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25 June 2003
We have just received the sad news that Clayton Fredericks' horse Boundalong had to be put down after an accident. The horse was struck by a car whilst hacking on the road.
This is a great loss to the UK-based rider who said:"Boundalong was an amazing horse that only ever had 1 cross-country penalty in his whole career. He had a huge heart and always tried his best. He will e remembered by me always as my first ride around Badminton."
Boundalong was on the National A-Squad and was owned by Edwin and Peta McAuley.
24 June 2003
Russ Withers and Franz Venhaus have now had meetings in all Branches. Boards and other interested stakeholders welcomed the opportunity to find out more about the proposed reforms and to have their views considered.
We are now awating further input from Branches and the general membership to the Review Committee. The Committee will convene late July to prepare its final recommendations to the Board, which will meet 11 August. The seven shareholders of the Federation (the Branches) will then be asked to endorse the changes so that a new constitution can be drawn up and passed at the AGM in November.
17 June 2003
Queensland rider Ricky MacMillan has been forced to withdraw from the Australian team for the European Dressage Championships to be held at Hickstead (GBR) in August.
Dr MacMillan advised the EFA earlier today that she was withdrawing on veterinary advice.
She said that her horse Crisp required several weeks' rest following an injury yesterday to a splint bone on one of his forelegs.
Dr MacMillan said that while the injury was not serious in the long term, it was not possible for her to continue her training program for Hickstead.
"I wish the team the very best of luck," she said.
NSW rider Heath Ryan, who was first reserve for the team, has accepted an invitation to join the team with GV Stirling Stilton.
The Australian team is now
Kristy Oatley-Nist with Don Bolero
Reserve is Sue Hearn with Manhattan.
10 June 2003
Dressage Selectors today determined the following team to compete for Australia's Olympic qualification at the Open European Dressage Championships:
The Olympic Qualifying event (Grand Prix B test) will be held on 14 & 15 August 2003. For more information on the event, please visit www.dressageathickstead.com.
We wish the team success at the Championships. Let Australia qualify a team for Athens 2004!
09 June 2003
After an EFA selection trial in Europe, the following riders will participate at this week's (12 -15 June) FEI Selection event at Aachen, to qualify Australia for team participation at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games:
The actual qualifying event will be conducted in the afternoon of Sunday, 15 June 2003, with two rounds and one jump-off (Table A, Art. 273.3.2).
Each team may take part with three to four riders. The scores of the best three riders in each team in rounds one and two and possibly the jump-off count.
There will be a jump-off in case of a tie on penalties for any team or individual placing following the second round. Teams take part in the jump-off with all four riders.
The NFs of the three best placed teams and the five individuals qualify to take part at the 2004 Olympic Games.
The best two individual riders from the Qualification event will gain entry to the medium tour of the Aachen CSIO 17-22nd June.
We wish our team well and hope that Australia will have a team participation at Athens.
29 May 2003
A report released today recommends sweeping changes to the structure of the National Board and the functioning of the Federation. This includes a move from the "representative" nature of the current Board to a Board that is skills-based and appointed by the AGM of shareholders (the Branches) from nominations made by the general membership. The report also proposes a Shareholders' Agreement that would encourage a national focus to the development of the sport and harmonisation of systems and practices around the country.
Members can download a PDF file (536KB - so be patient) containing the recommendations of the Governance Review Committee and the full report of the Consultant. The documents add up to some 80 pages (after appendices were removed) but should make rather interesting reading for anyone interested in how this Federation should be "governed".
22 May 2003
The Equestrian Federation of Australia is pleased to announce that CopRice Feeds has agreed to provide sponsorship package over three years, involving World Cup Dressage qualifying competitions (CDI-Ws) around Australia.
• Brisbane Dressage Spectacular CDI-W
CopRice Feeds will also provide a special prize for the winner of a new Dressage competition series, the CopRice Feeds World Cup Dressage Series. The winning horse/rider combination will be the one who attained the most points throughout the season, regardless of their placing in the League Final. Points will be awarded to placegetters (1st – 10th) in the Grand Prix Kur at all CDI-W’s and CDI***. A “leaderboard” has been established with the first 2 competitions of 2003 now completed.
17 March 2003
21 February 2003
In another development, the IOC appointed Mr. Gilbert Felli, IOC Director of Sports, to the newly created position of Olympic Games Executive Director.
Released by the EFA National Office 21 February 2003
20 February 2003
WHO IS CONCERNED
VALIDITY OF THE REGISTRATION
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOU AS A RIDER OR OWNER?
EFA National Office has now asked organisers of CIs to include in their entry schedules a form which riders who are not as yet registered, and owners of horses which are not as yet registered, must complete the registration form and send it with their fee payment to the EFA National Office at least two weeks before the start of the event. For the Wandin and Albury-Wodonga events in March 2003 and for the Sydney CCI in April 2003, all riders are asked to complete the form and return it promptly to the National Office. Although we will have registered riders and horses based on entry lists supplied by the organisers, the payment still needs to be made by riders and owners. Your cooperation is essential and is appreciated.
Please note that if you or your horse(s) are not registered, you cannot compete in an International event. Please assist by completing the form and paying for your registration.
07 February 2003
Joanne Fowler, who hails from Western Australia, has been an active rider up to Grand Prix level. She has been an A-level judge for the last seven years and been a member of State and National committees on various occasions. Joanne is a journalist and runs her own public relations company.
Selectors are appointed after each Olympic Games for a period of four years. The current panel comprises:
Joanne Fowler (Chair)
The Federation would like to thank Mrs. Hoevenaars for her great efforts as the Chair of Selectors and wish Ms. Fowler success in her new role.
14 January 2003
Clemens was appointed National Coach 13 years ago. He has worked for the development of Dressage in Australia for the last 25 years. Highlights of his career were Mary Hanna's great achievement at the 1996 Atlanta Games and the excellent Team effort at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games that pushed Australia into sixth place.
Almost every FEI-level rider in Australia has at some stage trained with Clemens or with his students.
EFA High Performance Manager Gareth McKeen said: "It is sad to lose a National Coach after so many years of service. Clemens has certainly made an impact on Australian Dressage. We are, however, re-evaluating the position of National Dressage Coach and how we manage coaching for elite squads and for teams at Games. So in the meantime, no replacement to the position will be appointed."
The Federation would like to thank Clemens Dierks for his work as National Coach and his contribution to Australian Dressage.
19 December 2002
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
05 December 2002
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04 October 2002
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