Sustainability in Equestrian Events Highlighted at FEI Sports Forum 2014 in Switzerland

By May 12, 2014Blog

Organizing sustainable equestrian events was detailed by Germany’s Dr. Harald Müller during the opening afternoon session of the FEI (“Fédération Equeste International” International Federation for Equestrian Sports) Sports Forum, April 28-29, 2014. Müller outlined the FEI’s Sustainability Program and the launch of its new sustainability handbook for event planners. The handbook promotes sustainability initiatives to reduce negative environmental impact.

FEI president HRH Princess Haya (Jordan) said: ”Respect for nature has always been integral to equestrian sport through its connection to horses and the outdoors. “The Sustainability Handbook for event organisers gives us a solid framework to improve and expand our efforts to protect the environment and ensure that equestrian events create a lasting positive legacy.”

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HRH Princess Haya became the 13th FEI President on 1 May 2006 on the basis of a Manifesto She presented to the General Assembly and was re-elected to serve a second term in November 2010. At age 13, HRH Princess Haya was the first female to represent Jordan internationally in equestrian sport in Jumping. She won an Individual Bronze Medal in the Pan-Arab Equestrian Games in 1992, and is the only female ever to have won a Pan-Arab medal in equestrian sport. In 2000, HRH Princess Haya fulfilled a lifelong dream by competing at the Sydney Olympic Games in Jumping and two years later, competed for Jordan in the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Jerez, Spain, making Her the first Arab woman to qualify for and compete in equestrian sport at Olympic, world and continental championship level.

Located in Lausanne, Switzerland at the HM King Hussein I Building, the FEI is the sole governing body for all international events in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving and Para-Equestrian Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. Founded in 1921, it regulates international events in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing.

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