The Endurance Task Force recently submitted proposals to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) in an effort to raise the standards of international endurance riding and improve equine welfare during competitions.
Among the ideas were suggestions for a new qualifying system for riders; suspending horses and riders from competition after they are eliminated from a race; and more specialized training for vets and officials. The task force also offered ideas to make the sport more marketable and appealing to the public.
Endurance riding has received some bad press due to the number of competition horses that are injured or die during sanctioned events. Additionally, some people have criticized the sport for not having a qualification system that ensures riders are competent to compete at high-level events.
The task force will produce their final recommendations by March 2008, after which the proposals will be sent to national federations for comment.