Dubai stripped of World En­durance Champs

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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.

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