FEI and ISJC sign Memorandum of Understanding

Lausanne, Jan 17, 2014: The International Show Jumping Officials Club (ISJC) has become the second of the former FEI Associate Members to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FEI.

The ISJC was formed in 1998 and brings together over 270 Judges, Course Designers and Stewards from 60 countries.

Working closely with the FEI, National Federations and Organizing Committees of international Jumping events, the independent organization has representatives in more than 60 countries and offers members the opportunity to share experiences, improve knowledge of Jumping and other disciplines and exchange ideas to help develop the sport.

“The International Show Jumping Officials Club has been a valuable asset for the Jumping world for the last fifteen years”, said Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General. “As we continue to experience rapid global growth of Jumping, we look forward to many more years of collaboration with the ISJC and its expanding membership”.

“The ISJC unites our officials in a worldwide network, and ensures they are well-prepared to meet the challenges of today’s fast-growing sport at both international and national level”, explained ISJC President Stephan Ellenbruch (GER).

“We supply our members with the tools to perform their demanding roles with the professionalism that all amateur and professional athletes in our sport expect and deserve. The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding with the FEI is another milestone in the development of the ISJC, and this alliance will certainly benefit our members and all those connected with show jumping as we head into a bright future for equestrian sport”.

The FEI Associate Member status was removed from the FEI Statutes at the 2012 FEI General Assembly.

The Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) cover universal issues such as FEI recognition, FEI Rules and Regulations, horse welfare, code of ethics, commitment to democratic processes, consultation, FEI General Assembly, FEI Sports Forum and meetings, governing law, dispute resolution, communication, and implementation. They also address areas of specific interest between the former FEI Associate Members and the FEI. Although recognition by the FEI does not entail voting rights, the MOUs formalise the relationship with the FEI, giving a voice to organisations working with the FEI in the development of equestrian sport. —- Carlo Stuppia/FEI

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