Debate surrounding blood rules in horse sport looks set to raise its head again in coming weeks, as the FEI prepares to release the second draft of proposed rule changes for 2022.
The wrap-up report from the FEI’s latest board meeting (28–29 September) indicated that discussion surrounding blood rules is back on the table.
Blood rules are a contentious topic, and vary between disciplines. The most recent high-profile call for “further thought” came from Ireland’s Billy Twomey, eliminated under the rule following his winning a grand prix in Florida, who took the decision to the FEI tribunal (news, 30 July 2020).
Notes from the September FEI board meeting state that “discussions centred” on blood, and on protective headgear in dressage.
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Article written by: Lucy Elder