Questions and Answers.
Steward General, Jumping
A: In due course, all FEI Officials will be required to take the FEI-mandated English assessment in order to ascertain whether they possess the language skills appropriate to their FEI level and role as outlined in the Jumping Officials Education System. Currently, this English assessment is a only a requirement prior to being accepted to participate in an FEI transfer-up course.
The FEI Jumping Department endeavours to appoint officials with the necessary language skills as Foreign Stewards by drawing on either the result of the English assessment if this has been undertaken, or on the information provided by the official themselves that is entered into the FEI database.
If a Chief Steward becomes aware that the appointed Foreign Steward is lacking in the English language skill required to the extent they struggle significantly with
communicating efficiently with team members, other officials or athletes and their entourages, this should be mentioned in the Chief Steward’s report if there is one, or, after informing the Foreign Judge of this failing, in the Foreign Judge’s report as this will allow the Jumping Department to take the appropriate steps before deciding on subsequent appointments to that role.
A: The consumption of alcohol in the stable area does not fall under the same health and safety risks as smoking in the stables. If an Organising Committee feels that forbidding alcohol would be a reasonable requirement for their event, they should include it in the event schedule as this would then allow enforcement. If, as a Chief Steward, you feel that there is justification for a similar requirement, you should discuss this with the OC before the draft schedule is submitted to the NF/FEI for approval.
A: There is no reason to prevent its use in combination with a bit, even though this would presumably somewhat defeat the purpose of using a bitless bridle.
A: Please refer to the table in the Jumping Stewards Manual Annex for the details on all straps for all types of hind boots.
A: Yes, please refer to most recent update of the Jumping Stewards Manual Annex where all of this is clarified
A: The circulation socks illustrated in the linked website appear to be recommended for post-exercise therapy and are not for protection, which is the only purpose of the pull-on socks that may be used under boots on all legs. As such, they should not be used while the horse is training.
Education & Officials
A: National Federations apply for Transfer Up and Maintenance Courses to serve the need of their OCs and Officials. The FEI works closely together with the IJOC to solve regional demands.
A: In 2020 the “Top Officials” have been evaluated to guarantee that they have the appropriate Level of English to accomplish their role at major events. From now on all applicants of Transfer Up courses will do the English proficiency assessment since it is a requirement. The result of the English proficiency test will be recorded in FEI Database and the test will not have to be repeated if the Level is sufficient.
A: Officials who have not passed the CES are on hold until the 15 December the following year to give enough possibility to attend an In-Person Course.
Officials of Group A are on hold after the 31 March and if they have not attempted the CES of the year their function is closed (End Date 14 December of the year).
A: The FEI appointments are done according to the FEI Jumping Rules and mainly concern major events. The FEI understands that it is hard to gain experience and supports Officials through the exchange program.
A: The FEI does not consider age as a criteria. All Officials have to fulfil the same requirements according to the Jumping Education System which is competency based.