I'd like to inform you that two new members have been appointed to the FEIF Sport Judges Committee: Mark Tillmann (DE) and Nicolai Thye (DK). They replace Bent Rune Skulevold (DK) and Hulda G. Geirsdóttir (IS), both decided to step down. I'd like to thank Bent Rune and Hulda for their input and work.
The other members are Halldór Gunnar Victorsson (IS), Lutz Lesener (DE) and Þorgeir Guðlaugsson (NL).
WorldRanking and FIPO:
As you now the aim of the FEIF WorldRanking is to create a world wide ranking based upon comparable results. Correct handling of all tests that are included in the WorldRanking is a prerequisite for this.
Unfortunately it has been brought to my attention that not all WorldRanking tests are always handled according to the rules as described in FIPO. Examples are using a 300 m oval track to show pace in the Five Gait test F1 and F2, or not allowing riders to show 3 times pace in F2. The same goes for the minimum (200 m) and maximum (250 m) of the oval track. This is of course not what we aim at. Of course countries are free to define national tests with different requirements, but the results should never be included in the WorldRanking. So I ask you to urge organisers to stick to the rules.
In cases where deviations are reported the results of the test(s) in question will be removed from the WorldRanking. That is of course what is not in the interest of the riders!
The same goes for horses competing in more then one tölt test or more then one gaited test: their results will be removed as well.
I would appreciate if you report irregularities, so we can keep up with the standards that have been set.
WorldRanking in 2014:
After 15 years of WorldRanking the Sport Committee has decided that it is time to renew the requirements for WorldRanking Events. It would also help organisers to ensure that the event is meeting international standards. The aim is still to keep results comparable and that judging is done in a proper way.
The following changes in the requirements for WorldRanking tests will be implemented as of 2014:
1. The required number of judges per test with an international sport license will be raised from 2 to 3, at least one having his/her residence in another country.
2. The time that judges are judging has to be limited to reasonable hours, to ensure proper judging. This means a maximum of 9 consecutive hours per day, including a 30 minutes lunch break and short breaks of 10 minutes each 2 hours of judging.
3. Equipment/injury checks on all horses in the finals and at least 25% of the horses in preliminary rounds in WorldRanking tests; the required forms are available on the FEIF website
4. In order to keep results in especially Five Gait F1 and F2 comparable, only 250 m oval tracks are allowed (no 200 m or P-tracks)
5. As WorldRanking events are events with an international audience (at least with judges from other countries) it is mandatory that the speaker announces in English (as well) or at least in a language all judges (and preferably riders and public) can understand. These changes have been introduced at the Annual Sport Meeting 2013, and are defined in close cooperation with the FEIF Sport Judges Committee.
This information is also sent to the natioanl sport leaders and will be published on the FEIF website as well.
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