EHV Relief Fund Brings Showjumping Community Together for a Common Cause
31.03.2021 - EEF News
The entire showjumping community has been saddened by the current outbreak of EHV-1 in Spain. Through the hard work and dedication of many in our community, progress is clearly being made towards bringing the immediate situation under control. However, many riders and owners are facing severe financial hardship due to the emergency veterinary treatment costs brought about by the crisis. In response, the undersigned (collectively, the “Sponsors”) have come together to set up the EHV Relief Fund (the “Fund”) to help support those who are facing these unforeseen and, in many cases, very substantial expenses.
The mandate of the Fund is to provide financial support directly to riders and owners for the legitimate veterinary expenses resulting directly from the EHV-1 outbreak. All proceeds raised by the Fund will be applied to this mission. Any administrative or other costs of the Fund will be borne by the Sponsors. Guidelines for the submission of funding requests will be published in due course, but the basic principle will be (i) to compile all of the applicable expenses; (ii) raise as much money as we can; and (iii) then allocate the money raised to cover the greatest percentage of the applicable expenses as we can. The Sponsors have created an oversight committee to manage the distributions based on this mandate. Furthermore, the Sponsors commit to full transparency and will publish the accounts of the Fund when it is wound-up.
In spite of these trying times, it has been heartwarming to see in practice what we all know to be true: that in our sport, the welfare of the horse comes first, no matter the circumstance. It is only right that the broader showjumping community helps bear some of the cost of that ethos, especially in an environment made all the more difficult by Covid-19. To date, we have €250,000 committed to our effort. This includes funds committed by the Sponsors, other donors, and the very successful fundraising effort already undertaken by the Riders Helping Riders team. Thank you to those who have already joined our effort and we hope that everyone in the showjumping community will consider helping as much as they are able.
Please direct all donations to the following bank account which has been set up through the FEI:
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise
Place St-François 14
1003 Lausanne - Switzerland
Account holder: Federation Equestre Internationale
IBAN: CH72 0076 7000 E536 6418 5
Account: E 5366.41.85 EUR
Any questions on our efforts should be directed to the following email address: EHVRelief@FEI.org
Ingmar De Vos, FEI
Theo Ploegmakers, EEF
Eleonora Ottaviani, IJRC
Dominique Megret, JOC
Peter Bollen, Organisers Group
Axel Milkau, Riders for Riders