Dubai stripped of World Endurance Champs
World equestrian sport’s governing body, the FEI, has removed the World Endurance Champs from Dubai amid horse welfare concerns, and says that no more FEI events of any type will be sanctioned there until further notice.
It’s the latest in the FEI’S battle to crack down on rule breaking and improve the plight of horses taking part in endurance races in the United Arab Emirates desert.
An FEI statement said: “Despite the progress to date, the FEI Bureau is of the opinion that the UAE federation is not in a position to guarantee horse welfare would be fully protected at an World Endurance Championship.”
Countries outside the UAE are now being invited to bid to host the champs, by May 18, and the new host venue is expected to be announced on June 14.
The FEI says it intends now to work even more closely with the UAE federation to ensure it follows FEI rules and regulations, as well as compliance with an agreement to guarantee welfare of the horses taking part in national and international events.