Letter to the FEI and Reply
As a result of the "Blue Tongue" Epona clip we have sent the following letter to the FEI
The Classical Riding Club is aware of the enormous outpouring of public outrage prompted by the Epona (You Tube) film clip of a top competition dressage horse being worked in Rollkur before a competition event. Scenes like these and the suffering of dressage horses could so easily be avoided for the future with the right checks and controls in place.
I would refer the FEI to my courteous Letter to the Princess Haya, President of the FEI sent in August 2009.
Enclosed with this letter was a copy of 'Making a Difference' - Dressage Rules and Guidelines' (published by The Classical Riding Club in l998) in which ideas are offered which could revolutionise the present system of judge training and marking. Ideas borrowed and implemented from this publication would go a long way to assist in upholding the FEI Object and General Principles of Dressage, which have been too easily ignored or overlooked in the past few years.
It was further suggested that dialogue with the Classical Riding Club and other interested international parties might lead to a state...
where as quoted from my letter '...we would swiftly remove those practices which have led to stressful training, robotlike performance and of course the need for methods like the rollkur, etc' which are bringing the sport into disrepute.
In view of the present crisis of training, the Epona clip being just one example of some of the training travesties that exist at this time, we now ask for a response to our friendly and peaceful endeavours to assist in these matters.
The future integrity of the discipline depends upon openess and dialogue with all concerned. Please may we expect a reply?
Sylvia Loch Director of The Classical Riding Club
Reply received from FEI:
Dear Ms Loch,
Thank you very much for your email.
The FEI is aware of the video filmed by Epona.tv at the FEI World Cup TM Dressage qualifier at Odense (DEN) and posted on YouTube. FEI’s main concern has always been and will always be the welfare of the horse. We are taking the issues raised in the video and in the comments made by members of the public on social media very seriously and have opened a full investigation. The conclusions of this investigation will be made public in due course.
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