EEF Board video conference on 11.07.2023

Theo Ploegmakers President & Chair
George Dimaras 1st Vice-President
Quentin Simonet 2nd Vice President 
Eleonora Ottaviani Board Member & Athletes Representative (excused)
Nayla Stössel Board Member

Elisabeth Max-Theurer

Board Member
Soenke Lauterbach Board Member
Simone Perillo Board Member 

Alan Andabaka

Board Member
Carina Mayer Secretary General (excused)
Hanfried Haring EEF Honorary President
Teodor Sheytanov Sport Development Manager
Alice Ward Communications Manager 
Ulf Bromster Sustainability Chair

For Discussion:

1.1 EEF GA 2023

TP to receive the outstanding reports and combine them as soon as possible. The final accounting report is being finalized, with the 4th quarter due to be received.

The White Griffin strategy development is underway and if it is completed in time, this will be incorporated into the overall EEF strategy before the GA.

1.2 Letter from FEI Secretary General

A factual response was received from the FEI, however, disappointment was shared by some EEF board members.SL felt there is room to help improve and proposed an additional meeting is held between the EEF WG and the FEI Technical Committee’s ahead of the FEI Board meetings. EEF to consider this proposal and reply to the letter.


For Information:

2.1 Update 2024 Longines EEF Series

GD provided an overview of the landscape following the LLN (Longines League of Nations) approval and confirmation of 18 bids, and the concerns about the gap to the top 5* level, as the LLN is restrictive in team/event numbers. The EEF have invited NFs, OCs and Chefs d’equipe to a meeting (Wed 12 July) to discuss possible solutions.

The EEF will share an initial proposal of an expanded LES with 4* and final. The proposal is intended to be a starting board for discussion and encourage feedback from the stakeholders to refine.

2023 update

GD gave a short update on the season so far. All qualifiers and semi-final have been carried out very well with good organization and very good sport has been displayed. Austrian NF did a very good semi-final, with difficult circumstances, and their hard work is very appreciated. Support was shared for the improved communications and additional story telling from the Series.

For next season, some organizers are under discussion (Gorla,) and Mannheim to sign the contract and work is being carried out to sign an additional region west qualifier.

2.2 Education of officials

TS shared a proposal for national level official training, with a particular target for central-eastern Europe in Dressage and Eventing. The programmes are intended to be presented in September and available for the initial sign up for online training. A second phase will then be introduced with mentoring and online training.

In Jumping, an initial course for officials and course designers has already been created and used in Malta.

As the courses will be primarily online, there is an option to extend participation outside of Europe, but it is agreed that much care should be taken if and how to involve global participants.

2.3 Sustainability Strategy

White Griffin have started the strategy development with a group call with EEF representatives and will compile the initial strategy document for week beginning 24 July. After consultation, this will be shared with the board for approval in the next board meeting 8 August.

2.4 Commercial Report

Discussions are currently ongoing with several potential partners for sustainability. The commercial WG will meet shortly to discuss these proposals.

KEP Italia will created a special helmet for the EU-CH and the EEF will request a special helmet design for Warsaw


 Katarina Liberi (GRE NF) has been collecting feedback from the LES events for sustainability with good feedback and engagement from Organisers. The outcome of this should be discussed in the end of season review.

GD/ TP have developed the EU-CH business plan that shall be ready to share with the board for discussions.

GD shared a proposal of the “Grandslam for youth” which is a concept from the CSIO Bratislava in partnership with Peelbergen and Gorla Minore. The board are asked to check the documents and send their feedback to GD to then take to the Jumping WG if the concept is supported.

QS will have a discussion with GL Events, responsible for sustainable and social impact to gain understanding and shared learnings.