The French Equestrian Federation has released a brief statement (below), showing their support of the FEI’s decision to remove the two remaining international Endurance events scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March 2015 from the FEI calendar.

The French Equestrian Federation approves the action taken by the International Equestrian Federation of removing the next two international Endurance races in the United Arab Emirates from their official calendar . This decision follows the deaths of three horses at the Al Reef Cup in Abu Dhabi on January 31st.

The FFE has been involved for many years in a policy of respect for the health of horses, including the establishment of appropriate national sporting regulations. The federal teams of technical staff are working towards this. Future work will focus on the development of rules on the responsibility of the competitor Endurance rider.