UAE equestrian body suspended for abuses in endurance events

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ equestrian federation has been suspended by the world governing body following an investigation into “major horse welfare issues” and rules violations in endurance events.

The International Equestrian Federation, known as FEI, says the UAE body is prohibited from organizing any international events and its members are banned from competing in any international competitions.

UAE athletes in disciplines other than endurance racing can compete under the FEI flag in international competitions outside the country.

The UAE federation has 30 days to appeal the suspension to a FEI tribunal.

FEI President Ingmar De Vos says “the decision to suspend a national federation is not something that is taken lightly and we only should do this if no other remedy can be found.”