A delegation of horse sport officials assessing the southern Africa nation of Angola for inclusion into the FEI has had a successful visit, the country’s press agency has reported.
Group IX chairwoman Mary Binks, of Kenya, and a delegation of officials spent a week in the country as part of the FEI’s affiliation process.
Agência Angola Press (Angop) reported that Angola and its equestrian federation, Fequangola, had met all the conditions of acceptance into the FEI.
At a news conference in Luanda, Mary Binks said the development of jumping and the participation of young people were good steps, Angop reported, but the final verdict will be made at the FEI General Assembly in December in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Good horse welfare and the development of equestrian facilities were also noted by the delegation.
Binks also suggested extra development in the discipline of endurance in the country’s 18 provinces.
Should Angola become part of the FEI, the country would benefit from the latter’s Solidarity programme, Binks said, which gives support to developing horse sport nations.
Also present at the press conference were FEI international judge João Mora, of Portugal, Fequangola vice-president Ginga Almeida, and secretary-general, Paulo Alexandre.
Fequangola’s goal is to send equestrians to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.