EEF Board video conference on 14.11.2023

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

Elisabeth Max-Theurer

Board Member (excused)
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 Approval:

1.1 Minutes from the in person board meeting; Sept

Minutes are approved by the board.

1.2 Proposed Jumping Rules

The Jumping WG discussed the matter of the 3* maximum height in RQ, currently at 1.45m with the majority of the WG in favour of moving to 1.50m. GD is opposed and believes 1.45m is more in favour of the LES philosophy.

EO states the opinion that riders and chef d’equipes are in favour of 1.50m to give more opportunity to jump at this height.

The board votes in favour of keeping the current rules; RQ max 1.45m

1.3 Proposed Eventing Rules

The board agrees with the WG, and sends onto the FEI.

1.4 Proposed Vaulting Rules

The board agrees with the WG, and sends onto the FEI.

1.5 Procedure for the recruitment of a sustainability officer

The board approves to proceed with the process and recruitment of a sustainability officer.

1.6 U25 EUCH proposal for the FEI

Draft rules have been prepared and can be presented to the FEI.


For Discussion:

2.1 Quo Vadis

EO asks if François Mathy can speak as part of the presentation. It is agreed he can as part of the Jumping discussion.

2.2 FEI GA regional group meeting agenda

The board fedback on the agenda and added some discussion points. The agenda will now be finalised and sent to the FEI and attendees.

For Information:

3.1 Longines EEF Series Website

The new website design was presented with positive feedback from the Board.

3.2 KEP Italia contract renewal

An update was provided on the contractual renewal and negotiations. The new contract will have a greater focus on social media activation and is currently being prepared for their feedback.

3.3 Update on the FEI discussions regarding the EUCH

A positive meeting was held with good open communication on both sides. The profit and loss accounts were requested and sent after the meeting. The matter is on the agenda for the FEI Executive Meeting in Mexico.

3.4 Cooperation with World Horse Welfare

An initial meeting was held between EEF and WHW regarding potential partnerships and ways of working together. We both see the potential to activate on the new welfare recommendations and these discussions will continue.

3.5 EOC in-house training

We have engaged with the EOC on two topics. The first is part of a review Erasmus+ and the second is an option to take part in a seminar regarding the EU parliament elections, EU Funding updates, e-sport and Olympic movement which will be attended by WG Chair, Catherine Bonnichon de Rancourt

3.6 Officials training update

Yesterday a webinar was held for potential participants, with 81 live participants (and 10 additional unable to attend). Interest in the dressage is higher than from the eventing, so more efforts will be made to encourage this within the eventing community.

3.7 Procedure for electing athletes’ representative; 2024 GA

Ask the member clubs (IJRC, IDRC) to create recommendations for board members. EEF to write to them and request nominations.

3.8 Resignation of JS from the EU Working Group

Due to situations in the Bosnian NF, Christiane Van Rulo-Schaurte has submitted her resignation from the EU Working Group. The EEF Board is informed and will monitor any further updates that may require intervention.

3.9 Progress update on the internal IT and filing systems

The system is now in place and we have all of Carina’s files now. The main users will be Theo, Teodore and Alice. Board members will be invited into their relevant working group folders, and may request any additional access or individual documents from Alice.