHA's early interest in aligning with FEI was to foster the international growth of one of our most popular disciplines, reining. AQHA helped develop and formalize reining as an equestrian sport in 1949, with its beginning stemming from the stock horse discipline, followed by the evolution of the National Reined Cow Horse and National Reining Horse associations. As you all know, further refinement of the horsemanship art form came along and reining evolved into a more specific and specialized discipline that we know today. But, its roots have always been with AQHA and the stock horse.

In 2000, and through a collaborative effort from AQHA and NRHA leadership, a cooperation agreement was formalized with the FEI to establish reining as an internationally recognized sport with the goal to someday introduce the sport into Olympic equestrian competition. To become an Olympic sport, FEI would be required to become an international governing body, overseeing rulemaking authority for welfare, classification and judging of the sport. From those early days, AQHA has had a cooperation agreement with NRHA and the FEI that has governed reining at FEI-approved events. Many or perhaps most FEI reining events have been dual-accredited AQHA or NRHA and FEI events. As a result, reining has been a recognized international sport and part of the World Equestrian Games, which are held every four years.

On November 19, 2018, AQHA was notified in an email of the termination of FEI's cooperative agreement with AQHA and NRHA. Shortly after the email was sent, FEI released a statement to the equine industry regarding the termination. This decision was determined in an FEI General Assembly meeting in Bahrain and then immediately released publically with no direct conversation with the parties involved. 

FEI's official statement read, “In order to ensure the integrity of the discipline and maintain a level playing field for all athletes competing in FEI reining, the agreement with these two bodies has now been terminated. Both the AQHA and NRHA have been informed that a binding commitment to implement the FEI rules on anti-doping, stewarding requirements and the age of competing horses are prerequisites for any future cooperation.”

There are several discussion points that need to be clarified regarding this statement:

  1. AQHA was bundled with NRHA in the cooperation agreement, and there was not an opportunity for a unilateral discussion between AQHA and FEI regarding AQHA compliance with FEI rules before the agreement termination was decided by FEI. However, the door may be open if AQHA and FEI foresee a benefit to alignment.
  2. AQHA has met or exceeded the requirements for medication testing and the FEI anti-doping policy and has honored reciprocity requirements on all violations of medication penalties that FEI has administered. 
  3. AQHA invests significantly in the stewardship of our sanctioned events, including all championship shows, and is working to find ways to better oversee the welfare of our horses at more weekend events, encompassing 2,800 AQHA-approved shows. FEI and AQHA see equestrian welfare as equally important and paramount to the future of our industry.
  4. Pursuant to the cooperation agreement, all events specifically organized for horses 7 years of age and older are to be held under the jurisdiction of FEI. AQHA does not offer a class that is specifically organized for horses 7 years of age and older. AQHA classifies the senior age division as a horse that is 6 years old or older. FEI, perhaps because of its warmblood breed culture, classifies many of its disciplines for senior horses as those that are 7 years old or older. This stems from a culture of later-maturing breeds and a welfare concern regarding when the bigger warmblood breeds should start competition. As you are aware, our AQHA breeding stock mature much more quickly and our business models reflect a desire to start American Quarter Horses at an earlier age with the junior division (horses ages 3 to 5) and the senior division (horses 6 or older). NRHA futurities are specifically designed for 3-year-olds. 

Just before Christmas, AQHA staff – Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle, Chief International Officer Anna Morrison and I – spoke by phone with Bettina de Rham, who is the FEI director of dressage, para-equestrian dressage, reining and vaulting. Here is a brief summary of that conversation:

  1. We stressed our disappointment in having no personal contact or prior notice from FEI of its decision to terminate the cooperation agreement and release a public statement. Reining originated in the United States under the umbrella of AQHA. As such, AQHA does not believe that the sport and equine industry benefited from such approach.
  2. FEI recognizes that AQHA is compliant and aligned with it on its anti-doping policy. FEI does, however, take issue that NRHA's standards are not aligned in certain respects.
  3. We explained that the issue of age divisions between AQHA and FEI is less of a welfare issue and more of a marketplace issue. In fact, Bettina explained that the FEI committee is debating whether or not the age break for the senior horse division should be lowered to 6 years of age. Of course, every time you change a classification, it changes the competition by introducing new horses, which as we all know can be extremely political. This is a political marketplace issue and not a welfare issue. We believe FEI should strongly consider aligning with the original authors of the sport on this issue.
  4. Bettina stated that FEI will continue to oversee FEI reining competition. What we anticipate, however, is that FEI is going to require that an exhibitor and horse solely align with FEI rules and the failure to do so will result in the horse and exhibitor being considered ineligible to compete in FEI events. If this is the case, and we hope it's not, then this becomes more about membership control than advancing the industry. 

In closing, I want you all to know that we all have mixed feelings about this issue. On the one hand, we believe that industry collaboration and giving competitors opportunities across organizations is a big positive for the industry. However, we are disappointed in the way FEI handled the situation, and we are interested in collaboration, not elitism. Because the United States Olympic Committee has stated that it will not be recognizing any additional equestrian competition as Olympic sports and other equine events are being considered for removal, we must evaluate the value that alignment with FEI has other than providing an additional competition venue for international AQHA members. We recognize this value and commit to supporting the opportunity for our international members to have access to high-quality reining competition in which to participate with their American Quarter Horses, whether in jointly sanctioned AQHA-FEI events or not. 

Relative to animal welfare, AQHA has been a leader in protecting the horse and instrumental in investment in drug testing and enforcement of best-practice compliance, so we agree with FEI on that front. We will continue to communicate with FEI officials in the spirit of assuring there will be additional competition opportunities for our members around the world either through FEI, AQHA or our alliance partner, NRHA.

As for the Olympic dream for reining, I'm afraid economics have more to say about the USOC's decisions on equestrian sports or for that matter adding any new sports to the Olympic venue. And as far as FEI's World Equestrian Games are concerned, economic problems may dictate its future, as well.

Craig HuffhinesCraig Huffhines

Craig P. Huffhines

WRWS meint: Offenbar geht es der FEI in punkto Reining um alleinige Mitglieder-Kontrolle und Machtübernahme und eine Trennung von AQHA & NRHA. Offenbar will die FEI erreichen, dass ein FEI-Turnier-Teilnehmer und sein Pferd ausschließlich den FEI-Regeln unterliegen sollen und ein Abweichen von diesen Regularien zum Ausschluß von Teilnehmer und Pferd von der Teilnahme an FEI-Wettbewerben führen würde. Dann ginge es ja wohl mehr um Mitglieder-Kontrolle und weniger um die Förderung der Pferde-Industrie und des Sports. Dieser einseitigen Aktion der FEI ist mit einiger Skepsis zu begegnen. In Bezug auf den Traum von einer Olympia-Disziplin „Reining“ geht es wohl mehr um ökonomische Erwägungen; und diese ökonomischen Erwägungen und Probleme dürften so auch in Zukunft die Haltung zu den Weltreiterspielen bestimmen, Gut, dass sich die AQHA bei aller Enttäuschung über diese Entwicklung für weitere Gespräche zur Fortsetzung der Zusammenarbeit offen zeigt.

3. 1. 19 - WRWS/stern - Tragödie in Bayern: 20 Verletzte bei Unfall mit zwei Pferdekutschen.
Schneelandschaft, Berge und dampfende Rösser, die zwei Kutschen ziehen. Es sollte eine romantische Weihnachtsgaudi im Ferienparadies werden – doch es endete als Tragödie…


1. 1. 19 - WRWS/NCHA - Termine 2019.

25./26. Januar 2019 NCHA Europe Convention

27. Januar 2019 NCHAoG-JHV 2019 in Frankfurt - Niederursel 

09. – 17. März 2019 EQUITANA Messestand

14. März 2019 EQUITANA Westernday mit Cutting Cup

27. April 2019 NCHAoG-High Point Show N°1: Döring Quarter Horses in Marl 

08. Juni 2019 NCHAoG-High Point Show N°2: Riedhof Ranch in Kehl-Marlen 

06. Juli 2019 NCHAoG-High Point Show N°3: Shadow Creek Ranch in Einöd 

10. August 2019 NCHAoG-High Point Show N°4: Steeldust Ranch in Kevelaer

04. – 08. September 2019 AMERICANA

05. & 06. Oktober 2019 NCHAoG-High Point Show N°5+6, DM & Futurity, Worbis 

1. 1. 19 - WB - Praxistips: Alte Pferde gut über den Winter bringen mehr...
Cowhorse: Jahreshauptversammlung der German Team Penning Association e.V. am 20. Januar 2019 in Frankfurt mehr...
EWU-Herbsttagung 2018: "westernreiter" nur noch online/ einhändiges Bosal für ältere Pferde wieder erlaubt/ Trail wird LK3 Sport Award-Disziplin uvm. mehr...
Paint Horses: APHA verpflichtet sich zur Ausstellung von EU-Tierzuchtbescheinigungen mehr...
Cutting: NCHA Europe Convention 2019 am 26. Januar in Frankfurt mehr...
Silvesterangst: Pferde leiden unter Raketen und Böllern mehr...
Reining: Bernard Fonck (Open) und Gina Maria Schumacher (Non Pro) sind die neuen NRHA World Champions 2018 mehr...
Reiningsport: Das sind die Turniertermine 2019 in Deutschland, Dänemark, Österreich, Italien, der Schweiz etc. mehr...
Paint Horse-Papierservices: Wichtige APHA-Formulare sind jetzt in Französisch, Italienisch, Niederländisch etc. verfügbar mehr...
Zwei besondere Auszeichnungen: Superior Halter Horse Open für Dont Eat The Daisies und Move Over Darling mehr...
DQHA-Ost: Jahreshauptversammlung 2019 am 23. März in Großbeeren mehr...
Quarter Horse-Sport: Zwei All-Novice Shows in Overath (NRW) für die Turniersaison 2019 geplant mehr...
Besondere Auszeichnung: Superior Western Pleasure Horse Open für Clearly Open Range mehr...
VWB: Jahreshauptversammlung 2019 am 16. März in Allershausen mehr...
Kreis Nienburg: Kaderreiter Markus Süchting (29) steht zur Wahl zum Sportler des Jahres 2018 mehr...
EWU: Bundesgeschäftsstelle zieht nach Bad Iburg um mehr...

1. 1. 2019 - WRWS - Wir wünschen allen Lesern, Kunden und Freunden einen guten Rutsch und ein erfolgreiches und angenehmes Jahr 2019! 

Prosit Neujahr!

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