The FEI Bureau has set up a committee to oversee the presidential election process, with six European candidates vying to replace Princess Haya in December.
The Independent Advisory Committee was established under the FEI Statutes to have control of the election process and all related matters.
The temporary committee comprises Princess Haya; the chairman of Equestrian Community Integrity Unit, Lord Stevens; the former chairman of the FEI Tribunal, Ken Lalo; and the chairman of the FEI Audit and Compliance Unit, Brian Mangan.
No candidate will be involved in any aspect of the election process. This process will be handled in FEI headquarters by the director of governance and executive affairs, and the legal director.
No candidate will participate in FEI Executive Board and FEI Bureau meetings and teleconferences on any aspect related to the election process.
The FEI director of governance and executive affairs and the FEI legal director will replace such candidates until the end of the elections.
FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos, who is Belgium’s nomination for the presidency, will continue to handle the day-to-day matters in FEI headquarters and the tasks explicitly requested and agreed by the FEI president, the FEI Bureau and/or the FEI Executive Board as appropriate. These matters will not be related to elections.
When travelling to attend meetings organised by FEI regional groups to present candidates, all candidates will travel at their own expense. In addition, the secretary general will only travel for the FEI in relation to his role as secretary general and this travel will require approval by the Independent Advisory Committee.
Nominations for the presidency closed last week.
The six candidates, in order of their nominations being received, are:
- Pierre Genecand, 64, is a businessman, banker and insurance broker by profession. He served as president of the Geneva International Horse Show from 1989 to 2003. He has been a member of the board of the World Cup of Horsemanship, the Alliance of Jumping Organisers, and the Committee of Swiss Top Sports. He is the current president of the Polo Club Gstaad and the Hublot Polo Gold Club.
- Ulf Helgstrand, 63, is a medical doctor and a professor of vascular surgery. He has served as president of the Danish Equestrian Federation since 2003. He was a board member and vice-president of the Danish Warmblood Association for 10 years and currently serves as vice-president and a charter member of the European Equestrian Federation. Helgstrand is a former dressage rider and has run a stud with several approved dressage stallions since 1991.
- John McEwen, 69, is a veterinary surgeon with wide international experience. He served as a veterinarian to the British show jumping and dressage teams until the London 2012 Olympic Games. He was vice-chairman of the FEI Veterinary Committee from 1999 to 2003 and has been its chairman since 2006. He currently chairs the FEI Prohibited Substances List and Laboratory Groups. McEwen has served on an advisory panel for World Horse Welfare for more than 15 years. He represents the FEI at the World Organisation for Animal Health, specialising in horse transport issues and on the International Sports Horse Federation. McEwen was appointed FEI 1st Vice-President in 2010.
- Javier Revuelta del Peral, 57, is a lawyer and attorney at law for the Spanish Government. He has held senior management positions at various Spanish and international companies in the telecommunications, media, food, financial, and renewable energy industries. He has competed nationally and internationally in eventing and jumping. He participated in the eventing competition in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, was a member of the Spanish eventing team at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 1994, and at the FEI European Championships the following year. Since 2005, he has served as the chairman of the Spanish Equestrian Federation and is a member of the Spanish Olympic Committee. He breeds and owns racehorses.
- Pierre Durand, 59, holds a degree in business law, is a former professional rider and wine grower. He was Olympic Jumping champion at the 1988 Seoul Games with the 13-year old gelding Jappeloup. He also competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and became European Jumping champion in 1987. He won many other international and national titles. From 1993 to 1998 Durand was president of the French Equestrian Federation. He has held various executive positions in the media industry and is currently chairman of the board of directors of the French National Institute for Sport, Expertise, and Performance.
- Ingmar De Vos, 51, holds degrees in political science, business administration and international and European law and started his career as an adviser to the Belgian Senate. He joined the Belgian Equestrian Federation as managing director in 1990, and held the additional role of secretary general from 1997 to 2011. He was secretary general of the European Equestrian Federation from 2010, the year the organisation was formed, until 2011. During his time at the Belgian National Federation, De Vos was chef de mission for the Belgian equestrian team at all FEI World Equestrian Games from 1990 to 2010 and at several Olympic Games. De Vos has been FEI secretary general since May 2011.