EEF Board videoconference 13.12.2021

Theo Ploegmakers President
Armagan Özgörkey 1st Vice President
Ulf Helgstrand 2nd Vice President
Eleonora Ottaviani Board Member & Athletes Representative
Nayla Stoessel Board Member
Quentin Simonet Board Member
George Dimaras Board Member
Soenke Lauterbach Board Member
Carina Mayer Secretary General
Ronan Murphy Chair of the EEF EU Committee
Alan Andabaka Chair of the BEC
Hanfried Haring EEF Honorary President
Meeting EEF Board videoconference
Date 13 December 2021
Time 15h00 – 17h00
Location Videoconference
Chair Theo Ploegmakers
Minutes Carina Mayer

For Discussion:

1.1 EEF Development Series / EEF League

AA introduces the proposed concept for an EEF development league in the Balkan region. It is planned to host the league at CSI1* and 2* events with team competitions for Children, Juniors and Seniors. Teams shall consist of 3 members per team that can be mixed with different nationalities (similar to Riders Masters Cup). It would also be desirable to connect the league with educational elements so that the technical staff can be developed as well. The league will aim to prepare participants for the Balkan Championships and the Longines EEF Series but will not be directly connected to these events. The intention is to encourage small NFs to participate and evolve/develop their athletes and officials.

Action: Discuss this proposal in the EEF Jumping Working Group and check with the FEI regarding the rules.

1.2 FEI General Assembly

The Board members are sharing their reflections of the 2021 FEI General Assembly and agree that there has not been an open discussion about the most important subjects (ie Olympic qualification) and that many stakeholders have lost trust in FEI procedures because such open discussion had been promised. Concerns are raised that the same issue might be faced with the new Nations Cup formula for 2023.

For Decision:

2.1 EEF Calendar 2022

The Board is tasked to provide feedback to CM regarding the proposed EEF calendar for 2022. The GER NF is inviting the Board to an in-person meeting in Essen (GER) in April in the context of the Equitana trade fair. CM is to remain in contact with SL with regards to the Covid situation and potential impacts on the event. is

2.2 EEF recommendation for EU-CH Jumping Veterans 2022

The Board unanimously recommend to allocate the 2022 EU CH Jumping Veterans to Darmstadt (GER).

For Information:

3.1 Longines

The President informs the Board that the Longines sponsorship contract for the EEF organization will end on 31 December 2021 and won’t be renewed. It might be considered to increase the amount of sponsorship for the Longines EEF Series. The President will keep the Board updated on this subject.

3.2 Update EEF Sport Development Manager

The top candidate has been selected and an in-person meeting will be arranged to negotiate the contractual details.

3.3 Update EEF Communication

NS informs the Board that a freelancer will be hired as EEF Communication Manager and the contract is currently being drafted. The new Communication Manager will start in February 2022.



4.1 Digital equine passports update

RM informs the Board that the EEF EU Working Group will send a questionnaire to EEF members in order to investigate their technology. RM has arranged a meeting with the FEI Veterinary Director for coming Monday as to what the FEI is doing with the FEI digital passport. The EEF EU Working Group will come back to the Board regarding the scope of this project, all this shall be done before Christmas. NS proposes for RM to prepare a Q&A document on this subject because many NFs have limited knowledge of this subject.

4.2 FEI consultation on Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Regulations

The EEF shall ask NFs to provide input on their positions until mid January so that the EEF discipline working groups can provide an EEF position for distribution to the members in early February.