We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP The July 24th round table session on the sport of Endurance, held at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI), ended with unanimous approval by attendees and full support for the strategy mapped out for the discipline by the FEI.The 22 delegates – which included representatives from Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the European Equestrian Federation, the FEI Endurance Committee and FEI Headquarters – agreed that, globally, all efforts will be made to reduce the numbers of horses testing positive for prohibited substances and suffering injuries.Following open discussion involving all parties, and agreement that the current rules – when fully implemented – already serve the sport well, the group recommended a plan of action for the FEI Bureau to consider, which includes:1. The support of all rule changes already proposed for consideration by National Federations and approval at the FEI General Assembly.2. A series of short-term proposals for immediate consideration by the FEI Bureau, which are:• A Global Endurance Injuries Project to be started as soon as possible;• Reinforcement of the duties and obligations of FEI Officials;• Building on the success of the Clean Sport Campaign, increased levels of testing for prohibited substances across the discipline in all regions.3. The establishment of a strategic planning group tasked with developing a plan for the future of Endurance over the next decade, a plan that will have global reach. It will include elements concerning the future growth and development of Endurance, the action necessary to ensure the discipline achieves the highest standards as a “clean sport” and fulfils all of the requirements of the FEI’s Code of Conduct for the welfare of the horse.The FEI Bureau will be asked to approve the proposal, its mission, terms of reference and its constitution at its teleconference meeting on 12 August. If approved by the Bureau, the strategic planning group will present its “plan in outline” at the General Assembly.It is recommended that the group will include an independent facilitator and representation from the FEI’s Integrity Unit, led by Lord Stevens.Andrew Finding, European Equestrian Federation Board Member, who chaired today’s round table session, concluded: “Today we have had a full and frank discussion about the challenges for Endurance. The outcome of today’s meeting is that we have unanimous agreement over the tasks to be completed. I have been impressed by the courage, commitment and determination of all delegates to move forward positively throughout today’s meeting.”FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos added: “We are very satisfied that this round table was able to come up with a unanimous conclusion, which shows the engagement and understanding of all involved in the sport of Endurance. We were very happy with the way that Andrew Finding conducted this round table session, where all parties involved had the opportunity to express their views and concerns, and where the FEI was also given a platform to update the delegates on the work in progress, and for the support to continue the efforts that have already been undertaken.” Tags: FEI, FEI Bureau, endurance, FEI Endurance Committee, FEI Integrity Uni, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
Greenwich; 1937 and today (Getty, iStock)The Greenwich housing market has made a U-turn since the coronavirus struck and is the strongest it has been in years, according to the Wall Street Journal.Some 127 contracts were signed last month for homes in the tony Connecticut town, more than triple the number in November 2019. Other suburban areas around New York City have experienced an influx of buyers too, but not to the same degree. For comparison, Fairfield County and Westchester County saw 8 percent and 29 percent increases in contracts, respectively, over the same period.Not surprisingly, prospective home buyers are looking for lots of space. Greenwich’s Back Country area, where homes typically have four or more acres of land, saw a 74 percent increase in third-quarter sales from the count a year ago.[WSJ] — Dennis Lynch This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
February marked the second consecutive month of 18 percent container growth at the SC Ports Authority, bringing fiscal year container volumes totals to 1.23 million twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs.Last month Charleston handled 152,925 TEUs, a significant increase from 129,747 handled during the same month last year. Since the fiscal year began in July, the port’s TEU volume is 14.3 percent higher than the same period last fiscal year.As measured in pier containers, SCPA moved 86,258 boxes in February. SCPA has handled 700,630 boxes fiscal year to date and plans to surpass the 1 million container mark by the end of the period.“February container volumes were particularly strong for a short month,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. “Our import gains are reflective of a strengthening US economy and population growth across the Southeast, while manufacturing in our state and region bolsters our export business. Loaded box volumes last month were nearly completely balanced between imports and exports.”Board ActionThe Board approved a dredging contract for routine berth maintenance at the North Charleston Terminal (NCT). Dredging at NCT is typically performed every 12 to 15 months to preserve 50 feet of depth at mean low water necessary for large container ships.The Board also approved a design modification to the two super-post-Panamax cranes on order for the Wando Welch Terminal.Education ProgramThe SCPA reported successful fiscal year to date outcomes from its educational program, reaching over 1,200 students from across SC ranging from elementary through college age. Through port tours, school visits and career fairs, the SCPA education program was designed to build understanding of port activities and international commerce while encouraging interest in career opportunities within the maritime industry.In 2013 the port expanded its outreach with a harbor deepening exercise for middle school students that incorporates state math and science education standards. The team-based activity places students in the roles of engineer, accountant, environmental scientist and project manager to determine the recommended harbor depth for Charleston Harbor.[mappress mapid=”20130″]