IPC Equestrian Joins International Equestrian Federation
The IPC acts as the International Federation for 13 sports, one of which was Equestrian. Over the past four years, IPC Equestrian has developed significantly with regards to the number of countries and quality of athletes competing in dressage and driving competitions worldwide. Furthermore, the evolution of the IPC Equestrian regulations and training methods has laid a strong foundation for the future.
"The FEI is the first International Federation to embrace a sport of the IPC as a full part of its organization. The IPC is committed to creating true partnerships in sport and we believe that we have found a true partner in the FEI. We are confident that they will make riders and drivers with a disability feel at home in their organization," commented IPC President Sir Philip Craven.
In 2000, FEI and IPC began discussing and identifying potential areas for collaboration. Two years later, FEI expressed its interest to include equestrian for athletes with a disability within the FEI family and to commence initiatives to transfer governance from IPC to FEI. An IPC/FEI working group was established in 2003, to discuss the future direction of the relationship and prepare the transfer of governance. As a result of the discussions and recommendations from the IPC/FEI Working Group, the IPC
Governing Board and the FEI already approved the transfer in 2005.
Said FEI President HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón: "The horse has been a long standing partner of people with a disability helping them to strengthen their condition and improve their lives. The FEI is immensely proud to integrate para-equestrian activities as an official discipline and welcome riders with a disability in the FEI family."
About the IPC: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the international governing body of sports for athletes with a disability and acts as the International Federation for 13 sports. It supervises and co-ordinates the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games and other multi-disability competitions, eg, World Championships. The IPC also supports the recruitment and development of athletes at a local, national and international level across all performance levels.