President’s Blog.

8 March 2022

45 days ago at our yearly General Assembly, I was elected as the President of our Club.  A big change in my personal world. Meanwhile, during these 45 days, our greater world has been changing a lot.  Whilst we were noticing around the world strong improvements in the pandemic situation and we all started cheering our “new normal”, a new uncertainty has entered our lives.  The situation in Eastern Europe is affecting the whole world now.  In our thoughts we support the people who are impacted by this new big crisis.  We are in direct contact with those from our club that are directly impacted, and we will support them wherever we can.

45 days after the election, it is time to reflect on our achievements and share plans about what we will be doing for our club.

The beginning was about getting organized.  As you all know, Teodor stepped down as Secretary General as he moved into a new role within the European Equestrian Federation.  Ali Kücük is taking over his responsibility with the support of Teodor who is still active as a board member.  We had two board meetings where we outlined some short and mid-term action points to start with.  Let me share some of the most important ones.

Remuneration 

  • I have been in touch with stakeholders and leaders within the FEI to discuss the need to have the FEI Officials’ remuneration reviewed.  We have proposed a line of actions to tackle this important focus area and are happy to see that the problem is recognized and will be discussed this year.

Continental Associations

  • We have been participating as an associate member in the European Equestrian Federation Roundtable to discuss strategically the future of our sport.
  • We are looking into creating closer relationships with other Regional Federations (like Asian Federation and Pan American Equestrian Confederation)

FEI Feedback

  • As a stakeholder we have provided the feedback we gathered about the Olympic Games
  • We also reviewed the rule revision proposal we received and submitted them to the FEI

Education

  • This is ever improving and increasing in quantity- IJOC Webinars. One of our main focus areas.  As a result we had some good seminars and we are planning new ones.  We will communicate shortly about our new initiatives

45 days is not that long, but it feels like we as a team accomplished a lot.  Please reach out to us with proposals, ideas or thoughts that we as a club can focus on.

Not 45 days ago, but more than 47 years ago, on March the 8th, the United Nations celebrated for the first time International Women’s Day.    International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s.  Our sport is one of the very few that is completely gender-neutral and we should be proud of this.  But please take some time today to think about the equal rights for men and women.  Things we take for granted within our sport, are not always the case around the world.  Let’s do whatever we can to work on this equality wherever and whenever.

Kind Regards,
Glenn Maes
President IJOC