While the panorama of international competitions continues to offer shows at the highest level with the best riders of all time competing against exceptionally talented young riders, the International Equestrian Federation is preparing its Annual General Meeting, where important issues will be discussed.

The FEI management, the representative of the riders and many leading figures of the international equestrian scene are all expected to attend.

The International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) Director Eleonora Ottaviani, the IJRC Board Member and top International Canadian rider Tiffany Foster with the former IJRC President Cayetano Martínez de Irujo will attend the meeting, representing the voice of riders all over the world.

Important items on the agenda include the “modifications of the Jumping Rules and Rules for Championships and Games”.

The club is worried about any changes to the allocation of points for the ranking list and the method of awarding points to riders at various levels of competition.

The position of the IJRC on these matters has been explained many times (60/20/20) and will be highlighted at the meeting once again.

The new invitation system, which is about to become compulsory, and will be discussed during the meeting, should help to manage the CSI Invitation Rules.

This is thanks to an online platform which will guarantee the correct application of the CSI Invitation Rules and facilitate the process for all the Stakeholders involved.

The aim of the new on-line Invitation System is to invite athletes according to their position in the Longines Ranking, giving them the right and the opportunity to participate based on their performance.

This will also allow Young Riders to display their talent and climb the rankings.

Meanwhile, some of the best Young European riders, were the protagonists at an important event last week.

At the Fritz Tiedemann Halle in Elmshorn, A Young Riders Academy celebrated its fifth year anniversary.

Thirty-two riders, who had taken part in the project over these past 5 years, attended the celebration, which included a showjumping class with an important prize: a prestigious invitation to the Calgary 2019 Summer Tour.

A Young Riders Academy thanks Linda Southern-Heathcott and all the organisers who support these young talents with enthusiasm.

Show jumping heroes including Neco Pessoa, Franke Sloothaak, Marco Kutscher, Otto Becker and Emile Hendrix, joined this amazing celebration, making it even more memorable.