Formidable French win Furusiyya leg in Lummen
By Louise Parkes
|Marc Dilasser and Obiwan de Piliere Jo produced one of the two double-clear rounds that helped secure victory for France at the fourth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 series in Lummen, Belgium today. Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans.|
The French swept to a clear and concise victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 leg at CSIO 4* Lummen in Belgium today. However they were pushed all the way by a highly-competitive and considerably less-experienced Swiss side that had to settle for runner-up spot in the final analysis, while The Netherlands finished a distance behind in third.
There were four countries seeking points towards qualification for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final which will take place in Barcelona, Spain next September and fourth-placed Finland earned 75 points, while fifth-placed Sweden took 70 and Belgium claimed 66 when slotting into sixth spot. Great Britain was not in the points race when finishing seventh, so the Norwegian side that finished last of the eight competing nations claimed 64 points for their effort.
The French took the lead from the outset and never flinched. Double-clears from Marc Dilasser (Obiwan de Piliere Jo) and Aymeric de Ponnat (Armitages Boy) placed them in a strong position and pathfinder, Jerome Hurel (Ohm de Pontual) was the only member of the side to drop a fence throughout the entire competition. French anchorman, Olivier Guillon, was clear first time out with Lord de Theize to ensure a zero team score and didn’t need to return to the ring in the second round as the result was already decided.
May 24, 2013, 20:02
Agriculture and Livestock Remain Major Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
New Worldwatch Institute study examines the agricultural sector's impact on global greenhouse gas emissions
Global greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector totaled 4.69 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2010 (the most recent year for which data are available), an increase of 13 percent over 1990 emissions. By comparison, global carbon dioxide emissions from transport totaled 6.76 billion tons that year, and emissions from electricity and heat production reached 12.48 billion tons, according to Worldwatch Institute's Vital Signs Online service (www.worldwatch.org).
Growth in agricultural production between 1990 and 2010 outpaced growth in emissions by a factor of 1.6, demonstrating increased energy efficiency in the agriculture sector.
May 16, 2013, 03:30
FEI Sports Forum: Improving Movement of “frequent-flyer” horses
The FEI, World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) and the European Commission addressed delegates on improving the international movement of top-level sport horses at the afternoon session of today’s FEI Sports Forum.
|Susanne Münstermann, Chargée de Mission at the OIE, addressed delegates on improving the international movement of top-level sport horses at the afternoon session of today’s FEI Sports Forum (8 April 2013). Photo: Edouard Curchod/FEI.|
The session was opened by John McEwen, FEI Vice President and Chair of the Veterinary Committee, who introduced a specially commissioned video focusing on the rapid growth of equestrian sport and the progress being made in improving the regulatory approach to the international movement of horses.
Graeme Cooke, FEI Veterinary Director, highlighted the significant socio-economic effects of the sport’s growth, and the major changes in the approach of many government authorities that need to occur in order to sustain these effects. “The number of FEI events around the world has risen by almost 30 per cent during the last five years, and in 2013 we expect to see the busiest event calendar in the history of equestrian sport,” he said.
Apr 18, 2013, 15:00
FEI Sports Forum examines ways to help athletes prepare for the post-competition workplace
Dual career: preparing athletes for the workplace after their competitive career was the second topic on the agenda of the FEI Sports Forum 2013. Experts from the sports, business and academic worlds, as well as elite international athletes, spoke about their experiences and gave interesting examples of best practice in this area.
|Maury Peiperl (USA), Professor of Leadership and Strategic Change at IMD business school, makes a presentation to the FEI Sports Forum during the Dual career: preparing athletes for the workplace session in Lausanne today. The panellists are (from left): Sergei Aschwanden (SUI), judo bronze medallist in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; HRH Princess Haya, FEI President; Claudia Bokel, IOC Executive Board member; Dr Harald Müller, FEI Executive Director, Education and Standards; and Richard Nicoll, FEI Sports Forum moderator. (FEI/Edouard Curchod)|
“Is there life after sport?” FEI President HRH Princess Haya asked in her opening address.
“The increasing professionalisation of sport requires athletes to dedicate most of their time to training and competition. Often at an age where others are starting their professional education, athletes face the problem of combining intense training and competition with professional education,” she commented. “Society, as well as any responsible sports organisation, should enable its athletes to safeguard their future during their sports careers by providing them with opportunities to qualify for the job market.”
Although equestrian sport is more privileged than some other sports, as there is a whole industry offering employment, there are persistent challenges.
Apr 18, 2013, 14:58
FEI Sports Forum opens with debate on Olympic and Paralympic qualification
FEI President HRH Princess Haya welcomed close to 300 delegates to the second FEI Sports Forum, which opened at the International Management Development Institute in Lausanne (SUI) today.
|FEI President HRH Princess Haya addresses delegates at the second FEI Sports Forum at the International Management Development Institute in Lausanne (SUI) today. Also in the picture are (from left), FEI Senior Legal Counsel Mikael Rentsch; FEI Eventing and Olympic Director Catrin Norinder; IOC Sports Director and Deputy Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi; FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos, and FEI Sports Forum moderator, Richard Nicoll. (FEI/Edouard Curchod)|
Addressing the delegates, the FEI President commented on the broad cross-section of representatives from the equestrian community attending the Forum, which included the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Federations, riders and trainers clubs, event organisers, sponsors, welfare organisations and media. “This diversity means that we will all benefit from different viewpoints and insights during our discussions over the next two days and that is exactly what we sought to achieve when we created the FEI Sports Forum,” Princess Haya said.
Following the opening address by the FEI President, the first session of the Forum was devoted to Olympic and Paralympic Games, with National Federations and stakeholders invited to review and participate in open discussions on the quota shift and qualification system for the three Olympic equestrian disciplines - Jumping, Dressage and Eventing – and for Paralympic Dressage for the 2016 Rio Games, as well as harmonisation of the rules across the three Olympic disciplines.
Apr 16, 2013, 19:01
International equestrians unite as FEI Solidarity Ambassadors to develop global sport
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has today unveiled the eight ambassadors of its global sport development programme, FEI Solidarity, in a specially commissioned composite portrait.
The FEI Solidarity Ambassadors, who include Olympic, Paralympic, world champions and national heroes, have formed a unique partnership to promote and develop the global equestrian disciplines governed by the FEI.
The athletes are:
Charlotte Dujardin OBE, British double Olympic Dressage gold medallist
Laurentia Tan, Singapore’s top medal winning Paralympian
Ingrid Klimke, German Olympic Eventing gold medallist
Jessica Springsteen, the 22-year-old American Jumping star
Maria Alvarez Ponton, the Spanish rider who in 2010 became the first rider to hold concurrent World and European Endurance titles
Tomas Eriksson, Sweden’s three-time winner of the FEI Top Driver Award
Lior Raz, the Israeli who has been competing in Reining since the age of 14
Bongani Mvumvu, the South African Vaulter who also won the FEI World Dressage Challenge Final for Children in Hagen (GER) in 2003
The FEI Solidarity Ambassadors will help to raise awareness of the FEI Solidarity programme by attending media events and visiting equestrian development initiatives around the world.
Apr 16, 2013, 18:59
FEI and OIE advise World Cargo Symposium on air transportation of horses
FEI President and OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Goodwill Ambassador HRH Princess Haya opened a special session by video message on the air transportation of sport horses at the 7th World Cargo Symposium, organised by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Doha (Qatar) earlier this month.
The session, attended by global air transport experts, focussed on the regulatory and logistical challenges of transporting horses as the growth of international equestrian sport reaches a record high.
“The work of IATA is vital to ensuring that the rapidly expanding and increasingly competitive air transport industry develops in an appropriately regulated manner, meeting future challenges and grasping new business opportunities”, explained HRH Princess Haya. “Naturally, as President of the FEI, the world governing body of equestrian sport, and as Goodwill Ambassador of the OIE, my focus is on the need for a consistent, global approach to high welfare standards, complying with OIE global standards on animal welfare during transport by air, for live animals when they are moved over distance.
Mar 31, 2013, 01:48
Federal Stud Piber starts into the new summer season on March 23rd
With a big festival the Federal Stud Piber will start the new season on March 23rd. From that day on the stables will be open again daily from 9:30 to 17:00 hrs.
The start of the season 2013 will be celebrated with a great supporting programme: Guided tours at a discount for children, the children’s experience path, and carriage rides for children from 14:00 to 15:00 hrs promise an exciting day for the whole family.
The team of the Café Caballero is looking forward to welcoming its guests with coffee and cake as well as snacks and refreshments. Chocolate fans will be delighted with the Zotter-chocolate-ice-cream.
Meet our new-born colts and fillies
On a very special guided tour the visitors get an insight into breeding procedures and information about the unique form of foal rearing that is practiced in Piber. Additionally, they meet our mares and their foals “personally”.
Mar 12, 2013, 02:15
A Conspiracy to Feed the World
The success of American agriculture is so mind-boggling that critics and conspiracy theorists alike can’t resist finding something evil, secretive or just plain awful about it.
One blogger writes that seed vaults exist so the wealthy ultimately can survive as “their sinister practices of corporate food production and destruction of the environment unfold to lessen the population.” In other words, the upper-classes would push the world toward doomsday, saving only themselves to start civilization over with seeds from these vaults.
If this storyline sounds like something out of a Clive Cussler novel, you are right. It is quite similar to one of his adventure thrillers.
Feb 8, 2013, 15:41
REMINDER: Alltech Webinar to Announce 2013 Global Feed Survey Results
Join Aidan Connolly, vice president of Alltech, as he announces the results of Alltech’s 2013 Global Feed Survey. The annual survey, now in its second year, is unprecedented in terms of the size and scope of its assessment of global feed tonnage and trends. Carried out in December 2012, the survey covers all major types of feed in 134 countries.
Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
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Connolly’s presentation will be followed by a live question and answer session.
Jan 27, 2013, 17:53
FEI Bureau withdraws World Cup™ Finals 2015 hosting rights from Guadalajara
The FEI Bureau has this week withdrawn the hosting rights for the FEI World Cup™ Jumping and Dressage Finals in 2015 from Guadalajara (MEX). The organisers have been unable to meet in full the requirements imposed by the FEI Bureau when the Finals were allocated to Guadalajara at its meeting in June of last year.
“The FEI truly appreciates the efforts that the Guadalajara organisers put in to try and meet all the requirements,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said, “but as they were unable to fulfil them within the agreed timeline, the FEI Bureau was left with no choice but to withdraw the Finals. In spite of this set-back, we hope that the Mexican Federation will consider hosting a major FEI event in the future, as we are very keen to see a world class equestrian event organised in the region.”
Jan 18, 2013, 04:27
Longines becomes FEI Top Partner with historic long-term deal
Longines has become the FEI’s first Top Partner following the agreement of a historic very long-term sponsorship deal that will see the Swiss watchmaker become the Official Timekeeping Partner of the FEI.
Under the new agreement – which marks the biggest sponsorship deal ever brokered by the FEI – Longines becomes the Official Top Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FEI. Longines will take on a number of key FEI properties including the title sponsorship of the FEI World Cup™ Jumping before the start of the new season in October 2013.
An official signing ceremony will take place in Lausanne (SUI) on 15 January 2013, when the contract will be signed jointly by FEI President HRH Princess Haya, and Mrs Nayla Hayek, Chair of the Swatch Group Board of Directors. Full details of the agreement will be unveiled as part of the signing ceremony in January 2013.
Jan 14, 2013, 23:05
Vodka 'saved' elephants in Siberian freeze
Two elephants have been saved from the deadly Siberian cold by drinking vodka, Russian officials say.
They say the animals had to be taken out into the bitter cold after the wooden trailer they were travelling in caught fire in the Novosibirsk region.
The elephants, aged 45 and 48, suffered frostbite to the tips of their ears amid temperatures of -40C (-40F)
But they were warmed up by two cases of vodka mixed with warm water, one official was quoted as saying.
"They started roaring like if they were in the jungle! Perhaps, they were happy," the official told Russia's Ria Novosti news agency.
Dec 30, 2012, 02:09
Thank a Quiet Champion of the Horse World during Alltech’s Equine Heroes Campaign
Alltech will shine the spotlight on hard-working, under-recognized members of the equine community through its Equine Heroes campaign, which was introduced Dec. 20 during Olympia, the London International Horse Show, in England.
Members of the worldwide equestrian community can visit the Equine Heroes Facebook page to nominate an “Equine Hero” in their life. Equine Heroes will have a chance to win prizes including gift baskets, vouchers, equestrian merchandise and tickets to equine events each month. In addition, the Equine Heroes website will provide the latest news from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, as well as information about digestive health and an ask-the-expert forum.
Dec 29, 2012, 01:50
FEI launches global safety helmet campaign
The FEI has launched a global campaign to promote the use of protective headgear. The move comes two weeks before implementation of a new rule making the use of a properly fastened protective headgear mandatory while riding on the show grounds at FEI events. The campaign, which will be conducted mainly online, begins today, a fortnight before the new rule comes into effect on 1 January 2013.
An important part of the campaign will be a series of emails with strong visuals reminding athletes of the importance of safety, and particularly of helmet use. These reminders will be sent to the National Federations, athletes and officials clubs, and various FEI stakeholders on a regular basis throughout 2013. A special page outlining the protective headgear requirements specific to each of the seven FEI disciplines on the field of play and outside the competition arena has been created on the FEI website.
“The helmet rule, which was unanimously adopted by the FEI General Assembly in 2011, is a significant step forward towards the better protection of our athletes,” said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos. “Beginning 1 January 2013, protective headgear will be compulsory at all FEI events and we strongly encourage everyone involved in international equestrian sport to familiarise themselves with the new general and sport-specific rules. The welfare of all our athletes, human and equine, must be protected.”
Helmet use has been at the forefront of several campaigns in recent years. US Dressage rider Courtney King-Dye, recent winner of the FEI Against All Odds Award, advocates educating equestrians on the benefits of wearing helmets through the Riders4Helmets campaign (www.riders4helmets.com). In 2010, King-Dye, who had represented the United States at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals 2007 and 2008, suffered a traumatic brain injury. A horse she was schooling tripped and fell and, with no helmet to protect her, she fractured her skull in the fall. After four weeks in a coma, she spent three months in hospital re-learning how to walk and talk. The after-effects of the accident still severely affect her coordination and speech. She is now aiming to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BRA).
Dec 19, 2012, 11:37
FEI TV on the Go application launched for iPad and iPad mini
The FEI has today launched its first application for iPad and iPad mini devices - FEI TV on the Go - as an extension to FEI TV, its official video service.
The free app has been developed to allow FEI TV subscribers to enjoy live coverage of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions, events and Championships away from their computers.
In addition to live coverage, FEI TV on the Go has been designed to create an exciting mobile experience for equestrian enthusiasts, giving users access to insightful selections of video-on-demand content from FEI TV, including pre- and post-competition reports, interviews with top riders and equestrian lifestyle magazine programming.
Dec 18, 2012, 15:40
FEI World Cup™ Vaulting - Cavallaro and Klouda do the double in Salzburg
Anna Cavallaro (ITA) and Lukas Klouda (CZE), winners of the opening leg of the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting 2012/2013 series in Munich, both made it a double by claiming a second leg win in Salzburg (AUT) at the weekend.
|Italy’s Anna Cavallaro and Harley, lunged by Nelson Vidoni, winners of the second leg of FEI World Cup™ Vaulting in Salzburg (AUT). (Photo: Daniel Kaiser/FEI) |
The vaulters, both 28 years old, treated spectators at the Pappas Amadeus Horse Indoors event to dazzling freestyle-to-music rounds and their wins were greeted with great enthusiasm by the crowd.
Another one-two for Italian females
Italy’s eight-time national champion Anna Cavallaro and her 19-year-old training partner Silvia Stopazzini, Junior Champion in 2011, repeated their one-two finish from Munich at the second leg of this prestigious series with outstanding performances.
Dec 14, 2012, 12:46
Alltech’s Global 500 Draws 560 Attendees from Beef and Dairy Industries
More than 560 people from all over the world arrived in Lexington, Ky., today for Alltech’s Global 500. Farmers and producers from the beef and dairy industries came from as far away as Argentina, Afghanistan, Serbia, Slovakia and Switzerland to hear about the future of animal production and how they can keep their business profitable by focusing on the three pillars of successful farming: efficiency, profitability and sustainability.
|Visitors to Global 500 examine Alltech’s vision of the farm of the future. |
Expert speakers will talk about how to farm the future landscape while contending with issues such as global warming and a growing population. They will discuss communication and social media, tools that are crucial in getting consumers to understand and appreciate the agricultural sector. In addition, they will examine how to get the best out of the farm team, motivating the workforce to get maximum efficiency.
“With the world focusing on feeding nine billion people, there is a need to maximize productivity while minimizing environmental impact. This year’s attendees have commented that tomorrow’s farmers need to be conscious of their brand. They are asking if, in order to remain profitable, we need to return to the old way of delivering milk: in a bottle on door step,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “There are also incredible breakthroughs in crop science to consider. Researchers are currently discussing the possibility of producing a ton more grain per acre, a gain that would revolutionize farming. The United States alone could represent 100 million tons of grain.”
Dec 13, 2012, 13:02
Programme of FEI Sports Forum for 2013 unveiled
Qualification systems for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, career progression of athletes in the business world, and international movement of horses will be the discussion topics at the second FEI Sports Forum, which will take place on 8 and 9 April 2013. Round table sessions on Driving, Dressage, and Jumping will also be organised within the framework of the event.
The Forum will be held in Lausanne (SUI) at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), a top-ranked business school that develops global leaders through high-impact executive education. Recent speakers at the school include former USA President Bill Clinton and Jamaica’s six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
“The FEI Sports Forum is an essential platform for the FEI,” said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos. “I encourage all the FEI stakeholders from around the world to join us in April and take part in the debate. The input generated at the Forum’s inaugural edition was extremely useful and helped us make quick progress in key areas such as the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup.
Dec 13, 2012, 11:14
Equitrekking.com Launches Travel Deals
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The Equitrekking.com Travel Deals page is continually updated with the latest travel deals at ranches, resorts, castles and with pack trip tour operators who offer horse riding and adventure vacations. Many of the featured vacations are with small, family owned businesses, whose deals aren’t available on major travel deals websites.
Current Travel Deals include last minute holiday family ranch vacations, winter girlfriend getaways at Arizona dude ranches, special discounts on wild horse tours in Wyoming, all-inclusive guest ranch bargains, “learn to horse ride” packages at an Irish castle and more.
Dec 13, 2012, 10:33