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FEI BUREAU MEETING

The FEI held its Bureau Meeting on 6 and 7 November 2002 in Moscow, Russia, on the invitation of the Russian Equestrian Federation and its President, Mrs Elena Baturina. The following items, related to Carriage Driving were discussed, decided and/or would be referred to at the FEI General Assembly to held next April in Manama (Bahrain).

Driving World Cup
The Rules for the Indoor World Cup for Four-in-Hand Driving for the season 2002-2003 were approved.

Top Driver Award
The Bureau agreed that date clashes for Four-in-Hand Top Driver Award events should be avoided and that events with traditional dates should be given preference. The best four results per driver for the Four-in-Hand Top Driver Award will count for 2003 overall classification.

Marathon
In 2003, CAI-A events that count as qualifiers for the 2003 World Cup will be permitted to have only three marathon phases. Each National Federation will be limited to a maximum of two such events. Other CAI-A events in 2003 may have either three or five marathon phases, and will also count for the Four-in-Hand Top Driver Award. 2003 CAIO events may have three or five marathon phases and 2003 Championships must have five phases.

An open forum will be held in 2003 to discuss the Committee's proposal to introduce a three-phase marathon for all international events, including championships.

Central European Challenge
The rules for the introduction of a Central European Challenged were approved.

Diana BrownliePromotion to the status of Official International Judge
Mrs Diana Brownlie (pictured left) from Great Britain was promoted to the status of Official International Judge.

Official International status for Course Designers
The Bureau approved the introduction of an Official International status for Driving Course Designers and the promotion of the following course designers to the status of Official International Course Designer: Mr Arjan. Brinks (NED), Mr Wolfgang Astendorf (GER), Mr Christian Iseli (AUT) and Mr Richard Nicoll (USA).