A message from the CEO

January/February 2018

Reviewing and planning is very much the focus at this time of year – reviewing the past season with our officials and planning in terms of looking at the rule changes that are going to take effect in 2018, and what training and communication is required to support these. The Officials Conference, which takes place at the beginning of February, is vital to ensure that our officials have the tools they need to help them in their essential roles contributing to the good governance of the sport.
The FEI General Assembly went smoothly and the amendments to the eventing rules proposals, which we and other National Federations had put forward, have been accepted. The principal change that affects eventing is an amend to the star rating system, which will come into place in 2019. It is also excellent news that the Nations Cup is now a part of the Olympic Qualification System – something that will raise the profile and importance of the UK leg of the Nations Cup, which is hosted at Houghton International Horse Trials for GB. 
Despite our efforts in support of Alec Lochore’s candidacy in the election to Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee, Alec was unsuccessful and David O’Connor was elected. While this was disappointing for all who supported Alec, it has given us a great opportunity to engage with the many other National Federations. 
The Baileys-sponsored Arena Eventing season has started well with excellent entries, which is good to see after the pilot project in 2016. Jumping and Style (JAS) and Jump Training (JT) kick off at the beginning of January – a big thanks to all of our organising teams for their hard work over the cold months, which ensures the efficient running of all our winter competitions. 
We hope that you all had a great festive break and look forward to working with you in 2018. Whatever your role in our sport – competitors, owners, organisers, officials, volunteers, sponsors, supporters – you all play a vital part.