• FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

  • Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Kent Farrington (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Kent Farrington (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

  • FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

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The equestrian world should look at the racing world and its broad use of syndication to get more owners involved to provide a much needed boost to the sport.

Messrs. Schelstraete and Wawrzyniak of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers, a member of the Alliance of European US Asian Equine Lawyers, successfully filed a complaint on behalf Sjef Janssen before the FEI against FEI 5* judge Leif Törnblad, following his interview in the Horse Magazine published in September 2017. In this interview Mr Törnblad adopted negative statements about Mr Janssen and the Dutch equestrian sport. Following the argumentation of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers, the FEI found Mr Törnblad guilty of a breach of Article 2 of the Codex for FEI Dressage Judges that states: ‘A Judge must avoid any actual or perceived conflict of interest. A judge must have a neutral, independent and fair position towards riders, owners, trainers, organizers and other officials and integrate well into a team’.

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