Sunday, September 12, 2010

FEI Forgets Who the Althletes ARE!

This from the FEI as one more time they show they forget who the real athletes are. The Horses!!!

Note only one horse.... in the following list...

9 Sep 2010

FEI photo exhibition showcases inspirational equestrian figures The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of horse sport, is to unveil an innovative photographic celebration of equestrianism entitled Inspire at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky, USA.
Inspire brings together 16 images of inspirational equestrian legends and young talents who represent all the equestrian disciplines on the programme of the FEI’s four-yearly flagship event. Athletes from Jumping, Dressage, Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining are shown in surprising and eloquent contexts, many of which incorporate subtle or playful references to their disciplines. Most of the images unite two people in rural or urban backdrops and highlight the bond of admiration and inspiration between them.

The origins of the athletes are diverse and serve as a reminder of the geographical spread of the 133 National Federations affiliated to the FEI.
Commenting on Inspire, FEI Secretary General Alex McLin said: “We are thrilled and grateful that Alltech is hosting the FEI’s innovative exhibition, which is part of our continued commitment to encouraging and inspiring riders around the world in every discipline. This contemporary exhibition highlights the love, respect, passion and diversity that are inherent to our sport.”

Featured in the exhibition are:
- HRH The Princess Royal and Zara Phillips (GBR, Eventing)
- Jessica Springsteen and Beezie Madden (USA, Jumping)
- Rodrigo and Nelson Pessoa (BRA, Jumping)
- Laurentia Tan (SIN, Para-Equestrian Dressage)
- Hussain Al Marzooqi and Ali Mohammed Al Marzooqi (UAE, Endurance)
- European Junior Reining Champions (ITA)
- Natalia Berezhnaya (RUS, Dressage)
- Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum with her baby Brianne Victoria (GER, Jumping)
- Darlene Milord (HAI, Para-Equestrian Dressage)
- Kai Vorberg with his mentor Reinhold Strang (GER, Vaulting)
- Totilas (NED, Dressage)
- Ijsbrand and Bram Chardon (NED, Driving)
- Alex Hua Tian (CHN and NZL, Eventing)
- Enos Mafokate and grandson Karabo, Soweto Riding School (RSA, Jumping, Dressage and Vaulting)
- HRH Princess Haya (FEI President)
- Alltech president Dr Pearse Lyons and his wife Deirdre

Provocative, contemporary and striking, the photographs aim to prompt discussion and interpretation and leave no viewer indifferent. They will be on show at the Alltech Experience Pavilion in the Kentucky Horse Park – venue of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ – from 25 September to 10 October.

One more time that the FEI shows they don't value us the horses. And it is only about the egos of the people involved.


  1. I don't think it's just about egos, PP, I think it's also about MONEY. Everything goes back to money in the human world. Hard to understand, I know. Unfortunately, when the prospect of money comes through the door, all higher human qualities and emotions tend to go straight out the window, and common sense always seems to be the first to go. For example, it's simply common sense that the true athletes in any horse sport is the horses themselves and the riders would look pretty stupid without them!

  2. Not surprising to me at all. I imagined many things were accomplished using that one stone. Which isn't a bad thing and everyone in "politics" does it.

    Plus, being Totilas is one of them they are honoring at least one horse....

    But basically the same thing happens with my local government with business people honoring politicians and visa versa.

    Sad though.