An association of event organisers has become the first group to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FEI, following the removal of the Associate Member status from the FEI Statutes at the 2012 FEI General Assembly.
The MOU between the International Equestrian Organisers Alliance (IEOA) was signed by President Peter Bollen and FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos. It formally acknowledges the IEOA as an organisation recognised by the FEI.
The IEOA is the umbrella organisation for international organisers in Jumping, Dressage, Eventing and Driving, and is in the process of becoming the representative body for event organisers in all seven of the FEI disciplines.
The MOU covers universal issues such as recognition, FEI Rules and Regulations, horse welfare, code of ethics, commitment to democratic processes, consultation, dispute resolution, and communication. It also addresses areas of interest unique to the IEOA and clearly establishes the specific relationship between the two organisations.
“We are very happy to formalise our relationship with an important organisation such as the IEOA,” said Ingmar De Vos. “We have entered this significant agreement in the spirit of cooperation, respect, and transparency. Event organisers are essential to our sport and we are confident that the MOU is a good basis for a dynamic working relationship.”
IEOA President Peter Bollen said the organisation had concerns following the removal of the FEI Associate Member status, “ but the new process has given us the opportunity to be heard and to establish a much more direct and constructive relationship with the FEI, which is extremely important to us as an organisation”.
The FEI is currently negotiating MOUs with seven other stakeholders.